C.A.N.V.A.S. is an event series and record label established in 2018 as an attempt to give collective agency to an increasingly dispersed community of artists. It is run in partnership by its founders Olan Monk and Lugh O’Neill as part of an ever-growing community of collaborators.
C.A.N.V.A.S. has hosted performance events internationally and collaborated on releases with a diverse group of artists including 33 (Billy Bultheel and Alexander Iezzi), Alpha Maid, Elvin Brandhi, Michael Speers and Xao, alongside two compilation releases: Cipher (2019) and Apocope (2021), with further contributions from Ashley Paul, Ausschuss, Ben Vince, Flora Yin-Wong, Hulubalang, Nadah El Shazly and object blue.
C.A.N.V.A.S. has become an international fabric that connects individual practices and nodes of activity in contemporary music and live performance across several locations in response to a need for closeness despite geographic fluidity. As a community, C.A.N.V.A.S. is always expanding through new collaborations, alchemically creating lasting bonds which perforate boundaries between practices and people. C.A.N.V.A.S. aims to act as a solidarity between uprooted bards as a response to the isolation implicit in the virtualisation of contact.