Pierre Kwenders wins the Polaris Music Prize for “José Louis and the Paradox Of Love”

TORONTO – Pierre Kwenders has won the 2022 Polaris Music Prize for his album “José Louis and the Paradox Of Love.”

The Congolese-Canadian’s third album was selected for the $50,000 prize by an 11-member grand jury who named it best Canadian album of the year based on its artistic merit.

“José Louis and the Paradox Of Love” mixes the dancefloor energy of Afro-Latin beats with the influence of the music scene in Kwenders’ Montreal home.

The Polaris Music Prize is considered one of the nation’s most prestigious music prizes.

Previous winners are Cadence Weapon, Haviah Mighty, Jeremy Dutcher and Kaytranada.

An eclectic group of Canadian musicians were in the running for this year’s award, including rapper Shad, Vancouver rock band Destroyer and Lisa LeBlanc, who grew up in Rosaireville, New Brunswick.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 19, 2022.

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