THE SCOOP | Cree-Métis Baritone Jonathon Adams Named Early Music Vancouver Artist-in-Residence

By Michael Vincent on May 19, 2021

Baritone Jonathon Adams (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Baritone Jonathon Adams (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Early Music Vancouver (EMV) has named Montreal-based baritone Jonathon Adams as its first-ever summer artist-in-residence.

Adams will join Early Music Vancouver to appear in three concerts during the Vancouver Bach Festival between July 26 to August 6. Adams, a two-spirited Cree-Métis artist, will also participate in a panel talk with other leading Indigenous musicians and scholars on Indigenous music’s inclusion in early music. He will also write a series of essays on diversity and inclusion for the EMV website.

“The music of Bach has long been close to my heart and I am thrilled to be performing his music, amongst other repertoire, with many of my close friends from across Canada during the Bach Festival,” Adams said. “As a Cree-Métis artist, I hope my time in residence will help build bridges between EMV and Vancouver’s Indigenous communities while widening horizons of possibility for the performance of historical musics.”

Career Highlights:

  • Born in Edmonton
  • Made his solo debut at the Bruges Concertgebouw and at Snape Maltings Concert Hall
  • Collaborated with Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, and Vox Luminis
  • Toured with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir to China and Japan
  • Fellow of the Netherland Bach Society (2020-2021)
  • Sang at the famed Château de Versailles
  • Featured soloist in Against the Grain Theatre/TSO’s ground-breaking MESSIAH / COMPLEX

The news marks the second major announcement for EMV after renowned soprano Suzie LeBlanc was named artistic and executive director this past January.

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