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Highlights from the 2016 Polaris Music Prize gala
By
Editorial Staff

Published

September 20, 2016

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With files from Holly Gordon, Jesse Kinos-Goodin, Cathy Irving, Melody Lau and Andrea Warner.

The 2016 Polaris Music Prize was awarded to electronic producer Kaytranada at a gala in Toronto last night. Below, we've collected some of the best moments through photos and anecdotes, quotes and overheards. 

A display of the posters inspired by the shortlisted artists at the Polaris Music Prize gala.

CBC Music photographer Cathy Irving captured this impressive vista of all the posters inspired by the Polaris Music Prize shortlisted artists. Click here for more information about the posters. 

Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq sing together in the media room.

In a very quiet media room, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Tanya Tagaq sat together, harmonizing scales and often laughing uncontrollably (contrary to the seriousness of the above photo). Sainte-Marie recorded it into her phone, and you could hear Tagaq saying, "Break, break" at the top end of one scale after Buffy asked her for a falsetto. We are all for this album, between an icon and an icon-in-the-making.


Related: Polaris Music Prize gala 2016: watch all the performances


Black Mountain's Stephen McBean performing at the 2016 Polaris Music Prize gala..

Black Mountain opened the show. What does Stephen McBean promise if Black Mountain wins? "Nachos for the world." 

Hamilton's Jessy Lanza performing at the 2016 Polaris Music Prize gala.

"It could be a lot weirder ... I could be playing to a whole room of muppets." — Jessy Lanza

Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard talks about Dungeons & Dragons with 2016 Polaris Music Prize short listed band Pup.

"You caught the White Lung from Grimes on Black Mountain." — Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard pulls some Dungeons & Dragons-meets-Polaris talk on Pup. 

Short-listed artist Andy Shauf performs at the 2016 Polaris Music Prize gala.

"I hope he comes to Chicago and makes music with me someday." — Wilco's Jeff Tweedy gushes about Andy Shauf and it's adorable.

Basia Bulat performed two songs with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra —  arrangements by Owen Pallett — and counted U.S. Girls' Meghan Remy, Cold Specks, Sydney Lee and Tamara Lindemen, a.k.a. the Weather Station, as back-up singers.

Vancouver's White Lung performs at the 2016 Polaris Music Prize gala.

"Paradise is a very hot album." — Amber Tamblyn says this and a few other colourful things about White Lung's short-listed record. 

Maple Ridge's Carly Rae Jepsen performs at the 2016 Polaris Music Prize gala.

"I'm not the type of girl you call more than a friend." — Carly Rae Jepsen singing with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

US Girls performs at the 2016 Polaris Music Prize gala.

"It felt to me like somebody put popular music through a particle collider." — Iggy Pop loves US Girls' Half Free so much.

Kaytranada makes a brief speech after winning the 2016 Polaris Music Prize while hosts Amanda Parris and Tom Power look on.

"Thank you everybody for believing in me. It's crazy for me ... it's an honour, phewf, I don't know what to say. Thank you very much." — Kaytranada's genuine shock and pleasure at winning the 2016 Polaris Music Prize for his debut, 99.9%, was very sweet.


Related: Kaytranada is the winner of the 2016 Polaris Music Prize


And at the end of the night, Radio 2 host and Snapchatter extraordinaire, Nana aba Duncan, put all her snaps together for a six-minute highlight reel: