He beats Arcade Fire,The Dears, Feist and more

Patrick Watson has been awarded the 2007 Polaris Prize for his album ‘Close To Paradise’.

Watson’s album beat Arcade Fire’s ‘Neon Bible’ and Feist’s ‘The Reminder’ in the competition, which is the Canadian equivalent of the UK’s Mercury Music Prize.

The winner who is awarded $20,000 is voted for by around 200 Canadian music journalists and experts.

The nominees were:

Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse

The Dears – Gang of Losers

Julie Doiron – Woke Myself Up

Feist – The Reminder

Junior Boys – So This Is Goodbye

Miracle Fortress – Five Roses

Joel Plaskett Emergency – Ashtray Rock

Chan VanGaalen – Skelliconnection

Patrick Watson – Close to Paradise

–By our New York staff.

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