GroundFloor Concerts

Last season, GroundSwell launched its House Concerts initiative. By providing modest sponsorships, which include some financial and marketing support, GroundSwell helped entrepreneurial composers and performers create four unique concert events. This initiative was so successful that we want to keep it active and see what can grow from within our fantastic community. So, GroundSwell invites new-music impresarios of all stripes to get involved in our GroundFloor Concerts. Your music, your venue, your vision… we’ll just help you get there!

Contact GroundSwell: or phone/text, 204-943-5770.



Fresh Blood Project
October 31, 2019, 8pm
Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St


GroundSwell is very excited to be supporting local percussionist Cameron Denby in the Fresh Blood Project, a collaboration between nine composers and five performers, with a program almost exclusively of premieres and local artists. A diverse program of percussion music includes works by Ross Bugden, Nolan Hildebrand, Qianqian Jin, Chris Love, Kiara Nathaniel, Kristen Wachniak, Neil Weisensel, and Tristan Zaba, performed by Caroline BucherLogan CashinCameron DenbyWyatt KingLisa RumpelIsaac Tate, and Aaron Witzke​.

Tickets: $5 available online or at the door.



House Concert #1: SOUNDYARD ONE
November 23, 2018, 8pm

GroundSwell’s first house concert on November 23, 2018 was a great success thanks to the efforts of Ben Sellick and SoundYard. This unique take on new-music performance was accompanied with food, drink, and conversation in an intimate, no-applause setting. Big thanks to Elroy Friesen for the use of his beautiful home, and to the performers: Dexter Artates, Naomi Derksen, Bery Filsaime, Nathaniel Froese, Thomas Roberts, and Ben Sellick.

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House Concert #2: SOLUS
April 13, 2019, 7pm
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw Ave

We were so pleased to sponsor local clarinetist extraordinaire, Amanda Forest, in Solus. The night was filled with premieres of new music, with works by: Leslie Basset, Chris Byman, George N. Gianopoulos, Andrew Noseworthy, Michelle Pegus, and Willyn Whiting.


House Concert #3: Lubomyr Melnyk – Continuous Music For The Summer Solstice
June 23, 2019, 7:30pm
First Presbyterian Church, 61 Picardy Place

GroundSwell was delighted to sponsor ClearLightSound in Lubomyr Melnyk – Continuous Music For The Summer Solstice. Melnyk’s incredible speed blends harmonic overtones and undertones into monumental melodic structures. Each concert is unique, balancing power and enormity with delicacy and beauty into transcendent experiences.

Follow-Up Talk: Time and Space – Beyond The Martial Arts
June 25, 2019, 7:30pm
ClearLightSound, 85 Lenore Street

A unique opportunity
to gain insight on Melnyk’s techniques, presented by the performer/composer.


House Concert #4: SOUNDYARD TWO
June 28, 2019, 8pm

SoundYard‘s second take, featuring music by Jonny Greenwood, David Lang, Steven Webb, Stuart Beach and others.

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