GroundSwell presents the best new music from Winnipeg and around the world.




GroundSwell is a Winnipeg-based new music organization that presents work in three related series: GroundSwell Live (live concerts of new music from around the world); GroundSwell-Learn (a wide range of outreach and educational activities); and GroundSwell-Linked (radio and online events).
For over three decades, GroundSwell has presented innovative public events combining new music, dance, and theatre.  GroundSwell commissions new work from Canadian and international composers, hires artists from across Canada, the USA and Europe, and engages with its audience through innovative outreach and educational initiatives. 
GroundSwell’s Permanent and Guest Curators collaborate every year to craft seasons with diversity and aesthetic variety. GroundSwell’s mission is to present, create and advocate for a wide range of contemporary music in innovative and exciting ways.

What's coming up!

Linked: Complete Live Concert Videos

We have full concert videos of GS1-GS5 from our 2022-2023 season!

biennial Emerging Composers Competition

The competition is now closed. We will be announcing the winners shortly! Stay tuned...

GS 6: Hard Thread Collective: Bloody Jack

On April 27, 2023 we had our final concert of the 2022-2023 season. The complete live video recording will be available in the next few months. GroundSwell and Flipside Opera premiered Michael Matthews’ major song cycle Bloody Jack, fourteen song settings of poetry by Dennis Cooley, taken from his 1984 book of the same name.

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