About TCML 2017

The Toronto Creative Music Lab (TCML), in its second edition, is a project designed to nurture the development of risk-takers and change-makers. While we acknowledge the legacies that inform the artistic and professional spaces we currently occupy, we are committed to pushing toward a yet unimagined future in artistry and expression that connects our social responsibilities, our institutions, our communities, our audiences, our arts, and each other.

TCML is a peer-mentored, 8-day workshop for early-career musicians and composers, and is designed to foster professional development, artistic growth, collaborative learning, and community building through workshops, rehearsals, social events, panel discussions, and performance.

TCML 2017 will be held from June 17-24, 2017 in Toronto. 40 participants (approx. 10 composers and 30 performers) will be selected from the pool of applicants and placed into working groups of 1 composer and 3-6 performers. Based on TCML facilitated discussions with the working groups prior to the workshop, each composer will write a piece for their collaborators. Once at TCML, the working groups will have 13 hours of rehearsal time to collaborate, rehearse, and rework their pieces for two public performances.

In addition to the rehearsal process, participants can expect daily professional development sessions, an open rehearsal that will be visited by members of the Toronto contemporary chamber music community, communal meals, extracurricular activities, and two public concerts that will be recorded professionally. One of the concerts will be live-streamed internationally.

TCML Professional Development Sessions

As part of our professional development (PD) model,  the TCML PD sessions bring together artists from across disciplines to explore accessibility, inclusiveness, anti-oppression, career development, and community building in contemporary chamber music. If you are interested in knowing more about the TCML PD sessions, above to the right you can listen to the TCML 2016 panel discussion "Accessibility, Community, and Artistic Practice" with Ange Loft, Rosina Kazi, and Izzie Colpitts-Cambell and below are the PD sessions for TCML 2017.

Questing: Three Approaches to a Career in Music

Featuring composers Rose Bolton, Emilie LeBel, Allison Cameron: an inter-generational discussion about music training, what we take and leave from our education, and how self-directed and community-based learning and organizing augments an institutional education.

We Built This for You, Designing Programs for Your Community

Featuring LeRoi Newbold (Black Lives Matter Freedom School), John Caffery (Supporting Our Youth), and Kate Nankervis (Toronto Dance Community Love-In). We explore when and how art facilitation can be a tool for designing creative and education based programming for communities.

Anti-oppression session

Exploring how privilege operates in chamber music communities, and discussing strategies to mitigate micro-aggressions, and other barriers to marginalized communities. When are we responsible, and how do we intervene in harmful/problematic situations? Facilitation: TBD.

Recording, Mixing, and Mastering: preparing to enter the studio

Featuring Sage Kim (Lacquer Channel Mastering), Paul Talbott (Technicolor Creative Services). We will talk about what performers and composers need to know about the recording, mixing, and mastering processes and how to work effectively with a studio engineer before entering the studio.

Composing Community

Presented in partnership with Jumblies Theatre,  participants will engage in a creative response workshop (facilitated by Ruth Howard) which provides tactics for constructive feedback and collaboration in working relationships, then different artist groups will be formed with TCML participants and folks from other disciplines (dance, theatre, visual art, puppetry, storytelling) to fashion miniature performances and installations—this component will be facilitated by Ruth Howard alongside a roster of Jumblies artists. Mini projects will be testing grounds for Creative Response tactics and less hierarchical creative processes, which can then inform the TCML rehearsal process.