Sonic Play School

New Music Edmonton and McLuhan House/ ArtsHab Edmonton came together in 2017-18 to initiate Sonic Play School, a series of public events featuring hands-on workshops and mentor-led discussions targeted to any skill level. We ask no experience of participants, just a willingness to come along and be part of a fun group that’s looking to use sound creatively. Above all this is a chance to be part of a fun community and to participate in music-making in an informal, non-judgemental atmosphere.

We have already introduced an excellent array of DIY music techniques giving participants an experience in making music from scratch. These have included Deep Listening techniques, an introduction to vocal improvisation, and performing with found instruments and homemade percussion. 

Admission is Pay What You Can at the door.


NME Fringe Players: The Sound of Words in a World of Sounds

2018 marks New Music Edmonton’s 6th annual appearance at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. The NME Fringe Players showcase of local experimental music-making with a theme – The Sound of Words in a World of Sound – we will be presenting five hour-long shows as part of the 2018 Fringe Bring Your Own Venue. We have invited a fantastic group of Edmonton’s most adventurous artists – musicians, poets, filmmakers, puppeteers and sculptors – to present 5 one-of-a-kind performances.

See You Or Something In September III

Our 3rd biennial (4th if you include our 2012 John Cage Centennial show) celebrating Edmonton artists returns. This is going to be a great community-minded night of music, refreshments, and partying! Performances will include improvisation, chamber music, poetry readings, dance, electronic music and much more. There will be plenty of time to meet new people and chat with old friends in between sets. This is a great way to spend the last Saturday night of the summer, to be there when the sun goes down, and to welcome the autumn with some of most amazing creatives in our city.

Our schedule of artists this year includes: Brandon Wint, WindRose Trio, Vladimir Rufino, Lin Snelling, Kathleen Yearwood, Diane Robitelle and Zac Bellward, Arlan Vriens, Femme, Syrinx Duo, Matthew Roberts and Tyson Kerr, and X Quartet.

Tickets: $25 General, $20 Student/Senior, $15 Members, available online or at the door

EarWitness: Augmented Piano

Renowned pianist Eve Egoyan returns to Edmonton for an immersive, multi-layered event combining music, film, and electronics. This goes way beyond a mere piano recital. In the first half, works by Alvin Curran, Gordon Monahan and Chiyoko Szlavnics give breathtaking explorations of the inside and outside of the piano, of overtone resonances, and of the addition of beautiful electronic tones. The piano is augmented in three different ways by three great composers.


In the second half, works by Nicole Lizée and Ann Southam bring in visual elements to augment the piano. Lynch Etudes is Lizée’s fantastic tribute to the director, with cut-up piano music and a dazzling, mind-blowing collection of glitched clips from David Lynch films. Finally, Anne Southam’s Simple Lines of Enquiry, written for Eve Egoyan, is combined with artist David Rokeby’s Machine for Taking Time, in which 750,000 images are explored by a computer, which stitches together leisurely continuous pans across the city.


With an incredible combination of music, video and electronics, and with the masterful playing of one of Canada’s greatest pianists, you will not want to miss this astonishing concert!

Timepoint Ensemble: So F***ing Easy

Picture the scene: it’s late January, in the heart of a cold, clear Edmonton winter. Definitely time for a hot concert of new chamber music of the kind that only New Music Edmonton can bring you. Our friends in Timepoint Ensemble will be cruising up the QE2 from their home in Calgary to give their Edmonton début. Their programme takes its inspiration from ideas of noise and post-genre inspired works, two sound worlds seemingly far apart yet expertly connected in the hands of this great chamber ensemble. The program is based around the works by Peter Ablinger, Germán Alonso, Nicole Lizée, Marie-Hélène Fournier, and Owen Davis.

We are really looking forward to hosting Timepoint Ensemble in Edmonton – it’s always a treat to hear a superb chamber ensemble playing virtuosic, cutting-edge music, but when it includes amplified French horn, electric guitars, saxophones, drums and a few swear words, we know we’re in for something truly amazing: no better way to celebrate being in Edmonton in January with some very cool musicians from Calgary.  

Now Hear This Festival of New Music

This will be New Music Edmonton’s 8th annual festival, and we have a lot of phenomenal sound-oriented creativity to ring in spring 2019.   Want to play a pivotal role?  Consider volunteering!


Thursday,  March 21

Theatre Lab, Allard Hall, MacEwan University

7:30 Live Mix

Raylene Campbell, Landing 23
The Olm: Caitlin Sian Richards, viola; Jenna Turner, violin

9:00 Terri Hron, Nesting

Friday, March 22

City Hall, noon

Now Hear This City Hall Players performing the world premiere of Emilie LeBel’s How To Behave In a Crowd *free admission!*

Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 7:30: HyperLiveCubeMix

Anna Pidgorna, Roger Admiral, Arlan Vriens performing Pidgornas’ Teach Your Daughters

Holy Drone Travellers with Mustafa Rafiq
Mustafa Rafiq, Guitar; Matt Meeker, Bass, Trombone, Synth; Bhuyash Neupane, Tablas, Singing

Ryan M. Hemphill and Nico Arnáez performing Hemphill’s Duet for Electric Guitar and Electric Bass

Organist Reinhard von Berg performing his piece Visions 

Hypercube: Chris Graham, percussion; Andrea Lodge, piano; Erin Rogers, saxophones; Jay Sorce, classical & electric guitar

Holy Trinity Anglican Church Upper Hall, 9:30: Sound Lounge

Saturday, March 23

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

11:00 Kids Hear This: bring the kids for a funny, noisy introduction to musical instruments and 21st century sounds! *free admission!*

2:00 Song of Sibyls with organetto player Katelyn Clark

3:30 NME Sound Lounge in the Holy Trinity Upper Hall

7:30 Saturday Night Double Feature

Helen Pridmore performing Ana Sokolovic’s Love Songs

Civvie and Friends: Ethan Bokma, bass clarinet; Natanielle Felicitas, cello; respectfulchild, violin; Kelly Ruth, weaving loom

9:30 NME Sound Lounge in the Holy Trinity Upper Hall

Sunday, March 24

Theatre Lab, Allard Hall, MacEwan University

11:00 Sonic Play School: Improvising with Found Objects

located next to Theatre Lab in room 11-216 and taught by Scott Smallwood *free event*

2:00 HyperViolet

UltraViolet: Roger Admiral, piano; Allison Balcetis, saxophones; Chenoa Anderson, flutes; Amy Nicholson, cello

Hypercube: Chris Graham, percussion; Andrea Lodge, piano; Erin Rogers, saxophones; Jay Sorce, classical & electric guitar

DOUBLE BILL: Sonia Paço-Rocchia / Amy Brandon: Guitars and Saws

This inspiring and surprising double bill will be full of saws, guitars, electronics and improvisation, and easily one of the most unusual and inspiring events we have hosted.

Sonia Paço-Rocchia’s work, Scies (the French word for saws) will see one half of the space filled with various saw blades, each amplified and attached to solenoids and activated live by the composer, who describes it as “a comment on the contrast between the rough and dangerous and the meditative and enchanting.”

Amy Brandon, guitarist, will be performing Flesh Projektor, a work for augmented guitar. Augmented guitar, you ask? This is a performance in which a real guitar and a virtual guitar are fused, and both will be played simultaneously in real-time!