Announcing Continuum's 30th Anniversary Season!

We have lots to celebrate this season – not only do we fete our 30th anniversary, but it’s my first season as Continuum’s sole Artistic Director.  For fifteen years, I have served as Continuum’s percussionist and, for the past three, as co-Artistic Director.  I’m excited to serve Continuum in this new role – I’ve learned a tremendous amount through my involvement with Continuum and the new music scene in Toronto over the years; our heartfelt thanks go to Jennifer Waring for her 29 years of outstanding contribution to Continuum. I look forward to building on the organization’s many achievements and the internationally acclaimed reputation it has built over these past 30 years.

The 2014–2015 season – and Continuum’s next chapter – begins with some great momentum.  In the past few seasons we have seen larger audiences and increased financial support from grants, foundations and individuals.  Earlier this year, Continuum was one of three finalists for the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Roy Thompson Hall Award for excellence. Together with Operations Manager Josh Grossman, a supportive board of directors, enthusiastic volunteers and a loyal audience, Continuum ventures forward.

Our 30th season includes diverse projects and new collaborations.  Souvenir (October 19 & 20 at Betty Oliphant Theatre) is a music and film project nineteen years in the making that delves into the meaning of human existence in the universe.  30 More! (March 8 at the Music Gallery) is our celebratory anniversary concert, featuring works which express clearly what Continuum is: composers established and emerging, from at home and abroad.  It’s an evening to celebrate Continuum’s mandate in action.  Lastly, in Collide (May 28 at The Theatre Centre) we partner with Subtle Technologies to explore the intersection of music with science and media arts – the culmination of three years of planning – presented in multiple spaces in the stunning new home of The Theatre Centre on Queen West.  I am also thrilled to welcome some of Canada’s finest singers this year: sopranos Shannon Mercer and Carla Huhtanen, mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabo and baritone Alex Dobson.  (I have a feeling our second annual Continuum Karaoke – in June on the patio of Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu – will be particularly inspired!) I am also delighted to report a renewed relationship with the Toronto District School Board, in a project which takes Continuum’s musicians into the classroom with student composers and performers.

Continuum has the energy, artistic vision and administrative infrastructure to grow and to contribute even more opportunities to composers who dare to experiment and dream, and to musicians who will not cease in their drive to realize those dreams as intended.  Your support remains a vital part of our activity each year and so, for the first time as Artistic Director, I invite you to donate to Continuum and help to ensure our continued success, on and off the stage.  Donate now online or, if you prefer to write a cheque, download our donation form.

We look forward to seeing you soon and to having you join us in our 30th anniversary celebrations.

Yours sincerely,

  • Ryan Scott
  • Artistic Director