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Continuum Contemporary Music

Formed in 1985, Continuum Contemporary Music presents concerts featuring the core ensemble of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion, as well as unusual instrumental combinations. Featuring some of Canada's top musicians, the ensemble has earned international acclaim. Under Artistic Director (and ensemble percussionist) Ryan Scott and Operations Manager Josh Grossman, the organization has been responsible for commissioning close to 150 new works from emerging and established Canadian and international composers. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work is also a priority.

Continuum has performed across Canada and has toured twice to Europe. In 2012 Continuum served as resident ensemble for the new music series at Chamberfest Ottawa, and in 2014 was shortlisted for the Toronto Arts Foundation's Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition. Continuum has recorded two CDs on its own label and two on the Centrediscs label, including Raw, a CD of works by James Rolfe. Interdisciplinary partners have included choreographer Conrad Alexandrowicz, video installation artist Ramona Ramlochand, filmmaker Gary Popovich, composer John Oswald, flutist and conductor Patrick Gallois, philosopher Mark Kingwell, actor RH Thomson, and institutions such as the Royal Ontario Museum and TVOntario.

Past special projects have included l'Oreille Fine, featuring concerts and a symposium dealing with the subject of contemporary expression in a classical art form; SHIFT, a festival of Canadian and Dutch music, film and literature that took place in Amsterdam and in Toronto; and Contes pour enfants pas sages, settings of Jacques Prévert's children's stories by Victoria composer Christopher Butterfield. The 2013-14 season featured Singing the Earth, a collaboration of Anna Höstman (composer), Dylan Robinson, Patrick Nickelson and Marion Newman; and Gaudeamus: Deconstructed/Reconstructed, a two-day co-presentation by Continuum, Arraymusic, the Music Gallery and ISCM Canada bringing the artistic vision of the Netherlands' famed Gaudeamus Muziekweek to Toronto

Continuum is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the Julie-Jiggs Foundation, the SOCAN Foundation and many private donors. Continuum is a member of the Canadian New Music Network and the Toronto New Music Alliance.

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