Help us end the year on a high note

We need your support – donate today!

On behalf of everyone at Continuum, I’d like to thank you for your generous support of our 2015–2016 activity. With your help, this has been one of our most exciting seasons yet. We presented:

  • • nine fully funded world premieres
  • • a 17-day, 6-concert tour to British Columbia
  • •  a concert as guests of the Société du musique contemporain du Québec in Montreal
  • •  a concert celebrating the Jules Léger Prize at which the prize was presented for a 2014 Continuum commission
  • •  our debut at the 21C Festival in Toronto
  • •  our fourth annual collaboration with the TDSB, “Continuum in the Classroom,” through which we have now premiered over 50 new works by TDSB students

Over the course of the season we employed 31 musicians, performed works by 20 composers (12 Canadian), and, despite a year of intense activity, I’m pleased to report that we are on track to eliminate what has been a long-term accumulated deficit.

But we’re not there yet!  Please help us end the year on a high note by making a donation to Continuum.  I’m very excited about next season (and the seasons to come), but we need your support: donations play a vital role each year, ensuring that we have the resources in place to bring outstanding performances to the stage.

Donate online via Canada Helps, or, if you prefer to send a cheque, download our donation form.  Every donation helps; we’d like to raise $5000 before June 30 so that we can hit the ground running on our 2016–2017 season.

We love what we do, and we thank you for your support.  But hey, don’t just take our word for it.  Here’s what some of this season’s collaborators had to say:

“Artistic Director Ryan Scott has created a rare and unique voice in Canada’s contemporary scene; a dedicated and loyal cohort of talented musicians and composers, impressive and unwavering commitment, and an eximious standard of new music performance. Joining Continuum, being part of their exceptional music-making through well-crafted and imaginative programming has been inspirational. An experience which we hope to repeat by creating further opportunities for collaboration in the UK. I sincerely admire all that Continuum are achieving, creating and celebrating. They are truly deserving of every support and long may their innovative programming continue.”
- Jinny Shaw, Artistic Director, Okeanos Ensemble (UK)

“Ballet Kelowna’s collaborative partnership with Continuum Contemporary Music was a huge success.  The tremendous skill and artistry of the Continuum musicians dazzled BC audiences and inspired our dancers to reach new levels of excellence.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with Ryan and the ensemble and we look forward to producing more exciting programs with this remarkable organization.”
- Simone Orlando, Artistic Director and CEO, Ballet Kelowna

“It was a great pleasure hosting the Continuum ensemble last December at Salle Bourgie in Montreal in a program of exciting and challenging works masterly performed by absolutely fantastic musicians who gave a breathtaking performance! BRAVO!”
- Walter Boudreau, Artistic Director of the Société de musique contemporain du Québec (SMCQ)

“Continuum and I have worked together numerous times, and each time their exquisite musicianship and inventive programming have delighted me. Their constantly fresh interpretations and phenomenal musicality and technique bring real joy to their performances.”
- Jocelyn Morlock, Composer in Residence, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Composer, Night Herself (2016) from Renaissance

“Curious, kind, humble, sensitive, dedicated: all of these values the members of Continuum possess and that’s what continues to make them some of the best musicians out there!”
- Thierry Tidrow, Composer of Au fonds du çloitre humide (2014), winner of the 2015 Jules Léger Prize

“The Toronto District School Board Music Department has been pleased to work with Continuum as a partner in the Music Technology in the Classroom Project.  Over the past three years, 30 music teacher specialists and over 800 students have participated in this project with 50 new student compositions being performed by Continuum.  The value of this partnership cannot be overstated as it has allowed students to see themselves as creators and composers, expressing personal ideas and understandings, through music.”
- Janet Bambrick, Program Co-ordinator, Teaching and Learning-Music, Toronto District School Board

And if that doesn’t inspire you, check out the world premiere of Michael Oesterle’s Folies d’Espagne from Renaissance (with choreography by Heather Myers):

 

 Please donate today and help us bring more world-class projects to life.

 Thank you for your continued support – have a pleasant summer!

Sincerely,

  • Ryan Scott
  • Artistic Director