We’re doing something big and we need your help. November 21, 2018

Our next major group work reimagines an orchestral score from 1970 by experimental composer Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016). It’s called To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation. Oliveros imagined a “continuous circulation of power” enacted through performance. Now, we want to revisit this work with 18 remarkable artists through a public process, and perform it, free to audiences, at Toronto City Hall.

To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation proposes a leaderless orchestra within an immersive installation of coloured light. The work considers music’s capacity to express new ways of being together– of orchestrating action and sharing power. These are subjects that could not be more urgent today, and it’s been our pleasure and our challenge to consider them anew– finding solidarity with the radical practice of a previous generation.

So: we’ve assembled a multidisciplinary orchestra of performing artists–some of Toronto’s most adventurous musicians, as well as dancers, performance-makers, visual artists and writers– to learn this piece together through a practice of listening. And we’re staging our rehearsals as open events in community spaces throughout Toronto (like Regent Park School of Music), to reorient our ears and imaginations along the way.

At the end of it all, we’ll perform the work in the Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall, February 17th. And it’s all being presented by The Music Gallery.

We need your help to make it happen! Bringing this project to people and places it would never ordinarily reach, means moving dozens of people and substantial equipment around the city. Help us keep it free and keep it moving.




Performance about a woman, October 4-7 2018 at RUTAS August 22, 2018

We are thrilled to be presenting Liz Peterson’s solo Performance about a womanOctober 4-7 2018 at RUTAS Festival in Toronto.

In Performance about a woman, the tension between language and self is made visible as performer Liz Peterson explores the idea of identity. An exploration that is repeatedly interrupted by the question, “What could an audience want from a performance about a woman?”

Performance about a woman proposes that autobiography is tool to collect contexts of making, colonial histories, political frameworks and more in a performance work. From a solo project it has evolved into a site for collaboration between visual artist and filmmaker Oliver Husain, performance-maker Liz Peterson, theatre artist Rose Plotek and composer Matt Smith.

Join us at Ada Slaight Hall on October 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th. Tickets are available here.

TOURING: Performance about a woman at the OFFTA May 15, 2018


Performance about a woman presents a narrative that never arrives. It posits identity as the story that can never be repeated the same way twice; a narrative that is repeatedly disrupted by moments of intimate exchange and projection between performer and spectator.

OFFTA presents a reworking of Liz Peterson’s solo, first presented in 2014 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, featuring collaborators including visual artist Oliver Husain, dramaturg Rose Plotek and sound designer Matt Smith.

Come join us at the Darling Foundry on May 29th at 8.30pm and 30th at 1pm. Tickets are available now through OFFTA’s box office.

Join us again to keep doors and minds open. November 30, 2017

This year we’re back to the the studio developing new, groundbreaking work. Associate Artist Liz Peterson is in Barcelona with Catalonian choreographer Marina Colomina. Liz and Marina’s urgent new performance, Borders (sin título), examines what happens to people living between and across divergent stories of nationality, gender and language. They’re in the right place at the right time to see what art can do, and what kinds of knowledge it can produce. We think this work is risky and important – but it needs your support.

Borders (sin título) reconfigures collaborators and creates new connections. Ame Henderson and Katie Ewald provide dramaturgy and production planning, while musician Matt Smith joins Public Recordings for the first time. We’re thrilled to co-produce this new work with Events in Real Time and grateful for support from L’Estruch Fàbrica de Creació and La Poderosa.

Help us ensure that work on Borders (sin título) continues to its premiere in Toronto in the fall of 2018 by making a donation today.



Your help will allow us to commit to the work’s development in the summer of 2018 leading to the premiere next fall. It means we can confirm studio time, pay fair artist wages, and confirm Marina’s ability to join the creation process in Canada. Make a donation by December 31 to receive a 2017 tax receipt and an outpouring of unconditional love.

Public Recordings’s 2017-18 season launch October 7, 2017

Public Recordings’s 2017-18 season launch is Tuesday, October 24 at Less Bar, 834 Bloor W.

We’ve got a map for the upcoming season with info on all of the projects in development. We’ve got Liz Peterson and Christopher Willes, who join Ame Henderson and Evan Webber as Associate Artists for the next cycle of creations and productions. We’ve got all the love and thanks in the world for sandra Henderson and Jeremy McCormick, who are moving into new roles inside and outside the Public Recordings. And we’ve got music selections by Thom Gill and Akash Bansal. Have we got you?

To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation August 7, 2017

This week we have been working on a new project at the Gardiner Museum developing a performance of Pauline Oliveros’s celebrated 1970 orchestral work To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation.

Organizing as an experimental orchestra that consists of musicians and non-musicians alike, the group includes notable artists, musicians, choreographers, composers, and dancers such as Anne Bourne, Allison Cameron, Ame Henderson, Anni Spadafora, Brendan Jensen, Claire Harvie, Christopher Willes, Ellen Furey, Evan Webber, Germaine Liu, Ishan Davé, and Thom Gill. This project has been initiated by Christopher Willes.

We will be giving a free performance at the Gardiner Museumtomorrow, Thursday August 17th at 7pm. Please join us!

You can RSVP here.

Part of Community Arts Space: Art is Change. Supported by Toronto Arts Council, Public Recordings, Feminist Art Museum and The Music Gallery. Permissions from IONE, Trustee, The Pauline Oliveros Trust.

Photograph by Claire Harvie

Recent Events

To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation
February 12-17, 2019
Presented by the Music Gallery

Performance about a woman 
May 29-30, 2018
OFFTA, Montreal

performance encyclopaedia
OCT 5, 2017
Australian Theatre Forum, Adelaide, Australia