At the Toronto public library Scarborough Civic Centre Branch
Sundays in November, 2-4pm


The Toronto Public Library is seeking youth/emerging and senior artists to participate in an experimental music and theatre workshop on Sundays in November 2017. The workshops will be lead by interdisciplinary artists Christopher Willes and Evan Webber, associate artists with Toronto’s award winning performance company Public Recordings.

Participants will explore experimental text works by renowned American composer Robert Ashley, which center around vocal explorations of landscape, language and the musicality of speaking aloud. The workshops will focus on Ashley’s piece “Celestial Excursions”, which features five characters representing various elder voices. The process will employ a book of Ashley’s scores called Yes, But Is It Edible, which is designed to invite performances by anyone (musicians and non-musician alike). Working in close collaboration, this workshop will consider how character develops through the speaking voice, the speaking voice as part of a musical score, vocal processing with electronics, basic musical improvisation, and the simple joy of reading as a group.

No musical experience necessary!
Youth / Emerging and senior (65+) artists are encouraged to apply with the form below.
A public performance will conclude the process on November 26th.

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Deadline extended: Monday October 16th, 2017.
Who: Youth/emerging (15-25) and senior (60+) artists, musicians, and performers interested in experimental music and/or theatre are encouraged to apply.  

Applicants should feel comfortable reading aloud and a love of experimentation is a must!

Early applications received by October 1st will receive a followup response as soon as possible, and participants will be selected by October 18th 2017.

Priority will be given to persons living in Scarborough.  



Name *
Do you live in Scarborough, or use to live here? Where in Toronto do you live currently?
Do you have a website or online presence of some sort? Or something else you think we should see!? Optional...
What is the link you entered above? For example: "A project I like"
A short note just saying “hello!” and anything else you want to share about yourself. For example: do you have any experience with music, performing, or any other artistic forms?


Christopher Willes and Evan Webber are both based in Toronto, and Associate Artists with the award winning performance collective Public Recordings. Their most recent collaboration was a play called Other Jesus, which was nominated for six Dora Awards in 2017.


Christopher Willes is artist-in-residency at the Scarborough Civic Center Library throughout the fall of 2017. A composer, musician, and interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Christopher studied music at the University of Toronto, and received an MFA from Bard College (NY USA). He is also an Associate Artist with the Toronto performance collective Public Recordings.

Christopher's practice spans a broad range of activities including making music, audio art, exhibitions, dance and theatre projects, and writing about contemporary art. He recently presented projects at The Art Gallery of Ontario8-11 Gallery, the Music GallerySummerworks Festival, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, Studio 303 (Montreal), Fierce Festival (UK), and Cluster Festival (Winnipeg). 

His work has been support by the Toronto Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and his music/sound work in theatre and dance has been nominated for three Dora Awards. In 2016 he received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony (NH USA). 

Evan Webber is a writer and performance maker who works on stories and the effects. Evan is an Associate Artist with Public Recordings, and his frequently collaborative work has been presented by Blackwood Gallery, The Art Gallery of York University, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, World Stage, Wiener Festwochen, Espace Libre, Sound Live Tokyo, TPAM – Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, the Banff Centre and others.

Recent projects include the large-scale collective dance work CAPITALIST DUETS, a speculative live publication titled New Dramatics and a play, Other Jesus. He’s been twice nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play. Evan’s writing has been published in C Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, The Coming Envelope, Geist and others.

Evan is a graduate of National Theatre School of Canada, and organizes the HATCH performing arts residency at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.