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17th annual DEEP WIRELESS Festival of Radio & Transmission Art
presented by New Adventures in Sound Art
various venues in South River, ON
Jan 17 - Apr 16, 2018

New Adventures in Sound Art is pleased to launch the 17th edition of the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art. Deep Wireless 2018 opens with Art’s Birthday celebration activities on January 17th and continues with performances, special radio broadcasts, workshops and interactive installations.

“The Deep Wireless festival has been celebrating the art of the aural imagination since 2002 with annual performances, broadcasts, workshops and many special events. This year's theme is Sonic Reflections. Reflections of South River that are broadcast out into the world and reflections of the world resonating in our memories and imagination."— Darren Copeland, NAISA Artistic Director.


Art’s Birthday Celebrations open Deep Wireless

January 17 - 20, 2018
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
106 Ottawa Avenue, South River, ON

Art’s Birthday is an annual international exchange-art event on or around January 17th to celebrate the birth of Art with performances and live broadcasts as well as a chance for the entire family to experience and create Art. The idea was proposed in 1963 by French artist Robert Filliou to celebrate the presence of art in our lives. It has since been celebrated on January 17 by artists and arts organizations around the world.

On January 17th, special guest artist Martin Marier from Montreal will perform using his specially designed Sponge for live broadcast. The sponge is a piece of foam equipped with sensors (accelerometers and force sensing resistors) which can detect when it is squeezed, twisted or shaken. Sensor data is then sent wirelessly to a computer. Marier will give a short artist talk and performance again on January 19th as part of the Arts Meetup series.

Join us on Saturday January 20th from 10am - 4pm, for a chance for the entire family to experience and create Art. Kids of all ages can try out many fun and exciting art-making activities, including performing with an electronic instrument made out of a Sponge, making an Art’s Birthday hat, painting, and many more hands-on family friendly activities. All of the activities are free and suitable for all ages, and yes there will be cake to celebrate Art's 1,000,055th birthday.


January 17 & 19, February 3 & 10, 2018
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
106 Ottawa Avenue, South River, ON

To purchase advance tickets for ticketed events, go to

January 17, 3 pm, FREE
live @ NAISA Media Arts Centre & Listen online at and

A short performance by Martin Marier using The Sponge will be broadcast live from NAISA North in South River at exactly 3:10 PM and included in the Ars Acustica Special Evening over the Euroradio “Liszt” Satellite network. Happy 1,000,055th birthday, Art!

Meet the Sponge Maker
January 19, 7 pm, PWYC

A special highlight of the Arts Meetup series will be a performance by and conversation with Martin Marier who has created The Sponge, an electronic musical instrument. This presentation will be recorded for NAISA's Making Waves radio program for WGXC Wave Farm and will feature performaces by Marier of the compositions he has created for The Sponge. To read more about The Sponge and how it is made go to:

Sonic Reflections: People and Place
February 3, 7 pm, $10

Featured in this concert is a performance by Andrew O’Connor of his piece RavenSpeak. Also included will be works that reflect on people and their relationship to place. This is reflected in the mythologies and the stories people tell about themselves and about the other creatures that inhabit their world.

Sound Memories
February 10, 7 pm, $10

Photographs trigger memories of places we have visited. Sound recordings of those same places often give us a chance to relive those moments and even re-experience them on an emotional and visceral level. The artists included on this concert use sound recordings from across Europe and eastern North America to re-live experiences from their past while introducing us - the listening audience - to a new world that might resonate with our own.


NAISA North Media Arts Centre
106 Ottawa Avenue, South River, ON
Thurs-Sun 10-4 pm, Friday til 7:30pm PWYC

Re-Collect / Re-Told Your Stories of New and Old
January 17 - April 16, 2018

NAISA is presenting a collection of stories as told by children, parents and grandparents in the region in this interactive exhibit matched with historic photos of South River to tell the story of our community and our place in the Near North. Come add your voice to the mix!

Squeeeeque - The Improbable Igloo by Alexis O’Hara
February 16 - April 16, 2018

Squeeeeque - The Improbable Igloo is a sound installation that encourages collaborative sound making between strangers. Its intimate space encourages the loss of inhibition. With mics in hand, strangers collaborate in song, their voices enhanced by sonic embellishments. Inspired by the architectural marvel that is the igloo, this installation also pays homage to the geodesic domes of the great thinker and architect, Buckminster Fuller.

Deep Wireless 13 online Radio Art Comp

NAISA will launch its Deep Wireless 13 online radio art compilation on Soundcloud February 16, 2018. This special edition includes radio art works from around the world that respond to the theme Sonic Reflections.


Friday nights @ 7 pm, FREE
NAISA North Media Arts Centre
106 Ottawa Avenue, South River, ON

Join us Friday nights for a chance hear to artist talks from our guest speakers or participate in an open sound art jam or a DIY workshop. Each week offers something different.

Jan 12: Re-Collect / Re-Told Your Stories of New and Old - come add your voice to the mix
Jan 19: Meet the Sponge Maker — Martin Marier
Jan 26: Re-Collect / Re-Told Your Stories of New and Old - come add your voice to the mix
Feb 2: Artist Talk by Andrew O’Connor
Feb 16: Artist talk & Exhibition Opening performance by Alexis O’Hara


The Deep Wireless 2018 Festival is partially funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the SOCAN Foundation. Thanks also to Wave Farm.


New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that produces performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. Included are: Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art, Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art, and the SOUNDplay Festival

Media inquiries & general information (including ticket info):

Nadene Thériault-Copeland
Executive Director / 705-386-0880





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