9th Festival and Conference
WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY
Waterloo, Guelph, and Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
May 12-16, 2016

The International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) is happy to announce that its 2016 event will take place in Waterloo and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University from May 12th through 15th.  ISIM’s first-ever event to be held outside the USA took place in July 2015 in Château d’Oex, Switzerland. We look forward to following the great success of that event with our second outside the USA, this time in one of the most vibrant improvised music scenes in North America. The gathering will as usual combine festival and conference components and bring together musicians, teachers, scholars, promoters, and listeners who are interested in exploring the many facets of spontaneous musical creativity. We invite you to seize this opportunity to create connections and share knowledge with world-class devotees of the art of improvisation from all around the globe.

For questions or more information, please contact us.

Hotel Information and Registration Below

Consistent with conventional conference protocols, ISIM will charge a modest conference registration fee to help defray the considerable expenses incurred in mounting an event of this scale.  

PRESENTER REGISTRATION
Registration Deadline:  March 31, 2016
Please provide the following program information by
March 31, 2015:
--Short bio (75 words)
--Title and short description of your presentation (100-200 words)
--Technical needs for your presentation

Conference Fee


Non-presenters: $200

*After April 30, 2016

Presenters: $90

Non-presenters: $215

*Registration will be made available online through paypal after the proposal deadline.

ENSEMBLES

Duos and trios: At least one member must be an ISIM member in good standing in order for the ensemble proposal to be considered.  Quartets and larger must join ISIM at Associate Member level ($250 US).

In cases of financial duress, scholarships will be considered for presenters/performers.  

PRESENTERS/PERFORMERS WHO WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A SCHOLARSHIP MUST PROVIDE REQUEST IN WRITING BEFORE THE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE.

HOTEL AND TRAVEL INFORMATION

The following information contains information about the hotels that Laurier University is partnered with for Conferences.  The Hotels are listed in order from most basic to most elegant.  The prices are not exact, but a close estimate. Presenter Registration is at the bottom of the page.  

WATERLOO HOTELS

Hotel Laurier ~$60.00/night +tax. Includes breakfast.
Rates vary depending on room size.
http://www.laurierconferences.ca/index-Summer.html
From May through August, Wilfrid Laurier University offers affordable accommodations at the Hotel Laurier. Individuals and groups can stay in comfortable residences that suit any preference or budget. Guests may choose from a variety of dormitory style rooms and apartments.
Phone: 519.884.0710 ext. 277
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Comfort Inn Waterloo ~$124.99/night +taxhttp://www.waterloocomfortinn.com/
A newly renovated hotel near the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University
*Limited amount of rooms available due to a separate Conference happening the same weekend. Rooms left are available at their conference rate.
Phone: 519-747-9400

Delta Waterloo ~$159.00/night +taxhttps://www.deltahotels.com/Hotels/Delta-Waterloo
Delta Waterloo is the leading inner city boutique style hotel offering vibrant, stylish and sophisticated hospitality.
Phone: 519-514-0404

TORONTO HOTELS for Monday 5/16
The Monday events will take place at The Music Gallery located in the heart of Toronto.  The area has dozens of hotels within walking distance.  We have a listed a few below, but we recommend looking up hotels in the area and finding one that best suits your needs.
Music Gallery website and address: www.musicgallery.org
197 John St, Toronto, ON M5T 1X6, Canada
P: 416.204.1080

The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar ~$72.00
Therex.ca

Super 8 Downtown Toronto ~$84

super8.com

The Beverley Hotel ~$140

thebeverleyhotel.ca

The Ocho ~$160

hotelocho.com

Canadian Backpackers Inn youth hostel
Canadianalodging.com

More options are available here: http://www.thehotelnexus.com/hotels-near-landmark/Music%20Gallery/114919

TRAVEL FROM TORONTO AIRPORT

Airways Transit
$92 from Toronto airport to Waterloo
http://www.airwaystransit.calls.net/
United Taxi
Fare is $120 from airport to Waterloo
reservation ahead of time online: http://www.unitedtaxi.ca/

Rental cars are available as well

ISIM Board of Directors
Ed Sarath, Founder and President
Karlton Hester, Vice President
India Cooke, Secretary
Jin Hi Kim, Treasurer
William Johnson
Douglas Ewart

ISIM Staff

Richard Robeson, Executive Director
Billy Satterwhite, Administrative Coordinator

Previous ISIM event hosts
The University of Michigan
Northwestern University
University of Denver
University of California Santa Cruz
William Paterson University
York College, CUNY/Roulette

New School University

Ecole de Musique du Pays-d'Enhaut, Chateau D'oex Switzerland