Jeremy Dutcher & Snotty Nose Rez Kids One Step Closer to Polaris

Last month, four up-and-coming Indigenous acts were long listed for the Polaris Music Prize. Today, two of those acts are one step closer to the coveted award and $50,000.

On July 17, Polaris announced that Toronto’s Jeremy Dutcher and B.C. hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids are among the 10 finalists for the 2018 Canadian Album of the Year. Widely considered one of the country’s most prestigious and coveted music awards, the Polaris is judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre, sales or record label.

If either Dutcher or SNRK go on to win the 2018 Polaris, they will follow in the footsteps of recent Indigenous winners including Tanya Tagaq (Animism, 2014), Buffy Sainte-Marie (Power in the Blood, 2015) and Lido Pimienta (La Papessa, 2017). Each of the 10 Short List finalists are guaranteed $3,000, courtesy of Slaight Music.

“Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa is an exploration of the traditional songs of my nation collected on wax cylinders over 110 years ago. I have reimagined these melodies for the contemporary moment, in the hopes of reconnecting my people (Wolastoqiyik) with what has been taken.”

– Jeremy Dutcher on his Polaris-nominated album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

“For some people, The Average Savage is the unsettling feeling you get after hearing the roaring cry of a Bucquis (Sasquatch) pierce through a dark tree line. A feeling that stems from the lack of understanding of the existence of each other. For others, The Average Savage is realizing that it’s OK for the Bucquis to coexist.”

– Snotty Nose Rez Kids on their Polaris-nominated album, The Average Savage

The 2018 Polaris Music Prize winner will be announced Sept. 17. Check out the other Short List nominees here.

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