Sonic Boom festival of new classical music starts tonight!

Rodney Sharman is the Composer-in-Residence at this year’s Sonic Boom Music Festival.

Each year, the Sonic Boom Music Festival showcases the best of contemporary classical (new) music in the province. The festival spotlights a BC Composer, Featured Artist(s) and Ensemble, as well as a mix of ensembles of one to four players performing dozens of new works by both emerging and established West Coast composers.

The 32nd festival takes place on March 21-24. As usual, there’s an eclectic lineup of concerts (at two downtown venues, Pyatt Hall and the Orpheum Annex, both at 843 Seymour St.) as well as a student composer master-class. See below for more details.

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Sonic Boom festival of new classical music starts tonight!

New music, yes—but also new ideas, collaborations and fusions at ISCM World New Music Days 2017

Vicky Chow is one of four pianists interpreting contemporary work in the closing concert of ISCM World New Music Days 2017.

ISCM World New Music Days 2017 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to explore new music.

From marquee concerts to musical adaptations of literary works to immersive avant-garde works, the week-long festival features a cornucopia of new ideas, collaborations and fusions from all over the world.

From Nov. 2-8, Vancouver hosts the event, which is held in a different city each year. The schedule features over 30 events, 135 composers, and music from 50 countries at various venues in the city. Of special note are the opening and closing events.

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New music, yes—but also new ideas, collaborations and fusions at ISCM World New Music Days 2017

Rare Vancouver appearance by ‘national treasure’

Mary Margaret O'Hara by EvaBlue.

Mary Margaret O’Hara by EvaBlue.

On April 18, Vancouver New Music presents a concert that will include a rare performance by a singer REM’s Michael Stipe once called “a national treasure.”

To date, Toronto-based vocalist Mary Margaret O’Hara has released only one official full-length album, the critically acclaimed Miss America, along with a 1991 EP and a soundtrack (to a 2000 movie called Apartment Hunting). The sister of actress Catherine O’Hara (SCTC, Home Alone, Best in Show), she has also recorded as a guest backup vocalist and appeared in the 2012 movie Museum Hours.

But besides those gigs and sporadic concert appearances (including shows with the PuSh Performing Arts Festival in 2012 in Vancouver), O’Hara has mostly stayed out of the limelight.

So it’s a special treat – and a testament to O’Hara’s close relationship with local composer/cellist Peggy Lee – that a Vancouver audience will get to see her perform live on April 18. Only don’t expect to hear anything off of Miss America.

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!  Take your loved ones out and about everywhere this weekend; there’s something for everyone of all ages!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday…
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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

From art and board games to poetry and cultural festivals, there are so many events happening this weekend we couldn’t list them all!  Read on for our top picks for things happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend