FORUM 2016 OTTAWA – Steering Committee Report – October 2015

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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


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