Through our Creative Hub in Vancouver, we offer an extensive public-lending library of Canadian music; an exclusive music print and bind service; a thought-through range of composition education and appreciation programs; an awards program recognizing extraordinary contributions to Canadian music; as well as providing creative services and facilities to leading performing arts organizations, orchestras, choirs, teachers, universities, music schools, ensembles, performing artists and conductors.
We also offer a unique, immersion-experience concert series in the new Murray Adaskin Salon, now in its third sold-out season. The CMC BC Concert Series offers a comprehensive survey of Canadian music seen through the lens of BC-based composers, with each concert featuring an overview of the music of one landmark composer.
CMC lies at the heart of the Canadian musical experience.Bramwell Tovey
The CMC is a national treasure.Rosemary Thomson
The Canadian Music Centre is the catalyst that connects you to the ever-changing world of Canadian musical creation through Performance, Education and Promotion.
The Canadian Music Centre champions new musical creation and artistic diversity while celebrating and preserving Canada’s rich heritage. As a creative hub we foster a community of inventive composers, dynamic performances and transformative experiences.
Founded in 1959, the Canadian Music Centre is a unique resource for, exploring, discovering and performing Canadian music in creative centers across the country. CMC engages audiences and presenters worldwide with innovative music and its creators. We are passionate about building a musical community where we share ideas, stimulate creativity, advocate for and support the professional development of Canadian artists.
CMC BC Team
Sean Bickerton has dedicated his life to the performing arts, early on studying violin performance at the University of Victoria and playing violin as a member of the Victoria Symphony. Later, he was Manager of the Vancouver Youth Orchestra, Vice President of Columbia Artists Management Inc. in New York, and Executive Director of the Vancouver Recital Society, before becoming the BC Director of the Canadian Music Centre in 2015.
Sean teaches a course on performing arts touring at Capilano University and is also co-founder of KultureShock.Net, a website service for performing artists. He has presented web and social media seminars for the Manhattan School of Music, Opera Magazine, the Van Cliburn Competition, and Chamber Music America, and he has served on the City of Vancouver’s Arts & Culture Policy Council and Board of Directors for Vancouver Recital Society and Langley Community Music School among other arts organizations.
Dave comes to the CMC with an extensive background in electroacoustic composition, film studies, recording studio engineering, electrical repair, customer service, event management, and seeing the best in every situation. The latter skill has proven the most critical throughout his career.
Having achieved a BFA at Concordia University under Kevin Austin and Mark Corwin, Dave was hired by the university to run its five recording studios. Upon moving to Vancouver in 2009, he worked at Apple Inc. as a Genius (both the best and worst job he has had). Dave has also worked for a not-for-profit organization helping people re-establish homes with donated furniture.
As the CMC BC Region grows and expands its mandate to promote the works of its Associate Composers, Dave is excited by the recent initiatives in live-streaming and online access to the CMC BC archives, and is thrilled to be right at the centre of all the action.
A winner of multiple International composition awards, a Western Canada Music Award, and a 2017 JUNO Award for Classical Composition of the Year, North Vancouver-based composer Jordan Nobles has worked as a producer and concert presenter in the Vancouver cultural community for over twenty years. Nobles has served as co-artistic director of the Redshift Music Society since its inception in 2001 and in this capacity, has presented well over 100 contemporary classical music concerts in the Vancouver area which have exposed thousands of people from all walks of life to the diversity and vitality of Canadian music. In an effort to further promote the efforts of emerging and established Canadian composers and performers, Nobles helped launch the award-winning Redshift Records label in 2007.
Curator of Digital Archive
William Orr studied Medicine at the University of Alberta, Columbia University in New York and the University of Connecticut. He practiced surgical pathology and directed a research program on the biology of cancer metastasis, working at both McMaster University and the University of Manitoba where he was Head of the Department of Pathology.
Bill has had a long-term interest in medical education and international medical exchange and represented the University of Manitoba as medical educators at two universities in China with his wife, Dr. Lorna Grant.
Music has always played an important role in Bill’s life — music lessons were mandatory in his family — and he has a daughter who is a professional musician: “I see the composition of new musical ideas as representing one of the highest forms of human creativity. Through my work on the archives, it’s a great privilege to be able to document the important contribution of our composers to Canada’s cultural fabric.”
Archive Information Architect
After graduating with an MBA from the University of Washington, Greg Soone held positions in information technology at several insurance companies. He was able to leverage this experience (well, more like trial-and-error) to develop the technical foundation of the digital archive: “Collaborating with Bill and other volunteers to build the archive instilled within us a wonderful esprit de corps.”
Though Greg has no musical background, he is an avid listener, especially concerning jazz from the fifties and sixties. He swears by his decidedly analog turntable and vinyl record collection. In his early years he roamed the world as a street photographer and worked as a volunteer and administrator for an Asian American community arts organization in San Francisco.
BC Regional Advisory Council
Dr. Keith Hamel, Chair
Heather Pawsey, Vice Chair
George Laverock, Honorary Past Chair
Dr. Jennifer Butler
Dr. Dorothy Chang
Dr. Stephen Chatman
Cathy Fern Lewis
Dr. Rachel Iwaasa
Susan Wong Lim
Dr. William F. Orr
Dr. Sabrina Schroeder
CMC BC collaborates with arts organizations, performers, schools, conductors and educators throughout the province of BC in a multitude of ways, seeking to foster performance and educational opportunities for Canadian music.
Our Vancouver and Victoria Creative Hubs are used by countless community organizations for public performances, rehearsals, workshops, lectures, meetings, film showings, conferences, and strategic planning sessions.
CMC BC’s Community Partner Program recognizes the importance of these symbiotic relationships to the vibrancy of Canadian music in the province, and ensures Community Partners can utilize our spaces on an affordable basis.
CMC BC is proud to recognize Community Partnerships with AstroLabe, Musik, BC Registered Music Teachers Association, Chor Flammae, City Opera Vancouver, Erato Ensemble, Kiwanis Music Festival, Pro Musica, Queer Arts Festival, re:Naissance Opera, St. James Music Academy, Vancouver Early Music , Vancouver Art Song Lab, Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI), Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and Victoria Conservatory of Music.
C-PAC is the official paper supplier to the Canadian Music Centre in BC. C-PAC’s tagline is ‘We Make Business Easy’, and we are extremely grateful for their generous support of Canadian music and culture. C-PAC is the exclusive provider of paper products to our exclusive, specialized music print and bind service, one of the best in North America. C-PAC are Canadian retail distribution and merchandising experts for consumer electronics, accessories, POS supplies, labels, food packaging, digital papers and more. (604) 322-9003
CBC Vancouver kindly donated their compact movable shelving system to CMC BC along with an important collection of scores and parts commissioned over the years by the CBC Chamber Orchestra.
We are pleased to partner with Tickets Tonight to offer tickets to their events through our Davie Street box office to be available soon. Tickets Tonight is a unique Vancouver ticket outlet, offering tickets for theatre, music, dance, and festivals from independent producers throughout the region of Vancouver, Canada. The Alliance for Arts and Culture was a founding partner of the service.
KultureShock.Net is a website service for more than 160 leading performing artists, ensembles and agencies. KultureShock.Net is also the official online partner for CMC BC, creating, hosting and maintaining this website for us as their contribution to the Canadian Music Centre, which is deeply appreciated.
Your gift provides a wide range of services and programming to composers, students, researchers, performers, conductors, educators, broadcasters, and everyone with a passion for music. The CMC is a registered charity with Canada Revenue Agency.