Past experience mounting collaborative projects like l’Oreille fine and SHIFT (with Continuum) and the current Canadian / Dutch project Trace only strengthens the conviction that personal contact creates opportunities for artistic collaboration and exchange, all essential to a vibrant new music practice. This idea is fundamental to CNMN’s FORUMs: collaborating locally to mount events; getting people together to share ideas, ultimately making new things happen. For the past five years I have lent my experience and energy to CNMN, happy to see the organization establish an executive director, reach a wider Canadian community while making international connections, and develop new off-forum year programmes that help the community grapple with important issues such as equity, diversity, Reconciliation, and green practices in the arts.
One of the founders of Toronto-based Continuum, Jennifer Waring was for many years its artistic director. Under her leadership the group commissioned over 150 new works, toured Canada and Europe, and recorded four CDs. Interdisciplinary work became a focus with projects featuring dance, film, installation, and as well as architecture, philosophy and science. Independent of this activity, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra she mounted the audience engagement project Music by the Masses where the general public created pieces under the guidance of professional composers for performance by trios of symphony musicians. Renamed Composing for a Change, the project has had successful runs with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Music Toronto. A flutist by training, Jennifer studied in Ottawa, London and Paris, and holds a Master’s degree in performance from the University of Toronto. She was on faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music for 22 years.
Currently she is artistic co-ordinator with Henk Heuvelmans (Director, Gaudeamus) of Trace, a cultural project that recognizes the strong musical connections between Canada and the Netherlands at the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII. In 2020 – a significant anniversary both of Dutch liberation and the beginning of close ties between the two countries – Trace partners across Canada and around the Netherlands will mount symposia, workshops, exhibitions, tours, and concerts involving commissioning, collaboration and exchange.