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Toronto — Up until its most recent iteration, the Canadian Music Centre‘s concert series, CMC Presents, has been devoted to offering up a diverse array of cutting-edge contemporary music talent in the intimate concert space at CMC Canada’s performance venue in Toronto.

Composer and music critic Nick Storring has guest-curated the past two years and has also selected the artists for the current edition. Throughout this time, the series has featured the likes of celebrated pianist R. Andrew Lee, masterful contemporary and early music cellist Elinor Frey, jaw harp renegade chik white, percussionist-composers Sarah Hennies and Germaine Liu performing together, pedal steel guitar innovator Susan Alcorn, Japanese electronic abstractionist Koeosaeme (Orange Milk Records), Toronto techno sculptor KoreaTown Acid, as well as the ever-curious Thin Edge New Music Collective.

In its current edition, Storring continues to curate the series amidst the ever-shifting landscape of the pandemic. The 2020-21 season has tentatively assumed many different shapes, ultimately materializing as the CMC Presents: Multilocation Festival.

Running online July 12th – 23th, the event celebrates the possibility for intimacy and vulnerability within limitations posed by the virtual realm. Its varied cast has been assembled bearing in mind how each of the participants would navigate the present circumstances in their own idiosyncratic ways.  Multilocation is a derivative of the paranormal term bilocation, and refers to ‘the supposed phenomenon of being in multiple places simultaneously.

Among those featured are acclaimed sound artist claire rousay, who will be presenting a video performance as well as a conversation with April Aliermo. We’ll also hear from Andrew Wedman—creator of the bass piano—who will be performing and engaging his considerable knowledge as a piano technician for a workshop on creative piano-altering strategies. Bassist and composer Rob Clutton, whom Jazz Journal describes as a « formidable presence on the Toronto jazz scene » will also unveil a new piece, as will rising-star exploratory guitarist Jessica Ackerley whose latest release was hailed by Popmatters as « a dazzling journey through the grieving process. »

Artist Photographs, Top to bottom from the left to right column: claire rousay, Colin Fisher (photo by Ilyse Krivel), Rob Clutton, Dame Cook (photo by Hollis Bullock), Nicole Rampersaud (photo by Steve Louie), William Kuo, Luciane Cardassi (photo by Lia Sfoggia), Grace Scheele (photo by Michael Borkovic), India Gailey (photo by Zach Bachand), Jessica Ackerley, Robin Hatch (photo by Stephanie Montani), Isaiah Ceccarelli & Katelyn Clark (photo by Anita Bryan).

Following a much-touted solo recording on the Halocline Trance label, Torontonian multi-instrumentalist Colin Fisher continues his investigation of resonant public (but often tucked-away) spaces using the tenor saxophone. The Montréal duo of percussionist and composer Isaiah Ceccarelli and early keyboard specialist Katelyn Clark (both of whom appear in Another Timbre‘s discography) will provide a deep listen, while Sonia Paço-Rocchia offers a special interactive work. Keyboard colourist Robin Hatch, harp adventurer Grace Scheele, and trumpet texturist (and previous EVERYSEEKER composer-in-residence) Nicole Rampersaud will each be contributing, as will Gaudeamus Muziekweek alumnus, composer William Kuo, lauded Brazilian-Canadian pianist Luciane Cardassi, and innovative Halifax-based cellist India Gailey.

The festival will also see the CMC partnering with various artists and organizations for an array of exciting programming. This will include the relaunch of Eric Chenaux and Martin Arnold’s beloved Rat-drifting imprint after a ten-year hiatus, album release events for works by JUNO-nominated composer Rose Bolton (on Important Records’ Cassauna series), and by Dame Cook (co-presented with FAWN Chamber Creative). The virtual series Understory spearheaded by Germaine Liu, Parmela Attariwala, and Nicole Rampersaud entails « exquisite corpse »-style collaborations between various artists scattered across Canada and will also make its debut.

Join us here for a rich, exciting and thoroughly disorienting glimpse into the current state of contemporary music. Full details and schedule will be available shortly.