History

Past Presentations
See also Recent Activities

Presentation of foreign artists:
- Barry Guy, Maya Homberger 2008
- Fred Frith/Lisle Ellis, Pierre Tanguy 2007
- Ab Baars Quartet (Holland) 2006
- Rosa Ensemble (Holland) 2006
- Harris Eisenstadt (USA) 2005
- Toby Delius Quartet (Holland) 2005
- Franck Vigroux (France) 2005
- Han Bennink (Holland) 2004
- Tim Berne Trio (USA) 2004
- Available Jelly (Holland) 2003
- Michael Vlatkovich (USA) 2003
- Sam Rivers Trio (USA) 2003
- Brotzman/Drake Duo (Germany/USA) 2002
- Topology (Australia) 2002
- Ig Hennemen and Queen Mab (Holland/Canada) 2001
- Trio Chroch (Denmark) 2001
- Barry Guy and Maya Homberger (UK), June 2001 and  2006
- Barry Guy and Maya Homberger (UK), November 1999.
- Peter Wiegold (UK) 1998/99.
- Peter Lieberson (USA) 1996/97
- Michiyo Yagi and Akikazu Nakamura (Tokyo, Japan)1997
- THE RUINS (Tokyo, Japan) 1996.
- Conrado Del Rosario (Berlin, Germany) 1995.
- Lisle Ellis (USA) 1994.
- Michiyo Yagi and Akikazu Nakamura (Tokyo, Japan) 1993.

Presentation and Production of Canadian Artists:
- Lori freedman 2009, Marilyn Lerner 2008, Lina Allemano 2008
- Quasar Saxophone Quartet (Montreal) 2004/2006
- Halifax Sax Quartet with Quasar Sax Quartet 2006
- Tony Wilson Sextet (Vancouver) 2005
- Pierre Labbe Ensemble (Montreal) and with Upstream Ensemble 2005
- Tena Palmer (Ottawa) and with Upstream Ensemble 2004
- Jazzstory (Toronto) and with Upsstream ensemble 2004
- Les Poules (Montreal) and with Upstream ensemble 2004
- Jay Burr (Whitehorse) 2003
- Francois Houle (Vancouver) with Upstream Orchestra 2003
- Double Duo 2×2 (Vancouver, Montreal) 2003
- Queen Mab (Toronto, Montreal) 2002
- Structural Damage (British Columbia/Japan 2002)
- David Mott (Toronto, Ontario 1999)
- Tom Walsh (Montreal, Quebec1998)
- Forty Fingers (Toronto, Ontario 1997)
- Ron Samworth/Coat Cook w Edam Dance British Columbia 1996)
- Perfectly Normal (Wolfville, Nova Scotia 1995)
- Hemispheres (Toronto, Ontario 1995)
- Jean Derome/Pierre Cartier (Montreal, Quebec 1994)
- Upstream Ensemble (Halifax) 1990 to 2001
- Upstream Orchestra (Halifax) 2000 to present

Major events or changes
2007 - 2010 - regular concert season
2007 - last sonic Courage Festival
2005/06 - stabilization of Sonic Courage Concert Series and Sonic Courage Festival (formerly Spring Fever)
2003/04 – greater integration of local, national and international performers
achieved through more outreach and collaborative concerts. Start of Annual Spring Fever Festival
June 2003 – Upstream Orchestra at Scotia Festival /Francois Houle commission
September 2002 – concerted effort to achieve a balance of local, national and international
October 2001 – Instigation of Open Rehearsal Series to enthusiastic response from the community.
June 2001- 1st performance with Upstream Orchestra at the Scotia Festival of Music with international artist Barry Guy conducting his new composition “Nasca Lines.”
2001 - Commissioned Barry Guy to write for the Upstream Orchestra.
December 2000 – formation a of the brand-new 22 piece Upstream Orchestra and inaugural concerts at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre.
2000 – Open Waters Festival- first orchestra/Barry guy collaboration.
1999 – Open Waters Festival.
1998 – Open Waters Festival.
1997 – First Collaboration with full Symphony Nova Scotia and Peter Lieberson
1995 – Beginnings of Upstream Orchestra as a 17-piece ensemble
1993 – Toured Ontario and performed at the New Music Across America Festival.
May 1990 – Inaugural concert with the resident Upstream Ensemble at Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery. The Ensemble continued to perform up to 2001 with an average of 3 to 4 concerts per year overall.