Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 201150 ans de création musicale au Québec

  • Wednesday, February 23 – Saturday, 26, 2011

    Regular (Starting at): $60.00

    Regular (Up to): $100.00

Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Semaine internationale de musique actuelle in Montréal, and during the Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques festival (MNM 2011), the new music community gathers to take stock of itself.» Read the reports written at this event.



In the course of four days organized by Groupe Le Vivier, producers, promoters, composers, performers, educators, musicologists, and administrators will be hosting lectures and panel discussions. An eagerly awaited state of the community.

  • In Search of Pierre Mercure, a musician in-between arts who, in 1961, thought up what many now see as the founding event in Quebec’s new music.
  • In Search of Our Evolution—artistic and material, the evolution that has drawn, step by step, the picture of our music, the evolution that has shaped our ecology.
  • In Search of Our Future—the one we can still draw together.

Over 30 lecturers, panelists, and moderators invite you. Register today!

This season, Le Vivier presents its Professional Meetings in collaboration with several partners: Canadian Music Centre in Quebec, Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques, Canadian New Music Network, Fédération des associations de musiciens éducateurs du Québec, and Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique.

Join us!

Detailed Programming

February 23, 2011
Pierre Mercure (1927-1966) Study Day
From Refus global to Total Art

A composer and television director, Pierre Mercure has left his stamp on Quebec’s creative music, with originality and perspicacity, as early as the late 1940s. This study day will be an opportunity to raise the awareness about Pierre Mercure and his works, and to discuss his place in Quebec’s musical, artistic and cultural history. The major part he played from 1948 to 1965 and his collaborations with some of the artists who signed or were close to the Refus global manifesto will serve as a springboard for questions concerning his career, the context in which he worked, and the interdisciplinarity prevailing in his œuvre. Come hear artists, composers, art historians, musicians, and musicologists present the fruits of their research work on Mercure.


Throughout the day, an exhibition and radio/TV/video documents directed by or about Mercure will be accessible.

Presented by the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) in Quebec with the Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique (OICRM)

February 24, 2011
Evolution of New Music in Quebec: Education, Financing, Outreach, and Major Artistic Currents

The Fédération des associations de musiciens éducateurs du Québec partners with these Professional Meetings to present the evolution of music education in Quebec and the role creative music plays in it. This will be followed by Le Vivier’s study on the material conditions of operation, financing, and outreach of the new music community since 1961. Then, the epic tale L’Histoire des musiques nouvelles au Québec [A History of New Music in Quebec] will tell us about the major artistic trends in our new music and help us better understand how each current fits in the new music mosaic. Finally, a panel discussion with creators and performers will look for future orientations.

New Music Interpretation Centre (NMIC)

Le Vivier launches the prototype of its brand new virtual and portable New Music Interpretation Centre (NMIC) : four multimedia presentations for Le Vivier members and the three major families of creative music: scored music, digital music, and improvised music.


Presented by Le Vivier with Fédération des associations de musiciens éducateurs du Québec (FAMEQ)

February 25, 2011
Perspectives (1/2)

Arts council representatives from our three levels of government will discuss the future of new music. Two network experiences will be told: the European network Centres culturels de rencontres started in France, and the ON network for new music started in Cologne. Le Vivier will present its 2011-14 strategic plan for the development of new music. Finally, a plenary session will try to find answers to three major questions related to the development of new music in Quebec.

In the evening, 30 musicians from the four corners of Montréal’s contemporary scene will join talents to present a unique performance of John Cage’s famous Atlas Eclipticalis, premiered in Montréal by the composer 50 years ago. Commissioned to this monument of American music by Québécois composer Pierre Mercure, this work (for 1 to 86 instruments) is a literal transcription of star constellations—magnificently organized chaos out of which arises meditative music in perpetual renewal.


  • 8:30 am: Registration
  • 9:00 am: L’avenir des musiques nouvelles à Montréal [The Future of New Music in Montréal] / Danielle Sauvage, General Manager, Conseil des arts de Montréal
  • 9:10 am: L’avenir des musiques nouvelles au Québec [The Future of New Music in Quebec] / Stéphan La Roche, Directeur de la Musique, de la Danse et de l’Action territoriale, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
  • 9:20 am: L’avenir des musiques nouvelles au Canada [The Future of New Music in Canada] / Russell Kelley, Head, Music Section, The Canada Council for the Arts
  • 9:30 am: Le réseau international des Centres culturels de rencontre [Centres culturels de rencontre, An International Network] / Francis Maréchal (France)
  • 10:00 am: Le réseau ON des musiques nouvelles à Cologne [ON ­ New Music Cologne] / Hermann-Christoph Müller (Germany)
  • 10:30 am: Break
  • 11:00 am: Le Vivier’s Strategic Plan and Action Proposals / Panel discussion with Myriam Grondin (moderator), Danielle Palardy Roger, Robert Leroux, Barah Héon-Morissette, Pierrette Gingras.
  • 11:45 am: Plenary session hosted by Myriam Grondin
  • 1:00 pm: Lunch (free afternoon to let the musicians prepare for the evening concert)
  • 9:00 pm: Concert: Atlas at Christ Church Cathedral. Free for conference participants.

Presented by Le Vivier

February 26, 2011
Perspectives (2/2)
CNMN Regional Meeting

As part of the conference, the Canadian New Music Network (CNMN) will hold its regional meeting for Quebec. The CNMN is an organization dedicated to developing a strong, united, and efficient voice that represents everyone in the new music community, across Canada. The CNMN invites you to join as a non-voting member (free) or a voting member (small charge) to participate to these discussions. Please think ahead about the topics you would like to discuss at the regional meeting and join the conversation! For more information, please visit Canadian New Music Network’s website.

  • 10:00 am: Avenir du Réseau canadien pour les musiques nouvelles (RCMN) et de sa structure québécoise [The Future of the CNMN and Its Québécois Structure]
  • 1:00 pm: Lunch

Presented by the Canadian New Music Network (CNMN)

Thank You

“50 Years of Creative Music in Quebec,” Le Vivier’s 2011 Professional Meetings benefited from the financial support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts du Canada, Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec, Department of Canadian Heritage, Conseil des arts de Montréal, SOCAN Foundation, and Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM).