The Music Gallery, Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music, presents the fifteenth edition of the internationally acclaimed X Avant New Music Festival from October 1 to 18, 2020. 

All shows will be available to stream online and will be a mix of on and off-site concerts produced by the Music Gallery; (still) located at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education. 


Highlights include: 

Abstract punk ensemble OK Miss featuring 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun 

Word/sound/power from 2020 Griffin Poetry Prize winner Kaie Kellough with Jason Sharp 

Alanna Stuart (Bonjay) gathers Jamaican-Canadian artists and supporters of different eras in discussion around a community meal. 

Performance from Toronto's own "Groove-Based Indie Jazz" star, Tara Kannangara. 

Toronto's foremost contemporary ensemble, Thin Edge New Music Collective 

Interview with Toronto Black music historian emeritus, Norman "Otis" Richmond 

Nishnaabeg singer songwriter Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and avant-jazz explorer Mingjia livestreamed from the Music Gallery

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Thin Edge New Music Collective + Tara Kannangara

October 4th, 2020

7pm EST


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Opening for Thin Edge is JUNO-nominated artist, Tara Kannangara who  meshes Pop, Electronic/Synth music, Jazz, and Alternative, into a singular voice that is captivating audiences all over North America.Tara has melded everything she’s learned into genre-bending music that will make you cry, dance, smile and feel everything in between. 

Growing up in Chilliwack, BC, she studied classical piano and voice from an early age. She then serendipitously picked up the trumpet in high school at first focusing on classical before moving into Jazz and other genres. Tara studied at the University of Victoria for classical trumpet and vocals but later moved to Toronto to pursue music at the University of Toronto where she came into her own as a performer and songwriter.


Thin Edge Programme: 

Anahita Abbasi – “Sirventès” (2017) – for cello and percussion 
Leila Adu – “Colour Wheel” (2013) – solo piano
Lieke Van Der Voort – “IAMTHERIBCAGE” (2018) for solo percussion and electronics
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh – “Habil Sayagy” (1979) for cello and prepared piano


TENMC Performers:


Amahl Arulanandam - cello

Cheryl Duvall - piano

Nathan Petitpas - percussion


Please visit our Events Page for composer/performer bios and programme notes. 



In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to postpone our Premieres IX concert and workshop until further notice. We thank everyone for your understanding and tireless support of TENMC.  Stay tuned for updates about our 2020/2021 season in the coming weeks.  We wish you all health and safety during difficult this time. 

Thin Edge New Music Collective presents:


March 20th 2020

Doors 7:30/ Show 8pm

Array Music | 155 Walnut Avenue, Toronto 

Thin Edge New Music Collective presents our 9th edition of our annual Premieres concert
featuring numerous new works for sextet by some of North America's most thrilling emerging composers!

Matthew AriaratnamAnnie Hui-Hsin Hseih,  Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi, Matt Klein, Homa Samiei, Paolo Griffin

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General - $20
Students/Seniors/Arts Workers - $15


Presented with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Dream Cymbals, SOCAN Foundation, and Arraymusic. 

Did you miss Ongaku? Check out some of the photos from the event below and download the full festival program full of composer bios and more!