Polaris Prize and Juno award-winning Indigenous operatic tenor and composer Jeremy Dutcher has announced an upcoming nation-wide tour, partnering with orchestras in cities across Canada to present his acclaimed album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, in a symphonic format.
Arranged by Lucas Waldin, the performance premiered with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the Carlu Hall in Toronto in April. “This orchestra tour means so much to me,” says Dutcher, in a press release. “It sews together two musical halves of myself. A tour like this would not have been possible just one generation ago, and I am honoured to bring our sounds into the concert hall and give them the treatment their beauty commands.”
The full tour route, including orchestra dates and solo performances throughout Europe and North America, can be found below.
Dutcher has also paired up with Spotify to launch the official Indigenous playlist on the platform. Entitled Indigenous. Music by us, for us, it is a guest-curated playlist showcasing the large variety of indigenous talent from Canada and abroad. Dutcher's personal choices include songs by Tanya Tagaq, Elisapie. Nehiyawak and Buffy St-Marie.
The tour begins on Sept. 27 in Kitchener, Ont., with Winnipeg, Halifax, Regina, Calgary and Saskatoon also on the tour date list, which goes through to November. Conductor Lucas Waldin will be directing each performance, and Dutcher will be partnering with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra during the tour.