New Music Edmonton Presents: The No Normal – 2020/21 Season

In spite of unprecedented obstacles this year, there is a breathtaking consensus among artists, funders, and Edmonton’s creative community as a whole – artistic work is essential and must continue. With this in mind, New Music Edmonton is moving forward with a completely digital season, full of different kinds of events, initiatives, and lots of new work.

Our plans maintain NME’s basic mandate to celebrate what’s new in music, and in sound-based art, while prioritizing our role as contributors to an equitable and accessible arts scene. We’re working with creatives in unprecedented and varied ways, inviting experimentation in both content and delivery, and reimagining our role as a presenter.

In so many ways, the 2020-21 season is the start of a new era for us. What was normal won’t be again, and the only “new normal” is no normal at all.

New Work & Performances 

Over the summer, we commissioned 15 new creations – a combination of audio pieces, classical components, and audio visual work – by a diverse group of artists. New work, as well as performances by electronic, classical, and multidisciplinary artists, will be shared over the course of the season. Stay tuned for the full schedule, coming soon!

The No Normal Podcast 

At the core of our 2020/21 season will be a brand new, overdue venue for us – a monthly hour-long podcast! Hosted by local radio veteran, Oskar Zybart, each episode will introduce listeners to the next round of upcoming events as well as feature newly commissioned works, and discussions between this season’s lineup of artists and a roster of guest interviewers. The No Normal podcast will also include stories, conversations with friends, local organizations, and much more! You can listen to The No Normal on Soundcloud or subscribe via your favourite podcast service.

Now Hear This Festival

We’re making up for the cancellation of March’s Now Hear This Festival with not one but two digital installments this season! Both the Winter Edition of the festival, hosted in December and the Spring Edition, hosted in March, will offer newly recorded creations, outreach activities, and performances!

Stay tuned for especially unique programming, happening during the December solstice, March equinox and June solstice.

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