Welcome to Improbable Music, the online home of Toronto-based singer, musician and video artist Laurel MacDonald. Haunting the periphery of the Canadian music and media art scene for over two decades, MacDonald explores unexpected intersections between visuals and music.

Please visit my new blog! Improbable Music – Intersections of Visual Art and Music
where I am chronicling my development process for new hand-drawn animated video work in preparation for the upcoming Patchwork tour, for which I will be…

Co-musical director, video designer and performer for a new Patchwork production and tour, as part of Nova Scotia’s 150 Forward sesquicentennial celebrations, in October 2017

Also in pre-production: as co-musical director for Songs That Move Us, a new dance + voice production by Denise Fujiwara of Fujiwara Dance Inventions, premiering in Toronto in November 2017
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Laurel MacDonald and Mary Jane Lamond perform in Patchwork
at Sound Symposium XVIII (Photo by Greg Locke)

Weaving the World, a concert project featuring vocal ensembles Darbazi and Schola Magdalena, at The Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto in March 2017

Patchwork, a new voice+visuals performance project with my longtime collaborators Mary Jane Lamond and Phil Strong, had its world premier at Sound Symposium XVIII in St. John’s Newfoundland in July 2016.

Motion graphics designer for Random Acts of Legacy,
a feature-length documentary by Ali Kazimi, world premier screening at
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, May 2016

Video designer for SiNS Dance’s production of Waiting for Bardo(t),
Halifax Nova Scotia, April 2016

Video operator for Fujiwara Dance Inventions' production of Eunoia,
Canadian tour, October 2015

XXIX multi-channel screening as part of composer and media artist
John Oswald's retrospective show at angelica festival international di musica,
Bologna, May 2015

Vocalist for The Messenger, a feature-length documentary by Su Rynard,
world premier screening at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, April 2016

Member of the vocal ensemble along with Marie-Josée Chartier, Katherine Duncanson, Anne Fauteux, Fides Krucker, Brenna MacCrimmon and Suba Sankaran for A Mourning Chorus, a performance project created by artist Sara Angelucci as part of her 2014 residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Site-specific performances at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Watch a documentary video of A Mourning Chorus at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, September 2014.