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Arts Meetups

Dive deep into culture on Sunday afternoons this summer at NAISA North. Enjoy an insightful interdisciplinary series of guest speakers discussing an amazing variety of topics – gardening, ecology, kinetic sculptures, mental health, crystals, music from brain waves, electronic music creation, natural sound recording and much more. Our speakers include many local treasures as well as guest artists performing and exhibiting this summer at NAISA.

Meet The Sponge Maker
January 19, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
A special highlight of the Arts Meetup series will be a performance by and conversation with Martin Marier who has created The Sponge, an electronic musical instrument. This presentation will be recorded for NAISA's Making Waves radio program for WGXC Wave Farm and will feature performaces by Marier of the compositions he has created for the Sponge. To read more about The Sponge and how it is made go to: http://www.martinmarier.com/wp/?page_id=12
Arts Meetup with Andrew O'Connor
February 2, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Andrew O'Connor is one of the featured artists of the Deep Wireless festival and will be performing on Feb 3. For the Arts Meetup Andrew will discuss his new work Ravenspeak, as well as his ongoing pirate radio project Parkdale Pirate Radio. He will also sample audio from his award winning sound design, radio theatre, and installations.
Arts Meetup with Alexis O'Hara
February 16, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Alexis O'Hara will talk about her transdisciplinary work as a performer and installation artist as well as the ideas behind her sound installation SQUEEEEQUE which is opening at NAISA on the same day. She will also guide audiences through a fun improvisation using SQUEEEEQUE.
Arts Meetups: Soundscape & Art
May 4, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland will discuss and share examples of how soundscape recordings can be incorporated into different artistic media. The presentation will draw from interviews with Installation artist Jana Winderen as well as Sound Camp Reveil organizers Maria Papadomanolaki and Grant Smith.
Arts Meetups with Dan Watson
May 20, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Join Dan Watson, Artistic Producer of Ahuri Theatre in Toronto and founder of Edge of the Woods Theatre in Huntsville (Nuit Blanche North, Ralph + Lina) as he shares stories and examples of his process and past works in an intimate and interactive gathering and multimedia presentation entitled "Here, There and Everywhere."

Dan Watson is an award-winning creator and producer of theatre and events whose work has traveled across Canada, Scotland, France, the United States and Japan. Dan also works in community engaged arts with a particular focus on collaborations with people of different abilities.
Exhibition Opening Artist Talk
By Steven White
June 3, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Steven White will explain how he creates kinetic sound sculptures from discarded industrial materials. He will introduce you to the three works included in his Sound Machines exhibit running at NAISA until September 3. Steve White is a multi-media artist from Walter's Falls, Ontario. His work engages viewers with interactive components while raising questions about obsolescence and the struggle between technology and nature.
Steven White is a multi-media artist from Walter's Falls, ON. His work engages viewers with interactive components while raising questions about obsolescence and the struggle between technology and nature. White has had solo shows throughout Ontario and group shows in Canada and USA. He has received multiple grants from the OAC and Canada Council and has received significant media attention from Canadian Art, Discovery Channel, CBC, Toronto Star, The Atlantic, MAKE Magazine and Utne Reader. White's work is held in many private and corporate collections throughout Canada and USA.
Artist in the Garden
By Brenda Scott
June 10, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
South River artist Brenda Scott is known for her encaustic artworks that incorporate found objects and  organic materials.  Brenda also designs herbal and edible forest gardens. In this presentation you will learn about how these two sides of her creative life are intertwined.
Brenda Scott is a South River artist and the owner of Algonquin Guesthouse Gallery & Gardens. There she pursues her passion for life long learning especially in sharing encaustic art workshops in the studio & gallery, teaching workshops in the gardens, and leading kayaking tours on the river. Her interest in healing herbs and the edible forest began in the early 1970's when she met the founders of Richters Herbs, Otto and Waltraut Richter. Over the ensuing years Brenda has studied Herbology through the Dominion Herbal College, Aromatherapy through the Michael Scholes School for Aromatic Studies and Edible Forest Gardening with Dave Jacke. She also studied Vibrational Medicine specializing in becoming a Shiatsu Therapist and she is a Reiki Master. She has been growing, teaching, speaking, hosting workshops and selling plants from her gardens for more than 30 years.
Art Fix for Healthy Communities
June 24, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Art Fix is a collective of artists with lived experience of mental health and substance use issues in the Nipissing region. Art serves our members in various ways, from healing through self-expression, to earning a living and fighting stigma. In any case, we get together every week to share skills and make stuff, and we are looking forward to hosting workshops by professional artists, starting this fall. Join our new Director, Lindsay Sullivan, and core members in a conversation about improving our communities in and through art. Come ready to make some noise!
Art from the Crystal Cave
By Lyn Rose and Julia Breckenridge
July 8, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Lyn Rose and Julia Breckenridge from the Crystal Cave Museum in South River will give a talk about their artwork made from crystals, rocks and natural objects. The Crystal Cave is a crystal and fossil museum and crystal shop opening on June 28 in South River.

Photo: Julia Breckenridge, Macro Photography of Crystals.

This talk expands upon the crystal theme explored in the "Rock" Concert for the Cave which is taking place the previous evening.
Lyn Rose is a multimedia artist from Toronto (who happily lives in South River now), with two degrees in Fine Art ~ one from OCAD and the other from NSCAD. She was trained as an oil painter, and gradually grew into a love for many forms of sculptural / maker modalities, incorporating naturally fallen branches, string, crystal, stone and scraps of wood. Lyn is now beginning to add video, sound, light and water to her sculptures.
Julia Breckenridge is the owner of the Crystal Cave Museum in South River, and has been collecting crystals, minerals and fossils since she was a child in Zimbabwe. Then traveling all over the planet, landing in Ontario where her collection has grown into an important, world class exhibit. Julia does macroscopic photographs of the pieces, and has them printed on metal.
Making Music from Brain Waves
By Aaron Labbé
July 15, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Aaron Labbé speaks about the methods and intentions behind the Psychoactive Music installation presented outside at NAISA on the previous afternoon of July 14.
Aaron Labbé is an Intermedia Artist based in Toronto, Canada. The driving-force of his work includes concepts drawn from the topics of mental health, empathy, the psyche and explorations of human consciousness. His specialities include interactive experience design, data visualization, experimental music practices, spatial sound design and autonomous systems.
World Listening Day Garden Soundwalk
By Darren Copeland and Brenda Scott
July 21, 2018, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Participate in World Listening Day by joining Darren Copeland and Brenda Scott on a guided outdoor soundwalk through gardens and other natural wonders in the village of South River. Event will occur rain or shine. Please dress for the weather. Photo: Stefan Rose and Victoria Fenner.

This talk is part of World Listening Day events that include a concert on July 21 and an artist talk by Glenn Hubert on July 22.
Darren Copeland is a Canadian sound artist active in Toronto since 1985. He is also the founding and current Artistic Director of New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA). Key interests of his work include multichannel spatialization for live performance, fixed media composition, soundscape studies, radio art and sound installations. Copeland fixed media compositions have explored both abstract and referential sound materials. Many of these works are published on the empreintes DIGITALes label and have received mentions from Vancouver New Music, Phonurgia Nova, Luigi Russolo and other competitions. His radio art works engage in the associative qualities of environmental sounds in relation to spoken text and have been commissioned and presented by Deutschlandradio Kultur, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, and Kunstradio (ORF). His sound installations include gallery and sited works which examine the relationship of sound and place. Activity in that area includes projects with Andreas Kahre as Copeland+Kahre, which includes a permanent installation in Edmonton, Canada.
Brenda Scott is a South River artist and the owner of Algonquin Guesthouse Gallery & Gardens. There she pursues her passion for life long learning especially in sharing encaustic art workshops in the studio & gallery, teaching workshops in the gardens, and leading kayaking tours on the river. Her interest in healing herbs and the edible forest began in the early 1970's when she met the founders of Richters Herbs, Otto and Waltraut Richter. Over the ensuing years Brenda has studied Herbology through the Dominion Herbal College, Aromatherapy through the Michael Scholes School for Aromatic Studies and Edible Forest Gardening with Dave Jacke. She also studied Vibrational Medicine specializing in becoming a Shiatsu Therapist and she is a Reiki Master. She has been growing, teaching, speaking, hosting workshops and selling plants from her gardens for more than 30 years.
Creating Nature Sound Recordings
By Glenn Hubert
July 22, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
For this artist talk Glenn Hubert will share examples of his favourite nature recordings and provide background to the steps involved in making them. Choosing locations specific to the environments he wishes to record, Glenn sets out his microphones, and leaves them for several hours, up to a day or two in order to allow the birds and animals to return to their natural routines, creating a natural soundscape rarely heard by people. Over the years Glenn has developed an archival library of thousands of hours of recordings, creating sonic time stamps of wilderness areas, some of which no longer are as peaceful as they were in his early days of recording.

This talk is part of World Listening Day events that include a concert and a soundwalk on July 21.
Glenn Hubert After working in the music business as a producer and musician for over 30 years, Glenn Hubert's passion for nature drew him to field recording in the remote wilderness of the Georgian Bay Biosphere and Algonquin Provincial Park areas in Northern Ontario, Canada. His attention to detail, and desire to capture pristine recordings of undisturbed natural habitats has resulted in unique wonderful recordings of natural wilderness areas which are disappearing as the human population expands.Combining his music talents with his wilderness recordings, Glenn Hubert has created over twenty albums of "Music & Nature" and "Wilderness SoundScapes". His "Algonquin Park Wilderness Series" features the iconic calls of the Common Loon and the Eastern Grey Wolf, in the albums, "The Loons of Algonquin", and "The Wolves of Algonquin. A welcomed additon to any nature lover's audio library. You can find Glenn Hubert's recordings online at http://www.gmhcafestore.ca and join him on Facebook at "Glenn Hubert Music & Nature".
Arts Meetups
By Alexis O'Hara
July 29, 2018, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Alexis O'Hara will speak about the role of breath in her performance of Seufzenstadt - The City of Sighs on the previous night by explaining the many non-verbal human expressions latent in breath sounds as well as how the work is connected to her long history of vocal performance.

Alexis O'Hara The interdisciplinary art practice of Alexis O'Hara exploits allegories of the human voice via vocal & electronic improvisation, sound installation and performance. Her work is influenced by her love of the destabilizing and transformative power of humour and improvisation. The eclecticism of her work attracts international programmers from various disciplines. She has presented work in Scotland, Austria, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Ireland, Slovenia, Australia, Finland, Denmark, Brazil, Monaco, Serbia, Switzerland, the U.S. and across Canada. She lives and works in Montreal.
New Musical Expression with Gestural Interfaces
By Ana Dall'Ara Majek and Takuto Fukuda
August 5, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Gestural interfaces open up the possibility to integrate a physical gesture and a sound into a musical expression in live electronic music performance. This talk by Takuto Fukuda and Ana Dall'Ara-Majek focuses on a vocabulary of musical expressions developed for blablaTrains’ concert on the previous evening (as well as others in the past) with the design of their gestural interfaces and notation system. Participants will have the opportunity to try Ana’s augmented Theremin and Takuto’s gyro-based sensor instrument in order to experience the cause-effect relationship between gestures and sound.
Ana Dall'Ara Majek is a composer, sound artist and researcher living in Montréal (Québec). She is devoted to the study of how instrumental, electroacoustic and computational-thinking approaches interact in musical composition. In 2016, she obtained a doctorate in composition from the Université de Montréal, where she also taught a number of courses in the digital music section. She often collaborates with other artists as a composer, performer, and computer music programmer. She performs regularly with saxophonist Ida Toninato as part of their duo Jane/KIN, founded in 2015, and she has also collaborated on many theatre, dance and film works. She has also composed for chamber ensembles such as Quasar, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Sixtrum, Trio Hoboken, Lunatics at Large, and TM+, among others. Passionate about electroacoustic music analysis, she has created numerous graphic scores with Acousmographe and has written analytical papers published in the eOrema journal and in François Bayle’s book Son Vitesse-lumière (Magison, 2016). In 2014, she released Air, her first album of works for instruments and electronics, on the Kohlenstoff Records label and in 2018 Nano-Cosmos, her first solo album of acousmatic pieces, was released by Empreintes digitales. English translation: Stephanie Moore.
Takuto Fukuda is a composer, a sound artist and a sensor instrument performer woking in the field of electroacoustic and mixed music. He has studied at Kunitachi College of Music Japan, The Royal Conservatory in The Hague in The Netherlands and the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in Austria. His pieces have been awarded prizes at CCMC 2011 Japan, International Taiwan Electroacoustic Music Award, Musica Nova 2010 (Czech) and his work has been performed at ISCM World Music Days 2016 (Korea), NYCEMF 2014 (USA), ICMC 2012 (Slovenia), ACL Asia Music Festival (Japan) and Ai-maako 2007 (Chile) among others. He has been composing for several interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with creators in other field of arts such as contemporary dance and film. He is active as a member of Elektrichka - an electroacoustic performance group with Nick Acorne and Jonathan Carter and has composed several pieces for their self-made sensor instruments.
On Creating "In a Queer Time and Space"
By Sherry Ostapovitch
August 12, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River

Sherry Ostapovich talks about listening to and recording space in the context of her most recent work, "In a Queer Time and Space," which is being performed in a concert the previous evening. She discusses motivations in creating the work, making recordings in a still functioning cement factory, and composing for an ambisonic speaker arrangement.
Sherry Ostapovitch Recently returned to Canada after 17 years of living in the UK, Sherry Ostapovitch is a sound artist whose work incorporates field recordings and multi-channel sound installations. In ocularcentric society, Sherry’s work encourages people to open their ears to their surroundings and to the ‘music’ that is everywhere. She magnifies the microsounds of our vicinities, giving focus to the interdependent relationships between people, urban, and rural environments. Her recent work includes And They’d Pass Through London Fields, a composition for sonic bicycles is a psychogeographic exploration of gentrification, community, and loss in London Fields, Hackney. In 2014 she was awarded a distinction for her Masters in Music from Goldsmiths University in Studio Composition (Sonic Arts) and currently teaches on the Sound Design program at George Brown College in Tkaranto (territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron-wendat and, most recently, Mississaugas of the New Credit.) From 2000 to 2010 she was active producing experimental instrumental guitar music under the name, Music for One, and toured the UK and Europe extensively. She has produced recordings which have been favourably reviewed in the Wire magazine and shared concert lineups with notables: SunnO)), Stars of the Lid, and Do Make Say Think.
Placed-based Art
By Elizabeth Chitty
August 19, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Elizabeth Chitty has been active as an interdisciplinary artist for over 40 years. She will speak about her current work, which is place-based in that the work considers a site’s geology, plants and birds, natural and built landscapes, governance including treaties, histories, and water and its infrastructure. Her work is anchored in sensing and making sense of our surroundings through bodily experience, social interactions, and simple technology. Photo: Henry Chan.
Elizabeth Chitty Interdisciplinarity has been at the core of Elizabeth Chitty’s artistic practice for 41 years. Site, corporeality, temporality and awareness of process thread through her body of work, which expands on ideas, emotions and sensations of what it means to be in a body, a place, with others. Her performances may reflect contemporary dance or performance art lineages and respond to concert settings or social practices; her literacy spans the gallery, stage, and public realm. Her installations and performances are usually video-based including sound. She has created public artists’ gardens, video works constructed photographs and has worked with community-based strategies. For most of her life, she has lived in the Niagara region, Ontario, outside of any academic affiliation, shifting among disparate subjects informed by life lived and the local, and the conceptualist base formed early in her career in Toronto and Vancouver. Photo: Henry Chan.
Synths and Films
By Robert Fantinatto
August 26, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
NAISA North Media Arts Centre, 106 Ottawa Ave, South River
FREE
Toronto filmmaker Robert Fantinatto is the director of the internationally acclaimed documentary I Dream of Wires, which traces the history of analog modular synthesizers and their usage in both experimental and popular music. Interestingly, Robert Fantinatto became involved in analog modular synthesizer long before the making of this film and has been producing his own electronic music for some time. He will talk about his music and film-making intersect and influence each other. His talk follows the Modular Tribute concert of the previous evening.
Robert Fantinatto After studying astrophysics at the University of Toronto, Robert Fantinatto made a drastic change in career paths. He eventually went to film school and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film Production from York University. He never did lose his interest in science, and this has influenced the projects he’s been involved with throughout the rest of his professional career. For a number of years he was a freelance film editor. Then in the mid-2000s he made Echoes of Forgotten Places, a documentary film exploring the urban exploration subculture. Distributed by Microcinema International, it was broadcast in both the U.S and Canada and released on DVD. In early 2011 he began to notice an explosion of interest in the world of modular synthesizers. Having been involved in electronic music during the 1980s, he was intrigued by how computers and digital keyboards were in the process of being replaced by equipment long thought to be obsolete. He bought his own modular system and was drawn into the ever-expanding group of musicians who have shunned modern technology for these reborn instruments. I Dream of Wires is the natural combination of his musical and film background and talents. Following the release of his first feature-length film, he produced and directed 20 episodes of Where Cool Came From, a pop-culture web series. He is currently developing two new feature-length documentaries.