MUSIC IN THE BARNS @ Symphony in the Barn - August 5, 2017, 8:00 pm (Doors Open: 7:00 pm)


Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble with Special Guest Alexander Sevastian, accordion
featuring works by Astor Piazzolla, JS Bach, Philip Glass and Iannis Xenakis



"Unveiling The Sound Tower Experience"

Featuring Music in the Barns' David Schotzko, percussion
Selections from Canadian composer Michael Oesterle’s “Spanning Tree"

Becoming Sensor installation by Ayelen Liberona & Natasha Myers 
Allison Cameron (sound design & field recordist)



Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble featuring works by John Cage, Philip Glass and Michael Oesterle
Becoming Sensor - A Multi-Sensory Installation by Natasha Myers and Ayelen Liberona
The Great Arc - by guest artists, New York City duo Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna



Created for the CART/ACRT 2017 Conference Performing the Anthropocene: Setting the Stage for the End of the World, Music in the Barns’ multi-room transformation of the landmark Great Hall moved audiences through three rooms of music, art, spoken word and film. 

The evening’s centerpiece was the multi-stage Main Hall performance of John Cage’s prescient 1976 composition “Lecture on the Weather”, framed by works for strings and percussion by Philip Glass and Canadian composer Michael Oesterle.

According to Cage, “Lecture on the Weather” was originally to be performed by twelve men, “preferably American men who have become Canadian citizens”. Music in the Barns reimagined the work to reflect today's socio-political environment together a lineup of Canada’s most important and diverse social activists, leaders and performers to unfold Cage’s most powerfully politically charged composition.

Sponsored by:

Pocket Concerts  |  University of Toronto's School of the Environment  |  The Social Collective


The Luminato Festival, in partnership with Music in the Barns, presented the world premiere of Song of Extinction, a visual and sonic exploration of the Anthropocene, the rapidly accelerating calamity that Homo sapiens have unleashed on the planet. Created for the monumental 400,000 sq. ft. Hearn Generating Station, the 50 minute electro-acoustic cantata pushes the boundaries of art and science interweaving archival footage, panoramic images and a tightly enmeshed score for chamber orchestra, chamber choir, youth choir and live electronics.

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"The square resonated with hundreds of instruments in unison.
A transcendent aural spectacle."
- Living Toronto Magazine


For the 2015 INTERsections Festival, Music in the Barns transformed Canada’s major commercial intersection and tourist attraction, Yonge-Dundas Square, for a one-time-only participatory performance of composer John Oswald's “Spectre for 1001 String Quartet Reflections”. 


“ticking off a lot of boxes- avant garde,
nu-classical, electronica and horror-movie” - Toronto Star


Music in the Barns transformed the 7500 sq ft Artscape Wychwood Barns MainSpace for a magnificent four screen, in-the-round concert experience featuring a portrait concert of internationally acclaimed, Jules Léger Prize composition winner, Nicole Lizée. 



“...bewitching...let’s just say there’s enough talent and ideas here to make it a happening thing.” - Toronto Star

Transforming the legendary Drake Underground, this unique 360º experiential happening was an intricate choreography of four films on four screens with live musical performances. 


"...a vivid, sensual experience." - Living Toronto Magazine


Music in the Barns sculpted an unparalleled, up-close chamber music experience setting its sold-out audience in-the-round in the spectacular Artscape Wychwood Barns Mainspace. The premiere exhibition of New York City artist Lana Jean Israel’s Series of Progressive Designs were the “requisite roving element” (Toronto Star) topping off the evening’s performance with an imaginative and reflective post-concert reception.



"...this is the sort of thing I like: a concert that mixes weird electronics, composed 'new music' and an avant-garde percussion group." - Mechanical Forest Sound 


A slam dunk lineup at Toronto's hippest new art house, Music in the Barns in collaboration with Burn Down the Capital (Tad Michalak) curated a pulse-pounding percussion and electronic concert event transforming the Jam Factory for an up-close performance of Man Forever and So Percussion's album Ryonen.