Monday night in Toronto, Lido Pimienta accepted the 2017 Polaris Music Prize at a gala at the Carlu in Toronto. The award is the highest honour in Canadian music, given to "the best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation."
"This album honours my brother who passed away in 2013," said Pimienta as she accepted the award. "This album is about breaking up. This album is about getting back on your feet by yourself, in the big city, with your son and some drawings under your arm."
The award comes with a cheque for $50,000 CDN, which Lido says will go towards "my mom, my son and reinvesting in my music."
The 2017 Polaris Music Prize Short List included the following albums:
A Tribe Called Red – We Are The Halluci Nation
BADBADNOTGOOD – IV
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Gord Downie – Secret Path
Feist – Pleasure
Lisa LeBlanc – Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?
Lido Pimienta – La Papessa
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution
Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude
Weaves – Weaves