22nd edition CNMN Bulletin – June 2016


Table of Contents


Intro­duc­ing the new CNMN Board of Direc­tors 2016 — 2018
FORUM 2016 OTTAWA Wrap-up
Sou­venirs of FORUM 2016
Tour­ing Net­work Meet­ings Jan­u­ary 2016
The Vir­tu­al MegaBand

Reports from the CNMN Com­mit­tees, June 2016: 

Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive (DCI) Report – June 2016
The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – June 2016
Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee Report – June 2016

Want to get to know Circuit?
Wel­come New Mem­bers – June 2016
CNMN Needs You – Now!

Mem­bers’ Corner:

A Cana­di­an Deep Lis­ten­ing Retreat, August 2016
PIVOT: a men­tor­ship pro­gram for Cana­di­an composers
ISCM World New Music Days 2017 – Save The Date!
New Album Release: Thought and Desire


22nd edi­tion CNMN Bul­letin – June 2016

  • Introducing the new CNMN Board of Directors 2016 — 2018

    CNMN Board of Directors 2016-18

    The results are in! The new board will be wel­comed at our 2016 AGM this fall, but we want­ed every­one to hear the great news before then.

    Our board com­po­si­tion grows by three seats this man­date: a sec­ond seat for the B.C. region and two new seats specif­i­cal­ly for non-region­al rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Thanks go to the 15 self-nom­i­nees for par­tic­i­pat­ing. We would like to wel­come back our mem­bers who are return­ing for anoth­er man­date, as well as eight new members.

    We would like to gen­er­ous­ly thank the fol­low­ing out­go­ing board mem­bers: Kyle Bren­ders, Stacey Brown, Louise Camp­bell, Jim Mont­gomery and Hei­di Ouel­lette. Your com­mit­ment and ener­gy has made CNMN a vibrant sup­port­er of new music in the Cana­di­an landscape.

    Note: Jen­nifer War­ing has tak­en on the posi­tion of Inter­im President!

    Atlantic Cana­da

    • Nor­man Adams – Cel­list, impro­vis­er, artis­tic direc­tor – Sud­den­lyLIS­TEN Music – Hal­i­fax (NS)
    • Jérôme Blais – Com­pos­er, pro­fes­sor of music, Dal­housie – Hal­i­fax (NS)


    • Sarah Albu – Vocal­ist, impro­vis­er, sound artist – Montréal
    • Tim Brady – Com­pos­er and per­former, direc­tor – Brady­works– Montréal
    • Marc-Olivi­er Lam­on­tagne – Gui­tarist, artis­tic direc­tor – Codes d’accès – Montréal


    • Kathryn Ladano – Artis­tic direc­tor — NUMUS con­certs, bass clar­inet­tist, impro­vis­er, edu­ca­tor, new music per­former – Kitchener
    • Juli­et Palmer – Com­pos­er & artis­tic direc­tor, Urban­ves­sel – Toronto
    • Jen­nifer War­ing – Co-founder and past artis­tic direc­tor – Con­tin­u­um – Dundas


    • Alain Per­ron – Com­pos­er, pro­fes­sor of music – Uni­ver­si­ty of Regi­na – Regi­na (SK)


    • Megu­mi Masa­ki – Per­former, impro­vis­er, edu­ca­tor – Brandon

    Alber­ta and the North­ern Territories

    • Po Yeh – Admin­is­tra­tor – Honens, New Works Cal­gary, Land’s End Ensem­ble – Calgary

    British Colum­bia

    • Jen­nifer But­ler – Com­pos­er, past-pres­i­dent, Cana­di­an League of Com­posers – Van­cou­ver (BC)
    • David Pay – Artis­tic direc­tor – Music on Main – Vancouver

    Non-Region­al Representatives

    • Sean Clarke – Com­pos­er, per­former, edu­ca­tor – Calgary/Ottawa
    • Emi­ly Doolit­tle – Com­pos­er – Glas­gow, UK/Halifax

    Direct link: Intro­duc­ing the new CNMN Board of Direc­tors 2016–18
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  • FORUM 2016 OTTAWA Wrap-up

    Pho­to cred­it: Cur­tis Per­ry. (1) Jesse Stew­art, Ellen Water­man, Koen Kap­ti­jn, Gayle Young, Pauline Oliv­eros, Ione, Raphael Wein­roth-Browne, Lang Tung. (2) Mud Lake Sym­pho­ny : stu­dents from the Regi­na Street Pub­lic School, Jesse Stew­art, dir.


    From Jan­u­ary 14–17, 2016, CNMN host­ed its sev­enth nation­al / inter­na­tion­al FORUM, this time at the School of Music at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ottawa.

    Reach­ing a total of 129 reg­is­trants, many extra­or­di­nary mem­bers of the new music com­mu­ni­ty pre­sent­ed, lis­tened, dis­cov­ered, dis­cussed and debat­ed. A room full of cre­ative peo­ple is bound to gen­er­ate new activ­i­ty. Despite the so-far short ges­ta­tion peri­od, atten­dees have already informed us of sev­er­al con­crete projects mate­ri­al­iz­ing out of con­nec­tions made at the FORUM, and there are undoubt­ed­ly many more to come.

    Guests and speak­ers were from a broad spec­trum of the musi­cal prac­tice, includ­ing exper­i­men­tal jazz, noise, instal­la­tion, and forms with­out easy titles. There were a total of 49 pro­grammed indi­vid­u­als: 1 keynote speak­er – doyenne of new music impro­vi­sa­tion, Pauline Oliv­eros, 5 high-pro­file inter­na­tion­als and 43 of Canada’s most impor­tant new music pro­fes­sion­als from across the country.

    Also deserv­ing a men­tion, the Call for Pro­pos­als gar­nered such a high qual­i­ty and inno­v­a­tive pro­gram­ming poten­tial that many of them were inte­grat­ed into the pro­gram­ming, rep­re­sent­ing 38% of the fea­tured guests.

    FORUM 2016 start­ed on Thurs­day evening with a “show-and-tell” ice­break­er. After Fri­day morning’s for­mal wel­come by Shan­non Chief of the Algo­nquin nation, every­one was ready to dive right in.

    The activ­i­ties pro­mot­ed con­nect­ing, and the sort of in-depth, excit­ing dis­cus­sion that leads to col­lab­o­ra­tion and exchange:

    • 1 keynote, 6 pan­els, 10 oth­er activ­i­ties (mini-talks, work­shops, dia­logues and demon­stra­tions) and 3 open net­work­ing & com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment sessions.
    • 2 edu­ca­tion-themed activ­i­ties: a demon­stra­tion per­for­mance by Mud Lake Sym­pho­ny (mid­dle school stu­dents led by Jesse Stew­art), and an open rehearsal of pieces by uOt­tawa com­po­si­tion stu­dents (Thir­teen Strings led by Kevin Mallon).
    • 10 por­traits of orga­ni­za­tions from across Cana­da, the UK and the Netherlands.

    The theme was New Music and the Main­stream. The goal was to tack­le the issues of ghet­toiza­tion of new music: the rela­tion­ship between cre­ative music in the “clas­si­cal stream” and oth­er cre­ative musics in a time when dis­tinc­tions are becom­ing blurred and tra­di­tion­al labels are becom­ing meaningless.

    These issues ulti­mate­ly trig­gered a major thread of dis­cus­sion through­out the FORUM: diver­si­ty – of prac­tice and prac­ti­tion­er. Diver­si­ty was high on our agen­da, as it was too on the agen­da of the Prime Min­is­ter; only a few days lat­er he stat­ed at the the World Eco­nom­ic Forum in Davos, “Diver­si­ty isn’t just sound social pol­i­cy. Diver­si­ty is the engine of inven­tion.” The CNMN’s FORUM 2016 was a tes­ta­ment to how the new music com­mu­ni­ty often mir­rors the same rel­e­vant issues chal­leng­ing larg­er soci­ety. The FORUM’s role as an out­let – a think tank, a Launch­pad – to help the new music com­mu­ni­ty be an effec­tive force to address these issues, was made ever the more clear.

    Indeed, FORUM 2016’s focus on the place of new music in soci­ety com­bined with the clear con­cern of par­tic­i­pants with issues of inclu­siv­i­ty and diver­si­ty demon­strate that CNMN’s soci­etal anten­nae are work­ing and that this com­mu­ni­ty can and will con­tribute to and influ­ence the larg­er soci­ety for the greater good. But this is no news. As Pauline Oliv­eros said in her keynote speech (para­phras­ing), “Go out, all you artists, and make pos­i­tive change happen.”

    This gath­er­ing of the new music com­mu­ni­ty has become inte­gral to the struc­ture and cul­ture of new music in Canada.

    The extra­or­di­nary good will, the courage to be hon­est, and the skill at being sen­si­tive to oth­er view­points and real­i­ties were extreme­ly evi­dent amongst the par­tic­i­pants at the FORUM. The con­cen­trat­ed expe­ri­ence of this dynam­ic is the kind of thing that can help improve the cul­ture of how we do new music.

    The FORUM 2016 team, many vol­un­teer-based, deserve a great big thank you. Thanks also go to all the fun­ders as well as our part­ners who con­tributed high-lev­el musi­cal per­for­mances for each of the 3 nights of the FORUM, many of which per­formed to a full house.

    Read what oth­ers had to say: Sou­venirs from FORUM 2016.

    Plan­ning for FORUM 2018 begins soon.

    ~ Jen­nifer War­ing, Kyle Bren­ders and Emi­ly Hall


    Direct link: FORUM 2016 OTTAWA Wrap-up
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  • Souvenirs from FORUM 2016

    Thank you to every­one who shared a FORUM 2016 expe­ri­ence with us!

    Do you have a FORUM 2016 expe­ri­ence to share? If you would like to sup­port the con­tin­u­a­tion of these FORUMs, we would love to hear feed­back from you. Whether it’s a cou­ple of words, a few sen­tences, or more, about any aspect of the FORUM, your feed­back and tes­ti­mo­ni­als will help tremen­dous­ly with our report­ing and future plan­ning. Please email admin@reseaumusiquesnouvelles.ca


    From Sonia Steven­son, Artis­tic Direc­tor, Lich­field Fes­ti­val & St Andrews Voic­es, UK:

    The range of top­ics cov­ered, the diver­si­ty and wealth of expe­ri­ence of those attend­ing, and the excel­lent organ­i­sa­tion of the hosts made for a tru­ly inspir­ing few days. I came away inspired and invigorated.


    From Joe Bates, Artis­tic Direc­tor of Filthy Lukre, UK:

    I found [FORUM 2016] inspir­ing, use­ful and fun. The qual­i­ty of dis­cus­sion was con­sis­tent­ly high and com­bined with an open atmos­phere that allowed par­tic­i­pants to eas­i­ly net­work and have in depth con­ver­sa­tions. That this was pos­si­ble for some­body with no pre-exist­ing net­work, like myself, is a tes­ti­mo­ny to the open­ness of the forum and the friend­li­ness of the mem­bers. It has also yield­ed prac­ti­cal results. The con­fer­ence was sophis­ti­cat­ed in its dis­cus­sion of diver­si­ty and inclu­sion due to the read­i­ly appar­ent efforts tak­en by its organ­is­ers. I have returned to the UK with a set of clear­ly defined actions to take and the links to evi­dence their effi­ca­cy. This will help both my organ­i­sa­tion and the com­mu­ni­ties we serve.


    From Frank Hor­vat, composer/pianist, Toronto:

    I reg­u­lar­ly attend many music con­fer­ences … [FORUM 2016] was a breath of fresh air to be sur­round­ed by atten­dees who feel equal­ly as pas­sion­ate about main­tain­ing their cre­ative voice as get­ting audi­ences to hear it.


    From Cur­tis Per­ry, Ottawa New Music Creators:

    FORUM 2016 pro­vid­ed indis­pen­si­ble dis­cus­sion about such wide-rang­ing issues as mar­ket­ing, pre­sen­ta­tion, attend­ing to diverse pro­gram­ming with sen­si­tiv­i­ty, effec­tive com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment, and more. I learned about the expe­ri­ences of orga­niz­ers, artists, and oth­er pro­fes­sion­als from across Cana­da and abroad that I will be car­ry­ing for­ward as an inte­gral part of my pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment. There is no doubt in my mind that CNMN’s FORUM 2016 was a sem­i­nal and invig­o­rat­ing event that fur­ther strength­ened the stan­dards of pro­fes­sion­al­ism, in all its atten­dant mean­ings, for all involved in this artis­tic prac­tice that we call new music.


    From Susan­na East­burn, Chief Exec­u­tive, Sound and Music, UK:

    It was won­der­ful to be … part of such good qual­i­ty of debate. I met some great con­tacts and … am con­fi­dent that it will lead to fur­ther exchanges and coop­er­a­tive activ­i­ties for all of us.


    From Sean Clarke, Com­pos­er & Per­former, Calgary/Ottawa:

    I did­n’t have much expe­ri­ence with the CNMN before­hand but found the dis­cus­sions, pan­els and pre­sen­ta­tions very reward­ing and thought pro­vok­ing. By the end of the week­end I was inspired and impressed by the orga­ni­za­tion and moti­vat­ed to become more involved. It’s great to have a net­work like this that’s so com­mit­ted to Cana­di­an new music in all its forms.


    From Ellen Water­man, musi­cian and pro­fes­sor, Memo­r­i­al Uni­ver­si­ty, Newfoundland:

    I was inspired by the stim­u­lat­ing dis­cus­sions about diver­si­ty at FORUM 2016. It was tru­ly a thought pro­vok­ing con­fer­ence and left me very encour­aged and refreshed about the prospects for new music in Canada.


    From Lau­ra Kavanaugh & Ian Birse, Instant­places, Hull:

    As inde­pen­dent artists we wel­comed the chance to meet face-to-face with peo­ple we have been in con­tact with long-dis­tance. We caught up with old friends and made some new ones! By invit­ing Pauline Oliv­eros and Ione as spe­cial guests, the CNMN showed us an open­ness to artists who embrace hybrid­i­ty and exper­i­men­ta­tion and embody new-world ways of working/feeling/being.


    From Henk Heuvel­mans, Direc­tor of Gaudea­mus Muziek­week, Utrecht:

    Though many of the top­ics of [FORUM 2016] are sim­i­lar to the ones we dis­cuss in our part of the world, it was real­ly spe­cial to expe­ri­ence how some things are very dif­fer­ent in Cana­da, not only because of the size of the coun­try but espe­cial­ly because of the dif­fer­ent his­to­ry. [It was] good to feel lots of ener­gy to move for­ward in exist­ing and new co-operations.


    From Scott Good, com­pos­er • per­former — Toronto:

    I found the FORUM 2016 to be a very use­ful and fun event to attend and par­tic­i­pate. The rig­or­ous pace, vari­ety of speak­ers, and gen­er­al friend­ly tone were con­ducive to the spir­it of net­work­ing and new­ness. I’m very pleased to have gone.


    From Véronique Lacroix, Artis­tic Direc­tor, Ensem­ble con­tem­po­rain de Mon­tréal (ECM+):

    The FORUM 2016 was very well orga­nized, extreme­ly con­struc­tive and par­tic­i­pa­tive. The per­fect meet­ing place for Canada’s new music community.


    From Mary Kene­di, pianist, Toronto:

    [FORUM 2016] was real­ly infor­ma­tive, excit­ing and pro­vid­ed great oppor­tu­ni­ties for net­work­ing. … I found the whole expe­ri­ence intel­lec­tu­al­ly stim­u­lat­ing, lift­ing one out of the every­day strug­gles in this dif­fi­cult area of cul­tur­al life.


    From Mon­i­ca Pearse, Artis­tic Direc­tor, Toy Piano Com­posers, Toronto:

    [FORUM 2016 was] a fan­tas­tic place to con­nect and recon­nect with some of the top pro­fes­sion­als in new music. A great plat­form for dis­cussing issues and ideas. Get­ting to meet so many peo­ple from across the coun­try is a real priv­i­lege. I also love how the net­work­ing feels more nat­ur­al than at more showcase‑y events.


    Direct link: Sou­venirs of FORUM 2016
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  • Touring Network Meetings January 2016

    Kyle Brenders

    Dur­ing FORUM 2016 Ottawa, Kyle Bren­ders chaired a num­ber of meet­ings with over 20 mem­bers of the new music com­mu­ni­ty, with the inten­tion of devel­op­ing a tour­ing network.

    The atten­dees rep­re­sent­ed a diverse spec­trum of regions and styl­is­tic gen­res, as well as the dif­fer­ent roles impli­cat­ed (per­former, agent, pro­duc­er, etc.):

    • Mod­er­a­tor: Kyle Bren­ders – Com­pos­er • Per­former • CNMN board – Toron­to ON
    • Mark Seg­ger – Com­pos­er • Impro­vis­er • Per­former – Edmon­ton AB
    • Po Yeh – New Works Cal­gary • Land’s End Ensem­ble • CNMN board – Cal­gary AB
    • DB Boyko – West­ern Front New Music – Van­cou­ver BC
    • David Pay – Music on Main • ISCM World New Music Days 2017 • CNMN board – Van­cou­ver BC
    • Elliot Brit­ton – GroundSwell – Win­nipeg MB
    • Luke Nick­el – Clus­ter Fes­ti­val – Win­nipeg MB
    • Norm Adams – sud­den­lyLIS­TEN Music • CNMN board – Hal­i­fax NS
    • Dar­cy Spi­dle — OBEY Con­ven­tion – Hal­i­fax NS
    • David Dacks – Music Gallery – Toron­to ON
    • Ben Dietschi – Spec­trum Music – Toron­to ON
    • Andrew Kwan – Artist Man­ag­er – Toron­to ON
    • Mon­i­ca Pearce – Toy Piano Com­posers – Toron­to ON
    • Nilan Per­era – Son­ic Explor­er & Impro­vis­er – Toron­to ON
    • Tim Brady – Brady­works • CNMN board – Mon­tre­al QC
    • Isak Gold­schnei­der – Inno­va­tions en con­cert – Mon­tre­al QC
    • Véronique Lacroix – ECM+ – Mon­tréal QC
    • Alis­sa Che­ung – Quatuor Bozzi­ni – Mon­tréal QC
    • Clemens Merkel – Quatuor Bozzi­ni – Mon­tréal QC
    • Craig Ped­er­sen – Impro­vis­er – Mon­tréal QC
    • Jen­nifer War­ing – CNMN board – Dun­das ON
    • Henk Heuvel­mans – Gaudea­mus Muziek­week – Utrecht NL
    • Susan­na East­burn – Sound and Music – Lon­don UK

    Dis­cus­sions began by intro­duc­ing what peo­ple around the table were doing, how they were tour­ing (or bring­ing in tours), what kind of tour­ing fund­ing they received (direct­ly or indi­rect­ly), their suc­cess­es and their challenges.

    The dis­cus­sion quick­ly showed a real need to build a stronger facil­i­ta­tion for nation­al tour­ing for our com­mu­ni­ty, with the pri­ma­ry goal being to cre­ate a stronger nation­al pres­ence for new music.

    Among the group, dis­cus­sions were very frank and hon­est, and this made the ini­tia­tive even more valu­able. With­in the 20 peo­ple in dis­cus­sion, the con­ver­sa­tion eas­i­ly split along styl­is­tic and ide­o­log­i­cal lines.

    Con­se­quent­ly, the dis­cus­sion showed that the top­ic of nation­al tour­ing is one that needs to be dis­cussed on a larg­er scale, with a larg­er cross sec­tion of the net­work involved, in order to prop­er­ly take into con­sid­er­a­tion the con­trast­ing views with­in our milieu.

    Next Steps

    The con­clu­sion was to first work on build­ing vis­i­bil­i­ty for mem­bers of the net­work as they tour across the coun­try. Brain­storm­ing includ­ed the idea of CNMN to cre­ate a small fund, with a sim­ple appli­ca­tion process, that will pro­vide a token amount of mon­ey under the con­di­tion that the tour rec­og­nized it as “spon­sored by the Cana­di­an New Music Net­work.” This is a sim­ple solu­tion that can be accom­plished with lit­tle bureau­crat­ic work and a small por­tion of CNM­N’s budget.

    In the long term, how­ev­er, the project needs to grow into a larg­er ini­tia­tive in order to address the fol­low­ing issues:

    • How can we devel­op a nation­al audi­ence for con­tem­po­rary music, through the sup­port of a nation­al tour­ing network?
    • How can we sup­port a tour­ing cir­cuit of new music that is built around project exchanges and reci­procity instead of just “mak­ing the rounds”?
    • How can we finan­cial­ly sup­port nation­al tours in order to mit­i­gate risk due to geo­graph­i­cal scope?
    • How can we cre­ate and ensure the man­age­ment of a new music tour­ing infor­ma­tion resource for those who are tour­ing and those who are look­ing to book tour­ing shows? (a tour­ing database?)
    • How can we cre­ate and share clear­er lan­guage about what “new music” is to a broad­er pub­lic with­out dimin­ish­ing the mes­sage of the music?


    Direct link: Tour­ing Net­work Meet­ings Jan­u­ary 2016
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  • The Virtual MegaBand


    Part of the “Pub­lic Engage­ment Suc­cess Sto­ries” series

    By Louise Camp­bell and Geof Holbrook

    Most teenagers today have grown up with dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, access­ing music via YouTube and shar­ing links through a myr­i­ad of social media.  With­in this con­text, mak­ing new music with teenagers takes on a new dimen­sion, expand­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties for how we cre­ate music, with whom, and where. Louise Camp­bell and Geof Hol­brook col­lab­o­rat­ed with music teach­ers Susan Strunc of Lind­say Place High School (Pointe Claire, Qc) and Steve Dubin­sky of West­wood Senior High School (Hud­son, Qc) on the Vir­tu­al Mega­Band, a frame­work that allows a large num­ber of peo­ple to make music togeth­er regard­less of where they live. Our chal­lenge was to engage the stu­dents’ facil­i­ty with both their acoustic instru­ments and dig­i­tal devices to co-cre­ate a new video-music work for launch on YouTube.

    Over the course of 14 in-class work­shops, Louise and Geof led the stu­dents in a col­lab­o­ra­tive process sim­i­lar to dance cre­ation: that is, a feed­back loop between impro­vi­sa­tion and com­po­si­tion. In gen­er­al, Louise led the stu­dents in impro­vi­sa­tion, from which ideas were cho­sen to car­ry for­ward to the next work­shop. Geof used these ideas to com­pose open scores, which Louise then used in the next work­shop to gen­er­ate more mate­r­i­al through impro­vi­sa­tion. Stu­dents then sub­mit­ted audio-visu­al sam­ples of their com­po­si­tions, record­ed on their dig­i­tal devices. Using these sub­mis­sions and record­ings of the work­shops, Geof edit­ed the final work together:


    Giv­en the dis­tance between the schools and their respec­tive class sched­ules, the 90 stu­dents involved were nev­er in the same room at the same time. The Vir­tu­al Mega­Band tru­ly brings teenagers togeth­er to cre­ate music using the tech­nol­o­gy of our times.

    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:
    Cre­ative Music Edu­ca­tion Online Resources
    Pub­lic Engage­ment in Schools – Lind­say Place High School (n° 21)
    Cura­to­r­i­al and Art Crit­i­cism stu­dents meet Con­tin­u­um in The OCADU Project (n° 20)
    I.S.S. Is Some­body Singing (n° 16)
    Toronto’s New Music 101 (n° 16)

    Direct link: The Vir­tu­al MegaBand
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  • Reports from the Committees — June 2016

    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 – June 2016
    The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – June 2016
    Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee Report – June 2016


    Direct link: Reports from the Com­mit­tees — June 2016
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  • Digital Content Initiative (DCI) Report – June 2016

    Tim Brady — chair — DCI — April 27, 2016

    Since the CNMN DCI meet­ing with the Depart­ment of Cana­di­an Her­itage in Novem­ber, 2015, much has hap­pened.  The project is still very much in process, but it is moving.

    1) We have begun meet­ing with var­i­ous Lib­er­al and NDP mem­bers of par­lia­ment to get their sup­port of the pro­pos­al. This is essen­tial for a pro­pos­al of this size and scope.  Poten­tial­ly spend­ing $3.5 mil­lion dol­lars of pub­lic mon­ey is a polit­i­cal, not a bureau­crat­ic, deci­sion.  We under­stand this, and are work­ing with elect­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tives. MPs have been sup­port­ive to date.

    2) On April 22, 2016, the Min­is­ter of Cana­di­an Her­itage, Mélanie Joly under­lined dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy as a KEY com­po­nent to Cana­di­an cul­ture in a state­ment that announced the launch of a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the issue, start­ing with an online ques­tion­naire that cit­i­zens could com­plete until May 20. She wants to total­ly update Cana­di­an cul­tur­al infra­struc­ture. The last time this was done was 1991!

    This Min­is­ter clear­ly under­stands what things are like in 2016, so we are on the same wave­length.  This will make our job con­sid­er­ably eas­i­er — the depart­ment has pub­licly stat­ed that dig­i­tal con­tact is a major pol­i­cy issue, and that is exact­ly what we have been say­ing for 3 years (and they know this).

    3) More meet­ings — fol­low­ing the Min­is­ter’s announce­ment on pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions on dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy, we have arranged for more meet­ings with MPs (May and June), and with high-lev­el pol­i­cy offi­cials at the Depart­ment of Cana­di­an Her­itage offi­cials (June).  The Min­is­ter’s very pub­lic con­cern for dig­i­tal con­tent has made our sales job easier.

    4) CBC / Radio-Can have con­firmed that the increase in fund­ing will not trans­late into any more spe­cial­ized music on CBC/Ra­dio-Can.  We are on our own.

    5) We are build­ing new part­ner­ships with oth­er mem­bers of the Cana­di­an spe­cial­ized music com­mu­ni­ty, such as Nax­os Records.

    There is a sense that, if this is to hap­pen, it will hap­pen in the next two years, or not.  After that, the gov­ern­ment will be in pre-elec­tion mode, cut­ting bud­gets, etc.  So CNMN is push­ing as hard as pos­si­ble at this time to make seri­ous progress.

    Want to help? Con­nect with your local MPs to get their sup­port for the DCI. Con­tact me for more infor­ma­tion: tim@timbrady.ca.

    Read past bul­letin entries from this committee:
    Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive (DCI) Report – Octo­ber 2015 (n° 21)
    Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive (DCI) Report – May 2015 (n° 20)
    Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive (DCI) Study: The Ben­e­fits of Musi­cal Cre­ation (n° 20)
    Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive (DCI) Report – Dec 2014 (n° 19)
    Spe­cialised Music Dig­i­tal Con­tent Cre­ation Project (n° 18)


    Direct link: Dig­i­tal Con­tent Ini­tia­tive (DCI) Report  – June 2016
    Return to full Bul­letin – Octo­ber 2015

  • The Language Committee Report – June 2016


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

    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. 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.

    Our com­mit­tee con­tin­ues to work behind the scenes for CNMN, respond­ing to small trans­la­tion requests as they arise through­out the year. In Jan­u­ary, com­mit­tee mem­bers pro­vid­ed lan­guage facil­i­ta­tion at FORUM 2016 in Ottawa, along with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of staff mem­bers Emi­ly Hall, Geof Hol­brook, and Anan­da Sud­dath, and a sub­stan­tial team of vol­un­teer lan­guage facil­i­ta­tors. Our sin­cere thanks to our vol­un­teers: Sarah Albu, Michel Beaudry, Sandeep Bhag­wati, Alis­sa Che­ung, Bruno De Cat, Jonathan Gold­man, Véronique Lacroix, Marc-Olivi­er Lam­on­tagne, Suzie Leblanc, Claire Marc­hand, Clemens Merkel, Stephanie Moore, Fran Slinger­land. A word from our FORUM 2016 Lan­guage Coor­di­na­tor Louise Camp­bell: “For me, CNMN is a demon­stra­tion of what peo­ple can do and accom­plish togeth­er when they share pas­sion and good­will. The readi­ness and gen­eros­i­ty with which all of you jumped in with your knowl­edge and exper­tise to help every­one out is a won­der­ful demon­stra­tion of our com­mu­ni­ty in action. Thank you once again for your help. We seri­ous­ly couldn’t do it with­out you!”

    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).

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

    For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Stacey Brown

    Past bul­letin entries from this committee

    The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – Octo­ber 2015 (n° 21)
    The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – May 2015 (n° 20)


    Direct link: The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – June 2016
    Return to full Bul­letin – Octo­ber 2015

  • Public Engagement Committee Report – June 2016

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

    Pub­lic Engage­ment in the arts is a must for all of us. This com­mit­tee gath­ers and shares infor­ma­tion about what we as a music com­mu­ni­ty do with regards to pub­lic engage­ment, broad­en­ing the focus to music mak­ing by, with and for peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds. Com­mit­tee activ­i­ties for 2015–16 includ­ed spread­ing Suc­cess Sto­ries through the bul­letin and plen­ty of dis­cus­sion around Pub­lic Engage­ment at the Forum 2016. Thanks to the mem­bers for being part of the com­mit­tee this year.

    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
    The Vir­tu­al Mega­Band – June 2016 (n° 22)
    Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee Report – Octo­ber 2015 (n° 21)
    Pub­lic Engage­ment in Schools – Lind­say Place High School (n° 21)
    Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee Report – May 2015 (n° 20)
    Cura­to­r­i­al and Art Crit­i­cism stu­dents meet Con­tin­u­um in The OCADU Project (n° 20)
    Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee Report – Dec. 2014 (n° 19)
    I.S.S. Is Some­body Singing (n° 16)
    Toronto’s New Music 101 (n° 16)
    Youth/Music Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee Reports (p. 5–6) – 13th edi­tion (pdf)


    Direct link: Pub­lic Engage­ment Com­mit­tee Report – June 2016
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  • Want to get to know Circuit?


    The CNMN and Cir­cuit, musiques con­tem­po­raines, con­tin­ue their part­ner­ship to pro­vide CNMN mem­bers access to a sig­nif­i­cant dis­count sub­scrip­tion rate to Cir­cuit, as well as a free offer.

    Want to get to know Cir­cuit? Cir­cuit will send a FREE copy to the first 150 CNMN mem­bers who respond. Choose an issue from the col­lec­tion (except out-of-print issues and vol. 25.3). Check them all out at www.revuecircuit.ca/collection. You will find, for example:

    • Élec­troua­cous­tique 1 & 2 (13.1, 2002; 13.2, 2003)
    • Musique in situ (17.3, 2007)
    • Claude Vivi­er, 25 ans après (18.3, 2008)
    • Stock­hausen au Québec (19.2, 2009)
    • Pio­nniers cana­di­ens de la lutherie élec­tron­ique (19.3, 2009)
    • Du spir­ituel dans l’art ? (21.1, 2011)
    • Ana Sokolovic (22.3, 2012)
    • La musique des objets (23.1, 2013)
    • Faus­to Romitel­li (24.3, 2014)
    • Empreintes écologiques (25.2, 2015)
    • Tzadik (25.3, 2015)

    To order your free copy, sim­ply con­tact info@revuecircuit.ca with your name and mail­ing address, and remem­ber to spec­i­fy which issue you have chosen.

    Spe­cial sub­scrip­tion dis­count: CNMN mem­bers can sub­scribe to vol. 25 or vol. 26 at a spe­cial rate of $20 for the first year of their sub­scrip­tion, and then $33 for sub­se­quent years, the equiv­a­lent to a stu­dent sub­scrip­tion rate.


    Cir­cuit pub­lish­es three issues (one vol­ume) each year. Designed as both an art mag­a­zine and a means for aes­thet­ic reflec­tion, it is intend­ed for every­one who is con­cerned by the chal­lenges of con­tem­po­rary musi­cal and artis­tic cre­ation. Estab­lished in 1989 by Lor­raine Vail­lan­court, founder and artis­tic direc­tor of the Nou­v­el Ensem­ble Mod­erne (in res­i­dence at the Uni­ver­sité de Mon­tréal), and Jean-Jacques Nat­tiez, inau­gur­al edi­tor, Cir­cuit pub­lish­es French and Eng­lish arti­cles, papers and reports about con­tem­po­rary music out­put in Que­bec, North Amer­i­ca and beyond.

    Don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact us for more information!


    Direct link: Want to get to know Circuit?
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  • Welcome New Members – June 2016

    Since May 2015, CNMN’s mem­ber­ship has grown by 40 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

    Nation­al Arts Cen­tre Orchestra ON http://nac-cna.ca/en/orchestra
    Instant Places QC http://instantplaces.ca/
    Sound of Drag­on Music Fes­ti­val, Sound of Drag­on Society BC http://soundofdragon.com/
    Ottawa New Music Creators ON http://www.onmc.info/
    Lise­lyn Adams QC
    Ruby Kato Attwood QC
    Maya Badi­an ON http://www3.sympatico.ca/badian/
    Jen­nifer But­ler BC http://www.jenniferbutler.ca/
    Sean Clarke AB
    Ben­jamin Dietschi ON http://spectrummusic.ca/
    Susan­na Eyton-Jones QC http://www.susannaeytonjones.com/
    Jonathan Gold­man QC http://www.jonathangoldman.ca/
    Rachel Iwaasa BC http://www.iwaasa.com/
    Mary Kene­di ON http://www.marykenedi.com/
    Andrew Kwan ON
    Nicole Lizée QC http://www.nicolelizee.com/
    Tania Miller BC http://taniamiller.com/
    Jared Miller BC http://www.jaredmillermusic.com/
    Quinn Redekop ON
    Mark Seg­ger AB http://www.marksegger.com/
    Fran Slinger­land ON
    Scott Small­wood AB http://www.scott-smallwood.com/

    New Supporting Members

    Maria Atal­lah ON
    Lucian Badi­an ON http://www3.sympatico.ca/badian/L.B.Editions.html
    Bob Bak­er BC
    DJ Smart­mix Berube QC
    Amy Bran­don NS http://www.amybrandon.ca/
    Abdel­rah­man Hassan El-Akhdar ON
    Ian Fer­ri­er QC http://ianferrier.com/
    Tatiana Gordee­va QC
    Syl­vain Grav­el QC
    D’Ar­cy Gray ON
    Alain Katako Con­go https://www.facebook.com/alain.katako
    Kathy Kennedy QC http://www.kathykennedy.ca/
    Chel­don Pater­son ON http://www.slowpitchsound.com/
    Patri­cia Reynolds ON
    Sev­as­t­ian Sakovets NS
    Alice Shi ON https://soundcloud.com/mengyuan-shi
    Carmel Whit­tle ON http://www.elizabethrileyband.com/
    Anders Zelin­s­ki USA https://theredandwhites.bandcamp.com/


    Direct link: Wel­come New Mem­bers – June 2016
    Return to full Bul­letin – June 2016

  • CNMN Needs You – Now!

    Mem­ber­ship dues for the 2015–2016 peri­od are still com­ing in via online and mail. It is great­ly appre­ci­at­ed! Those who still haven’t paid: please set­tle dues this month as we end our fis­cal year on June 30. You can set­tle your dues by cheque through the mail, or by cred­it card (Pay­Pal) on our web site.

    Why? Read past pres­i­dent Tim Brady’s con­vinc­ing argu­ments from 2013 which still ring true today.

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


    Direct link: Mem­ber­ship Dues 2015–16
    Return to full Bul­letin – June 2016


  • 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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  • A Canadian Deep Listening Retreat, August 2016

    Deep_Listening_credit Michel Boucher

    Tree Muse­um Farm­house at night, pho­to cred­it: Michel Boucher

    A Cana­di­an Deep Lis­ten­ing Retreat, led by Gayle Young, not­ed com­pos­er, per­former and instru­ment builder, will take place from Fri­day, August 5 to Sun­day, August 7 at The Tree Muse­um, near the town of Oril­lia, a 90-minute dri­ve north of Toronto.

    Young, an expe­ri­enced Deep Lis­ten­ing Cer­tifi­cate hold­er, and asso­ciate of Pauline Oliv­eros, will facil­i­tate retreat activ­i­ties. What is deep lis­ten­ing? Access more info about this prac­tice at the Deep Lis­ten­ing Insti­tute web site. Young writes about Deep Lis­ten­ing and Oliv­eros, in this arti­cle (PDF — page 18).

    The Tree Muse­um, on the shores of a lake, has spon­sored many out­door art projects over the years. In addi­tion to a ren­o­vat­ed farm­house, there are large expans­es of exposed gran­ite bedrock, seclud­ed ponds, and for­est. Par­tic­i­pants will expe­ri­ence chang­ing ear­ly morn­ing and late night sound­scapes, and they will col­lab­o­rate with one anoth­er and with the unique sounds and silences of this mag­nif­i­cent Cana­di­an Shield ecosystem.

    Cost before June 15: $225 CAD per person
    Cost after June 15: $250 CAD per person

    Includes veg­e­tar­i­an meals, use of the facil­i­ty, accom­mo­da­tion, and instruc­tor’s fee. Tents will be avail­able to par­tic­i­pants who reg­is­ter after the bed­rooms are filled.

    Con­tact gayleyoungworks@gmail.com for fur­ther infor­ma­tion, and to register.


    Direct link: A Cana­di­an Deep Lis­ten­ing Retreat, August 2016
    Return to full Bul­letin – June 2016

  • PIVOT: a mentorship program for Canadian composers


    Appli­ca­tion Dead­line June 30, 2016

    PIVOT is a men­tor­ship pro­gram for ear­ly-career Cana­di­an com­posers, pre­sent­ed by the Cana­di­an League of Com­posers (CLC), in part­ner­ship with the Cana­di­an Music Cen­tre (CMC) and Con­tin­u­um Con­tem­po­rary Music. Six com­posers resid­ing across Cana­da will work direct­ly with–and have their music per­formed by–the Con­tin­u­um ensem­ble. Par­tic­i­pants also take part in pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties. Each par­tic­i­pant is matched with a men­tor-com­pos­er who will act as a ref­er­ence for them over a six-month peri­od to help with their cre­ative process and guide them as they begin work on a new com­po­si­tion for the Con­tin­u­um ensem­ble. The pro­gram begins Fall 2016 and cul­mi­nates with a pub­lic show­case con­cert in Toron­to on March 25, 2017.


    Direct link: PIVOT
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  • ISCM World New Music Days 2017 – Save The Date!


    November 2–8, 2017 in Vancouver, BC

    Fea­tur­ing more than 25 con­certs and out­reach events by some of BC’s and Canada’s best musi­cians, the fes­ti­val will be a cohe­sive, rel­e­vant, and dar­ing event, and a defin­ing moment for con­tem­po­rary music in Canada.

    The ISCM World New Music Days 2017 will include music from over 50 coun­tries to make it a tru­ly glob­al event that helps inspire and con­nect peo­ple from around the world. Cana­di­an tal­ent will be promi­nent, shar­ing Canada’s cul­tur­al diver­si­ty, dis­tinc­tive artis­tic prac­tices, artis­tic visions and unique performances.

    Com­posers, impro­vis­ers, and instal­la­tion artists: stay tuned! The ISCM’s Call for Works will select new music from an inter­na­tion­al ros­ter. Check back in sum­mer 2016 for detailed guide­lines, instruc­tions on how to sub­mit, and deadlines.

    Pre­sent­ed by

    • The Inter­na­tion­al Soci­ety for Con­tem­po­rary Music
    • The Inter­na­tion­al Soci­ety for Con­tem­po­rary Music Cana­di­an Section
    • The Cana­di­an League of Composers/La Ligue cana­di­enne des compositeurs
    • Music on Main


    Direct link: ISCM World New Music Days 2017 – Save The Date!
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  • New Album Release: Thought and Desire


    New works for solo piano by Linda Catlin Smith

    Performed by Eve Egoyan

    World pre­mière recordings

    “…this CD celebrate[s] the poet­ry of sound, the musi­cal essence of the piano and the expe­ri­ence of lis­ten­ing in fresh and mov­ing ways. Eve and Lin­da have a long his­to­ry of work­ing togeth­er, and we can sense the vibrant con­ver­sa­tion and trust that have been estab­lished between com­pos­er and pianist.” – Doina Popescu

    Joint­ly released on Ear­wit­ness Edi­tions, Cana­da, and World Edi­tion, Germany.



    Direct link: New Album Release: Thought and Desire
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