Predictions rolled in before the gala got underway at the Carlu in Toronto, though some refused to stick within the confines of the pre-selected shortlist of nominees.
Filing early #Polaris2015 copy, just saw the grand jury emerge. One who shall remain nameless has tipped me off that "Sloan won."— Josh O'Kane (@joshokane) September 22, 2015
Casting my votes for the Polaris heritage prize pic.twitter.com/rlT5k94S5c— Josiah Hughes (@josiahhughes) September 22, 2015
But as the evening's events kicked off, not everyone was in a celebratory mood.
no snowmobile. no money. find out about a secret chatboard where I am made fun of by grant lawrence. no invite to party. thanks #polaris2015— BA Johnston (@BAJohnston) September 21, 2015
Past winners made cases for who they hoped would take home the prize.
Although, even those who have yet to turn a nomination into a win were given some time in the spotlight.
Host and beloved child performer Fred Penner served as the master of ceremonies, at one point delivering a medley of songs by former Polaris Music Prize winners — all the while keeping it family-friendly, of course.
Performances from the night's nominees provided further insight into the artists' work, and the addition of players from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra proved a successful move.
The TSO even paid homage to Drake, who was too busy opening a restaurant called Frings to attend the ceremony — and, of course, his nominated album was introduced by Toronto City Councillor Norm Kelly.
Dan Boeckner had the daunting job of defending Viet Cong's record following headline-grabbing controversy over the band's soon-to-be-changed name, opting to call them "Four Guys from Calgary."
"Four guys from Calgary chose a really bad band name, but they're listening. Four guys from Calgary also made a great record." #Polaris2015— birdgirl © (@katekillet) September 22, 2015
Hmm this is a long winded way of saying Viet Cong is a bad name but still no apology. Not the best way to tackle the criticism #Polaris2015— amil (@amil) September 22, 2015
Tradition was broken since last year's recipient Tanya Tagaq unable to attend and present the award to this year's winner, but host Fred Penner pacified the crowd with a noble substitute — Word Bird!
I'm glad Fred Penner's bird puppet won the Polaris Prize last year.— Chris Berube (@ChrisBerube) September 22, 2015
Tagaq was nevertheless keeping an eye on the prize from abroad, and was quick to congratulate Buffy Sainte-Marie as soon as she was awarded the big win.
Below, see how other peers, fans and the Internet in general reacted to the news.