first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Jeremy Dutcher. (Photo by Matt Barnes) Queeries is a weekly column by CBC Arts producer Peter Knegt that queries LGBTQ art, culture and/or identity through a personal lens.As 2018 slowly crawls to its final hours, one of the more joyful things we can reflect on is the undeniable watershed year it’s been for LGBTQ musicians. Thanks to the likes of Troye Sivan, Hayley Kiyoko, Janelle Monae, Brockhampton and Years & Years, music made by queer folks has found space in mainstream culture — to varying degrees, at least — all around the world like it never has before. And Canadian artists are no exception. In fact, we may have even been a bit ahead of the curve.In September, the Polaris Music Prize for best full-length Canadian album was given to two-spirit musician Jeremy Dutcher for Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, an album performed entirely in his native Wolastoq language. Dutcher followed in the footsteps of Kaytranada (2016’s 99.9%) and Lido Pimienta (2017’s La Papessa), making him third Polaris winner straight to…not identify as straight. And while obviously comparing any of these artists to #20GAYTEEN (yes, that’s a thing) pop stars like Troye Sivan is wholly unfair (after all, Dutcher’s album is a post-classical rearrangement of traditional Indigenous music in a language fluently spoken by fewer than 100 people), the fact that they have been the last three winners of what is arguably our country’s most prestigious music prize is wonderfully notable. “It’s so exciting, the kind of space that’s really opened up in this music scene,” Dutcher tells me. “For two-spirited artists, trans artists, queer artists…anyone under the umbrella. It’s really incredible.” Twitterlast_img

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