Classically trained composer and operatic tenor Jeremy Dutcher has never shied away from a key fashion moment, like the glam, (literally) statement-making ensemble worn to last year’s Junos that featured pieces by Toronto-based label Zoffranieri and Edmonton’s Luxx; the lining of Dutcher’s cape featured Cree syllabics which said, “We will succeed”.
Dutcher is a member of the Tobique First Nation and identifies as two-spirit. His decision to make music that centres on Wolastoqiyik, his people, to sing in the language, and to weave in electronic samples of his ancestors’ sounds, is all part of his desire to revive the culture.
So is his choice of fashion, he said. Though that received some initial pushback, including from his mom.