Ecology of Being


Music has often reflected upon social and political events of its time and our project aims to do that. Ecology of Being is about – through music and poetry – treasuring the earth, examining our complex relationship with it and truly valuing what we’ve taken for granted for so long.   It’s about thinking, feeling, experiencing both the trauma of a lost earth, but also about treasuring the joy of a world we love. 

Ecology of Being

In conjunction with Earth Day, we launch Ecology of Being  – a project of five new works by Dawn AveryCarmen BradenIan CussonMelissa Hui, and Bekah Simms, with poetry by Shannon Webb-Campbell. With the generous support of the Canada Council of the Arts’ New Chapters program and ArtsNL, we hope these works and performances will inspire reflection about our connection and interconnections to this planet. It is about considering what we may be leaving the next generation and our complicity in the world’s rapid, alarming, and ominous changes.  This project is also about paying tribute to the gloriousness of our earth and the power of nature, recognizing our dependence on it for survival, resilience, and healing.

The works are:

  • Dawn Avery: Onekha’shòn:a, Ya’kòn:kwe (The Waters, The Women)
  • Melissa Hui: Ecology of Being
  • Ian Cusson: The Garden of Earthly Delights
  • Bekah Simms: shedding as if sloughed
  • Carmen Braden: The Seed Knows

Summer 2020 performances of Ecology of Being will take place at:

  • Toronto Summer Music on July 29. POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
  • Stratford Summer Music on August 1. POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
  • Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival on August 3. POSTPOPNED UNTIL 2021
  • Tuckamore Festival, Cape Broyle NL outreach concert on August 9
  • Tuckamore Festival, St John’s on August 10 including special livestream of performance and pre-concert talk
  • Musique Royale, Lunenburg NS on August 26

We invite you to click on the Ecology of Being tab for photos, videos, thoughts about the project as we learn the works, interview the composers, and contemplate our relationship to our nature world.   Please visit this space for regular updates in regard to live performances which may be impacted or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.   You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook .  

2020/04/20