Modulus Festival Nov 3-8, 2022

2022 Modulus Festival

Music on Main’s 2022 Modulus Festival

NOVEMBER 3-8, 2022
THE ROUNDHOUSE | ANNEX | LEFT OF MAIN

Full festival schedule is available below.
Limited tickets may be available at the door. Prices may vary.

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Just the place to explore new worlds.

Vancouver Sun

Invigorate your musical senses. 

Music on Main is back in full festival mode with epic and legendary pieces. Here’s your chance to expand your musical horizons and listen, together to amazing musicians and inspiring music.

How do audience members describe the Modulus Festival?

“Wide-ranging in style with something for everyone.”

The 2022 Modulus Festival includes the return of Nancy Tam and Robyn Jacob‘s “Double Happiness: Detour This Way,” a collection of personal stories of migration from the Chinese diaspora with an art-pop aesthetic. Late night concerts curated by Coastal Jazz feature three nights of improv with Modulus musicians. François Houle’s Canadian premiere of “The Secret Lives of Colour,” makes moving music based on the historical connections between the moods and spirits of colour.

Experience the intoxicating musical poetry of Ayelet Gottlieb‘s “13 Lunar Mediations: Summoning the Witches,” which explores our relationship with the moon and the effect it has on us. Lose yourself in the lingering beauty of Dory Hayley singing Morton Feldman’s legendary “Three Voices.” Listen to the music of dreams with Vancouver favourite Standing Wave. Enter Steven Kazuo Takasugi’s imaginative world of spectacular chaos, as No Hay Banda performs “Sideshow,” taking audiences on an adventure full of absurd tragedy.

Six full days of musical adventure awaits you.


11th Modulus Festival schedule

NOVEMBER 3-12, 2022
various times | Nancy Tam & Robyn Jacob’s “Double Happiness: Detour This Way”
LEFT OF MAIN, 211 Keefer Street (2nd Floor)
A multimedia performance of live music, sound design, and video vignettes retell stories of migration from the Chinese diaspora.
featuring: Nancy Tam, Robyn Jacob, Emily Cheung, Jasmine Chen, Molly MacKinnon, Kevin Romain, Emma Postl, and Jeff Gammon
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NOVEMBER 3-5, 2022
various times | IronFest III at Modulus
THE IRONWORKS, 235 Alexander Street
Three nights of daring sonic exploration with players from around the world and right around the corner.

THURS, NOV 3, 2022 | 8:30PM
Josh Zubot & Strings
SICK BOSS

FRI, NOV 4, 2022 | 9:30PM
Feven Kidane (trumpet) and Tony Wilson (guitar)
Eylem Basaldi (violin), Gord Grdina (guitar), and Torsten Müller (bass)
François Houle (clarinet), Alex Hawkins (grand piano), and Kate Gentile (drums)

SAT, NOV 5. 2022 | 9:30PM
Jay Clayton (voice), Róisín Adams (grand piano), and Jen Yakamovich (drums)
John Paton (sax), Stéphane Diamantakiou (bass), and Ivan Bamford (drums)
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb (voice), Elisa Thorn (harp), Aram Bajakian (oud), Peggy Lee (cello), and Hamin Honari (percussion)

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2022
7:30 PM | François Houle’s “The Secret Lives of Colour”
ANNEX, 823 Seymour Street
A superstar line up of musicians perform François Houle’s new music based on Kassia St Clair’s best-selling book “The Secret Lives of Colour.”
featuring: Joëlle Léandre, double bass; Alexander Hawkins, piano; Kate Gentile, drums; Hamin Honari, percussion; Gordon Grdina, oud and acoustic guitar; and François Houle, basset clarinet
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2022

7:30 PM | Ayelet Rose Gottlieb’s “13 Lunar Meditations: Summoning the Witches”
THE ROUNDHOUSE, 181 Roundhouse Mews
Intoxicating musical poetry and a powerful ensemble explore our relationship with the moon and the effect it has on us.
featuring: Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, vocals; Jay Clayton, vocals; DB Boyko conducting the Choeur Luna (Viviana Caro, Laura Crema, Soressa Gardner, Carol Sawyer and Andrea Superstein); Eylem Basaldi, Turkish violin; Aram Bajakian, guitar; Stéphane Diamantakiou, upright bass; and Ivan Bamford, drums
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2022
3:00 PM | Free Family Concert
THE ROUNDHOUSE, 181 Roundhouse Mews
featuring The BC Chinese Music Ensemble: Bruce Bai, vocals; Dailin Hsieh, zheng; Geling Jiang, liuqin/ruan/sanxian; Yun Song, erhu; Lan Tung, erhu; Zhongxi Wu, suona/sheng
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7:30 PM | Dory Hayley sings Morton Feldman’s “Three Voices”
ANNEX, 823 Seymour Street
A legendary minimalist masterpiece. A rare, live performance of lingering beauty piece.
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2022
7:30 PM | Standing Wave Ensemble’s “In Dreams”
A world premiere by Bekah Simms and George Crumb “Dream Sequence” with Vancouver favourites Standing Wave Ensemble.
ANNEX, 823 Seymour Street
featuring: Christie Reside, flute; AK Coope, clarinet; Rebecca Whitling, violin; Cristian Márkos, cello; Allen Stiles, piano; and Vern Griffiths, percussion
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2022
7:30 PM | No Hay Banda plays Steven Kazuo Takasugi’s “Sideshow”
THE ROUNDHOUSE, 181 Roundhouse Mews
Enter Steven Kazuo Takasugi’s imaginative world of spectacular chaos when Montreal’s No Hay Banda performs this absurdist, mesmerizing, and thrilling work of theatrical music. 
featuring: Jeff Stonehouse, flute; Lori Freedman, clarinet; Yves Charuest, alto saxophone; Geneviève Liboiron, violin; Jean René, viola; Émilie Girard-Charest, cello; Daniel Áñez, piano; Noam Bierstone, solo vocalizing percussionist; Gabriel Dufour-Laperrière, electronics; and Steven Kazuo Takasugi, composer/staging
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