Welcome to our 2017-2018 season!

Our 33rd year is big and bold!

For 2017–18 we’re excited to feature almost exclusively brand new music, present dozens of musicians in a variety of configurations, and collaborate with new partners in Toronto and Montréal for what is perhaps our biggest and boldest season to date.

Urgent Voices, December 8 & 9 at Aki Studio, magnifies our shared Canadian identity in this landmark year.  Composer Anna Höstman and poet Phoebe Tsang explore climate and culture change in the Arctic archipelago; composer James Rolfe and poet Steven Heighton confront the effect of the war in Afghanistan on Canadian soldiers returning home; composer Scott Wilson and poet Alexandra Oliver delve into the infamous diaries of William Lyon Mackenzie King; and filmmaker Michael Mitchell marries works by Ann Southam to his exquisite film capturing the beauty of John McEwan’s iron canoe sculpture on Georgian Bay. All these elements are tied together in an immersive theatrical experience by scenographer Sonja Rainey.

In Time Travels Light, January 21 at 918 Bathurst, Continuum blows off the roof with all things percussion. An ensemble of lower strings accompanies Continuum’s Ryan Scott, master Newfoundland percussionist Rob Power and the fabulous TorQ Percussion Quartet in world premieres by Andrew Staniland, Michael Oesterle and Icelandic-Canadian composer Fjóla Evans. We travel from Reykjavik to Malibu Beach and then to galaxies far away, all with a colossal palette of sonic ingredients.

For Hockey Noir – the opera, we are delighted to join with Ensemble contemporain de Montréal and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival for the Toronto premiere of a new multimedia bilingual opera! Written by composer André Ristic and librettist Cecil Castellucci we delve into the 1950s-era Toronto/Montréal hockey rivalry, with side orders of love, lust, scandal and the mafia. May 10 & 11 at Jane Mallet Theatre.

We also continue our educational collaborations with the Toronto District School Board. For Continuum in the Classroom, our core ensemble joins students from North Toronto Collegiate Institute to premiere works by elementary students created with new technologies. Over the initiative’s five years, Continuum has premiered aver 60 new works and engaged with over 4500 students. The second annual Toronto Teen Composer Award will generate, through a mentorship program, a new work by one secondary school student.

Your support is a vital part of our yearly activity. Please help us to realize this season’s ambitious programming by making a donation today. With our Giving Menu, you can offset some of the costs we’ll incur this year. See the menu here or, for more ways to support Continuum, go to continuummusic.org/support.

We look forward to sharing with you some outstanding music this year!

Yours sincerely,

  • Ryan Scott
  • Artistic Director 

P.S. – Two out of three concerts last year sold out, so avoid disappointment – reserve your tickets now! Full concert and box office information is available at continuummusic.org/seasons.