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James Bailey is an improvising sound artist living in Toronto. His main practice involves found objects and/or electronics as well as standard instruments played in unconventional ways. He is, and has been, involved with several small performance groups during the last twenty years but had been recording solo works for nearly twenty years before that. He produces the weekly radio show "Electric Storm / Missing Sense" on CIUT FM in Toronto every Wednesday at 11 pm.
Chris Brookes is an audio artist and documentary maker who has crafted audio features for three decades. His productions have won many international awards including the Peabody Award and the Prix Italia. He has also directed documentaries for Canadian network television, is a published author and playwright, and has taught documentary storytelling at workshops in North America and Europe. Before coming to radio, he founded a theatre company and pioneered the use of theatre as a vehicle for community development. Recently he has created locative audio documentaries, experienced on location via smartphone apps with GPS triggering. He lives in Newfoundland, Canada with a traditional fiddler, a cat, and far too many seagulls.
Victoria Fenner is a Canadian audio artist who has spent the past three decades exploring the medium of sound. In addition to her own sound and radio art works, she has developed many projects and performance events involving radio and sound artists. She also has worked for CBC Radio in many capacities, most notably as a researcher for a special series on the audio art of Quebec for the renowned Radio One program “Outfront”. In recent years, she has transitioned to video, but always with the sound treatment informing and inspiring the visual content. She explored new approaches toward audio and video in her Ontario Arts Council funded project “Seeing Sound”, with Stefan Rose in 2016-17.
Anna Friz is a radio and transmission artist, composer, and media studies scholar. Since 1998 she has created self-reflexive radio for broadcast, installation or performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. She also creates large-scale audiovisual installations and composes for theater, contemporary dance, and film. Anna is Assistant Professor of Sound in the Film and Digital Media Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. http://nicelittlestatic.com
Don Hill is a sound artist & designer, writer, broadcaster, musician and interactive media producer, as well as a former national host of CBC Radio One’s Tapestry. His newest work STORY TREES is a modified ‘responsive architecture’ & interactive online exhibition. Don’s prior investigation of psychoacoustics of ‘place’ inspired his augmented reality app Edmonton Soundwalks, a 3D audio guide for mobile phones. Special Places: Writing-On- Stone is an immersive 360 video presentation that scales from full-dome screens to VR (virtual reality) headsets. In residency with the UK’s renowned Blast Theory he made WRGO (what’s really going on), a surreal 3D audio narrative.
Anne Hill is a principal collaborator on Story Trees. She developed a fascination for textiles & clothing early in life from sewing her own unique creations to exploring hand painted silk. Her Master’s degree from the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta investigated clothing and people in a cross-cultural context. Anne’s exhibition of Traditional Tibetan Dress at the department’s gallery was also complemented by her entry on Tibet in the Praeger in Encyclopedia of National Dress: Traditional Clothing Around The World and a short film presented to an annual conference of The Textile Association of America.
Anne-F Jacques is a sound artist based in Montreal, Canada. She is interested in amplification, oblique interactions between materials and construction of various contraptions and idiosyncratic systems. Her particular focus is on low technology, trivial objects and unpolished sounds. She keeps busy with regular battery-powered performances in vacant lots in the southwest of Montréal.
Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia in 1963 and raised in southern Ontario. Janet traveled throughout 2017-2019 working within numerous residencies in Vancouver BC, Santa Fe NM and Edmonton AB. Janet is based on the Six Nations territory of the Grand River where she operates the Ojistoh Publishing label. Janet works in page poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. She is a radio broadcaster, documentary producer and media and sound artist. Her literary titles include; Splitting the Heart, Ekstasis Editions 2007, Red Erotic, Ojistah Publishing 2010, Unearthed, Leaf Press 2011 “Peace in Duress” Talonbooks 2014 and Totem Poles and Railroads ARP Books 2016, “As Long As the Sun Shines” (English edition), Bookland Press 2018 with a Mohawk language edition released in 2019. “Ego of a Nation” is Janet’s 7th poetry title which she independently produced on the Ojistoh Publishing label 2020. Janet currently serves as the McMaster University and Hamilton Public Library Writer in Residence 2020-2021. Janet and collaborator Jackson Twobears as 2Ro Media. They combine their individual talents and skills along with National Screen Institute training to produce two short documentaries; NDNs on the Airwaves about Six Nations radio (APTN 2016), Moving Voice, a Telus STORYHIVE sponsored digital broadcast 2019 featuring the travels of literary trailblazer and Mohawk poetess E. Pauline Johnson, and The Spirit of Rage a short experimental video poem about anti-racism.
Gregory Whitehead is a preeminent American radio artist; also a text-sound poet, saxophonist, vocalist and desperado philosopher. On air, he has written, voiced, directed and produced more than one hundred radio plays, documentary essays and acoustic adventures for the BBC, Radio France, Australia’s ABC, NPR, Deutschland Radio, the New American Radio series and other broadcasters. Whitehead is co-editor of the influential anthology of writings on the history of radio and audio art, Wireless Imagination: Sound, Radio and the Avant-Garde (1992). He is also the author of numerous performance texts and speculative fictions that explore the intricate aesthetics of radiophonic space, as well as critical essays relating to memory, violence and American identity. A collection of his writings has been published in French under the title Almanach de plaies Insensées (2016) His website offers extensive compendia of ideas, excerpts and links --- https://gregorywhitehead.net.