The Paul Cram Creation Award

The Upstream Music Association is honoured to announce the Paul Cram Creation Award.

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Welcome to Upstream Music!

For over 30 years, the Upstream Music Association has been creating pan-genre orchestral nujazz, beyond classical, cyber world, experimental music improvisation, composition & conduction ensembles, concert series, festivals, recordings, workshops and symposia in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Upstream Season Launch with Upstream Quartet

Upstream Music Association Presents:

Upstream Season Launch with Upstream Quartet

Featuring; Dawn Hatfield, Andrew Miller, Geordie Haley and Lukas Pearse

WHEN: Sunday Sept. 27, 2020 at 8:00PM

Message from Chris Elson, Upstream's Chairperson

On behalf of Upstream's Board of Directors, I'd like to express my enthusiasm for the 2020-2021 programme which will be unique, adapted to the circumstances, and very worthy of your attention and support. 

Our upcoming season will be officially announced on September 27th at the Music Room. There will be a performance that evening by our own Upstream Quartet. The Music Room's COVID-19 protocols are in place and we can safely enjoy a live performance there with reduced audience capacity. I know that I am craving the opportunity to hear live music and encourage you all to come out on the 27th and to subsequent shows! 

Supporting Upstream right now would be a marvellous way to show your support for the performing arts and for musicians and others who have struggled with restrictions and reduced opportunities during the pandemic emergency. Please consider joining the association and making a donation, small or large, for use toward our annual operations or for our wonderful annual Paul Cram Creation Award in support of creative composers and improvisors. 

Merci infiniment à tous nos membres et à tous nos amis ici, à travers le pays et autour du monde. Votre soutien compte énormément en cette période compliquée mais enrichissante.  Bonne rentrée culturelle et bonne saison! 

We know you will enjoy our programming and urge you to make the most of it! 

Have a wonderful fall, stay well and positive, and above all stay passionate about the music!

2020 Annual General Meeting

Join us for our Annual General Meeting where we will do a recap of 2019 and offer a preview of what to expect for our 2020-2021 season. 
In order to participate, you must be a member in good standing. To verify your membership status or to renew, please contact Gay.
Remember that an annual membership only costs $10 and is valid for the entire season from July 1 until June 30th.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 15 | 7 pm


Please send us an email to confirm your participation and we will provide the participation link at that time.

Upstream at 30 - Sandy Moore's Time Capsule

"Upstream was a time of exploration, not only of finding new, exciting, and improvisational ways to compose for the group, but also of imagining and finding new ways to approach the instruments.

Upstream at 30 - Tom Roach's Time Capsule

I wasn’t involved in the formation of Upstream, but I came into the fold early to replace Jerry Granelli. Firstly, that’s not possible, and secondly imagine getting invited into a composer-performer collective with the likes of Bob Bauer, Paul Cram, Sandy Moore, Steven Naylor, Don Palmer, Jeff Reilly, and Steve Tittle. Awe inspiring, and somewhat intimidating at the same time.