Jeremy Dutcher wins Polaris prize, Canada’s top music award

Prize of 50,000 Canadian dollars won by classically trained indigenous singer who reinterpreted traditional songs of his Native Wolastoq people

Jeremy Dutcher, a singer performing in the indigenous Wolastoq language, has won Canada’s most prestigious pop music award, the Polaris prize.

The prize – the equivalent of the UK’s Mercury prize – was announced at a gala in Toronto on Monday. It is voted for by a panel of journalists, broadcasters and music industry figures, and given to what they deem the year’s best Canadian album.

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