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eFlash! 2012-09

2012 AGM — Annual General Meeting /
AGA 2012 — Assemblée générale annuelle

Saturday, 18 August 2012, 16h30–17h30
Christie Studio: 601 Christie Street, Toronto
By tram: 512 — St Clair Ave. W. at Christie St. Farside
By bus: 126 — Christie St. at Benson Ave.

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President’s Report / Rapport du président

The CEC’s 25th anniversary year featured a highly successful anniversary tour — made possible thanks to support by the SOCAN Foundation, and institutional and community partners across the country. 2011–12 also saw steady growth and ongoing refinements to our long-term projects. In this brief report, I will touch upon some of the highlights.

CEC 25th Anniversary Tour

The anniversary tour was launched in Montréal, with events at both Concordia University and the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. A whirlwind of concerts, presentations and seminars ensued, with further stops in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton and St. John’s (chronological order). Kevin Austin spoke at each event on the history of EA in Canada, and the events also served as a chance for CEC board members and administrators to meet new segments of the community we serve. eContact! 14.4 will be devoted to the publication of substantial documentation collected during the tour — a core sample of EA activity in our time.

JTTP 2012 — Jeu de temps / Times Play

The wide, international jury of the annual JTTP competition commented that this year (the 13th edition of JTTP) was very strong. Congratulations to everyone who participated in JTTP 2012, which will be featured in issue 15.2 of eContact! (the results, all participating pieces / composers, bios and programme notes) and during the official launch on CKUT’s “Where’s the Beat?”, hosted by Eliot Handelman on September 19th.

The winners of JTTP 2012 are as follows:

  1. David Arango-Valencia — To Foglets (2012 / 11:13)
  2. Adam Basanta — Three Myths of Liberalism (2012 / 17:37)
  3. Guillaume Cliche — Tape (2011 / 7:43)
  4. Matthew Schoen — Release (2012 / 7:20)
  5. Jullian Hoff — Chants migratoires (2012 / 10:10)


eContact! is finishing its 14th year of publishing four issues per year, and is benefitting from increased support by the Canada Council for the Arts. Issue 14.2, focused on “Biotechnological Performance Practice” (with guest editor Marco Donnarumma) recently appeared, and will be followed in a few weeks by 14.3 focused on “Turntable” (with guest editor Ignaz Schick).


The CEC’s finances remain strong as ever, with both all routine administration and special project budgets balanced. We were fortunate this year to receive increases in funding from the SOCAN Foundation and from the Canada Council for the Arts (Writing & Publishing). More details are available in the Treasurer’s report.

Looking Back

The conclusion of this 25th anniversary year is a perfect time to thank the many people who have contributed to the CEC’s growth and stability, beginning with founding legal members Kevin Austin and Jean-François Denis, who built the CEC and wrote the bylaws (that have served so well and for so long). A huge extended family of volunteer board members have joined and continued that work throughout the years — you can peruse the full list.

On the administration side, our long-time past administrator Ian Chuprun ensured that the CEC weathered funding cuts and other changes through the 1990s. Current co-Administrator Yves Gigon continues to ensure the solid fiscal state of the CEC as well as develop its web presence for maximum accessibility. Current co-Administrator jef chippewa continues to make an important contribution to the scope and breadth of eContact! as well to the development of the CEC’s deep and extensive international relationships.

Closing Remarks

Thanks for attending today’s annual general meeting (in the supportive environment provided by the 6th annual Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium)! I would like to close with a request that you become a member of the CEC (if you have not already), and that you bring a friend / colleague / student / etc. with you as well! Membership helps the CEC continue to support young and emerging composers (through JTTP), and to disseminate the work of Canadian and international EA artists and researchers (through eContact!). What better way could there be to mark the end of our 25th year?

Finally, I am happy to announce that the CEC’s Board of Directors for the coming year will be as follows (terms follow positions):

Yours most truly,
David Ogborn
President of the CEC Board
Toronto, Saturday, August 18, 2012

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