Spring is Juno time, the annual awards for Canadian-made recordings.
Is it possible for Inuit-Western musical collaborations to be equitable and equal? The commission and composition of Alexina Louie’s Take The Dog Sled (2008) is an answer to that question. Its creation is one of several small and important steps by Western classical musicians to establish reciprocal and respectful connections with Inuit throat singers.
Alexina Louie’s ‘Take the Dog Sled’ blends orchestral music with Inuit throat singing — and it’s now immortalized on the Centrediscs label
“You may feel the rush of the dog sled, hear the call of the snow goose or experience eternity in the flow of the river.”
Alexina Louie announced as the recipient of the 2020 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement!
The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of Canada's highest honour in the performing arts.
Now in its 49th season,Toronto’s New Music Concerts (NMC) remains one of the main presenters of contemporary concert music in Toronto, with a long and diverse legacy of bringing first performances of significant new works to Toronto audiences, covering compositions from a wide range of styles, written by living composers from around the world, including Canada.
"The recent announcement of composer Alexina Louie as the winner of the 2019 Molson Prize in the Arts, the first time the $50,000 prize has been awarded to a female composer, signalled something of a sea change in the world of Canadian music that’s been developing gradually. The prize was presented to Louie by the [...]
"Has anyone even heard of such a thing? An entire concert devoted to the piano music of a living Canadian composer? Well, they had in Calgary last month, when the Honens Piano Festival titled one of its featured events Alexina Louie at 70. Aside from the indelicacy of referring to the Toronto composer’s age, it [...]
"Much has already been penned in celebration of the remarkable career of the late Neil Crory (1950–2019). The tributes often focus on Crory’s enthusiasm for and support of classical singers in Canada. And indeed Crory’s influence in the musical community was far reaching. Surprisingly little has been mentioned thus far, though, about his strong support [...]
"Esprit Orchestra’s thirty-seventh concert season begins with a dizzying hit to the head! Founding Music Director & Conductor, Alex Pauk has programmed a captivating subscription concert series to be performed in the acoustically renowned Koerner Hall. The main concert series includes no less than four World Premieres by composers Brian Harman, Adam Scime, Christopher Goddard, [...]
The Canada Council Molson Prizes The Molson Prizes are awarded to two people—one in the arts and one in the social sciences or humanities—who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding achievements. These prizes are funded by an endowment from the Molson Foundation and are administered in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council [...]