New Music


Monday, October 21, 2019, 7:30 pm

Composer Linda Bouchard (Montreal/San Francisco) presents an evening of recent works incorporating live electronics and interactive video projections, including ALLCAPSNOSPACE for trio and DROP for solo woodwind performed by an all-star cast of Vancouver improvisers: Gordon  Grdina (guitar), Francois Houle (clarinet), and Kenton Loewen (drums).

Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. We seek to honour and uphold these ongoing relationships to the land and its stewards as we work on these territories.

VICO and Open Space present Erica Roozendaal: New Music for Accordion

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 8:00 pm

On Saturday June 24, Open Space, in collaboration with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO), welcomes accordionist Erica Roozendaal. Joining us here from the Netherlands, Erica will perform a concert featuring music written by composers from Canada and Scandinavia. Vancouverite Mark McGregor will be accompanying Erica on flute. The concerts will feature compositions by Juliet Kiri Palmer, Erkki Jokinen and Bent Sørensen and include a world premiere by Farshid Samandari.
“It is always fantastic collaborating with VICO. They bring world class artists to the West Coast who work to find intersections between music from their country and Canadian music. Erica’s concert will be no exception,” says Christopher Reiche Boucher, Open Space’s New Music Curator. “She will perform music from Canada and Scandinavia as well as showcasing what the accordion is capable of in a contemporary context.”

Call for submissions! Readings Session: Accordionist Erica Roozendaal with Farshid Samandari

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 (All day)

Deadline for submissions: June 13, 2017
Reading Session: Sunday June 25, 2017 starting at 10:30 a.m.
Express your interest anytime to and receive valuable resources that will help you form your pieces for accordion!
Open Space in collaboration with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra is seeking submissions of fragments, sketches, and pieces for accordion. The reading session will take place June 25 at the University of Victoria and will be workshopped by accordionist Erica Roozendaal.
This reading session is a great opportunity for those who would like to write music for accordion. Erica Roozendaal performs frequently and will be a valuable resource for those looking at writing New Music for accordion. Roozendaal performs on a c-griff accordion chromatic button accordion.

Nu:BC Collective

Friday, May 26, 2017, 8:00 pm

On May 26 at 8 p.m., Open Space hosts the Nu:BC Collective at the Church of Truth, featuring flutist Paolo Bortolussi, cellist Eric Wilson and pianist Corey Hamm, with Bob Pritchard and Keith Hamel on electronics. The concert will include Dorothy Chang’s Bagatelles which was written for and recently premiered by the Nu:BC Collective. “Ever enamoured of short forms, in composing Bagatelles for the Nu:BC Collective I turned once again to my favourite musical structure: a collection of multiple brief movements.” Says Dorothy Chang about her composition. “The six pieces that form the larger work are generally light in character, exploring unabashed melodicism, splashes of colour and tongue-in-cheek whimsy.“

A diverse musician, Dr. Catherine Lee has performed extensively as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician on oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn in a wide range of artistic settings, including classical, contemporary, and free improvisation.

Diversity: a rolling national discussion - Audience Engagement

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2:30 pm

On Sunday March 26 at 2:30 p.m., Open Space hosts the second session of Canadian New Music Network's National Rolling Conversation on diversity. This session is led jointly by France Trépanier (Aboriginal Curator, Open Space), Rachel Iwaasa (Director of Development, Pride in Art Society), Juliet Palmer (Artistic Director, Urbanvessel), and moderated by Christopher Reiche Boucher (New Music Coordinator,Open Space).
All are welcome to attend regardless of background, experience, artistic discipline, or where you live (you can participate in person or catch the live stream online through Facebook Live at CNMN's Facebook page). This conversation will be of particular interest to those seeking to engage with diverse audiences. It will be welcoming and inviting, and you’ll have opportunities to ask questions and be part of the discussion.

The Sound Poetry of Greta Monach

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2:30 pm

On Sunday, February 19 at 2:30 p.m. Open Space presents a concert of the rarely heard sound poetry of Greta Monach. The works will be performed by local musicians Cathy Fern Lewis, Christopher Butterfield, Daniel Brandes, and Laura Brandes.
The Sound Poetry of Greta Monach is rarely heard. Even a google search of her work only finds a handful of examples of her work. Monach’s sound poetry is often made up of single spoken sounds, abstracting words to their pure elements. Some of the poems are written to be performed by a single voice, others up to a quartet of voices. When seen on paper, they resemble musical score more than written poetry.


Friday, November 25, 2016, 8:00 pm

EXO//ENDO features Andrea Young's voice-infused electronics, Michael Day’s prepared turntable (modified turntables with unorthodox styli, merging acousmatique with gestures of experimental turntablism) and Braden Diotte’s electric bass (an expressive and dynamic feedback system) to produce a multimedia work that focuses on the release and absorption of sound. 

While in Victoria the EXO//ENDO ensemble will host a workshop on Thursday November 24 at 7 p.m. at Open Space, and then perform a concert on Friday November 25 at 8 p.m. at Metro Studio.

The workshop will focus on improvisation techniques and will will include demonstrations of electronics for voice and prepared turntables. The workshop is open to all and those with instruments are invited to bring them along.

Suzanne Snizek

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 8:00 pm

Flutist and University of Victoria Assistant Professor of Music, Suzanne Snizek, will present a concert featuring diverse solo flute works, written by composers (Flothuis, Gál, Rozsa) who had been suppressed by the Third Reich for ideological reasons. Also included in this concert is a newly commissioned solo by Canadian composer Farshid Samandari. Samandari's new solo work is inspired by poetry by Primo Levi as well as Samandari’s life experiences. These works will be the focus of Snizek's artist residency at the Banff Centre (AB)during September and October 2016.

Why Can't Minimal: Do This?

Friday, September 30, 2016, 8:00 pm

On Friday September 30 at 8:00 p.m. the Victoria Composers Collective will come together to present Why Can't Minimal: Do This?, a concert of new works that explores minimalism in music. Inspired by John G. Hampton's exhibition Why Can't Minimal, the Victoria Composers Collective has carefully crafted compositions that reflect upon minimalism in music and respond to artworks included in the exhibition.


The Victoria Composers Collective has been very active locally in recent years presenting a diverse range of new music. In June and July of 2015 they toured a concert of experimental and new music on tour through the interior. Earlier this year they presented a concert of new compositions for rock band.


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