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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

Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art
January 6 to April 26, 2021
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River

The 20th edition of Deep Wireless, NAISA's annual Radio and Transmission Art Festival, continues with the Story Trees exhibition both online and in-person at the NAISA North Media Arts Centre in South River plus 24/7 radio art on NAISA Radio and regular episodes of Making Waves. Deep Wireless in 2021 underscores the creative connection between listener and broadcast 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.
Story Trees
By Don Hill
Online at storytrees.ca

STORY TREES is an online interactive installation that serves as a tool for listening & learning -- how we listen -- to echoes from an era that is open to reinterpretation.
Livestreaming Soundscape Workshop
April 17 and 24, 2021 at 7 pm EDT (UTC-4)
Online Location Issued after Advance Registration
General $10, Students FREE, Admission fee is optional. Select student for free admission.

NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland will cover in the workshop field recording basics and issues related to adapting that practice to livestreaming.
April 17, 2021
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
Springscapes is a series of installations, online workshops and live-stream events that highlights the dramatic changes that take place in the natural soundscape from winter to spring.
May 1, 2021, 12:00 am to 1:00 am
Follow the event on the Reveil portal

Reveil tracks the sounds of sunrise on the first of May, travelling West on live audio feeds from streamers on the Locus Sonus soundmap. It tunes to the sounds of weather, machines, migrating birds, air traffic - creating a collective soundwork lasting one earth day
NAISA 2021 Call For Submissions
Deadline: May 14, 2021
New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme Digital in Nature for consideration in New Adventures in Sound Art's 2021 and 2022 programming. Applicants this year will receive consideration for two new awards named in honour of James Bailey and Andra McCartney.