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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

Spotlight on Indie New Music Presenters – Part 3/3

The Toy Piano Composers This is the last of a three-part series highlighting some of the most exciting big music coming from small places, featuring some of Toronto’s foremost “indie” new music presenters. Check out part one, and part two. In the digitally-fueled D.I.Y. generation, artist collectives have become fully-functional micro presenters, producing incredible audience experiences keeping more…  Read More

Spotlight on Indie New Music Presenters – Part 2/3

FAWN Chamber Creative This is the second of a three-part series highlighting some of the most exciting big music coming from small places, featuring some of Toronto’s foremost “indie” new music presenters. Check out part one, and part three. Artist-driven collectives play an important role in the ecology of arts presenters in Canada. They face incredible environmental challenges…  Read More

Spotlight on Indie New Music Presenters – Part 1/3

Music in the Barns This is the first of a three-part series featuring some of Toronto’s foremost “indie” new music presenters. Check out part two, and part three. One of the things that I enjoy about my work at Soundstreams is the way that it naturally intersects with my broader activities in the arts community….  Read More

Seven Must-See Shows at SummerWorks

Since this is my first Soundstreams blog post I thought I would quickly introduce myself. My name is Katerina (Kat) and I am interning at Soundstreams this summer. I am a composer, improviser, and singer (among other things), born and raised in the GTA. During the year I study music at school and next month…  Read More

A Night at The Dora Awards

Our Executive Director Susan Worthington attended The Dora Mavor Moore Awards (otherwise known as The Doras), on Monday, June 22. Despite the threatening rain, she had a great time celebrating outstanding in achievements in the Toronto arts community, and shared her experience with us. On June 22 at the WestJet stage at Harbourfront Centre, the…  Read More

Creating a new work with Quatuor Bozzini

Work-shopping a piece at The Composer's Kitchen, from left-to-right: violinist Alissa Cheung; mentor composer Christopher Fox; mentor composer Christopher Butterfield; composer Georgia Rodgers; composer Kyle Brenders; composer Egidija Medeksaite Our Artistic Associate Kyle Brenders recently spent a week in Montreal, participating in Quatuor Bozzini's Composer's Kitchen. He wrote a blog post for us about his experience, and how he…  Read More