Touring classical and world music since 1997

The only organization of its kind in Western Canada, Prairie Debut links the best Canadian classical and world music artists to over 80 communities. Most are rural and outside of the larger centres in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon.

 

Cultivating excellence in Canadian classical music performance

Prairie Debut’s reputation for presenting artists with a high level of excellence is well established. Each year, we receive over 80 applications from Canadian artists eager to tour through Western Canada. An independent artistic advisory panel selects four artists or ensembles who will tour the following season. Prairie Debut plans, develops and financially supports tours of between 30 to 40 concerts per year, and pays appropriate fees to the artists in recognition of their high artistic standard. Community presenters across the Prairies and Yukon have the opportunity to feature these artists in concert, at a subsidized fee which makes the concerts affordable for smaller communities. Artists also engage in school performances, workshops, masterclasses and community outreach activities.

MANDATE

To strengthen opportunities for the presentation of professional classical and world music in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta

 
In 20+ years of performance, we have touched diverse communities and established relationships with community partners and presenters across Western Canada. Prairie Debut has forged partnerships with presenters across Canada, and is honoured to work with the countless numbers of amazing people who take it upon themselves to bring great music to their own communities.
ALBERTA
Airdrie
Banff
Barrhead
Bragg Creek
Brooks
Calgary
Camrose
Consort
Cold Lake
Drayton Valley
Edson
Fort McMurray
Fort Saskatchewan
Grand Prairie
High River
Lacombe
Leduc
Lloydminster
Morinville
Okotoks
Red Deer
Sherwood Park
Spruce Grove
St. Albert
Stettler
Vermillion
Wainwright
Westlock
SASKATCHEWAN
Assiniboia
Biggar
Canora
Estevan
Hudson Bay
Indian Head
Kindersley
Kipling
La Ronge
Leader
Luseland
Melfort
Melville
Moose Jaw
Moosomin
Outlook
Prince Albert
Quill Plains
Ravenscrag
Redvers
Regina
Rosthern
Saskatoon
Shaunavon
Swift Current
Tisdale
Unity
Watrous
Weyburn
Wynyard
Yorkton
MANITOBA
Altona
Brandon
Carman
Flin Flon
Holland
Killarney
Minnedosa
Morden
Pinawa
Portage la Prairie
Snow Lake
Souris
St Jean Baptiste
Steinbach
Strathclair
The Pas
Thompson
Virden
Winkler
Winnipeg

YUKON TERRITORY
Dawson City
Haines Junction
Whitehorse

 

BOARD & Administration

Chair | Kevin Korchinski
Executive Director, Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils, Regina SK

Secretary | Andrea Davison
Interim Manager of Special Projects and Festivals, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto ON

Treasurer | Andrew Kwan
Director, Andrew Kwan Artists Management, Toronto ON

Board Member | Brian Degagne
President & CEO, Engaged Innovations, Winnipeg MB

Board Member | Guy Few
Performing artist, trumpet, piano & voice, Kitchener ON

Board Member | Malcolm McKay
Director, Technical Accounting, Nutrien Ltd., Calgary AB

Board Member | Bruce Nysetvold
Principal, Bruce Nysetvold Professional Corporation, Calgary AB

Officer | Po Yeh
Executive Director, Calgary, AB

““It was indeed a unique educational opportunity to have had these very talented musicians come perform for us, and then follow up their intimate performance with an hour-long workshop. I was impressed with the performers’ ability to immediately connect with our students. Their passion for the saxophone, the quartet and the literature was evident to everyone. They were inspiring and I can truthfully say we were honoured to have hosted such a special event….”

Herb Froese |  Senator Riley Middle School | HIGH RIVER AB

Our GOALS

  • To encourage community presenters to strive for artistic excellence in the presentation of professional classical and world music
  • To strengthen the interprovincial relationship of community presenters
  • To support existing independent provincial touring networks
  • To contribute to the career development of professional Canadian classical and Canadian world music artists by creating touring opportunities
  • To contribute to audience development in the selection and presentation of professional Canadian classical and Canadian world music artists in Western Canada

Contact

Po Yeh, Executive Director
403.862.2954

Box 15106, Aspen Woods RPO
Calgary, AB
T3H 0N8