2013 | Alternative Album of the Year (Sponsored by Long & McQuade) | Metric | | The JUNO Awards

With “Help I’m Alive,” Metric became the first band to have their first ever Top 20 hit on U.S. commercial radio without the backing of a traditional label. They’ve sold out arenas and headlined festivals. They've even performed at a private event for the Queen of England. For a band that had always been told they were “doing it wrong,” the Toronto-based quartet may have a model for making it work. If 2009's Fantasies was about escaping the familiar and exploring the world, Synthetica is about finding the courage to deal with your own reflection in the mirror. "It’s about facing what you know is true," Haines says. Since their last album, Metric created original music for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Twilight-Eclipse and Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. The band — Haines, Shaw, bassist Joshua Winstead and drummer Joules Scott Key — started work on Synthetica in November 2010 in Toronto. They were emboldened by their Fantasies' sales (500,000 albums and one million singles worldwide.) Synthetica is globally self-release on Metric Music International.