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ACWC 40th Anniversary

Happy 40th Anniversary, ACWC!

Welcome everyone to our 40th Anniversary Year!  It will be a celebration like no other.  Like so many things in 2020 and into 2021, much of it will be virtual. Concerts, talks, panel discussions, and meetings will all take place on our small screens.  While it would be so wonderful to see everyone in person, online events allow all of us to participate at the same time, from Halifax, to Victoria, to Yellowknife, and everywhere in between. It’s possible for us to hold a streamed concert in Toronto, and have all of our members in attendance.

Anniversaries are times to look both forward, and back, to see where we have come from and to think about where we are going. It is also a time to celebrate who and where we are right now.  I hope that the events we have planned will give us things to think about, inspire us, and bring all of us closer together.

The planning for this year began almost a year ago and has been a wonderful experience so far.  From reading all the creative ideas for ways of celebrating that were put forward, to working with committee members to decide on which ones are possible; from connecting with our early members to corresponding with other organizations such as the Music Librarians Association, the Registered Teacher’s Association, the Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers.

This year is for you, our members.  This is a chance to get to know each other better, to celebrate each other and our achievements. A chance to let Canada and the rest of the world know that we are here. Our chance to loudly sing our praises. This is a time to hear new music, to make new friends, to find inspiration and become energized.  I hope all of you are able to join in some of the activities, that you will have your music played and heard, that you will hear wonderful, inspiring music of other women and feel, as I do, that 40 years of the ACWC/AFCC is something worth celebrating. May there be 40 more.

ACWC Playlist

ACWC Initiatives 40th Anniversary Fund 2021-Covid-related

  ACWC Initiatives Fund, Deadline – March 15, 2021, is available to all ACWC members.  This special 40th Anniversary ACWC Initiatives Fund will celebrate the 40th anniversary and/or relate to music-making during COVID-19.  Opportunities include:

  • creating new compositions to be played and recorded within Covid-era realities
  • creative compositional networking
  • create 40th Anniversary projects including video interviews
  • documentaries on ACWC history and/or music of  BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), racialized, or minoritized women’s musical work in Canada.

To apply, download this form and after completing it, email to: caweaver@uwaterloo.ca

ACWC History

Join us on Saturday, February 27th at 7:00 pm eastern time, for a panel discussion of the history of the ACWC/AFCC.  Emily Hiemstra will be in conversation with Carolyn Lomax, Elaine Keillor and Elma Miller.  Carolyn Lomax, along with Mary Gardiner and Ann Southam, began the association to promote and support Canadian Women Composers.  She was our first chair.  Elaine and Elma both served on the board in the early days, and Elma was the archivist for a number of years.  The three of them will talk about the challenges women composers faced, as well as tell great stories from those early days.

The link to the panel will be here, you can also RSVP (RSVP button coming soon)  and have the link sent to you directly on the 27th.

Upcoming Online Events

Join us on Saturday, February 27th at 7:00 pm eastern time, for a panel discussion of the history of the ACWC/AFCC.  Emily Hiemstra will be in conversation with Carolyn Lomax, Elaine Keillor and Elma Miller.  Carolyn Lomax, along with Mary Gardiner and Ann Southam, began the association to promote and support Canadian Women Composers.  She was our first chair.  Elaine and Elma both served on the board in the early days, and Elma was the archivist for a number of years.  The three of them will talk about the challenges women composers faced, as well as tell great stories from those early days.

The link to the panel will be here, you can also RSVP (RSVP button coming soon)  and have the link sent to you directly on the 27th.

Upcoming Concerts

SHHH!! Ensemble Celebrates the ACWC/AFCC

NightCAPS w/ SHHH!! Ensemble is a monthly video series of new Canadian music for piano/percussion duo.

Each episode begins with a composer/performer interview moderated by CMC Ontario Region Director Matthew Fava and ends with a never-before-seen performance by SHHH!! Ensemble.

NightCAPS w/ SHHH!! Ensemble is your late-night new music fix and the best way to cap off the last Saturday of each month at 9:00pm EST.

An ACWC Anniversary special event concert will be happening on March 27, 2021 at 9PM Eastern time. The concert will be available to watch on the ensemble’s website, as well as their YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

Please Donate

If you would like to help support celebrations for the ACWC/AFCC 40th Anniversary, including special concerts, workshops, projects, publicity and online initiatives, please donate by clicking on the Donation button below. Your support would be very helpful! Any donation of $25 or more will receive a tax receipt. Thank you!



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