Upcoming Events

17 September, 2016 - 8:00 pm. Regina Symphony Orchestra. Conexus Arts Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Premiere of Across the Grasslands by the Regina Symphony Orchestra. The RSO commissioned Karen Sunabacka to write the piece for Gordon Gerrard's inaugural season. For more information or for tickets visit the RSO website.

22 and 24 of February 2017- 19:30. ORCHESTRe MéTROPOLITAiN. Montreal, Canada

Premiere of De natura sonorum by Hartery/David/Ware/Sunabacka/É. Champagne. This is a collaborative project where each composer writes one movement about their region of Canada. Karen Sunabacka is writing the slow movement about the Canadian Prairies. For more information or for tickets visit the Orchestre Métropolitain website.


6 June, 2015: Premiere of Mama's Painting: Louis Riel's Dream at Agassiz Chamber Music Festival

The resulting composition was a powerful testament to a family of artistic visionaries, and, more importantly, one Metis woman’s journey toward uncovering her historically lost identity.
— Claudia Garcia de la Huerta, Classic 107 FM

Read the full article here: News at Classic 107 FM

Recent Projects and Events

4 February 2016, 20:00, Groupe Le Vivier (1200 rue De Bleury, Montreal, Quebec H3B 3J3) 

World Premiere of All Night A Dark Wind Blows - a collaboration with Montreal based improviser-composer-hyperflutist Cléo Palacio-Quintin. Read the more about the event here.


24 February 2016, 20:00, Cinematheque, Artspace Building (100 Arthur St. Winnipeg, MB)

Manitoba Premiere of All Night A Dark Wind Blows. This was a Groundswell season concert with Karen Sunabacka guest curating. The concert was titled Electric Breath and featured Cléo Palacio-Quintin. 


8 March 2016, 19:30, McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove.

Karen Sunabacka gave a special talk entitled Composing our Stories: Inspired by Family and the Prairies. This was presented as part of the McNally Robinson ongoing Meet the Composer series. For more information visit the McNally Robinson website here.


  • Upcoming CD project with Pianist Dr. Darryl Friesen