The Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto
…was conceived as an umbrella under which each of the city’s disparate pockets of improvising musicians could all organize, a banner we could all wave that would provide increased visibility for the community as a whole while maintaining its diversity. While encouraging the maintenance of these unique pockets, the aimtoronto umbrella can promote interaction between improvising musicians from different backgrounds who might not otherwise find each other. We can only grow and improve as players and people from such interaction. The aimtoronto umbrella can also serve to promote audience sharing between those different scenes and provide a consistency and an increased visibility that will encourage the attention of both the wider listening public and the media.
What can you do to help?
Become a member. be counted – the larger and more visible the community, the more we all benefit from the effort we all put in.
Sign up for the aimtoronto mailing list
Organize. put on a concert. start a series. the more the merrier.
Show your support of the music by going to other people’s shows.
Volunteer to help out with the interface series.
Sign up for and promote the soundlist.
Link to aimtoronto [ dot ] org from your website.
Link to aimtoronto [ dot ] org in your e-mail signature.
Put the aimtoronto logo on your cd packages, gig posters, etc.
Mention aimtoronto at your shows.
Carry and distribute the aimtoronto postcard. (contact the board to get some…)
Be creative. bring your specific talents to the table to help the community.
What is the aimtoronto board offering the wider association?
The concept – an umbrella under which to organize for all the above mentioned reasons.
The infrastructure to go with the concept – website, mailing list, image, etc.
The interface series: presenting local, improvising musicians in performance situations with artists who are recognised as being contributors to the improvised music community on a national and international scale will serve to raise the profile of local improvisers and to advance our relationship with that wider community.
To promote improvised music and improvising musicians in Toronto by working for the benefit of the scene with respect for its diversity.
To acquaint the public with an alternative and creative music experience by engaging old and new audiences alike with an open and interactive approach to music, art, and community.
To produce the Interface Series: a quarterly, three night music series presenting local, improvising musicians in performance situations with artists who are recognised as being contributors to the improvised music community on a national and international scale. The production of this series will serve to raise the profile of local improvisers within Toronto and to advance our relationship with the wider community.
To offer extensive outreach programs in addition to these concerts in the form of open rehearsals, workshops and performances in various schools. This will help to find and educate new, interested listeners and promote local artists making creative music to the community at large.