ACWC 40th Anniversary

Happy 40th Anniversary, ACWC!

Upcoming Online Events:

“Building Up” virtual concert in partnership with the CMC

As part of our 40th anniversary events, the ACWC/ACC in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre Ontario division presents “Building Up”—a virtual concert celebrating women and gender non-conforming composers and performers supporting each other through their creative practices.

The program features composers based across the country, including works by our members Catherine Bevan, Rebekah Cummings, Sophie Dupuis, Heather Hindman, and Cleo Palacio-Quintin, as well as composers Monique Jean,  Naomi McCarroll-Butler, Roxanne Nesbitt.

Performed by a quartet of Amanda Lowry (flute), Naomi McCarroll-Butler (bass clarinet/alto saxophone), Yang Chen (percussion), and Cecilia Lee + Stephanie Orlando (piano).

October 7, 2021 at 7pm

Tickets PWYC / by donation

More info + streaming link soon!

 ACWC Panel:

Indigenous Song – Healing, Reconciliation, Partnership
Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 8:00 pm EST by Zoom, with:

Jean Becker — Inuk, founder of Goodhearted Women singing/drumming group, Senior Director, Indigenous Initiatives at University of Waterloo with tribute:   Woman of the Drum: A Tribute to Jean Becker and Mino Ode Kwewak N’gamowak – The New Quarterly Digital Edition
Kelly Laurila — Sámi, song-keeper & member of Goodhearted Women, PhD, Lecturer, Renison/UWaterloo, School of Social Work
Beverley McKiver — Anishinaabe, ACWC composer, composer, pianist, educator, website here.
Karen Sunabacka  — Métis, ACWC composer, Associate Professor, Conrad Grebel/UWaterloo  website here.
(Photo: Good Hearted Women Singers at Sound in the Land 2014, by Alan Morgan)  
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Previous events:

Augmented Trio Promotions presents Afterglow

As part of Augmented Trio Promotion’s, August Tunes of Passion concert series, the ensemble ‘on the hat, will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ACWC/ACC in their streamed concert Afterglow. The concert includes works by members Leila Lustig, Sylvia Rickard, Christie Morrison and Diane Berry, and will be coming from beautiful Triangle Mountain, in Victoria.

On the ‘hat, consists of Marnie Setka-Mooney, soprano, Diane Berry, flute, and Kathryn Le Gros, piano, and they have often included works by local, women composers in their eclectic mix of musical genres.

The concert was streamed on Saturday, August 28th, at 7:00 pm (PDT), and is now available to watch here.

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“Muses Today” – Women in Music Festival, May 22, 2021, Moscow, Russia – An International Panel

This International Panel with Carol Ann Weaver, Janet Danielson and Bekah Simms, along with German archivist Mary Ellen Kitchens (a Board Member of Internationaler Arbeitskreis Frau und Musik/Archiv Frau und Musik, with her presentation, “Closing the Gender Gap in Music: Advocacy for Women in Music at the Archiv Frau und Musik (Frankfurt),” available here) as well as French and Russian contributors, focused on women’s musical work internationally.  Weaver presented on Canadian women’s music and ACWC featuring the 40th Anniversary; Danielson talked about earlier prominent Canadian composers – 17th C. Ursuline Nuns, 20th C. Barbara Pentland, Violet Archer + more; Simms spoke about her piece “Skinscape,” for flute and electronics, performed at the May 22 Festival in Moscow. The fest, organized by Anastasia Koshkina, also invited the Canadian ambassador to Russia to address the panel.

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Soundscapes and More Panel: Saturday, May 15

The Soundscapes and More Panel,  Saturday, May 15, 2021 featured soundscape/electronic composers, Hildegard Westerkamp, Tina Pearson and Carol Ann Weaver.  ACWC member Emily Hiemstra interviewed the composers, as they discussed their personal stories, what drew them to the field of electronic music, their challenges, their creative process and how they view the future of electronic music.  All three are respected composers in this innovative and ever-changing field of music.  Hildegard Westerkamp is well known for her works that bring in the acoustic environment, while Tina Pearson is an innovative composer whose work often focuses on breath, attention states and altered performance practice. Carol Ann Weaver is a board member with CASE (Canadian Association for Sound Ecology) and has written numerous works using environmental sounds and field recordings This panel is a part of the ACWC/ACC’s 40th anniversary celebrations.  Listen to this panel here.

ACWC Playlists

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

You can find all the ACWC Anniversary Playlists here



ACWC History

Watch the ACWC History Panel from February 2021 here!

Stories from ACWC Members

Interview with Brenda Muller by Patricia Morehead can be found here!

Interview with Sylvia Rickard by Patricia Morehead can be found here!

Did You Know?

Laura Lemon was born in Guelph, Ontario in 1866, and grew up in Guelph and Winnipeg.  In 1890 she went to study at the Royal Academy of Music, in London, England, where she remained for the rest of her life.  Though she had left Canada, her Canadian roots can be found in her music.  She was best known for her songs, including Canada for Ever!, Dominion  and the Canadian Song Cycle, a set of four songs.  All of these works were published by Boosey between 1907 and 1911. Her most famous work My Ain Folk, a ballad of home is noted as one of the best-known songs by a Canadian composer and was recorded by a number of Canadian singers.

Please Donate

If you would like to help support celebrations for the ACWC/ACC 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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