Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7:00 pm

Welcome reception: Thursday, August 21, at 7:00–9:30 p.m.
A trivia-loving, Wellington-wearing, tweeting robot is hitchhiking across Canada this summer, one ride at a time. hitchBOT left Halifax, Nova Scotia, on July 27, with an ultimate destination of Open Space Arts Society in Victoria, British Columbia, more than six thousand kilometres away. 
hitchBOT officially started its journey with a visit to the Institute for Applied Creativity at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University’s Port Campus on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Visitors to the institute had the opportunity to challenge the robot to a game of Canadian trivia and to interact with it on Twitter @hitchbot. On Sunday, July 27, hitchBOT’s family bade it farewell near the Veterans Memorial Highway heading westbound, where it began its cross-country hitchhiking adventure. 

The Muted Note

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 7:00 pm

Unaccompanied trombone and voice boldly interpret the poems of the late P.K. Page through song and dance. The Muted Note is a suite of eleven songs, a hybrid of jazz and artsong, written by Scott Thomson. This intimate duet was created for vocalist/dancer Susanna Hood who choreographed and performs the work. Through the words of P. K. Page, the suite creates a contemplative mood owing to the inextricable link between Hood’s voice and movement and Thomson’s often-sparse trombone. Newcomers to new music, as well as seasoned veterans, will be taken with this night of movement and sound.
“what emerges is a kind of dance between voice and trombone, between word and sound, a subtle counterpoint between conjoined melodies and ideas of voice, always in close connection to the gestural power of Page’s phrases,
Stuart Broomer, Music Works, 2013.

Scott Thomson is a trombonist and composer working in Montreal and Toronto. He has studied with Roswell Rudd, Jean Derome, Eddie Prévost, and John Oswald.


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