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Tanya Tagaq wins Polaris Music Prize
posted September 23, 2014
Animism is a protest album, produced by BC violinist Jesse Zubot. CBC Music says the album “combines elemental growls, howls and grunts over electronic beats to create her own genre — part throat singing, part EDM, part animal.”
Tanya Tagaq has a long-standing relationship with Music on Main, having appeared with Jesse Zubot and drummer Jean Martin in our very first Modulus Festival in October 2010. Before that, she performed a sold-out show for Music on Main at Heritage Hall in October 2008 with cellist Cris Derksen and DJ Michael Red, and a mesmerizing concert with the Kronos Quartet as part of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad in a co-production with the Chan Centre. We’re thrilled to see her win this well-deserved prize (especially after losing — perhaps intentionally — an epic throat singing competition with our Artistic Director David Pay…) Congratulations Tanya!
Update: new cultural hub in dowtown Vancouver
posted June 10, 2014
Together with PuSh Festival, Touchstone Theatre, and DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Music on Main is developing a new cultural hub for performing and media arts in downtown Vancouver. Located at 110-750 Hamilton Street, the new space will be part of the CBC’s downtown campus. Simcic Uhrich Architects are designing administrative and rehearsal space that will last for years to come. The design maquettes have been presented, building permits are in hand, and soon we’ll break ground and begin a busy summer of construction. Expected occupancy is October 1, 2014. The four organizations were awarded the space by the City of Vancouver. You can read more about the progress on the PuSh Festival blog.
City of Vancouver announces new performing and media arts cultural hub, downtown at CBC Building
posted February 10, 2014
On February 5, 2014, the City of Vancouver and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation announced a unique cultural amenity space that will benefit Vancouver arts makers for the next 30 years. The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Touchstone Theatre, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, and Music on Main have been selected to occupy and animate a new 8,477 square foot performing and media arts cultural hub. Located at 750 Hamilton Street in downtown Vancouver, the space will include offices, meeting rooms, and a rehearsal studio. The four companies expect to move into the new space in the fall of 2014. Read more on the PuSh blog and at the Georgia Straight.
Cellar Jazz Club to close February 25, 2014
posted November 25, 2013
Owner Cory Weeds has announced that The Cellar Restaurant & Jazz Club is closing its doors following Music on Main’s February 25, 2014 concert with pianist Eve Egoyan. You can read more on Cory’s blog. All four of Music on Main’s February 2014 concerts will take place as planned. Artistic Director David Pay, the Music on Main team, and co-presenters Early Music Vancouver are actively looking for new venues. We’re all committed to ensuring that informal but serious-about-listening environments will be found for our March 2014 concerts and beyond. Stay tuned for more details.