Saturday November 17


by Unsettled Scores:
Spy Dénommé-Welch?& Catherine Magowan

Canoe?is a tale of transformations that revolves around the lives of eccentric sisters, Constance and Gladys, and the flood that consumes their world. Blending Indigenous oral tradition with neo-baroque and jazz/blues motifs, Canoe is a unique operatic performance.

Creators/Composers:?Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan
Dramaturg: Moynan King
Pianist: Cecilia Lee
Vocalists: Nicole Joy-Fraser?and?Conlin Delbaere-Sawchuk

Unsettled Scores?(formerly?An Indie[n] Rights Reserve) was co-founded in 2006 by?Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan, and together they have created solo, chamber, orchestral and opera compositions, as well as theatrical and multimedia works.

Spy Dénommé-Welch is a Dora-nominated composer and writer, the co-creator of the opera?Giiwedin?who?is currently completing his second opera. Spy is an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre, a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and a faculty member at Brock University.


Bassoonist and composer?Catherine Magowan?has been principal bassoonist with the?Sudbury Symphony Orchestra?since 2002, and regularly freelances throughout Ontario. She was Dora-nominated for opera?Giiwedin. Their chamber piece?Bike Rage?took first prize by audience vote in Baroque Idol (Aradia Ensemble).

Libretto by Yvette Nolan
Music by Dean Burry

in Partnership with Tapestry Opera & Opera on the Avalon

A new opera based on the story of Shanawdithit (1801-1829), the last recorded surviving member of the Beothuk Nation in Newfoundland, and the extinction and erasure of her people. In the last months of her life, she created a series of coded drawings that speaks of the loneliness of survival and lost history.

A workshop excerpt will be presented at Weesageechak 31. The full production will premiere on May 2019.

L-R: Michael Hidetoshi Mori, Yvette Nolan, Dean Burry

Co-Director & Librettist:?Yvette Nolan
Composer: Dean Burry
Co-Director & General Director: Michael Hidetoshi Mori

L-R: Marion Newman, Aria Evans, Clarence Frazer, Rebecca Cuddy

Performers:?Marion Newman?(‘Shanawdithit’);?Aria Evans?(Dancer);?Clarence Frazer*(‘Cormack’);?Rebecca Cuddy?(‘Spirit Chorus/Kwe’)

Other Artistic Collaborators:?Jordan Bennett, Lori Blondeau, Jerry Evans, Michelle Olson, Meagan Musseau

*Workshop Production Only



Beyond Butterfly: Abandoning the exotic for the representative opera of today

Featuring?Spy Dénommé-Welch, Michael Mori, Marion Newman?and Yvette Nolan.