Conference Speaker

Jeremy Dutcher

QC, Canada

CIHP Inc. - Artist/Owner


Jeremy Dutcher is a classically trained operatic tenor and composer who takes every opportunity to blend his Wolastoq First Nation roots into his music, incorporating 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," he says. "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.”

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