Should there be an Indigenous Juno Awards category? – The Globe and Mail

Should there be an Indigenous Juno Awards category? – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on March 6, 2020107 Views

In his acceptance speech for the Indigenous album award at last year’s Junos in London, Ont., Jeremy Dutcher brought up the complexities of the award he had just won. “All of your work changes this place, and it deserves to be considered outside of this category,” the composer-musicologist said, speaking to his fellow Indigenous musicians. “Our music is saying something.”

And Dutcher was saying something – until he was played offstage before he could finish his speech: Indigenous artists are marginalized by a category specifically dedicated to them – and they’d like to be more visible in other Juno categories as well. Dutcher got the bum’s rush in London, but the debate continues.

Here’s the nut of it: Pan-Indigenous music is no more a thing than LGBTQ music is a thing. Just look at the disparate Indigenous music winners of the past three years. Quantum Tangle (2017) mixes traditional Inuit throat singing and spoken-word storytelling with blues-leaning rock. Buffy Sainte-Marie (2018) is a folk singer. And Dutcher? His Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa album was a reassembling of traditional First Nations music in a postclassical setting.

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