The Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions (WRCMS) is a weeklong series of workshops, concerts, panels, reading sessions, and activities designed to promote and provide opportunities for emerging and early career Canadian and International performers, improvisers, and composers of contemporary music. Our all-Canadian roster of acclaimed early career guest artists and ensembles will be performing in diverse venues all across the Waterloo region (a major hub of  artistic activity in Ontario), and will also be providing mentorship, coaching, and workshops throughout the week to selected applicants chosen to participate in WRCMS 2017.

We are committed to achieving balance within the gender spectrum in our programming, and we are actively seeking participants who identify (or self-identify) with groups underrepresented within the current, predominately cismusic-making, including: established contemporary music ensembles, improvisers, electroacoustic and multimedia collaborative artists, and even a psychedelic pop band from Montreal.

Highlights of the 2017 edition of WRCMS include:

  • Workshops and panels on gender and music, professional development, electroacoustic practice, improvisation,  grant writing, the commissioning process, and other topics of concern for emerging artists.
  • Guest Artist concerts throughout the week, including: premieres by participants; a   with a pre-concert talk by composer Linda Catlin Smith; a newly commissioned collaborative multimedia project at a local independent cinema; and an improvisation night at a local brewery (see our Guest Artist page for more information).
  • Mentorship, coaching, and masterclasses throughout the week with Guest Artists, and many performance opportunities.
  • At the end of the week, we have arranged for studio recording sessions to catalogue and disseminate the new works created especially for WRCMS with a digital album.