silence is dedicated to presenting challenging new sounds, music, performance, art and film and fostering a innovative, creative, receptive community through workshops, improvisation sessions, discussion groups, in an accessible, convivial, welcoming atmosphere.  ‘high art’, ‘low art’, noisy, peaceful, quiet, loud, chaotic, disciplined, free, political, spiritual, angry, loving: makes no difference, as long as it makes us think and feel and challenges what we believe we know about sound, art, and aesthetics.

experimental – improvised – noise – contemporary classical – ambient – installations – sound art – outside electronica – found objects – computer music – drone – handmade music – post rock – psych – freak music – etc…it all has a home at silence.

since our first concert in october 2012 we have presented and co-presented well over 200 concerts, workshops, screenings and special events.  in addition, morning music (a free-improv session on monday mornings) has been going non-stop since mid-2012, 52 weeks a year, and our venue at 46 essex st has been host to events put on by dozens of additional artists, promoters, cultural and service organisations.

check out our very busy concert series, frequent improvisation sessions, and workshops.

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Advisory Board member Martha Nandorfy and former Administrative Director Florence Borshy-Desroche explain to Guelph Mercury‘s Troy Bridgeman what makes Silence unique. Read here.

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Thanks to Matthew Fava and Ben Grossman for capturing the mission and significance of Silence in this article from the Canadian Music Centre-Ontario’s Winter 2015 Notations! Read here.

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Thanks to Guelph Life and Dawn Matheson for this really interesting piece about Silence, but also about the history of the building at 46 Essex! Read on.

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