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

November 21, 2018

Our next major project 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 through a public process, and perform it, free to audiences, at Toronto City Hall.

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 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.


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

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?

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