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2015_Music on Main, Vancouver 


Annual Report

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    Mandate:  Music that brings us together

    Mission:  Music on Main creates innovative musical experiences. We connect people by developing artists’ and audiences’ relationships to music, to each other, and to themselves.


    Music on Main presents one of Canada’s leading music series in venues around Metro Vancouver. The company’s artistic vision is grounded in presenting top-flight classical, new, and genre-bending music in environments that are intimate and social, offering access to music, artistic adventure, and community while breaking down barriers between artists and audiences. Since 2006, the organization has developed internationally lauded programming, featuring more than 500 musicians, over 250 concerts, and in excess of 50 world premieres.

    2014/15 Season

    Music on Main’s 2014/15 Season was a year of opportunity and growth.  Music on Main created new partnerships, new concert formats, and new learning opportunities.

    Music on Main’s fifth Modulus Festival at Heritage Hall included an expansion to the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre downtown. Presented annually since 2010, Music on Main's Modulus Festival is six days of constant culture, featuring musical events for everyone: from audiences who love genre-bending performances to long-standing classical music connoisseurs.

    “Shoptalk” featured interdisciplinary artist-to-artist talks in a co-production with Theatre Replacement, grunt gallery, and The Chop Theatre that took place three times in different locations around the city.

    The “Roam” series developed a new partnership with Here There, a creative event company that helped Music on Main combine culinary and musical adventure, and the new “Music for the Winter Solstice” concert allowed Music on Main to create a seasonal – and secular – event that the organization hopes becomes an annual tradition.

    Immediately after the first “Music for the Winter Solstice” concert, Music on Main moved into the organization’s new home at The Post at 750, a member-driven 8,300 square foot cultural hub in downtown Vancouver with co-location partners DOXA Documentary Film Festival, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and Touchstone Theatre. Just two years in the making, this $2.3 million facility is poised to transform the arts in Vancouver for decades to come.
    Music on Main also partnered with the Canadian Music Centre and Canada Council to co-host the gala opening night of Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam in May 2015.  David Pay served as Artistic Producer of the event that hosted nearly 700 music professionals from around the world.  Featuring more than a dozen musicians from across Canada and keynote speeches from conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Berlin Philharmonic General Manager Martin Hoffmann, the opening gala concert integrated live performance with videos produced by Music on Main.  These videos highlighted the innovation found in Canada’s music from coast to coast to coast, and included interviews with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and soprano Barbara Hannigan.
    During the season, Music on Main also formalized the organization’s multi-year agreement with the Canadian League of Composers to bring the ISCM World New Music Days Festival 2017 to Vancouver. Taking place in November 2017, the festival and its ancillary events will be the largest gathering of contemporary music in Canada’s history.

    2014/15 Artistic Highlights

    26 events at venues as varied as Heritage Hall, the Fox Cabaret, the Roundhouse, and small studios in Vancouver.
    Over 3,000 audience members in attendance.
    Successful collaborations with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Early Music Vancouver, the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration, the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, Here There, Music and Movement Mondays, The Little Chamber Music Series That Could, Theatre Replacement, grunt gallery, and The Chop Theatre.
    Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw became Music on Main’s second Composer In Residence.
    Two sold out performances by the singer-violinist-force-of-nature Iva Bittová at The Fox Cabaret.
    Renowned violinist Jennifer Koh performed Bach and Berio at Heritage Hall in a moving concert.

    All of this took place under the auspices of a great board of directors, surrounded by a devoted core of volunteers and dedicated staff, and supported by exceptionally generous donors and artists.  Partnerships and collaborations are at the core of Music on Main’s success.

    Music on Main
    110 – 750 Hamilton Street | Vancouver, BC Canada  V6B 2R5
    +1 604.879.9888





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