FORUM 2018

FORUM 2018: Entr’arts / Between the Arts

May 17 & 18, 2018 – Victoriaville

May 19 & 20, 2018 – Montreal

Cana­di­an New Music Net­work presents this 8th edi­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Fes­ti­val Inter­na­tion­al de Musique Actuelle de Vic­to­ri­av­ille (FIMAV), the Depart­ment of Music at Con­cor­dia University’s Fac­ul­ty of Fine Arts and Groupe Le Vivi­er.

Inter-arts is the theme: migrating across and between practices

Con­certs are pro­duced that com­bine music with all kinds of oth­er expres­sions; artists of all stripes cre­ate in areas out­side their train­ing; music is paired with non-artis­tic dis­ci­plines. Spe­cial­iza­tion and soli­tary cre­ative prac­tice are shift­ing towards enthu­si­asm for col­lab­o­ra­tive cre­ation and the trans­fers from one medi­um and artist to anoth­er. Come explore the pos­si­bil­i­ties and and issues – in Vic­to­ri­av­ille, in Mon­tréal, and in the spaces (and the bus­es) between.

FORUM 2018 runs par­al­lel to Groupe Le Vivier’s inter­na­tion­al New Music Car­tel meet­ing, which brings togeth­er new music pre­sen­ters from Europe, Cana­da and the Unit­ed States: a unique net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty. What’s more, you’ll hear amaz­ing con­certs at FIMAV and in Montreal.

FORUM Activities

FORUM 2018’s keynote speak­ers are Hein­er Goebbels and Isabelle Van Grimde.

More than 30 oth­er speak­ers and pan­elists have been invit­ed to present their work and ideas in pan­el dis­cus­sions, demo-pre­sen­ta­tions and per­son­al portraits.

Lunch­es, cof­fee breaks and the FORUM din­ner, as well as the bus rides to and from Vic­to­ri­av­ille offer par­tic­i­pants the oppor­tu­ni­ty for net­work­ing and fur­ther discussion.

There are flash ses­sions where artists can meet with pre­sen­ters and fund­ing organizations.

Inter­na­tion­al net­work­ing is made pos­si­ble since FORUM 2018 runs par­al­lel to Groupe Le Vivier’s Inter­na­tion­al Music Meet­ing with Car­tel, a group of pre­sen­ters from Cana­da, Europe and the US.

Par­tic­i­pants are invit­ed to evening con­certs at FIMAV (see below) and Con­cor­dia University.

Take a look at the schedule

Down­load the pro­gramme by click­ing here.

Collaboration with FIMAV

A spe­cial fea­ture of  FORUM 2018 is our atten­dance at the Fes­ti­val Inter­na­tion­al de Musique Actuelle de Vic­to­ri­av­ille (FIMAV).

Par­tic­i­pants ben­e­fit from an advan­ta­geous pack­age with Hotel Le Vic­torin that includes two tick­ets each night for FIMAV shows.

Check out their incred­i­ble line-up for May 17th and 18th

More infor­ma­tion on hotel rates here

Should you be there? Yes!

This will be CNMN’s eighth nation­al FORUM, and each one is a valu­able oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­nect face to face with peo­ple from across this great big land who believe in the val­ue of the new music expe­ri­ence and seek to pro­mote this val­ue across Cana­da: artis­tic direc­tors, per­form­ers, impro­vis­ers, com­posers, edu­ca­tors, pre­sen­ters, researchers, arts admin­is­tra­tors, artist man­agers, pro­duc­ers, pub­lish­ers, music lovers and more….Everybody is welcome!

We are eager­ly antic­i­pat­ing our upcom­ing FORUM, Canada’s pre­miere new music net­work­ing event held bien­ni­al­ly in a dif­fer­ent city each time and fea­tur­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing com­bi­na­tion of activ­i­ties. Reg­is­tra­tion is reduced for CNMN mem­bers – even cheap­er than the non-mem­ber reg­is­tra­tion fee with the cost of CNMN mem­ber­ship fac­tored in. We aim to attract as many mem­bers of the nation­al new music com­mu­ni­ty as pos­si­ble – please tell every­one you know about it!

Contact Us

If you would like to vol­un­teer or help in any way, or if you have ques­tions, please do not hes­i­tate to com­mu­ni­cate with us.




Sub­ject to change with­out pri­or noti­fi­ca­tion (March 14, 2018)

  • FORUM 2018 — Locations & Schedule

    Please note that these times and loca­tions are still sub­ject to change!


    Hotel Le Vic­torin (Vic­to­ri­av­ille) 19 Boule­vard Arthabas­ka Est,
    Vic­to­ri­av­ille, QC G6T 0S4
    FIMAV venues (Vic­to­ri­av­ille) see FIMAV for lat­est update
    Le Nou­v­el Hotel and Spa (Mon­tre­al)  1740 René-Lévesque Blvd W
    Mon­tre­al, QC H3H 1R3
    Salle J.A. De Seve (Con­cor­dia University) 1400 Boule­vard de Maison­neuve O,
    Mon­tréal, QC H3G 1M8
    Depart­ment of Music (Con­cor­dia University) 1450 Guy St. MB Build­ing, 8th floor,
    Mon­tre­al, Que­bec, Cana­da H3H 0A1
    Black Box Dance Stu­dio (Con­cor­dia University) 1450 Guy St. MB Build­ing, 7th floor — MB 7.265,
    Mon­tre­al, Que­bec, Cana­da H3H 0A1
    MGN Build­ing
    GN-M-100 (Con­cor­dia University)
    Entrance: 1175 Rue Saint Math­ieu, Mon­tréal, QC H3H 2P7


    Thursday, May 17

    All activ­i­ties except evening meal and con­certs are at Le Vic­torin Hotel

    9:30 AM Le Nou­v­el Hotel and Spa Bus to Victoriaville
    12:30 PM Hotel Le Victorin hotel check-in & FORUM registration
    1:00 PM Din­ing Room Net­work­ing Lunch
    2:00 PM Salle Arthabas­ka Wel­come (Jen­nifer War­ing, Juli­et Palmer & Ter­ri Hron)
    2:15 PM Salle Arthabas­ka Dis­cus­sion #1: WHY
    Sandeep Bhag­wati
    Elke Moltrecht
    Will Robinson
    Isabel­la Stefanescu
    Mod­er­a­tor: Ruth Howard
    3:15 PM Vic­to­ria C Por­traits & Pre­sen­ta­tions #1
    Luke Nick­el
    na Kamu
    Mar­celle Hudon
    Vic­to­ria D Dis­cus­sion #2: ENSEMBLE
    Lin­da Bouchard
    Guil­laume Campion
    Guil­laume Côté
    L’Orchestre des hommes orchestres
    Patrick Saint-Denis
    Mod­er­a­tor: Sandeep Bhagwati
    4:10 PM Hall Vic­to­ria Café Net­work­ing
    4:30 PM Salle Arthabas­ka Por­traits & Pre­sen­ta­tions #2
    Gabriel Dhar­moo
    Evelin Ramón
    Lou Sheppard
    5:30 PM Hotel Le Victorin Bus to cen­tre, din­ner (not included)
    6:45 PM Car­ré 150 FIMAV Open­ing Cocktail
    8:00 PM Col­isée Desjardins FIMAV Con­cert 1
    10:00 PM FIMAV Con­cert 2
    11:30 PM Bus to Hôtel Le Victorin
    12:00 AM FIMAV Con­cert 3 (option­al — not includ­ed in Hotel package)
    1:30 AM Bus to Hôtel Le Victorin

    Friday, May 18

    All activ­i­ties except evening con­certs are at Le Vic­torin Hotel

    8:30 AM out­side Hotel Le Victorin Activ­i­ty: New Her­mitage Soundwalk
    9:30 PM Salle Arthabas­ka Work­shop: Map­ping Com­mu­ni­ty Music Across Canada
    10:15 PM Keynote: Hein­er Goebbels
    11:00 PM Hall Vic­to­ria Café Net­work­ing
    11:30 PM Vic­to­ria C Por­traits & Pre­sen­ta­tions #3
    Patrick Saint-Denis
    L’Orchestre d’hommes orchestres
    William Robinson
    Matthias Engler
    Vic­to­ria D Por­traits & Pre­sen­ta­tions #4
    Christo­pher Willes
    Inter Arts Matrix — Isabel­la Stefanescu
    Niilo Tarnanen
    Guil­laume Côté/Guillaume Campion
    1:00 PM Din­ing Hall Net­work­ing Lunch
    2:00 PM Vic­to­ria C Por­traits & Pre­sen­ta­tions #5
    Jum­blies The­atre — Ruth Howard
    Anne Goldenberg
    Andrew Balfour
    Vic­to­ria D Por­traits & Pre­sen­ta­tions #6
    Kiran Bhumber/JP Carter
    Acad­e­my of the Arts of the World — Elke Moltrecht
    Megu­mi Masaki
    3:00 PM Salle Arthabas­ka Dis­cus­sion #3: CULTURES
    Andrew Bal­four
    Gabriel Dharmoo
    Cléo Palacio-Quintin
    Lou Sheppard
    Lan Tung
    Mod­er­a­tor: Jer­ry Pergolesi
    3:50 PM Hall Vic­to­ria Café Net­work­ing
    4:10 PM Salle Arthabas­ka Dis­cus­sion #4: BETWEEN THE ARTS, BETWEEN PEOPLE
    Peter Bur­ton
    David Dacks
    François Paris
    Elke Moltrecht 

    Lau­ren Pratt
    Thør­b­jørn Thon­der Hansen
    Du Yun
    Mod­er­a­tor: Pier­rette Gingras
    5:30 PM Hall Vic­to­ria FORUM Din­ner
    7:15 PM Hôtel Le Victorin Bus to FIMAV venue
    8:00 PM St-Christophe-d’Arthabas­ka Church FIMAV Con­cert 1
    9:15  Bus to FIMAV venue
    10:00 PM Col­isée Desjardins FIMAV Con­cert 2
    11:30 PM Bus to Hôtel Le Victorin
    12:00 AM FIMAV Con­cert 3 (option­al — not includ­ed in Hotel package)
    1:30 AM Bus to Hôtel Le Victorin

    Saturday, May 19

    9:30 AM Hotel Le Victorin Bus to Montreal
    12:00 PM Le Nou­v­el Hotel and Spa hotel check-in, lunch (not included)
    1:30 PM De Seve The­atre Foyer Meet­ings with fun­ders (sign-up sheets at reg­is­tra­tion desk)
    2:00 PM De Seve Theatre Keynote: Isabelle van Grimde
    3:00 PM MB 8th Floor Com­mon Area Café Net­work­ing
    3:30 PM MB 8th Floor 101 Por­traits & Pre­sen­ta­tions #7
    Lan Tung
    Roozbeh Taban­deh
    Lin­da Bouchard
    MB 8th Floor 135 Dis­cus­sion #5: SOLO
    Mar­celle Hudon
    Ona Kamu

    Megu­mi Masaki
    Jacques Poulin-Denis
    Mod­er­a­tor: Juli­et Palmer
    4:20 PM MB 8th Floor Com­mon Area Café Net­work­ing
    4:45 PM De Seve Theatre Por­traits & Pre­sen­ta­tions #8
    Con­tem­po­rary Indige­nous Scene — Émi­lie Monnet
    Kate­lyn Clark
    Jacques Poulin-Denis
    Mykalle Bielinski
    6:00 PM MB 8th Floor Com­mon Area Meet­ings with pre­sen­ters (sign-up sheets at reg­is­tra­tion desk)
    din­ner (not included)
    8:00 PM MB 7.265 Dance Black Box Stu­dent Inter­arts Concert
    Alex­is Langevin-Tétrault
    Jul­lian Hoff & Char­lotte Layec
    Felix Del Tredici
    Char­lotte Layec, Pierre-Luc Lecours & Myr­i­am Boucher
    10:00 PM TBA Post-con­cert Networking

    Sunday, May 20

    8:30 AM loca­tion TBA Sound­walk: New Hermitage
    10:00 AM GN-M-100 Work­shop: Map­ping Com­mu­ni­ty Music Across Canada
    10:45 AM Café Net­work­ing
    11:00 AM Dis­cus­sion #6: COMMUNITY
    Ruth Howard (Jum­blies Theatre)
    Émi­lie Mon­net (Indige­nous Con­tem­po­rary Scene)
    Luke Nick­el (Clus­ter Festival)
    Niilo Tar­na­nen (Kor­vat Auki)
    Christo­pher Willes (Pub­lic Recordings)
    Matthias Engler (Ensem­ble Adapter)
    Mod­er­a­tor: Jer­ry Pergolesi
    11:50 AM Café Net­work­ing
    12:10 PM Ple­nary Session
    1:00 PM End of FORUM


    More details about discussions & activities

  • FORUM 2018 — Featured Guests

    Keynote Speakers

    HeinerGoebbels Ger­man com­pos­er and direc­tor Hein­er Goebbels, will deliv­er the first keynote address in Vic­to­ri­av­ille. Pro­fes­sor Goebbels belongs to the most impor­tant expo­nents of the con­tem­po­rary music and the­atre scene. In addi­tion to com­po­si­tions for large orches­tra, he cre­at­ed sev­er­al prize-win­ning radio plays, staged con­certs, instal­la­tions and since the ear­ly 90’s also music the­atre works, which are pro­duced at the most impor­tant the­atre- and music fes­ti­vals worldwide.

    IsabelleVanGrimde Prize-win­ning Mon­tre­al-based chore­o­g­ra­ph­er, researcher and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary col­lab­o­ra­tor, Isabelle Van Grimde will present a keynote in Mon­tre­al. Her work is char­ac­ter­ized by the qual­i­ty of dia­logue between the musi­cal and dance ele­ments, which often inte­grate many new tech­nolo­gies. She reg­u­lar­ly takes her work beyond the con­cert stage into gal­leries, pub­lic spaces and on the web. Pho­to Michael Slobodian.

    Canadian Guests

    More pho­tos and links com­ing shortly!

    Andrew BalfourOf Cree descent, Win­nipeg based com­pos­er Andrew Bal­four is an inno­v­a­tive composer/conductor/singer/sound design­er with a large body of choral, instru­men­tal, elec­tro-acoustic and orches­tral works. Andrew is also the founder and Artis­tic Direc­tor of the adven­tur­ous vocal group Cam­er­a­ta Nova, now in its 22nd year, that spe­cial­izes in new works, arrange­ments and auda­cious inter-genre and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary collaborations.

    sandeep bhagwatiSandeep Bhag­wati Indi­an-Ger­man-Cana­di­an com­pos­er of most­ly stage, cham­ber and mul­ti­me­dia works that are rou­tine­ly being per­formed world­wide; he is also active as a con­duc­tor, the­atre direc­tor, uni­ver­si­ty researcher, cura­tor, per­former, visu­al artist and writer. His cur­rent research-cre­ation cen­ters on com­pro­vi­sa­tion, inter-tra­di­tion­al aes­thet­ics, the aes­thet­ics of inter­dis­ci­pli­nar­i­ty, ges­tur­al the­atre, son­ic the­atre and inter­ac­tive visu­al and non-visu­al scores. Since 2007, he directs the matralab, a lab for research-cre­ation in inter‑x per­form­ing arts at Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­si­ty Montréal.

    Mykalle BielinskiMykalle Bielin­s­ki is ded­i­cat­ed to singing, music com­po­si­tion, poet­ry and scenic writ­ting. Her work con­sists of mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary per­for­mances (Glo­riaMythes intérieurs), where the voice leads the way to the sacred, inter­wined with phi­los­o­phy and tech­nol­o­gy. As a com­pos­er and an actress, she col­lab­o­rates with sev­er­al direc­tors for the­atre and dance.

    Kiran BhumberKiran Bhum­ber is a media artist, com­pos­er, expe­ri­en­tial design­er and per­former based in Van­cou­ver, Cana­da. Kiran con­structs inter­ac­tive instal­la­tions and per­for­mance sys­tems engag­ing in themes relat­ing to cul­tur­al mem­o­ry, embod­i­ment and nos­tal­gia. She has per­formed and pre­sent­ed her works around the world and is cur­rent­ly com­plet­ing an MA in Media Arts at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michigan.

    LindaBouchardLin­da Bouchard is a com­pos­er, orches­tra­tor, con­duc­tor, teacher, and pro­duc­er. Based in San Fran­cis­co since 1997, Lin­da has con­tin­ued to be active on the Cana­di­an music scene. For the last ten years, she has been explor­ing the inter­sec­tion of tra­di­tion­al artis­tic prac­tices and new tech­nolo­gies through col­lab­o­ra­tion with dance, live video, text, writ­ten music, and impro­vised music. Her lat­est works — All Caps No Space and Iden­ti­ty Theft — are win­dows into polit­i­cal­ly charged subjects.

    LouiseCampbellMon­tre­al-based Louise Camp­bells hats range from clar­inet­tist to con­duc­tor, com­mu­ni­ty arts facil­i­ta­tor to musi­cians’ health ther­a­pist. As a per­former, impro­vis­er and com­pos­er, Louise inter­ro­gates and renews the ways we make music by cre­at­ing new works with every­one, regard­less of age, abil­i­ty, or pri­or expe­ri­ence. She has toured impro­vised and com­posed musics across Cana­da, the US, France, Ger­many, and Brazil.
    Guillaume_CampionGuil­laume Cam­pi­on is a com­pos­er and sound artist. Bring­ing music, speech and field record­ings togeth­er, his works are at the cross­roads of elec­troa­coustic music and son­ic doc­u­men­tary. He is the co-founder of Trames, a com­pa­ny ded­i­cat­ed to dig­i­tal audio cre­ation and the democ­ra­ti­za­tion of sound art.

    JP CarterJP Carter (Destroy­er, Fond of Tigers, Inhab­i­tants) is a Juno award-win­ning musi­cian from Van­cou­ver, Cana­da. Carter’s sin­gu­lar approach to the trum­pet and ver­sa­til­i­ty as an impro­vi­sor and com­pos­er make him a vital con­trib­u­tor to the Van­cou­ver music com­mu­ni­ty. JP incor­po­rates a vari­ety of tech­niques into his trum­pet play­ing, uti­liz­ing and exper­i­ment­ing with acoustic (tra­di­tion­al, extend­ed) and elec­tron­ic (effect­ed, ampli­fied) meth­ods to cre­ate a wide spec­trum of sound.

    katelyn clarkKate­lyn Clark is a musi­cian who spe­cial­izes in ear­ly and exper­i­men­tal reper­toire on his­tor­i­cal key­board instru­ments. She works through informed play­ing, impro­vi­sa­tion, and inno­v­a­tive per­for­mance prac­tice on the pianoforte, organet­to, and harpsichord.

    Guillaume_CoteInflu­enced by his sur­round­ings, the elec­troa­coustic com­pos­er Guil­laume Côté explores the ter­ri­to­r­i­al, lin­guis­tic and social dynam­ics in Que­bec through a mix of con­crete, syn­thet­ic and vocal mate­ri­als. His eclec­tic artis­tic research resides not only on a meet­ing with the oth­er through musi­cal dis­course that aims to be nar­ra­tive or infor­ma­tive, but also on the abstrac­tion brought on through mod­u­lar systems.

    Gabriel DharmooGabriel Dhar­moo is a com­pos­er, vocal­ist, impro­vis­er and researcher. His works have been per­formed in Cana­da, the U.S.A, Europe, Aus­tralia, Sin­ga­pore and South Africa. He was award­ed the Cana­da Coun­cil for the Arts Jules Léger Prize (2017) and Robert Flem­ing Prize (2011), the Mus­Can Stu­dent Com­pos­er Com­pe­ti­tion (2017), the Prix d’Eu­rope com­po­si­tion prize (2011), as well as awards from the SOCAN. Pho­to Car­o­line Tabah

    GoldjianGold­jian is a fem­i­nist trans­dis­ci­pli­nary researcher hack­tivist and earth­i­an artist who likes to make vis­i­ble, read­able and mal­leable the process­es of co-con­struc­tion of knowl­edge. They intro­duces rela­tion­al prac­tices between humans, earth, tech­nolo­gies and cre­ates inti­mate spaces for mutu­al learn­ing and process deepening.

    Ruth HowardRuth Howard is the found­ing Artis­tic Direc­tor of Toron­to-based Jum­blies The­atre, which makes art with, for and about diverse peo­ple and places. She has cre­at­ed a series of mul­ti-year res­i­den­cies result­ing in large-scale per­for­mances and last­ing lega­cies, and many oth­er projects that com­bine visu­al imagery, per­for­mance, music, move­ment, oral his­to­ry and com­mu­ni­ty arts practice.

    Marcelle Hudon, Photo- Andy CatlynMar­celle Hudon is a pup­peteer. She is inter­est­ed in the sym­bol­ic pow­er of the manip­u­la­tor and the object. A shad­ow the­ater and live video spe­cial­ist, she works with artist in new music, writ­ing, the­ater, dance and visu­al arts to com­pose her per­for­mances and installations.

    Megumi Masaki photo Anna MurrayPianist Megu­mi Masa­ki is ded­i­cat­ed to per­form­ing and cre­at­ing inter­ac­tive mul­ti­me­dia works inte­grat­ing sound, image, text, move­ment and tech­nol­o­gy in col­lab­o­ra­tion with artis­tic inno­va­tors. Megu­mi has pre­miered over 80 works across Cana­da, USA, Europe and Asia. Megu­mi is Pro­fes­sor of Piano, New Music Ensem­ble and Fes­ti­val direc­tor at Bran­don Uni­ver­si­ty. Pho­to Anna Murray

    emilie monnet_credit meena murugesanInte­grat­ing the­atre, per­for­mance art and tech­nol­o­gy, Émi­lie Mon­net’s artis­tic prac­tice revolves around ques­tions of iden­ti­ty, mem­o­ry, his­to­ry and trans­for­ma­tion. Her per­for­mances draw on the sym­bol­ic of dreams and mythology—personal and collective—to tell sto­ries that ques­tion today’s world. She is the founder of Indige­nous Con­tem­po­rary Scene (ICS), a crit­i­cal and artis­tic man­i­fes­ta­tion of Indige­nous live-arts. A new edi­tion of ISC will be pre­sent­ed in Mon­tréal in June 2018. Émilie’s her­itage is Anish­naabe and French, and she lives in Mon­tre­al. Pho­to Meena Murugesan

    New HermitageNew Her­mitage is a col­lec­tion Hal­i­fax impro­vis­ers who can list Jer­ry Granel­li, the Upstream Orches­tra, Gyp­sophil­ia, and Sym­pho­ny Nova Sco­tia on their resumes. Their music is an expres­sion of ten­der­ness, joy, sor­row, and mind­ful­ness; it is a plea to slow down and gath­er aware­ness of space and time.

    Luke NickelLuke Nick­el is an award-win­ning Man­i­to­ban artist and researcher cur­rent­ly resid­ing in Bris­tol, UK. His work inves­ti­gates notions of mem­o­ry, col­lab­o­ra­tion, and musi­cal bor­row­ing. He has worked with ensem­bles such as EXAUDI, the Bozzi­ni Quar­tet, the Man­i­to­ba Cham­ber Orches­tra, and the Win­nipeg Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra. Luke also cur­rent­ly co-directs the Clus­ter: New Music + Inte­grat­ed Arts Fes­ti­val in Win­nipeg, MB, Canada.

    ODHOL’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres is a col­lec­tive of undis­ci­plined artist found­ed in Québec City in 2002. Unclas­si­fi­able, on the bound­aries of sev­er­al artis­tic dis­ci­plines, the ODHO defines itself as a per­ma­nent work in progress in the liv­ing arts. Pho­to Jacyn­the Carrier

    Cléo PQCon­stant­ly seek­ing new means of expres­sion and eager to cre­ate, the flutist-impro­vis­er-com­pos­er Cléo Pala­cio-Quintin (1971) takes part in many pre­mieres as well as impro­vi­sa­tion­al mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary per­for­mances, and com­pos­es instru­men­tal and elec­tro-acoustic music for var­i­ous ensem­bles and media works. Since 1999, she has devel­op­ing hyper-flutes.She is the first women to own a Doc­tor­ate in Elec­tro-Acoustic Com­po­si­tion from the Uni­ver­sité de Mon­tréal (2012).

    Jerry PergolesiJer­ry Per­gole­si is the found­ing artis­tic direc­tor and per­cus­sion­ist for Con­tact Con­tem­po­rary Music in Toron­to and a found­ing mem­ber of the Queer Per­cus­sion Research Group. Jer­ry also cre­at­ed the exper­i­men­tal music fes­ti­val Inter­sec­tion and Music From Scratch, a music cre­ation work­shop for exclud­ed youth.

    Jacques Poulin-Denis ©Hugo B. LefortJacques Poulin-Denis is a com­pos­er, chore­o­g­ra­ph­er, direc­tor and per­former. Under­tak­ing projects that blur the bound­aries between dance, music and the­ater, he cre­ates human­is­tic and uncan­ny works that are both sen­so­r­i­al and thought pro­vok­ing. To gen­tly knock the spec­ta­tor off cen­ter, he puts forth the strength with­in the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty of the char­ac­ters he brings to life. Pho­to Hugo B. Lefort

    EvelinRamonOrig­i­nal­ly from Cuba, Evelin Ramón obtained a Mas­ters in Com­po­si­tion at the Uni­ver­sité de Mon­tréal, study­ing with Ana Sokolovic, and is con­tin­u­ing her doc­tor­al stud­ies there under the direc­tion of Pierre Michaud. She also stud­ied in Havana with the Cuban com­posers Juan Piñera and Louis Aguirre. Her pro­fes­sion­al work includes per­for­mance, impro­vi­sa­tion, com­po­si­tion and teaching.

    William RobinsonWilliam Robin­son is a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary artist that cre­ates instal­la­tions com­bin­ing sculp­ture, sound, video, per­for­mance, musi­cal com­po­si­tion and print­ed mat­ter. Influ­enced and direct­ed by his inter­est in sound, per­for­mance art, musi­col­o­gy, archi­tec­ture and met­al­lur­gy, Robin­son engages col­lab­o­ra­tive and poet­ic process­es that divulge the unex­pect­ed log­ic, design and his­to­ry of spe­cif­ic sites and locations.

    lou sheppardLou Shep­pard is Cana­di­an artist work­ing in video, audio and instal­la­tion prac­tices. Of set­tler ances­try, Shep­pard was raised on unced­ed Mi’K­maq ter­ri­to­ry, and cur­rent­ly lives in K’jiputuk (Hal­i­fax.) Shep­pard was a par­tic­i­pant in the first Antarc­tic Bien­nale, the Antarc­tic Pavil­ion at the 57th Venice Bien­nale, and was select­ed for the 2017 Emerg­ing Atlantic Artist Award. Pho­to Rita Tay­lor, Banff Cen­tre, 2017

    Patrick SaintDenisPatrick Saint-Denis is a com­pos­er work­ing main­ly in sound art and inter­ac­tive scenog­ra­phy. His works range from video instal­la­tion to large scale robo­t­ized machin­ery. He per­forms reg­u­lar­ly in Mon­tre­al and abroad either in con­cert, exhi­bi­tion or dance for­mat. He his course lec­tur­er of audio­vi­su­al com­po­si­tion and phys­i­cal com­put­ing at Uni­ver­si­ty of Mon­tre­al since 2010.

    Isabella_StefanescuIsabel­la Ste­fanes­cu is an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist, direc­tor, and pro­duc­er based in Kitch­en­er-Water­loo, Ontario. Orig­i­nal­ly from Roma­nia, Ste­fanes­cu immi­grat­ed to Cana­da and con­tin­ued her edu­ca­tion in math­e­mat­ics and fine arts at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Water­loo. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with machine design­er Klaus Engel, Isabel­la Ste­fanes­cu cre­at­ed the Euphonopen, an inter­face for the live per­for­mance of draw­ing. The Euphonopen maps the hand move­ments of the per­son who draws to sound, and has been used to cre­ate sev­er­al interdisciplinary/new music per­for­mances, a cham­ber opera, and instal­la­tions with user cre­at­ed con­tent. Ste­fanes­cu is a recip­i­ent of the Ontario Arts Coun­cil K.M. Hunter Artist Award for inter­dis­ci­pli­nary art. Cur­rent­ly she is the artis­tic direc­tor of Inter Arts Matrix, an orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to the pro­duc­tion of inter­dis­ci­pli­nary works of art.

    Roozbeh TabandehRoozbeh Taban­deh is an Iran­ian musi­cian and archi­tect. Hav­ing a Master’s degree in archi­tec­ture, he is also known as a com­pos­er, con­duc­tor, vio­lin­ist and Iran­ian San­tur play­er. He stud­ied music com­po­si­tion at Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­si­ty under the super­vi­sion of Sandeep Bhag­wati and Georges Dim­itrov and extend­ed his vio­lin tech­nique by Clemens Merkel. Before that, he stud­ied per­for­mance, music com­po­si­tion and con­duct­ing with some of the most well-known Iran­ian musicians.

    Lan TungErhu per­former, com­pos­er, impro­vis­er, vocal­ist, and pro­duc­er, Lan Tung is the artis­tic direc­tor of Sound of Drag­on Music Fes­ti­val, Orchid Ensem­ble, and Pro­lif­erasian, and per­forms with numer­ous cross-cul­tur­al projects in the New Music and World Music scenes. Orig­i­nal­ly from Tai­wan, her works often encom­pass unex­pect­ed com­bi­na­tions of ele­ments from dif­fer­ent genres.

    Christopher WillesChristo­pher Willes is an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist, com­pos­er, and dra­maturg based in Toron­to. He makes per­for­mances, music, exhi­bi­tions, pub­li­ca­tions, cura­to­r­i­al projects, and often works in con­tem­po­rary dance con­texts. He is an asso­ciate artist with the Toron­to col­lec­tive Pub­lic Record­ings. Christo­pher received an MFA in music/sound from Bard Col­lege (NY, USA), stud­ied music at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, Dance Dra­matur­gy at Dance­mak­ers Cen­tre For Cre­ation, and was a 2016 Mac­Dow­ell Colony Fel­low (NH, USA). Pho­to Emma Jones

    Gayle YoungGayle Young has designed instru­ments and sound instal­la­tions as well as com­pos­ing for orches­tral and elec­tron­ic instru­ments. Visu­al artists have invit­ed her to pro­vide sound for gallery exhi­bi­tions in which she inte­grat­ed her work in tun­ing and sound­scape in a cross-dis­ci­pli­nary con­text. She has writ­ten exten­sive­ly about sound inno­va­tion, writ­ing the biog­ra­phy of Hugh Le Caine and edit­ing  Music­works for many years.

    International Guests

    MatthiasEnglerMatthias Engler is co-founder, gen­er­al man­ag­er and per­cus­sion­ist of Berlin based ‘Ensem­ble Adapter’ and has spe­cial­ized in con­tem­po­rary cham­ber music prac­tices since 2004. Next to per­form­ing as a soloist, ensem­ble play­er and guest musi­cian in var­i­ous con­texts his spe­cial exper­tise lies in con­tin­u­ous­ly cre­at­ing and pro­duc­ing new music formats.

    Ona KamuOna Kamu (Fin­land) has sev­er­al titles; singer, musi­cian, com­pos­er, actor, per­for­mance artist, artis­tic direc­tor of Ona Kamu Col­lec­tive, music pro­duc­er and head of her own record label Pakara Records. Ona is the epit­o­me of the uncat­e­go­rized.  Just like her art, her work is ambi­tious, relent­less and fol­lows her own paths.

    B10DElke Moltrecht (Ger­many) is a musi­col­o­gist, cura­tor and ini­tia­tor of inter­na­tion­al and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary fes­ti­vals and annu­al pro­grams that link forms of music through uncom­mon the­mat­ic asso­ci­a­tions. She pub­lish­es jour­nal arti­cles about exper­i­men­tal and con­tem­po­rary music and has been a mem­ber of not­ed nation­al and inter­na­tion­al juries and boards. Since March 2014, she has been Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Acad­e­my of the Arts of the World in Köln.

    Niilo TarnanenNiilo Tar­na­nen (Fin­land) is a Finnish com­pos­er, music the­o­ry teacher, bas­soon­ist, and the chair­per­son of the young com­posers’ asso­ci­a­tion Kor­vat auki. Alum­nus of Sibelius Acad­e­my, Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts Helsin­ki, Tarnanen’s recent focus­es include games and flow charts as form, har­mo­ny inspired by psy­choa­coustics and pho­net­ics, and every­day sounds. Pho­to Arto Rusanen



    Check back here, the list keeps grow­ing. (Sub­ject to change with­out pri­or noti­fi­ca­tion — Feb­ru­ary 28, 2018).

  • FORUM 2018 — Discussions & Activities


    Soundwalk: New Hermitage

    New Her­mitage will be pre­sent­ing is a silent sound walk in the area sur­round­ing the forum and with stops for three music inter­ludes. Every piece will begin with lis­ten­ing in space before patient­ly and delib­er­ate­ly con­tin­u­ing on to mate­r­i­al that devel­ops from the envi­ron­men­tal tim­bres around the group. Through our per­for­mance we hope to blur the lines between sound med­i­ta­tion, con­cert, and every­day life. With mobi­liza­tion, dis­so­lu­tion, and reunit­ing of the ensem­ble, this for­mat also ques­tions the divide between per­former and audi­ence. Our pre­sen­ta­tion is a way of shar­ing the fun­da­men­tal mind­ful­ness prac­tice that fuels our musi­cal creation.

    Workshop: Mapping Community Music across Canada

    Com­mu­ni­ty Music, musics made with and by mem­bers of the pub­lic, is a grass­roots move­ment gain­ing momen­tum around the world. Prac­ti­tion­ers devel­op strate­gies unique to their own inter­ests and tal­ents that respond best to peo­ple with whom they are work­ing, pro­duc­ing a mul­ti­plic­i­ty of tech­niques and approach­es. To ful­ly under­stand cur­rent Com­mu­ni­ty Music prac­tices through­out the coun­try, we seek to know what is going on – with whom, what and how Com­mu­ni­ty Music is being made. This intro­duc­tion and work­shop pro­pos­es a map­ping exer­cise and sub­se­quent knowl­edge exchange activ­i­ty to gain an under­stand­ing of cur­rent Com­mu­ni­ty Music prac­tices in Cana­da and beyond.


    Discussion #1: WHY

    Why is inter-arts prac­tice on the rise in the new music community?

    To open FORUM 2018, a dis­cus­sion of inter­dis­ci­pli­nar­i­ty from broad soci­o­log­i­cal, his­tor­i­cal and cul­tur­al per­spec­tives that also touch­es upon the role of new technologies

    • Sandeep Bhag­wati
    • Anne Gold­en­berg
    • Elke Moltrecht (Acad­e­my of the Arts of the World)
    • Will Robin­son
    • Isabel­la Ste­fanes­cu (Inter Arts Martix)

    Mod­er­a­tor: Ruth Howard

    Discussion #2: ENSEMBLE

    What are the essen­tials of a prac­tice between the arts? What leads to suc­cess and how to build mean­ing­ful and fruit­ful works together?

    A dis­cus­sion of the prac­ti­cal aspects of pro­gram­ming and per­form­ing inter­dis­ci­pli­nary and col­lec­tive­ly cre­at­ed works.

    • Lin­da Bouchard
    • L’Orchestre des hommes orchestres (2 representatives)
    • Patrick Saint-Denis

    Mod­er­a­tor: Sandeep Bhagwati

    Discussion #3: CULTURES

    Are inter-arts prac­tices par­tic­u­lar­ly suit­ed to cross-cul­tur­al dia­logue, and what kind of dif­fi­cul­ties do they set up?

    A dis­cus­sion about cross­ing and cel­e­brat­ing cutures and disciplines.

    • Andrew Bal­four
    • Gabriel Dhar­moo
    • Evelin Ramon
    • Lou Shep­pard
    • Lan Tung

    Mod­er­a­tor: Gayle Young

    Discussion #4: INTERNATIONAL

    This dis­cus­sion will be curat­ed by Pier­rette Gin­gras of Groupe Le Vivi­er, from mem­bers of New Music Car­tel, who will also be hold­ing their annu­al meet­ing par­al­lel to the FORUM. New Music Car­tel is a group of 35+ producers/presenters from Cana­da, Europe and the USA.

    More details soon!

    Discussion #5: SOLO

    In a cul­ture that advo­cates increas­ing spe­cial­iza­tion, how to flour­ish as an artist between dis­ci­plines that require such mul­ti­ple skills and knowledge?

    A dis­cus­sion with a range of inde­pen­dent and poly­va­lent artists.

    • Mar­celle Hudon
    • Ona Kamu
    • Megu­mi Masaki
    • Jacques Poulin-Denis

    Mod­er­a­tor: Juli­et Palmer

    Discussion #6: COMMUNITY

    What are the strate­gies and ben­e­fits of inter-arts projects in cre­at­ing greater con­nec­tions with our audi­ences and communities?

    A dis­cus­sion with artists and pre­sen­ters deeply embed­ded and invest­ed in com­mu­ni­ty practice.

    • Ruth Howard (Jum­blies Theatre)
    • Émi­lie Mon­net (Indige­nous Con­tem­po­rary Scene)
    • Luke Nick­el (Clus­ter Festival)
    • Niilo Tar­na­nen (Kor­vat Auki)
    • Christo­pher Willes (Pub­lic Recordings)
    • Matthias Engler (Ensem­ble Adapter)

    Mod­er­a­tor: Jer­ry Pergolesi



  • FORUM 2018 – Hotel Packages and Group Rate

    Victoriaville — FIMAV Package


    FIMAV and Hotel Le Vic­torin have part­nered to offer FORUM 2018 par­tic­i­pants a very advan­ta­geous package:

    • 150$ (plus tax): sin­gle occupancy
    • 94$ (plus tax): dou­ble occupancy

    Pack­age includes:

    • Accom­mo­da­tion for 1 night
    • Break­fast
    • FIMAV Con­cert at 8 pm
    • FIMAV Con­cert at 10 pm
    • Access to all amenities
    • Ser­vice fee

    How To Book

    Once you have reg­is­tered, you will be sent a spe­cial code, which you will men­tion when call­ing the hotel at 1–866-969‑0533 ext. 1. Please note that there will be no online book­ings to ben­e­fit from this group rate.



    CNMN ben­e­fits from Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­si­ty’s spe­cial rates at these hotels.

    The pick-up and dropoff point for the Vic­to­ri­av­ille bus will be Le Nou­v­el Hotel and Spa  at 1740 René-Lévesque Blvd W, Mon­tre­al, QC H3H 1R3

    To ben­e­fit from the spe­cial rate, please call (spe­cial rate does not apply online) and say you will be book­ing with the spe­cial cor­po­rate rate for Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­si­ty conferences.


  • Announcements

  • Post-FORUM 2018 Questionnaire








  • Call For Proposals — FORUM 2018

    The Cana­di­an New Music Net­work has launched a CALL FOR PROPOSALS for the 8th nation­al FORUM being held May 17–20, 2018 in Vic­to­ri­av­ille and Montréal.


    We’re look­ing for pro­gram­ming pro­pos­als from every­one! As you pre­pare your pro­pos­al, here are some key points to note:

    (1) The goal of our FORUMs is to cre­ate greater net­work­ing and devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties for the entire new music com­mu­ni­ty – artis­tic direc­tors, per­form­ers, impro­vis­ers, com­posers, edu­ca­tors, pre­sen­ters, researchers, arts admin­is­tra­tors, artist man­agers, pro­duc­ers, pub­lish­ers and all oth­er new music practitioners.

    (2) The FORUM is nei­ther an aca­d­e­m­ic con­fer­ence nor an arts market/showcase; it’s a hybrid that seeks to cre­ate con­nec­tions for every­one work­ing in the new music field. Con­sult our web site for infor­ma­tion on pre­vi­ous FORUMs.

    (3) The FORUM 2018 theme is Entr’arts / Between the Arts. Embrac­ing inter-dis­ci­pli­nary and trans-dis­ci­pli­nary approach­es, areas of explo­ration include: the inte­gra­tion of new music and sound prac­tices with mul­ti­ple tra­di­tion­al and/or con­tem­po­rary arts dis­ci­plines; the inter­sec­tion of new music and sound prac­tices with non-arts dis­ci­plines; exper­i­men­ta­tion with entire­ly new art forms.

    Con­sult the front-page sec­tion for fur­ther ideas relat­ed to the theme.

    If you have a burn­ing issue, demon­stra­tion, work­shop or oth­er type of activ­i­ty along the lines of the theme to pro­pose, please send it in. Even if you have a fab­u­lous idea that’s not theme-relat­ed, we want to know about that too. We’re very open and are look­ing for a wide diver­si­ty of proposals.


    5 min., 15 min. and 30 min. time slots are avail­able, as well as a unique “on-the-go” category.

    The tra­di­tion­al pre­sen­ta­tion is wel­come, but alter­na­tive for­mats are strong­ly encour­aged – use your imag­i­na­tion! Where appro­pri­ate, include time for Q & A or open discussion.

    Which for­mat to use for which time slot? Here are some ideas:

    1) 5 min. time slots:

    • A pas­sion­ate micro-talk – about your research, expe­ri­ences or ideas.
    • A sur­prise inter­ven­tion or interruption

    2) 15 min. time slots:

    • A pub­lic con­ver­sa­tion or inter­view between two inter­est­ing people.
    • A per­for­mance-demon­stra­tion (but not a concert).
    • Guide a quick & sim­ple bond­ing activ­i­ty that pro­vides atten­dees oppor­tu­ni­ty to get to know each oth­er in a dif­fer­ent way oth­er than talk­ing. A great way to refresh everyone’s ener­gy between the “blah blah blah” that takes place. This could include musi­cal improv or some­thing entire­ly different.

    3) 30 min. time slots:

    • A hands-on work­shop that teach­es atten­dees some­thing interesting.
    • Mod­er­at­ing a group activ­i­ty that encour­ages direct par­tic­i­pa­tion of FORUM atten­dees around a spe­cif­ic goal.
    • Facil­i­tat­ing a net­work­ing activ­i­ty for atten­dees to get feed­back or engage oth­ers regard­ing their projects or interests.
    • A shar­ing cir­cle or some oth­er kind of interactive

    4) On-The-Go: dur­ing the bus trip between Vic­to­ri­av­ille and Montreal
    Time slots any­where from 15 to 45 min­utes (let us know what you prefer)

    • Hijack the PA sys­tem, blow up bal­loons, pack a ukulele: “are we there yet?”
    • Inter­ac­tive net­work­ing, trav­el­ogue, guid­ed sound med­i­ta­tion, bin­go, sing-a-long, sit-down dance class, performance-demonstration…go wild, it’s a long, 2.5‑hour ride!


    • Slots are lim­it­ed. An inde­pen­dent jury makes pro­gram­ming rec­om­men­da­tions to the FORUM 2018 steer­ing com­mit­tee – all deci­sions are final.
    • Activ­i­ties involv­ing mul­ti­ple peo­ple: all par­ties must con­sent and take part in the application.
    • Appli­cants whose pro­pos­als are accept­ed will be required to reg­is­ter for the FORUM.


    Sub­mis­sion dead­line Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 3, 2018 MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018

    Email your sub­mis­sion to Ter­ri Hron –
    Include, as ONE PDF FILE:

    • Con­tact information
    • 1‑page out­line (indi­cate time slot dura­tion as well as format)
    • 200 word bio(s)
    • List of tech­ni­cal require­ments (equip­ment you will need, how much space, how much set-up time)
    • Equip­ment & pro­duc­tion bud­get (if applicable)
    • IMPORTANT: We do not accept oth­er attach­ments or down­loads. If nec­es­sary, pro­vide direct links to stream­ing audio or video (Sound­cloud, YOUTUBE, Web­site, etc.). ie. NO drop­box link or MP3 email attachment.

    Accep­tance noti­fi­ca­tion: March 1, 2018.

    p.s. Please help spread the news. Share this web page URL through email, social media, newslet­ters, etc. A bilin­gual print-friend­ly announce­ment is avail­able - FORUM 2018 OPEN CALL (PDF) - for doors, notice boards, etc.