The Canadian Percussion Network builds connections between performance and research related to percussion. Although this group now has over 350 members, it started out of a simple desire to exchange ideas related to percussion pedagogy at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the summer of 2020, Fabrice Marandola (McGill University) and I began organizing an informal network of percussion faculty exploring distanced learning options for the unprecedented challenges we were facing for percussion pedagogy.
Our informal online meetings led to a series of virtual discussions with leading percussionists from across the country. This in turn led to an in-person gathering at McMaster in April of 2022 supported by a $25,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Connections grant. Titled The Space Between, that event brought together dozens of percussionists from five provinces as well as several from the US.
Thanks to further SSHRC support in the form of Partnership Development Grant (PDG), we began formalizing this network in 2023. Read the official press release here.
CPN hosts a regular mix of virtual and in-person events, organized around three topics crucial to the percussion community (drummer well being, acoustics and perception of percussion instruments, and percussion ensemble). Virtual events feature leading percussionists from across the country discussing different aspects of our craft, and are available through our virtual events archive.
Our next upcoming event will be at McGill University, January 2024. Register (free of charge) here.
Visit percnet.ca for info on other virtual events, as well as details as they develop on in-person events at Acadia University hosted by Mark Adam (Oct 18-19, 2024), University of Manitoba hosted by Victoria Sparks (Aug 8-10, 2025), and a final event I will host at McMaster in May of 2026 (specific dates TBD).