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.
Upcoming Music Highlights
Silence Presents: Mingjia / Pomes / Samson Wrote
Thursday August 1, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Mingjia (pronounced MING-jee-yah) is a vocalist, improviser, composer, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist, & active contributor to the ever-growing Toronto arts scene.
Recognized for her technical & stylistic versatility as a vocalist & her fresh sound as a composer, Mingjia has performed with, composed for & recorded with a plethora of musical groups. These include her own group the Tortoise Orchestra, as well as James Fernando, the science of what ?, David Occhipinti, Juliet Palmer, GREX (led by Alex Samaras), Pleasurecraft, SonuSkapos Jazz Orchestra, Obsolete Vernacular, Makes Shapes, Celeste, Andi, & more. She has performed at various venues and festivals across Canada, China & the United States, & has produced 2 releases as a band leader. Feel Seen, her most recent EP, is described by the WholeNote as “beautiful, mature and exceptionally coherent”.
A graduate & the Oscar Peterson Prize recipient of Humber College’s Bachelor of Jazz and Contemporary Music program, Mingjia has had the incredible good fortune of studying with some of Canada’s most innovative artists, such as Christine Duncan, Geoff Young, Shannon Gunn, Alex Samaras, & David Occhipinti. She has been commissioned by Grammy-Award-Winning Ensemble Roomful of Teeth through the American Composer’s Forum.
Pomes blends the naturalistic folk sounds of the east coast of canada with the progressive, industrial sounds of toronto, pomes’ sound is an infusion of country/folk, jazz, and math-rock.
Samson Wrote is Sam Boer, an unorthodox multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter from Guelph, Ontario. He performs acoustic-based experimental folk-rock that swings from quiet confidences to full-bodied roars. He shares stories of intimate moments, always rooted in the human voice, while incorporating such diverse instruments as the synthesizer, snare drum, glockenspiel, recorders, and the acoustic guitar. The Samson Wrote debut LP, “Pigeon,” is released on February 22nd, 2019.
Adam Lindsay Honsinger
July 3 – 25, 2019
As an artist who divides his time between illustration, music,
and writing, drawing for me is a meditative and playful
exercise that allows me to both concentrate on the form and
detail of a subject and to contemplate its nature and
beauty—to look closely, to study, and to imagine.
Inspired by the works of the naturalist painter John James
Audubon and the whimsical notebook renderings of
Leonardo da Vinci, my visual work attempts to capture the
iconic quality of a subject and to express the wonder inherent
in the ordinary.
Each piece in this series began with a pencil sketch on a birch
panel which was then outlined and coloured with inks,
marker and coloured pencil.
I have shown at the Riverdale Art Walk in Toronto, at the
ebar, the ACE show, and most recently at Art on the Street.