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Sarah Boothroyd The audio work of Canadian Sarah Boothroyd has been featured by broadcasters, festivals and galleries in over 25 countries. She has won awards from Third Coast International Audio Festival, New York Festivals, the European Broadcasting Union, and La Muse En Circuit
Amanda Dawn Christie is an interdisciplinary artist working in film, video, performance, photography, and sound. Since 1997, she has been serving on various boards, teaching, publishing, and serving on juries across Canada. She completed her MFA at the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, before moving to Amsterdam. Upon her return to Canada she worked at Faucet Media Arts Centre & Struts Gallery, and later as director of the Galerie Sans Nom and RE:FLUX festival of music and sound art. She currently works primarily on her art practice while teaching part time at U de M in Moncton.
Stijn Demeulenaere is a Belgian sound artist, radio producer and searching musician. Since 2009 he’s creating installations, soundscapes and performances, and does sound design for dance and theatre. His work researches the relationship between identity, sound and listening. He works and lives in Brussels.  
nichola feldman-kiss is a trans-media artist and tricitizen of Canada, Germany and Jamaica. Her artworks explore body, citizen, collectivity and hybridity within the tattered boundaries of globalization. The artist's research and creation has been hosted by the National Research Council of Canada, the Ottawa Eye Institute, the Canadian Forces, and the United Nations among others. nichola is a former Officer for New Media and Audio at the Canada Council for the Arts. Her artworks and ideas have been presented across Canada, in Europe, the United States, Mexico and India. She is a graduate of CalArts residing in Toronto.
Thomas Gerwin is a multi-talented and prolific composer, sound artist, improviser and curator and operates his own presentation organization in Berlin called Inter-Art Project. Inter-Art project regularly presents sound art and experimental music, including the annual International Sound Art Festival Berlin. Thomas Gerwin has participated in and has led many large scale artistic collaborative projects over his career.
DisPersion Lab Founded in 2015 by Doug Van Nort, the DIStributed PERformance and Sensorial immersION Lab, located at York University, is dedicated to research-creation projects which examine questions surrounding instrumental and gestural expression, embodied perception, time consciousness and performative agency in the context of envisioning new forms of interdisciplinary creative practice. The lab space is defined by an environment suffused with reactive, intelligent digital media within which to explore new forms of artistic expression, and new insights into how we sense, process and interact with the performing arts in the post/digital age. The lab culture is defined by improvised inquiry and exploration of distributed creativity through music and movement-based performance practices that are mediated by contexts such as the physical distribution of performers across internet-based networks, and distribution of creative decisions between human performers and “artificially creative” computational agents.
Brandon LaBelle is an artist, writer and theorist working with sound culture, voice, and questions of agency. He develops and presents artistic projects and performances within a range of international contexts, often working collaboratively and in public. Recent works include “The Living School”, South London Gallery (2016), “The Stranger Seminar”, Liquid Architecture, Melbourne (2015), and “Second Culture Session”, Tel Aviv University (2015). He is the author of Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary (2014), Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian (2012), Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (2010), and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (2006). He lives in Berlin and is part of the Errant Sound collective.
Sebastien Lavoie is currently working on doctorate research on the hybridization of electroacoustic and electronic dance music with his research director Monty Adkins at the University of Huddersfield, in the UK. Sebastien is a 2014 winner in the CEC’s annual JTTP project. To listen: @sebastienlavoie1
Martin Marier Martin Marier was born in 1975 in a small brown and horizontal city. Although he left his hometown a long time ago, he remains inspired by the glaucous taverns, the huge empty parking lots and the beauty salon at Électro-Lise. He is mainly interested in live electronic music. He interprets his works with a digital musical instrument that he designed and manufactured: the sponge. This instrument is the main subject of his doctoral thesis that he completing at the University of Montreal under the direction of Jean Piché.
Christian Nicolay Born 1977 in Edmonton Alberta; after receiving his BFA at UBC Okanagan in Kelowna BC (1996-2000), Christian Nicolay hitchhiked across Canada with a wooden chair on a Canada Council Travel Grant recording sounds and constructing a viewer participation performance as part of a cross country gallery exchange. He has exhibited and performed in numerous spaces across North America including Public, Commercial, and Artist Run Art galleries. His interdisciplinary art practice combines performance, sound recording, installation and video, exploring the relationships between order and chaos, and the unity of opposites. He summarizes his art and life by "paying attention to systematic confusion".
Jeneen Frei Njootli is a Vuntut Gwitchin artist, a core member of the ReMatriate Collective and sits on the board of directors for grunt gallery in Vancouver. Frei Njootli has been based in these unceded territories of the Musqueam, the Squamish, Tsleiwatuth and Stolo peoples for nearly a decade while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Emily Carr University (2012) and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia (2017). Frei Njootli’s practice concerns itself with Indigeneity-in-politics, community engagement and productive disruptions. She has worked as a performance artist, workshop facilitator, crime prevention youth coordinator, and has exhibited in the last year at the Ottawa Art Gallery, Gallery 44 (Toronto), gallery 1313 (Toronto), ace art (Winnipeg), and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (Vancouver).
Doug Van Nort is Canada Research Chair in Digital Performance at York University, and an Assistant Professor cross-appointed between the departments of Computational Arts, Music and Theatre & Performance Studies. Van Nort is an artist, researcher, composer and performer. His work is concerned with issues of performance and sensorial immersion in technologically-mediated environments. He creates works that integrate improvisation and collective performance with machine agents, interactive systems and experiences of telepresence. Van Nort regularly presents this work internationally, and recent projects have spanned telematic music compositions, transforming an elevator into an electroacoustic sculpture, interactive textiles, developing machine improvisation systems, interactive music composition for a dance piece based on muscle sound, and performing sonified data streams from NASA's Kepler mission. This work is informed by his background in mathematics, media arts, music composition and performance, and draws upon disparate areas ranging from perception and cognition, systems theory, performance studies, cybernetics, machine learning, signal processing and various forms of ritual.
Alexis O’Hara The interdisciplinary art practice of Alexis O’Hara exploits allegories of the human voice via vocal & electronic improvisation, sound installation and performance. Her work is influenced by her love of the destabilizing and transformative power of humour and improvisation. The eclecticism of her work attracts international programmers from various disciplines. She has presented work in Scotland, Austria, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Ireland, Slovenia, Australia, Finland, Denmark, Brazil, Monaco, Serbia, Switzerland, the U.S. and across Canada. She lives and works in Montreal.
Tina Pearson composes, performs and collaborates in acoustic, electronic, multidisciplinary and telematic settings with conventional, found and invented instruments. She performs with extended flute, vocalization, tuned glass, accordion, virtual instruments and simple objects. Her playing is guided by depth of listening and bringing to the fore voices, sounds and places that have been unspoken, unnoticed or forgotten.
Instant Places are Laura Kavanaugh and Ian Birse. Since 1997 they have used handmade hardware/ software systems to activate internet broadcasts and web-art exchanges with telematic artists worldwide, and on-location performances and generative installations across Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, the United States, and South America. From September—December 2016 they presented new performance works across the UK, including the SonADA Festival (Aberdeen), GIO Fest (Glasgow), and collaborative performances with Italian dance improvisors Company Blu in Liverpool.
Martín Rodgríguez Martín's musical and artistic explorations are rooted in his colourful experiences coming from a Polish-Mexican-American home. Influenced by environmental sounds he draws a connection between the instinctive sonic communication occurring in nature and how human beings harness sound for their means of expression to create sonic environments which are living, listening, and engaging in the present. In 2014, Martin's interest in interactive installations and a brian tumor diagnosis lead to, “Cabezón” an immersive interactive performance environment exploring how we, as individuals and/or as a community, react when confronted with unexpected life-changing experiences that cross our path. In addition to his personal artistic explorations, Martín works as Technical Director and Lab Coordinator at Eastern Bloc, an artist run centre based in Montreal.
Parisa Sabet is an Iranian composer based in Toronto. Parisa’s compositions have a unique and lyrical quality that stems out of blending elements of Eastern and Western’s musical languages. Parisa is a recipient of several grants and scholarships including the 2016 Irene R. Miller and Anoush Khoshkish Fellowship in Music, the 2015 Ann H Atkinson Prize in Composition, the 2014-2015 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, and the John Weinzweig Graduating Scholarship. She was also a recipient of a 2013-2014 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship. Professionally, her compositions have won various competitions and have been performed in different venues in North America. Currently, she is pursuing her DMA in composition at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Christos Hatzis. For more information, please visit: http://www.parisasabet.com
Joan Schuman My audiophilia whispers into the radio’s ear. Hybrid narratives air in the States, Canada, Europe and Australia, in festivals, and online. I live in coastal California, teach online radio production and theory classes at The New School for Public Engagement in Manhattan, and curate sound art online at Earlid.
Debashis Sinha Debashis Sinha has realized projects for speakers and the stage across Canada and internationally. A winner of 2 Dora Awards for outstanding sound work in theatre, he was worked on productions with The Stratford Festival, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Why Not Theatre, Project Humanity, Doug Varone, The Theatre Centre, Tribal Crackling Wind, and many others. His live sound practice has led to appearances at MUTEK, the Guelph Jazz Festival, the Banff Centre, The Sound Symposium, ISEA, Madrid Abierto, and other venues, and his radio works have been featured on Radio National España, Deutschlandradio Kultur, ORF Kunstradio, Deep Wireless and other radio spaces.
SubZeroArts are a group of visualists, sound artists, technologists, and fabricators working in contemporary art and science. They have presented a number of installations in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa combining technology, optical interaction, and other disciplines to create interactive environments where participants contribute to their own experience. http://www.subzeroarts.com
Sarah Weaver is a New York-based composer, conductor, and technologist working internationally as a specialist in telematic music for large contemporary ensembles and in localized works.