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NYO – Edges of Canada
4:00PM, Sunday, August 6, 2017
TCU Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre
35 – 22nd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C8

from $FREE
During 2017, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada will embark on the most historic milestone event in its history.

As our nation celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the National Youth Orchestra has been hand-picked – as one of a select group of just 40 carefully chosen organizations – to design, lead, and execute one of the most prestigious and high-profile signature events in the sesquicentennial. 

During July and August 2017, we will mount a magnificent, high-visibility pan-Canadian tour – The Edges of Canada Tour – which will see specially-commissioned works performed in Canadian cities coast to coast to coast. In select cities, our orchestra will join hands with some of Canada’s most high-profile multi-indigenous artists to prepare a youth-oriented response to Truth & Reconciliation. This special component includes an integral, multi-arts performance including spoken word, film, and multimedia, and will be performed only in selected cities. In other cities, we will include a special partnership with the National Youth Choir. 

Free Event!

Ticket pick up information
Preordered tickets should be picked up at the SSO office by Thursday, August 3 at 3:00PM.  After that, tickets (preordered and new requests) will be available for pick up at TCU Place at the following times:

  • Friday, August 4, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, August 6, 12:00 PM until the start of the concert.

Wagner – Meistersinger Overture 10′

Mussorgsky/Ravel – Pictures at an Exhibition    35′


Cusson/Palmer – Unsilent  20′

Strauss – Death and Transfiguration  23′


The Unsilent Project is a separate and discrete component of our Edges of Canada tour. The piece will have its own distinct creative team, but will be designed to augment and blend seamlessly with the orchestra’s classical repertoire.

Developed in a series of workshops and rehearsals over the last year, Signal Theatre Artistic Director Michael Greyeyes (Plains Cree) will co-direct this live performance with playwright, actor, and emerging director Falen Johnson (Mohawk). Centered around the poetry of the late Piikani Blackfoot spoken-word artist Zaccheus Jackson, the piece brings Indigenous creation protocols and ways of knowing into intersection with the classical music processes of NYO Canada.

Composers Juliet Palmer and Ian Cusson (Métis) will collaborate with the two directors, a cinematographer, and four spoken word artists to create a performance piece that celebrates the themese that Jackson devoted much of his Poetry to – healing, empowerment, and hope. The inspiration for this project comes from the Truth and Reconcilation Commission, which asserts that there can be no reconciliation until we ALL work together.