Ontario – Toronto

CNMN Ontario Regional Meeting – in Toronto

If you are a member of the CNMN, you are probably familiar with the successful national forums and regional meetings that have been held across the country over the last few years. This January, our Ontario regional meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA). The theme of this year’s conference is The Culture of Place. The CNMN is organizing two sessions that will focus on issues important to new music creators and presenters.

We look forward to seeing you at these events. As a stakeholder in the new music scene here in Ontario, it would be great if you could participate and/or designate someone from your organization (if applicable) to represent you. We also warmly welcome your colleagues — feel free to speak with them or forward this information.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Brent Lee (brentlee@uwindsor.ca).

Your CNMN Ontario regional representatives,
Brent Lee, Jim Montgomery, Jerry Pergolesi 


• When – Two Sessions:

• Wednesday, January 23, 2013 (1pm – 3pm)
• Friday, January 25, 2013 (2:30pm – 4pm)

• In conjunction with the CAPACOA conference: Toronto 2013 – The Culture of Place, January 23 to 26, 2013.
• Where – 
Intercontinental Toronto Centre, 225 Front Street West, Toronto.
• Please sign in with CNMN when you arrive! We will be waiting for you in the main lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel.
• Last minute participants are welcome, but if you already have decided to come, we’d love to hear from you – Emily Hall – admin@newmusicnetwork.ca

Schedule Subject to change without prior notification. 



Wednesday, January 23, 2013 (1pm – 3pm)

Justin Kantor of Le Poisson Rouge, the innovative multimedia performance space and arts community hub in New York City leads a discussion of issues relating to community and audience engagement.

The Culture of Place: (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC

Since 2008, (Le) Poisson Rouge has been a key locus for a wide range of arts events in New York city. Co-founder Justin Kantor will describe the development of LPR and lead a discussion that focuses on the potential roles of cultural venues in reflecting and contributing to a sense of place.

Justin Kantor is a co-founder of (Le) Poisson Rouge (LPR), a multi-media performance space, art gallery, and cabaret in New York’s Greenwich Village. LPR has hosted artists such as the Kronos Quartet, Lou Reed, Yoko Ono, Florence & the Machine, Norah Jones, Juilliard String Quartet, and others. As well as being an active partner in LPR he is a performing cellist who has performed with the Wordless Music Orchestra, the Glenn Branca Ensemble, Karen O, and Ensemble LPR. He lives in New York City.

Friday, January 25, 2013 (2:30pm – 4:00pm)

Chris Lorway (Soundstreams, formerly of Luminato) and John Terauds (Musical Toronto) are featured guests in a panel discussion focusing on re-imagining the relationship between presenter and concert-goer. This session is presented in cooperation with the Canadian Classical Music Coalition.

Finding an Audience in the Crowd

Audience engagement has long been an issue for classical music performers and organizations, and is a particular concern for presenters of new music. How are audiences changing? Where can new audiences be found? Distinguished panelists Chris Lorway (Soundstreams, formerly of Luminato) and John Terauds (Musical Toronto, the Toronto Star) will lead a forward-thinking and listener-focused discussion.

Chris Lorway has over 20 years of experience in the arts and cultural sector. He was the founding Artistic Director of the Luminato festival, and has worked on major cultural development initiatives as a Senior Consultant at AEA Consulting in NYC. He is currently the Executive Director of Soundstreams, a Toronto-based music presenter that commissions, develops, and showcases the work of contemporary Canadian composers and their international counterparts.

For many years a staff writer with the Toronto Star, John Terauds has established himself as a leading classical music critic in Canada. He maintains the Musical Toronto blog (www.musicaltoronto.org) and continues to be active as a freelance writer and critic.



Those of you interested primarily in the CNMN events will be able to take those in free of charge with your CNMN membership.

Not yet a CNMN member? CNMN welcomes everyone and offers a free, non-voting membership along with the traditional voting membership. Joining is easy with our online form. Check out our Members Listing, our PDF brochure and our Electronic Bulletins to learn more about us. Feel free to email Emily Hall – admin@newmusicnetwork – for answers or assistance.


The CAPACOA conference, held in conjunction with our CNMN sessions, represents a great opportunity for Ontario’s new music community to learn more about a range of important topics from organizational development to international touring, as well as a chance to meet presenters from across Canada.

Though not required to gain entry in the two CNMN sessions, we encourage you to register for the CAPACOA conference and to consider taking part in the conference showcase, so you can benefit from all the offerings.

CAPACOA is offering a great introductory membership to those registering for the conference for the first time. $25 for 25 is in celebration of their 25th anniversary. This non-voting, one-year CAPACOA membership gives you access to all of CAPACOA’s membership benefits. More information here. Contact Erin Barnhardt – erin.barnhardt@capacoa.ca – if you are interested.

The CNMN gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Canadian Heritage – Canada Music Fund, administered by the SOCAN Foundation.