"A Boat Longing for the Sea, and Yet Afraid" (E.L. Masters)

Shaw Street Collective

Shaw Street Collective

A dialogue between Fear and Desire through timeless American poetry and songs with Shaw Street Collective.

The Shaw Street Collective is a New Classical Ensemble dedicated to the creation of works and the re-imagination of what chamber music can be. 

The ensemble was founded by Mikolaj Debowski, Anthony Savidge, and Emma Rowlandson O’Hara, and as a collective, frequently invites other artists to collaborate and widen the scope of creative possibilities. In the fall of 2015, cellist Alyssa Ramsay joined the Collective as a full time member. Since the combination of trumpet, trombone, percussion, and cello is so unusual, the group’s repertoire consists of original compositions and pieces arranged by its members. The Collective has collaborated with pianists, harpists, videographers, and photographers. Members of the group have performed with acclaimed ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, National Academy Orchestra, the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa, Regina Symphony and Niagara Symphony. 

In September of 2015, the Collective took part in a two-week residency in the Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan, followed by a national tour. Their concerts were met with critical acclaim and described as "absorbing" and "transformative."