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Listening to the Climate Emergency through The Tar Sands Songbook

March 28, 2023 at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Location:Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
Cost:$15 or pay-what-you-can

The following event is re-posted from LiSTEN: Listening to Social Transformation through Engagement Network:

Café 2: Listening to the Climate Emergency through The Tar Sands Songbook
Tuesday, March 28, 7 – 9:30 pm, Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre.
$15 or pay-what-you-can.  

What role can listening play in addressing the climate emergency? Violist, composer, ethnomusicologist, and climate activist Tanya Kalmanovitch presents a performance of her documentary theatre piece The Tar Sands Songbook, addressing the complexities of life, culture, and oil-economics in her hometown of Fort McMurray. Through text, ethnographic video, and Tanya’s original music, the work asks us to consider our personal relationships with oil. The performance will be followed by an audience talkback discussion.

On March 29, we’ll bring together members of Ottawa’s diverse music community for a conversation on sustainability. How can music organizations respond to the climate emergency and its social impacts? If you are interested in participating, please contact Ellen Waterman at

Produced in collaboration with the Canadian New Music Network.