Arcade Fire has won the sixth-annual Polaris Prize with its third album The Suburbs.
The Montreal band’s much-lauded record has already claimed a Juno, a Grammy, and a Brit award — all for album of the year.
“Since the beginning of our career, we’ve tried to get paid in an over-sized novelty cheque, but no one did it — ’til now,” joked multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry as he claimed the prize.
The Polaris Prize, which includes $30,000, is handed out to the best Canadian album as chosen by an 11-person jury of music critics. Reed Parry said the cash would go towards their Montreal studio.
The Suburbs was chosen from a short list of nine other albums. The 10 contenders — including Ron Sexsmith’s Long Player Late Bloomer and The Weeknd’s House of Balloons — were selected by more than 200 music journalists, bloggers and broadcasters.
The Suburbs opened at No. 1 on the Billboard chart in Canada, Britain and the United States.
With files from The Canadian Press