And With: Sound Walks & Workshops at The Bentway

Experience the sounds and textures of Toronto like never before: And With Sound Walks & Workshops at The Bentway

On June 25 and 26, 2022 artist Germaine Liu, sound designer Mark Zurawinski, and a troupe of performers invite you to activate your listening and engage with the streets together in creative new ways.

Workshops follow on the evening of June 30, 2022.

Performances and workshops are free as part of STREET; The Bentway’s summer of installations, performances, and interchange.

Details @ bentway.ca/and-with

And With (as dreamed up by Germaine Liu) is a sound walk that invites audiences and passersby to experience the sounds and textures of The Bentway, the streets nearby, and the rumbling urban artery above like never before.

Experience a choir of vocalists amplifying the soundscape of the street, echoing the roar of traffic, construction, and people who activate these spaces on a day-to-day basis. Listen as a group of percussionists activates the voices of everyday structures, objects, and spaces by tapping into the physical potential of materials along the walk; the clang of metal, the crinkling of plastic, the hollow boom of concrete.

Coexisting and travelling with the performers will be a mobile sound installation designed and curated by Zurawinski, featuring field recordings in and around The Bentway site.

Performance Dates
» Saturday, June 25 at 1:00pm
» Sunday, June 26 at 1:00pm

Workshop Dates
» Thursday, June 30 at 6:00pm
» Thursday, June 30 at 6:45pm
» Thursday, June 30 at 7:30pm

GERMAINE LIU
Germaine Liu (b. Hong Kong) is a scenario-maker and percussionist based in Tkaronto. Liu is interested in exploring and sharing things she finds joyful in collaborative settings, with hopes that participants are open and willing to participate. She loves tactile, movement, sonic, and physical explorations of found objects and percussion.

Scenarios she composed include: Still Life, a 45-minute sounding installation for found objects; Puzzle Piece for prepared violin; Water Music, pieces for water and found objects; See and Draw exploring live-interactive notation with open instrumentation ensemble; Quarantine Playground, co-composed with Joe Sorbara using Zoom Video Communications Software as the score; and UnDrum-set Solo for Duo with collaborators – Susanna Hood, Bea Labikova, Stacy Lee, Elysha Poirier, and Mark Zurawinski.

Liu is also a co-founder and co-curator along with Parmela Attariwala and Nicole Rampersaud for Understory, a web-based, inter-provincial series dedicated to showcasing improvising artists working across Canada, and to building a network between the artists and their audiences.

In addition to her interest in sounds/movement/touch, she also makes jewellery as handmade by germaine.

MARK ZURAWINSKI
Mark Zurawinski is a Toronto-based percussionist, improviser, and sound designer with an eclectic palette, and fondness for left field music, which takes him to interesting and diverse sonic places – from contemplative chamber music to free-jazz freak outs, minimalist groove to digital noise. Mark is inspired by the tangibility of sound and has a keen interest in exploring the fluidity of texture and time, and the space where composition and improvisation meet.

A regular collaborator as a percussionist and sometimes band-leader in Toronto’s vibrant creative music scene, over the course of the pandemic Mark has been deepening his engagement with sound in the digital domain, focusing his attention on audio post-production and sound design for dance, theatre, and multimedia projects through collaborations with Understory, MOCA, UnDrum Festival, Indoor Jogging, Canadian Creative Music Network, and partner Germaine Liu.

THE PERFORMERS
AKI TAKAHASHI
BEA LABIKOVA
BEE PALLOMINA
BRENDA JOY LEM
CHRISTINE DUNCAN
FAHMID NIBESH
HEATHER SAUMER
JOE SORBARA
LAURA SWANKEY
LIEKE VAN DER VOORT
MICHELANGELO IAFFALDANO
MINGJIA
RAPHAEL ROTER
STEPHANIE CHUA

This summer, The Bentway invites you to see the streets of Toronto anew. Through a series of free art installations, performances, workshops, public conversations, and community celebrations, we ask: How can we learn from, and take to, the street? What do we borrow from these spaces, and what do we offer back to them? How do we capture this collective moment to re-imagine our streets as public spaces for all? Come join us at street level for STREET: A summer of public art featuring installations, performance, and interchange. #MeetTheStreet #TOBentway

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The Bentway works to ignite the urban imagination, using the city as site, subject, and canvas. Anchored under Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway and guiding its complex future, The Bentway is a not-for-profit powered by vital partnerships with the City of Toronto, artists, neighbours, supporters, and other city-builders who believe in the possibilities of public space.

Since Phase 1 of The Bentway – under the Gardiner from Strachan Ave to Fort York Blvd – opened in 2018, it has proven to be both a vital backyard park, a cultural platform for artist experimentation, and a growing creative movement. In partnership with the City of Toronto, The Bentway is creating a network of public spaces, developing a cohesive vision for wayfinding and reconnecting the waterfront to the downtown core. We’re @TheBentway on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Performances begin at The Bentway Studio at Canoe Landing which is an accessible venue located at 55 Fort York Blvd. This performance will travel along sidewalks and paths under the Gardiner Expressway, to Strachan Gate. There are accessible washrooms as well as accessible parking nearby. Contact us via hello@thebentway.ca or 416-304-0222.

Image credits:
1. And With photo by Mark Zurawinski.
2. The Artists of And With [left to right, top row: Germaine Liu, photo by artist; Raphael Roter, photo by Bea Labikova; Laura Swankey, photo by Mickle Lynn; Bee Pallomina, photo by John Lauener; Heather Saumer, photo by Iztok Zupan. Second row: Michelangelo Iaffaldano, photo by Laura Gillis; Mingjia Chen, photo by meg moon; Christine Duncan, photo by artist; Brenda Joy Lem, photo by friend. Third row: Joe Sorbara, photo by Jill Parsons; Lieke van der Voort, photo by Bea Labikova; Stephanie Chua, photo by Chris Hutcheson; Bea Labikova, photo by Raphael Roter. Fourth row: Fahmid Elahi Nibesh, photo by artist; Aki Takahashi, photo by Leah Takata; Mark Zurawinski, photo by Germaine Liu.]