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Fucked Up Wins Polaris Music Prize

The Chemistry of Common Life Beat Out Albums By Great Lake Swimmers, Metric and Chad VanGaalen

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Toronto, Ontario’s Fucked Up was dubbed the winner of the fourth annual Polaris Music Prize in a gala ceremony held last night at Toronto’s Concert Hall at the Masonic Temple. The hardcore group took home a handsome $20,000 check for The Chemistry of Common Life, the Canadian Album of the Year. The hardcore band beat out other capable Canadian artists such as Chad VanGaalen, Great Lake Swimmers, Malajube and Metric.

In Polaris’ first three years, the prize went to slightly less abrasive acts: Caribou, Patrick Watson, and Final Fantasy respectively. Apparently the Toronto sextet had quite a night beyond the win. Frontman Damian Abraham, aka Pink Eyes noted some problems getting into the ceremony: “We got frisked on our way in and I said, ‘This [evening] is gonna suck, but at least we’ll get a free iPod.’ Well, we won the Polaris. It’s a lot better than an iPod.”

At the award ceremony, the band performed with guests Final Fantasy and Lullabye Arkestra, and Abraham stripped down to his undies. All the nominated artists performed and you’ll be able to watch the whole show on Saturday if you get MuchMusic on cable.

Additionally, on November 5th Fucked Up will perform Chemistry in full at Brooklyn’s Masonic Temple alongside guests, Andrew W.K. and Vivian Girls. Next year they’ll release that gnarly singles compilation Couple Tracks: Singles 2001-2009 on Matador.



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November 1st 2010

I’ve taken a survey for school and discovered that people who play music are smarter than and read more than people who don’t play music. However, I need to think of some reasons to possibly explain why this is so. So far I have that people who play music have to read music a lot so reading becomes like second nature and also the people who play music have very strong and alert minds because they have to count musical notes and listen carefully.
Can you please help me think of just a few more reasons why I might have gotten my results. Thank you!!!!!

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