Browsing: Canadian Music

October 16, 2018 – For Immediate Release Last night, at the 2018 Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) Gala Concert at Maison symphonique in Montreal, Dr. Sharon Azrieli announced an expansion to the prestigious AMP portfolio – Canada’s largest prizes for music composition. On behalf of the Azrieli Foundation, Dr. Azrieli was delighted to unveil the Azrieli Canadian Prize, a new $50,000 cash award to commission concert works celebrating Canadian music. This will be the third prize to be offered biennially through the Azrieli Music Prizes program and will open for submissions in February 2019. The winning composer of the Azrieli Canadian…

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A leader among the Canadian contemporary music ensembles, ECM+ has acquired over three decades a consistently reaffirmed reputation for the daring of its creations and the calibre of its performers. Since 1987, under the artistic direction of its founding conductor Véronique Lacroix, the ensemble has presented more than 260 premieres and issued 10 recordings that portray a sparkling and constantly evolving musical landscape. If the organization is primarily collective, this search for new worlds of sound cannot succeed without a competition for the next generation of composers. Born of the desire to provide composers with a stimulating creative environment and…

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Les Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal (RIDM) Montreal, Quebec. Nov. 8 to 18 Montreal’s festival of documentary films (RIDM) is guaranteed to attract local films buffs. Some 140 flicks, Canadian and international, are included in its program every year, Rounding off its schedule are roundtable discussions, retrospectives and conferences. Yet another feature is its forum Doc Circuit Montréal, introduced in 2004, and this year spread over four days (Nov. 10-14). This activity comprises workshops and discussions by professionals, all aimed at stimulating thought and innovation in this genre. www.ridm.ca M for Montreal Montreal, Quebec. Nov. 14 to 17 Both…

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Alain Trudel In Toledo Conductor Alain Trudel will begin his first season at the helm of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. For his arrival in the “Glass City,” the Montreal native will pay tribute to the orchestra’s 75-year history by opening with a program similar to that of the 1943-1944 season. The reduced orchestra will play chamber music by Ravel, Bloch, Mozart and Brahms, returning to its humble roots as a 22-person group named Friends of Music. “The 75 years between these two concerts have seen our orchestra grow in giant steps, but I like to think that our…

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Montreal, the 25th of July 2018 – The Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) unveils today the new face of the 2019-2020 edition of its Homage Series: Katia Makdissi-Warren. By the choice of this established composer having met the challenge, with sensitivity, of eliminating the frontiers between music of various traditions, Walter Boudreau, artistic director of the SMCQ, poses a concrete gesture in favor of the recognition of a contemporary music open to the world. “The SMCQ believes as much in the importance of recognizing the immense contribution of the ‘builders’ of contemporary music in Quebec such as Gilles…

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Musique nomade promotes emerging Indigenous musicians from Quebec and Canada regardless of style or nation while seeking fair cultural representation within the music industry. Supporting talented and vigorous emerging artists, this non-profit organization has a positive impact on professional development production and workshops in communities. The organization also wishes to ensure the survival of traditional music through digital media and to encourage cultural exchange. Like the professionals from Wapikoni mobile, created in 2011 by film director and activist Manon Barbeau, Music nomade’s professionals visit communities in remote areas to meet their young people. How do they achieve this? The directors’…

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Melody McKiver is a vivacious and brilliant Anishinaabe artist, cultural activist and arts educator. She is a member of the Lac Seul Obishikokaang First Nation on her mother’s side. Her father comes from a family of Scottish/Lithuanian settlers. Holder of a master’s degree in ethnomusicology from Memorial University in Newfoundland (2014), McKiver is especially interested in indigenous electronic music and the urban Indigenous scene. Art processes that support and favour decolonization and the concept of bi-spirituality are other great sources of inspiration. This versatile musician has learned classical violin and viola and played and recorded contemporary classical, folk, hip-hop, funk…

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The awards ceremony of the Indigenous Music Awards is a celebration of First Nations creativity. It is also an important event in the larger program of the Manito Ahbee Festival of Winnipeg, which is named after a sacred site for all peoples in the west part of the Whiteshell area of Manitoba. In Ojibwe, Manito Ahbee means “the place where the Creator sits.” The name of Manitoba finds its origin in this special place. The Manito Ahbee Festival, whose 13th edition just ended, celebrates Indigenous arts, music and culture at large. It presents international powwows, a conference on international Indigenous…

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Singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is a trailblazer, the first Indigenous musician to come to prominence in Canada. Her first album, It’s My Way!, was released by Vanguard Records in 1964. Last November, Medicine Songs, her 19th album, was released to critical acclaim. It contains some new material, like You Got to Run (Spirit of the Wind), in which she is joined on vocals by well-known throat singer Tanya Tagaq. Almost all the other songs have new arrangements. Overall, Sainte-Marie continues to have a remarkable career, enriched (although commercially hindered at one point) by her educator/outreach work and activism on behalf of…

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Last April, First Nations musician, composer and activist Jeremy Dutcher released his first album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. Bridging traditional music, pop and classical, it pays tribute to his beloved roots in the Wolastoqiyik reserve where he grew up. Can his style be described as Indigenous pop? “I prefer not to be labelled,” says the 27-year-old classically-trained tenor. “I’m more than an First Nation singer. I see myself as metamorphosing from pop to traditional music. A hybrid, if you like.” Dutcher is keen to point out that his pieces were written to be as accessible as possible to a young audience.…

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