Through our Vancouver and Victoria Creative Hubs, CMC BC offers extensive public lending libraries of Canadian music; an exclusive music print and bind service; a thought-through range of composition educational and appreciation programs; as well as providing creative services and facilities to leading performing arts organizations, orchestras, choirs, teachers, universities, music schools, ensembles, performing artists and conductors.
In Vancouver we also offer a subscription concert series in the new Murray Adaskin Salon. Both the Adaskin Salon and our upgraded CREATE Board Room are also available for rehearsals, performances and meetings.
MissionThe Canadian Music Centre is the catalyst that connects you to the ever-changing world of Canadian musical creation through Performance, Education and Promotion.
VisionThe 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.
PurposeFounded 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.
The Vancouver Creative Hub features our new, 40-seat Murray Adaskin Salon complete with Adaskin’s Salon Grand piano, and is fully equipped with high definition audio and video recording, presentation, and live streaming facilities. A new, street-level, spacious lobby with refreshment stand compliments the new performance space, and features a new box office operated as part of a new partnership with Tickets Tonight.
Upstairs, the 14-seat CREATE Board room is fully A/V and distance-meeting equipped, and comes with access to an adjacent kitchen.
The Vancouver Hub launched its first concert series, film series and lecture series in the fall of 2016, along with a range of educational programs including Composer in the Classroom, Score-Reading Clubs, Professional Placement programs, Teaching Internships and a new Professional Development Program for composition grads.
Our free, lending library, one of five across Canada, is one of the largest libraries of Canadian music in the world. Our Head Librarian, Stefan Hintersteininger, a highly respected composer, cellist, and teacher, is also an expert on Canadian music and is regularly called on to advise orchestras, teachers, performers and programmers on Canadian repertoire.
Our new Elliot Weisgarber Listening Stations allow visitors to listen to our extensive and unique catalogue of digital and analog recordings while browsing scores of those works. And we offer one of western Canada’s leading print and bind services for music.
Part of an exciting new partnership with the Vancouver Conservatory of Music (VCM), the new Victoria Creative Hub is located in VCM’s Library.
Headed up by composer Christopher Reiche, Victoria Engagement Leader, the new Victoria Hub features the Rudolf Komorous Music Library, a smaller, specialized pedagogical lending library, which makes it easier for Victoria-area teachers and students to access Canadian music. The Komorous Library also features works by Vancouver Island composers.
Focusing on educational outreach, the new hub will relaunch CMC’s signature Composer in the Classroom program in the Greater Victoria area and offer score-reading workshops in the Victoria Hub classroom, along with a specialized music print and bind service for Victoria-area composers and musicians.
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.