The Toronto Creative Music Lab (TCML), in its third 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.
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.
We want to recognize that we are here because this land was colonized. Indigenous and allied communities continue to struggle against the consequences of a colonial system.
We want to acknowledge and thank the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, and all Indigenous people who share this land with us, and allow us to be here as uninvited guests.
We feel it is important to consider the history of state policy that, among other things, criminalized Indigenous cultural expression, and sought to eradicate Indigenous languages and communities.
These forms of racism and paternalism also shaped wider cultural policy, privileging and resourcing certain traditions over others— we are keenly aware of this within music making.
For us, there is not one music, there is not one way to make music, there is not one way to share music.
As we acknowledge the Indigenous communities that have lived here for thousands of years, and their generosity, let us consider how we can be generous to one another during our work. Let's work together to create a respectful and welcoming space.
This statement was developed by TCML organizers in 2016, it will continue to evolve through consultations with community members, Indigenous leaders, and elders in order to reflect our relationship to this place and time, and to one another.....