Canvas Event FAQ

What can I expect at a Canvas program? 

Canvas takes places in the home of its founders, Lynn Hutchinson and David Sheldon, in Marina del Rey, California. Each show varies in genre and presentation method, but always features live musicians. Attendance at Canvas programs ranges between 70 and 90 guests. Programs are approximately 80 minutes in length for the adult shows, and 45 minutes for the family shows. There are no intermissions.

What is the concert space like? 

The house has been outfitted with stage lighting and audio equipment for the concerts. Audience members are comfortably seated in individual chairs. The space is fully handicap accessible and there are restrooms near the performance area.

 

Who attends Canvas?

Canvas attracts a broad variety of people. Our audience boasts a variety ages, nationalities, religious affiliations, sexual orientations and occupations. If you enjoy experiencing new programs surrounded by thoughtful and interesting people, you will feel right at home at Canvas.

Can I invite friends? 

Yes, you may. As our shows often sell out, so be sure to point your friends in the direction of our on-line ticketing well in advance of the concert date.

Can children attend? 

Yes! We love giving children the opportunity to experience live musicians up close and personal. Learn more about our family shows.

How do I get there, where can I park, and is the space handicap accessible?

Canvas is accessible in the Los Angeles area by car and bus. Get directions.

Who performs at Canvas events?

Canvas features the talents of established and emerging professionals. In addition to Los Angeles artists, we will sometimes have the pleasure of bringing musicians from other parts of the country.

Is there late seating?

Due to the intimacy of the space and the timing of the events, there is no late seating.

Do I have to buy tickets online?  Can I purchase them with cash at the door?

Buying a ticket online insures your place at a Canvas performance. You may pay cash at the door, but you may arrive to find the show has been sold out.

Where does my ticket money go?

Canvas is proud to offer its audience world-class talent. Our first priority with ticket sales proceeds is to compensate these artists fairly. We make every effort to do so. Some of our featured artists generously offer their services at a discounted rate as a contribution to Canvas audiences, which has made their appearances possible.

Second, Canvas makes contributions to many different non-profit organizations in their pursuits of helping others. Read more about our philanthropy.

Lastly, money received from ticket sales applies to our operative costs including research, equipment, and administration.

Does Canvas perform at other venues?

Yes. Read more about Canvas's availability for Private Events or Residencies/Commissions.

WHY IS THIS CONCERT SERIES CALLED “CANVAS”? 

“Canvas” was originally called simply “Muziekavond”, or “Music Night,” in Dutch. After three such concerts, the name “Canvas” kept coming to the surface. As each show had its own unique predisposition and musical identity, we kept referring to them as ‘blank canvases’. The name Canvas represents both the ideal of keeping an open mind in programming, and gives respect to the numerous times we have created programs that integrate visual art with live music.

WHY DOES CANVAS HAPPEN IN A HOME, NOT A THEATER?

Canvas prides itself in offering unique programs to audiences in an intimate setting. In order to produce a steady stream of original programs that A) remain under the control of its founders, and B) keep the costs low in order to focus revenue on art and artists, Canvas takes residence in the founders’ home.  

HOW ARE CANVAS TOPICS CHOSEN?

The inspiration for Canvas programs come from numerous places. The personal experiences of its founders, being the main source.  For example, our “Bohemian Rhapsody” program was inspired by a conversation had between Lynn and a Dutch taxi driver about the immense popularity - and artistic validity - of the song (via a well-loved Dutch radio station, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been voted “The Most Popular Song” thirteen of the last sixteen years)(!).    

Canvas programs offer people a chance to experience community. Whether its celebrating the holiday season, learning together about how to take care of our environment, or honoring war veterans, Canvas is proud to provide a welcoming and inspiring place to gather.

Canvas topics have also been chosen to benefit artists in the pursuit of new experiences. For example, one of our programs gave professional musicians with emerging composing talent a chance to write music for live musicians. Another program gave a prodigious pro guitarist a chance to lecture about his craft in front of a non-student, non-musician audience.  

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SET UP FOR A CANVAS PERFORMANCE?

Most of the set-up takes place in the two days preceding a Canvas performance. A small team of volunteers lend a hand to make it possible. Watch what our process looks like.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DEVELOP A CANVAS SHOW?

Each new Canvas program has been conceived well in advance. Sometimes 1-2 years before the performance. Once scheduled, the content for each program is created within a three month span.

CAN I GET A RECORDING OR DVD OF ANY OF THE CANVAS PROGRAMS?

At this time, Canvas hasn’t made an album or DVD of its programs, though we do have quite a few videos on our Video page.

HOW CAN I KEEP UPDATED ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AT CANVAS?

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