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.

A powerful blend of indie-rock, jazz, and electro, this Vancouver-based ensemble takes their name from the Arabic word for “forbidden,” improvising around Iraqi folk music and mid-century Egyptian pop. Featuring Gordon Grdina on Iraqi oud, expect to hear elements of electronics and free improvisation. As The Georgia Straight noted, “The music’s backbone is traditional, but wild outbursts of free improvisation and subtle injections of noise make it quite unlike anything you’d hear in the shisha dens of Cairo or Baghdad.”

This event includes same-day Museum admission.

Gordon Grdina is a JUNO Award-winning oud/guitar player equally accomplished in free-form improvisation, playing mainstream jazz and Arabic classical music. Grdina is protégé of two jazz greats, Gary Peacock and Charles Israels, who themselves played with jazz juggernauts Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Hancock, and Billie Holliday.


Showcase Performance
Incantations with Moe Clark

Saturday, September 16, 8 pm

Showcase Performance
Under the Syrian Musical Sky by Constantinople with Kinan Azmeh

Friday, October 13, 8 pm

Showcase Performance
Fleur Persane by Perséides featuring Amir Amiri and Jean Félix Mailloux

Saturday, November 4, 8 pm

Showcase Performance
Origins by The Canadian Arabic Orchestra

Thursday, November 9, 7 pm

Showcase Performance
All Rivers at Once by The Israeli-Iranian Musical Initiative

Saturday, November 25, 8 pm

Showcase Performance
Nazar by Turkwaz

Saturday, December 2, 8 pm

Photo by Jonathan Cruz

Haram with Gordon Grdina

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