We engage musicians, composers, artists, historians, scientists and craftspeople from all over the world to bring our programs to life.


Our music stories vary widely, so too do our artists.

You never know who’s going to be on stage for a Canvas Lab show. It may be a string quartet, a rock band, a solo bassoonist or a klezmer ensemble. You might see photographers. Or piano technicians. Or scientists. Or historians.

Some other places you might hear our alumni:

  • Los Angeles Opera

  • Amsterdam Klezmer Band

  • Seattle Symphony

  • Amsterdam Conservatory

  • Cirque de Soleil

  • TV / Movie soundtracks

  • New York Metropolitan Opera

  • Television commercials

  • Los Vegas Philharmonic

  • On tour with David Byrne

Canvas is committed to musicians

Lab audiences have had the unique opportunity to hear world-class performances, often due to generously reduced fees offered by artists. We stand behind a professional musician’s right to support their livelihood: our first priority with proceeds is to compensate musicians fairly.

Without them, live music wouldn’t exist.

I think I’ve seen those folks before…?

Although we are known for our revolving door of guests coming and going, there are a few who are well-known to our returning audiences. The following artists are irreplaceable supporters of our mission and have been foundational in developing our reputation for excellence:

Rebecca Chung

Alisha Bauer

I performed with Canvas a few years ago, and have been following it from afar ever since. It’s akin to the wonderful experience of going to a Pixar film, stories for children and adults alike with a whole lot of heart. Unlike the movies though, it’s an immersive, interactive and technicolor version of storytelling. Very memorable!
— Eric Jacobs, clarinetist, Seattle symphony
I have been extremely honored to have performed in numerous Canvas events over the last decade, and each of them has truly been a life changing, incredible experience. I often describe these events to friends as a sort of “Ted Talks for music,” and I think that comparison is well warranted. Canvas events are so much more than just musical concerts, with topics ranging from the light-hearted to the gut-wrenching. Being able to participate in experiences such as they create is entirely why I chose music as a profession. Here’s to many many more!
— John Torres, singer-songwriter