New Music

The New Music program has developed within Western Front’s history of Fluxus methodologies, and reflects long-standing interests in conceptual art, chance operations, indeterminacy, improvisation, and unconventional modes of presentation. 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, the New Music  program 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.

The New Music program promotes contemporary music through concerts, residencies, commissions, recordings, touring projects, outreach presentations, and critical commentary. In addition to its curated program, we engage 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.

Echoic Chamber 

In 2011, the New Music program launched Echoic Chamber, an online collection of performance documentation, commissioned recording sessions, interviews, research, and writing from its program. 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


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