The Paul Cram Creation Award

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

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Upstream at 30 - Steven Naylor's Time Capsule

"In December 1989, I hired Jeff Reilly to play on a media score I was recording at Solar Audio. We had never played together before, so we went into the studio to briefly ‘warm up’ first. We then spent about an hour completely lost in joyful improvisation—stopping only when I remembered that I was paying for the studio time!

Upstream at 30 - Bob Bauer's Time Capsule

Happy 30th Anniversary Upstream!!  

"I recall how it all began with a recording session in the legendary CBC Studio "H". I had recently arrived in the Maritimes and was looking to connect with the new music community.

Celebrating Upstream at 30

Tonight we would have been gathering to commemorate and continue the amazing musical and cultural experiment begun at the St. Mary's Art Gallery and in CBC's studio H 30 years ago. With that being impossible in our current COVID-19 circumstances, let's just take a moment to recall the importance of that historical moment and to celebrate the longevity and the ever-renewable promise of Upstream! 

Upstream Cancellations

Dear Upstream members, fans and friends,

We will be postponing our next 2 events:

-Upstream Ensemble with Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers on April 2nd; and
-Celebratory Upstream At 30 on May 9th. 

POSTPONED Alan Syliboy and The Thundermakers in concert with the Upstream Ensemble

Musically and artistically expansive Mi’Kmaw group Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers will join Halifax’s new music and improvisation group the Upstream Ensemble for an unforgettable collaboration on April 2 at King’s.

POSTPONED Upstream at 30

Bringing together both the founders of Upstream and the flourishing creative music descendants keeping the Halifax scene healthy, a convening of the Upstream Orchestra will mark the 30th Anniversary of the founding of Halifax’s remarkable ensemble and organization dedicated to new and improvised music.