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Soundstreams is one of the world’s leading contemporary music companies, and the largest global presenter of new Canadian music. Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney and Executive Director Ben Dietschi are committed to showcasing the work of living and international composers with a focus on innovative thematic and experiential programming.

Soundstreams also serves a broad community of music lovers through free outreach and education programs including Salon 21, the Emerging Composer Workshop, SoundWave, and SoundMakers. Salon 21 is a free monthly discovery series featuring performances, discussions, and audience participation; the Emerging Composer Workshop helps talented contemporary composers from around the world launch their careers; SoundWave provides accessible tickets to young adults; and SoundMakers provides interactive learning experiences online and in the classroom.

Founded in 1982 by oboist Lawrence Cherney as Chamber Concerts Canada, Soundstreams has presented a variety of series over its 33-year history, including Musical Mondays at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, and Encounters at the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio. Soundstreams commissions have added more than 150 works to the musical repertoire worldwide, reflecting a diverse variety of genres and cultural traditions. World premieres have included works by composers R. Murray Schafer, John Tavener, Steve Reich, Christos Hatzis, Harry Somers, Nicole Lizée, James MacMillan, James Rolfe, Melissa Hui, and Andrew Staniland, to name a few.

Projects have included festivals and conferences such as the Northern Encounters festival, University Voices, and Cool Drummings percussion festival and conference, as well as new productions such as Thomson Highway and Melissa Hui’s Cree opera Pimooteewin: The Journey (which toured Northern Ontario in 2009 and 2010), R. Murray Schafer’s Dora Award-winning site-specific opera The Children’s Crusade (produced in association with the Luminato Festival), and Brian Current’s Dora-nominated opera Airline Icarus. Soundstreams is a three-time JUNO nominee and recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Arts.

news and updates

  • Announcing Soundstreams' 2015/2016 CONCERT SERIES Season to include: Steve Reich’s 80th-birthday bash, soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, the accordion, Scottish composer/conductor James MacMillan, the North American premiere of the opera Julie, and two world premieres. Wednesday,... Read more »

  • With North American premiere of chamber opera Julie

    Soundstreams and Canadian Stage announce inaugural collaboration with North American premiere of chamber opera Julie Toronto, ON – Soundstreams today announced its exciting inaugural collaboration with Canadian Stage, as the acclaimed theatre company revealed Julie, a chamber... Read more »

  • A series of four concerts plus a unique opera experience.

    Announcing Soundstreams’ 2014/2015 CONCERT SERIES Season to include: Max Richter’s reinvention of The Four Seasons, rhythms of Latin America, a world premiere by Andrew Staniland, and the Canadian premiere of David Lang’s The Whisper Opera. (Toronto)—A... Read more »

  • By: William Littler Music Columnist, Published on Fri May 31 2013 BEIJING—Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s acknowledgment of the increasing role of China in Canada’s future has already produced political and economic consequences. Perhaps coincidentally, those consequences... Read more »

  •   The Latvian Radio Choir Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm at Koerner Hall    The Three Faces of Jerusalem  Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Koerner Hall    Fujii Percussion and Voices Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm at... Read more »

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