Christopher Willes is a Toronto based artist working in the intersections of experimental music, performance, and visual art practice. His activities include making concert performances, exhibitions, dance and theatre collaborations, printed materials, community engaged and curatorial projects, and writing about contemporary art. A persistent collaborator, he is an associate artist with the performing arts collective Public Recordings, and often works with choreographers and dance artists as a sound-maker and dramaturge.
His works have been shown in Canada, USA, and Europe with recent presentations at The Art Gallery of Ontario, 8-11 Gallery, the Music Gallery, Fierce Festival, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, Studio 303, Cluster Festival and many others. Notable collaborations include an artist book with Hildegard Westerkamp and Christine Sun Kim, a sound walk with Adam Kinner, a play with Small Wooden Shoe (Sound Live Tokyo), and a durational performance with Ame Henderson at The Art Gallery of Ontario. From 2011-2015 he maintained an ongoing collaboration with Dancemakers in Toronto, where he worked as both a composer and dramaturge. More recently he has contributed to performance works by Ame Henderson, urbanvessel, Evan Webber, Benjamin Kamino, Ellen Furey, Meryem Alaoui, Simon Portigal, Clara Furey/Par B.L.eux, Noemie Solomon and Adam Kinner.
In 2016 Christopher received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony (NH USA). In 2017 he was a resident artist at the Toronto Public Library, as well a winter artist-in-residence at Gibraltar Point, Toronto. He studied music at the University of Toronto, dramaturgy at Dancemakers Centre for Creation, and holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College (NY, USA).