About the project

Ensemble Made In Canada’s Mosaïque Project consists of three components: a newly commissioned suite of piano quartets by 14 Canadian composers, each inspired by a particular region of Canada, a national concert tour throughout the 2018-2019 season, and a specially designed website that will document audience-generated artwork inspired by the musical commission.

It will involve artists from across Canada including performers, composers, visual artists, and web designers in order to create an evolving artistic work that will be experienced by audiences, participants and online visitors throughout our country and internationally.

Our aim is to celebrate the diversity and richness of Canada through the eyes and ears of its people.



David BraidBarbara CroallJulie DoironAndrew DowningVivian FungNicolas GilbertKevin LauNicole LizéeRichard MascallSamy MoussaWilliam RowsonDarren SigesmundSarah SleanAna Sokolovic

The Musical Mosaïque was created by 14 award-winning Canadian composers. Each composer wrote a piano quartet of up to 4 minutes inspired by a particular province, territory or region, to create a 60 minute musical suite. We chose composers from various musical genres (classical, jazz, singer-songwriter, electronic,  and First Nations traditions) to create a unique musical quilt that represents multiple layers of our multi-faceted society and artistic culture. ABOUT THE ARTISTS

David Braid, Northwest Territories. “Great Bear River Blues” Barbara Croall, Gichigami-ziibi miinawaa Nayanno-nibiimaang Gichigamiin (St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes). “Nbiidaasamishkaamin/We Come Paddling Here”
Julie Doiron, New Brunswick. “Blessed” Andrew Downing, Manitoba. “Red River Fantasy”
Vivian Fung, Alberta. “Shifting Landscapes”  Nicolas Gilbert, Quebec. “Ilôts”
Kevin Lau, Yukon Territory. “Race to the Midnight Sun” Nicole Lizée, Saskatchewan. “Bessborough Hotel” 
Richard Mascall, Ontario. “Petroglyphs”  Samy Moussa, Nunavut. “Orpheus in Nunavut”
William Rowson, Nova Scotia. “Short Variations on Waves”  Darren Sigesmund, PEI. “Kensington Ceilidh”
Sarah Slean, Newfoundland. “Johnny Pippy of Pouch Cove, on a Bicycle at Dawn” Ana Sokolović, British Columbia. “Splendor Sine Occasu”




The Musical Mosaïque will be heard in all 10 Canadian provinces and 3 territories between July 2018 and January 2020. A large portion of the tour will include performances in traditional concert halls and festivals. Currently, 30 concert presenters intend to present this project, including Music Toronto, Virtuosi Concerts Winnipeg, Concerts aux Iles du Bic, Whitehorse Concerts, and Indian River Festival in PEI. Local educational institutions including universities, conservatories and schools are interested in hosting the project, as well as having EMIC give workshops, masterclasses, and presentations. Performances will also be held for elders in long-term care, with the support of the Health Arts Society. In order to reach a broader audience, special self-produced concerts will be held in the following places: Nunavut’s St Jude’s Igloo Cathedral, Hopewell Rocks New Brunswick and Toronto’s Union Station Great Hall.  TOUR SCHEDULE


The third component of this project will be the Visual Mosaïque created by audience members across the country. At each concert, guests will be invited to participate in a creative visual representation inspired by the musical experience. They will be provided with drawing tools and a small card on which they can doodle, draw or colour during the performances. Submitted cards will be collected, scanned, tagged, and uploaded to the website. As the tour progresses so will the online Visual Mosaïque, gradually growing in complexity, diversity, and beauty. It will act as a dynamic visual representation of the tour, and of the country, connecting music, art, and communities across Canada. The visitors to the site also become creators as they will have the opportunity to assemble their own online mosaic by their selection of cards to view.  MOSAïQUE MAKER


Ensemble Made in Canada acknowledges the generous support of:

The Mosaïque Project is in partnership with: