Jonathon Adams
Canadian baritone Jonathon Adams. Photo: Ayako Nishibori.

In a nod toward the company’s diverse and inclusive evolution, Early Music Vancouver has chosen Cree-Métis Two-Spirit baritone Jonathon Adams as its first ever artist-in-residence. Appointed by EMV Artistic & Executive Director Suzie Leblanc, Adams’ summer residency will include a series of essays, a panel conversation, and three performances with EMV’s adapted Bach Festival between July 26 and August 6.

A figure of progressivity in early music circles, readers may remember Edmonton-born Adams from their late 2020 appearance in Against the Grain Theatre and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Messiah/Complex.

“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,” says Adams. “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.”

Jonathon Adams’ essays will be published on the EMV website starting in June. Additionally, EMV will announce details of Adams’ Bach Festival performances closer to the July date.

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