Taking It Outside: Music & Art Inspired by the St. Lawrence River

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Saturday, June 3, 2023 - 10:00pm to Sunday, June 4, 2023 - 3:00pm
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Parc Frédéric-Back
2345 rue Jarry E

As anyone who has spent any time beside the St. Lawrence Seaway knows, this river is anything but peaceful and quiet; it is frequently very noisy, especially at daybreak when birds start to sing. Guided by Louise Campbell, participants will discover her sound installation Sources, an outdoor installation of music inspired by the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, featuring works inspired by the birdlife of Georgian Bay to the vast open spaces of the Magdalen Islands. The outdoor installation located in Parc Frédéric-Back, its companion album and cultural mediation workshop Taking It Outside: Music & Art Inspired By Nature are meant to encourage and deepen its listeners’ reflection on their own sense of place and connection with waterways.

This installation is coupled with an introductory birding workshop led by environmental educators from GUEPE to learn about species that can be observed in the Parc.

For a taste of the music, LISTEN to Songbird, composed and performed by Louise: https://redshiftmusicsociety.bandcamp.com/album/sources

These events launch Louise’s debut solo album Sources for clarinet and electronics, released on Redshift Records. 

Installation location: Parc Frédéric-Back (at the lookout beside #2 on the park map)
· Saturday, June 3 at 11am and 2pm, and Sunday, June 4 at 11am and 2pm.
· Free admission

To participate in the bird walk leading up to the installation, register HERE 
· Saturday, June 3 at 10am and 1pm, and Sunday, June 4 at 10am and 1pm.
· Free admission

Activities will be cancelled in case of heavy rain or any other weather condition justifying the cancellation.

Sources is presented on Essaim, a modular set of mobile speakers designed by Audiotopie
to diffuse multiphonic works in public spaces.

This project is supported by the Canada Arts Council and the City of Montreal through the program Montréal culturelle, verte et résiliente, and in partnership with Audiotopie, Bradyworks, City of Montreal, Innovations en concert, La TOHU and Ville en vert.

"As you'll hear, [Louise’s] passion for exploring the places we live through art, sound and storytelling is contagious..." Julia Caron, CBC Quebec AM (2019)

"Puisqu'il s'agit d'une 'musique de création qui doit se voir et être vécue..."
Corinne Laberge, L'Express Outremont (2017)

“The results work through the sonic possibilities of the instrument, from grinding, metal-edged music to spacious and haunting ambiance.” Bandcamp (2022)