2017 Events

April 29
Western Front

303 8 AVE E Vancouver








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The NOW Society is pleased to begin to celebrate their 40th year by presenting a performance of Dr. George E. Lewis’ composition Shadowgraph 5. The piece will be presented in marathon form, a continuous four-hour stream of music performed by eleven ensembles with connections to the NOW Society’s past and present including Talking Pictures, the Bruce Freedman Quartet, Merge Ensemble, Unity, the Nikki Carter Trio, the NOW ensemble, MuseArt, Sandbox, Paul Plimley trio and the Sawdust Collectors ensemble and the NOW improv workshop group.

Montréal and Vancouver

various venues

June 2 - 11 (Montréal) and November 6 - 15 (Vancovuer)

Trading Places: Un'échance d'Improvisateurs Montréal-Vancouver is a vibrant residency program begun in 2016 that takes place in two of Canada's foremost centers of improvised music, in Montréal from June 2 - 11 and Vancouver from November 6 - 15.

Multiple presenters from Montréal and Vancouver curate in collaboration, providing emerging and established musicians support for their artistic practice and opportunities for growth through cultural exchange, placing talent in agreement with opportunity. 

                        Ever heard a comic book performed?

            A Graphic Novel interpreted by creative musicians?





Merge Vancouver

The NOW Society is dedicated to sharing improvised music with their community through the presentation of free improvisation workshops (since 1978) for adults, musicians and youth. As part of the Shadowgraph 5 project, NOW will present a three-week improvisation workshop series at Merge Vancouver on April 1, 8 and 15 from 2-4 pm, preparing participants to take part in the performance on April 29. The free workshops will be open to musicians of all levels of ability.

Merge Vancouver

The NOW Society presents a chance improvisation series at the Merge Vancovuer.

Roundhouse Community Center



November 15 - 18

The New Orchestra Workshop (NOW) Society commemorates their 40th year with performances of new works in a four-day interactive archival and performative installation, placing the Society as one of Canada's most significant improvisatory creative music collectives.