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What is a SOUNDwalk? In a SOUNDwalk, the listening “audience” moves through a place and the environment “performs.” The walking listener and the environment create a unique piece together that can only occur during the time of the walk. In a SOUNDwalk we take the time to hear the environment: we are its true ear witnesses. And like any musician, the environment offers us its sounds for our consideration.

Laurier Woods Soundwalk
Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Nature Festival
Aug 17, 2024, Time TBD.
Laurier Woods, North Bay. Meet in the Parking lot at the end of Brule Street (just off Franklin Street).

Explore the sounds of Laurier Woods during the Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Nature Festival with NAISA Artistic Director Darren Copeland.

He will lead SOUNDwalks at various times through the day. A SOUNDwalk is a walk you can do anytime of day, in any location, and with any number of people. All that you have to do is walk very slowly and quietly, direct your focus to your listening (rather than to your visual sense), and not talk or use any devices. With that change of focus sounds commonly heard might take on a different quality.

After the SOUNDwalk, we will discuss what we experienced and learn from each other about the world of natural and human-generated sound. Duration of the walk will be 45 minutes. Open to all ages.

The Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Nature Festival is organized each year by the Friends of Laurier Woods, North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority, and the Nipissing Naturalists Club.