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Montreal, Québec

January 25, 2024 - January 27, 2024



This event will be held through a partnership with the Québec chapter of the Percussive Arts Society Jan 25-26. The Québec Day of Percussion will take place January 27th (info for that event can be found at

A unique opportunity to advance the percussive arts across Canada

The Canadian percussion Network connects percussionists across the country interested in building bridges between percussion research and performance. We hosted our first in-person event at McMaster in April of 2022, in conjunction with the Ontario Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. Titled The Space Between, that event brought together dozens of percussionists from five provinces as well as several from the US.

We are pleased to present our next in-person event, The Space Between 2024 at McGill University (QC) on January 25-27, 2024. Similar to our previous gathering, this event will feature lectures, demonstrations, performances, and research posters. Organized in collaboration with the Quebec Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society/Day of Percussion 2024, this event is open to all percussionists from Canada and abroad. Thanks to a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (PDG), this event will be free of charge to all participants. The Space Between 2024 will bring together perspectives from both research-creation (i.e., new works for percussion, different approaches to performance) and percussion-focused research (i.e., examining percussionists’ gestures, analyzing percussion acoustics). We aim to explore the “space between” these typically siloed efforts, to build new connections and benefit from a wider range of perspectives and expertise related to the ever-growing world of percussion.


Russell Hartenberger – Nexus / University of Toronto
Philipe Spiesser – Haute École de Musique Genève
Liliana Araujo – McGill University
Philippe Gauthier Boudreau – PGB Cymbals
SIXTRUM Percussion (photo credit: William Lapierre)
McGill Percussion Ensemble (photo credit: Caroline Tabah)

With presentations from CPN members:

Darrell Bueckert – Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
Gina Ryan – Université du Québec à Montréal 
Fabrice Marandola – McGill University
Michael Schutz – McMaster University

Call For Proposals We are inviting applications for oral presentation, posters and performances that explore “the space between” artistic creation and research involving percussion—broadly defined.

The Canadian Percussion Network has identified three key topics of research: Health and Well-Being, Acoustics and Perception, and Percussion Ensemble Literature. We encourage submissions aligned with those topics to indicate this in our submission portal (however research on any area of percussion will be considered).

Abstract submission Abstracts should include a title as well as name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s). The total abstract length should not exceed 300 words and should be submitted through our official submission portal. Application for performances should articulate their link with a research topic, and parallel submissions of posters on that topic are encouraged (but not required). Proposed performances should not exceed 15min, including a brief oral introduction of the performance and their link to research. You will be asked to provide a detailed description of the work to be performed, including the instrumentation, as well as audio/video examples of the work whenever possible.

Submission deadlines October 1st, 2023: Submission deadline for abstracts and performances November 1st, 2023: Notifications sent to applicants and registration portal opens December 15th , 2023: Deadline to accept the invitation

Contact Please feel free to contact Fabrice Marandola ( and/or Michael Schutz ( with any questions regarding the conference.




January 25, 2024
January 27, 2024
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Fabrice Marandola
Michael Schutz
Shawn Mativetsky
Kristie Ibrahim


McGill School of Music
555 Sherbrooke St W
Montreal, Quebec Canada
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