Experience the work of exemplary artists who show us the myriad ways cultures communicate through the performing arts. Linked thematically with HERE, the Museum’s first exhibition devoted to contemporary Canadian art, our Conversation Nation series of events offers a chance to see and hear innovative, inspiring, and socially relevant performances by renowned Canadian artists.

Hear exhilarating sounds when Amir Amiri on santur and Jean Félix Mailloux on double bass combine the refinement of traditional Persian music with classical western music and vibrant jazz. The breath-like bass converses and converges with the sweet santur a 72-string hammer dulcimer, invoking ancient and nostalgic tales, balanced by familiar and overarching universal connections. Together, the Perséides duo set a course into the future with imaginative pieces that expand the borders of musical traditions.

Tickets to this event include same-day Museum admission.

Amir Amiri, who plays the santur, is classically trained in both Iranian and Western traditions, and has worked as a musician and composer in many parts of Canada and Los Angeles. This winter, he plans to record a new CD, Letters from My Country. This hymn to Canada and to peace will be released in the spring of 2018.

Jean Félix Mailloux produces, composes, arranges, and plays double bass for film, theatre, and dance projects. He is a regular studio musician for film score composer Robert M. Lepage. Mailloux’s latest CD, Lieux imaginés (2011) won an OPUS Prize for best record in World Music. He is a member of the Damian Nisenson Trio, which won the Best Performance Prize at the 2006 Montreal OFF Jazz Festival.


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Under the Syrian Musical Sky by Constantinople with Kinan Azmeh

Friday, October 13, 8 pm

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Origins by The Canadian Arabic Orchestra

Thursday, November 9, 7 pm

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Haram with Gordon Grdina

Saturday, November 18, 8 pm

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All Rivers at Once by The Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative

Saturday, November 25, 8 pm

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Nazar by Turkwaz

Saturday, December 2, 8 pm

Fleur Persane by Perséides featuring Amir Amiri and Jean Félix Mailloux

$40, $36 Friends
Includes same-day Museum admission