Fair Use

Presented by by Slow Rise Music

September  10, 2022
7:30 PM

Aki Studio


Slow Rise Music is proud to announce its second production, Fair Use, a live and live-streaming show presented at Native Earth’s Aki Studio (in Daniels Spectrum). Fair Use will feature a cohesive programme of contemporary Canadian vocal music around a theme of cultural reference and quotation performed by soprano McKenzie Warriner, mezzo-soprano Máiri Demings, tenor Jacob Abrahamse, bass Tristan Zaba, and pianist Zain Solinski, with music by composers including Laura Gow, Massimo Guida, Kiara Nathaniel, Bekah Simms, Kitty Xiao, and Tristan Zaba. The majority of these pieces will be both world premieres and new commissions by Slow Rise Music, in many cases set to new texts by contemporary Canadian poets including Genova, Jessica Hiemstra, and Kathryn Knowles. This project is generously supported by the SOCAN Foundation and private donors.

McKenzie Warriner, soprano
Máiri Demings, mezzo-soprano
Jacob Abrahamse, tenor
Tristan Zaba, bass-baritone
Zain Solinski, piano


60 minutes


General | $15
Arts Worker, Student | $10
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Slow Rise Music is a project-based musical collective exploring innovation as a path to human connection. Established in 2021 after co-founders McKenzie Warriner and Tristan Zaba noticed a marked lack of collaboration between Toronto’s various vocal and experimental music scenes, our goal is to bridge these communities by curating concerts that highlight the full spectrum of what vocal music is and can be. We largely achieve this mandate by commissioning new works from demographically and musically varied creators. However, while many organizations commission music, our approach is also unique in its extension of our commitment to innovation to every facet of our projects. We commission poets to write texts, artists to create images for posters, and often seek out unconventional performance spaces. Combined with our penchant for culturally relevant concert themes and unusual instrumentations, we encourage creators and performers to step away from instilled classical music norms and focus on approaching new music with true expressive intent.