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CNMN Nominations

The time has come to create a new Board of Directors for the Canadian New Music Network. This is a self-nominating process.

DEADLINE for nominations is March 1st, 2012.

TO NOMINATE YOURSELF, please contact Tim Brady, CNMN President,, (514) 931 – 9747.

Twelve positions to be filled, 2-year mandate (June 2012 – May 2014).

2 – Atlantic Canada
3 – Québec
3 – Ontario
1 – Manitoba
1 – Saskatchewan
1 – Alberta and the Northern Territories
1 – British Columbia

New to CNMN? Our PDF brochure provides more information about the organization.

The board meets by phone 3-4 times per year. Board members should expect to contribute some time and energy to various committees and projects over the course of their mandate.
For more information about the organization of the board, please visit online:
Details about the current board of directors can be found here:
To run for board membership, you must have a CNMN membership as an individual with voting rights.

Please forward this to people who you think might wish to run.

March 1, 2012
10:00 pm

UBC School of Music: Contemporary Players Concert

March 2, 2012 @ 2:00pm
Belkin Gallery
1825 Main Mall, 
Vancouver, BC
Tickets: FREE!

March 9, 2012 @ noon
Roy Barnett Recital Hall
UBC School Of Music
6361 Memorial Road, UBC
Vancouver, BC

Paolo Bortolussi – Director/Coach
Professors David Gillham, Eric Wilson, David Harding – Coaches
Chris Morano – TA/Coach

Pendulum, for vibraphone and electronics, Naithan Bosse

Colin Van de Reep – vibraphone

All Roads Lead to the Great Path, Alyssa Aska

Jack Liang, clarinet
Helena Kim, piano

Broken Mirror Suite for String Quartet, Paul Lee

  1. The Cracked Mirror
  2. Seven Years of Misfortune
  3. Absolution

Matthew Nakagawa and Anita Lee, violins
Catherine Chen, viola
Sarah Kim, cello

Waterclocks from Theft, Jocelyn Morlock

Jack Liang (clarinet); Boris Ulanovicz (violin)
Sarah Kim (cello); Trevor Hoffmann (piano); Colin Van de Reep (percussion)

Tweets for Trumpet, Bass and Harp, Adam Hill

I. Soy toda concentracion — Philly…You look pretty:) — NINJA CAT!
II. BIIAAATCHHH! — miss you more! xo — Black Friday fervor begins earlier than ever
III. Get Ready! — Hell: The Sequel — YUP!!!
IV. I think this shirt is inside out — Heart bubbles to Montpelier:)
V. What November 6, 2012 could look like: — life made, now what? – Wizard memories…I miss it. — 100 millones de voces
Logan Bennet, trumpet

Robyn Reekie, bass
Emilie Newsome-Delormes, harp

La Rêve de Moise, Daniel Marshall

Alyssa Stevenson, flute
Jack Liang, clarinet
Anita Lee, violin
Sarah Kim, cello
Helena Kim, piano

March 2, 2012
2:00 pm
March 9, 2012
12:00 pm

Turning Point: Jump for Joy!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER: 20% OFF TICKETS to Turning Point Ensemble’s blockbuster, genre-busting concert, Jump for Joy! – an evening exploring the connections between the worlds of jazz and classical music.

To take part in this promotion, use promo code ‘DUKE’ at the box office. Offer valid only on regular adult ticket $38. Offer valid between February 23-March 8, 2012

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April 1, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
SFU Woodward’s Building
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $38 general; $35 senior; $10 student
Available via:

Turning Point: Jump for Joy! – From Ellington & Stravinsky to Douglas & Turner

You don’t want to miss this Turning Point Ensemble blockbuster, genre-busting concert Jump for Joy! – an evening that explores the connections between the worlds of jazz and classical music in the early 20th century and the present day.

The music of Duke Ellington and Igor Stravinsky, arguably the two most influential musicians of the first half of the 20th century, at times reveals uncanny similarities. Turning Point presents Ellington’s “The Clothed Woman” and “On a Turquoise Cloud” in arrangements by Fred Stride alongside Stravinsky’s Tango, Pastorale, and Octet. Jazz vocalist Jennifer Scott joins the ensemble to perform both Ellington and Stravinsky.

And in a major event connecting Vancouver and New York City, Turning Point Ensemble is delighted to present a premiere from two-time Grammy nominated jazz musician Dave Douglas,arguably the most prolific and original trumpeter/composer of his generation.

The program is completed with a new commission by one of British Columbia’s most versatile and highly-esteemed musicians, multi-instrumentalist/composer Brad Turner.

Presented in partnership with the Langley Community Music School
Generously supported by Macquarie Private Wealth, Inc., ArtsFACT Foundation and Coastal Jazz and Blues Society

April 1, 2012
8:00 pm

Vancouver ProMusica: World Music Landscapes – Series II CROATIA

Drakulić portraitFebruary 28, 2012 @ 2:00pm
BC Creative Hub
837 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC
: FREE! (RSVP’s required)

Open to the general public, music appreciators and musicians alike. Please note that NO music reading skills are necessary.

RSVP to CMC BC Region:

  • eMail:
  • phone: (604) 734 ‐ 4622

A lovely afternoon is in store for the audiences interested to understand and hear what is new on the Croatian contemporary music scene. Listen to the lecture, listen to the music and join in the discussion. Renowned Croatian composer Sanja Drakulić will be in attendance, offering insights offer insights into her own music and as well as introduce the current Croatian music landscape.

This concert is presented by Vancouver ProMusica.

Sanja Drakulić

Sanja Drakulić, pianist and composer (Zagreb, 1963) graduated in piano (P.Gvozdić) from the Music Academy in Zagreb and specialized in piano in Nice, Weimar, Paris and Moscow (R.Kehrer).

She studied composition at the École Normale de Musique A.Cortot in Paris, the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, the Academy of Music in Zagreb (S.Horvat) and from 1987 at the P.I.Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow (A.Pirumov, Y.Boutsko), winning the Master of Fine Arts (1992) and the Doctor of Musical Arts (1994) degrees and studying musicology (E.Gordina) and organ (O.Yanchenko). She was a teaching assistant in composition at the same conservatory for two years.

Her composition Five Intermezzos for piano solo was awarded the first prize at the All‐Russian Young Composers’ Competition in Moscow (1993). She was awarded Yeltsin’s Presidential Scholarship for composers and numerous prizes for compositions in Croatia.

She is a member of the Croatian Composers’ Society, the Russian Composers’ Association and the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.

She works as a Full Professor at the Art Academy/Department of Music, J.J.Strossmayer University in Osijek, Croatia. She teaches composition and music theory at the international master classes and seminars. Drakulić served as the program director of the International Music Festival in Pula, Croatia.

Her works have been performed by internationally acclaimed soloists, ensembles and orchestras in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, the Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, the USA, etc. She also performs her own piano works.

Her opus includes music for solo instruments, concertos, chamber music, choral, orchestral, electro‐acoustic music, ballet and opera.

February 28, 2012
2:00 pmto3:30 pm

Vancouver Chamber Choir & Elmer Iseler Singers: Two Great Choirs

The Chamber Choir & The Iselers  - March 16 at Christ Church CathedralMarch 16, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Christ Church Cathedral
690 Burrard Street at West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC
: $24.50 – $28; student rush tickets $10
Available via: Ticketmaster; rush tickets available 1 hour before the concert

The latest in a long series of collaborative concerts by Canada’s two outstanding professional choirs – the Vancouver Chamber Choir conducted by Jon Washburn and the Elmer Iseler Singers of Toronto conducted by Lydia Adams. Each choir sings separately and they also combine voices for Mendelssohn and Willcocks in what is sure to be a magnificent choral experience!


  • Felix Mendelssohn – Sechs Sprüche
  • Timothy Corlis – Silent Dawn
  • Lyte/Monk, arr. Greg Jasperse – Abide With Me
  • Thomas Dorsey – Precious Lord
  • John Newton, arr. Ron Smail – Amazing Grace
  • Peter Togni – Requiem et Lux
  • Moses Hogan, arr. – Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel
  • R Murray SchaferA Medieval Bestiary
  • Electo Silva – Three Cuban Songs
  • Algimantas Brazinskas – The Inn
  • David Willcocks – Five Folksongs
March 16, 2012
8:00 pm

Love in Public: an Opera Cabaret

Love in Public PosterLove in Public: an Opera Cabaret

April 19 – 29, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
also April 22 & 29 matinees @ 2:00pm
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
B2 level, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
: $25 general, $15 student & senior
Available via: 2mevents

Music by David MacIntyre
Words by Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Sonnets from the Portuguese


  • Robyn Driedger-Klassen, soprano
  • Megan Morrison, mezzo soprano
  • Frederik Robert, tenor
  • Warren Kimmel, baritone
  • David Boothroyd, piano
  • with dancers Kaylin Metchie and Juan Carlos Villegas

Directed by Peter Jorgensen
Designed by Marti Wright
Lighting by Barry Hegland
Produced by David MacIntyre

In a sophisticated blend of music, poetry, theatre and dance; Love in Public, a contemporary opera cabaret re-imagining of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese by Vancouver composer David MacIntyre, debuts in a new theatrical production directed by Peter Jorgensen.

Forty-four songs interpreted by four fabulous singers with an intoxicating piano-driven score, Love in Public invites audiences to contemplate the role of the love song in the 21st Century. What place does traditional courtship and the writings of romance hold in modern times where irony tends to triumph over sentiment and texting has replaced the love letter? Love in Public is a gorgeous musical journey into the intimate thoughts of a woman revivified by the power of love.

Love in Public stars acclaimed soloists of the opera/music theatre stage: soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen; mezzo soprano Megan Morrison; tenor Frederik Robert; and baritone Warren Kimmel. David Boothroyd, a nationally known performer with a twenty-five year career in opera, will collaborate on piano. This world premiere production is directed by Peter Jorgensen, a rising star in Vancouver’s music theatre scene, well known for his work with Patrick Street Productions. Student dancers from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts will round out the cast.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese, a highly personal collection of love poems, was published in 1850. Obscurely titled to deflect readers’ attentions from her love affair with Robert Browning, Barrett’s collection was a public telling of emotion, not all that different from modern online and reality television culture, where the intimacy between lovers becomes public. Contemporary audiences will revisit Barrett’s words in a new context, forever altering confessions such as, ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.’

“Love in Public is the perfect ‘date night’ for lovers of all ages and orientations,” says producer and composer David MacIntyre, “It’s like the first blog – 150 years early.”

Purchased your ticket already? Invite your friends to come via the Love in Public Facebook event page.


April 19, 2012 8:00 pmtoApril 29, 2012 8:00 pm

Northern Lights Chamber Choir: Equinox

Equinox Poster 2012February 29, 2012 @ 7:30pm (preview concert)
Zion United Church
2315 Pleasant Valley Blvd,
Armstrong, BC
: by donation ($10 suggested)

March 2, 2012 @ 7:30pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
921 20th Street NE
Salmon Arm, BC
: $15 general; student “Shugo” tickets available from the Salmon Arm Art Gallery for $5
Available through: Acorn Music or from choir members; you may call (250) 832-7921 or  email

March 4, 2012 @ 2:30pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
921 20th Street NE
Salmon Arm, BC
: $15 general; student “Shugo” tickets available from the Salmon Arm Art Gallery for $5
Available through: Acorn Music or from choir members; you may call (250) 832-7921 or  email

March 11th @ 2:30pm
St. Mary’s Church
1144 Trans-Canada Highway
Sorrento, BC
: $15 general


The ‘dead of winter’ which occurs between the fall and spring equinox can describe a bleak time, both in nature and in our lives.  In the natural world, however, this period is not one of death as much as dormancy, when life hibernates, waiting for the warmth and light of spring to signal a time for rebirth, growth, and a flowering and fruition of purpose.  So with our interior lives. What might feel dead in us may in fact be simply dormant, and despite our perennial doubts, darkness gradually yields to light and new life.

The  selection of songs about autumn and spring remind us that every season of the year and of our lives contributes its own beauty and worth. We can ‘winter through’ a time of dormancy with confidence that what is unrealized in our lives will spring forth in a joyous season of surprises. The falling leaves of autumn signalling winter’s approach shall yield to spring and ‘glorious summer’.

The concerts include pieces by Canadian composers Stephen Chatman, Eleanor Daley, Elizabeth Knudson and Wade Hemsworth (arr. Ron Smail). Other composers are Morten Lauridsen, Passereau, Jules Massenet, Vaughan Williams and Astor Piazzolla.

February 29, 2012
7:30 pm
March 2, 2012
7:30 pm
March 4, 2012
2:30 pm
March 11, 2012
2:30 pm

Composer’s Kitchen: Undergraduate Workshop 2012

Acclaimed Montreal string quartet Quatuor Bozzini will give an intensive workshop on composing for strings from August 5-10, 2012, in Vancouver BC. Hosted by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU, the workshop is intended for students from all countries who are in undergraduate composition programs, or who have recently graduated. Besides the quartet, composers Owen Underhill (SFU) and Christopher Butterfield (UVIC) will act as mentors.

The goals of the workshop are to improve technical skills for contemporary writing for strings and string quartet, and to provide a supportive environment for visionary compositional ideas. Those accepted to the workshop will be given composition exercises as a starting point for the week’s work, which they will be expected to prepare in advance. Finished works for string quartet are not required by the start of the course.

A public presentation will be held at the end of the week to present work done during the workshop.

Ten composers will be accepted; cost is CAN $650. Participants will be expected to arrange their own travel and accommodation. The program will take place in Simon Fraser University’s new cultural facility, the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, in downtown Vancouver.

Applicants should submit scores and live recordings (if available) of two recent compositions in any genre; a short outline for a creatively ambitious new work for string quartet; and a resumé, to: (see details below).

March 12, 2012
8:00 pm
August 10, 2012
8:00 pm

Tsilumos: SALT Festival

Tsilumos EnsembleMarch 2, 2012 @ 8:00pm (pre-concert talk beforehand)
Farquhar Auditorium
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC
: $17.30 & $13.50
Available via:

  • phone: (250) 721­ ‐ 8480
  • web:

With guests Ensemble Nikel (Belgium/Switzerland/Israel) Ajtony Csaba, conductor
World Premier of Lovely Monster Reloaded by Bernhard Gander (Austria)

North American Premiere of Zohar Iver (Blind Radiance) by Chaya Czernowin (Harvard University)

March 3, 2012 @ 4:00pm onwards

Starts at Farquhar Auditorium
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC

Continues at Open Space
510 Fort Street
Victoria, BC

Tickets: $25 day pass
Available via: at the door
Information: (250) 383 – 8833 and

Tsilumos Ensemble (Victoria)
Ensemble Nikel
Olaf Tzschoppe, percussion (Germany)
Tzenka Dianova, piano (Victoria)
Sonic Lab (UVic)

Bringing together Canadian and international artists, SALT is an exciting and edgy two-­‐day festival of contemporary music. In its second year, the festival features Victoria’s new music ensemble, Tsilumos (derived from the Hebrew tsiltsul or “ring” and the Latin lumos or “light”), the University of Victoria Orchestra, as well as several renowned international guests.

The festival will commence on Friday, March 2 at the University of Victoria with the UVic Orchestra and Ensemble Nikel. Under the direction of Ajtony Csana, the orchestra will present the world premiere of Lovely Monster Reloaded by Bernhard Gander and the North American premiere of Chaya Czernowin’s Zohar Iver (Blind Radiance) – a concerto for Ensemble Nikel (saxophone, electric guitar, piano and percussion) and orchestra. Czernowin will be in Victoria for the festival and will take part in a pre-­‐concert talk.

On Saturday, March 3, the SALT Festival – PART 2 will feature Tsilumos Ensemble (Joanna Hood, Ajtony Csaba, Dániel Péter Biró and Kris Covlin), Ensemble Nikel (Vincent Daoud, Yaron Deutsch, Tom De Cock, and Reto Staub), celebrated Victoria pianist, Tzenka Dianova, and Olaf Tzschoppe (Germany), member of Les Percussions de Strassburg and one of the greatest percussionists in the world. Taking place at Open Space, the Tsilumos Ensemble will present world premieres of new works by Chaya Czernowin (Professor of Composition at Harvard University) and Israeli composer Ruben Seroussi. Starting at 4pm and continuing late into the evening, audience members will have a chance to mingle with the composers and musicians while enjoying food and beverages designed specifically for this event by Victoria Spirits.

-­‐30-­‐ Dániel Péter Biró:

This event is supported by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the University of Victoria.


Tsilumos is a new music ensemble based in Victoria, BC Canada. Formed in 2011, the ensemble is co-­‐directed by members Dániel Péter Biró, Ajtony Csaba, Kris Covlin and Joanna Hood. The ensemble performs chamber music ranging from duos to large instrumental combinations. Its main objective is to give new works an optimal performance regardless of technical difficulty, intellectual demands or compositional style. Since its inception the ensemble has brought high quality, challenging new music to Canada and beyond.

Presenting musicians from Basel, Brussels, Lausanne & Tel Aviv, Ensemble Nikel is at the forefront of contemporary music in Europe and beyond. Committed to presenting a new contemporary chamber music sound, the group is constantly tackling the obstacle of melding electric and acoustic instruments into a unified musical organism.

Nikel presents an ongoing subscribers series in Tel Aviv & Haifa, initiates new conceptual projects with various partners, soloists and ensembles, and in cooperation with composer Yuval Shaked, leads a lecture series introducing various topics related to contemporary music aesthetics.

The ensemble has presented a large number of world premiere performances of works by world renowned composers including as Chaya Czernowin, Clemens Gadenstätter, Philippe Hurel, and Helmut Oehring as well as works by young prominent composers such as Raphaël Cendo, Sivan Cohen Elias, Eduardo Moguillansky, Marco Momi, Stefan Prins and Michael Wertmüller.

Founded in 2006 by Yaron Deutsch and Gan Lev, the ensemble has already been invited to play in prestigious contemporary music festivals including Wien Modern, Donauecshinger Musiktage, Ultraschall (Berlin), Bang on a Can (New York), International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, Klangspuren (Schwaz) and Warsaw Autumn.

Born in Israel, composer Chaya Czernowin has lived in Germany, Japan and the U.S. Her teachers included Dieter Schnebel, Joan Tower, Brian Ferneyhough and Roger Reynolds. Czernowin’s chamber and orchestral music has been played at more than forty festivals all over the world and include commissions by major ensembles, orchestras, and festivals Characteristic of her work are attempts to find alternative temporalities, changing perspectives and scale, fragmentation, examination, and stretching of identity; all coupled with a strong physical imprint and high emotional intensity. She has been awarded numerous international prizes including: Gaudeamus Composer’s Workshop, DAAD Scholarship (Berlin), Stipendium Preis and

Kranichsteiner Musikpreis (Darmstadt), Asahi Shimbum Fellowship (Tokyo), NEA Composition Commission Grant, ISCM and IRCAM commissions.

Czernowin is a Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music at Harvard University and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.

March 3, 2012
4:00 pm
March 4, 2012
4:00 pm

2012 BreakOut West submissions now open

2012 BreakOut West submissions now open

Want to be considered for a Western Canadian Music Award? Want to play the BreakOut West Festival?

Submissions for:

are now open and will close March 30, 2012 @11:00pm CST.

See all revised 2012 Festival Guidelines, Industry Award Guidelines & Categories and Artistic Awards Guidelines & Categories!

Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of BreakOut West 2012 in Regina, Saskatchewan from September 27th – 30th!

About the BreakOut Festival

The music industry associations of Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan staged independent music festivals and conferences known as All Indie Weekend in the prairies from 1995 to 1999.

With this common project, these three industry associations have worked in tandem towards the shared vision of developing the infrastructure of the independent music industry in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

After four successful All Indie Weekends, these associations decided to join forces and resources to create a new entity to further promote prairie music to the world. This new entity, called the Prairie Music Alliance Inc. (May 1999), is a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization. All members in good standing of the three provincial recording industry associations are automatically members of the PMA.

The Western Canada Music Alliance Inc. (January 2003) was formed in late 2002 when the Prairie Music Alliance expanded, inviting the Music Industry Associations of BC and the Yukon to join forces in creating a new entity. While the Western Canada Music Week and Awards is a new event, there is a strong sense of history, a legacy of the successes of both Prairie Music Week and the West Coast Music Awards. The vision of developing the infrastructure of a regional music industry is intact and now shared across western Canada.

March 30, 2012
10:00 pm
September 27, 2012 12:00 amtoSeptember 30, 2012 12:00 am