Poster for Calgary New Music Festival 2017

Calgary New Music Festival

New Works Calgary celebrates Canada’s best new music

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price $18 - $75
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Providing concert goers with an opportunity to explore new Canadian music, don’t miss this full weekend of diverse music and sound art events around the city.

Presented by New Works Calgary, the third annual Calgary New Music Festival is bound to be a treat.

“The starting point for this year’s festival was the 150th anniversary of Canada and the potential for new music to play a role in that celebration. In keeping with the idea of a celebration, we want to “make a noise” about new music creators and performers, especially those active in Canada,” says Laurie Radford, New Works Calgary’s Artistic Director, in a statement.

Aside from one event featuring Israel’s Meitar Ensemble, all of the performers are Canadian and include Calgary’s own Timepoint Ensemble. There’s even a full day of entertainment planned for October 22 with Soundwalk—a guided listening tour where participants are lead through the environment and encouraged to open their ears to the sounds around them—followed by three back-to-back electronic concerts at Festival Hall.

Here’s what we’re checking out:

Meitar Ensemble

October 19, 2017, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary (206 University Court NW)
$18 – $25

Under the direction of one of Europe’s finest interpreters of new music, conductor Pierre-André Valade leads the Meitar Ensemble for this program of music from Philippe Leroux. Based in Tel-Aviv, the group has been featured at some of the most prestigious venues worldwide and has commissioned and premiered over 200 new works.

Timepoint Ensemble

October 20, 2017, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Transalta Pavillion, Mount Royal University (4825 Mount Royal Gate SW)
$18 – $25

Calgary’s own new music ensemble, Timepoint presents the challenging and evocative music of Per Hermansson, Nicole Lizée, and Madeline Isaksson.

Rockeys Duo

October 21, 2017, 7:30 – 9:30pm
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121 14th Ave. SW)
$18 – $25

Featuring an array of contemporary works for the harpsichord, piano, and electronics, Luciane Cardassi and Katelyn Clark see the combination as an unusual and deeply engaging sound, uniting and layering timbre and dynamics in completely new ways.


October 22, 2017, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Meet at Festival Hall (1215 10th Ave. SE)

Join Canadian sound artist Raylene Campbell for this exploration of the sounds of Inglewood. Starting at Festival Hall, head out on foot to sample the diverse soundscapes of this Calgary neighbourhood.

Make a Noise Festival Marathon

October 22, 2017, 3:00 – 6:00pm
Festival Hall (1215 10th Ave. SE)
$18 – $25

A festival highlight, you won’t want to miss this electronics marathon. It all kicks off at 3:00pm with Raylene Campbell on Therovox, followed by Shawn Mativestsky’s engaging combination of virtuoso tabla playing and electronics at 4:00pm. And at 5:00pm hear Ben Reime’s unique program for solo kit drum and electronics by Eliot Briton, Nicole Lizée, and Stuart S Smith.

Midnight Blue Jazz Society & Shawn Mativetsky

October 22, 2017, 8:00 – 10:00pm
Ironwood Stage & Grill (1229 9th Ave. SE)

Cap off your festival with the Midnight Blue Jazz Society, featuring tabla player Shawn Mativetsky and the world premiere of a piece by Canadian composer Scott Godin.

The Calgary New Music Festival runs October 19 to 22, 2017 at venues throughout Calgary. Passes are $75 and can be purchased at