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CBC Music: 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30, 2017 edition

From the article: “In May, Adanya Dunn was “a properly flirty Musetta, looking fabulous and acting up a storm” in Against the Grain Theatre’s revival of its English-language adaptation of Puccini’s La bohème. “The kind of familial support, fun, and freedom we experienced over three-and-a-half weeks made us feel as though we had all been…  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

Musical Toronto: HOT TAKE | Female Composers In Musical Toronto

From the article:”At the end of this month, new music lovers can look forward to Soundstreams’ celebration of the music of South Korean female composer Unsuk Chin, as well as new works by female composers nurtured in its composer’s workshops at the 21C Festival.” Read the full article by Sara Schabas here.

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

The Whole Note: Blooming Along with 21C

The month of May brings a full blooming spring along with a packed 21C Music Festival, now in its fourth year. Running from May 24 to 28, the festival has had a significant impact on bringing new music to a wider audience, with five days of a wide range of musical voices and approaches to…  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

PRESS RELEASE: SOUNDSTREAMS ANNOUNCES 35TH SEASON!

Monday April 10, 2017 // Toronto – Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney is delighted to announce Soundstreams’ 35th season. The main stage series features five sensational shows: Northern Encounters, with music and dance from Canada and Finland performed by the Lapland Chamber Orchestra; Musik für das Ende, which is an immersive experience of iconic Québécois composer…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month: Philip Glass

Philip Glass, born in Baltimore Maryland in 1937, is an American composer and, despite not liking the term, he is considered the father of minimalism. Glass discovered his love of music very early on while working in his father’s radio store and listening to the classical records customers did not purchase. He studied at the…  Read More

The Globe and Mail: Odditorium offers the perfect reminder of Canadian R. Murray Schafer’s achievements

R. Murray Schafer’s Odditorium is the latest production of Toronto’s Soundstreams, one of the consistently most innovative presenters in the city’s new music community. But the oddest thing about Odditorium may be the fact that it was presented at all in 2017. (Okay, soprano Carla Huhtanen does sing an aria with her head sticking out…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month: R. Murray Schafer

Canadian R. Murray Schafer (C.C.) has achieved an international reputation as a composer, educator, environmentalist, scholar, and visual artist. He was born in Sarnia, Ontario and raised in Toronto. A highly prolific composer, R. Murray Schafer has produced works ranging from opera to chamber and orchestral music, along with pieces for choir and soloists. His…  Read More

Double Bar Line!

This is the first blog of six Andrew Staniland will write for Soundstreams as our TD SoundMakers.ca online composer in residence. Andrew has been teaching composition in a variety of capacities for almost 15 years, including his current faculty position a Memorial University. Outside the classroom, his work has been performed and broadcast in over…  Read More

Q and A with Composer Riho Esko Maimets

On February 2, Riho Esko Maimets returns home for the premiere of his newest work Three Prayers from the Holy Rosary with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Born here in Toronto, Maimets began composing in high school and later studied composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn. He returned to Toronto…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for January: Omar Daniel

Omar Daniel is a Toronto-based composer creating work for solo voice, electronics, and orchestra. Currently an Associate Professor of composition at Western University in London, Ontario, Daniel has received multiple accolades for his work including the Jules Léger Award for New Chamber Music and K.M. Hunter Arts Award. His work has been performed internationally with…  Read More

Q&A with 2017 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence Andrew Staniland

Soundstreams is excited to announce that Canadian composer Andrew Staniland is our 2017 TD SoundMakers Composer in Residence! During his time in this role, he will be working with students from across Toronto as a Composer in the Classroom – teaching them to use audio samples to create their own pieces. Andrew has been teaching…  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

TD Composer of the Month for November: Gabriel Dharmoo

Gabriel Dharmoo started composing when he was just a kid; “One thing led to another,” he explained via email. “Making up simple pieces on the cello as a child, writing songs in my teens, then more experimental approaches to sound during my undergrad and onward.” Dharmoo’s work has been performed internationally, receiving the 2011 Fernand-Lindsay…  Read More

Donate Today and bring top Talent to Toronto

Help Soundstreams fly two of South Africa’s top talents to Toronto for Music of the Rainbow Nation at Koerner Hall on November 23rd! When the Nelson Mandela University Choir cancelled their North American tour (due to the closure of their university NMMU, one of many affected by nation-wide protests and strikes), Soundstreams created a dynamic new program. Remaining…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for September: Toru Takemitsu

Toru Takemitsu’s (1930 – 1996) compositional idiom preserves national identity, building awareness of Japanese music and tradition through his remarkably original synthesis. His distinct sound transcends musical borders using both Western and Japanese instruments in varying combinations.  Born in Tokyo, Japan on October 8, 1930, Takemitsu decided to pursue a career in composition at the…  Read More

TD Composer of the Month for August: Harry Somers

Born in Toronto in 1925, Harry Somers is considered by many one of the most influential and innovative Canadian composers of the past century. He was a founding member of the Canadian League of Composers (CLC) and in 1971 was named a Companion of the Order of Canada. Somers charming demeanour, rather dashing good-looks, and genuine talent earned him the…  Read More