Art Song Lab

Where Poets Composers & Poets Come Together


We've given our guest artists the challenge of creating a workshop that provides valuable resources to their own area of expertise, while still engaging their counterpart in the composer-poet relationship.

Drop-In Rate: $10


Composer, Jeffrey Ryan (click for more details)
Tuesday, July 2 @ 2pm
Canadian Music Centre

Poet, Renee Sarojini Saklikar (click for more details)
Wednesday, July 3 @ 2pm
Canadian Music Centre

Community Discussion

Art Song Around the Continent
Thursday, July 4, @ 2pm
Canadian Music Centre

Meet ASL participants, alumni, and guest artists, and hear the ideas and projects at the forefront of North American art song. Free Event!


SongSparks are free, interactive concerts where the performers, creators, and audience come together to experience new songs as one. They're a unique opportunity for the audience to ask questions directly to the creators, and potentially influence the interpretation of the world premiere performance.

SongLaunch is the fantastic culmination of the Art Song Lab experience. The pieces written for Art Song Lab 2019 will receive their world premiere performance at Pyatt Hall.

Tickets available online and at door for $25/$15.

Baritone SongSparks (click for more details)
Wednesday, July 3 @ 6pm
Canadian Music Centre

Soprano SongSparks (click for more details)
Thursday, July 4 @ 6pm
Canadian Music Centre

Contralto SongSparks (click for more details)
Friday, July 5 @ 6pm
Canadian Music Centre

SongLaunch: World Premieres from Art Song Lab 2019
Saturday, July 6 @ 7:30pm
Pyatt Hall, VSO School of Music

Art Song Lab 2019 is an independent venture, funded entirely through participant fees, ticket sales, and the generosity of donors like you. Please consider adding a donation to your ticket purchases so we can continue to bring new life to art song in North America.

Our unofficial home since 2011, the  Canadian Music Centre  is an amazing supporter of new music in Canada.

Our unofficial home since 2011, the Canadian Music Centre is an amazing supporter of new music in Canada.

The organizations on the right have been instrumental in bringing ASL 2019 to life. Please take a moment to visit their websites - supporting them helps support us!

Thanks also to our individual donors:

  • David McMurtry

  • Elee Kraljii-Gardiner

  • Glenn Sutherland

  • Christine Riek

  • Héctor Rivera

  • anonymous

Contact to become a donor today.