The FORUM is CNMN’s most important national networking activity. The meeting is a combination of presentations, demonstrations, professional development sessions, open discussion environments and networking opportunities. It is designed to be of interest and of value to all members of the community – composers, performers, ensembles, producers, educators, improvisers, electronic musicians, orchestras….
Each FORUM has a specific theme, which helps bring focus to the sessions. The main value of the FORUM, however, is providing an opportunity for the entire community to get together in person for 2 to 4 days and have in-depth discussions about issues around new music in Canada.
No amount of Facebook, Twitter, blogging or e-mail will ever replace person-to-person discussions. The FORUM has proven to be the ideal place to strengthen ties with people in the new music field from coast to coast to coast, to make connections, to hear new ideas, to find solutions to common problems, and to get new projects off the ground. The FORUM is now a bi-annual activity, happening every 2 years in a different Canadian city.
FORUM 2007 – Winnipeg: New Music and Media: Getting the Message Out
FORUM 2008 – Toronto: Expanding the Boundaries: Programming New Music in an Age of Diversity
FORUM 2009 – Montréal: Audience Development, Creative Music and Education: Creating The Future
FORUM 2010 – Halifax: Partnering Diversity
FORUM 2012 – Vancouver: Connecting Practices, Geographies and Cultures
FORUM 2014 – Calgary: Canadian Music, Canadian Audiences
FORUM 2016 – Ottawa: New Music and the Mainstream