The CNMN Region­al Meet­ings have been ongo­ing since Decem­ber 2012.  All in all, a total of 7 meet­ings make up this ini­tia­tive, whose set­up is run by the CNMN board member(s) of the region. A high pri­or­i­ty is to make sure region­al con­cerns and region­al real­i­ties are a big part of these meetings.

The Que­bec, Alber­ta, Atlantic and Ontario meet­ings have already tak­en place, and some ini­tial respons­es are avail­able fur­ther below.

The Man­i­to­ba Region takes its turn on March 10th, while British Colum­bia and Saskatchewan are still in the plan­ning stages. Check back here as we con­tin­ue to update and add to the infor­ma­tion to each region’s event page.

Your region is still to come? We look for­ward to see­ing you there. We also warm­ly wel­come your col­leagues — feel free to speak with them or for­ward these links to fur­ther information: 

The Atlantic Region­al Meet­ing took place Jan 12, 2013 in Hal­i­fax at the Dal­housie Arts Cen­tre, dur­ing Upstream’s vibrant Open Waters Fes­ti­val of new and impro­vised music. In an age where so much com­mu­ni­ca­tion takes place vir­tu­al­ly, Paul Cram, CNMN board mem­ber who attend­ed the meet­ing, empha­sizes how the basic act of sim­ply com­ing togeth­er in-per­son was key: “Over­all and as usu­al, the Atlantic Region­al Meet­ing was a small gath­er­ing mod­er­at­ed by Nor­man Adams that brought togeth­er sev­er­al dis­tinct new music stake­hold­ers, from here and away, to think, talk and exchange ideas. It would be fine even if no one spoke. In the words of Woody Allen, ‘Half of life is show­ing up.’”


The Alber­ta region­al meet­ing, also on Jan­u­ary 12, attract­ed a live­ly mix of Alberta’s new music com­mu­ni­ty, with many rep­re­sen­ta­tives of orga­ni­za­tions and ini­tia­tives such as: New Music Edmon­ton, Epcor Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, Soundasaurus Fes­ti­val, Land’s End Cham­ber Ensem­ble, Rub­bing Stone Ensem­ble, Verisi­mo, New Works Cal­gary, Honens, Cana­da Music Week (CFMTA), the Cana­di­an Asso­ci­a­tion for Sound Ecol­o­gy, among others.

Each orga­ni­za­tion gave an overview and update of its man­date and cur­rent pro­grams. John Reid and Lau­rie Rad­ford informed those present of plans to hold the 2014 CNMN Forum in Cal­gary at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­gary in con­junc­tion with its annu­al Hap­pen­ing New Music Festival.

Over lunch, del­e­gates shared plans for upcom­ing sea­sons and dis­cussed mat­ters of poten­tial future col­lab­o­ra­tions. Con­sid­er­able aes­thet­ic dis­cus­sions also ensued. A good time was had by all, which augurs well for future region­al plan­ning discussions.


The Que­bec Region­al Meet­ing on Decem­ber 9, 2012 brought togeth­er some very strong voic­es in Que­bec’s new music com­mu­ni­ty, hail­ing from a great cross-sec­tion of organ­i­sa­tions, ini­tia­tives and ensem­bles such as Quasar, Le Vivi­er, DAME, Les Poules, Super­musique, Fiolûtröniq, SOCAN Foun­da­tion, DIM, In Exten­sio, among others.

Cléo Pala­cio-Quintin, CNMN board mem­ber in QC, chaired the meet­ing, with fel­low board mem­ber Stacey Brown. The meet­ing began with a dis­cus­sion cen­tered around the “100 moments” project pro­posed by Sandeep Bhag­wati and Karen Sun­abac­ka dur­ing FORUM 2012. “The pro­pos­al def­i­nite­ly gen­er­at­ed inter­est, inspir­ing gen­er­ous and detailed input from those in atten­dance,” says Brown. Par­tic­i­pants engaged in ani­mat­ed dis­cus­sion of the project and its poten­tial as a show­case of Cana­di­an New Music both dur­ing and after a brief pre­sen­ta­tion by Pala­cio-Quintin that sum­ma­rized some of the key ele­ments of the proposal.

What fol­lowed was an ener­giz­ing brain­storm­ing ses­sion around long-term strate­gies for improv­ing the dis­sem­i­na­tion and acces­si­bil­i­ty of new music, touch­ing on such issues as Cana­di­an Con­tent, the devel­op­ment of our Cana­di­an musi­cal her­itage, the ever-impor­tant ques­tion of fund­ing, and the impor­tance of Art for Art’s sake. The meet­ing closed with a short exchange of ideas and com­ments focussed on the upcom­ing CNMN FORUMs: Cal­gary in 2014 and Ottawa in 2016. All in all, an invig­o­rat­ing and inspir­ing after­noon, with fruit­ful dis­cus­sions thanks to every­one’s thought­ful and ener­getic participation.

Par­al­lel to the QC strat­e­gy meet­ing, CNMN and Brady­works co-host­ed a work­shop on career devel­op­ment for young artists.  The guest speak­ers were Tim Brady (com­pos­er, gui­tarist, artis­tic direc­tor), Jean Derome (sax­o­phon­ist, com­pos­er, musique actuelle and film music), Véronique Lacroix (con­duc­tor, ECM+) and Bar­bara Scales (agent, Lat­i­tude 45).

“We had 23 par­tic­i­pants, most­ly CEGEP and uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents, with a few young pro­fes­sion­als as well,” says Brady.  “The event was extreme­ly suc­cess­ful — for 3 hours, the sense of com­mu­ni­ty and com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the room was fan­tas­tic as we all dis­cussed a huge range of prac­ti­cal and philo­soph­i­cal issues around mak­ing new music in Cana­da in 2012.”

After­wards there was an infor­mal get-togeth­er for both CNMN and BW par­tic­i­pants, which con­tin­ued for anoth­er two hours.  “In the end, the secu­ri­ty guard had to kick us out; we were hav­ing so much fun!” says Brady.

Direct arti­cle link: CNMN Region­al Meet­ings 2012–2013
15th edi­tion CNMN Bul­letin — Win­ter 2013