The Krells

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 12:30 pm

Event The Krells
Place Open Space, 510 Fort St
Artists Daniel Godlovitch, Kirk McNally, John Celona
Concert Friday, April 19, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.
Admission General $15; members and students $10
Tickets available at the door (cash only)
Or in advance at
Read about The Krells in the Times Colonist here.

Canada Connections

Friday, April 12, 2013, 12:00 pm

Genre New Music
Event Canada Connections
Artist Philip Thomas (piano)
Place Open Space, 510 Fort Street
Admission General $15, students and members $10
Tickets available at the door (cash only) or in advance at 
"Are there any connections between composers living just under half a world away?" This was the question pianist Philip Thomas asked, and Canada Connections provided the answer.

Open Space 40 Roast

Saturday, January 19, 2013, 7:00 pm to Sunday, January 20, 2013, 12:00 am

Here we are unscathed on the survivors' side of the 2012 predictions for the end of the world as we know it. To mark the occasion, we invited you to join Open Space for a double-header party recognizing our 40th Anniversary the eternal networks Art’s Birthday celebration.
Open Space, Roasted. Come prepared with your own special roasts, toasts, recollections, and insights. After 40 years, bring it on. Open Space can take it! Share the moment with artists, members, former directors, volunteers, and staff who have instigated, abetted, and ignited four decades and five generations of adventures in the contemporary arts.

Victoria Score Reading Club

Sunday, January 13, 2013,
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Don’t let the word “Club” deter you. This was an excellent opportunity for everyone to come listen to and discuss music you may have never heard before!
On January 13, at 2:30 p.m., Open Space presented the third iteration of the Victoria Score Reading Club. A joint effort between Open Space and the Canadian Music Centre BC Region,the Score Reading Club is a series featuring works by accomplished composers in all musical genres. In each session, three presenters offer in-depth looks at musical works of their choice. The works are presented live or recorded, and discussed, revealing new insights into the works.

Open Space and The Blue Moss Ensemble present The Onyx Trio

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:00 pm

Victoria — On Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Open Space and the Blue Moss Ensemble will present a concert of new music by Canadian composers for flute, harp, and viola as performed by Vancouver’s Onyx Trio. This concert will include new works by Emilie LeBel, Mitch Renaud, and Anna Höstman to name a few, as well as, a new commission by Vancouver’s Giorgio Magnanensi. Giorgio Magnanensi thinks and plays with sound in assemblages without centre where as Mitch Renaud constructs events that open the assertion: “it is sound & a startled sense of what is, tis.”  This concert will also play host to the premiere of Emilie LeBel’s Still life for dust, with birds.
Following the concert, there will be a Q&A in which you will be able to ask the composers and performers questions about the music and their process. 

Outside In: An evening of contemporary piano celebrating works by queer composers

Friday, November 27, 2015, 8:00 pm

On Friday, November 27, 2015 at 8 p.m. Open Space welcomes keyboard virtuoso Rachel Iwaasa who will share a program celebrating the piano music of queer composers featuring selections by Canadian composers and 20th Century experimental works at Victoria Conservatory’s Wood Hall.  Members of the LGBTQ communities have always contributed to contemporary and experimental music making, however LGBTQ composers haven't always been visible within the sphere of classical and new music.  This concert will share music by queer composers from the 20th and 21st century. 

Mark McGregor: contemporary flute and electronics

Friday, October 16, 2015, 8:00 pm

Described as a musician of “huge physical energy,” flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor has been lauded by the press as “mind-blowing” and “verging on the superhuman.” McGregor will perform an all Canadian program of contemporary flute music. This concert will include the world premiere of a new work for alto flute and electronics by Toronto composer Gregory Lee Newsome. The program will be rounded out with pieces by West Coast and composers with Victoria connections.
To determine the rest of the concert program Open Space and Mark McGregor put out a call for scores asking submissions from composers.  There was a great response! From those that submitted the following pieces were selected:

Raging Against the Machine

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 8:00 pm

Thin Edge New Music Collective (Toronto) and Ensemble Paramirabo (Montreal) team up to perform a dynamic concert program featuring Steve Reich’s Pulitzer prizewinning Double Sextet, Louis Andriessen’s politically charged Worker’s Union, and the World Premiere of Hum a new work for all 12 musicians by Brian Harman (Toronto/Montreal).
‘Raging Against the Machine’ is inspired by the driven rhythmic nature of both Reich and Andriessen’s compositions. The program will also include new compositions written for each respective ensemble by Anna Höstman (Toronto) and Patrick Giguère (Montreal).

Kyle Brenders Quartet: Workshop and Concert

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7:00 pm to Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 7:00 pm

On Wednesday January 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Open Space will host an evening of improvised music with the Kyle Brenders Quartet. Kyle Brenders (saxophone), Heather Segger (trombone), Wes Neal (bass), and Mark Segger (drums) will be stopping by on their tour of Western Canada. Harkening from the Toronto improvised music scene, they will share their multi-stylistic music ranging from free jazz to new music and beyond.
While in Victoria, on January 27, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. the Kyle Brenders Quartet will host a improvisation workshop at Open Space. Bring along your instruments (or voice) for an engaging evening of jamming and improvisational strategies. The Kyle Brenders Quartet will create a welcoming and inspirational space for all participants. This workshop is by donation.


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