In our 2018-19 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text, 204-943-5770.
2020-21 CONCERT SEASON
Keyboards in Recital: For Two (livestream)
December 20, 2020
Stream through Facebook Live @ 7:30-8:30PM CDT
The third instalment of Cameron Denby’s Keyboards in Recital Series has evolved into a livestream performance, with music arranged for vibraphone (Caroline Bucher) and marimba (Denby). The concert includes arrangements by Denby, adapted from music for orchestra, piano, and choir, varying from c. 1650-1917; solo pieces, including Steph Davis‘ I go to prepare a place for you; and a premiere by Winnipeg composer Kiara Nathaniel.
Donations are strongly recommended, however Denby notes that everyone should be able to enjoy the arts, regardless of their financial situation.
POSTPONED! (scheduled for Friday, Sep. 18, 2020)
Socially distanced outdoor location near R3L1R5 (location provided to ticket-holders)
As part of our GroundFloor Concerts initiative, this event has been sponsored by GroundSwell.
2019-20 CONCERT SEASON
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 Bucher, Logan Cashin, Cameron Denby, Wyatt King, Lisa Rumpel, Isaac Tate, and Aaron Witzke.
Tickets: $5 available online or at the door.
2018-19 CONCERT SEASON
House Concert #1: SOUNDYARD ONE
November 23, 2018, 8PM
(location provided to ticket holders)
GroundSwell’s first house concert on November 23, 2018 was a great su
ccess 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.
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
(location provided to ticket holders)
SoundYard‘s second take, featuring music by Jonny Greenwood, David Lang, Steven Webb, Stuart Beach and others.