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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Soundstreams’ New Voices: Curator Mentorship Program

Soundstreams is proud to present their newest program, NEW VOICES: Curator Mentorship Program. Calling all aspiring music programmers! Soundstreams is now inviting proposals to develop and produce a concert on our 2020/21 season as part of our New Voices: Curator Mentorship Program. This is a unique platform for early- to mid-career music curators, seeking new…  Read More

Odaabaanag – Get ready for the final performance

by Felix Mills, Community Engagement Manager Odaabaanag is the latest outcome of a partnership between Jumblies and Soundstreams. For the last year, it has explored collaboration across community arts and contemporary music, across cultures (Indigenous and Settler/Immigrant), and across regions (Toronto, Northern Ontario). The collaboration is coming together for its final performances on November 30th and…  Read More

Odaabaanag – The Story So Far

by Felix Mills, Metcalf Foundation Intern – Community Engagement Associate Working with the choir and having this kind of collaboration with my daughter is huge. My mother went to residential school so it’s very much part of our family history. The fact that we’re working with elders from my family’s home territory is very important…  Read More

“I regularly choose Soundstreams because there’s nothing quite like it.”

by Tim Crouch, Director of Marketing & Patron Experience “Rituals connect us to our past. They awaken collective memories–how we got to today–but they are also harbingers, illuminating a galaxy of future possibility.” Soundstreams Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney has laid out his vision for the 2019/20 season, one that Ludwig van Toronto is already calling…  Read More

Odaabaanag and The Gather Round Singers

Soundstreams is delighted to see Odaabaanag, the yearlong collaboration between Jumblies Theatre and Soundstreams, coming to life. While composer Melody McKiver works on music for string quartet and recorded voices (inspired by Steve Reich’s Different Trains), a companion piece for community choir is now being rehearsed and workshopped in Toronto, composed by Melody’s mother and…  Read More

THE WHOLENOTE: Musical Creation Through Community Engagement

“First though, a very preliminary view of an intriguing work in progress being co-produced by Soundstreams and Jumblies Theatre. Anishinaabe composer Melody McKiver has been commissioned by these two organizations to compose a work for string quartet and recorded voices. As synchronicity would have it, I was introduced to McKiver in a local restaurant, in…  Read More

Who is Melody McKiver?

Soundstreams is thrilled to be working with multi-genre artist Melody McKiver on our upcoming project “Odaanaabag” in collaboration with Jumblies Theatre. Melody McKiver is an Anishinaabe musician, media artist, traditional powwow dancer and artist, and arts educator of mixed ancestry. Melody is an enrolled member of Obishikokaang Lac Seul First Nation on their mother’s side, and their…  Read More

The 2019 Emerging Composer Workshop Participants

We are pleased to announce the participating composers for Soundstreams’ seventh annual Emerging Composer Workshop (ECW). Our six, 2019 participants reflect the global reach of the ECW with participants coming from Canada, United States, United Kingdom, China, and Norway. Each year the ECW hosts an international and a local mentor composer, as well as a…  Read More

“There are no tin cans in Shanghai!”

Percussionist Ryan Scott forgot to bring tin cans to Shanghai. When leaving for Shanghai, Scott not only packed this own bag, he also brought a bag full of mallets, gongs and other percussion equipment the master percussionist didn’t think he could get on the other side of the world. The catch was, he only brought…  Read More

Meet the Soundstreams Team: Felix Mills

Percussionist Felix Mills is extending the reach of our educational programs from the Gladstone Hotel’s Melody Bar, to neighbourhoods across the GTA, and even aiding with touring and travelling productions. We’re very pleased to welcome him to the Soundstreams team, with support from the Metcalf Foundation’s Performing Arts internship program. We’ve pulled him away from…  Read More

Meet the Soundstreams Team: Jordan Snyder

We’re very pleased to welcome Jordan Snyder, a student in OCAD’s Integrated Media program, who has joined us for the summer. As we take the first steps to bring The Journey back to life, Jordan will be working with us to develop the educational school programs affiliated with the opera. We sat Jordan down to…  Read More

“Do you believe in the immortality of the soul?”

One of the most notable influences in Claude Vivier’s music was his lifelong spiritual journey. He was fascinated with life, death, existence, and the afterlife. These ideas permeated his compositions as he struggled to answer his own spiritual concerns through music. At the time he was composing Musik für das Ende (Music for the End)…  Read More

35 Ways: “The Journey”

  Celebrating Soundstreams 35th season, “35 Ways” is an ongoing series that celebrates how Soundstreams has influenced, shaped or contributed to Canadian Music. In February 2009 Soundstreams broke new ground with the production of Pimooteewin: The Journey. The first opera written and sung in Cree, it featured Japanese kuroko movement and puppetry choreographed by Michael Greyeyes, libretto by…  Read More

MIDI Samples and Contemporary Music

Andrew Staniland is our 2017 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence! During his time in this role, he will be  posting monthly about his experiences in the classroom and as a composer. This month Andrew shares his experiences with the MIDI program, and the frequent requests to provide mock ups of new work in the format….  Read More

August Murphy-King is the Frank Delling and Elisabeth Bihl Emerging Composer of Distinction for 2017

All six of Soundstreams’ 2017 Emerging Composer Workshop participants are exciting rising stars in contemporary music. From this talented cohort, Soundstreams, in collaboration with Frank Delling and Elisabeth Bihl, chooses one composer each year who has shown exciting recent developments in her/his artistry and career. This year’s composer is Toronto’s August Murphy-King August is working…  Read More

Arranging for Art of Time

Andrew Staniland is our 2017 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence! During his time in this role, he will be  posting monthly about his experiences in the classroom and as a composer. This month Andrew shares his experiences arranging for Toronto’s Art of Time Ensemble. An arrangement is when a composer takes a previously composed work…  Read More

Announcing Soundstreams’ Emerging Composer Workshop Participants

We are thrilled to announce our participating composers for our fifth annual Emerging Composer Workshop. This year’s six participants are from across Canada and the USA, including New York, Halifax and Toronto. Each year the ECW hosts a different international visiting mentor and local mentor, as well as a professional resident ensemble. This year participants…  Read More

Sponsor an Artist in the Community

We’re taking Salon 21 out of the Gardiner Museum and into the neighborhoods new to Soundstreams – and we need your help to make it happen. Every $500 donated on Giving Tuesday brings an artist to a City of Toronto identified “Neighbourhood Improvement Area” to engage with the community in one of our popular Salon…  Read More

SummerWorks 2016 Picks

SummerWorks is Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, music, dance, and live art – and is held right here in downtown Toronto! The 2016 SummerWorks Performance Festival kicks off next Thursday August 4, with over 60 performances occurring over the span of 11 days and involving more than 500 artists. To help you choose…  Read More

Review: Roomful of Teeth in Vancouver

Written by guest blogger Katerina Gimon, a Masters student at the University of British Columbia, studying music composition. Last week vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth made their eagerly awaited Canadian debut in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The ensemble played two sold out shows at the intimate Fox Cabaret, presented by Music on Main & PuSh International…  Read More