New Music

Christian Fennez at the Western Front 2010. Image courtesy Femke van Delft Christian Fennez at the Western Front 2010.
Image courtesy Femke van Delft


Music at the Western Front has developed within the organization’s history of Fluxus methodologies. Music curation and presentation reflects long-standing interests in conceptual art, chance operations, indeterminacy, improvisation, and unconventional modes of presentation. The Western Front supports the evolution of contemporary music practice, which blurs genre boundaries from classical to experimental music and embraces diverse musical literacies from score-based composition to electronica and noise.

Over thirty-eight years, Western Front New Music has garnered an international reputation for experimental music. Many innovators and inventors have graced the stage of the Grande Luxe Hall including: Jennifer Butler, Alvin Curran, Christian Fennesz, Ellen Fullman, François Houle, Steve Lacy, Jean-François Laporte, Joëlle Léandre, George Lewis, Gordon Monahan, The Nihilist Spasm Band, KK Null, Orkestra Futura, Pauline Oliveros, John Oswald, and Hildegard Westerkamp.

Western Front New Music promotes contemporary music through its curated program of concerts, residencies, commissions, recordings, touring projects, outreach presentations and critical commentary. In addition to its curated program, Western Front New Music engages in co-productions with organizations such as Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, the New Orchestra Workshop Society, LIVE Biennial of Performance Art, Music on Main, PuSH International Performing Arts Festival, Roundhouse Community Centre, Sonic Presence, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Community Gamelan, and Vancouver New Music.


In 2011, Western Front New Music launched Echoic Chamber, an online collection of performance documentation, commissioned recording sessions, interviews, research, and writing from New Music programming. Echoic Chamber is designed to invite musical discourse, providing a new outlet for the music program and a new voice for music practitioners.  >> Visit Echoic Chamber


Western Front New Music accepts programming submissions. Please submit to Note: as we receive hundreds of submissions, we will only respond to those we are interested in programming.