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.
Upcoming Music Highlights
Doors at 7:30 pm, Concert at 8pm
Tickets $20 at Eventbrite.ca: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/silence-presents-artists-as-activists-freedom-singer-tickets-37755713355?aff=es2
A Project: Humanity Production Embarks on a Fall 2017 National Tour
– Cross Canada Tour
featuring JUNO nominee Khari Wendell McClelland,
JUNO nominee Tanika Charles and acclaimed Vancouver guitarist Noah Walker –
– Performances in Vancouver, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Thousand Islands, Windsor and Edmonton –
“A moving musical journey along the Underground Railroad…
with a Hamilton-esque twist: [the songs] are reinvented
as hip-hop, funk and soul numbers…A Must-See”
– TORONTO LIFE
(Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – Toronto ON) Following the acclaimed world premiere of Freedom Singer during Black History Month 2017, Project: Humanity is proud to bring this “must-see” theatre production to Vancouver, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Gananoque, Windsor and Edmonton.
Co-created by JUNO nominee Khari Wendell McClelland and Project: Humanity’s Andrew Kushnir, Freedom Sing
er is a rare musical journey through the history of the Underground Railroad and the songs that carried freedom seekers northward to Canada. Performed by McClelland along with JUNO nominee Toronto soul singer Tanika Charles and acclaimed Vancouver guitarist Noah Walker, the production will reach six more cities September through October 2017.
In 2015 McClelland retraced the steps of his great-great-great grandmother Kizzy and discovered the songs that likely accompanied her and thousands of others as they escaped U.S. slavery (as documented by journalist JodieMartinson on CBC’s The National and Tapestry). In sharing this music – which are reinvented through contemporary styles like hip hop, funk and soul – Khari is brought face to face with his own “unrecorded” heritage, and the realities and myths of one of our quintessential historic narratives: the Underground Railroad. Freedom Singer premiered in Toronto in February 2017 and then toured to Regina, Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa.
Current Art Exhibition
Dennis Gaumond with Nora Ruddock & Nathan Saliwonchyk
September 22 – October 20, 2017
Join us for the opening reception on September 22, 2017
The events of the evening will transpire as listed below:
6:30pm-7pm: Artist talk by Dennis Gaumond
7:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation, screening of Tinderbox (2017) and Q&A with artists Nora Ruddock & Nathan Saliwonchyk.
9:15pm: Free sit-down concert with Dennis Gaumond and guests.
There will be additional presentations by the artists for Canada Culture Days on September 29, 2017.
Gaumond, a professional musician for forty years, is also an author, a songwriter and a visual artist. He has been painting off and on for about thirty years and in the nineties, studied art at Zavitz College, University of Guelph. In 1998, he participated in a juried art competition sponsored by Wellington County with about one thousand other submissions, and placed in the top twenty. His painting, “Cheap Room in Cuba”, was part of a three-month exhibition at the Wellington County Museum. Paintings in this phase were done using a thick paint applied with painting knives. In the past several years Gaumond has begun a new line of paintings using painted tissue. The style is mostly non-representational abstracts, emphasizing color relationships. This new style is the result of a search for a process that allows the artist to relinquish a certain amount of creative control to chance. For Gaumond, the artistic process is even more important than the product. After many years of being a ‘closet painter’, it is time for this artist to begin showing his work.
“Tinderbox” (2017), Nora Ruddock & Nathan Saliwonchyk
Tinderbox generates a random sequence of 30-second videos; simultaneously, a random audio sequence of poems is heard; every 30 seconds, a new set of images and sounds follows the old. By mimicking the random connections created by dating apps, Tinderbox experiments with the ephemeral “sparkage” of image and word. What does the juxtaposition of one video do to a poem, and vice versa? What new “piece” is fired in the viewing consciousness? Our hope is that the meditative connections made will be rich and strange, celebrating the possibility, as Whitman says, for us to “preserve [our] nakedness / from the gibe of image-making love.”