Sesquisharp Productions is an arts collective based in Halifax and Toronto, Canada.

We're tired of stuffy concerts. So we're reinventing the form. 

 

 

Photo: Andrew Gilmour

Photo: Andrew Gilmour

[Re]Invention

We bring together artists from all disciplines to create concert experiences that you won't find anywhere else. Since 2012 we've engaged with classical and contemporary music, graphic scores and theatre artists, digital dramaturgy and sonic immersion. Every show is a new chance to rethink what we do.

Photo: MJ Photographics

Photo: MJ Photographics

INCLUSION

We believe that everyone should enjoy and be passionate about music, performance, art, and creation. Our shows are collectively created by the artists we work with, and we care deeply about finding ways to make our audiences feel engaged and included.

Photo: MJ Photographics

Photo: MJ Photographics

Accessibility

Accessibility is at the core of what we do because performance should be something that everyone has access to. Period.

Upcoming Events

 
 
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Raine Hamilton & Abigail Lapell in concert

Acclaimed folk singer-songwriters Raine Hamilton and Abigail Lapell—two of Canada's most up and coming names in the folk music scene—present an evening of great music as part of their extensive East Coast tour.

20 JUNE 2019, ELE’S BISTRO 1678 BARRINGTON STREET, HALIFAX

Tickets at the door $15/10—8pm, doors open 7pm

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COMPOSITIONS #2

Our micro-performance series continues; curated by Shalon T. Webber-Heffernan

FALL 2019, TORONTO

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Let Evening Come,

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We're taking our sold-out concert on tour!

WINTER 2020, TORONTO

Our Philosophy

 

We believe that performance has something to offer everyone. Trained in classical music, we loved the art but grew tired of its formal and somewhat stuffy traditions. We produce work that revels in the beauty, drama, and intensity of this amazing art form, but that feels less restrained than what you might be used to. We invite you to join us and reimagine the concert experience as something that everyone can enjoy.

 

 
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A selection of things we've done over the years

 
 

COMPOSITIONS #1: a micro-performance series

Our first performance of 2019 and the first in our series of micro-concerts, this concert was an intimate one! An evening featuring experimental music, film, and performance, followed by a cupcake and cocktail reception with DJ Saf.

Curated by Shalon T. Webber-Heffernan

JANUARY 2019, TORONTO

Photo: Andrew Gilmour

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Nocturne Halifax

We re-invented our concert Let Evening Come as part of Halifax’s all night art-fest; transforming it into an interactive performance installation that also featured a micro-classical music concert.

OCTOBER 2018, HALIFAX

Photo: Andrew Gilmour

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Let Evening Come

A multidisciplinary show that incorporates the music of Chausson, Debussy, Greig, and Strauss, alongside original poetry and contemporary folk song arrangements. We even threw in an accordian, because why not? Featuring performers Caroline Whalen, Ethan Lawler, Frietzen Kenter, Jacob Caines, Megan Johnson, Willem Blois, and Zoë Mackey-Boehner.

JUNE 2018, HALIFAX

Photo: MJ Photographics

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Façade: An Evening of Rotating Conductors

Mismatched conductors, sinful music and an ensemble that doesn't know top from bottom. This concert has bravado, zaniness, gluttony and pleasure to spare!

FEBRUARY 2014

Photo: Gwen Watson

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Descent into Madness

A concert of wild music inspired by theatrical and musical mad scenes. With music by Beethoven, Berio and Gounod, as well as the world premiere performance of the newly commissioned composition "Descent into Madness" by Ryan Keebaugh.

MARCH 2013, OTTAWA

Photo: Cara Song

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Mark the Music: An Homage to the Bard

Every successful second season should open with an homage to the Bard. Come see how Sesquisharp reinterprets Shakespeare, chamber music style. Featuring chamber ensemble, guest vocalists, and a troupe of talented stage folk, this concert will remind you of the power of the written word and the written note. Including Shakespeare-inspired music by Korngold, Stravinsky, Handel and Gabrielli and excerpts from the Bard's most beloved works!

NOVEMBER 2012, OTTAWA

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trickpony: One year, one voice, eight composers . . . giddy-up!

trickpony began as a research and creation project dedicated to exploring the development process--from inspiration to composition to rehearsal to performance-- of eight new works for solo voice for soprano Sarah Albu. The resulting work is an electric and daring foray into the possibilities of the human voice. trickpony features the music of Andy Costello, Aura Giles, Sally Norris, Marie-Claire Saindon, Mason Koening, Luke Nickel, Gayle Young, and Elyze Venne-Deshaies.

JUNE 2013, OTTAWA

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Contemporary Wind Ensemble Concert

A concert of rarely heard wind ensemble compositions- not to be missed! Featuring music by Hindemith, Kurka, Copland and a world-premiere composition by Ottawa composer Aura Giles.

SEPTEMBER 2012, OTTAWA