The attribution of the music to a native-born priest, Charles-Amador Martin (1648-1711), is an attractive possibility, though not fully proven. This piece, though not nearly as early as the earliest compositions from New Spain, does antedate the earliest known by composers of New England.
Amici's first concert was held at Toronto's Harbourfront in 1985. Three years later, the group initiated a successful three-concert season held at St. Andrew's Church. In 1989, it relocated to Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, and was appointed the music faculty's Trio-in-Residence.
Most of these and other performances were given by travelling troupes from the United States. Passage along and across Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence, and up the eastern seaboard, connected the sparsely populated Canadian towns with the touring companies from the larger cities of the eastern US.
They are the first to admit they play garbage. They bang trash cans and hubcaps. They brush rhythms across the stage with brooms. They do a thundering tap dance with oil drums strapped to their boots, and create quirky shuffles with Zippo lighters, rattling matchboxes and plastic bags.
Songwriters and songwriting (English Canada), 1954-2000s. The period in popular music from 1954 to the early 2000s was largely characterized by a significant increase in the number of contrasting styles, and by a shift to the majority of songwriters mostly performing their own material.