NAISA Sound Channel March 2020


Newsletter for March 2020 (Vol.15; Iss. 3)
Produced by New Adventures in Sound Art

1) 19th annual Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art
2) Deep Wireless Exhibitions and Performances
3) Springscapes Series Apr 2 – May 31, 2020

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1) Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art

January 17 – March 30, 2020

Deep Wireless is an annual celebration of Radio and Transmission Art presented by New Adventures in Sound Art that opens with Art’s Birthday celebrations in mid-January and continues to the end of March with performances, special radio broadcasts, interactive installations, and workshops at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River. This 19th edition of Deep Wireless features an installation exhibition and workshops by Michael Waterman and Jesse Stewart as well as a new documentary by Ayesha Barmania.

“The experience of radio does not have to be limited to one-way communication (i.e., passive listening). Some of the early innovators of radio thought of it as a two-way interactive medium. This year’s Deep Wireless artists use wireless technology to explore interactivity between participants and the artworks while using the theme of transformation to suggest alternative paths of expression and communication. The installations and performances invite participation, but they also consciously allow for the public’s input to be transformed into unexpected outcomes.”—Darren Copeland, NAISA Artistic Director

2) Deep Wireless Festival Exhibitions

Note: All Deep Wireless 2020 Exhibits are located at the
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave., South River, ON
and run from Jan 17 to Mar 30, 2020, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm, PWYC


Songs of ice
an exhibition by Michael Waterman and Jesse Stewart
Songs of Ice brings together the work of Michael Waterman and Jesse Stewart, two Ottawa-based interdisciplinary artists who have a shared passion for sonic exploration. In this exhibition, they explore the sonic properties of ice in both solid and melting forms while creating a two-way interaction between an outdoor geodesic dome and an indoor exhibition area at NAISA. Elements of the work were developed through a two-day workshop with students from the South River Public School.

Radio in Transformation
NAISA’s media art lounge includes the latest in the on-going transformation of radio and transmission art with recent works selected from across Canada and around the world played back using a multi-channel system.

NAISA Radio Café
NAISA Radio Café is a curated listening experience delivered through radio receivers on café tables. The broadcast consists of works made by Canadian and International artists who have responded to NAISA’s 2020 programming theme of Transformation.

Re-Collect / Re-Told Your Stories of New and Old
NAISA once again presents its ongoing 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!

Deep Wireless 15 Radio Art Compilation

A selection of new and recent works by Canadian and International sound artists streamed on NAISA’s webpage and Soundcloud page. This album is the 15th edition in a long established compilation series. To listen to more albums visit the NAISA media archive (

3) Springscapes Series
Exhibition, Screening & Intensive

April 2 – May 31, 2020

NAISA’s spring exhibits focus on the rejuvenating sounds of spring in the north. Now called Springscapes, this series of exhibits, performances and workshops explores the dramatic changes that take place in the natural soundscape of the Almaguin Highlands from winter to spring. This year, the series will include an installation by Sandy McLennan using pinhole photography and soundscape recordings works created with students at the South River Public School, films and concerts inspired by soundscapes and landscapes of the natural and built environments. The series also includes the now annual soundscape recording workshop during the Dawn Chorus weekend (May 1-3).

My Place Here and Now by Sandy McLennan
Apr 2 – June 1, 2020, Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm, Pay by Donation
Opening Reception – Thursday April 2 at 7 pm, FREE
NAISA North Media Arts Centre

Port Sydney photographer and filmmaker Sandy McLennan will be creating an interactive audio-visual installation My Place Here and Now through workshops with Grade 7 students from South River Public School. The students will explore soundscape recording and pinhole photography while learning to develop their visual and auditory senses. The recordings and photographs they produce of the environment surrounding the school will be incorporated into a touch-sensitive interactive installation.

Hand-made Muskoka Films By Sandy McLennan
April 18, 7 pm, $10
NAISA North Media Arts Centre

Port Sydney filmmaker Sandy McLennan presents a screening of his unique hand-made 8mm and 16mm films that portray life in the Muskoka region. He will be on hand to introduce the films and discuss the processes he used to make them. Featured are his films Line in the Sand, The Last Skate, Moving, part one and Thanksgiving Weekend to the Cottage.

Sound Camp Soundscape Workshop Intensive
May 1 – 3, 2020

$200 with accommodation / $100 without accommodation
Advance Registration required before April 17, 2020

After the stillness of winter, springtime in the Almaguin Highlands awakens the ears to a suddenly active soundscape of birds, frogs and the drumming of the ruffed grouse. The first weekend of May provides an exciting opportunity for nature-lovers, soundscape recordists and birders a chance to enjoy this awakening of the soundscape. Events include a soundscape concert with guest artist by David Eagle, a “dawn chorus” soundwalk, hands-on workshop exploring interactive technology and soundscape recordings, and for those not able to travel to the Almaguin Highlands, a 24-hour online broadcast of the soundscape from South River on NAISA Radio. All levels of experience welcome. Limited equipment available for participants. Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment. Accommodation rate includes two nights at Warbler’s Roost with breakfast. Shared cooking facilities available.

Gesture and Transformation
a Concert of works by David Eagle
with a performance by Jordan Wyshniowsky
May 2, 2020 @7pm $10

A concert of interactive electroacoustic soundscapes by guest composer David Eagle from Calgary. The concert will feature the premiere of Tactus for solo cello and interactive soundscapes performed by North Bay cellist Jordan Wyshniowsky.

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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