Formed in 1985, Continuum Contemporary Music exists to present and promote contemporary chamber music, and particularly, to encourage emerging Canadian composers. Under Artistic Director (and ensemble percussionist) Ryan Scott and Operations Manager Josh Grossman, each year Continuum presents concerts featuring the core ensemble of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion, as well as unusual instrumental combinations. Featuring some of Canada's top musicians, the ensemble has earned international acclaim; the organization has been responsible for commissioning close to 150 new works from emerging and established Canadian and international composers. Collaborative and interdisciplinary work is also a priority.
Continuum has performed across Canada and has toured twice to Europe. In 2012 Continuum served as resident ensemble for the new music series at Chamberfest Ottawa, and in 2014 was shortlisted for the Toronto Arts Foundation's Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition. Continuum has recorded two CDs on its own label and two on the Centrediscs label, including Raw, a CD of works by James Rolfe. Interdisciplinary partners have included choreographer Conrad Alexandrowicz, video installation artist Ramona Ramlochand, filmmaker Gary Popovich, composer John Oswald, flutist and conductor Patrick Gallois, philosopher Mark Kingwell, actor RH Thomson, and institutions such as the Royal Ontario Museum and TVOntario.
Past special projects have included l'Oreille Fine, featuring concerts and a symposium dealing with the subject of contemporary expression in a classical art form; SHIFT, a festival of Canadian and Dutch music, film and literature that took place in Amsterdam and in Toronto; and Contes pour enfants pas sages, settings of Jacques Prévert's children's stories by Victoria composer Christopher Butterfield. The 2013-14 season featured Singing the Earth, a collaboration of Anna Höstman (composer), Dylan Robinson, Patrick Nickelson and Marion Newman; and Gaudeamus: Deconstructed/Reconstructed, a two-day co-presentation by Continuum, Arraymusic, the Music Gallery and ISCM Canada bringing the artistic vision of the Netherlands' famed Gaudeamus Muziekweek to Toronto
The 2014-2015 season celebrates Continuum’s 30th anniversary with Souvenir, a film and live music project nineteen years in the making featuring several of Canada’s most touted composers; a 30th anniversary concert featuring works for our core ensemble and guests, as well as a premiere from Jason Doell, winner of the 2014 Toronto Emerging Composer award; and Collide, a collaboration with Subtle Technologies bringing together scientists, media artists and composers in search of new meanings in music. Additional activity includes a return of our education collaboration with the TDSB; New Music 101; and our smash-hit fundraising event Continuum Karaoke.
Continuum is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the Julie-Jiggs Foundation, the SOCAN Foundation and many private donors. Continuum is a member of the Canadian New Music Network and the Toronto New Music Alliance.