October 30

October 30

October 30, 2018 at Sawdust Collector

Trading Places: Un Échange: Individual and Collaborative sets by Vancouver and Montreal based Artists


Émilie Girard-Charest (Cello, Montreal)

Ida Toninato (Saxophone, Montreal)

Yves Candau (Contemporary Dance, Vancouver)

Arne Eigenfeldt (Interactive Technology, Vancouver)

Joe Sorbara (Drums & Percussion, Vancouver)

This evening will begin with a performance by Ida Toninato & Joe Sorbara, followed by a performance by Arne Eigenfeldt & Émile Girard-Charest titled: The Indifference Engine vs. Émilie Girard-Charest. The evening will close with a collaborative group performance.

How to Get In

Where: #211- 207 West Hastings (Hastings & Cambie, above Nuba)
When: Doors 9:00 PM // Performance at 9:30 PM.
Tickets: $5/$10 or PWYC at the door. Cash Only.
But, How: Instructions for entrance will be posted on the front door the night of the show.

More information about our space is below.


Émilie and Ida are visiting guests artists as part of Trading Places: Un Échange

Trading Places: Un Échange is a vibrant residency program begun in 2016 that takes place in Montréal and Vancouver two of Canada’s foremost centers of improvised music. The Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, Music on Main, the NOW Society, Suoni Per Il Popolo and the Western Front curate in collaboration, providing support for artistic practice and opportunities for growth through cultural exchange. Each year the resident artists are chosen to represent their communities in ten-day residencies. The artists premiere new works, attend musical gatherings, direct ensembles, present concerts, lead workshops and make recordings, forming new connections with local artists. Cultural exchange include expansive continuous marathon events involving as many as twenty musicians in each city, the Mardi Spaghetti Marathon in Montréal and the premiere of two new works, commissioned by the NOW Society, in the Vancouver Marathon by Justin Devries and Elizabeth Millar. The culminating event of each residency is a concert of new music, created and performed by the resident musicians and invited guests.

Presented by: Coastal Jazz and Blues Society / Music on Main / NOW Society / Suoni Per Il Popolo / Western Front

Émilie Girard Charest

Cellist Émilie Girard-Charest stands out for her eclecticism. She is as involved with traditional classical music as she is with contemporary repertoires and interdisciplinary projects. She has been able to work with artists of every stripe, for example, with choreographer Andrew Tay, as well as the Instant, Éponyme and Émergence theatre companies, interdisciplinary artist Vicky Tansey, and publishers Poètes de Brousse. She has also worked with composers Frans Ben Callado, Jimmie Leblanc, Charles-Antoine Fréchette and Blaise Borboën-Léonard. With flautist Yuki Isami and harpsichordist Jean-Willy Kunz, in 2004 she founded the Allogène ensemble, a group with varying forces dedicated to mainly Baroque and contemporary music, as well as improvisation. Girard-Charest is continuing her education at the Montréal Conservatory under the supervision of Denis Brott.

Ida Toninato

Montreal-based saxophonist, composer and improviser Ida Toninato has an ear for the unknown, exploring reverberant spaces with uncommon acoustics with which she develops artistic partnerships with a strong sense of bonding. After years of playing contemporary music with various collaborators, she has dived head first into pursuing a music after her own daring musical intuitions. Her debut full length record Strangeness is Gratitude, released on Kohlenstoff Records in April 2016, planted her firmly in the underground experimental scene with an enthusiastic reception from critics, artists and a growing fanbase. A remix album is currently in the works with such collaborators as Nicolas Bernier and Valerio Tricoli, and she is increasingly sought after for her compositions, having worked with choreographers Simon Renaud and film maker Thierry Loa. In addition to her solo compositions, Toninato writes and performs actively with laptop musician Ana Dall’Ara-Majek as Jane/KIN, creating performances that mix spatialisation and improvisation, and will release her second album ‘The Space Between Us’ with viola/viola d’amore player Jennifer Thiessen this December 14 on Ambiances Magnétiques. Toninato has toured extensively through Europe and North America with projects world-renown dance company La La La Human Steps and frequently shares the local Montreal stage with its great improvised music community.

Yves Candau

Yves is an interdisciplinary artist with over two decades of experience as a postmodern dancer, and more recent interests in sound art. In performance, he uses real-time composition – making movement choices in the moment – to create transient structures and play with or hack the flow of his movement materials. His work is grounded in embodied practices such as Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine and the Alexander Technique. Through such practices, the capacity to move and experience movement can be refined and expanded. At the same time, this process of transformation reveals that there is always more beyond the horizon of our experience. In essence, we need both the territory of experience, and as many maps and entry points as possible, to navigate the complexity of the soma in real time. Recent projects include a collaborative performance at Dancing on the Edge, with Rob Kitsos and Martin Gotfrit.

Arne Eigenfeldt

The Indifference Engine vs. Émilie Girard-Charest: This work features intelligent musical agents – musebots – that communicate with one another: suggesting, informing, arguing, negotiating. One musebot listens to Émilie’s performance, and messages what it considers to be the pertinent musical features. Four other musebots have been trained on recordings of Émilie’s improvisations, as well as a corpus of hand-selected recordings; these musebots respond with their own granular textures, deciding on their own which corpora to use. While the matching algorithm could respond with exact matches, what I find to be more interesting is if the original recordings are missing; thus, the musebots are left to scramble in their responses, resulting in what can sound like an "indifferent" response.

Joe Sorbara

Canadian drummer and percussionist Joe Sorbara has spent nearly two decades developing a reputation as an imaginative and dedicated performer, composer, improviser, organizer, and educator throughout the extraordinary creative music communities in and around his home in Toronto. In the fall of 2017, Sorbara and his family made a somewhat-temporary move to Vancouver where he is currently getting to know many of the west coast’s most adventurous musicians. Sorbara is a highly inventive musician who has played and recorded with the AIMToronto Orchestra, Ken Aldcroft, Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, and Allen Ravenstine as well as with many of his own projects. He is equally comfortable playing jazz, free improvised music, indie rock, and chamber music; but is most at home when playing them all at the same time


Sawdust Collector takes place at The Gold Saucer Studio, a collective space located in The Dominion Building. Information on how to enter the show is posted on the front door of the building by 8:45 PM on every show night. After 9:30 PM you will need a cell phone to enter. If you do not have access to a phone please try to arrive by 9:15 PM. If you come later there may be a wait.

The front door is located at 207 W. Hastings. There is one low stair between the sidewalk and the building level. The studio is located on the second floor and is accessible by elevator. Seating is informal. We will do our best to adapt seating as requested, but site-lines may not be ideal on full nights and movement may be limited. If you have questions about accessing the space, please contact us. There is one single-occupancy, gender-inclusive washroom on the second floor, accessible by key. We are a trans-inclusive space.

Sawdust Collector is run by us, three artists and our friends who curate and produce the events on a volunteer basis. We own the glassware but not the room. For our weekly series, a bit of scruff is part of the deal. If you have questions about what kind of scruff you're in for, please feel free to contact us: heysawdustcollector@gmail.com

We acknowledge that our work takes place in Vancouver on traditional and unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful for this place.


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