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Swing by the CMC during Nuit Blanche for part of our all-night concert-a-thon, accompanied by a light installation!
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The Canadian Music Centre will be taking part Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (Toronto's free, citywide sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art) by hosting an all-night concert-a-thon in our performance space, accompanied by a light installation entitled A Touch of Light by LeuWebb Projects!
October 5th, 7 p.m.
to October 6th, 7 a.m.!


Canadian Music Centre.
20 St. Joseph St.
Toronto, ON, M4Y 1J9


FREE Admission!

LeuWebb Projects was formed by architects and multi-disciplinary artists Christine Leu and Alan Webb, as a venue for creative explorations. With an open mandate to cross disciplines and media, they seek to engage people with both the tangible and the ephemeral.
Exploring the intersection of sound and sight, A Touch of Light serves as a visual accompaniment to the live performances taking place at the CMC throughout the night. LeuWebb's project team will include Christine Leu, Alan Webb, Jeff Lee and Omar Khan.
The piece repurposes a vintage signage marquee composed of over 100 incandescent light bulbs into a real-time visual processor of alternative musical notation and energies.

We are looking forward to our performance space being lit up by the installation, and by the performances of the following musicians!  Hope to see you there!

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Aaron Hodgson, trumpet
and Talissa Blackman, piano

Trumpeter Aaron Hodgson, praised for his “exquisite musicianship and assured composure” (International Trumpet Guild), and pianist Talissa Blackman will kick off the evening with music by Huang Ruo, David John Lang, Giacinto Scelsi, Gabriel Dharmoo, and Alexina Louie.

9 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Elaine Lau and
Joseph Ferretti, pianists

Pianists Elaine Lau and Joseph Ferretti have performed and been broadcast on radio throughout North America and Europe.  As a duo, they have recorded for Capstone Records, and co-founded the award winning junctQín keyboard collective.  Their program will include music by Schumann, Debussy, Heather Schmidt, and Jordan Nobles.

11 p.m. - 12 p.m.

Hye Won Cecilia Lee, piano

Dr. Hye Won Cecilia Lee is an inquisitive collaborative artist on all three major keyboard forms: piano, harpsichord and organ. As an active recording engineer/producer, Cecilia works with the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and various freelance projects in the city.  Her program will include music by Debussy, Kapustin, Liebermann, Ligeti, David Occhipinti, and more.

1 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Darren Creech, piano

Blossoming pianist Darren Creech brings passionate energy (with a dash of flair) to the concert stage, and his playing has been heralded as "remarkably fresh and enticing" by Toronto Star's John Terauds. Darren will perform music by Chopin and Norbert Palej.

3 a.m. - 4 a.m.

Chris Donnelly, piano

Juno-nominated pianist and composer Chris Donnelly is one of the most captivating and versatile artists on today’s music scene. Trained simultaneously as a classical pianist and a jazz pianist, his genre-bending repertoire is an eclectic mix of jazz, ragtime, stride, gospel, improvisation, original compositions and classical music.  Chris is an associate composer of the CMC, and will be performing his own original material.

5 a.m. - 6 a.m.

Chris Pruden,

A recent graduate of the University of Toronto's jazz performance program, pianist Chris Pruden feels at home in a wide variety of genres, and has gained vast amounts of experience performing in venues across Canada. He plays with a variety of groups/projects including Falcon Punch!, Shannon Graham and the Storytellers, Tia Brazda, and many more. Chris will be playing jazz standards and his own compositions.

8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

ICOT: Maziar Heidari,
Saman Shahi, and
Kenan Emami, pianists

Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto (ICOT) was founded by five Toronto-based composers and musicians in 2011, and has since produced numerous concerts and events, and appeared on BBC Farsi for their activities. Piansts Maziar Heidari, Saman Shahi, and Kenan Emami will perform music by Afarin Mansouri, Saman Shahi, Keyan Emami, Fikret Amirov, and Ardeshir Rouhani, as well as improvisations.

10 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Melody Chan and
Matthew Li, pianists

Pianists Melody Yvonne Chan and Matthew Li are vibrant and versatile artists who have performed throughout Canada, Europe, and Asia, and are both pursuing Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Toronto.  They will perform music by Ravel, Liszt, Rautavaara, Messiaen, Constantine Caravassilis and Denis Gougeon.

12 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Ali Berkok, piano

Ali Berkok is a Toronto based pianist and composer known for his versatility and drive. Ali's current projects include Aurochs, an improvised piano/bass/drum trio. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto.  Ali will be playing his own works, and improvisations. 

2 a.m. - 3 a.m.

Wesley Shen, piano

Wesley Shen is Toronto-based pianist, toy pianist and harpsichordist specializing in contemporary and new music.  He will be performing an hour of music by CMC associate composer Ann Southam.

4 a.m. - 5 a.m.

Andrew Slade, piano

A new addition to Toronto's music scene (via Montreal, originally from Vancouver Island, BC), pianist, arranger, and composer Andrew Slade is part of the University of Toronto's newest crop of jazz performance Master's students. Andrew's set will include jazz standards as well as his own compositions.

6 a.m. - 7 a.m.

Jeanne Yuen, piano

Pianist Jeanne Yuen is an active vocal coach, repetiteur, and ballet pianist, and performer of contemporary music in Toronto. Ms. Yuen was a featured pianist in the 2012 Nuit Blanche, performing Gordon Monahan's Piano Mechanics.  Jeanne will conclude our Nuit Blanche 2013 with music by Remi Bouchard, Keith Bissell, Suad Bushnaq, Harry Somers, R. Murray Schafer, John Burke, and Marjan Mozetich.
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