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Sounds Like Audio Art Festival
July 24 to 26 2014, Saskatoon, SK
AKA Artist-Run, Holophon Audio Arts and PAVED Arts
in partnership with Soundasaurus Festival of Multimedia Sound Arts

AKA Artist-Run, Holophon Audio Arts and PAVED arts, with presenting partner Soundasaurus are thrilled to announce the fourth annual Sounds Like Audio Art Festival. Spanning July 24 to July 26, Sounds Like is Saskatchewan’s premiere festival for audio-based art, featuring installation, live and experimental performance.

This year’s Festival will showcase the works of Alexandre Berthier (Quebec City), Myriam Bleau (Montreal), Darren Copeland (Toronto), Ashton Francis (Saskatoon), Ivan Reese (Calgary), Scott Smallwood (Edmonton) and Mehta Youngs (Saskatoon); alongside keynote presenters Lisa Birke (Waterloo), Peter Flemming (Montreal), and Shawn Pinchbeck (Edmonton).

As an annual international audio, video and performance art festival Sounds Like presents, promotes, and cultivates experimental practices in audio-based work and the expanded use of audio within all manner of artistic endeavour. Through a diversity of programming, Sounds Like introduces audiences to art, fosters local audio art practices, and provides a forum of exchange for national and international artists engaged in contemporary audio art practices. Founded in 2011 by AKA artist-run centre, it quickly expanded into a three-fold partnership between AKA artist-run, PAVED Arts, and holophon. Each organization contributes to the festival with their own particular expertise: AKA artist-run, as Saskatoon’s only non-media specific ARC, contributes its visual knowledge to consider sound and its uses in art, PAVED Arts facilitates the exploration of sound through its production and exhibition centre, holophon, with their experience in audio art curation and educational programming facilitates connections between artists and audiences.

Together, the organizations program the festival through a combination of invited guests and an international call for submissions. For three days in late July, the galleries focus on events solely focused on the exploration of sound and its uses in art. Events include both onsite and offsite concert performances, audio installations, workshops, seminars, artist talks, and public interventions.

Thank you to our 2014 jury: Dr. Rebecca Caines is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist and scholar currently playing a lead role in developing the new Creative Technologies area at the University of Regina; David Jensenius is a composer, member of the research and design collaborative SPURSE and founder of the improvisational group Polish Club and Tod Emel, a Saskatoon-based audio/visual artist recording and performing under the aliases IAWAI and XOD and founder of the Sounds Like Audio Art Festival.

A full Sounds Like program, project line-up, festival pass information and artist bios can be found here.

Sounds Like Audio Art Festival thanks the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskLotteries and the Canada Council for the Arts for their generous support.

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