photograph by Emma Jones

photograph by Emma Jones

Christopher Willes is a Tkaronto/Toronto based artist working in the intersections of experimental music, performance, and visual art. His practice is primarily concerned with the material, social, and cultural conditions of listening. Often developed through rigorously collaborative processes, his recent projects have included concert works, performances, exhibitions, publications, site-specific interventions, dance and theatre collaborations, and curatorial activities. He is part of the Toronto based collective Public Recordings, and regularly works with dance and theatre artists as a sound-maker and dramaturge. 

Christopher's work has been presented in Canada, USA, and in the UK. Recent activities include presentations at The Gardiner MuseumThe Toronto Public Library8-11 Gallery, Fierce Festival, the Music GalleryThe Art Gallery of OntarioIntersite Visual Arts FestivalStudio 303, Dazibao Gallery, and Open Ears Festival.

For the past decade he has been continually active in contemporary dance and experimental theatre working as a sound-maker and dramaturge. He has contributed to recent performances by Dancemakers, Small Wooden Shoe, Ame Henderson, Evan WebberEllen Furey, Simon Portigal, Suburban Beast, Noemie Solomon and Adam Kinner, urbanvessel, Clara Furey / Par B.L.eux and many others. His work in the performing arts has been nominated for three Dora Awards in Toronto, and has been presented across Canada, in the UK and Japan.

Christopher was recently a recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (Canada), a fellow at the MacDowell Colony (NH USA), and artist-in-residence at The Toronto Public Library. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the Milieux Institute (Montreal), and Dazibao Gallery (Montreal). He studied music at the University of Toronto, and holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College (NY, USA). His work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, the Metcalf Foundation, Happy like a flower.