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Recent news from Prairie Debut

Pan-Canadian Tour Selection


Montreal, Wednesday, June 30, 2021 – Following the great success of the inaugural tour in 2019-2020, Debut Atlantic, JM Canada and Prairie Debut are pleased to announce the return of the Pan-Canadian tour “Roadtrip!” for the 2023-2024 season. For this second edition, the three organizations will once again combine their expertise in the presentation of classical music and offer to an emerging Canadian artist or ensemble the opportunity to perform an exceptional pan-Canadian tour.

This second edition of the pan-Canadian tour will take place from September 2023 to June 2024 and will include approximately thirty-five dates across Canada and the Territories. Additionally, artists will enrich their artistic experience through varied educational and community-based outreach initiatives.


In its first edition, the duo meagan&amy, consisting of violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz, presented their recital Jonctions in 45 communities across 10 provinces, reaching thousands of listeners.

‘The pan-Canadian tour has been the experience of a lifetime. Setting foot in so many places across the country in the span of just a few months has given me a better sense of the extraordinary diversity of Canadians and their livelihoods. Each concert felt different and memorable because of the unique energy from each audience. As the tour went along, I found more and more that one of the things that I looked forward to the most with each concert was the chance to talk with our audience members at the end. I will cherish this experience of sharing music with people across Canada for the rest of my life’, said Meagan Milatz.


Applicants interested in this tour are invited to submit their electronic application to Jeunesses Musicales Canada, who will manage the applications on behalf of all three organizations. However, all three organizations will be involved in the selection process. All applications must be submitted before December 6, 2021. Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. The detailed selection criteria, as well as the complete list of requested documents are available on all three organisations respective websites :


Bringing Canada’s exceptional classical music artists to Atlantic Canadian communities since 1979, Debut Atlantic takes the guess work out of presenting excellence in the genre by curating a five-tour season of primarily emerging artists available to presenters throughout the Atlantic region. Debut Atlantic is deeply committed to educational and community engagement and artist development. Additionally, it offers an annual scholarship to an exceptional Atlantic Canadian high school music student.


Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC) is a talent incubator that boosts the careers of the best emerging artists, while helping to democratize classical music for audiences of all ages. Today, JMC seasons include over 1 200 musical activities presented across Canada, ranging from high-calibre concerts to exciting musical activities for young audiences.


The only organization of its kind in Western Canada, Prairie Debut connects Canadian global-music and classical musicians of the highest levels of artistic excellence to audiences in over 90 communities, most of which are rural and outside the larger centres in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Northern Territories.


Erin Sparks
Executive Director
Debut Atlantic

902 429-6812,

Noémie Vallet
Head of Communications
JM Canada

514 845-4108 # 222

Po Yeh
Executive Director
Prairie Debut

403 862-2954,

Explore the archive of Prairie Debut press releases.

Pan-Canadian Tour Selection

Calgary, June 5, 2018 – Violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz – also known as meagan&amy – have been selected for a pan-Canadian tour offered by Debut Atlantic, Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Prairie Debut in 2019-2020.

Pan-Canadian Tour Selection

Calgary, June 5, 2018 – Violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz – also known as meagan&amy – have been selected for a pan-Canadian tour offered by Debut Atlantic, Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Prairie Debut in 2019-2020.

Tournée PanCanadian

Trois organismes canadiens spécialisés en musique classique s’allient afin d’offrir à un-e artiste ou à une formation canadien-ne de la relève une tournée pancanadienne en 2019-2020.

Pan-Canadian Tour

September 2017 | Three Canadian classical music organizations join forces to offer a pan-Canadian tour to an exceptional Canadian emerging artist or musical ensemble in 2019-2020.

2018/19 Touring Artists

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Po Yeh Appointed

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Lynne Bailey Retires

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Duo Milot & Bariel Tour

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The relationship of the performers and their passion for the music played is the foundation of Duo Milot & Bareil.

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Duo Fortin-Poirier Tour Success

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2017-18 Touring Artist Showcases

December 2016 | Prairie Debut’s 2017-18 Touring Artists showcased at the Prairie Contact events this fall. Congratulations to Henderson-Kolk Duo, The Chooi Brothers and Proteus Saxophone Quartet on their incredible showcases. All three artists wowed the conference...

Duo Fortin-Poirier

September 2016 | Duo Fortin-Poirier will begin Prairie Debut’s 2016-17 touring season, performing concerts in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Yukon. The duo, featuring pianists Amélie Fortin and Marie-Christine Poirier, has been heralded as one of the most promising of...

apply to tour with prairie debut

Each year, we invite emerging and established Canadian musicians to showcase and tour with Prairie Debut. World-genre and classical musicians who consider music to be their professional career are invited to apply to be part of our 2020-21 season.

Applications open in January.

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Po Yeh, Executive Director

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