In 2012, I was invited to become a voting member of the Canadian Music Centre . I spoke to the Annual General Meeting of British Columbia Region on May 16, 2012 to tell them why I accepted the invitation.
I accepted the invitation to become a member of the Canadian Music Centre because Bob Baker told me he wanted to blow the doors off our creativity and make Canada the creative music centre of the world. I can see that is possible.
I am not a musician, a composer, or a song writer. But I understand and appreciate the contribution of music to my experience of life. I can see how music contributes to our feeling for one another, to our feeling of community, and to our appreciation of our different experiences of life. And I can see how music contributes to our creative and cultural evolution.
I can also see why we need to blow the doors off our creativity and why we need to create new stories, new ideas, and new imagination to excite our creative contribution.
Becoming the creative music centre of the world is an exciting idea. But what does that mean? How do we do that? What could we do? What could we contribute? How could we demonstrate we are the creative music centre of the world?
How could music contribute to exciting our creativity?
Music is our universal language.
Music has no borders and creates no borders.
Music creates connections across our cultural and language differences.
Music connects us to our cultural and creative roots.
Music tells stories.
Music excites our imagination and our creative expression.
Music contributes to creating communities.
Music contributes to exciting creative connections
What do I see we can do?
We could create community around our common interest in increasing our understanding and appreciation of the contribution of music. We could create community with other artists in increasing our understanding and appreciation of the contribution of our arts and our creative expression. We could create community around our ability to excite creative community enterprise around our common interests.
Why the Canadian Music Centre?
I can see that the Canadian Music Centre has the resources, the ability, and the interest. The Canadian Music Centre is a community of composers, songwriters, and musicians. Composers create stories with music. Songwriters tell stories with music. Musicians create connections with music. We have everything we need to excite our communities of creative contributors in becoming the creative music centre of the world and increasing our creative contribution to the future of our world.
I think music is the pointy edge of our ability to create connections and possibilities for our future. I think the music community could set the pace for other communities of creative contributors. I think Canada could set the pace as a country of creative cultures. I think we could demonstrate how our many cultures contribute to creating new ideas, new creative expression, and new creative contributions, – and to creating our culture as Canadians.
We have the opportunity to become known as Creative Canada. We are uniquely positioned as a country to contribute to the cultural and creative evolution of our world.
Creating connections and community with music is how we could blow the doors off our creativity and how we could contribute to creating possibilities for a new world. I am looking forward to hearing the music.
Canadian Music Centre
The Canadian Music Centre has been supporting, preserving and celebrating the works of Canadian composers since 1959, providing innovative resources for discovering, exploring, listening to and performing Canadian music.
The Centre serves composers, artists, performing organizations, educators, students and audiences of all ages to connect the world with Canadian music and the talented artists who create it, by maintaining an extensive archive of scores and works by Canadian composers accessible online and through our lending library, and by showcasing the music of over 900 professional Canadian Composers through online media and at worldwide conferences and educational workshops.
The Canadian Music Centre hosts and sponsors concerts and events across the country connecting audiences with our talented Canadian composers and acting as a catalyst to connect people to the ever-evolving world of Canadian musical creation through performance, education, and promotion.