Assembly1 Festival



Event is over.


Tix $10-25


Festivals, Concerts

NOW Society presents
Assembly1 Festival

November 19 - 21 at the Western Front and Merge
The Vancouver Assembly1 festival, three concerts and two workshops, is a creative music and improvisational gathering presented by the New Orchestra Workshop (NOW) Society.

Nous Perçons les Oreilles - Joanne Hétu and Jean Derome (Montréal)

"Duet composed of Jean Derome and Joanne Hétu, Nous perçons les oreilles is two saxophones, two voices, two gargoyles, two satyrs; two mighty figures agitating, whistling, squeaking, scraping, blowing, biting and transforming music into incantation and a banquet of sound."-Ambiances Magnetiques

PLANT - Jim Denley (Australia) and Éric Normand (Rimouski, Quebec)

The world music of PLANT is not about learning each other’s music systems and rehearsing to create coordinated expected outcomes – it is rather, about the acceptance and co-existence of the Other. There is no ‘compromise’ in this coming together, each musician is able to be himself, with local influences undiluted and enough shared methodology to work in parallel.
the NOW Society ensembles with: Peggy Lee, Tony Wilson, James Meger, Skye Brooks, JP Carter, Mike Brown, Dylan van der Schyff, Lisa Cay Miller, Chad MacQuarrie, Nikki Carter, DB Boyko, Tom Wherrett and Meredith Bates,

and the release of the recording and publication of Gary Wildeman’s 48- page comic book graphic score Onomatopoeia.

Onomatopoeia, commissioned by the NOW Society, is a graphic score in the form of a 48-page comic book. The sonic adventures of two iconic characters as they move though onomatopoeic landscapes will be performed by the NOW ensemble: JP Carter (trumpet), Nikki Carter (saxophone), Mike Brown (bass clarinet), DB Boyko (voice), Chad MacQuarrie (electric guitar), Lisa Cay Miller (piano), James Meger (bass) and Skye Brooks (drums). During the concert, the audience members will use the comic book to follow the score and music!

November 19 - 8pm at Merge
November 20 - 8pm Concert and Onomatopoeia release at the Western Front
November 21 - 8pm at the Western Front

November 20 - 2:30 pm at the Western Front
November 21 - 4 pm at the Western Front

Tickets and details available at
Concerts: $20 / $10 students/musicians Festival Pass: $25
Workshops: free with registration

The Assembly1 Festival is co-presented by the NOW Society,
the Western Front and Merge Vancouver.

Disclosure: The Georgia Straight may receive a commission for ticket purchases made through links from this event. Your support helps us keep our Listings service available to everyone.