Past Events

October 29th, 2018 to November 6th, 2018
Trading Places: Un Échange 2018

Montréal and Vancouver

Trading Places: Un Échange is a vibrant residency program begun in 2016 that takes place in Montréal and Vancouver two of Canada’s foremost centers of improvised music. The Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, Music on Main, the NOW Society, Suoni Per Il Popolo and the Western Front curate in collaboration, providing  support for artistic practice and opportunities for growth through cultural exchange.


Trading Places: Un Échange est un programme de résidence dynamique qui a débuté en 2016 et qui se déroule à Montréal et à Vancouver, deux des principaux centres de musique improvisée au Canada. La Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, Music on Main, le NOW Society, Suoni Per Il Popolo et le Western Front organisent en collaboration un soutien à la pratique artistique et aux opportunités de croissance par le biais d'échanges culturels.

October 3rd, 2018 to October 6th, 2018

8EAST is a joint project of the New Orchestra Workshop (NOW) Society and the UNIT/PITT Society for Art and Critical Awareness. 8EAST serves as a meeting place and venue for musicians and visual artists.

March 24th, 2018 to March 25th, 2018
Orpheum Annex

823 Seymour Street

with the NOW Society Orchestra






March 22nd, 2018
Selectors' Records

8 East Pender St.

Join us for a free improvisation workshop with Nicole Mitchell and Lisa Mezzacappa.


January 23rd, 2018 to January 24th, 2018
Vancouver Art Gallery


Courtroom 302
Free Admission
Carol Sawyer - voice
Lisa Cay Miller - piano
Elisa Thorn - harp
Katie Rife - percussion


December 14th, 2017 to December 15th, 2017
Selector Records

8 East Pender St. Vancouver

Gary Wildeman's 48-page graphic comic book score

7:00 pm Free     

Workshop: the Onomatopoeia Comic Score

8:30 pm by Donation     

The NOW Society Ensemble performs Onomatopoiea

November 15th, 2017 to November 16th, 2017
Roundhouse Community Center

181 Roundhouse Mews


November 15 - 18, 2017

General $25 | Students and Musicians $10    

40th Anniversary Pass $30

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.

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November 9th, 2017 to November 18th, 2017
Montréal and Vancouver

various venues

November 9 - 17

Trading Places: Un Échange d'Improvisateurs

Resident Artists: Vicky Mettler (guitar) Ellwood Epps (trumpet)

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November 4th, 2017
The Orpheum Annex
823 Seymour
The NOW Ensemble Plays Graphic Works (scores below!)
November 4, Orpheum Annex, 10:15 pm



April 29th, 2017
Western Front

303 8 AVE E Vancouver








The NOW Society was pleased to begin to celebrate their 40th year by presenting performance of Dr. George E. Lewis’ composition Shadowgraph 5. The piece was 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, Freedman/Muller/Reed/Van der Schyff, 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.