NAISA Sound Channel January 2021


Newsletter for January 2021 (Vol.16; Iss. 1)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) Deep Wireless Festival January 6 – March 29, 2021
2) Art’s Birthday Celebrations
3) Deep Wireless Installation Exhibition
4) Deep Wireless Performances & Artist Talks
5) Deep Wireless on NAISA Radio
6) Deep Wireless Compilation

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1) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art

January 6 – March 29, 2021

NAISA is proud to announce the 20th anniversary edition of the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art both online and at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River. Featured this year is Story Trees by Don Hill, an installation on exhibit both online and at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre. Also included will be more online events, including the annual Art’s Birthday celebrations on January 17th, an audio presentation by Janet Rogers on February 6th, and a NAISA 20th Anniversary celebration on March 12th with James Bailey, Anna Friz and Gregory Whitehead.

“We are proud to be celebrating NAISA’s 20th anniversary with the launch of the 20th edition of NAISA’s Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art which will initiate an extended celebration lasting over the course of a full year of programming. The creative connection between listener and broadcast will be underscored throughout Deep Wireless with a complement of voices from the past and present — from direct creative participation to listeners mixing stories via their changing facial expressions — as well as from within Northern Ontario and from around the world. As in the past, the Deep Wireless festival is an invitation to make radio creative and compelling.” – Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.

2) Art’s Birthday Celebrations

January 6, 13 and 17 @ 7PM
Registration is required but the $10 fee is optional
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NAISA invites you to celebrate the 1,000,0057th birthday of Art by making your own recorded interpretation of a new sound art text score by Anne-F Jacques. The score can be realized using a recording device (including a mobile phone) and a media sharing location (YouTube or Soundcloud account). There will be an online workshop by NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland on January 6 and 13 at 7 pm EST to provide some guidance. Send a link of your realization by email to outreach at naisa dot ca by January 15 by 11:59 pm. Then join in at 7 pm EST on January 17, for a listening party to experience the realizations, including a version performed by Anne-F Jacques.

3) Deep Wireless Installation Exhibit

Story Trees by Don Hill
January 14 to March 29, 2021, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Avenue, South River, Canada
Pay by Donation

Story Trees is an interactive installation that serves as a tool for listening & learning — how we listen — to echoes from an era that is open to reinterpretation. While digitizing old reel-to-reel oral history interviews, Don was surprised by how things were said at the time in Northern Ontario. It wasn’t the content of the conversations that first caught his ear; it was the little asides, the nuanced bits of intonation, inflections of speech, as if northern Ontario had a different dialect way back when. As the towns and the province grew in population, he heard a shift in the patter. He also heard something – an emergent literary voice, a kind of wisdom – that wasn’t accounted for by words alone. For those unable to attend in person, an online version will be available at

4) Deep Wireless Performances & Artist Talks

January 30, February 6 & March 12, 2021 @ 7PM

Storytelling from another era
Artist Talk by Don Hill
January 30, 2021 @ 7pm

In this online presentation, Don Hill will lead a discussion on observations, topics and themes that emerge from his installation Story Trees which is based on oral history interviews he recorded in Northern Ontario in the 1970’s.

Sonik Boom
Audio presentation and Artist Talk by Janet Rogers
February 6, 2021 @ 7pm

In this online presentation, Janet Rogers will be on hand to present and discuss three of her recent poetic audio works. Origin stories and cosmology stories are important and generational hereditary tales which root us, as Indigenous people, in our identity reaching far beyond any land based migration legends and most certainly lives outside any notion of a land bridge. We know where we come from, and we know to where we will return. – Janet Rogers

20 Years of Radio and Sound Art
with Gregory Whitehead, James Bailey and Anna Friz
March 12, 2021 @ 7PM

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of both NAISA and the Deep Wireless Festival with performances by three radio and transmission artists who have contributed significantly to the history of the festival – James Bailey, Anna Friz and Gregory Whitehead.

5) Deep Wireless on NAISA Radio Café

January 10 – March 29, 2021

NAISA Radio Café is a curated listening experience, broadcast to radio receivers on café tables and originating on NAISA Radio, NAISA’s on-line radio stream playing radio and sound art 24/7.

Through The Wild Dark: radiophonies and ruminations, 1982-2020
by Gregory Whitehead
Saturdays & Sundays, 1 to 2 pm EST

Frequent Deep Wireless presenter Gregory Whitehead brings us through almost four decades of his radiophonic explorations, collaborations and celebrations, through a mix of whole pieces, excerpts and annotations.

Café Acousmatic
by Don Hill
Saturdays & Sundays, 2 to 3 pm EST

Café Acousmatic, produced and presented by Don Hill is a fine blend of electroacoustic music, sound art, and 3D immersive audio complemented by interviews with contemporary music-makers and composers.

Radio Art Live
Everyday, 10 am to 1 pm EST

A chance to re-experience NAISA’s Deep Wireless Festival performances from the past 20 years by Canadian and International radio artists.

6) Deep Wireless 15 Compilation

February 1 – March 29, 2021

The Deep Wireless 15 Compilation will feature highlights from past Deep Wireless performances and will be available for on-demand listening on NAISA’s Soundcloud page by February 1, 2021.

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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, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Inquiries & general information:
Nadene Thériault-Copeland, Executive Director
New Adventures in Sound Art
106 Ottawa Ave., South River, ON, P0A 1X0