21st edition CNMN Bulletin – October 2015


Table of Contents


AGM Fri­day, Oct. 16
Pub­lic Engage­ment in Schools — Lind­say Place
Open a space for CNMN
VOTE on Octo­ber 19th
President’s Report – Sea­son 2014–15

Reports from the CNMN Com­mit­tees, Sea­son 2014–15

Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive (DCI) Report – Octo­ber 2015
FORUM 2016 OTTAWA – Steer­ing Com­mit­tee Report – Octo­ber 2015
The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – Octo­ber 2015
Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee Report – Octo­ber 2015

Want to get to know Circuit?
Wel­come New Mem­bers – Octo­ber 2015
Mem­ber­ship Dues 2015–16
Mem­bers’ Cor­ner – How to Submit


21st edi­tion CNMN Bul­letin – Octo­ber 2015

  • AGM Friday, October 16

    Please join CNMN’s board of direc­tors and staff for a friend­ly and infor­ma­tive meet­ing about CNMN.

    Fri­day, Octo­ber 16 at 2 PM EST

    Your pres­ence at the Annu­al Gen­er­al Meet­ing helps sup­port CNMN’s mis­sion, and helps show engage­ment by the network’s mem­bers. Fol­low­ing the AGM, the CNMN board and com­mit­tee mem­bers will be avail­able to talk about what’s in store this year and the future.

    Attend in-per­son at one of four loca­tions in simul­ta­ne­ous com­mu­ni­ca­tion: Van­cou­ver, Toron­to, Mon­tre­al and Hal­i­fax. Or, attend remotely.

    More details, including the agenda:


    FORUM 2016 is cur­rent­ly under devel­op­ment, and we’re work­ing hard to make it the most inter­est­ing and revi­tal­iz­ing 3 days of pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment and net­work­ing. We’re pleased to announce the keynote guest is Pauline Oliv­eros! Check back here as we con­tin­ue to update and add to the information.

    The FORUM is a spe­cial breed. If you or your col­leagues haven’t expe­ri­enced one before, get a feel for it with Emi­ly Hall’s intro­duc­tion here (it was for FORUM 2014, but the same holds true).

    FORUM 2016 OTTAWA will take place Jan­u­ary 14–16. We know, that’s three months away, but are you think­ing of coming?

    Getting to Ottawa

    Plan­ning ahead, now that’s a great idea! Need some ideas on how to get there? Vis­it our sup­port let­ter page.

    Help us grow interest

    Plan­ning can take time and we would like as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble attend­ing, so we are ask­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble – now. Every­one is wel­come. So far, the recep­tion is look­ing good. Please help us spread the news:

    • Word of mouth, con­cert pro­grammes, web sites, social net­works, car­ri­er pigeons… what­ev­er floats your boat!
    • If you have an oppor­tu­ni­ty, make use of our ad in print or dig­i­tal media, avail­able for down­load on the pro­mo­tion page.

    FORUM 2016 AD EN


    Direct link: FORUM 2016 OTTAWA
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  • Public Engagement in Schools – Lindsay Place

    Part of the “Pub­lic Engage­ment Suc­cess Sto­ries” series

    By Louise Campbell

    Pub­lic engage­ment in the arts includes peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds. For me, this is what makes pub­lic engage­ment excit­ing — so many diverse peo­ple com­ing togeth­er, find­ing com­mon ground to make music. I was remind­ed of this again when I was giv­ing a series of improv work­shops titled ‘Play­ing the Music Game’ at Lind­say Place High School in Pointe Claire, Que­bec. I am for­tu­nate to offer these work­shops through Que­bec’s Cul­ture in Schools pro­gram, a pro­gram that offers sub­si­dies to ele­men­tary and sec­ondary schools to have an artist in res­i­dence. This pro­gram makes it pos­si­ble for schools, and by exten­sion for stu­dents, to have access to expe­ri­ences in the arts that would not be pos­si­ble otherwise.

    Lind­say Place High School is par­tic­u­lar in that it has a very diverse stu­dent pop­u­la­tion. LP is also a des­ig­nat­ed resource school, mean­ing it caters to stu­dents with dif­fer­ent learn­ing needs and abil­i­ties. Walk­ing into a work­shop set­ting at LP meant meet­ing a group of stu­dents who had vary­ing lev­els of abil­i­ty and expe­ri­ence on their musi­cal instru­ment rang­ing from hav­ing just picked up their instru­ment 2 months pre­vi­ous­ly to play­ing in the spe­cial­ized Arts Etude pro­gram for 5 years. What’s the eas­i­est way to get a group of peo­ple like this to make music togeth­er? Impro­vise! We’ve all got our own ways of going about doing this; what I am inter­est­ed in shar­ing here is the feed­back from the stu­dents and teacher.

    In their words

    An hon­ours stu­dent in Sec­ondary V (Gr. 11):
    “This expe­ri­ence opened up my eyes to the cre­ativ­i­ty and orig­i­nal­i­ty involved in this area of music. My per­spec­tive on impro­vi­sa­tion has changed drastically!”

    A stu­dent on the autism spec­trum in Sec­ondary III (Gr. 8), quite simply:
    “It was fun!” This com­ment was put into per­spec­tive lat­er when I real­ized that music class was not nor­mal­ly fun for him, since he usu­al­ly sat in class hold­ing the instru­ment and not play­ing because he did­n’t want to ‘annoy’ the oth­er stu­dents or make the band sound ‘bad.’ He was thrilled to be able to play and impro­vise by throw­ing out the idea of ‘wrong’ notes.

    The teacher, an accom­plished per­former and edu­ca­tor herself:
    “It was won­der­ful to see my band stu­dents gain quick con­fi­dence with using impro­vi­sa­tion­al tech­niques, espe­cial­ly since some of them are oth­er­wise shy.… I was impressed with their zeal to make (the music) their own.”

    As we all know, music touch­es peo­ple in many ways. These work­shops were a good reminder for me about why I do music in the first place, and why pub­lic engage­ment is so important.


    We’re always on the look­out for more suc­cess stories

    If you have heard of or par­tic­i­pat­ed in an ini­tia­tive you have found par­tic­u­lar­ly inspir­ing sur­round­ing the issue of pub­lic engage­ment, please con­tact Louise Camp­bell – mlouisecampbell@gmail.com

    Read more suc­cess stories:

    Pub­lic Engage­ment in Schools – Lind­say Place — 21st edition
    Cre­ative Music Edu­ca­tion Online Resources
    Cura­to­r­i­al and Art Crit­i­cism stu­dents meet Con­tin­u­um in The OCADU Project – 20th edition
    I.S.S. Is Some­body Singing – 16th edition
    Toronto’s New Music 101 – 16th edition

    Direct link: Pub­lic in Schools – Lind­say Place
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  • Open a space for CNMN

    We have a new ad! Do you have pro­mo­tion­al space? Please help spread the word about the Cana­di­an New Music Net­work. Be it through print or online, any oppor­tu­ni­ty you have to con­tribute is appreciated!

    Down­load the AD (Eng­lish or French) in the media sec­tion of our web site.

    CNMN-RCMN Membership ad EN JPG

    Direct link: Open a space for CNMN
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  • VOTE on October 19th


    Arts Vote 2015

    The 2015 Fed­er­al Elec­tion is fast approach­ing. As a mem­ber of the Cana­di­an Arts Coali­tion, CNMN encour­ages you to make use of the CAC’s toolk­it to help you fol­low what’s hap­pen­ing with the arts this elec­tion, includ­ing Fed­er­al Par­ties’ Posi­tions on Arts and Cul­ture. Tips for issues to bring up with can­di­dates, arts facts, and social media tools will help you get in on the action!

    VOTE on October 19th


    Direct link: VOTE on Octo­ber 19th
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  • President’s Report – Season 2014–15

    This is my first pres­i­den­t’s report, and the first that doesn’t come from the found­ing pres­i­dent. 2014–15 was a great year with the work spread out in a strange way that makes it feel like it’s been years and not months.

    I’ve spent much of this year try­ing to real­ly under­stand what the role of the pres­i­dent is in this orga­ni­za­tion. It’s been dif­fi­cult when you’re replac­ing the per­son that found­ed the orga­ni­za­tion and gave it a strong push for 9 years (is that the right num­ber?). I’m not Tim nor do I have the seem­ing­ly lim­it­less ener­gy that he has to put towards CNMN and I apol­o­gize if it feels like my work with CNMN has been silent for a few months. But I assure you it hasn’t and it’s been a lot of work behind the scenes try­ing to find my own direction.

    1. Board Renewal
    2. CNMN at CAPACOA
    3. FORUM 2016 Planning
    4. Oth­er Projects
    5. Going Forward

    Board Renewal

    A new 2‑year term launched sea­son 2014–15, and this brought sev­er­al new faces to the board of direc­tors, as well as two new faces to the exec­u­tive com­mit­tee. It’s been won­der­ful find­ing ways to work with each board mem­ber, to hear their input on a num­ber of our projects. It’s tricky try­ing to con­nect every­one across the coun­try but we’re doing it! I can’t thank every­one enough for their sup­port and I look for­ward to the next year with them.

    CNMN at CAPACOA — New Music Initiative 2015

    As CNMN con­tin­ues to find new ways to out­reach, and new ways to affect change, the inau­gur­al edi­tion of CNMN’s New Music Ini­tia­tive (NMI 2015) has us off to a great start, allow­ing CNMN to seek dif­fer­ent entry points with new com­mu­ni­ties and with a wider nation­al context.

    CNMN part­nered with CAPACOA as guest cura­tor at their con­fer­ence in Jan­u­ary 2015 in Hal­i­fax. Over 30 CNMN mem­bers con­verged with over 200 del­e­gates, many of whom were stake­hold­ers from the nation­al and inter­na­tion­al tour­ing per­form­ing arts sec­tor, includ­ing 120+ CAPACOA members.

    CNMN curat­ed a num­ber of activ­i­ties with the inten­tion of intro­duc­ing new music to the broad­er per­form­ing arts pre­sen­ters in Cana­da. All of the events took place on Jan­u­ary 22nd to real­ly bol­ster our pres­ence at the conference.

    CNMN designed three events that brought togeth­er both its mem­ber­ship and, impor­tant­ly, the larg­er pres­ence of del­e­gates. The idea was to share knowl­edge and to get to know each oth­er bet­ter so that the dia­logue is no longer about “us” and “them” but about shar­ing goals and chal­lenges as a larg­er body of artis­tic prac­ti­tion­ers. The idea is that by work­ing togeth­er, new music in Cana­da can become more inte­grat­ed with main­stream presenting.

    The first of the activ­i­ties was a pan­el with Lawrence Cher­ney, VéroniqueLacroix, Gre­go­ry Oh and Tim Crofts, and myself as mod­er­a­tor. The inten­tion was that pre­sen­ters in the room, unac­cus­tomed to our work, might con­sid­er new music in their halls and series if they were able to see a broad pic­ture of how new music is pre­sent­ed in our com­mu­ni­ty. The hall was packed, with stand­ing room even tak­en, even with an equal­ly inter­est­ing event being pro­grammed at the same time. We must have been doing some­thing right to attract people’s atten­tion! Pos­si­bly the most effec­tive of our pre­sen­ta­tions was the crit­i­cal response work­shop that includ­ed a per­for­mance of Gabriel Dharmoo’s Anthro­polo­gies Imag­i­naires. Fol­low­ing the per­for­mance, the audi­ence was tak­en through a for­mal Crit­i­cal Response work­shop that you might use after any type of per­for­mance to engage the audi­ence with the work beyond a sim­ple “i like it” or “i hate it” response. There was a very large turnout of par­tic­i­pants, sit­ting in the round, who all became con­trib­u­tors to a mean­ing­ful, in-depth obser­va­tion and reflec­tion. This was lead by Tim Yerxa (Fred­er­ic­ton Play­house) and Judy Har­quail (Ontario Presents). We closed the day of events with a show­case of Eve Egoy­an and David Roke­by, Saint Peters­burg (Tim Crofts and Norm Adams) and Quatuor Bozzi­ni. These per­for­mances were designed to give a sam­ple of what our mem­bers can offer.

    In addi­tion to these activ­i­ties we were able to invite and finan­cial­ly sup­port a whop­ping 30 f CNMN mem­bers to attend the con­fer­ence, to con­nect with oth­er pre­sen­ters and to dis­cuss pos­si­ble projects. CNMN mem­bers also had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to take in all the oth­er con­fer­ence activ­i­ties that CAPACOA had planned. It was just as impor­tant, as part of the NMI con­cept, for CNMN mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate in the oth­er con­fer­ence activ­i­ties. They had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate in the one-on-one ses­sion with inter­na­tion­al par­tic­i­pants from the Export Buy­ers Pro­gram, the net­work­ing lunch­es, and more. CNMN was also co-plan­ner of a closed Inter-net­work ses­sion where CNMN mem­bers met with dance net­works to hear about the excel­lent work they’ve done with pre­sen­ters around the under­stand­ing and pre­sent­ing of con­tem­po­rary dance, and how this could apply in dif­fer­ent ways to new music.

    We were thrilled to have so many CNMN ambas­sadors of Cana­di­an new music, experts in the field, who not only rep­re­sent­ed their own work but also rep­re­sent­ed the broad­er pic­ture of New Music in Cana­da at the con­fer­ence. As an orga­ni­za­tion, we can set up the pro­gram­ming, but the per­son-to-per­son inter­ac­tions are what make the con­nec­tions, and mem­bers real­ly brought ener­gy and enthu­si­asm and a will­ing­ness to strike up a con­ver­sa­tion with fel­low del­e­gates about what they do and about the excit­ing things their peers are doing in their regions of the coun­try. Check out what they had to say about the NMI 2015 expe­ri­ence on our web site.

    We hope this is the begin­ning of a long-term rela­tion­ship with the broad­er com­mu­ni­ty of arts pre­sen­ters in Canada.

    FORUM 2016 Planning

    A great FORUM 2016 Steer­ing Com­mit­tee was formed made up of Jesse Stew­art (Car­leton Uni­ver­si­ty), Ste­fani Tru­ant (NAC), Tim Brady, Stacey Brown and Lori Burns (uOt­tawa), co-chaired by myself and Jen­nifer War­ing. As the 2014–15 sea­son pro­gressed, plan­ning revved up sub­stan­tial­ly, includ­ing an open call for pro­pos­als launched in July. The biggest push con­tin­ues, and we hope to be able to release more details soon. A FORUM 2016 web page is already up, under devel­op­ment. It will con­tin­ue to grow and is expect­ed to be as inform­ing as our past FORUM pages, so feel free to check it out from time to time. You can learn a lit­tle more about what’s in the works for FORUM 2016 in Jen­nifer Waring’s FORUM Steer­ing Com­mit­tee Report. So, save the date, Jan­u­ary 14–17, 2016 in Ottawa! I hope to see you all there.

    Other Projects

    Last sea­son, we began ini­tial dis­cus­sions with IAMA to be part of the Novem­ber 2016 meet­ing that will be held in Toron­to. We had a very suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship back in 2013 when they held their con­fer­ence in Mon­tre­al. What our role will be is still to be deter­mined but we hope to be able to at the least, cre­ate a show­case series like we did last time. Check out more infor­ma­tion about that project on our web site.

    At the FORUM this year we will be host­ing some pri­vate ses­sions with our mem­bers to dis­cuss the cre­ation and imple­men­ta­tion of a tour­ing net­work that will be facil­i­tat­ed through CNMN. How this will be devised will come out of mem­ber con­sul­ta­tion so please stay tuned for more info. We will present our find­ings on the final day of the FORUM (anoth­er rea­son to attend!).

    Going Forward

    I want this orga­ni­za­tion to serve its mem­bers. I hope the tour­ing net­work ini­tia­tive will be able to con­nect our mem­bers through the actu­al process of cre­at­ing and shar­ing our work together.

    CNMN needs to know what you need and how it can serve these needs. CNMN’s board of direc­tors and myself can only sup­port activ­i­ties that we know our mem­bers need. We need to hear from you. Con­tact your region­al rep­re­sen­ta­tive and have a dis­cus­sion, or send me an email. Our doors our open. Please let us know how to serve you better.

    Kyle Bren­ders, Octo­ber 2015


    Direct link: President’s Report – Sea­son 2014–15
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  • Reports from the Committees — October 2015

    What are com­mit­tees and who is on them? Since 2009, var­i­ous com­mit­tees have formed, some­times on a casu­al basis, some­times on a more con­tin­u­ous basis. They exist to focus-in on par­tic­u­lar issues – around areas of con­cern for the new music com­mu­ni­ty at large (such as the Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee and the Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive) or CNMN in par­tic­u­lar (such as the Lan­guage Facil­i­ta­tion Com­mit­tee). Or, they can be based around a par­tic­u­lar upcom­ing activ­i­ty (such as the FORUM 2016 Steer­ing Com­mit­tee). Any­one can be on a com­mit­tee, but one rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Board of Direc­tors (see our web site) is required. Mem­bers can pro­pose oth­er com­mit­tees to a mem­ber of the board.

    Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive (DCI) Report – Octo­ber 2015
    FORUM 2016 OTTAWA – Steer­ing Com­mit­tee Report – Octo­ber 2015
    The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – Octo­ber 2015
    Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee Report – Octo­ber 2015

    Direct link: Reports from the Committees
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  • Digital Content Initiative (DCI) Report – October 2015


    Since last fall, the Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive (DCI) has made many more con­nec­tions and has been build­ing the pro­gram. By July 2015 we fin­ished work on the final­ized, detailed pro­gram that we will be pre­sent­ing to our var­i­ous fun­ders late this fall, 2015. Fun­ders do not fund just “an idea,” they want to see very spe­cif­ic details. So, this ground­work was essen­tial in order to pro­vide a very con­crete, fund­able pro­pos­al with pro­gram cri­te­ria, fund­ing struc­tures, draft bud­gets, and more. This work is done.

    We had detailed pro­gram­ming meet­ings with part­ners in both Mon­tre­al and Toron­to, fine-tun­ing the Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion and get­ting gen­er­al feed back on our project. The Cana­da Coun­cil invit­ed Tim Brady to the Classical:NEXT con­fer­ence, May 2015 in Rot­ter­dam, to give a pre­sen­ta­tion on the project. Sev­er­al of the con­fer­ence del­e­gates were very inter­est­ed in the project, and we are main­tain­ing these inter­na­tion­al connections.

    In July 2015, Tim Brady was also invit­ed to present the project at the Banff Opera Col­lo­qui­um (orga­nized by Opera.ca). The opera com­mu­ni­ty is very keen on this idea, though their pri­ma­ry tech­ni­cal prob­lem is a very rigid Actor’s Equi­ty Union and this will make it very dif­fi­cult for Opera to work with us. But they will try! In gen­er­al, the Cana­di­an Fed­er­a­tion of Musi­cians sup­ports this project, and has a very rea­son­able under­stand­ing of the eco­nom­ic of the spe­cialised music sector.

    In July 2016, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the DCI met with both Cana­di­an Her­itage and the Cana­di­an Radio-tele­vi­sion and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (CRTC) about the project.

    The Cana­di­an Her­itage meet­ing was quite pos­i­tive (a bet­ter tone than the meet­ing 2.5 years ago which set this process going!). They seem to have a bet­ter grasp of the sit­u­a­tion, and the ero­sion at CBC /RSC is now ultra-clear to every­one. But – we are in an elec­tion peri­od – there are NO new gov­ern­ment pro­grams what­so­ev­er being dis­cussed until after Octo­ber 19th. Our strat­e­gy will change con­sid­er­ably, depend­ing on who is in pow­er after the 19th, but we will con­tin­ue, regardless.

    The CRTC meet­ing in July was very suc­cess­ful. We need­ed the CRTC to approve our pro­gram for the Cana­di­an Con­tent Devel­op­ment Tax Cred­its: this is the only way to get pri­vate mon­ey, if broad­cast­ers can get tax cred­its by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the DCI. Broad­cast­ers are oblig­ed to spend a cer­tain amount on Cana­di­an con­tent devel­op­ment – by law. The CRTC loved the pro­gram, and we have the offi­cial let­ter of tax accred­i­ta­tion for the project.

    In the inter­im, we con­tin­ue to do more research, to estab­lish a sense of the eco­nom­ic impact of spe­cial­ized music in Cana­da (larg­er than you think!) and to make com­par­isons with music dis­sem­i­na­tion and sup­port amongst oth­er G7 coun­tries (as you can imag­ine, Cana­da is very near the bot­tom). This research will be impor­tant for our upcom­ing meetings.

    This month (Octo­ber), we begin set­ting appoint­ments with pri­vate fun­ders to present the pro­pos­al and, soon after the elec­tion, we return to our dis­cus­sion with Cana­di­an Her­itage. This is still a very big, very ambi­tious project, but CNMN is seen as play­ing the crit­i­cal, lead­er­ship role in this all-impor­tant com­mu­ni­ty project.

    I have no idea where this will go, but so far the jour­ney has been very inter­est­ing and use­ful in terms of build­ing a com­mon cause. Octo­ber 19th….we’ll see!

    Tim Brady – Octo­ber 2015 

    Tim Brady

    Please con­tact Tim Brady for more information

    Read past bul­letin entries from this committee:
    Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive (DCI) Report – May 2015 – 20th edition
    Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive (DCI) Study: The Ben­e­fits of Musi­cal Cre­ation – 20th edition
    Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive (DCI) Report – Dec 2014 – 19th edition
    Spe­cialised Music Dig­i­tal Con­tent Cre­ation Project – 18th edition


    Direct link: Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive (DCI) Report – Octo­ber 2015
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  • FORUM 2016 OTTAWA – Steering Committee Report – October 2015

    Ottawa skyline

    Mem­bers: Jen­nifer War­ing & Kyle Bren­ders (Co-Chairs), Jesse Stew­art, Stacey Brown, Ste­fani Tru­ant, Lori Burns – more info

    Pre­lim­i­nary plan­ning began in 2014, but efforts were launched in earnest with a meet­ing in Ottawa at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ottawa School of Music on June 26, 2015 with our part­ners on the ground and CNMN steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers, both in per­son and through skype. There the frame­work for FORUM 2016 was estab­lished – UofO as the main site with con­certs at the NAC, the Mer­cury Lounge in Byward Mar­ket, and anoth­er venue TBA.

    The theme of FORUM 2016 is New Music and the Main­stream – an exam­i­na­tion not only of the rela­tion­ship of new music to main­stream music, but to main­stream soci­ety. This FORUM fol­lows the struc­ture of Calgary’s FORUM 2014, but atten­dees will find new recog­ni­tion of the impor­tance of impro­vised music with­in new music.

    The FORUM will be packed with lots of inter­est­ing events: pan­el dis­cus­sions fea­tur­ing a wide range of guests (and some real sur­pris­es), por­trait ses­sions, net­work­ing ses­sions and lunch­es, and much more. Also in the works are a demon­stra­tion per­for­mance by Mud Lake Sym­pho­ny (mid­dle school stu­dents led by Jesse Stew­art), and an open rehearsal of pieces by UofO com­po­si­tion stu­dents (Thir­teen Strings led by Kevin Mal­lon). The very suc­cess­ful FORUM open Call for Pro­pos­als has gar­nered high qual­i­ty and inno­v­a­tive pro­gram­ming. We’d like to sin­cere­ly thank all the appli­cants as well as the inde­pen­dent nation­al jury, com­posed of a diverse group of new music pro­fes­sion­als, for their thought­ful participation.

    We’ll be able to take in some great new music per­for­mances thanks to our part­ners who are pro­duc­ing evening con­certs dur­ing the FORUM: Car­leton Uni­ver­si­ty’s School for Stud­ies in Art and Cul­ture in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Ottawa New Music Cre­ators (a pro­gramme of impro­vised works fea­tur­ing Pauline Oliv­eros) and the Nation­al Arts Cen­tre Orches­tra (with Music Direc­tor Alexan­der Shel­ley and includ­ing a pre­miere by John Esta­cio, as well as a sec­ond cham­ber con­cert fea­tur­ing musi­cians of the NAC Orchestra).

    We’d love to reveal more, but until all our fund­ing results come in we have to resist offi­cial­ly announc­ing the rest of the ele­ments – instead we leave you with bat­ed breath! Please con­tin­ue to check our web­site for updates.

    Final­ly, we’re pleased to announce that Geof Hol­brook has been brought on board to work on pro­duc­tion, pro­mo­tion and tech­ni­cal direc­tion of FORUM 2016.

    We’re excit­ed. Make plans now to be part of FORUM 2016, too, Jan­u­ary 14–17, in Ottawa. Vis­it our online sup­port let­ter page for ideas on how to get there.

    Jen­nifer Waring
    Co-chair, FORUM 2016 Steer­ing Committee

    Please con­tact Geof Hol­brook for more information

    Read past bul­letin entries from this committee:

    FORUM 2016 OTTAWA – web page
    FORUM 2016 OTTAWA – Steer­ing Com­mit­tee Report – May 2015
    FORUM 2016 OTTAWA – Steer­ing Com­mit­tee Report – Dec 2014


    Direct link: FORUM 2016 OTTAWA – Steer­ing Com­mit­tee Report – Octo­ber 2015
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  • The Language Committee Report – October 2015


    Mem­bers: Stacey Brown (Chair), Louise Camp­bell, Jérôme Blais

    The goal of the Lan­guage Com­mit­tee is to sup­port CNMN in main­tain­ing its com­mit­ment to bilin­gual­ism, by pro­mot­ing aware­ness of lan­guage issues, assist­ing from time to time with minor trans­la­tion needs and, every two years, ful­fill­ing var­i­ous kinds of lan­guage facil­i­ta­tion roles at our nation­al FORUMS (for a recent exam­ple, see FORUM 2014). Com­mit­tee mem­bers are invit­ed to reflect on ways in which we can facil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ca­tions in both offi­cial lan­guages and con­tin­ue build­ing a nation­al net­work that can real­ly “speak” to all our members.

    Through the 2014–15 sea­son, we as a com­mit­tee have con­tin­ued to work behind the scenes for CNMN, respond­ing to small trans­la­tion requests as they arise and begin­ning to con­sid­er lan­guage facil­i­ta­tion needs and solu­tions for FORUM 2016 in Ottawa.

    This com­mit­tee is active­ly seek­ing mem­bers who might be inter­est­ed in par­tic­i­pat­ing in any of the above dis­cus­sions and activ­i­ties. We are also con­tin­u­ing to build a list of mem­bers who are will­ing to occa­sion­al­ly assist with some vol­un­teer trans­la­tion towards their moth­er tongue (Eng­lish, or French).

    Why join the CNMN lan­guage com­mit­tee? Here is what one of our com­mit­tee mem­bers, Louise Camp­bell, responds: “Because both music and lan­guage come from the same source: lis­ten­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. We have the grass­roots resources in the CNMN to make sure all our mem­bers can lis­ten, speak and par­tic­i­pate in the offi­cial lan­guage of their choice, and I want to do what I can to encour­age that. Besides, lan­guages are just plain fun!”

    Ques­tions? Think­ing about get­ting involved in the Lan­guage Com­mit­tee? We’d love to hear your ideas!

    Please con­tact Stacey Brown for more information


    Read past bul­letin entries from this committee:
    The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – May 2015


    Direct link: The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – Octo­ber 2015
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  • Public Engagement Committee Report – October 2015

    Public_Engagement_CommitteeMem­bers: Louise Camp­bell (Chair), Tawnie Olson and Jen­nifer Waring

    The CNMN Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee was formed in the 2012–13 sea­son. Hav­ing evolved out of the Youth Com­mit­tee (2009–12), the Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee seeks to address the range and scope of issues regard­ing Pub­lic Engage­ment and New Music across Canada.

    Dur­ing the 2014–15 sea­son, the Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee revised and updat­ed the Cre­ative Music Edu­ca­tion Resource list­ing, mak­ing it avail­able on the CNMN web­site. The Resource is a curat­ed list of online resources for facil­i­tat­ing cre­ative music, so that when you host a cre­ative music class, les­son, work­shop, con­cert etc., you have resources at your fin­ger­tips to inspire you with great ideas.

    One of the man­dates of the com­mit­tee is to share suc­cess sto­ries about pub­lic engage­ment. Dur­ing the past sea­son, the Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee con­tin­ued to sub­mit arti­cles to the CNMN bul­letin, high­light­ing excit­ing cre­ative music projects that fea­ture con­nect­ing with the Cana­di­an pub­lic in inno­v­a­tive and excit­ing ways. As we all know, CNMN mem­bers do amaz­ing work in pub­lic engage­ment. If you have or know of a project that is par­tic­u­lar­ly inspir­ing and want to spread the word about it, con­tact Louise Camp­bell to write an arti­cle for the CNMN bul­letin. Past sto­ries have been about the John Adaskin Project, Toronto’s New Music 101, I.S.S. and the OCADU Project (see links below to all past submissions).

    Activ­i­ties for the 2015–16 sea­son will include pub­li­ciz­ing the Cre­ative Music Edu­ca­tion Resource list­ing to per­ti­nent orga­ni­za­tions beyond the New Music com­mu­ni­ty (e.g. teach­ers asso­ci­a­tions etc.) and con­tin­u­ing to share suc­cess sto­ries in pub­lic engage­ment. If you have ideas about who we should con­tact, let us know.

    We wel­come more com­mit­tee mem­bers! We need peo­ple from across the coun­try to pitch in, give their two cents worth, and give us a Cana­da-wide per­spec­tive. If you want to join the Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee, we want your ideas!

    Please con­tact Louise Camp­bell for more information

    Read more from this committee:

    Cre­ative Music Edu­ca­tion Online Resources
    Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee Report – May 2015 – 20th edition
    Cura­to­r­i­al and Art Crit­i­cism stu­dents meet Con­tin­u­um in The OCADU Project – 20th edition
    Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee Report – Dec. 2014 – 19th edition
    I.S.S. Is Some­body Singing – 16th edition
    Toronto’s New Music 101 – 16th edition
    Youth/Music Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee Reports (p. 5–6) – 13th edi­tion (pdf)


    Direct link: Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee Report – Octo­ber 2015
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  • Want to get to know Circuit?


    The CNMN and Cir­cuit, musiques con­tem­po­raines have part­nered to pro­vide CNMN mem­bers access to a sig­nif­i­cant dis­count sub­scrip­tion rate to Cir­cuit, as well as one free issue of the mag­a­zine. Find out more here!

    Direct link: Want to get to know Circuit?
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  • Welcome New Members – October 2015

    Since May 2015, CNMN’s mem­ber­ship has grown by 10 mem­bers. More mem­bers in our net­work means stronger rep­re­sen­ta­tion and con­nec­tion for our com­mu­ni­ty. We warm­ly wel­come all our new mem­bers, and we hope this marks the begin­ning of a long-last­ing and fruit­ful collaboration.

    The new mem­bers are list­ed below, many of which have web sites for fur­ther infor­ma­tion. We also hope all our mem­bers get a chance to check each oth­er out – you can access a full list of mem­bers on our web site, view­able by cat­e­go­ry, region or name.

    Who will be the next new member?

    New Voting Members

    Architek Per­cus­sion QC http://www.architekpercussion.com/

    New Supporting Members

    Erin Bar­d­ua NB http://www.erinbardua.com/
    Ross Braes BC http://www.musiconnex.com/
    Col­in Labadie ON http://www.colinlabadie.com/
    Austin Leung Hong Kong http://www.soundcloud.com/austin-leung
    Karen McKen­zie BC http://www.cooperstudioswr.com/
    François Mouil­lot QC
    Lin­da Purves AB http://www.ljpurves.ca/
    Vahram Sargsyan QC http://www.vahramsargsyan.com/
    Andrea Tyniec ON http://www.andreatyniec.ca/


    Direct link: Wel­come New Mem­bers – Octo­ber 2015
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  • Membership Dues 2015–2016

    We sent out mem­ber­ship invoic­es by email in Sep­tem­ber. Mem­ber­ship dues for the 2015–2016 peri­od are still com­ing in. Did you receive your invoice? For those who haven’t paid yet, you can set­tle your dues by cheque through the mail, or by cred­it card (Pay­Pal) on our web site. It is great­ly appre­ci­at­ed. Anoth­er incen­tive — mem­bers who have set­tled 2015–16 dues receive a sig­nif­i­cant dis­count on the FORUM 2016 reg­is­tra­tion fee.

    If you have any ques­tions, feel free to con­tact us.


    Direct link: Mem­ber­ship Dues 2015–16
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  • Members’ Corner — How to Submit

    Want to submit to the next CNMN bulletin?

    Down­load the Sub­mis­sion Guide­lines avail­able at the top of our main NEWS page:



    Direct link: Mem­bers’ Corner
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