In response to Covid-19 and the current travel and gathering restrictions in place, CNMN is postponing Forum 2020: Listen up to Spring 2021.
We thank all of you who have expressed your support for the event and especially those who applied to our participation travel fund. We hope to offer the same funding opportunities next year and will keep your applications on file.
In the interim, we hope everyone is staying safe. We particularly appreciate all those in our communities who are working to keep us healthy, safe and provided for–both in mind and body.  

The next edition of our flagship national networking event will take place in Regina, SK, on Treaty 4 Territory, the traditional territory of the nêhiyawak (Cree), Anihšināpēk (Saulteaux), Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation.

Our 14th edition focuses on different ways we listen and are present in our musical practices, with an interest for activism, ecology and access, while celebrating music beyond conventional concert spaces and structures.

Listen up / Tendez l’oreille combines a spirit of activism with an interest in practices outside the concert hall and with increasing awareness of how to bring everyone, irrespective of ability or capacity, into the new music and sound audience and experience. We will see presentations and discuss art and advocacy within five streams:

With the goal of making music and sound experiences available, inviting and possible for many, what strategies can we share and issues can we raise to increase our impact and awareness? Many factors lead to exclusion and isolation from and within communities, some increasingly taken into consideration by those creating and presenting works and events, others still often overlooked. CNMN wishes to invite exchanges on the many issues and solutions around policies, language, gatekeeping, precarity, safety, welcome, and any others that affect how we practice, connect and serve.

Who are we and where do we belong? Music and sound practice has an incredibly strong potential for reinforcing our sense of belonging through gathering, sharing, and practice. Across cultures and distances, people are connecting with, teaching, healing, and inspiring one another. Discussions and presentations will open our experience to other communities and their strategies for connection and meaning.

Indigenous resurgence:
Celebrating of the increased visibility and support for Indigenous artists and practices, CNMN is grateful for the invigoration of its community with the presence of Indigenous artists and curators. We look forward to increased awareness and experience of ceremony, and encourage the discussion of right relations with Indigenous communities and knowledge and responses to the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action. CNMN is designing an action policy to address these issues and welcomes the opportunity to gather and share.

Listening to land unfolds in many practices, ceremonies, philosophies and beliefs. Our relationships and territories shape our ears and perception. Discussions will encourage expressions, celebrations and advocacy for land in our practices and policies and we hope to gain inspiration to support healthier ecologies and preserve territorial knowledge.

New creative methods, forms and tools are invented, tested and put to ingenious use by new music and sound creatives and presenters all the time. These innovations can bring sound experiences to new audiences, they can be new modes of expression or they might enhance the everyday experience of musicians and those who present their work. Existing technologies are repurposed or used in novel ways to adapt to the realities of making sound in and out of concert halls, on the airwaves or the internet.

The list of presenters covers an impressive array of voices to guide us in our reflection. They include:  

*Projects chosen by the Open Call Jury (Luke Nickel, Lou Sheppard, Olivia Shortt).

Keep an eye on our Facebook newsfeed where we will be showcasing these guests in the coming months.

Activities will take place at the University of Regina, First Nations University and in a number of downtown Regina venues. We are partnering with presenters and festivals from all over the Prairies to bring you parallel event programming where everyone will discover the wealth of ideas, performances and talent from the heart of the country.

We look forward to welcoming you in Regina for yet another exciting edition!

CNMN is very grateful for the support of FACTOR in the production of this event.

  • Open Call for Proposals

    The Canadian New Music Network invites members to participate in the Open Call for Proposals for Forum 2020, taking place in Regina from May 21 to 24, 2020. Find out more details about the 14th edition of CNMN’s Forum here.

    Forum 2020 — Listen up — celebrates the spirit of activism and inclusion through five themes:

    Access, Community, Indigenous Resurgence, Land and Technology-Innovation.

    We welcome proposals for

    1. 15-minute (demo-)presentations (with a subsequent 5-minute round of questions) engaging with one of the five themes. Selected presenters  will be invited to join in a group discussion with other session members and participants.
    2. Proposals are also encouraged for 20- or 40-minute workshops engaging Forum participants in one of the five themes.
    3. Proposals for sound-art works and performances (20-minute maximum) with an explanation of how they relate to one or more of the themes are also accepted.

    Applications that encourage participatory or mutual learning elements are most highly encouraged.

    Participants whose proposals are selected will have their travel and accommodations covered, as well as the Forum fee waived. The jury for the Open Call is comprised of CNMN’s membership from across the country. Anyone working in the creation or presentation of new creative music and sound is encouraged to apply! Applications in FR and EN accepted.

    Please send the following application materials to Terri Hron: by January 24 February 3, 2020

    In one document (.doc or .docx preferred, but .odt, .rtf and .pdf accepted), the following: 

    • Legal and preferred name
    • Postal address, email address and phone number.
    • 100-word bio (for the Forum program)
    • Personal website URL and/or Soundcloud/Vimeo
    • Short 100-word presentation or 200-word workshop blurb (for the Forum program)
    • 500-word (maximum) presentation or workshop proposal
      CV (maximum 3 pages)

    Please also send: 

    • A high-resolution photo of yourself (2MB max) (for the Forum program)
  • Forum 2020: Participant Travel and Expense Support

    Are you interested in CNMN Forum 2020: Listen up in Regina, May 21-24?

    Would you like to participate, but cannot afford travel costs and related expenses?

    The Canadian New Music Network understands that musicians working in creative new music and experimental practices often experience financial precarity and maintain themselves with limited means. For the first time, we are able to offer financial aid to a limited number of Forum participants. CNMN will consider airfare, train and/or vehicle travel expenses within Canada, and will cover on-site accommodations, per diem, and registration fee at Forum 2020. Please note: due to limited resources, we may only be able to provide partial funding.

    To apply, please complete the following in one PDF document:

    1. Provide your name and city/town/area of residence.
    2. Tell us why you wish to attend Forum 2020. (Max. 300 words)
    3. Describe the financial support you require, including an estimate of your total travel costs. (Max. 200 words)
    4. Include your artistic bio (or a description of your practice and/or role in the arts sector). (Max. 200 words)

    Email your application to:
    We encourage applicants to become (free) members of CNMN and engage with us on social media!

    Applications will be open until April 1 and will be evaluated by a funding committee.

    All applicants will be contacted with results when they become available.