Friday, February 5 - 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. (Museum of Civilization)
Sunday, February 7 - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Confederation Park)
Each performance is approximately 15 minutes.

Jesse Stewart plays the ice at Winterlude, 2009 Feb 5 ©2010 Brett Delmage
Jesse Stewart plays the ice at Winterlude, 2009 Feb 5 ©2010 Brett Delmage

Ottawa percussionist Jesse Stewart has a new instrument – ice.

For "Glacialis", his new large-scale compositional project, Jesse has built musical instruments out of ice. Jointly commissioned by the NCC and the City of Toronto, this project was premiered in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto last Sunday as part of the WinterCity festival, and will appear at Winterlude this weekend.

He will be demonstrating and performing with this instrument on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. On Friday, he will be at the Museum of Civilization for a demonstration of the instruments at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., and a musical performance at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, he'll be at Confederation Park at 1 p.m., and again at 3 p.m.

CBC's All in Day had an interview with Jesse on January 28. You can download and listen to it at CBC also has pictures at .

"These performances, coupled with the Nathan Phillips Square shows, mark the debut of the Jesse Stewart Ensemble, an ensemble I've formed to play music that I've written primarily for instruments that I've made out of a variety of elemental materials, namely earth/stone, metal, wood, fire, and water. This is the first time I've worked with water in its solid form," says Jesse.

photo ©2010 Brett Delmage