2009 Polaris Music Prize

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Fucked Up at the 2009 Polaris Music Prize gala
Metric's Emily Haines at the 2009 Polaris Music Prize gala

The 2009 edition of the Canadian Polaris Music Prize was presented on September 21, 2009 in Toronto[1] at the Masonic Temple and broadcast live online for the first time in its short history. The award's eligibility period for 2009 covered albums released between June 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009.[2]

Initial coverage of the award's shortlist noted that six of the ten finalists were repeat nominees.[3] K'naan, Malajube and Metric were all finalists in the 2006 shortlist, while Joel Plaskett, Chad VanGaalen and Patrick Watson were all part of the 2007 award, which Watson won. It was the first time in the award's four-year history that any artist was named to the shortlist for a second time.


Toronto hardcore punk band Fucked Up won with their second album, The Chemistry of Common Life, which despite being controversial, received a great deal of acclaim when it was released in October 2008.[4]


The prize's 10-album shortlist was announced on July 7, 2009.[1][5]


The prize's preliminary 40-album longlist was announced on June 15, 2009.[6]


Sirius Satellite Radio, which had been a supporting sponsor and broadcaster of the awards since their inception, became a primary presenting sponsor of the awards in 2009.[1]


In addition to being broadcast live on CBC Radio 3, the 2009 ceremony was also webcast on MuchMusic's website, as well as produced for later broadcast on MuchMusic.[5]


The Polaris Music Prize blog began announcing the 2009 jurors one by one in late June 2009. Announced jurors included Corus Entertainment radio programmer Alan Cross, music blogger Bryan Acker (Herohill) and newspaper music critics Sue Carter Flinn (The Coast), Peter Hemminger (FFWD), Serge Paradis (Ici), Stuart Derdeyn (Vancouver Province) and Brendan Murphy (Hour).


  1. ^ a b c "Polaris Music Prize announces Sirius Satellite Radio Canada as presenting sponsor, and Long List, Short List and gala dates for 2009". CNW Group, May 25, 2009.
  2. ^ "Polaris Music Prize Update". chartattack.com, May 25, 2009.
  3. ^ Guy Dixon, "Six repeat nominees on Polaris short list". The Globe and Mail, July 7, 2009.
  4. ^ Ron Nurwisah, "F***** Up wins the 2009 Polaris Music Prize". National Post, September 22, 2009. Accessed 2009-09-22. Archived 2009-09-26.
  5. ^ a b "Ladies and Gentleman, the 2009 Short List" (Press release). Polaris Music Prize. 2009-07-07. Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2010-11-21. 
  6. ^ "CBC Radio3 Announces Polaris Prize Longlist", June 15, 2009.

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