John Oswald

2019 Program Artist

John Oswald (born in Kitchener, ON, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) – aside from his directing, designing, dancing, and visualizing – is a Governor General Media Arts Laureate and McLuhan Fellow, and one of Canada’s most internationally-renowned composers (arguably its most infamous one.) His album plunderphonic is on the Polaris Heritage Prize shortlist. The Kronos Quartet commissioned his piece Spectre, and have performed it hundreds of times, recently with guest soloist Tanya Tagac.


Harbour Symphony

Composers Delf Maria Hohmann and Raven Chacon with Allison Cameron, John Oswald and Marc Sabat bring St. John’s celebrated Harbour Symphony to Toronto, transforming boats berthed near the city’s shoreline into an orchestra on the water. Featuring music written for the horns of tugboats, trawlers, ferries, leisure vessels, and ocean-going freighters, each Harbour Symphony since 1983 has […]


Harbourfront Centre


Listening Session with Allison Cameron, Raven Chacon, and John Oswald

A collaboration with Delf Maria Hohmann, Allison Cameron, Raven Chacon, John Oswald, and Marc Sabat culminated in a special edition of Harbour Symphony as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art Opening Week, activating boats docked along Toronto’s shoreline in a celebratory launch. For this evening, Chacon, Cameron and Oswald reflect on this and previous editions […]