Debut album 'Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa' fights off some tough competition...
Jeremy Dutcher

Toronto composer Jeremy Dutcher has won the Polaris Music Prize for his debut album 'Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa'.

The prize is awarded to the best Canadian album released in the past 12 months, and it voted for by a broad panel of figures in the Canadian musician industry.

Previous winners have included Arcade Fire, Kaytranada, Fucked Up, and Caribou, and this year's list was typically strong.

With the likes of U.S. Girls, Alvvays and more making the short list, Toronto's Jeremy Dutcher carried away the prize with his acclaimed debut album.

Performed in both English and the Wolastoqey language, the ambitious album utilised archival recordings from his community, the Tobique First Nation.

Accepting the award, the composer praised a number of contemporaries for aiding "the midst of an Indigenous renaissance".

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