Statement re: Church of St. George The Martyr

On April 20, we received word from the Church of St. George The Martyr through the Diocese of Toronto that, due to the commencement of construction activities next door during the month of May, concerns of structural stability in the worship space – which is also our performance space – need to result in the complete […]

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Interview: I=I

I = I is short form for emerging musical collective Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative. Curator Chelsea Shanoff asked collective member Parisa Sabet a few questions: What inspires your writing? This is an interesting and very difficult question to answer. I should say anything can be a source of inspiration: a sound effect, new composition by a colleague, […]

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Interview: Caution Tape Sound Collective

Curator Chelsea Shanoff posed some questions to the artists featured in Emergents II, coming up this Saturday. First up is Caution Tape Sound Collective What inspires your writing? August Murphy-King: This is a tough one – it really does depend on the piece. Often I’ll start out wanting to explore a purely musical idea – […]

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MG: Call for Directors of the Board

Board of Directors Job Posting December 2016 Position Director on the Music Gallery Board of Directors (Volunteer Position) Who We Are Over its 40-year history, the Music Gallery has been many things to many people. When it was founded in 1976 by Peter Anson and Al Mattes of the free improvising group Canadian Creative Music […]

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Announcing Our Programming For The First Half Of 2017

Just in time for last-minute holiday gifts – our programming from January to June 2017! Some highlights: -Acclaimed visual artist Tasman Richardson’s The New Flesh (January 22) which brings seven artists together audiovisual feedback. -a showcase of artists on Toronto’s Pleasence Records (February 11) featuring Alex Moskos (AIDS Wolf, Drainolith) -Montreal’s pop-savvy chamber ensemble Plumes are inspired […]

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MG40: Setting the Stage for our Next 40 Years

November 14, 2016 Dear Music Gallery members, artists, audience members, stakeholders, and friends, Over the past year, we have been working hard on developing our next strategic plan. With feedback from our membership, artists, audience members, and stakeholders like you, we have arrived at a draft. We will be putting this draft up for public […]

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X Avant Playlist: Doug Van Nort

Doug Van Nort was instrumental in setting up our visit from Pauline Oliveros and Ione. He’s worked with the two of them for many years but is an exceptional improviser and sound sculptor in his own right. He has installed and operates the DisPerSion Lab at York University which supports new and exciting developments in telematic performance […]

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X Avant Playlist: Merganzer

Mika Posen aka Merganzer provides a travelogue of dreams (just look at that trippy Scott Walker album cover!) with this playlist. I’m posting this, appropriately enough, on Thursday Afternoon.

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X Avant Playlist: Deenzi

X Avant XI gets underway tomorrow and its very first set is Deenzi. Heidi Chan and Andy Yue create “Ancient Asian to the future” sounds and they’ve given us a rhythmic and eclectic set of tunes.

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X Avant Playlist: Pauline Oliveros and Ione

So much has been written about Pauline Oliveros‘ contributions to music and listening to sound in general that it’s easy to mythologize her, to get swept up in the oft-abused category of “legend” built on her recorded works and other artistic activities. When we asked her and her partner, author/playwright/director/poet Ione to provide playlists, we were pleasantly […]

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X Avant Playlist: Dun Dun Band

I reckon nobody was more excited to be asked to compile an X Avant playlist than Craig Dunsmuir. A consummate music collector, he’s the best kind of record store presence – the one who guides you to revelatory new music with no attitude whatsoever, only enthusiasm. His deep and eclectic tastes shine through his musical projects, […]

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X Avant Playlist: Anne Bourne

Last year we asked X Avant performers to compile YouTube playlists they felt represented them and/or the show they were going to give as part of the festival. It yielded such awesome results that we’re doing it again this year for X Avant XI: Reverberations. First up is cellist, keyboardist and all-around force for musical […]

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Photo Gallery: National Drone Day: Drone Therapy

These Drone Day pictures by Kevin Jones speak for themselves. There was much communion, both verbal and not. Weather cooperated. Lana visited all. It was a satisfying day.

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Photo Gallery: Musicworks: The Cassette Years and Emergents III

Two very different events took place at the MG during March and April – a salon and a concert. Musicworks: The Cassette Years was curated by Emily Cluett and Ariel Sharratt and featured speakers Andrew Timar, Gayle Young and Wendalyn Bartley, plus a cornucopia of cassette decks through the ages. Considering so many headphones were […]

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Emergents III: In Conversation

Emergents III is coming up next Friday. In anticipation of the event we asked Alex Samaras, curator for the evening, to ask a few questions of the artists. Here’s what Jessica and Justin aka The Science of What? and Jeremy Bellaviti had to say: Have you been to the Music Gallery before? Jessica Chen: yes! Justin […]

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Photo Gallery: Early 2016 at the Music Gallery

The dawn of 2016 has seen been a busy couple of months (too busy for regular blog posts apparently!) but as always, thrilling music has come through the door. Adam Rudolph’s cinematic and worldly conducted improvisation, Linsey Wellman’s laser-focused sax improv, Lisa Conway’s vocal trio and our Black History Month show featuring Val-Inc., Witch Prophet […]

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The New Black: Video Archive by Chart Attack

Last month, the Music Gallery hosted a panel discussion entitled “The New Black: Challenging Musical Tropes” which explored stereotypes and possibilities for Black music. It was hosted/moderated by Alanna Stuart with panelists Amanda Parris, Garvia Bailey, Witch Prophet and Val-Inc. The latter two went on to on to put the messages of the discussion into […]

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Artistic Direction At The Music Gallery: Full Text

Artistic Direction At The Music Gallery Thursday, October 15, 2015 Our AD panel was a discussion which took place on October 19 2015 during our X Avant X Festival. Our program guide’s description was this: “How did we get this far? What roads have we traveled? This historic gathering of artistic directors spanning the Music Gallery’s […]

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Second Half of 2015-16 Season Programming

After an incredible start to our 40th anniversary season, we’re proud to announce the second half of our schedule, covering shows from January through June 2016. The complete listings are below. Just in time for the holidays, tickets are now available on our  ticketing page. Must-See Shows Fundraiser: 1976 part of our original storefront For our […]

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Photo Gallery: Gnosis

Last weekend was truly special. The signature show of the Music Gallery’s 2015-16 season, David Virelles’ Gnosis, was a tremendous success artistically and many, many people were there to witness it over two nights. The concerts had a homecoming feeling to them, as Virelles originally came to Toronto at the age of 14 – Jane […]

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Photo Gallery: X Avant X

What a remarkable few days X Avant X turned out to be. I felt it accomplished what it set out to do: bring multiple generations of Music Gallery patrons together to share innovative music and ideas. I felt there was a good balance between historical and contemporary orientation. The Town Hall generated useful feedback that […]

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X Avant Mix: Absolutely Free

Our marketing coodinator Kristel Jax came up with the idea of soliciting Youtube playlists from X Avant artists. If you’ve been following these posts, you’ve heard an incredible diversity of music: folkloric, improvised, notated, synthetic, unique and completely outlandish. Frankly I think these playlists validate the MG’s shift in programming this year. We eliminated genre […]

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X Avant Mix: Pantayo

100 selections from kulintang ensembles to Rob Zombie. Press play and lose yourself in this journey into sound.

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X Avant Mix: Mechanical Forest Sound

Joe Strutt should be recognizable to all patrons of creative music in Toronto, if not by face then by his blog: Mechanical Forest Sound. He has documented his journey through the city’s many forms of adventurous music for more than six years through audio recordings and reviews. He’s also ventured into programming with the Track […]

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X Avant Mix: Allison Cameron

Allison Cameron has been part of the Music Gallery’s history for a couple of decades: she’s been a performer, curator and composer. It’s this last metier that’s our focus in MG Encore. On October 16 we take a look back on commissions, premieres and other figures important to the MG community over the years. Allison […]

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Photo Gallery: In The Sea + The Visit

Our first show of the season at St. George The Martyr featured In The Sea + The Visit. Claire Harvie took some shots that summed up a night of cello magic.

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X Avant Mix: New Chance

We asked several X Avant X artists to send us a YouTube playlist as an introduction to what they’re listening to and thinking about these days. First up is New Chance aka Victoria Cheong. One of the guiding lights of Healing Power Records, she’s a brilliant musician and visual artist. This mix bounces around the world of […]

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In the Sea 2015(2)


We’re just about to get underway at the Church for another thrill-ride of a season. Our opening salvo is Montreal string trio In The Sea, featuring legendary Dutch improviser Tristan Honsinger plus the CD release tour of Ottawa cello-voice duo The Visit. This is the first concert in the MG’s new genreless programming strategy and […]

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Photo Gallery – Our Season Begins

We started our season with a burst of activity last weekend – three events at three locations over two nights. In addition to the Bicycle Opera Project performing here, we took part in Intersection at Yonge Dundas Square and hosted Intersection night 2, aka our season opener, at the Jam Factory.  Photographer Terry Lim was […]

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Welcome to the 2015-16 season, the Music Gallery’s 40th! We celebrate the past, present and future with the tenth edition of our X Avant New Music Festival.Here is the press release – full listings are available here OCTOBER 15-18, 2015 ALL SHOWS AT THE MUSIC GALLERY, 197 JOHN ST Tyondai Braxton/Absolutely Free/Lori Freedman CCMC/New Chance/Keita Juma/Pantayo […]

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