Oh, don’t worry. We don’t know who Karkwa are, either, although their Wikipedia entry claims they have released four indie rock records since forming in 1998. The latest of which, the import-only Les chemins de verre, won Canada’s fifth annual Polaris Music Prize on Monday night, beating out the Besnard Lakes, Owen Pallett, Broken Social Scene, Caribou, and six other Canadian artists that managed to avoid our office stereo this year.
“This was probably the longest and most emotional deliberation in Polaris history,” said Liisa Ladouceur, the head of Polaris’ Grand Jury. “The short listed records are all of extreme high quality and they truly resonated with members of the jury whether or not they completely understood the language of the lyrics.”
So there you have it–Montreal now has a Polaris-approved LP for when they finally secede from the union.