GY!BE Win Polaris Prize, But...
2013-09-24 by guitarded_chuck | 142 Comments

Each year, an album released by a Canadian artist is awarded the Polaris Music Prize for "artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label". The award is voted on by a jury of over 200 Canadian music media folk (journalists, broadcasters, etc.). Along with the national recognition comes a cash prize of $30,000, which is sponsored by the Government of Canada, and other private organizations. This year saw the award handed to cult post rock act Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

In an interesting turn of events though, the band has released the following statement regarding their win:

"A FEW WORDS REGARDING THIS POLARIS PRIZE THING
hello kanada.
hello kanadian music-writers.
thanks for the nomination thanks for the prize- it feels nice to be acknowledged by the Troubled Motherland when we so often feel orphaned here. and much respect for all y’all who write about local bands, who blow that horn loudly- because that trumpeting is crucial and necessary and important.

and much respect to the freelancers especially, because freelancing is a hard fucking gig, and almost all of us are freelancers now, right? falling and scrambling and hustling through these difficult times?

so yes, we are grateful, and yes we are humble and we are shy to complain when we’ve been acknowledged thusly- BUT HOLY SHIT AND HOLY COW- we’ve been plowing our field on the margins of weird culture for almost 20 years now, and “this scene is pretty cool but what it really fucking needs is an awards show” is not a thought that’s ever crossed our minds.

3 quick bullet-points that almost anybody could agree on maybe=
-holding a gala during a time of austerity and normalized decline is a weird thing to do.
-organizing a gala just so musicians can compete against each other for a novelty-sized cheque doesn’t serve the cause of righteous music at all.
-asking the toyota motor company to help cover the tab for that gala, during a summer where the melting northern ice caps are live-streaming on the internet, IS FUCKING INSANE, and comes across as tone-deaf to the current horrifying malaise.

these are hard times for everybody. and musicians’ blues are pretty low on the list of things in need of urgent correction BUT AND BUT if the point of this prize and party is acknowledging music-labor performed in the name of something other than quick money, well then maybe the next celebration should happen in a cruddier hall, without the corporate banners and culture overlords. and maybe a party thusly is long overdue- it would be truly nice to enjoy that hang, somewhere sometime where the point wasn’t just lazy money patting itself on the back.

give the money to the kids let ‘em put on their own goddamn parties, give the money to the olds and let them try to write opuses in spite of, but let the muchmusic videostars fight it out in the inconsequential middle, without gov’t. culture-money in their pockets.
us we’re gonna use the money to try to set up a program so that prisoners in quebec have musical instruments if they need them…

amen and amen.
apologies for being such bores,
we love you so much / our country is fucked,
xoxoxox
godspeed you! black emperor"


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Band Page: Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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Geist
September 24th 2013

371 Comments


This band is legend.

Ignimbrite
September 24th 2013

5289 Comments


A: whoever awarded this should totally have expected this kind of response

B: if they're actually doing that whole musical instruments to prisoners thing, that's a super bro thing of them to do

MrElmo
September 24th 2013

1950 Comments


Groovy

Sniff
September 24th 2013

1092 Comments


we love you so much / our country is fucked.

thass funny

Gwyn.
September 24th 2013

14854 Comments


m/

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tommygun
September 24th 2013

23484 Comments


stick it to the man m/

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guitarded_chuck
September 24th 2013

2777 Comments


gy!be/

Wombat988
September 24th 2013

388 Comments


This is brilliant.

JS19
September 24th 2013

4152 Comments


What were they expecting?

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guitarded_chuck
September 24th 2013

2777 Comments


government - here have an award
awardee - our country is fucked

kingsoby1
Emeritus
September 24th 2013

4938 Comments


yes

Spare
September 24th 2013

5250 Comments


so great

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treeqt.
September 24th 2013

8906 Comments


i hate when bands do this

Spare
September 24th 2013

5250 Comments


they hate when you do this

Skoj
September 24th 2013

1089 Comments


cool

MO
September 24th 2013

18181 Comments


nice

SpritzSpritz
September 24th 2013

524 Comments


great job!

SpritzSpritz
September 24th 2013

524 Comments


great job!

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
September 24th 2013

1477 Comments


so much win.

treeqt.
September 24th 2013

8906 Comments


"they hate when you do this"

what does that even mean

Calc
September 24th 2013

11932 Comments


I guarantee bands aren't competing against each other to get this award....the only thing cool about this whole thing is what the band is going to do with the money, that's awesome.

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OneMoreRoland
September 24th 2013

1050 Comments


LOL

scissorlocked
September 24th 2013

3508 Comments


^... yeah, but often they do

the whole statement is cool, and we probably must have in mind that GYBE have always been politically conscious. So what's to hate in this? There's no fuckin pretension here, only a band which stays true to its beliefs.

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mindleviticus
September 24th 2013

8151 Comments


this is awesome

EvoHavok
September 24th 2013

1336 Comments


Interesting.

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SmersH
September 24th 2013

404 Comments


Ha! Well said, indeed.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2013

16242 Comments


so edgy

Ecksavie
September 24th 2013

282 Comments


Great idea, give a bunch of raving anarchists a government/corporate funded award. Yup, asking for a smarmy reply here.

Satellite
September 24th 2013

20674 Comments


I guarantee bands aren't competing against each other to get this award
are you retarded?

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MosesMalone
September 24th 2013

1831 Comments


SO I THREW IT ON THE GROUND!

PunchforPunch
September 24th 2013

5836 Comments


#staytrue

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ProjectFreak
September 24th 2013

1284 Comments


pretentious but ballsy anyway

Hep Kat
September 24th 2013

14983 Comments


pretentious

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Days of Future Passed
September 24th 2013

471 Comments


I thought they might do something like this

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EaglesBecomeVultures
September 24th 2013

5180 Comments


brilliant

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Captain North
September 24th 2013

6768 Comments


Yeah to expect different from a band like this is pretty dumb. But then maybe they did and gave it to them anyway, because they deserved it?

guitarded_chuck
September 24th 2013

2777 Comments


it wasn't chosen by the gov bros, voted on by critics and the such

funded in part by**

AgainAnd
September 24th 2013

152 Comments


Godspeed to you, GY!BE.

treeqt.
September 24th 2013

8906 Comments


thread is bound to be great

Smithsonian
September 24th 2013

85 Comments


Expected response from gybe but still awesome

MosesMalone
September 24th 2013

1831 Comments


Being an instrumental band, I would've expected their response to be "_______".

AStableReference
September 24th 2013

1844 Comments


Oh, Godspeed. Never change.

SlMBOLlC
September 24th 2013

4827 Comments


yeah i get it but fuck at the end of the award was to recognize all the good work gybe did. I mean fuck i dont think mickey mouse would spring out of the ground and eat africa if you were jus a lil bit grateful.

MosesMalone
September 24th 2013

1831 Comments


Basically my thoughts sim, maybe it's just because I haven't grown up on this band but coming from an established and popular act this seems kinda childish.

OrangeBLOOD
September 24th 2013

120 Comments


haha fuckin post rock pussies

zxlkho
September 24th 2013

3460 Comments


lol whoever calls this pretentious

guitarded_chuck
September 24th 2013

2777 Comments


wot a bunch a pansy fairy twats

CrimsonLies
September 24th 2013

2012 Comments


I heard some not so good things happening in Quebec but didn't know Canada is fucked?

CrimsonLies
September 24th 2013

2012 Comments


I thought this post was going to be about All Lights Fucked...got my hopes up

guitarded_chuck
September 24th 2013

2777 Comments


"I heard some not so good things happening in Quebec but didn't know Canada is fucked?"

I think they would agree that modern civilization is fucked, but since this is a national award...

Canada has some major issues. Number one being the oil sands.

ZilbelPing
September 24th 2013

6026 Comments


awesome

gy!be never ceases to impress

TREO5
September 24th 2013

1067 Comments


sweet.

ZippaThaRippa
September 24th 2013

2415 Comments


Everywhere is fucked when you think about it

SlMBOLlC
September 24th 2013

4827 Comments


lol if canada is fucked the US is in meltdown apocalypse mode code black

MosesMalone
September 24th 2013

1831 Comments


Other than our outdated social views and horrible mosquito problem we're doing pretty well here in Texas thank you very much.

guitarded_chuck
September 24th 2013

2777 Comments


"lol if canada is fucked the US is in meltdown apocalypse mode code black"

bailout packages will only stop the bleeding for so long

but, party on for the moment!

SlMBOLlC
September 24th 2013

4827 Comments


DEEP FRIED PAIN

Mr_Coffee
September 24th 2013

631 Comments


I love GY!BE as much as the next guy and I agree with this statement, but "our country is fucked"?

Come down here to South America, you bunch of fucking crybabies. Then and only then you can talk about countries being fucked.

Satellite
September 24th 2013

20674 Comments


Canada has some major issues. Number one being the Olympic hockey team's goaltending.

AStableReference
September 24th 2013

1844 Comments


Should I insert a generic Beiber or Nickelback joke?

Thumbs up if u agree

sixdegrees
September 24th 2013

16667 Comments


this is hardly surprising

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 24th 2013

49740 Comments


"Come down here to South America, you bunch of fucking crybabies. Then and only then you can talk about countries being fucked."

We could easily play this game all the way down the line. You know I could say stop crying about South America and go down to Africa


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zxlkho
September 24th 2013

3460 Comments


"Come down here to South America, you bunch of fucking crybabies. Then and only then you can talk about countries being fucked."

you sound mad. are you mad?

MosesMalone
September 24th 2013

1831 Comments


If he lives in South America then probably.

sniper
September 24th 2013

18929 Comments


i think the people who think this is ungrateful or pretentious are missing the point. their appreciation seems sincere, and to not use an opportunity in the limelight to talk about things that are and always have been important to them was never really an option for a band like this.

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sniper
September 24th 2013

18929 Comments


and wealthy countries can be fucked too, especially considering their influence in other parts of the world. they didn't say it sucks to live in canada, they said the country is fucked

someguest
September 24th 2013

20221 Comments


Haha, good for them.

Fuck the government!

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SlMBOLlC
September 24th 2013

4827 Comments


stop crying bout africa treb try new zealand sheesh

MosesMalone
September 24th 2013

1831 Comments


Yeah those poor fucks only get to listen to Onward to Golgotha on repeat 24/7.

Smial
September 24th 2013

800 Comments


GOD DAMMIT

evilford
September 24th 2013

20949 Comments


so edgy [2]

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evilford
September 24th 2013

20949 Comments


top 3 award turn-down in kanadian music history

Mr_Coffee
September 24th 2013

631 Comments


I'm not crying about my country (Chile), 'cause I know there are way more fucked up countries and goverments than mine. Of course you're free to complaint about issues in your place. Every country has a lot of shit in their systems. But saying that a country like Canada is "fucked", like it has no hope? That just doesn't sound right to me. I've been there and I wish Chile was more like Canada.

someguest
September 24th 2013

20221 Comments


There will never be hope with government. You need to brush up on your anarchy.

Satellite
September 24th 2013

20674 Comments


it's almost as though it's entirely relative

evilford
September 24th 2013

20949 Comments


almost

someguest
September 24th 2013

20221 Comments


*sighs*

theshelfmaster
September 24th 2013

221 Comments


america is a third world country

zxlkho
September 24th 2013

3460 Comments


hey Mr_Coffee maybe you just don't understand the edgy

someguest
September 24th 2013

20221 Comments


Mr. Coffee only understands one thing: making coffee.

MrElmo
September 24th 2013

1950 Comments


Crass

Shuyin
September 24th 2013

11097 Comments


Lol these guys own so hard

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weedblunt
September 24th 2013

549 Comments


holy shit what

someguest
September 24th 2013

20221 Comments


http://cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/229/files/2013/09/schwartz.gif

zaruyache
September 24th 2013

5822 Comments


Takes money from government
gives to people in prison

Awesome.



we love you so much / our country is fucked

Title of their next record.

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 24th 2013

21548 Comments


I love the casual comedic tone they have to their writing

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evilford
September 24th 2013

20949 Comments


they should get an award for best award rejection of the year

sniper
September 24th 2013

18929 Comments


yeah i smiled reading this

Greyvy
September 24th 2013

4005 Comments


these guys r kool

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 24th 2013

21548 Comments


"Come down here to South America, you bunch of fucking crybabies. Then and only then you can talk
about countries being fucked."

I've been to South America. Really isn't that bad.

Maybe you should go to Africa.


Also I really don't think there's anything wrong in questioning an apparently "developed" country
when the foundations of that development are arguably unsustainable and set up to crash in the
future. A bit stupid to just take it at face value too. i.e. "Canada is richer than most countries
therefore it's fine".

Allllsooo Chile is like the least fucked country in South America so lol.

ReAnimator
September 24th 2013

293 Comments


Noice

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guitarded_chuck
September 24th 2013

2777 Comments


fish is right

the wealth of a country is really related to it's sustainability and self-sufficiency

ZombicidalMan
September 24th 2013

1704 Comments


Was the Constellation dude in on this? Because he accepted the award for them, and was really humble and grateful about it. Seems like he set the public up for this great letter from the band

If so it's genius

scissorlocked
September 24th 2013

3508 Comments


if you wanna talk about fucked up countries, you 've got my greetings from greece

MosesMalone
September 24th 2013

1831 Comments


Have the golden dawn summoned mehrunes dagon yet?

MosesMalone
September 24th 2013

1831 Comments


The joke isn't nearly as funny when you post it twice.

SarcasticBastard
September 24th 2013

164 Comments


Honestly the one thing Canada could really use is some global warming.

wabbit
September 24th 2013

6975 Comments


good band

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
September 24th 2013

21548 Comments


if you wanna talk about fucked up countries, you 've got my greetings from greece


lol touché

treeqt.
September 24th 2013

8906 Comments


imagine not living in a first world country

lucasjcockcroft
September 24th 2013

3702 Comments


just accept the award

MrElmo
September 24th 2013

1950 Comments


Agreeing with fish on this, can't believe some of you guys are reacting like this...

evilford
September 24th 2013

20949 Comments


"just accept the award "

that's not edgy enough

kuk
September 24th 2013

50 Comments


TY!BG

evilford
September 24th 2013

20949 Comments


lol

sharksanddanger
September 24th 2013

18 Comments


to the guy who said "come to south america". coño, marico ¿cuando se convirtió en una competición esta verga? es 2013, todos estamos jodido. yo soy Venezolano ¿crees que estoy feliz con ese payaso de Maduro encargado con mi país? por supuesto que no. pero no me lo voy a pasar comparando mi puto país con los de los otros. seriously, man. quit your whining.

Upsidedown_and_Sideways
September 24th 2013

256 Comments


holy shit, I love this.

the whole canadian music heirarchy, crtc, etc... - are all such lazy listeners of music. they read an article about a band, listen to a 30 second clip of a song, and expect their opinions to be gospel.

more power to artists with integrity.

guitarded_chuck
September 24th 2013

2777 Comments


"the whole canadian music heirarchy, crtc, etc... - are all such lazy listeners of music. they read an article about a band, listen to a 30 second clip of a song, and expect their opinions to be gospel.

more power to artists with integrity."

honestly i think since they voted godspeed the winners of the award they have more integrity than most

the usa gov award would prob go to miley cirus let's get real here

NonApplicable
September 24th 2013

1924 Comments


This band is reading too much into it. Just be happy that anyone cares.

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someguest
September 24th 2013

20221 Comments


Wrong, NonApplicable. You don't accept awards, and definitely not funds, from a group (in this case, the government) which has a conflicting point of view of nearly everything you stand for.

CaptainAaarrrggghhh
September 24th 2013

159 Comments


I guess you could say the results of the Polaris Prize Awards were quite polarizing
*insert YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH sound*

Green Baron
September 24th 2013

17635 Comments


fuck yea buddy

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Relinquished
September 24th 2013

24375 Comments


horrible jokes itt

NonApplicable
September 24th 2013

1924 Comments


Are we talking about the same country someguest? The government gives out cash like this to different people/organizations all the time. What they choose to do with it is their decision, but just be happy that good music is being recognized. That's the point of the award.

additionally, the melting ice caps statement is incredibly hypocritical. He points out that there are bigger causes that deserve our attention, yet he's overly critical of one of the least corrupt Countries in the world.



Relinquished
September 24th 2013

24375 Comments


you're reading too much into nothing why don't you go outside and play

Parallels
September 24th 2013

6640 Comments


holy shit i wish all bands said stuff like this

NonApplicable
September 24th 2013

1924 Comments


you're reading too much into nothing why don't you go outside and play

Nothing? Pretty sure GY!BE outlined enough material for it to be considered "something".

No reason to throw insults. I also suggest that you have something to add to the discussion next time.


UnnamedOcean
September 24th 2013

3950 Comments


Interesting response, totally expected. Although I laugh every time I hear Canadians complain about their country. If they think it's so fucked they must not be paying attention to all the shit going on underneath them.

Relinquished
September 24th 2013

24375 Comments


"I also suggest that you have something to add to the discussion next time."

I suggest that you suck deez nuts

tlhk
September 24th 2013

318 Comments


we in north america use the term "fucked" as more than meaning "hopeless" or "doomed for failure." we use it to mean messed up, sometimes short for fucked up. that's what they meant by "fucked." i don't see anything wrong with this at all? they received the award, made a statement about how they feel the award should have been handled, then said what they are going to do with the money instead. seems pretty noble to me.

TRMshadow
September 24th 2013

4982 Comments


F**king Beautiful.

Amebix
September 24th 2013

240 Comments


One of the most boring and overrated bands on this planet, as i said before, a poor man's Mogwai.

ZombicidalMan
September 24th 2013

1704 Comments


that's like saying iron maiden is a poor man's judas priest. WTF

Days of Future Passed
September 24th 2013

471 Comments


Canada has some major issues. Number one being the Olympic hockey team's goaltending. [2]

USA and Finland are stacked when it comes to goaltending

slep
September 24th 2013

1604 Comments


1 out of 1 thought this rant was well written.

StallionMang
September 24th 2013

5194 Comments


"A poor man's Mogwai."

Get out.

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cinaedus
September 24th 2013

26296 Comments


every country is fucked, the future of planet earth and our galaxy is fucked. who gives a shit.

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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
September 24th 2013

4507 Comments


cinaedus you didn't even have to say "who gives a shit." we know your lack of shits based purely on "Digging: Ninja Sex Party - Strawberries and Cream"

Eons
September 24th 2013

442 Comments


They aren't exactly easy going guys apparently. Who knew?

YetAnotherBrick
September 24th 2013

4384 Comments


even if you think it's pretentious or whatever you can't deny that it's beautifully written. i mean jeez it's fucking poetry

porcupinetheater
September 24th 2013

103 Comments


" 'Come down here to South America, you bunch of fucking crybabies. Then and only then you can talk about countries being fucked.'

We could easily play this game all the way down the line. You know I could say stop crying about South America and go down to Africa"

Bro, Antarctica is fucked. We only have a few houses, and the economy doesn't even exist anymore.

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
September 24th 2013

7017 Comments


To the shocking amount of people who think you aren't allowed to say anything bad about canada because other countries are worse:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kc3hhsd5JM&feature=youtu.be&t=20m33s



someguest
September 24th 2013

20221 Comments


additionally, the melting ice caps statement is incredibly hypocritical. He points out that
there are bigger causes that deserve our attention, yet he's overly critical of one of the least
corrupt Countries in the world.


But least corrupt does not mean it is not corrupt.

North0House2
September 24th 2013

5800 Comments


I love this band too much.

It's cool they're gonna do that instruments for prisoners thing.

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Recspecs
September 25th 2013

9817 Comments


Awesome lol

Parallels
September 25th 2013

6640 Comments


I lol'd so many times

epic thread

Amissfalafel
October 20th 2013

3 Comments


funniest shit ever. Respect x40000

evilford
October 20th 2013

20949 Comments


meh

demigod!
October 20th 2013

43793 Comments


y so apathetic ford ?

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
October 20th 2013

8947 Comments


They pretty much did what Fiona apple did. It was their time up there and their moment so they used it how they wanted to. I don't think this was pretentious at all. If u have a sense of humor, it's actually quite funny lol

evilford
October 20th 2013

20949 Comments


This whole thing is an almost unbelievably self-important statement but I guess they probably got the reaction they wanted from the music community

adarkishman
October 20th 2013

495 Comments


'america is a third world country'

good pick up


also shut the fuck up none of you give two shits about the starving children in africa and if chile goes down where you gonna get all your chili from thats more important to you self-serving assholes than the poor starving children in africa so shut the fuck up



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