April 16

 8pm EST

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‘Dark Flower’ is the first in a series of digital concerts marking Thin Edge New Music Collective’s 10th anniversary season.  Co-presented in partnership with our friends at the Canadian Music Centre, we are thrilled to be able to share this wonderful digital programme featuring works by Jonathan Bailey Holland, and Sarah Hennies, alongside world premieres by Alex Jang and Linda Catlin Smith.  We hope you can join us on April 16th 8pm EST!

We are deeply honoured to announce that TENMC is the recipient of the Canadian League of Composers/Canadian Music Centre 2020 Friends of Canadian Music Award. We have selected Vancouver-based composer Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi as our co-recipient. The prize will be officially presented during the livestreamed concert. 

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Dark Flower is free to attend virtually, with the option to contribute a PWYC donation to TENMC through our Canada Helps Page

During these difficult times, if you have the means to contribute the price of a ticket, we would like to suggest that in lieu of donating to TENMC, you direct your funds towards the Native Youth Resource Centre.

"The Native Youth Resource Centre provides support and advocacy in the areas of housing, education and employment for Aboriginal youth ages sixteen to twenty-four. While many of our clients have been involved with our Child Welfare services, some are Aboriginal youth who have recently arrived in Toronto. All are seeking opportunities, supports and stability." - Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Website.

Please visit TENMC's events page for more details on the show.

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Dark Flower is presented with generous support from  the Canadian Music Centre, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Dream Cymbals, the Toronto Arts Council and the SOCAN Foundation.

The Music Gallery, Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music, presents the fifteenth edition of the internationally acclaimed X Avant New Music Festival from October 1 to 18, 2020. 

All shows will be available to stream online and will be a mix of on and off-site concerts produced by the Music Gallery; (still) located at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education. 


Highlights include: 

Abstract punk ensemble OK Miss featuring 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun 

Word/sound/power from 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize winner Kaie Kellough with Jason Sharp 

Alanna Stuart (Bonjay) gathers Jamaican-Canadian artists and supporters of different eras in discussion around a community meal. 

Performance from Toronto's own "Groove-Based Indie Jazz" star, Tara Kannangara. 

Toronto's foremost contemporary ensemble, Thin Edge New Music Collective 

Interview with Toronto Black music historian emeritus, Norman "Otis" Richmond 

Nishnaabeg singer songwriter Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and avant-jazz explorer Mingjia livestreamed from the Music Gallery

Click here for more info on the festival

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Thin Edge New Music Collective + Tara Kannangara

October 4th, 2020

7pm EST


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Opening for Thin Edge is JUNO-nominated artist, Tara Kannangara who  meshes Pop, Electronic/Synth music, Jazz, and Alternative, into a singular voice that is captivating audiences all over North America.Tara has melded everything she’s learned into genre-bending music that will make you cry, dance, smile and feel everything in between. 

Growing up in Chilliwack, BC, she studied classical piano and voice from an early age. She then serendipitously picked up the trumpet in high school at first focusing on classical before moving into Jazz and other genres. Tara studied at the University of Victoria for classical trumpet and vocals but later moved to Toronto to pursue music at the University of Toronto where she came into her own as a performer and songwriter.


Thin Edge Programme: 

Anahita Abbasi – “Sirventès” (2017) – for cello and percussion 
Leila Adu – “Colour Wheel” (2013) – solo piano
Lieke Van Der Voort – “IAMTHERIBCAGE” (2018) for solo percussion and electronics
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh – “Habil Sayagy” (1979) for cello and prepared piano


TENMC Performers:


Amahl Arulanandam - cello

Cheryl Duvall - piano

Nathan Petitpas - percussion


Please visit our Events Page for composer/performer bios and programme notes. 



Did you miss Ongaku? Check out some of the photos from the event below and download the full festival program full of composer bios and more!