Jason van Eyk (ON) (2010-11)

“I strongly believe that by encouraging and championing the arts as part of a balanced society we can ensure a much-needed vibrancy and richness to the lives of all Canadians. From my first rehearsal with the EMC2 in Ottawa in 1991 to my current role with the Canadian Music Centre in 2010, I have been deeply interested and committed to supporting this belief expressly through my involvement in new music. But times are challenging for us all, and challenging times need strong action. Such action only comes through the empowerment of a whole community. The CNMN clearly has been developed to empower our community by enabling us to develop and share information, to seek out and enact collective solutions, to energize a network of engaged individuals and organizations, and ultimately to create positive change. I hope that by bringing my own skills and experience to the table, I will also help create a node of positive interactions between the CNMN and the other networks in which I operate — The Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Toronto Coalition of New Music Presenters, ArtsBuild Ontario and ArtsVote Toronto. Together, as a network of networks, we will have a powerful effect on the arts in Canada, and especially on the place of new music in the ongoing cultural debates.”

Jason returned to the post of Ontario Regional Director with the Canadian Music Centre in December 2008 after a one-year absence in which he helped establish the University of Toronto ArtsZone, a tri-campus support office dedicated to improving communication, coordination and collaboration with U of T’s arts community. He originally joined the CMC in 2003.

Jason is an accomplished violist, having received a B. Mus. (magna cum laude) from the University of Ottawa and a M. Mus. from the Eastman School of Music. Jason has performed in Canada, the United States, France, Germany and Italy — on stage and in broadcast — with various ensembles and under a range of conductors including Jeanne Lamon, Leon Fleischer, Brad Lubman and Robert Shaw.

Jason completed an MBA specializing in Arts and Media Administration at York University’s Schulich School of Business in 2000. Since then, he has worked as Marketing Manager with the Canadian Stage Company and Marketing Coordinator (Music and Visual Arts) with Harbourfront Centre. In 2003, shortly after joining the CMC, Jason received a special commendation in the Pfizer Award for Emerging Arts Managers, a unique national honour given to deserving candidates in the earliest years of their careers.

More recently, Jason has expanded his interests into writing and teaching. As a writer, he has focused on sound and music in his contributions to the Coach House Books’s uTOpia series, and currenly serves as a new music columnist for the Wholenote magazine as well as a contributor to numerous music industry publications. As teacher, he has served as a faculty member for the Regent Park School of Music, a guest lecturer with the University of Toronto, where he currently instructs in the Arts Management program, and co-developed the Business of Arts program for the Cultural Careers Council of Ontario.

Jason sits on the Board of Governors of the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Advisory Council of the University of Toronto Scarborough Arts Management program, the Advisory Council of ArtsBuild Ontario, the Ontario Provincial Arts Service Organization Coalition, and was recently appointed the Music Disipline Chair for ArtsVote Toronto and as Convener of the Toronto Coalition of New Music Presenters.

Info at the Canadian Music Centre — Ontario Region