Diversity: a rolling national conversation

A project of the Canadian New Music Network
In collaboration with Upstream Music Association, SuddenlyLISTEN,
Open Space Arts Society and Innovations en concert 

Great guest panelists
speaking with great local artists and practitioners
creating an efflorescence of ideas.

Beginning in Halifax (Jan. 9, 2017), moving on to Victoria (March 26, 2017), and winding up in Montreal (May 1, 2017), this rolling national conversation on diversity in new music is bound to come up with new perspectives, novel approaches and creative solutions.

  • Diversity of practitioner: Who is attracted to the practice of new music in Canada? Is it a case of who is allowed in?
  • Diversity of musical expression: What forms of expression comprise new music in Canada? Where are the shifting boundaries? Do they include all they should?
  • Diversity of audience: Who is the audience? Who could the audience be? How can we achieve a broader range?

In the three centres, discussion is framed by different practical considerations: in Halifax, communicating; in Victoria, audience engagement; in Montreal, the sticky issue of sticking to one’s mandate.

Everyone Welcome

Get involved, attend a meeting, and watch the conversation evolve as it moves across the country. Help spread the word! We value the input of everyone so all voices are heard.

How to participate in-person or by remote (live streaming): visit individual event pages for more information. Entry is free in Halifax and Montreal, and by-donation in Victoria.

Can’t be there in-person or by remote? No matter where you live, we want your involvement and input. Keep an eye out for reports and video on our website and Facebook page, and feel free to contact us.


Jennifer Waring, project manager and CNMN president – jwaring@interlog.com

Schedule at a Glance

Mandate: a sticky issue

Monday, May 1, 2017 | 1 – 4 PM EST
La Sala Rossa – 4848 boul. Saint-Laurent
In collaboration with Innovations en concert
More information on the Montreal Page.

Now passed:

Audience engagement

Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM PST
Open Space Arts Society – 2nd floor, 510 Fort St, Victoria, BC
In collaboration with Open Space Arts Society
More information on the Victoria Page.


Monday, January 9 | 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM AST
Room 401, Dalhousie Arts Centre – 6101 University
As part of Open Waters Festival 2017
Read the Report on the Halifax Session.

Schedule as of February 15, 2017. Subject to change without prior notification.