Overview:Led by Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney and Executive Director Chris Lorway, Soundstreams is a Toronto-based music presenter that commissions, develops, and showcases the work of contemporary Canadian composers and their international counterparts.
These innovative collaborations are performed by the finest artists from Canada and around the world, and are presented in an annual concert series, in national and international tours, and through a variety of education and outreach activities. To mark our 30th anniversary season in 2012–13, Soundstreams launched SoundMakers, an innovative website and iPad app that invites music lovers to explore Soundstreams’ commissioned works and create new works of their own.
Over the past three decades, Soundstreams commissions have added more than 150 works to the musical repertoire worldwide, reflecting a diverse variety of genres and cultural traditions. Projects have included festivals and conferences such as the Northern Encounters Festival, University Voices, Toronto Fanfare Project, and the Cool Drummings percussion festival and conference, as well as award-winning operas including Thomson Highway and Melissa Hui’s Cree opera Pimooteewin: The Journey and R. Murray Schafer’s site-specific opera The Children’s Crusade.