Organizational History

2018

  • Contraries: a chamber requiem by Spy Dénomé-Welch & Catherine Magowan at the Royal Conservatory of Music June 27, 2018

    June 27, 2018: Contraries: a chamber requiem premieres at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Mazzoleni Hall, Toronto, supported by Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Projects)

    • Text: Spy Dénommé-Welch
    • Music: Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan
    • Music Director: Catherine Magowan
    • Knowledge Carrier: Jean Becker
    • Voices: Nicole-Joy Fraser, Joanna Burt, Conlin Delbaere-Sawchuk, Everett Morrison
    • Instruments: Bhavani Khota, Kevin Harris, Roslyn Black, Justin McLean, Benjamin Stein, Melody McKivor
    • Répétiteur: Benjamin Stein
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  • July 9 – August 1, 2018: Canoe workshopped and excerpts presented at Mskomini Giizis Residency (Native Earth Performing Arts, Aki Studio, funded by the Metcalf Foundation’s 2016 Creative Strategies Incubator)
    • Text: Spy Dénommé-Welch
    • Music by Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan
    • Music Director: Catherine Magowan
    • Directors: Moynan King & Spy Dénommé-Welch
    • Knowledge Carrier: Jean Becker
    • Voices: Nicole-Joy Fraser, Joanna Burt, Alejandra Nuñez, Conlin Delbaere-Sawchuk
    • Instruments: Alison Melville, Rona Goldensher, Mary-Katharin Finch, Benjamin Stein, Christopher Dawes
    • Répétiteur: Benjamin Stein
    • Set Designer: Jay Havens
    • Projections: Samay Arcentales Cajas
    • Costume Designer: Kinoo Arcentales
    • Production Manager: Ulla Laidlaw
    • Stage Manager: Heather Kilner
    • Assistant Stage Manager: Milena Fera
    • Technical: B.C. Batty (Native Earth)

2017

  • Bottlenecked by Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan on March 5, 2017. Image by Chestnut Hall Music

    March 5, 2017: Bottlenecked premiered by Nota Bene Baroque Players (St. John the Evangelist Church, Kitchener); performance subsequently repeated November 22 and 25, 2017 (Wesley Church, Cambridge; Calvary United Church, St. Jacobs)

  • April 28 – 30, 2017: music for We Want to Paint on the Walls of the Cave: Stories from the Contact Zone performed by Brock University faculty members, graduate students and community artists as part of In the Soil Festival.
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  • June 9 – 11, 2017: Who Killed Rock Robin? premiered as part of community art project, Drift Seeds: a poetic parody for people living in absurd times (Winchester Park, Toronto; commissioned by Red Dress Productions)
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  • June 22 – 24, 2017: Sojourn premiered at the Luminato Festival as part
    Sojourn by Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan at Luminato 2017. Photo by Dahlia Katz, used courtesy of Signal Theatre.

    of dance opera, Bearing  (featuring Marion Newman, commissioned by Michael Greyeyes/Signal Theatre; Canadian Opera Company, Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre)

    • Text: Spy Dénommé-Welch
    • Music: Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan
    • Directed by Yvette Nolan & Michael Greyeyes
    • Choreography by the company, with Michael Greyeyes
    • Musical Direction by Gregory Oh
    • Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay
    • Costume Design by Joanna Yu
    • Projection Design by Laura Warren
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  • November 4, 2017: music for We Want to Paint on the Walls of the Cave: Stories from the Contact Zone performed by Brock University faculty members, graduate students and community artists as part of Festival of Readers.
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  • November 18, 2017: HATE MAIL & Irreconcilable Trolls presented at Weesageechak XXX (Aki Studio)
    • Creators: Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan
    • Featuring: Nicole-Joy Fraser, Graham Martin, Cecilia Lee, Spy Dénommé-Welch, Catherine Magowan

2016

  • January 2016: Professor Quack & Grunt awarded funding through the Ontario Arts Council Theatre Creator’s Reserve
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  • June 16, 2016: Professor Quack & Grunt perform as part of RED: A Night of Live Performance (Girl Can Create, Except for Kenneth, Hamilton)
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  • December 5 – 6, 2016: Sojourn workshop (Signal Theatre, Canadian Opera Company, Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre)
    • Text by Spy Dénommé-Welch
    • Music by Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan
    • Music Director: Gregory Oh
    • Performers: Marion Newman, Bethany Bergman, Sarah Fraser Raff, Sharon Lee, Mary-Katharin Finch, Csaba Koczó, Ryan Scott)

2015

  • January 17, 2015: Spin Doctors premiered by Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra’s chamber players ( Paul’s L’Amoreaux Anglican Church), featuring Corey Gemmel, Kaye Royer & Talisa Blackman
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  • March 23, 2015: Professor Quack & Grunt perform for faculty and students at the University of Regina (Regina, SK)
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  • June 14, 2015: Victorian Secrets presented at Free Jane (Buddies in Bad Times & Toronto Pride, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto)
    • Director: Moynan King
    • Actors: Nicole Joy-Fraser, Falen Johnson, Craig Lauzon
    • Piano: Cecilia Lee
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  • September 18, 2015: “Counterpoints: Indigenous Perspectives & Representations in Classical Music and Opera” presented at Performing Turtle Island: A Gathering of Indigenous Theatre and Performance at the University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada (Shu-Box Theatre, Regina, featuring Helen Pridmore, Katie Gagnon, Simon Fryer, David McIntyre)
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  • September 18, 2015: Giizhigookwe Falls to Earth premiered by Simon Fryer at Performing Turtle Island: A Gathering of Indigenous Theatre and Performance at the University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada (Shu-Box Theatre, Regina)

2014

  • February 28 – March 2, 2014: Giiwedin presented by students of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Music Opera program (Theatre Auditorium, Wilfrid Laurier University)
    Giiwedin by Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine​ Magowan from February 28 – March 2, 2014 at Wilfrid Laurier University. Photo by Andy Wright
    • Text: Spy Dénommé-Welch
    • Music: Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan
    • Stage Director: Anne-Marie Donovan
    • Music Director: Leslie De’Ath
    • Noodin-Kwe: Emma Mansell
    • Mahigan: Kendra Dyck, Sarah Amelard
    • Dr. Carlton: Gary Butler
    • John: Blair Spry
    • Jean: Ivica Balaban, Gary Butler
    • Mahkwa: Christina Yun
    • The Minister: Darren Watts
    • Medical Students: Rachael Curtis, Julianne Hartman, Zachery Vander Meulen, Magnus Mee
    • Weeping Forest Sprits: Chantal Grybas, Marisha Walewicz, Jeffrey Smith, Dylan Langdon
    • Timber Wolves: Julia Newton, Julianne Hartman
    • Indian Agents: Zacharie Fogal, Gary Butler
    • News Cryers: Chantal Grybas, Marisha Walewicz, Jeffrey Smith, Dylan Langdon
    • Violin: Adriana Arcila Tascon
    • Cello: Alexis Castrogiovanni
    • Archlute: Benjamin Stein
    • Harpsichord: Satoshi Matsumura
    • Stage Manager: Jennifer Schamehorn
    • Assistant Director: Melanie McSweeney
    • Costume Designer: Helen Basson
    • Lighting Designer: Allan Hoch
    • Projection Designer: Isabella Stefanescu, Klaus Engel
    • Projection Design Editing: Nathan Saliwonchyk
    • Technical Director: Jeremy Bernard
    • Traditional Dance Advisor: Rachael Simon
    • Fight Choreography: Caitlyn Derderian
    • Fight Choreography Assistant: Jack Wagner
    • Fight Captain: Julianne Hartman
    • Stage Carpenter: Darcie Hagen
    • Lighting Board Operator: Kourosh Ghamsari-Esfahani
    • Video Operator: Eric Kwan
    • Props Coordinator: Zacharie Fogal
    • Costumes Coordinator: Emma Mansell
    • Hair & Makeup Coordinator: Julianne Hartman
    • Technical/Set Coordinator: Darren Watts
    • Marketing/Publicity: Christina Yun
    • Slapstick/Page Turner: Kelsey Lenti
    • Vocal Coaches: Leslie De’Ath, Beth Ann de Sousa, Anna Ronai
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  • August 26, 2014: Professor Quack & Grunt perform for faculty at the University of Regina (Regina, SK)
  • November 18, 2014: Victorian Secrets presented at Weesageechak XXVII (Aki Studio)
    • Director: Moynan King
    • Actors: Nicole Joy-Fraser, Michaela Washburn, Keith Barker
    • Piano: Cecilia Lee

2013

  • May 3, 2013: Bike Rage takes first prize by audience vote at Baroque Idol (Aradia Ensemble, Toronto Music Gallery)

2012

  • February 26, 2012: Professor Quack & Grunt perform as part of Explain Yourself! (Goodhandy’s, Toronto, ON)
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  • May 14, 2012: chamber orchestra version of Deux Poèmes Sur La Formation Des Glaces premiered by the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Ronald Royer)
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  • November 3, 2012: Professor Quack & Grunt perform as part of the Cobourg Poetry & Literary Arts Festival (Cobourg, ON)

2011

  • February 5, 2011: Deux Poèmes Sur La Formation Des Glaces is a finalist by audience vote at Baroque Idol (Aradia Ensemble, Glenn Gould Studio)
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  • April 30 – May 1, 2011: “Developing music in new musical performance works” Sears Drama festival workshops (Kirkland Lake District Composite School, Kirkland Lake)

2010

  • Giiwedin by Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine​ Magowan from April 8-24, 2010 at Native Earth Performing Arts.  Photo by Nir Bareket

    February 6, 2010Giiwedin excerpts presented at the Louis Riel Opera Symposium (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)

  • April 8 – 24, 2010: Giiwedin premiered as a Native Earth Performing Arts/ An Indie(n) Rights Reserve Co-Production (Theatre Passe Muraille, supported by Ontario Arts Council Theatre Projects, Toronto Arts Council Theatre Projects)
    • Text: Spy Dénommé-Welch
    • Music: Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan
    • Director: Maria Lamont
    • Musical Director & Conductor: Gregory Oh
    • Voices: Ryan Allen, Neema Bickersteth, Catharin Carew, Jesse Clark, Lawrence Cotton, Nicole Joy-Fraser, Jessica Lloyd, James McLennan, Marion Newman
    • Instruments: Sara Anne Churchill, Mary-Katherine Finch, Lucas Harris, Edwin Huizinga
    • Lighting Designer: Michelle Ramsay
    • Set Designer: Camellia Koo
    • Costume Designer: Jackie Chau
    • Choreographer: Michelle Olson
    • Costume Seamstress: Jenny So
    • Stage Manager: Sarah O’Brien
    • Production Manager: Beth Kates
    • Assistant Stage Manager: Isidra Cruz
    • Assistant Director: Ulla Laidlaw
    • Head of Props: Lokki Ma
    • Assistant Production Manager: Cole J. Alvis
    • Production Assistant: Rebecca Vandevelde, Suzie Balogh
    • Set Carpenters: Ian Chappell, Craig Smith
    • Nominated for Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Musical/Opera (Dénommé-Welch/Magowan)
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  • October 28, 2010: Artist Talk & Intercultural Performance Workshop (University of Toronto Scarborough Campus)

2009

  • March 16, 2009: Interactive workshop with participants of “Crossing Gibraltar – Canada to Turtle Island” (Cahoots Theatre Projects & Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto)
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  • May 11 – 15, 2009Giiwedin workshop (Lower Ossington Theatre, supported by the Toronto Arts Council Theatre Projects, Ontario Arts Council Theatre Projects, & Native Earth Performing Arts)
    • Text: Spy Dénommé-Welch
    • Music: Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan
    • Music Director: Catherine Magowan
    • Consultants: Judith Thompson, David Fallis, Brian Wright-McLeod, Charlotte Nediger, Cristina Zacharias, Lucas Harris, Sara Churchill
    • Music Director: Catherine Magowan
    • Stage Manager: Isidra Cruz
    • Voices: Marion Newman, Nicole Joy Fraser, Neema Bickersteth, Catherine Carew, Ken McClure, Wayne Sujo, Gilbert Anderson, Joel Benson
    • Instruments: Cristina Zacharias, Mary-Katharine Finch, Lucas Harris, Sara Churchill
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  • September 2009 – May 2010: Spy Dénommé-Welch serves as Playwright-In-Residence at Native Earth Performing Arts (supported by the Ontario Arts Council)
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  • November 23 – 28, 2009Giiwedin workshop (Ernest Balmer Studio, supported by the Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Projects & Native Earth Performing Arts)
    • Text: Spy Dénommé-Welch
    • Music: Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan
    • Music Director: Catherine Magowan
    • Voices: Marion Newman, Nicole Joy Fraser, Neema Bickersteth, Mia Lennox-Williams, Catharin Carew, Ryan Allen, James McLennan, Gil Anderson, Lawrence Cotton
    • Instruments: Edwin Huizinga, Mary Katherine Finch, Lucas Harris, Sara Churchill
    • Consultants: Brian Wright-McLeod, David Fallis, Gregory Oh

2007

  • October 12, 2007Giiwedin excerpts presented at Weesageechak Begins to Dance XX (Native Earth Performing Arts, Berkley Theatre)
    • Text: Spy Dénommé-Welch
    • Music: Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan
    • Music Director: Catherine Magowan
    • Director: Judith Thompson
    • Voices: Jani Lauzon, Dawn Bailey, Anthony Malarky, Vasil Garvanliev
    • Instruments: Tanya Charles, Joanne Yu, Sara-Anne Churchill
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