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!