The Canadian Music Centre gratefully acknowledges the supoport of the SOCAN Foundation and the Government of Canada through the Canada Music Fund.

IAMIC 2009 Venues

The 2009 Conference will take place at a number of locations in Toronto and Vancouver. Here are some of the highlights:

Toronto Symposium: Ontario College of Art and Design
100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON [map]

Located in the heart of Toronto, OCAD is Canada's largest centre for design, culture and business. This vibrant nexus brings together a diversity of creative forces, and where great minds meet, magic happens. A key feature of OCAD is the Sharp Centre for Design, a unique "table top" structure which has quickly become one of the most exciting architectural landmarks in Toronto. The Centre houses OCAD's Faculty of Design programs, and allows for expanded facilities for the Faculties of Art and Liberal Studies. The remarkable 'table top' superstructure, that takes the form of a parallelepiped (9m high, 31m wide and 84m long), with striking black and white pixelated skin, stands 26 metres above the ground on 12 multi-coloured legs. The structure provides two storeys of studio and teaching space and is connected to the existing facility below by an elevator and stair core that forms the central focus of the newly created entrance hall uniting the two halves of the existing university buildings at all levels. The Sharp Centre for Design is innovative in that it is situated above the older main campus building, giving OCAD outdoor park space and reconnecting Grange Park with the McCaul Street neighbourhood. Aside from being suspended in the sky, it is actually a very conventional structure (essentially a box), with efficient use of space for classrooms, studios, offices, and student workspace.

Vancouver Symposium: The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC [map]

The award winning repurposing of a fine neoclassic bank building to provide comfortable and attractive meeting space, superb meeting technology, and highly trained staff all contribute to the experience of any gathering in British Columbia's only centre dedicated exclusively to meetings certified by the prestigious International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). What is perhaps more special is the intention underlying the building of such a centre. To create a home for dialogue which provides the best possible environment for interaction and full participation by all delegates was the goal of the university when the Dialogue Centre was planned. The Wosk Centre for Dialogue has hosted the heads of state, religious and political leaders, delegations, arbitrations, deliberations, private negotiations on environmental and legal concerns, annual general meetings conferences on a wide range of topics - all of which shared a concern for achieving a high level of communication among delegates. Since 1989, Simon Fraser University's Vancouver campus has opened its doors to the broader community and, through sharing lecture halls and meeting rooms at both Harbour Centre and the Segal Graduate School of Business, supported the educational goals of thousands of organizations annually. The Centre for Dialogue builds on that tradition, taking the art of the meeting to the next level.

IAMIC Remix Night: Rivoli
334 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON [map]

A landmark hot spot on Queen St. West in downtown Toronto, the Rivoli is an ever evolving destination. The busy Restaurant serves eclectic global comfort food; at the intimate Side Bar, patrons cozy up to enjoy cocktails and great music; the Pool Hall upstairs offers vintage tables, full menu and comfy booths; the best people watching in town goes down on the Patio, while the Rivoli's Back room features some of the finest programming in the city from alternative live music to comedy and spoken-word events. Serving up great food and art since 1982, the Rivoli is a popular restaurant and night club on Queen St. West in downtown Toronto, located in the the original Rivoli Theatre, home of 1920's vaudeville and burlesque. In the '80s, the Rivoli was synonymous with Toronto's black-garbed Queen West scene (Mike Myers's Saturday Night Live character, Dieter, is said to have been inspired by a Rivoli waiter). This reputation has changed as much as the club's clientele, but the Rivoli's atmosphere is still unique. The Barnaked Ladies, Molly Johnson, Cowboy Junkies, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Blue Rodeo, The Kids in the Hall, Ron Sexsmith, Jane Siberry, Kathleen Edwards, Sarah Harmer, Sean Cullen, Handsome Ned, Hawksley Workman, and so many more talented Canadian artists have started their careers and/or graced the stage - some, like Feist, even worked the bar at one point. International stars like Beck, Indigo Girls, Iggy Pop, Janeane Garofalo, Josh Ritter, Patty Smyth, Courtney Love, Tori Amos, Michelle Shocked, Robin Williams and others have also performed at the Rivoli. You just never know who will turn up!