Jeremy Dutcher

2 Nominations

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Jeremy Dutcher is a classically trained operatic tenor and composer who takes every opportunity to blend his Wolastoq First Nation roots into the music he creates, blending distinct musical aesthetics that shape-shift between classical, traditional, and pop to form something entirely new. Dutcher’s debut release, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, involves the rearrangement of early 1900s wax cylinder field recordings from his community. “Many of the songs were lost because our musical tradition was suppressed by the Canadian government. I'm doing this work as there's only about a hundred Wolastoqey speakers left. It's crucial that we're using our language, if you lose the language, you're losing an entire way of experiencing the world.” A member of Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Jeremy first completed his music studies in Halifax before taking a chance to work in the archives at the Canadian Museum of History, painstakingly transcribing Wolastoq songs from these 1907 wax cylinders.


Since the release of Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, Jeremy has played festivals in Vancouver (Queer Arts Fest), Montreal (Jazz Fest, Pop Montreal), Stratford (Summer Music Fest), Calgary (Folk Festival), Sackville (Sappyfest), Guelph (Hillside), Winnipeg (sākihiwē festival) and Sudbury (Up Here Festival), and subsequently won the 2018 Polaris Prize on September 17th, 2018.

Nominations

  • 2019 Best Producer/Engineer to Devon Bate (BUFFLO) for Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
  • 2019 Best Electronic Music Album for Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Albums

Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa Jeremy Dutcher

Released: April 6th, 2018

Producer: Devon Bate (BUFFLO), n/a

Songs

Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

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"Mehcinut" from Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

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"Sakomawit" from Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

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"Pomok naka Poktoinskwes" from Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa