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ACWC 40th Anniversary

Happy 40th Anniversary, ACWC!

Upcoming Online Events

Watch here for upcoming live events.

Watch last month’s ACWC Zoom Panel on ACWC History below:

Upcoming Concerts

East Coast Concert

In celebration of the ACWC/AFCC’s 40th anniversary, there was a live-streamed concert from Halifax, Nova Scotia, on March 8th, 2021, at 1pm, AST.  It broadcasted from The Music Room and featured Jennifer King, performing piano works by, Monica Pearce, Holly Winter, Alice Ping Yee Ho, Amy Brandon, and Emily Doolittle.

Watch below!

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 April 24, 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.

ACWC/AFCC live-streamed concert from Toronto

Here is another of our 40th anniversary events on line concert events.  In partnership with Canadian Music Centre Ontario division we will be presenting a concert of music by current and new ACWC/AFCC members: Catherine Bevan, Rebekah Cummings, Sophie Dupuis, Monique Jean, Heather Hindman, Naomi McCarroll-Butler, Roxanne Nesbitt, and Cleo Palacio-Quintin, performed by Amanda Lowry (flute), Naomi McCarroll-Butler (bass clarinet), Marketa Ornova (piano), and Yang Chen (percussion). Watch for it in late May!

ACWC Playlists

We’re celebrating music from ACWC members all year long!

You can find all the ACWC Anniversary Playlists here


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:

ACWC History

Watch the ACWC History Panel from February 2021 below!

Stories from ACWC Members– Interview with Sylvia Rickard by Patricia Morehead can be found here!

Do You Know?

Some of the earliest known music written by women in Canada, comes from the Ursuline and Augustinian nuns of Quebec, between the years 1639 and 1760.  Singing was an integral part of their worship, as well as their instruction of young women, and the music, while anonymous, is believed to have been written by the nuns themselves.  One, a mother superior, Marie-André Regnard Duplessis de Saint-Hélène, wrote a treatise on music performance and theory.  Marie-Andre was born in Paris in 1687 and died in Quebec in 1760.  Her parents emigrated to New France when she was young, though she remained in France until she was 15.  She joined the Nuns Hospitallers of the Hôtel-Dieu of Quebec when she was 20 and rose to become mother superior, seeing the convent through many difficulties such as fires, and even the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.

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!

Stay Tuned/Stay Informed!

Keep up with all the ACWC Anniversary related events here!