Debby Friday has won the 2023 Polaris Music Prize for her debut album Good Luck, which was released via Sub Pop earlier this spring. The Polaris Prize honors the best Canadian album of the year, as decided by a panel of writers, programmers, and broadcasters. The winner receives a $50,000 cash prize.
Good Luck was chosen as the winner from a shortlist of 10 albums (shortened from a longer list of 221 albums), which included Alvvays’ Blue Rev, Feist’s Multitudes, and Daniel Caesar’s Never Enough, as well as records by Aysanabee, Begonia, Dan Mangan, Gayance, the Sadies, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids.
Last year’s winner was Pierre Kwenders’ José Louis and the Paradox of Love. Other past winners include Kaytranada’s 99.9%, Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, Feist’s Metals and Fucked Up’s The Chemistry of Common Life.
Read our interview with Debby Friday.