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Fresh Ground new works Strikes a Chord with the Premiere of Blue Note

TORONTO, August 7, 2008Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to co-present the Premiere of the Nightswimming production Blue Note, September 16 through September 21, 2008. Part of Harbourfront Centre’s national commissioning programme, Fresh Ground new works, Blue Note is the first ever performance to be presented in the York Quay Centre Main Gallery, and is absolutely free for all ages to attend.

A character study of a vocal ensemble, Blue Note is perhaps the first of its kind – an innovative collaboration between theatre artists, musicians and architects that crosses the lines of visual art and performance. In this non-traditional visual performance, the audience is granted access behind the scenes with seven singers in a vocal ensemble and are witnesses to the rehearsal process. Gradually it comes to light that the ensemble is one member short for the choral piece they are rehearsing. It is this missing voice that drives the story as it evolves through each performance, and as in a piece of choral music, the story is only revealed when the individual voices are singing together.

Created by Brian Quirt, Artistic Director of Nightswimming, and written by Martin Julien, Blue Note will transform the Main Gallery into an interactive performance space complete with lighting and spatial design from the creative team at PLANT Architect Inc. The audience and the performers interact within the transformed gallery space during both the rehearsals, which can also be considered open workshops, and the formal performances.

Blue Note by Nightswimming (Toronto) - Part of Fresh Ground new works
York Quay Centre Main Gallery, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
September 16 - 21, daily open workshops from 1:00 p.m. withperformances at 7:00 p.m.

For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit
For information about Nightswimming, please visit

Fresh Ground new works is made possible by the generosity of several individual donors who have actively assisted in the creation of new Canadian art works: Robert & Anne Marie Canning, John Harkness, George Myhal, Jim & Sandra Pitblado, Michael & Sonja Koerner, Wil & Judy Matthews, Peter Allen, Margaret & Jim Fleck, Lionel F. Conacher & Joan Dea, and grants from: Imperial Tobacco Canada Arts Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, and the J.P. Bickell Foundation.


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