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New Adventures in Sound Art


New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a non-profit organization, formerly based in Toronto but now in South River ON, that presents performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. NAISA operates the NAISA North Media Arts Centre, located in the centre of the village of South River at 106 Ottawa Ave., a short distance from Algonquin Park, at the building formerly known as Renée’s Café and Bean There Café.

The NAISA North Media Arts Centre includes a large exhibition/performance space, a small café, and an artist residency space suitable for media art production/creation. The café offers fresh baked goodies by local baker Lois McLaren, homemade soup by Nadene Thériault-Copeland and serves Muskoka coffee by Muskoka Roastery Coffee Company.

NAISA’s annual events include: the Deep Wireless festival of Radio & Transmission Art, the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art, the SOUNDplay festival and Springscapes.

The objectives of NAISA are to foster awareness and understanding locally, as well as nationally and internationally, in the cultural vitality of experimental sound art in its myriad forms of expression. This objective is achieved through the exploration of new sound technologies in conjunction with the creation of cultural events and artifacts.


Upcoming Events

SOUNDplay Festival
September 24 to December 21, 2020
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River

NAISA is proud to announce the 19th annual edition of the SOUNDplay Festival with online performances, screenings and an artist talk plus an installation at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River. All of the presentations feature creative integrations of sonic and visual media.
Making Waves on WGXC Wave Farm

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Making Waves is a monthly radio show about sound art produced by New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) for WGXC Wave Farm. The show features artist profiles and archival performances from NAISA’s sound art programming in South River, Ontario.
Sound Travels Online Album
Online Album on Soundcloud.

Online album of electroacoustic sound art, the first edition produced for the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art, featuring fixed media works and live performance recordings on the theme of Transformation. A common thread throughout this collection is the use of the transformation of sounds through digital means to not only bend and change conceptions of reality, but to also blur distinctions for the listener between musical listening and imaginary planes of existence.