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.
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.
Black Mountain opened the show. What does Stephen McBean promise if Black Mountain wins? "Nachos for the world."
"It could be a lot weirder ... I could be playing to a whole room of muppets." — Jessy Lanza
"You caught the White Lung from Grimes on Black Mountain." — Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard pulls some Dungeons & Dragons-meets-Polaris talk on Pup.
"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.
"Paradise is a very hot album." — Amber Tamblyn says this and a few other colourful things about White Lung's short-listed record.
"I'm not the type of girl you call more than a friend." — Carly Rae Jepsen singing with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
"It felt to me like somebody put popular music through a particle collider." — Iggy Pop loves US Girls' Half Free so much.
"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.
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: