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.
Silence is and will remain a fully accessible space.
IN THE NEWS!
October 24, 2018
Silence presents contemporary ‘east/west’ world jazz ensemble Justin Gray & Synthesis
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Upcoming Music Highlights
Silence Presents: Scott Thomson and Karen Ng
January 29, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Doors at 7:30
Show at 8:00
Tickets available $15 at the door or on Eventbrite
Toronto based improviser Karen Ng can be found in many different projects across a wide range of music. She has appeared on stage with Andy Shauf, L CON, Happiness Project, Do Make Say Think, Fresh Snow, Bry Webb, Woodshed Orchestra and Broken Social Scene. Currently Karen is involved in several improvising ensembles in the city including Josh Cole Quintet, Craig Dunsmuir and the Dun Dun Band, DELVE, In Between, Rob Clutton Trio as well as various ad hoc duos, trio and quartets.
In 2015 she was awarded the Chalmers Professional Development Grant by the Ontario Arts Council to study with the saxophone section of the ICP Orchestra in Europe as well as the OAC National/International Residency grant in 2018 which took place in New York. In 2017 she was a finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist award. Formerly a board member of the Somewhere There collective, she is the co-founder of TONE festival, Assistant Artistic/General Director of Guelph Jazz Festival and is on the Board of Directors for the Music Gallery.
Karen’s unique journey through post-secondary institutions have built a solid foundation for her passion in music education, having the privilege of studying with Canada’s top saxophonists including Sundar Viswanathan, Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Don Palmer, and Pat Labarbara. She considers herself deeply involved in encouraging the younger generation to share her enthusiasm for music and performing. She held a long standing position as the woodwinds instructor at the Long and McQuade Music Lesson Centre and now teaches privately at her home in the downtown west-end and the Regent Park School of Music.
“Karen Ng has rapidly become a significant presence at the creative edges of Toronto jazz” Stuart Broomer – Whole Note Magazine
Scott Thomson is an improvising trombonist and composer based in Montreal. He writes songs based on published authors’ texts for singer and dance artist, Susanna Hood, to be played in many contexts, from duo to octet and sometimes including her choreography. Monicker (with Arthur Bull and Roger Turner) is a good example of Scott’s ongoing commitment to open improvisation. He co-founded the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto) in 2004 and served as a director until 2009, and co-directed the AIMToronto Orchestra, formed for a project with Anthony Braxton in 2007. In 2016, he convened the Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra to play Roscoe Mitchell’s music. He founded Somewhere There, a Toronto creative music venue that hosted 850 concerts during his tenure, 2007-10. He has composed a series of site-specific works for mobile musicians and audiences in unconventional performance contexts including, notably, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Scott programs the Guelph Jazz Festival with Karen Ng.
“Scott Thomson’s trombone at moments practically lifted me out of my body.”
–Carl Wilson, zoilus.com
Current Art Exhibition:
Lyn Westfall – I Play Colours
Lyn Westfall has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Fine Arts Major from the University of Windsor and has completed sessional studies at the Banff School of Arts, York University, the University of Guelph, the Toronto School of Art, and The British Institute of Art in Florence. Her work is included in various collections throughout Ontario: Osgoode Hall, House of Providence, Art Gallery of Peel, Wilfred Laurier University and Shell Canada (Calgary). Her studio is located at Boarding House Arts in Guelph.
She is exhibiting artwork resulting from her experience of attending the Monday Morning Improv Music Sessions at Silence. There she attends, not as a musician, but as an artist. With a small sketchbook, watercolour pencils, brush, and water, Westfall sketches the actual sounds that she hears, as the music is being played ‘live’. Each sounds corresponds to a specific colour, while the rhythms of the music provide the texture, shape, and line combinations. She also records each session on her IPhone. Later in her studio, Westfall creates both large and small watercolours.
In contrast, this exhibition also includes one large oil painting, “Sanctus” from The Requiem Series, which Westfall completed following her mother’s death in 2000. At that time, she actually painted Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, completing 16 oil paintings to this music.