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- Posted on Sep 16th 2010 3:30PM by Jenny Charlesworth
"Between me and Sara, one of our most charming attributes is our self-deprecating humour and self-deprecating personalities, but I've really been trying not to do that with this, so I think that's been like my good luck charm," Quin tells Spinner. "You know, saying to myself: 'Maybe we could do this. Maybe we will win. I don't know that we will, but maybe,' instead of playing it down."
"This is truly an honour," she adds, "and we're going to be there in good company so my good luck charm is kind of like my sparkling positivity."
Although Quin insists that the indie pop duo isn't anywhere close to being, what she calls, "an awards-type band," the 29-year-old says that the Polaris Music Award carries a little more weight in her mind than other awards such as, the Junos, which they have been nominated for in the past.
"I guess it sounds cliché, but we don't really care about winning awards, we've been more out touring and not really caring about being popular," she says. "Ultimately, though, when it actually happened, and we got nominated, we were pretty excited. This isn't about being popular or how many records you've sold because it's critics and writers and bloggers [on the jury] so the fact that they singled us out is pretty special."
So if all of this "sparkling positivity" pays off and Tegan and Sara's 'Sainthood' is voted the top album for 2010, what will the outfit do with the $20,000 prize? According to Quin, they haven't sorted that out just yet.
"I know this is going to sound super dense, but I had no idea you even won money," she laughs. "The other day Sara was answering some questionnaire for some paper and was like, 'Tegan, do you know we win money? What are we going to do with it?'"
Similar to last year's winner F---ed Up, who used their Polaris windfall to make a benefit record for missing Aboriginal women in Canada, Quinn says that she and her sister would also like to donate the cash to charity if they come out on top.
"Sara and I are pretty invested in the Vancouver scene, and because a lot of 'Sainthood' was written on the Downtown Eastside about the Downtown Eastside, it would probably be something related to that," she says. "Before the Olympics we did a gig with Broken Social Scene in Vancouver and we donated the money to two different groups. One is called Covenant House, which is a drop-in center for youth living on the streets of Vancouver and helps with getting clothes and programs to help them get typing skills and that kind of stuff, and then another great organization is the Downtown Eastside Women's Center, which we donate to a lot, so I think we would probably pick one of those maybe."