Jeremy Dutcher

By Artsandstuff1 – I took the photo at Jeremy’s concertPreviously published: Christina Cassaro, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72720322

Classically-trained tenor, composer, musicologist, performer, activist and member of the Tobique First NationBorn 1990

Fast Facts

  • Jeremy is a Polaris Prize Winner for his Album: Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (translates in English to Our Maliseets Songs).
  • Dutcher identifies as two-spirit.
  • Jeremy is a classically trained opera tenor and pianist.
  • He is a performer, composer, activist, and musicologist.
  • Jeremy is one of fewer than 100 people who still speak Wolastoq. 
  • Wolastoq means beautiful and bountiful river.
  •  In 1604, French settlers “discovered” the Wolastoq watershed and renamed it “rivière St. Jean,” or “Saint John river”.
  • Jeremy is a member of Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick which is just north of the mouth of the Tobique river which connects to the Saint John River. 
  • Jeremy first began his musical studies in Halifax, Nova Scotia before working in the archives at the Canadian Museum of History, transcribing Wolastoq songs from 1907 wax cylinders.
  • Wax cylinders are the earliest commercial medium for recording and reproducing sound, and they were commonly known as “records” in their era of greatest popularity (c. 1896–1915).