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.

Eric Cadesky, Phil Strong and I have been nominated for a 2018 Dora Award for our score for the Kaeja d’Dance production Solo Dance Xchange SDX. We’re thrilled!
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Co-composer with Phil Strong for You Are Here, a new feature-length documentary by Moze Mossanen. You Are Here is an intimate profile of several community leaders from Gander, Newfoundland, who hosted thousands of stranded air passengers when 38 airliners were forced to land at their local airport during the closing of US airspace in September 2001 (the story that inspired the Broadway hit Come From Away). Scheduled for release in late 2018.

Member of live musical ensemble for Solo Dance Xchange SDX, a Kaeja d’Dance production featuring 22 dance soloists, at Streetcar Crowsnest in Toronto in February 2018.

Co-creator, co-musical director, video designer and performer for She Sings as She Flies, a Patchwork production and tour, part of Nova Scotia’s 150 Forward sesquicentennial celebrations, in Nova Scotia in October and November 2017.

Co-musical director and featured vocalist in Moving Parts, a dance + voice production by Denise Fujiwara of Fujiwara Dance Inventions, 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.