A Site Specific Sound/Music Performance At The Toronto Public Library Scarborough Civic Centre Branch
Developed through a weekend workshop in October 2017

The Toronto Public Library is seeking youth/emerging performers to participate in a site specific experimental music/sound performance at Scarborough Civic Centre Branch, lead by composer and interdisciplinary artist Christopher Willes.

Through a weekly rehearsal process in October participants will form an experimental music ensemble that is inclusive of all levels of musical experience, inspired in part by the work of celebrated American composer, activist, and queer feminist Pauline Oliveros. Participants will practice techniques of sound making and listening exercises, "sound drawing”, analog audio manipulation, and field recording with a particular focus on extremely quiet soundscapes. 

The process will conclude with an immersive music/sound performance throughout the library on October 29th, that will seek to sound in the gaps between two local sites:
1) the noisy field of commerce, rhetoric, and leisure at the Scarborough Town Centre shopping mall, and 2) the extremely quiet, community and learning oriented space of the public library next door. Employing the act of the remix - of sampling in musical terms or collage in visual arts - the process will look for ways in which reusing, remaking, reorganizing materials (literary, visual, and sonic) can speak to and subvert the precariousness of our contemporary predicaments.

No musical experience is necessary. You don’t need to be a musician or a sound maker to participate.
Musical instruments, amplifiers, and various noise making tools will be provided.

Photo credit: Yuula Benivolski (Thomas Gill pictured)

APPLICATIONs for participants are now closed

Though, you can send an email to inquire about capacity, if we can accommodate more people we will!



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Christopher Willes is artist-in-residency at the Scarborough Civic Center Library throughout the fall of 2017. A composer, musician, and interdisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Christopher studied music at the University of Toronto, and received an MFA from Bard College (NY USA). He is also an Associate Artist with the Toronto performance collective Public Recordings.

Christopher's practice spans a broad range of activities including making music, audio art, exhibitions, dance and theatre projects, and writing about contemporary art. He recently presented projects at The Art Gallery of Ontario8-11 Gallery, the Music GallerySummerworks Festival, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, Studio 303 (Montreal), Fierce Festival (UK), and Cluster Festival (Winnipeg). 

His work has been support by the Toronto Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and his music/sound work in theatre and dance has been nominated for three Dora Awards. In 2016 he received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony (NH USA).