The CNMN Regional Meetings have been ongoing since December 2012. All in all, a total of 7 meetings make up this initiative. A high priority is to make sure regional concerns and regional realities are a big part of these meetings.
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CNMN Board Member Heidi Ouellette organized the Manitoba Regional Meeting. It took place March 10, 2013 at the Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg and was structured as a half-day conference. Co-hosted by the Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival the conference featured a number of the festival artists as presenters. The event was an intimate gathering of composers, performers, administrators and students from the Winnipeg new music community as well as guest artists in town for the festival. This mix of individuals from different backgrounds, at different stages in their career/life made for interesting discussions, with many different perspectives. The conference featured presentations, a panel discussion, the premiere of a new theatrical vocal work performed by Sarah Albu, and an engaging round table discussion that had nearly every individual in the room discussing a myriad of topics concerning creative music making in Manitoba and Canada. ~ Heidi Ouellette
Manitoba Regional Meeting in Winnipeg — Photo credit: Leif Norman
The Saskatchewan Regional Meeting took place April 21, 2013 at the Artesian in Regina. CNMN Board Member Alain Perron planned this meeting, and soprano/musicologist Sophie Bouffard helped facilitate. In conjunction were two Holophon performances featuring Andrew Love and Ernie Dulanowsky. It was a busy week with the JUNOs in town, but the meeting drew participation by very interested members of the community. The discussion functioned as a check-up of Saskatchewan’s new music community as well as an impetus for the region to move forward together on mutual interests, including building a functional regional network to link everyone in the province interested in new music.