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Silence is dedicated to presenting sounds and musical practices that are diverse, challenging, sustainable and accessible through concerts, workshops and improvisation sessions. Silence serves as an incubator for practitioners and listeners alike.


Silence is unbiased in regard to genre, culture, class, and tradition; we foster risk-taking, innovation and experimentation in all forms of music and sound, as well as other artistic expressions presented in the space.


Upcoming Music Highlights

Silence Presents: Gilliam / Milmine / Pottie Trio

May 17, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM


Doors at 7:00 PM

Workshop at 7:30 PM

$10/PWYC General Admission
$5 Improvisor Orchestra Workshop participants

Improvisors Orchestra Workshop performance with Bill Gilliam leading and conducting all workshop participants including Kayla Milmine (soprano sax) & Ambrose Pottie (drums). The Improvisor Orchestra workshop is for musicians, vocalists and other players to improvise together using conducted hand signals developed by Butch Morris. The hand signals are easy to learn in 10 minutes and the conductor’s role is to help shape the improvisations in interesting ways. All types of performers are welcome (instrumentalists, vocal artists, laptop sound artists, keyboards, found / hand made instruments, melodicas, synths, iPhones and anything else that inspires you) and invited to explore this style of improvisation with us!

Intermission: 8:45 PM

“Entangled Pathways” CD Release – Gilliam, Milmine and Pottie Trio

Concert at 9:00 PM

Bill Gilliam (piano), Kayla Milmine (soprano sax) and Ambrose Pottie (drums) will perform music from their latest CD “Entangled Pathways” combining composed themes with free-floating melodies, jazz idioms and modal-chromatic tonalities as well as freely improvised creations.

Pick of the week” – Avant Music News (AMN), Nov 17, 2017

Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie Group Bio

The Gilliam (piano), Milmine (soprano sax), Pottie (drums) trio was formed in 2015 after meeting in the Toronto Improvisors Orchestra. Playing acoustic instruments combining compositions of free floating melodies, the group explores experimental jazz idioms, modal-chromatic tonalities as well as free improvisation.

Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who creates and improvises jazz and new music compositions blending contemporary harmony and jazz idioms with his unique style of piano and prepared piano playing. Bill is from London, England and after studying jazz and film composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston moved to Toronto where he studied composition. He has composed for film (Bruce Elder), dance and theatre and recorded and performed with musicians such as Ernie Dollar, Kevin Turcotte, Duncan Hopkins, Ben Riley, Lina Allemano, Dave Young, Howard Gaul, Lori Freedman, Brian Katz, Martin van der Ven, Rick Sacks, Charlie Ringas and many others. His compositions have been performed by Canadian new music ensembles with assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Bill’s performances include the 416 Toronto Creative Improvisors Festival, Gallery 345, Array Space, Tranzac, Musideum, The Rex, Nuit Blanche, The Drake, Music Gallery, Distillery Jazz Festival, The Montreal Bistro, All That Jazz series at the AGO as well as Silence & Manhattans in Guelph, Aeolian Hall in London, Montpelier Vermont and other venues in Ontario. Bill’s ongoing music projects include collaborations and performances with Kayla Milmine and Ambrose Pottie, the Toronto Improvisors Orchestra, Glen Hall, Joe Sorbara, Bill McBirnie, Cheryl O, David Story, Eugene Martynec, Rick Sacks, Penn Kemp (sound poet), Kiva Simova (overtone singer) and other artists.(www.bill gilliam.com).

Kayla Milmine‘s musical journey with the soprano saxophone is a familiar one amongst fellow straight-hornists: Having started out on the clarinet then the tenor saxophone, soon finding herself falling in love with the new and under-explored sonic possibilities that only the soprano saxophone can offer. Since beginning her soprano centric journey, she has developed a unique approach to the instrument that at times has the edginess and brashness of Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, yet the warmth and thoughtfulness that’s reminiscent of Steve Lacy. Studying under the mentorship of New York based soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, she is now working on and developing music for solo soprano saxophone. She can also be seen playing with the Toronto based Rhinoceros Saxophone Quartet, and with her duo FASTER featuring guitarist/composer Brian Abbott.

Ambrose Pottie is a musician, phonographer and electroacoustic performer/composer, with recordings featured on Quiet American.com and Webbed Hand Records. He is a founding member of the Toronto Improvisor’s Orchestra, and has recorded and/or performed with: Fred Frith workshop orchestra, Andrew Cyrille, Eugene Chadbourne, The Polka Dogs, Bill Grove, Blue Rodeo, Flaming Dono Drum and Dance Ensemble, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Thin Men and Bill Bissett. Ambrose was a founding member of Toronto band Crash Vegas, recording three albums and touring Canada and U.S. extensively.


Erik Van Miltenburg

April 24 – May 28, 2018 

Erik, as a furniture design/maker, began his work by apprenticing with aEuropean master cabinetmaker, and continues to be influenced by the Dutchdesign movement “de Stijl”.

He was born in den Haag, Holland, and grew up in a multilingual household inabout 18 locations in Quebec and Ontario, Canada. His furniture work is indaily use in Ireland, Greece, and Canada.

The works of art on display at Silence, which Erik refers to as his ‘Sunday afternoon diversions’, are generally themed by current issues which bug the maker – donating the proceeds to Wellington Water Watchers seems a good fit for these questions about the environment, equality and other human issues.

All the craft “Playroom” pieces are made from diverted landfill,with the exception of necessary adhesives, some art supplies, and theoccasional use of hardboard or other backing materials.

Silence is located at 46 Essex Street in Guelph. Building hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12-5 PM. The event is free and physically accessible. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. For more information about Erik visit http://metrikstudio.com.