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Founded in 2010, Blythwood Winds is one of Toronto's most sought-after wind ensembles. Deeply committed to the performance of Canadian music, the quintet performed a concert at the Music Gallery in 2015, featuring world premieres by composers William Rowson and Kevin Lau. In 2016 they hosted Hogtown Roundup 2: Toronto Graffiti at Heliconian Hall, premiering new music by Jason Doell, Elisha Denburg, and Bekah Simms. In 2015, the group was also featured on the Junofest Classical Nominees Showcase presented by CBC Music with the Canadian Music Centre. In the spring of 2017, they presented Voices of Canadian Women, a concert of music by Canadian female composers that featured the world premiere by Anna Höstman. This past winter, they presented Winter Winds, another all-Canadian program with a world premiere of music by Emilie LeBel.
Blythwood Winds has a fruitful relationship with the Canadian Music Centre. As well as concerts of Canadian music, the quintet has also been involved with the CMC's OPUS Testing, a co-presentation with Musica Reflecta in which they premiered pieces for wind quintet and narrator. Blythwood Winds is featured on the CMC's digital audio archive CentreStreams, with recordings of previously unrecorded works by many Associate Composers.
While dedicated to presenting Canadian music, Blythwood is also passionate about sharing music with all audiences, performing arrangements of different musical genres in fun, casual venues like pubs.