The Thin Edge New Music Collective believes that contemporary music is a powerful medium which has the ability to comment and reflect on modern society in a unique and poignant way. We recognize that the broad range of musical idioms which new music encompasses functions as an important touchstone for contemporary life and as such are passionately dedicated to supporting our peers through commissions and performance. Ultimately we aspire to bring innovative and challenging 20th and 21st century music to audiences both existing and as yet untapped.

The Thin Edge New Music Collective (TENMC) was founded in 2011 by co-artistic directors, pianist Cheryl Duvall and violinist Ilana Waniuk, Since its inception, TENMC has grown to include 12 of Canada’s brightest emerging performers and  has been responsible for commissioning and premiering numerous compositions by emerging composers from Canada and abroad with 13 more in the works for our upcoming 2014/2015 season. In addition to presenting a Toronto based concert series, TENMC has participated in artistic residencies at the Banff Centre and performed on concert stages across Canada including the University of Calgary’s Happening Festival of New Music and Media, as well as been presented by Ottawa New Music Creators, Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society, and Open Space Art Society in Victoria.  Keys, Wind and Strings, a touring concert project of TENMC, was featured as ensemble in residence at the soundSCAPE festival of new music in Maccagno, Italy in July 2013, and participated in a residency/concert project in July 2014 at Le Pantographe in Moutier, Switzerland.  In September and November of 2014, TENMC was showcased as part of the NUMUS Emerging Artist Series in Waterloo, Ontario.

For more info please check out the following interview with TENMC members Cheryl and Ilana in the Musetta Stone:

Upcoming Events:

April is the Cruelest Month

Sunday,  April 12th, 2015

Doors: 7:30pm* | Concert: 8pm
Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Ave)


At the door: $20 regular, $15  senior, student, arts worker
Online in Advance through Be-Mused: $18 regular, $13 senior, student, arts worker


“April is the Cruelest Month” is a concert program exploring the concept of “cut poetry” in musical form. Join us for a concert featuring Lukas Foss’s seminal work “13 ways of Looking at a Blackbird” (voice, piano, flute and percussion) , “Pourriez-vous être le couteau dans ma vie?” by Laurie Radford (piano trio with live electronics), and world premieres by Canadian composers Tawnie Olson and Emilie LeBel.

For more info please visit our events page.

"April is the Cruelest Month" is presented with generous support from the Ontario Arts Council.


Thin Edge New Music Collective (Toronto) and Ensemble Paramirabo (Montreal) team up to present a dynamic concert program featuring Steve Reich’s Pulitzer prizewinning Double Sextet, Louis Andriessen’s politically charged Worker’s Union, and the World Premiere of a new work for all 12 musicians by Brian Harman (Toronto/Montreal). ‘Raging Against the Machine’ aims to establish meaningful connections between artists and organizations with distinct geographical, cultural and linguistic identities.

This project is inspired by the driven rhythmic nature of both Reich and Andriessen’s compositions. Tonights program will also include the world premiere of new compositions written for each respective ensemble by Anna Höstman (Toronto) and Patrick Giguère (Montreal).

TENMC and Ensemble Paramirabo will bring ‘Raging Against the Machine’ to venues across Canada between February and April 2015 including performances at New Music Edmonton, New Works Calgary, University of Manitoba, Wilfrid Laurier University, Music on Main/Little Chamber Music Series that could in Vancouver, and Open Space Art Society in Victoria.

Raging Against the Machine is presented with generous support from the Toronto Arts Council, the SOCAN foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, Arraymusic, Roger D. Moore,  the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.