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.
Thank you for contributing at The ‘Silence’ Auction!
We are happy to announce the success of our first fundraising auction at Silence! A total of $9850 was donated by bidders, a percentage of which will go to the artists who kindly contributed their work. The rest will be used to support Silence and continue running fabulous programming, shows, and workshops.
The highest bids were placed on these works:
Susan Dobson – Mexico Manuscripts, 2016
Archival Pigment Print 20” x 23”
Bid of $1000
A full list of artworks sold at the auction can be viewed here.
Thanks to everyone who contributed, attended, and volunteered!
Upcoming Music Highlights
Silence Presents: Canadian Women Composers Project
Sunday March 24, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tickets available here.
“New Music & Jazz” is giving audiences the unique experience of hearing jazz musicians unite to perform an entire concert of tunes by women jazz composers.
The performance, brought to you by Silence, Guelph and The Canadian Women Composers Project, features Canadian jazz vocalists Laura Swankey, Belinda Corpuz, Lieke Van Der Voort, and percussionist Germaine Liu.
During the course of an hour and a half you will hear vocal music by composers Juliet Palmer, Lieke Van Der Voort, and the premiere of Preposterous Locutions by Tova Kardonne and I Hear You by Belinda Corpuz and Laura Swankey.
Laura Swankey – vocals/piano
Belinda Corpuz – vocals/guitar
Lieke Van Der Voort – vocals
Germaine Liu – percussion/vocals
Early Bird Special: $12 + tax
The Canadian Women Composers (CWC) Project is an organization dedicated to bringing greater awareness to vocal music by Canadian women founded in 2016 by Canadian soprano Clarisse Tonigussi. In the 2018/19 Toronto season, The CWC Project is continuing to support the music of Canadian women in a concert series spanning multiple genres: from folk to opera.
The CWC Project concert with Silence Presents features Toronto based jazz singer Laura Swankey and a band of Canadian female jazz musicians behind her. The music on the programme is written by local female/ female-identifying/ non-binary composers including Lieke van der Voort, Tova Kardonne, and Juliet Palmer, some of whom have been commissioned by The CWC Project to write works for the performance.
Canadian vocalist/ composer/ improviser Laura Swankey is known for her versatility, creativity and open mindedness. She has worked with artists such Juno award-winner Mike Murley, Mark Feldman, Poet Laureate Dennis Lee, Christine Duncan and Ralph Alessi, and premiered works by Juliet Palmer, Elio Villafranca and Mike McCormick. Recently Laura has been collaborating with and touring through Canada, parts of America and Scandinavia with Proxemics, Star Triptych, Jazz Bras Dot Com and her own ensemble.
2018 holds four album releases for Laura: EP Once More featuring music Laura has been developing for solo voice and electronics, Volume II with Toronto’s Collective Order (with support for Toronto Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts), Rivers (Barnyard Records) with music by Juliet Palmer, and Veryan Weston’s The Make Project (Barnyard Records).
This will also be an exciting year of performances including an extensive fall tour around Ontario and Quebec with the European-Canadian ensemble, Proxemics. Laura will spend most of June as a resident artist at Toronto’s Artscape Gibraltar Point continuing to develop new music for her solo project. This music is a continuation of the etherial sound world she has been developing in various collaborative projects over several years. Combining acoustic and processed voice to create soundscapes underneath simple, ernest melodies and stories, the sound that is minimalist at some moments, can be dense, raw and abrasive at others.
As she continues forward as an active member of the Toronto music scene, Laura continues to focus on fully exploring imagination within her voice; to exploit it’s full capacity in both live and studio settings, as a solo singer and collaborator.
To learn more about The CWC Project and its mission you can visit: www.canadianwomencomposersproject.com
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Welcome to a World Water Day Celebration through art. The flow of water
and the environment into the body and then the return of it back to the
environment is something most people don’t think about and take for granted.
Roughly 800 million people in the world do not have access to a safe source of
water for drinking, cooking and bathing. Roughly 2 billion people worldwide do not have proper means for sanitation. The two are intertwined as sewage, if not properly treated before it is returned back into the environment causes illnesses and contaminates water sources taking the lives of people who have no other choice, or don’t even know they’re harming themselves by collecting and ingesting the dirty water to live. You may think of places like Africa, Central America or South East Asia where these problems are occurring, but it is happening right here in Canada. 1 out of 5 Indigenous Reservations in Canada are under boil water advisories. In Ontario 2 out of 5 do not have access to safe water or sanitation. Some Reserves do not have indoor plumbing at all and no flushing toilets. The Canadian Government has been doing a lot of work to correct the issues and have invested a lot of money into infrastructure but a Water or Wastewater system is only as good as the person who operates it because it needs constant attention and specific skills in math and science to maintain the quality of the water or the quality of the effluent of the wastewater. All of these digital art prints are of the City of Guelph Wastewater Treatment Plant and all proceeds from this show will be donated to Water First, an NGO located just
north of Guelph which is providing education to young Indigenous adults to help them obtain the skills necessary to properly operate the infrastructure within their own communities. They recently had their first group of graduates fall 2018 and it was a huge success with most graduates obtaining employment in their communities or some deciding to further their education. If you like the show feel free to make a donation here at Silence, to waterfirst.ngo directly or buy some art. Make sure to take a moment to appreciate the billions of dollars in infrastructure and skilled labour involved in being able to drink from your tap and flush your toilet without you even thinking about it. For some people it’s just a dream.