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“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

Hello from Shanghai!

Montreal based composer, Nicole Lizée is one of the Canadian artists in Shanghai with Ensemble Soundstreams. Lizée has the honour of being the first Canadian invited to be Composer in Residence for the Shanghai New Music Week, presented by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. As part of her residency, Lizée delivered a lecture on Sunday, September…  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

Inside: 5 Facts About Jesse Zubot’s Violin

Jesse Zubot – multi-instrumentalist, producer, record company owner and sideman-in-demand. He produced Tanya Tagaq’s Polaris Prize-winning album, Animism, and has collaborated with a variety of artists, including Steve Reich, Peggy Lee, Hawksley Workman, and Mother Mother. Before any of that, Zubot honed his musician skills in rural Saskatchewan, with a violin found by his instructor….  Read More

Inside: The Musik für das Ende Score

In the forward to his score Claude Vivier describes Musik für das Ende as “a Ceremony – of the End”, an exploration of the relationships established between individuals at this “final stage of life”. The score for the piece uses unconventional notation to explore this interaction musically. Let’s take a look at this unusual score…  Read More

Electronics in Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele

Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele (“Do you believe in the immortality of the soul?” was Vivier’s final composition before his untimely death – an eerily titled, premonitive work considering the circumstance of his tragic murder. Interestingly, in addition to voices, narration, and percussionists, Vivier also calls for synthesisers and electronics. Composer and sound…  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

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

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

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

Australia Travel Blog

Soundstreams Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney recently traveled to Australia for the International Society for the Performing Arts (IPSA) Congress. Here in his own words is a travelogue of his trip and time spent both touring Australia and at the convention. I went to Australia to attend the ISPA Congress in Melbourne from June 1 to…  Read More

Top 10 Moments of 2015

Thanks to you, our adventurous music-loving family, it’s been a great year, so we wanted to share some highlights and recognize YOU for helping make these milestones possible. If you have not yet made your donation to Soundstreams, there is still time to donate before the end of the tax year! If you have $75, $150, or…  Read More

All About the Instruments

Composer George Crumb (b. 1929) is well known for exploring unusual timbres in his compositions, as well as calling for instruments to be played in unique ways. He was initially influenced by Anton Webern, an Austrian composer and conductor known for his radical innovations in musical technique. In our season opening concert, we will explore…  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

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

Thanks for a wonderful season

2014/15 concerts: Daniel Hope performing in The Seasons; David Fallis conducting in Vespers; Claire Chase and Tony Arnold in The Whisper Opera; Patricia Rozario singing in Song for Athene; Maria Mulata, Jeffrey Beecher, and Grisha Goryachev, performing in Encuentros Thank you to our subscribers, patrons, donors, friends, and supporters, for a wonderful 2014/15 season! Read on…  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

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