Tanya Tagaq wins Polaris Music Prize

Congratulations to Tanya Tagaq, winner of the ninth annual Polaris Music Prize! Tanya’s fourth studio album Animism was chosen by a jury of music journalists.

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!

Caroline Shaw appointed Music on Main’s Composer In Residence

Music on Main is thrilled to announce the appointment of Caroline Shaw as Composer In Residence.  From September 2014 through August 2016, this multifaceted musician will lead salons, share ideas, create music, publish essays, and perform on Music on Main’s stages.

Caroline Adelaide Shaw is a New York-based musician appearing in many different guises. Trained primarily as a violinist from an early age in North Carolina, she is also a Grammy-winning singer in Roomful of Teeth and in 2013 became the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, for her enigmatic composition Partita for 8 Voices (also nominated for a Grammy for Best Classical Composition).


Changes ahead for Alfredo Santa Ana

Alfredo Santa Ana, Music on Main’s General Manager, will step down from his position on October 31, 2014. His energy, commitment, and ideas have helped Music on Main develop and implement new programmes, increase contributions from foundations, and create rock-solid systems in the office. His departure will allow him to focus on his composing career.


Jocelyn Morlock appointed Composer-in-Residence at Vancouver Symphony

When Music on Main’s Composer In Residence Jocelyn Morlock steps down from her two-year term at the end of August 31, 2014, she won’t be taking a break.  Instead, she’ll walk into her new role at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Bramwell Tovey has announced that Jocelyn will become the VSO’s Composer-in-Residence on September 1st, 2014. +

Update: new cultural hub in dowtown Vancouver

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.

Composer In Residence Jocelyn Morlock nominated for album, composition of the year

Congratulations to Music on Main’s Composer In Residence Jocelyn Morlock!  She has been nominated in two categories at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards: Classical Composition of the Year for her Oiseaux bleus et sauvages, and Classical Recording of the Year for her new disc Cobalt, released on Centrediscs.


Alfredo Santa Ana appointed General Manager

The board of directors and Artistic Director David Pay are proud to announce that Alfredo Santa Ana has been appointed General Manager for Music on Main.  His new position is effective immediately.


City of Vancouver announces new performing and media arts cultural hub, downtown at CBC Building

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

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.

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