Cadence Weapon won the 2021 Polaris Music Prize last night (September 27th) for his album, Parallel World.
The Polaris Music Prize awards $50,000 to the artist who creates the Canadian Album of the Year, judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales. Additionally, the nine other nominated acts whose albums made the 2021 Short List receive $3,000 each courtesy of Slaight Music.
This year marked the third time that Cadence Weapon has been nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. In June, he made this year’s long list alongside acts like Charlotte Cardin, Yves Jarvis, and more. Then, in July he was announced on the short list alongside The Weather Station, Zoon, The OBGMs, and more.
— Polaris Music Prize (@PolarisPrize) September 28, 2021
Cadence Weapon vowed to use the prize money to aid voter registration projects. Upon accepting the award, he said:
“If I won this, I wanted to announce that next year I’ll be using some of my resources to organize some voter registration events around the Toronto municipal election, as well as the Ontario provincial election because we need some changes to our leadership and we need to make things more equitable for people in this city to be able to vote.
I also just want to take this time to mention that Justin Trudeau has worn Blackface so many times he can’t even remember how many times. And he was just given a third term. That’s exactly why I need to be making rap records that are political, that are about these subjects because that’s still a fact today.
Finally, this goes out to everybody in Edmonton and Alberta! I’m from Edmonton, 780, we’ve never been here before. I want to show everybody, all the young artists listening right now and watching this, you don’t have to be from Toronto. Your experience is valuable. Your art matters. Coming from Edmonton, I don’t want you to forget that. The prairies got something to say. E-town.”
Stream Parallel World below.
Lead photo courtesy of Colin Medley.