New Adventures in Sound Art is the only organization in Ontario that devotes its year-round programming to experimental sound art and its many varied forms and cross-disciplinary spin offs.
The organization, initially founded by its Artistic Director Darren Copeland in November 1998, was originally called “New Adventures in Sound.” From 1998 to 2001, the organization revolved around Sound Travels presentations, which took the form of residencies and performances across Canada and Europe along with an annual event on Toronto Island that featured indoor and outdoor octaphonic concerts, SOUNDwalks, site-specific installations, round-table discussions, and artist talks.
In March 2001 the non-profit organization New Adventures in Sound Art was founded with a revised mandate and a board of directors with Darren Copeland as Artistic Director and Nadene Thériault-Copeland as Executive Director. The programming was expanded to a year round season of local programming in Toronto creating three new events to complement the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art and diversify the range of programming: Deep Wireless, a festival of radio art was established in April 2002; and SOUNDplay in November 2002, a festival that explores new forms for integrating sound art with other media art practices; and finally, an annual exhibition of new media sound installations called Sign Waves was created in June 2002. Since NAISA’s 10th anniversary in March 2011, NAISA has added the NAISA Sound Bash series in March and integrated the Sign Waves installations into its exhibition programming which happens throughout the year as well as within its Festivals.
From 2001 to 2016, New Adventures in Sound Art succeeded in establishing an audience for electroacoustic music and sound art in Toronto through its networking with other organizations, and the presentation of installations, four educational booklets, SOUNDwalks, artist talks and workshops. These all give audiences a deeper appreciation and understanding of the works being presented. In 2017, NAISA moved to the Near North in the Almaguin Highlands to the building formerly known as Renée’s Café in the village of South River Ontario. NAISA staff and board of directors are excited by the possibilities offered both by the location and the building itself