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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 as well as visual art 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 from January 17 to mid-April, the Sound Travels festival of Sound Art from June to Labour Day, and the SOUNDplay festival from late-September to late-November.

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

Kinetic Transmissions
By Gordon Monahan
October 4, 2019 to January 6, 2020, Open 10 am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
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A Kinetic Sound Installation that uses audio signals to run motors that activate resonant objects such as drums and transmits audio through them. A subtle and immersive listening experience created by a Governor General's award winning media artist.
Off the Beat(en) Track
October 4, 2019 to January 6, 2020, Open 10 am to 4 pm everyday except Tuesdays and Wednesdays
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
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NAISA completes its year long exploration of the theme "Off the Beat(en) Track" with an “on-demand” video installation screening of works exploring auditory and visual rhythms by Darsha Hewitt with Nelly-Eve Rajotte, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Myriam Boucher, Jeff Morris and an early film by Canadian animation pioneer Norman McLaren.
Deep Wireless 14 Online Album
Launching January 17, 2019
NAISA Soundcloud Page
The Deep Wireless 14 Online Album was produced by New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) for the 2019 edition of the annual Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art. The contents of the album were curated by NAISA from an international call for submissions on the theme Off the Beat(en) Track.