‘Tzavta’: Hebrew for the act of sitting together


Tzavta” is  Sidewalk Citizen Bakery monthly cultural dinner salon hosting, curators, animators, writers, installers, artists and scientists – the people behind the scenes. The inspiration is (of course) bread: seemingly simple yet inherently complex requiring skill, diligence and dedication to make.

Join us for an intimate, lively talk, devoid of encouraging advice about life but filled with information, stories and an open discussion where one is free to ask and learn. The conversation is preceded by dinner create in honour of speakers and based on their inspiration, heritage or passion.




Since our venue is small we are limited to 35 people



Contemporary Classical Music Composition


On May 29th, we will be hosting two contemporary classical music composers, Lesley Hinger and Vincent Ho for a conversation with Katherine Duncan about what is contemporary classical music, how it attempts to redefine centuries old traditions, the challenges facing young composers and how to listen and understand it.  The works of both Lesley and Vincent will be performed live by a string quartet.


Lesley Hinger – Composer

Lesley composes acoustic and electroacoustic music, and her works have been performed and workshopped across Canada, the US, and Italy by various ensembles. Lesley earned her Doctorate in Composition at Boston University, and is the co-founder of the Boston- based Acoustic Uproar concert series.  Lesley currently lives in Calgary, Alberta.


Vincent Ho – Composer

Vincent Ho is a multi-award winning composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal, and theatre music.  His works have been described as “brilliant and compelling”  by the New York Times. Dr. Ho is currently teaching at the University of Calgary.


Katherine Duncan – Moderator

A classically trained musician, singer in Calgary’s Spiritus Chamber Choir, and lover of books, food, wine and travel, Katherine Duncan shares her passion for music with CBC listeners as host and producer of Radio 2’s Choral Concert.  Katherine currently discovers and presents original music by emerging Alberta Artists on CBC Radio One’s Key of A.


Purchase tickets here 


Sidewalk Citizen Bakery at the Simmons

618 Confluence Way SE


Monday, May 29th, 2017


6:00 – 9:30 PM (Parking is free)


The ticket price is $40 + gst which includes appetizers, dinner, dessert and stimulating conversation.

Purchase your tickets here

Previous talks:

Tzavta Event Part Four May, 2016

Tzavta Event Part Three April, 2016

Tzavta Event Part Two February, 2016

Tzavta Event Part One January, 2016