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Jeremy Dutcher

An operatic tenor blends his Wolastoq First Nation roots into his music

June 16 , 2017



The June 16 performance is FREE as part of our FIRST FRIDAY FREE at The Famous Spiegeltent. This general admission show is standing-room with a limited number of seats available (seats will be first-come, first-served, prioritizing persons with accessibility needs).

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Jeremy Dutcher is a Toronto-based composer and vocal artist. An operatic tenor, Dutcher takes every opportunity to blend his Wolastoq First Nation roots into the music he creates. His style combines musical aesthetics into something entirely new, shapeshifting between classical, contemporary, traditional, and jazz.

His debut release Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (Our Maliseets Songs), slated for fall 2017, is part composition, part musical ethnography, part linguistic reclamation. The melodies come from the oldest known field recordings of the Indigenous peoples along the St. John (Wolastoq) River basin. Dutcher works with the endangered Wolastoqey language in his music in hopes of inspiring other young maliseets to learn it.

Dutcher won Opera New Brunswick’s Young Artist Award in 2012 and most recently received the Canada Council for the Arts Aboriginal Music Award. He studied classical music at Dalhousie University and spent time learning from Passamaqouddy song carrier Maggie Paul. He has also been a featured soloist with the Mississauga Chamber Choir and Soundstreams Canada. See him in The Famous Spiegeltent before his album release in the fall.