The Canadian Music Centre in British Columbia (CMC BC) announces the launch of its first-ever Vancouver Island branch, the Victoria Creative Hub, part of an exciting new partnership with the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) at VCM’s library (920 Johnson Street). Set to open to the public August 9, 2016, the Victoria Creative Hub will host a specially curated library of musical scores & pedagogical materials, and offer workshops showcasing the ever-evolving world of Canadian musical creation. The CMC’s Associate Composer Christopher Reiche will manage the Victoria Creative Hub on site as Outreach Coordinator.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Victoria Conservatory of Music in extending CMC BC’s performance, educational, and promotional services to Victoria. British Columbia is currently the only province in which the CMC has expanded its offering to two locations, a testament to BC’s historically strong support for Canadian composition,” enthused Sean Bickerton, recently appointed Director of CMC BC.
The Victoria Creative Hub will provide free access to a lending library of more than 200 Canadian scores primarily of student repertoire and works by Vancouver Island composers, coupled with a wealth of learning materials for teaching composition to students of all ages. Within Greater Victoria schools, the Victoria Creative Hub will also re-launch the CMC’s signature Composer in the Classroom program, an outreach initiative sparking student passion for music composition.
Other offerings of the Victoria Creative Hub will include CD launches of releases by the CMC’s Juno-nominated label CentreDiscs, in addition to score-reading workshops, lectures and related courses. CMC BC’s newest branch will also help serve the community’s score printing and binding needs as a local provider of these highly specialized services.
As of August 9, the Victoria Creative Hub will be open Mondays & Fridays from 1pm – 5pm, and Wednesdays from 12pm – 4pm.