JEREMY DUTCHER ANNOUNCES 2019 TOUR DATES
2018 POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE WINNER SELLS OUT UPCOMING TORONTO PERFORMANCE, ANNOUNCES 2019 TOUR DATES
WOLASTOQIYIK LINTUWAKONAWA OUT NOW
“Jeremy Dutcher's voice is an instrument that's reaching across a century of Indigenous history. …an alluring emotional intensity that transcends the perceived boundaries of words.” Canadian Press
"The future meets the past as Dutcher’s resonant operatic voice is paired with a recording made over 110 years ago of a speech. Layered with crystalline strings and booming horns, the result sounds grandiose yet intimate." - NOISEY
“beautiful, celebratory and very much alive.” Exclaim! 9/10
“Jeremy Dutcher's dance with the dead is nothing short of transformative. … a stunning work.” The Record
“…a cross-generational collaboration of inspiring postclassical music.” The Globe and Mail
“Opening with a song about death and closing it with one inspired by love truly marks ‘Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa’ as a life cycle lived in reverse, and optimistically rewrites the history and rules about indigenous language and culture in our modern world.” Domionated
“This is really one of the best things we’ve ever heard on the history of the show.” Tom Power, CBC q
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On September 17, Toronto-based performer, composer, and member of the Tobique First Nation Jeremy Dutcher was awarded the prestigious Polaris Music Prize for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. After winning, Dutcher gave a statement in English and also in his ancestor's language saying, "Psiw-te npomawsuwinuwok, kiluwaw yut. All my people, this is for you."
He also tweeted, "You are in the midst of an indigenous renaissance. Are you ready to hear the truth that needs to be told? Are you ready to see the things that need to be seen?"
Those words, and the words of his people on Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, have echoed around the world, receiving further praise and attention from The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, CBC, Noisey, and many more.
In an interview with Bilboard, Dutcher was asked if he grew up with these songs, to which he responded, "This is why I'm so passionate about doing this - because I didn't." When asked if he expects people to learn his language, he said, "Yes. I do, 100%. Why not? We learned yours. For me, 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?" and even teaches readers a few phrases, which can be found in the interview here.
Dutcher recently shared Casey MQ's remix of "Pomok naka Poktoinskwes" from the award-winning LP. He says he is “honoured to collaborate with Casey MQ, who reimagines a sonic world surrounding this anthem to our water rights! Listen to this track and Imagine a universe where our melodies and languages dominate dance floors of this land. Wake up to the beautiful indigenous realities all around. There are 48 entries in the Wolastoqey dictionary for the word Dance. This is my favourite: Mawekak [they come together dancing].”
“Pomok naka Poktoinskwes” (bah-mog na-ga buck-tah-in-skwes) is the song of the Fisher and the Water Spirit. “This was the only archival recording that I recognized from my childhood,” says Dutcher. “It was recovered in the 80s by song carrier Maggie Paul and has been sung in Maliseet communities ever since. I envision Teiya’s high soprano to be that spirit who is troubled by her treatment.”
Today Jeremy Dutcher announces 2019 tour dates in continued support of Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa which will include upcoming performances in Alberta, Manitoba, B.C., Ontario and more. All tour dates can be found below.
12/12: London, ON - The Aeolian
12/13: Guelph, ON – Royal City Church
12/15: Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
01/06: New York, NY – GlobalFest
01/25: Fredericton, NB - Wilmot United Church
01/31: Norman Wells, NT - Norman Wells Community Hall
02/02: Inuvik, NT - Our Lady Of Victoria Catholic Church
02/05: Fort Smith, NT - St. Joseph’s Cathedral
02/07: Fort Simpson, NT- Bompass Elementary School
02/09: Hay River, NT – Roman Catholic Church
03/02: Sherwood Park, AB – Festival Place Theater
03/05: Brandon, MB – Brandon University
03/06: Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
03/08: Victoria, BC – Pacific Opera, Bauman Centre
03/09: Vancouver, BC – The Rio Theatre
03/22: Kingston, ON – Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts
03/24: Kingston, ON – Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts