Spark to Stone presented by Caution Tape Sound Collective and the ACWC / Spark to Stone présenté par le Collectif Caution Tape Sound et l’AFCC

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Spark to Stone, presented by Caution Tape Sound Collective and the ACWC

Saturday, March 24 2018, 8:00 pm
Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave, Toronto, ON.
Featuring music by 7 ACWC composers:
  • Amy Brandon – new work (flute, cello, piano, electronics)
  • Hope Lee – …I, Laika… (flute, cello, piano)
  • Julia Mermelstein – wonted (acousmatic)
  • Sarah Reid – new work (cello, piano, amplifed objects)
  • Ivana Jokic – new work (violin, cello, flute, piano, percussion)
  • Lesley Hinger – from within (violin solo)
  • Bekah Simms – new work (10tet Toronto Emerging Composer Award piece)

ACWC Concert: Climate Change & Endangered Species / Concert de l’AFCC : Changement climatique et espèces en danger

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ACWC Concert on Climate Change & Endangered Species
Featured the music of 12 ACWC composers.

Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:30 pm
Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton, Toronto.

Event Program:  ACWC Toronto Concert Oct 27, 2017

ACWC Piano Collective Concert / Concert de piano collectif de l’AFCC

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The premiere ACWC Piano Collective Concert, featuring music by ACWC Piano Collective members occurred Sunday May 28, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Conrad Grebel Chapel, University of Waterloo, Ontario. Pieces were composed for and performed by student pianists, many of them students of ACWC members.  Music featured was by Joanne Bender, Sarah J. Coles, Edith Covach, Emily Doolittle,  Hanna Kim, Kye Marshall, Colleen Muriel, Paulette Popp, Jana Skarecky, and Carol Ann Weaver.  The concert was generously supported by ACWC.

Call to All Members for Information for International Catalogue of Women’s Compositions / Appel à contribution auprès de nos adhérentes pour la Revue Internationale des Compositions de Femmes

All women and women-identifying composers/songwriters are invited to submit their information for inclusion in the Online Encyclopedia of Living Women Composers, Songwriters and Creators of Music. Full call and information for submission can be found here.

ACWC presents: A Spirit Indomitable


The ACWC proudly presented a concert of the music of Canadian women, in a concert celebrating the anniversary of the passing of the bill granting B.C. women the right to vote.  The right to vote gave women a political voice, which this concert celebrated with women’s musical and creative voices with music dating as far back as 300 years as well as the present.

It featured the Emily Carr String Quartet, the women’s choir Ensemble Laude and introduces soprano Elizabeth Gerow, with works by Dorothy Chang, Jocelyn Morlock, Sylvia Rickard, Carol Ann Weaver, Kim Baryluk, Georgina Craig, Eleanor Daley, Sarah Quartel, and the music of an anonymous Ursuline nun.

Elizabeth Gerow  sang art songs by local composer Elinor Dunsmuir (1887-1938), much of which has been overlooked for the past century.  She was the granddaughter of Victoria’s coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir, and lived a colourful life.

The concert was held on April 7th, 2017, at the First Church of Christ Scientist, Victoria, at 7:30 p.m.  There was also a pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m. discussing the road to suffrage, and some more information on Elinor Dunsmuir.

Roberta Stephen Award Application

The Roberta Stephen Award Instructions

PDF Application
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The Roberta Stephen Award, worth $500, offers support to a Canadian woman composer
aged 36 or older for professional development such as further studies, conferences, or
workshops, or composers’ festivals.

Deadline: January 30, 2017


Candidates must have a history of public presentation of their work, and must be:

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada;
  • 36 years of age or older;
  • finished their basic training in music (university graduation or equivalent in specialized training) and either be ready to undertake a professional career, or, having already attained a professional level, be undertaking advanced studies.

Application Procedure:

Please submit your completed application form, curriculum vitae, scores and recordings of at least three of your works in electronic format (e. g. mp3, pdf) for a maximum of ten minutes of music. Submissions should be sent to via or a similar file-sharing service.

If you are not yet a member of the ACWC, the application should be accompanied by a fee of $10.00 CDN.

Applications will be adjudicated by an international panel of women composers. The two
successful applicants will be announced by March 1, 2017.

Award winners are required to submit a report explaining how the award has assisted them in their work as a composer. This report will be published in the ACWC Journal and on the New Works Calgary website.

In addition to the cash prize, new works directly resulting from the award will be considered for a première in a New Works Calgary concert or Calgary New Music Festival conditional on instrumentation and programming considerations.

Application Fee ($10.00)
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ACWC Welcomes New Board Member Katerina Gimon

We’re very excited to announce a new addition to the ACWC Board: Katerina Gimon.



Katerina Gimon is a composer, improvisor, and experimental vocalist based in Vancouver. Her works have been broadcast and performed across North America by ensembles such as the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Youth Choir, Arcady Women’s Chamber Choir, Laurier Singers Chamber Choir, Maureen Forrester Singers, and Memorial University Chamber Choir. Katerina has been involved as the ACWC’s web manager since April and her piece “Earth” was performed at ACWC’s Earth Music Concert in September 2015. She is a recipient of a 2015-16 Arcady Emerging Artist Award, a winner in the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s 2015 Young Composers’ Competition, as well as the Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Prize winner in the IAWM 2014 Search for New Music. Katerina is a member of mixed-media improvisation ensemble Chroma and is currently pursuing her Masters of Music Composition at the University of British Columbia. For more about Katerina, visit her website.