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Vancouver-based composer Rodney Sharman wins Walter Carsen Prize

Vancouver-based composer Rodney Sharman has won the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts awarded annually by the Canada Council for the Arts. Sharman was born in Saskatchewan in 1958 but came to British Columbia when his family moved to Victoria. As a young man he studied with Murray Adaskin and Rudolf Komorous; thereafter his teachers included ... Read More »

Message, medium and movement: Choreographer Vanessa Goodman talks Wells Hill

Seeking to fuse the intellectual insights of 20th century scholars Marshall McLuhan and Glenn Gould into her work, Vanessa Goodman created Wells Hill to be a thought-provoking and resurgent piece that is bringing communicative theory to the stage. In a supportive partnership with DanceHouse, Goodman has breathed life into this work over the past few years. As a dancer/choreographer with a multiplicity ... Read More »

The Playwright — Marcus Youssef

THE PLAYWRIGHT: MARCUS YOUSSEF “At the centre of all my plays is a question about difference.” Montreal-born Marcus Youssef wears multiple hats: playwright, actor, artistic director, educator, and political activist. He’s a frequent performer in the plays he authors, many co-produced by Neworld Theatre, which he’s run since 2005. Given his belief that “The minute politics are absent, you aren’t living ... Read More »

The Composer — Jocelyn Morlock

THE COMPOSER: JOCELYN MORLOCK “I’m not taking away the cellos for electric guitars.” “I wanted to be a scuba diver, an astronaut, some- thing adventurous,” says Jocelyn Morlock of her childhood in Winnipeg. She might have dreamed of becoming a renowned, award-winning composer had she realized the career path was available to her, centuries after powdered wigs were in vogue. ... Read More »

ISCM2017: A Letter from Artslandia Ambassador Bramwell Tovey

It has been a long time coming, but they are finally here! The ISCM World New Music Days 2017 are about to take flight in Vancouver. The International Society for Contemporary Music is a global network of organizations and individual members from some fifty countries. It was founded in 1922 as a contemporary offshoot of the famed Salzburg Festival, its ... Read More »