CMC Associate Composers Marcus Goddard and Peter Hannan Win at Western Canadian Music Awards

CMC Associate Composers Marcus Goddard and Peter Hannan Win at Western Canadian Music Awards


The Canadian Music Centre is proud to announce that CMC Associate Composers Marcus Goddard and Peter Hannan received Western Canadian Music Awards for Classical Composition of the Year and Classical Recording of the Year, respectively.  Marcus Goddard’s Allaqi appears on the St. Lawrence String Quartet’s album Sea to Sea, on the Canadian Music Centre’s own Centrediscs label.  Allaqi was commissioned by Chamber Music Kelowna and by the CBC for the St. Lawrence String Quartet‘s 20th anniversary.  Peter Hannan’s Rethink Forever was recorded by Musica Intima, who also commissioned the title work in 2005, and the Vancouver Cantata Singers. This disc is available on the Artifact Music label.

The media has praised Goddard’s Allaqi as ‘highly satisfying.’ (Richard Todd,  Goddard’s Allaqi was heard during the recently produced 10x10x10 collaboration between The Dance Centre and the CMC BC Region in Vancouver as part of the Canadian Music Centre’s New Music in New Places project.  Sea to Sea is available for purchase through the CMC website ( where audio samples can also be found.

The media has said of Hannan’s Rethink Forever, ‘Musically, he draws on diverse influences, from ethereal harmonies, to traditional African music to the beats of pop. His words are drawn from his experiences living in Africa to Christopher Columbus to the happy gal at the checkout counter.

Hannan need not search for “happiness” anymore. He’s got it right on his own CD!’ (Tiina Kiik, The

The awards were presented on Sunday, October 23rd, at the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, as part of the Breakout West Festival.

Marcus Goddard received his undergraduate training from the University of Michigan and pursued graduate studies at Indiana University. He has participated in seminars with William Bolcom, William Albright and Krystof Penderecki and has attended lectures of Philip Glass and Samuel Adler. Marcus is an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre and a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

As a composer, Goddard has over thirty-five works in his catalogue and many of his works have been broadcast by CBC. Prior to his focus on works for orchestra and large ensemble, Goddard composed many pieces for chamber ensemble. Goddard composed and produced the score to the film, Breakfast at Sharkey’s, and has composed two modern dance works, which were staged in Indiana. Many of his compositions have been premiered by some of North America’s pre-eminent orchestras and ensembles.

Peter Hannan composer, performer, b. Montréal 19 March 1953; B. Mus. (University of British Columbia) 1975, Certificate of Advanced Studies (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London) 1978. In 1979-1980 he studied recorder with Kees Boeke at the Sweelink Conservatory under a Netherlands Government Scholarship and lived in London from 1984 to 1985. He has taught at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Community College but is primarily a freelance composer/performer.

Peter has composed numerous works in both acoustic and electronic media. He has written more than 50 commissions over the past 20 years, including large scale works for the Vancouver Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, the CBC Orchestra and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra;  works for the experimental large ensembles Icebreaker (London) , the Hardrubber Orchestra, and Toronto based Hemispheres. His recent piece for the Vancouver Symphony, side with entropy received a raucus reception at its premiere in March 2005. As a performer, Hannan is well known for his work as an electronic instrumentalist and recorder soloist.  He has performed as a soloist on many major new music events and series including:  Ijsbreker Amsterdam, the Holland FestivalAlmeida Festival, Freunde Guter Musik Berlin, the Bourges Electronic Music Festival, New Music America, New Music Concerts and Arraymusic.  For more information please go to

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About the Canadian Music Centre
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Western Canadian Music Awards: Night belongs to Manitoba

Western Canadian Music Awards: Night belongs to Manitoba

It was a banner night for Manitoba musicians on Sunday, as the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards were handed out the the Yukon Arts Centre, in Whitehorse, Yukon. Winnipeg-based artists took seven of the 19 musical categories that evening, which reward musical achievements by artists based in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and, for the first time, the Northwest Territories. Among the big winners from the ‘Peg were Del Barber, whose Love Songs For The Last Twenty was named Roots Solo Recording of The Year and Independent Album of the Year, and Don Amero, whose album, The Long Way Home, is on a winning streak, named as the WCMA Aboriginal Recording of The Year just three weeks after garnering the prize for Best Folk Recording at the Native American Music Awards. Yet another Manitoban took one of the evening’s most coveted honours, with country-blues phenom Romi Mayes named Songwriter of the Year. Mayes previously won the same prize at the 2007 WCMAs.

The awards ceremony, hosted by CBC Radio 3 host Grant Lawrence, marked the end of the 2011 Breakout West Music Festival, which saw musicians and music industry professionals head north to Whitehorse for four days of performances, conferences, panels, and networking. Many of the winners were on hand to participate in special one-off collaborative performances with fellow nominees that were interspersed between awards announcements. Kicking off the evening was a trio of musicians who stressed the “Western” in Western Canadian Music: British Columbian country crooner Aaron Pritchett, Saskatoon singer/songwriter Jen Lane, and former Vancouverite and current Winnipeger Ridley Bent. The threesome blended surprisingly well, each taking the lead on one of their own songs.

As the night progressed, it became apparent that the decision to throw nominees onstage together would pay big dividends. Romi Mayes and Saskatoon’s Jordan Cook (up for Independent Album of the Year) ripped it up with a full-throttle, guitar drive rock assault. In a stellar debut showing for artists from the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife singer/songwriter Digawolf, led Don Amero and his fellow Aboriginal Recording of the Year nominee, cellist Cris Derkson. Notably absent were Saskatoon retro-revivalists The Sheepdogs, whose Learn & Burn was named Rock Recording of the year. The quartet have had a have enjoyed breakout success in 2011, becoming the first unsigned band featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in August, and appearing on the popular reality show Project Runway in September.

Many of the evening’s winners seemed to be exhausted from a weekend jam packed with shows. Double-winner Barber seemed particularly overwhelmed, joking that he might throw caution to the wind and enjoy a late night of celebrations in Whitehorse. The Sojourners, representing Vancouver, were thrilled for their self-titled record to be named Contemporary Christian/Gospel Recording of the Year, making the obligatory awards-show joke that, after so many nominations without winning, they had started to fear Susan Lucci syndrome.

The evening culminated with a celebration of 54-40, the pride of Tsawaassen, B.C., and 2011′s inductees into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The band, who celebrated their 30th anniversary this year, were on hand to accept the honour in person, and concluded the show with a live performance.

Below, a full list of 2011 WCMA winners:

Aboriginal Recording Of The Year

Don Amero – The Long Walk Home

Blues Recording Of The Year

Little Miss Higgins – Across The Plains

Children’s Recording Of The Year

The Kerplunks – Number 3

Contemporary Christian/Gospel Recording of the Year

The Sojourners – The Sojourners

Classical Composition of the Year

Marcus Goddard – Allaqi

Classical Recording of the Year

Peter Hannan – Rethink Forever

Country Recording of the Year

Ridley Bent – Rabbit On My Wheel

Francophone Recording of the Year

Raphaël Freynet – Le monde à voir

Independent Album of the Year

Del Barber – Love Songs For The Last Twenty

Instrumental Recording of the Year

Five Alarm Funk – Anything is Possible

Jazz Recording of the Year

Night Crawlers with The Big Band Sound – Down In The Bottom

Pop Recording of the Year

Imaginary Cities – Temporary Resident

Urban Recording of the Year

Souljah Fyah – I Wish

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year

Sweatshop Union – The Bill Murray EP

Rock Recording of the Year

The Sheepdogs – Learn & Burn

Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year

The Wailin’ Jennys – Bright Morning Stars

Roots Solo Recording of the Year

Del Barber – Love Songs For The Last Twenty

Songwriter of the Year

Romi Mayes – Ball and Chain

World Recording of the Year

Trio Bembe – Oh My Soul

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The Dance Centre and the Canadian Music Centre present


Ten choreographers. Ten composers. Ten new works.

When: 12 – 15 October 2011 @ 8 - 10pm
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street, Vancouver BC)
Tickets: $28/$20 from 604.684.2787


Post-show artist talkback October 13

Produced in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre BC Region and New Music in New Places, which is a National initiative of the Canadian Music Centre generously supported by: the SOCAN Foundation and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund)

This stimulating collaborative project pairs ten exceptional local choreographers – all previous participants in The Dance Centre’s residency program – with works by ten renowned BC composers, to create an evening of ten-minute works inspired by their personal experiences of Vancouver. The choreographers and composers:

Amber Funk Barton and John Korsrud
Byron Chief-Moon/CoyoteArts and Jeffrey Ryan
Jennifer Clarke and Leslie Uyeda
Noam Gagnon/Co. Vision Selective and Ed Henderson
James Gnam/the plastic orchid factory and Stephen Chatman
Joe Laughlin/Joe Ink and Marcus Goddard
Delia Brett/MACHiNENOiSY and Jacqueline Leggatt
Su-Feh Lee/battery opera performance and Barry Truax
Josh Martin/The 605 Collective and Tobin Stokes
Alvin Erasga Tolentino/Co.ERASGA and François Houle

Advising Artistic Director: Martha Carter

Location: Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver

Contact: 604.606.6400

Tickets $28/$20 from 604.684.2787

October 12, 2011
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
October 13, 2011
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
October 14, 2011
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
October 15, 2011
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

CMC Composers and Centrediscs Recordings Nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards

CMC Composers and Centrediscs Recordings Nominated for

Western Canadian Music Awards

The Canadian Music Centre (CMC) Centrediscs label is pleased to announce two nominations in the category of Classical Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

The following have been nominated:
From the Heartland
From the Heartland and Pinnacles are available on CD or as digital download at |

About From the Heartland This is a new edition to the Centrediscs’ Prairie Sounds imprint. Erika Raum and David Moroz provide the listener with a program of works for violin and piano by three distinguished Canadian composers. The works are all lyrical and tonally accessible in nature, with moments of drama, soulfulness and wistfulness. They will appeal to all lovers of classical music.

About Pinnacles Pinnacles is a new edition to the Centrediscs’ Prairie Sounds imprint. This full‐length CD release of music by Canadian composer Diana McIntosh features an array of her chamber music written over the last decade. The works take their inspiration variously from her adventures as a mountain climber in the Canadian Rockies, her tour of Kenya in East Africa which included a visit to Mount Kilimanjaro, and the writings of Gertrude Stein.

Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, with 5 JUNO awards won, the most recent in 2011, plus 6 WCMA awards and 1 ECMA award was created in 1981 as Canada’s foremost label of Canadian contemporary concert music, recording the works of CMC Associate Composers. Visit for more information.

The Canadian Music Centre (CMC) celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2009 as Canada’s only organization mandated to house, actively promote, publish and distribute the music of Canada’s composers within Canada and around the world. The CMC acts as a multi‐platform organization with services promoting the music of its Associate Composers to the global marketplace. With over 800 established Associate composers to date, the CMC is Canada’s primary go‐to place for a catalogue of over 20,000 scores, parts, recordings and information about Canadian composition.

The CMC wishes to congratulate the following CMC Associate Composers on their nominations:
In the category of Classical Composition of the Year

David L. McIntyre ‐ Sonata for Violin and Piano “Sprints”
Diana McIntosh ‐ Uhuru Kamili
Elizabeth Raum ‐ Sonata for Violin and Piano
Jeffrey Ryan ‐ Angeline on Ossabaw
Marcus Goddard ‐ Allaqi
Peter Hannan ‐ Rethink Forever
Robert Turner ‐ Suite for Harp

In the category of Classical Recording of the Year

Diana McIntoshPinnacles
Ensemble Resonance – Electrospectives
Erika Raum and David MorozFrom the Heartland
Peter HannanRethink Forever
Rachel Kiyo IwaasaCosmophony

Click here for a .pdf of the full list of nominees