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: Otterville
Saturday April 20, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Doors: 7:30 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, available on Eventbrite
Andrew Downing’s Otterville
“…superb arrangements that blur the instrumental tones into a dream-like luminescent whole.” All About Jazz
Otterville is Andrew Downing’s foray into the complex simplicity of his ancestral Tobacco Belt lineage. The music is nostalgic, evocative, peaceful and humourous, finding influence from Kurt Weill, Billy Strayhorn, Erik Satie and Bill Frisell. The magical layering of lap steel guitar, vibraphone, cello, saxophone, bass and drums creates the backdrop for the subtleness of the music to quietly squeeze the listener into emotional submission. The group’s debut double CD, simply called Otterville, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim including a JUNO nomination.
Andrew Downing – cello
Christine Bougie – lap steel
Michael Davidson – vibraphone
Tara Davidson – alto saxophone
Paul Mathew – bass
Nick Fraser – drums
Barbara Shaw & Oxanna Adams – North
April 3 – April 27, 2019
Oxanna Adams and Barbara Shaw are Guelph artists. Their friendship and artistic collaboration grew from a mutual passion for northern landscapes. Both artists were inspired by their travels to places such as Iceland, Sweden, and the Yukon. Oxanna uses shape, colour and value to create abstract panels that convey a strong sense of place. She applies multiple layers of oil paint mixed with cold wax medium to evoke a landscape that stirs the soul and lifts the heart. From large acrylic paintings reflecting dramatic vistas to smaller detailed watercolours, Barbara’s art captures the beauty of these northern regions. The music of the
land can be imagined as each painting pulls the viewer closer. Although very different in style and technique, both Oxanna and Barbara’s art radiate an indelible passion for the North.