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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

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.
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.
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.
My Place Here and Now (Who am I Today?)
By Sandy McLennan
June 3 to July 26, 2021 (outdoor exhibition open during daylight hours, indoor exhibition open Thur-Mon 10 am to 4 pm)
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River

Port Sydney photographer and filmmaker Sandy McLennan has created a new interactive installation from workshops with students from the South River Public School. It can be experienced outside on the porch windows of the NAISA North Media Arts Centre (and inside the gallery when COVID health restrictions permit).