50 years after his death, Healey Willan’s music lives on

February 15, 2018

"If Canadian composer Healey Willan isn’t getting the last laugh, he’s getting the last chord.

His longtime home base, the Anglican Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto, is hosting a concert on Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of his death, one of several commemorations taking place this year in Canada and abroad. There is even a burgeoning Healey Willan Society based in Chicago..."


Related Composers: Healey Willan

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Annesley Black

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Esprit Orchestra weaves cellphones into its concert

February 8, 2018

Devices are welcome at the tech-savvy production taking place on Feb. 11.

"The cellphone has graduated from concert irritant to instrument.

Esprit Orchestra is putting out the welcome mat for the ubiquitous personal communication device for its Feb. 11 Plug In program at Koerner Hall

“It’s a whole new world of sound,” says music director Alex Pauk of the evening’s music offerings, which include two compositions about the telephone.

Related Composers: Alex Pauk, Eugene Astapov

Composer Vincent Ho Receives Two JUNO Nominations

February 7, 2018

"Canadian composer Vincent Ho's The Shaman|Arctic Symphony, featuring striking live recordings of two monumental orchestral works commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and released last fall on Centrediscs, has just been nominated for two JUNO Awards.

Related Composers: Vincent Chee-Yung Ho

Roberta Stephen Award

February 6, 2018

The Roberta Stephen Award, worth $500, offers support to a Canadian woman composer aged 36 or older for professional development such as further studies, conferences, or workshops, or composers’ festivals. The prize was created by the generous provision of composer and publisher Roberta Stephen and is administered by the Association of Canadian Women Composers. Two awards in the amount of $500 are available each year.

Deadline: March 30, 2018

Region: National
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Organization: Royal Conservatory of Music
Profile Type: Performer
I Play: Piano


John Dupuis has appeared in concert as soloist and in collaboration with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and singers in North America, Europe, and Asia. Germany’s Südwest Presse described his Chopin playing as “brilliant” and his interpretation of Schubert’s “Der Wanderer” Fantasie was lauded by Blüthner Piano as “one of the best”. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Dupuis performed a series of concerts for Blüthner, the programs of which included the late piano works of Franz Schubert. He also gave a number of master classes during the same series and was awarded the title “Master Class Artist”.

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Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Award of Excellence 2018

February 1, 2018

The Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region recently created its Award of Excellence and in considering which organization should be the recipient of its inaugural citation, the answer came immediately: the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

For its long-standing commitment to the fostering of Canadian music and Canadian composers, and especially in light of the twenty-seven year history of the incredibly special and unique Winnipeg New Music Festival, the CMC Prairie Region hereby awards the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: The Award of Excellence.

One on One with Markus - Yoko Hirota

January 31, 2018

"​Yoko Hirota started playing the piano at the ago of four, in the Yamaha music program in Japan.

When she was just seven years old, she was being asked to practice eight hours a day.

It was a huge commitment and dedication says Hirota, but it lead to a career in music.

She and her husband Robert LeMay both teach in the music department at Laurentian University in Sudbury..."


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Building Accessibility Notice

January 31, 2018

Please note that the accessible entrance to our Toronto building will be temporarily unavailable on Thursday, February 1 from 9:00am-11:00am. The main entrance to the building (along the front steps) will remain open.

If you are planning to visit on February 1 and require the accessible entrance please consider scheduling your visit in the afternoon. Contact info@musiccentre.ca with any questions, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Canadian Music Centre
20 St. Joseph St.
Toronto, ON, M4Y 1J9
PH: 416-961-6601

CMC Centrediscs Nominated for a 2018 East Coast Music Award

January 29, 2018

JANUARY 29, 2018, TORONTO, ON - Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, is thrilled to announce that one of its releases have been nominated for a 2018 East Coast Music Award. In Sonorous Falling Tones (CMCCD 23917), featuring the music of Associate Composer Derek Charke and the WIRED! Ensemble, has been nominated for Classical Recording of the Year.