The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Buffy Sainte-Marie has won this year’s 50-thousand dollar Polaris Music Prize.
A jury of 11 music critics, bloggers and broadcasters named the album “Power in the Blood” the best Canadian record of the last year.
The folk icon beat out nine other finalists for the award including rap superstar Drake, former Polaris winner Caribou and Toronto rockers Alvvays.
Sainte-Marie, who already had a crowded trophy case heading into Monday night’s
award ceremony, told the audience she didn’t expect to win the Polaris and appreciated its cash prize.
The award show, which was held in Toronto, was hosted by Juno-winning children’s entertainer Fred Penner.