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NAISA is proud to present the 19th annual
Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art

June 29 - September 4, 2017
Distillery District, Canadian Music Centre, Toronto, ON
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, South River, ON

Symposium/Performance Pass $70/$40
Single Concerts: $15/$10

The 19th annual Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art includes the interactive exhibit Complex Interactions at NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River as well as workshops and performances. Toronto events include performances, installations and the annual Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (TIES) at the Distillery District.

Sound Travels brings together artists from many disciplines to explore the possibilities of sound as potential material for shaping and molding experiences, adding a transformative element that deepens and sharpens our attention to the world around us.Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.


Complex Interactions Exhibition
Interactive installations by David Rokeby and St. Pierre-Gauthier
continues to Sept 4, Thursday to Monday 10 am - 4 pm, PWYC
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
106 Ottawa Avenue, South River, Ontario

Complex Interactions is an exhibit that features interactive installations that use movement by participants to create a complex series of responses. David Rokeby’s Very Nervous System is an internationally regarded interactive artwork that creates a complex and resonant relationship between the movement of the participant and the sounds generated by the computer, while St. Pierre-Gauthier’s P(n,r) = n!/(n-r)! provides a portable station for participants to remix their sound art improvisations into new compositions.

Turbulent Forms Exhibit
by Dan Tapper
co-presented by the Canadian Music Centre and NAISA
August 1 - 31, Mon to Thurs, 9 AM to 5 PM & Fri, 9 AM to 1 PM
Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto FREE Admission

Turbulent Forms is an exhibition of new works by artist and composer Dan Tapper, exploring the universe through chaos and cosmology. The works are inspired and derived from physical data gathered by space organizations and physicists as well as using thought experiments, illustrative techniques and imagination to create parallels and appreciation of complex, abstract and theorized concepts. Turbulent Forms is funded by Arts Council England and the British Council.


Listening for New Ground
World Listening Day Workshop & Performance by Wendalyn Bartley
Workshop July 15, 1-4 pm, $25
Performance July 15 @ 8 PM, $10
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
106 Ottawa Ave., South River, ON

In her workshop Listening for New Ground, Wendalyn Bartley uses simple vocal techniques to guide participants though an exploration of how to deepen their relationship and communication with nature through sound making with the voice. The performance at 8pm features the World Premiere of Bartley’s soundscape work A Forest Oracle, developed during a residency at Warbler’s Roost, as well as soundscape works on the theme Listening to the Ground commemorating the contributions to soundscape research by the late Pauline Oliveros.

Nova Concert
Aug 8 @ 8:00 PM
Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto

A performance of new works by Allison Cameron, Bekah Ann Simms, and Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh are presented as part of the Turbulent Forms exhibition. These works will be developed through a workshop with Dan Tapper and will be presented alongside a program of Tapper’s work and the unveiling of his installation Nova, which maps the histories of supernova events through light and sound.

Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium Concerts
Aug 9 & 10 @ 7:30 PM
Aug 10, 11 & 12 @ 3:30 PM
Ernest Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity Street, #315, Toronto (Case Goods Building, Distillery District)
Tickets $15/$10 or free with TIES registration

This series of TIES concerts include works chosen by an international jury of electroacoustic practitioners, which provide a snapshot of the latest research and exploration in sound art happening around the world.

Sound Travels Concert: Object Response
Performances by Sonia Paço-Rocchia, Alan Bloor
Aug 11 @ 7:30 PM
Ernest Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity Street, #315, Toronto (Case Goods Building, Distillery District)
Tickets $15/$10 or free with TIES registration

Featuring performances by two Canadian artists in which saw blades and other industrial tools are transformed into live electroacoustic instruments — Québec improvisor and sound artist Sonia Paço-Rocchia creates sound automatons using saw blades and live electronics; Toronto sound artist Alan Bloor has been grinding wheels for ambient and industrial noise for many years and this performance features both his projects “Pholde” and “Knurl.” This performance will explore the full dynamic and timbral range of these resonant acoustic sources.

Sound Travels Concert: Time Response
Performance by Chantal Dumas, Stijn Demeulenaere
Aug 12 @ 7:30 PM
Ernest Balmer Studio, 9 Trinity Street, #315, Toronto (Case Goods Building, Distillery District)
Tickets $15/$10 or free with TIES registration

Time is fundamental to perceiving sound and has been a topic for many sound art works. This concert includes works that contemplate time in very different ways. Chantal Dumas’ Nazca Plate is an attempt to translate the slow movement of the dynamic Earth into sound. Stijn Demeulenaere’s video work Nothing’s going to happen to us… examines the reconstruction of a single event in time – an armed conflict - told by the person who experienced it first hand. Brian Connally's octaphonic work Track deals with time on a more micro level where micro changes in time produce acoustic beating and other psychoacoustic effects.

Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium


TIES registration now open
Register on-line Now!

Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium
August 9 - 12
Ernest Balmer Studio & Michael J Baker Studio
9 Trinity Street, #314, Toronto (Case Goods Building, Distillery District)
$70 / $40 (students)

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) and the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) are pleased to announce the 12th edition of the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (TIES), and delighted to welcome Québec sound artist Chantal Dumas as Keynote Speaker for TIES 2017 in Toronto’s Distillery District. TIES includes papers, lecture-recitals and concert works curated by an international jury.

New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of sound art. NAISA is partially funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the SOCAN Foundation. The 2017 edition of the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium is also sponsored in part by FACTOR.

Media Inquiries: Nadene Theriault-Copeland,
Festival information:

Media Inquiries & general information:
Nadene Thériault-Copeland
Executive Director
New Adventures in Sound Art
106 Ottawa Ave, South River, ON
705 386 0880