Jeremy Dutcher is a classically-trained Canadian Indigenous tenor, composer, musicologist, performer and activist, who currently lives in Toronto, Ontario. He is most noted for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, which won the 2018 Polaris Music Prize.
|Born||November 8, 1990|
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
|Occupation(s)||Singer, pianist, composer, activist|
A Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) member of the Tobique First Nation in North-West New Brunswick, Dutcher studied music and anthropology at Dalhousie University. His musical education as an operatic tenor originally centered around the Western classical canon, and later grew to encompass the traditional songs of his community. He recorded Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa following a research project on old archival recordings of traditional Maliseet songs at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, many of which are no longer being passed down to contemporary Maliseet youth.
- Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (2018)
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2018||Polaris Music Prize||Shortlisted||Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa||Won|||
Dutcher aims to preserve both Wolastoq culture and language through his music, and inspire Indigenous youth to think about the importance of language. When asked about his decision to record in his native Wolasktoq language, Dutcher stated "it’s less about asking people to learn a new language and more about disrupting the bilingual Anglo-centric Canadian music narrative. Up until this point, why have there been no popular records in my language?"
The intersection of identifying as both Indigenous and Two-Spirited allows Dutcher to speak out on the Indigenization of queer spaces. In the Two-Spirit Roundtable project he speaks on the lack of gendered pronouns in the Maliseet language, and advocates for a "less western" way of thinking about gender.
- "Jeremy Dutcher breathes new life into century-old Wolastoq recordings". Halifax Chronicle-Herald, May 8, 2018.
- "How Jeremy Dutcher Keeps His Ancestors' Language Alive". The Walrus. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
- "Jeremy Dutcher Wins 2018 Polaris Music Prize". Exclaim!, September 17, 2018.
- "A powerful mix of culture and craft: Dutcher's debut brings ancestors' melodies, words into present day". Winnipeg Free Press, June 16, 2018.
- "Jeremy Dutcher : chanter avec les voix ressuscitées de ses ancêtres". Ici Radio-Canada, May 22, 2018.
- Friend, David (April 28, 2018). "Singer Jeremy Dutcher reaches across a century to connect with Wolastoq language". The Toronto Star / The Canadian Press. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
- "Tenor Jeremy Dutcher revives the songs of his Maliseet ancestors at the Queer Arts Festival". The Georgia Straight, June 13, 2018.
- "Polaris Music Prize Reveals 2018 Short List". Exclaim!, July 17, 2018.
- "Polaris winner Jeremy Dutcher hopes to inspire Indigenous youth". The Globe and Mail. September 18, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
- "Jeremy Dutcher Aims to Disrupt 'Anglo-Centric Music Narrative' With Wolastoq-Language Album: Premiere". Billboard. April 5, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
- Fewster, Peter H. "Researching for LGBTQ Health". lgbtqhealth.ca. Retrieved October 29, 2018.