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Previous Events

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fraufeld Album Release

A new initiative from pianist Verena Zeiner, Fraufeld Vol. 1 is a collection of creative music by female musicians in Austria. My piece for the duo Strings&Noise is on the album. For the release, I've put together a new piece for improvising ensemble, and I'll be conducting.

echoraum, Vienna, 20:00

November + December, 2017

Studio Dan Vienna - US/Canada Tour

Studio Dan will bring ten musicians and two different concerts on tour this fall. They'll be performing an arrangement of one of my works, plus new commissions by George Lewis and Oxana Omelchuk.

More details on this tour from Studio Dan

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Strings&Noise/JazzWerkstatt Wien

The fearless string duo Strings&Noise premiere my new piece
for violin, cello, and electronics. Maximalism is the new minimalism.

Porgy and Bess, Vienna, Austria 19:00

Details here.

Featured Composer 2016:

Studio Dan Vienna's More Creatures Festival

12 Rituals from American Popular Music in the 20th Century
for solo percussion and electronics
Premiere June 7, 2016
Strenge Kammer, Vienna
Margit Schoberleitner, percussion

Wie schön ist es zu leben
for string quartet and piano
Premiere June 26, 2016
Porgy & Bess, Vienna
Studio Dan

Post-Tonal Pop Songs for a Post-Tonal World
produced with Studio Dan Vienna
Preview concert of this new project June 21st, 2016
Porgy & Bess, Vienna

more info from Studio Dan

June 28th, 2016

Retrospective (2005-2015) for ten instruments

Performed by Studio Dan & szene instrumental, this piece looks back at where I have come from, starting with my training as a jazz saxophonist and big band leader, to where I'm headed now with experimental chamber music and pop songs.

Ljubljana, Slovenia, live and on Slovenian public radio

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Soundstreams Emerging Composer Concert

In May, 2013, I was privileged to be one of six composers chosen for the inaugural Soundstreams Emerging Composers Workshop. We spent two weeks working with Juliet Palmer, R. Murray Schafer and the Gryphon Trio. This coming March 5th, our pieces for the Gryphon Trio will be premiered in the (lobby of) Roy Thompson Hall, as part of the Toronto Symphony New Creations Festival. Many thanks to the brilliant staff at Soundstreams for this opportunity.

Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto. 7:15 pm.

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Early Expressions

Spectrum Music are performing excerpts from my new piece for string quartet and jazz piano on April 15th, as part of their Early Expressions concert. Jazz pianist Florian Hoefner will be joined by the Ton Beau String Quartet. Other great music this evening by David Braid, Daniel Jamieson and more.

The Annex Theatre, Toronto. 7:30 pm.

Friday, May 31st, 2013

patent pending

Step inside the dark and quirky brain of visual artist Karen Ostrom, where a seamstress sews disembodied heads into shirts, and a glovemaker blows new life into hand-gloves. "Patent Pending" is not just a concert- it's a full-sensory experience. 918 Bathurst will be transformed by Karen's video installations, the programmatic sounds of the Spectrum Composers and other tactile elements. The result of a long-term collaborative effort, this event will merge projections, photos, sculpture, animation, composition, and improvisation to create shifting character narratives which unfold in real time. Have a glass of wine, stay for 20 minutes or two hours, walk around, sit still, and generally enjoy the randomness that comes from this meeting of creative minds.

Music by Shannon Graham, Caitlin Smith and Ben Dietschi. Featuring Veronique Mathieu, violin; Stephanie Chua, piano, toy piano; Lina Allemano, trumpet; Jesse Dietschi, acoustic bass.

Conceived by Shannon Graham and presented by Spectrum Music in partnership with the 918 Bathurst Culture & Arts Centre

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Love, Loneliness, and the Spaces In Between

Presented by Spectrum Music, this concert will include my setting of the Brecht poem "Vom armen b.b" for Jessica Stuart (voice and guitar), Andrew Downing (bass), Aline Homzy (violin), and Nick Fraser (drums). 

The Al Green Theatre, at the corner of Spadina Ave and Bloor St., Toronto

8:00 pm.


March 21 & 22nd, 2012

New Music In New Spaces

I'm honoured that Stephanie Chua (piano) and Véronique Mathieu (violin) will be premiering a new piece for piano, violin and mp3 on their CMC-sponsored concert. The piece is called (Back Home), and it works with melodic and harmonic material from the jazz standard Donna Lee, as well as the old chestnut Back Home Again in Indiana, on which Donna Lee was based. This concert will be the premiere of Toronto Speakeasy by composer Emilie Lebel.

8:15pm pre-concert talk & 9:00pm show, 

Junction Craft Brewing, 90 Cawthra Ave. Unit #101


Thursday, May 31st, 2012

When This War Ends

This marks the concert premiere of my new opera, "When This War Ends." I've written the libretto based on a book by my brother, Graeme Smith, about his experiences as a journalist during the recent war in Afghanistan. I'll be blogging throughout the winter as I work on setting my new libretto- stay in touch at

The Al Green Theatre, at the corner of Spadina Ave and Bloor St., Toronto

8:00 pm. For tickets and prices, please visit the Spectrum website

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Safe and Healthy Homes for Children

In which I write a song-cycle for jazz orchestra, get serious funding for it, and present it on a real stage in a real theatre with real costumes and a real set and really, really great musicians. The Tiny Alligator Large Band will as always be stacked with the best players in the city, both classical and jazz musicians.

Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto (near King and Parliament)
8:00 pm, $20/ $15 for students, seniors and arts workers

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Baroque Idol

In Which The Aradia Ensemble, a period-instrument baroque chamber ensemble plays a piece I wrote for them, entitled “Sad Songs and Waltzes Weren’t Selling That Year.” Come and vote for me, as I go up against other composers for the title.

Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W, Toronto
8:00 pm

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Pour les enfants, par les enfants

A co-production of the Alliance Française Toronto and the Wanton Fawns composers’ collective, this concert will feature settings of poems written by French students in the Toronto area. These poems are being set to music by myself and Rebecca Pellett, and played by an all-star chamber ensemble featuring Kristin Mueller-Heaslip, soprano; Doug Perry, viola; Alex Sevastian, accordion; and a cellist. This concert will also include a performance of the “Suite pour l’ange Gabriel” by composer Christopher Dedrick.

Alliance Française Toronto, 24 Spadina Road, Toronto
7:30 pm, $12/ free for Alliance members.