About Us

https://youtu.be/ShOronNgm9k Upstream in 1992: Inaugural concert

For over 31 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.

You can support Upstream Music by becoming a member. Donate $10.00 and you will receive a $5.00 discount to all Upstream Music events in the 2020-21 season.

Make a donation
Upstream is a registered non-profit – you can support us with a tax-deductible gift! Include your address with Paypal and we will send you an official tax receipt for amounts over $25.

Board of Directors - 2020/21

Chris Elson 

Dr. Chris Elson - Chair

Nancy Morgan - Treasurer

Dr. Marilynne Bell -  Secretary

Members at Large

Brian Crawford - Director

Tom Donovon - Director

Geordie Haley - Director

Dawn Hatfield - Director

Mike Lee - Director

Shelley MacPhail- Director

Lelland Reed - Director


Lukas Pearse -  Artistic Director

Gay Hauser - Administrator

Sebastien Bezeau - Publicist

Lyle Tilley Davidson - Accountant

Our Supporters and Sponsors













Musicians (past and present)

Norman Adams – Cello

Karin Aurell – Flute

Alexandra Bates – Viola

Meredith Bates – Violin

Bob Bauer – Guitar (Founding Member)

Howard Beye - Viola

Jerome Blais - Composition

Ruth Boggild - flute

Christoph Both – Cello

Tim Brady - Guitar

Amy Brandon - Guitar

Arthur Bull - Guitar

Gina Burgess - Violin

David Burton – Drums

Rosanna Burrill - Violin

David Christensen – Clarinet 

Steven Dann – Viola 

Ann Denny - vocals, keyboard

Doug Cameron - drums

Paul Cram - Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet (Founding member)

Patti Creighton – Flute

Tim Crofts - Piano

Tim Elison - Trumpet

Zachary Fairbrother - guitar

Adam Fine – Bass

Nick Fraser - Drums

Lori Freidman – Clarinet (Montreal) 

Mark Frewer – Violin (Toronto) 

Jamie Gatti - Electric Bass and Contrabass

D'Arcy Gray - Drums 

Geordie Haley - Guitar

Dawn Hatfield – Baritone Sax

Maya Homberger – Violin (Ireland) 

Francois Houle – Clarinet (Vancouver)

Margaret Isaacs - Clarinet 

Janice Jackson - Soprano 

Andrew Jackson - Trombone

Bruce Jacobs - Electric Bass 

Dave James - Drums

Celeste Jankowski - Violin 

Max Kasper - Contrabass

Eric Landry - Trombone

Phillippe Lauzier - Bass clarinet, Soprano saxophone

Mitch LeBlanc - Alto Sax

Suzanne Lemieux - Oboe 

Lisa Lindo - voice

Steve MacDonald - Guitar

Andrew Mac Kelvie - Saxophone

Donald MacLennan - Violin 

Danny Martin - Bass

Joe McPhee - Saxophone

Chris Mitchell - Saxophone

Andrew Miller - Drums

Kirsty Money – Violin 

Sandy Moore - Accordion, Irish Harp, Piano (Founding Member)

Steven Naylor - Piano, Synthesizer (Founding Member)

Eric Normand - Electric Bass

Daniel Oore - Tenor Sax 

Chris Palmer - Bassoon

Don Palmer - Alto and Soprano Sax, Flute (Founding Member)

Tena Palmer - Voice – (Iceland) 

Lee Park - Violin

Danny Parker - Double Bass

Lukas Pearse - Double Bass

Anna Plaskett - French horn

Paul Plimley - Piano, spoken word

Pat Reid - Bass

Jeff Reilly - Bass Clarinet and Clarinet (Founding Member)

Tom Roach – Drums (Founding Member)

Susan Sayles - Viola

John Scott - Cello

James Southcott - Viola

Darcy Spidle - Jaw Harp

Steve Tittle - Trumpet (Founding Member)

Jeff Torbert - guitar

Liam Tucker – Bass

Richard Simoneau - Trumpet 

Anne Simons - Violin 

Seth von Handorf - Alto Sax

Ellen Waterman - Flute

Rick Waychesko –-Trumpet

Mitchell Weibe - Vocal

Devin Wesley - Bassoon

Chris Wilkinson - Violin

Sam Wilson - Guitar