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PuSh Performing Arts Festival

PuSh Festival

January 17 – February 4, 2012
Multiple Venues
Vancouver, BC

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of Vancouver’s signature events. Produced over three weeks each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts.

The PuSh Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe.

The Festival is a broker of international partnerships, a meeting place for creative minds, a showcase of Canada’s best and an incubator of brilliant new work. PuSh’s vision is to be a festival of national importance—artistically respected, greatly anticipated and highly valued as a catalyst for cultural and community development!

January 17, 2012 1:00 pmtoFebruary 4, 2012 1:00 pm

Erato Ensemble: Nocturne

Erato EnsembleJanuary 20, 2012 @ 8:00pm
 Chapel at St. Andrew’s-Westley United Church
1022 Nelson Street
Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $20 (seating limited – reservation required)

Available via: email (

January 21, 2012 @ 8:00pm
St. Thomas Anglican Church
2444 East 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $10 at the door

On a dark and cold winter night
Erato Ensemble presents
music to warm your soul~

An evening of hymns, nocturnes, autumnal odes and candlelight!


  • William George, tenor
  • Catherine Laub, soprano
  • Michael Strutt, guitar
  • Tanya Kliefoth, flute
  • Stefan Hintersteininger, cello
  • Rita Attrot, organ

Music by:

January 20, 2012
8:00 pm
January 21, 2012
8:00 pm

New Music Networking Forum: Connecting Practices, Geographies and Cultures

New Music Networking Forum

Connecting Practices, Geographies and Cultures

January 19 through January 22, 2012
Vancouver, BC

The fifth CNMN national Forum is hosted by Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts at its new home at SFU Woodward’s, 149 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver.

CNMN National Forums offer face to face connections with artistic directors, music educators, improvisers, producers, composers, arts administrators, performers, scholars, music lovers and others who believe in the value of the many forms of new music and sound art and seek to deepen and strengthen their practice across Canada.

To facilitate participation, CNMN is offering Habitation, a billeting project in Vancouver in which local hosts are matched with Forum registrants, and information for potential travel funding, including a Support Letter that can be tailored for submission to funding agencies and institutions.


Reflecting the times and the rapid evolution of the practice and dissemination of new music, Forum 2012 brings together some of the most innovative thinkers in North America to discuss what is ahead for the art form and its networks.

While music practitioners are redefining their roles within their home communities through intercultural collaborations and partnerships with education, environment, social, health and other groups, networked platforms have opened pathways for collaboration and dissemination in a globally interconnected context. Emerging technologies are transforming the way music is conceived, composed and performed through radical new instruments, interfaces and robotic intelligences.

New music is stepping more and more beyond conventional concert venues to inhabit an array of contexts and places that stretch both the music and the experience. Similarly, a blur between composer and performer and between audience and practitioner is evolving the art form as philosophical ideas and interactive methodologies become integrated into the practice of new music.

In the midst of these deep and far-reaching developments, at the core of Forum 2012 is a reminder and a recognition that the heart of any musical practice, whether ancient, modern or radically new, is about connecting — with sound, with place and with each other.


Forum 2012 creates avenues for connection through small group discussion, facilitated exchanges, listening and sound making activities, interactive demonstrations and open forums. New this year is Language Facilitation, a flexible way for speakers of varying levels of French and English to communicate more deeply with one another.

Each day of the Forum includes a themed open session using the Unconference model, where attendees can bring topics, ideas and issues, and where moments of interest from previous sessions can be elaborated. The results of these open discussions will guide CNMN in its role of supporting and championing the relevance, excellence and sustainability of the Canadian new music community.

The Forum venue includes dedicated spaces for attendees to display materials (CD’s, scores, brochures, newsletters, announcements, etc.) and places to interact musically and try new technologies.

We will also hear One-Page Scores by Forum attendees — don’t miss the call, deadline December 30!

We hope you join us in Vancouver for three days of illuminating connections and music.

Forum 2012 Advisory Committee Co-Chairs: Tina M Pearson and Randy Raine-Reusch.

Committee: Bob Baker (CMC BC Regional Director), DB Boyko, David Pay, Mark Armanini, Janice Jackson, Kara Gibbs and Coat Cooke.


For further details, please visit the Canadian New Music Network’s Forum page (links on the right of that page).

January 19, 2012 4:00 pmtoJanuary 22, 2012 4:00 pm

Habitation 2012

The Canadian New Music Network

Habitation 2012

January 19-22, 2012

The Canadian New Music Network (CNMN) / Réseau canadien pour les musiques nouvelles (RCMN) is a network of artists, ensembles, orchestras, production companies, record labels, music educators, music media, musicologists, music lovers and fans who believe in the importance and value of creative music making in Canadian society. The CNMN was founded in November 2005, after almost 3 years of discussions with the national new music community.

With great pleasure, the CNMN shares some exciting news with you about a new opportunity to build your network and get to know others who share your belief that creative music making has importance and value in Canadian society.

For the first time ever, the CNMN will be organizing billeting during our upcoming national Forum, January 19-22, 2012 in Vancouver!

To improve communication, understanding and knowledge within the Canadian new music community, the CNMN need to multiply opportunities for you to expand your network and create lasting connections with colleagues from coast to coast.

By nature, the billeting experience is a powerful and unique opportunity to cultivate these connections.  It’s a wonderful way to meet new people or to strengthen existing relationships. The advantages are numerous, both for those arriving from out of town and benefiting from a local host, and for those hosting guests from places that they may someday visit.

We will soon be seeking out assistance in a variety of areas as the planning for Habitation 2012 continues to move forward. There will be many different ways to help make this billeting project a success. We invite you to start thinking about how you might be able to get involved. All levels of involvement will be important!

Right now, we want to know about all the communication resources in Vancouver that could help get the word out [free of charge] about Habitation 2012. When the time comes, we want to be ready and able to build a sizeable list of billeting hosts. If you have ideas, or if you have your own communication resources that you would like to offer, please email

For more information, please visit:

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