Call For Proposals – FORUM 2014

Subject to change without prior notification. Last update: October 21, 2013.


Thank you to everyone who responded to our inaugural open call for proposals. 

We received 40+ applications from all around the country, and the competition was very strong.  An independent jury of 3 new music professionals from across Canada reviewed every application, and they remarked on the consistently high, professional quality of the submissions. After the jury made their short list of top recommendations, the steering committee took this list and tried to integrate as many of them as possible into the schedule. Faced with only so many time slots available, and so many wonderful proposals, it was a difficult task indeed.

The following people were invited:

  • Jen Blackwell and Mike Romaniak – Central Michigan University New Music Ensemble (Michigan USA)
  • Carmen Braden – Performer & Composer, Black Ice Sound (Yellowknife NWT)
  • André Cormier – Artistic Director, LeHum  • Composer (Moncton NB)
  • David Dacks – Artistic Director, Music Gallery  (Toronto ON)
  • Chris Dadge – Improviser  • Artistic Director, Bug Incision (Calgary AB)
  • Bruno de Chénerilles – AUDIORAMA (Strasbourg, France)
  • Jean-François Denis – Director, empreintes DIGITALes • (Montréal QC)
  • Scott Godin – Composer (Castlegar BC) and Lael Johnston – Educator (Calgary AB), with the Chestermere High School Drumline (Calgary AB)
  • Joseph Malloch – Input Devices and Music Interaction, McGill University (Montréal QC)
  • Simon Martin – General & Artistic Director, Projections libérantes  • Composer (Montréal QC)
  • Shawn Mativetsky – Tabla & Percussion (Montréal QC)
  • Heidi Ouellette and Luke Nickel – Co-Artistic Directors, Cluster Festival (Winnipeg MB)
  • Monica Pearce – Composer (Toronto ON)
  • Tina Pearson – Composer (Victoria BC) and Jennifer Butler – President – Canadian League of Composers • Composer (Vancouver BC)
  • D. Andrew Stewart – University of Lethbridge, Music, Digital Audio Arts (Lethbridge AB)


The Canadian New Music Network has launched a CALL FOR PROPOSALS for the 6th national FORUM being held January 23 to 26, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta.


We are looking for proposals from the entire new music community. The goal of our FORUMs is to create greater networking and development opportunities for the entire new music community – composers, performers, improvisers, educators, presenters, ensembles, administrators, producers – everyone!

Our FORUMs are neither academic conferences nor arts markets/showcases; it’s a hybrid that seeks to create connections for everyone working in the new music field.

Ideally, proposals should build around the understanding of this context. Consult our web site for information on previous FORUMS.


We’re very open. It could be a technical paper, a hands-on workshop, a performance-demonstration (but not a concert), a panel discussion, a group activity, or something quite different and outside the box. It could last from 5 to 60+ minutes.


It should be about new music, but the scope is very open. It could range anywhere from something very specific to something much broader. Go ahead – surprise us!


Submission deadline August 15, 2013

Email your submission as ONE PDF FILE to Emily Hall –

Please include: your contact information; a short outline of what the proposal is about; duration; and a technical rider (equipment you will need, what kind of space, how much set-up time), equipment & production budget (if applicable). Do NOT attach large files. Where needed, provide direct links to your videos, music, photos, etc., on hosted sites (Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, personal sites). Nothing to download please – only online!

Applicants whose proposals are accepted will be required to register for the FORUM.

The FORUM 2014 steering committee will try to integrate as many proposals into the FORUM schedule, but reserves the final programming rights. Acceptance notification: Sept. 15, 2013

Looking forward to your proposals!