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Salon 21: SoundWeavers Recap

SoundWeavers, our final Salon of the 2015/16 Season was held on Friday June 17th at the Gardiner Museum. The evening featured two exciting new premieres, both of which were composed in collaboration with and performed by Jumblies Theatre‘s mixed-age-and-ability choir Ground Floor, as well as a quartet of guest professional singers (Sarah Albu, Hussein Janmohamed, Alex Samaras, and Maryem Tollar). About…  Read More

Long-time Employee Takes Helm at Soundstreams

Many in the arts community know Ben Dietschi well, whether as a curator of engaging music programming at Spectrum Music and the Music Gallery, board member at Theatre Passe Muraille, an inspired saxophonist with the Massey Hall Band, or through several years of senior responsibilities at Soundstreams. Ben has just added another accomplishment to his…  Read More

Salon 21: The Regent Park Songbook Recap

In last Friday’s Salon 21: The Regent Park Songbook, students from the Regent Park School of Music presented a series of new works – all settings of student-created lyrics by professional Canadian composers. The program featured works by Saman Shahi, Brian Current, Pouya Hamidi, Juliet Palmer, Emilie Lebel, Dean Burry, Aaron Gervais, Omar Daniel, and Jeff Ryan. The Regent…  Read More

Artist Bios: Squeezebox

MICHAEL BRIDGE Michael Bridge is one of the most versatile accordionists of today with a unique ability to blend great classics with world music and pop hits. Michael made his solo orchestral debut at age 16 with the Boston Pops, and his music has led him to China, Croatia, Italy, France, the U.K., and all…  Read More

Introducing the 2016 Emerging Composer Workshop participants

Our Emerging Composer Workshop (ECW) has seen major growth over the past few years. Now entering its fourth year, the workshop attracts composers from all over the world. This year marks an important milestone, with world-renowned composer Steve Reich serving as visiting guest mentor, Peter Hatch as local mentor, and a group of six composer…  Read More

Modern music featuring the accordion

The accordion is believed to have been built around 1822 in Berlin. As an instrument, it conjures several types of images in the mind, such as being played by French musician, perched along the river in Paris, or only in folk music. It was used in popular music beginning around 1900 to 1960, but then…  Read More

Donor Profile: Grace Westcott & Peter Grant

Soundstreams presents Vespers, November 25, 2014 Soundstreams would not exist without the support of our donors, and dedicated patrons. We are thankful to our many friends, volunteers, and supporters, who attend our concerts and Salon 21 series, discuss new and contemporary music with us, and whose time and donations support Soundstreams artists and events. Grace…  Read More

Staff Q&A: Jessica Whitford, Director of Development

The team at Soundstreams has expanded; we'd like to introduce our new Director of Development, Jessica Whitford! Jessica joins us with a breadth of experience, working in the arts for over 10 years, both locally and abroad. She's held various roles at several organizations, including Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Hot Docs Film Festival, Dusk…  Read More

Corporate Donor Profile: TD Bank

SoundMakers composers in residence, John Kameel Farah (2013/14) and Aaron Gervais (2014/15) TD Bank is the long-time Soundstreams corporate supporter who helps bring the SoundMakers website to life as a platform for our composer in residence, and as a resource for more than 30 years of Soundstreams commissions and composers.We chatted with them to learn…  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

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

2015 Emerging Composer Workshop Recap

The participants of the 2015 Emerging Composer Workshop, from left-to-right: mentors Jean-Baptiste Barrière and Kaija Saariaho; composer James O'Callaghan; Soundstreams Associate Director of External Relations Ben Dietschi; flutist Leslie Newman; composer Santa Bušs; violinist Stephen Sitarski; composer Tawnie Olson; composer Núria Giménez-Comas; composer Oren Boneh; composer Helga Arias; singer Carla Huhtanen; workshop facilitator Adam Scime What happens…  Read More

The Creation of Gállábártnit

Bud Roach and Xin Wang, with Elmer Iseler Singers, in Pimooteewin The concert season might be over but new music creation never stops! This week, Soundstreams is holding a workshop for Gállábártnit, the companion piece to our opera, Pimooteewin. This workshop is a private event, to help the creators and artists develop the opera. While Pimooteewin…  Read More

Matching Campaign

Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière, our two visiting guest mentors The Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop is an opportunity for six talented young composers to converge in Toronto, to receive mentorship as they compose a new piece of music. Each year of the program features a different international visiting composer, a renowned Canadian resident ensemble, and a…  Read More

Subscriber Profile: Ruth Manchee Kenins

Soundstreams presents Canadian Choral Celebration Patrons who subscribe to Soundstreams are a community of people with a strong admiration of contemporary music, and who also enjoy exclusive benefits, like prime access to concerts and special events. We spoke with one of our loyal subscribers, Ruth Manchee Kenins, about why she subscribes to Soundstreams, her deeply…  Read More

ICE, ICE, baby…

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Photo credit: Carrie Schneider The Drama Department of Etobicoke School for the Arts (ESA) is presenting A Doll’s House from February 20 to 28 at The Theatre Centre, at the same time as The Whisper Opera. In preparation for sharing the backstage this February, students from ESA asked the International Contemporary…  Read More

Volunteer Profile: Linda & Paul Gordon

For many years now, Soundstreams has had a dedicated group of volunteers, who donate their time as ticket-takers, ushers and all-around helpers at special events. We are extremely thankful to these individuals, who always present a smiling face at our concerts, and who have likely ripped your ticket, or shown you to your seat! Linda…  Read More

Corporate Donor Profile: Steam Whistle

Soundstreams would not exist without the support of our generous coporate donors and partners. We are thankful to the organizations and foundations that support us, and donate to a variety of initiatives. Since 2009, Steam Whistle Brewing has been an in-kind sponsor to Soundstreams, providing their premium pilsner for our special events, fundraisers and concerts….  Read More