Published Nov 20, 2008If there was any doubt Dan Snaith was an all-around nice guy, the man better known as Caribou is giving his $20,000 Polaris Prize money to charity. Via Caribous website, Snaith recently announced that two Canadian charities Ecojustice and the Stephen Lewis Foundation will receive the bulk of the cash prize, while the remaining money will be used to finance Caribous next album, which hes in the early stages of recording, he revealed.
When discussing his choices of charities, Snaith had this to say about donating to Ecojustice: "I have always thought of Canada as an environmentally progressive place... however, recently the Canadian government has acted as a global obstacle to climate action. In a study this year Canada ranked 29th out of 30 industrialized nations for tackling climate change."
On the Stephen Lewis Foundation, he said: "They fund community-based projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, which address the fact that the AIDS epidemic affects not only those infected but their care networks and communities as a whole, emphasizing women, orphans and grandmothers."
According to CBC Radio 3 (which alerted us to this story), previous Polaris Prize winner Patrick Watson allegedly spent the $20,000 on a hot tub and a crashed rental van, while Final Fantasy invested his money back into Blocks Recording Club and helped his boyfriend pay off some student loans. (Well leave it up to you to decide which winner has spent his money most wisely.)
As previously reported, Caribou took home this years Polaris Prize for his 2007 album, Andorra.
Caribou "Melody Day