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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


Call for Contributions


eContact! extends an open call for contributions to an issue focussing on the use of the body in electroacoustic performance practice, coordinated by Guest Editor Marco Donnarumma. Performers, composers and others are encouraged to contribute their perspectives on the role or position of the body in experimental practices of musical performance.

Submission deadline: 31 January 2012
Publication: 29 February 2012
Submission Guidelines can be found here.

Marco Donnarumma – Music for Flesh

Suggestions for contributions include, but are not limited to the following ideas:

  • Use of Mechanical Myography (MMG), Electromyography (EMG) and other similar biological signal measurements in performance
  • Scoring / notation of body-related performance
  • Sound Art dealing with the body and biological aspects of performance
  • Development of DIY, biological-based, Interactive Musical Systems (IMS)
  • The definition / augmentation of Self on stage by means of biotechnologies
  • Cognitive aspects of embodied interaction between the biological body and computer
  • Composer—Technology—Performer: definition of roles?
  • Live electronics vs. fixed media in biotechnological performance practice
  • Historical overviews and reflections
  • Critical perspectives on gesture-based “human-computer interaction”
  • The sound of flesh…

We also welcome other contributions that engage in a discourse on the relation between biophysics and music. Feel free to propose other ideas!

To state your interest in contributing or for further information, contact Guest Editor Marco Donnarumma.

For more information, please visit:

January 31, 2012

Via Choralis Call for Scores

Via Choralis Call for Scores

Deadline: 30 January, 2012

The Via Choralis Performance Society invites young composers from the Capital Regional District (Victoria and environs) aged 16-25 to submit a piece for SAB or SATB choir and piano and, if desired, one other instrument. The piece should be between 3 and 5 minutes in length and of easy to moderate difficulty. One or more selected works will be performed at the choir’s spring concert at 7:30 PM on 21 April 2012 at St. Elizabeth’s Church, Sidney. Prospective composers should be available to attend the concert. Up to two prizes will be awarded – a first prize of $250 and a second prize of $100.

Entries must be legible, and preferably printed using computerized music-writing software. Entries should be mailed in .pdf format to viachoralis@shaw.c and received by midnight on 31 January, 2012.

Submissions should include
— the composer’s age,
— full contact information, and
— a brief biography.

Via Choralis is an auditioned community chamber choir of approximately 35-40 voices based on the Saanich Peninsula. The group performs three public concerts a year. The artistic director is Nicholas Fairbank.

For more information see the choir’s website at or email us at

 Click here to download a PDF version

January 31, 2012
12:00 am