Since it was founded in 1934, the OSM has supported Canadian and Québec musical creation through the performance of works by our national composers. Over the last 40 years, more than 300 Canadian works have been performed by the Orchestra. The OSM also is committed to enriching the classical music repertoire through regular commissions of new works.


Over the course of the 17/18 season, no fewer than nine Canadian compositions of the past century were given pride of place through the OSM’s unique programming! Globally acclaimed as pivotal cultural hubs, Montreal and its prestigious Maison symphonique have helped Québec and Canada forge their identity on the international music scene through performances of these works.


“Zoom in on creation” is a tool that helps broaden our understanding of the musical worlds of our homegrown composers, whose works were premiered by the OSM during the 17/18 season. Inquiring music lovers can consult the information pages dedicated to each one to find a wealth of fascinating discoveries that will allow them to listen to the concert with a more knowing ear.



New Canadian and Québec works commissioned by the OSM


To discover the composers who created
a work commissioned  by the OSM this year.

Canadian works in the OSM’s concert program


For information on the composers whose works
will be performed by the OSM as part of the season.



Many of the links on the following pages will bring you to the website of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), an organization whose mission is to stimulate and promote the awareness, appreciation and performance of Canadian music.


For close to 60 years now, the CMC has filled the need to have a centralized source of information on music by Canadian composers and to promote and support the performance of this repertoire.


The organization makes available to the public the music of its associated composers through its collection, information resources, distribution, and also various outrach and promotional activities.


The CMC has five offices across the country, including one in Québec, founded in 1973.

To access archival recordings and to familiarize yourself with the composers who will be featured in the OSM’s season program, music lovers can register on the Canadian Music Centre’s website for free.