Fall Soundwalks - Sept. 25 + Oct. 2


Automation: Trains and Blades
Presented as part of Mechanical Music

Sunday, September 25, 2016; 2–3:30PM
Led by Roxanne Nesbitt
Meeting Location: Oustide entrance, Britannia Library (1661 Napier Street)
Automation: Trains and Blades considers the sonic overlap between residential and industrial spaces in Vancouver’s Grandview Woodland neighbourhood. Participants will engage with mechanical sounds at both a micro and massive scale, exploring the seemingly self-operating nature of industrial sound fields.

Culture Days Soundwalk
Sunday, October 2, 2016; 2–3:30PM
Led by Jaimie Dolinko and Jorma Kujala
Meeting Location: 544 Main Street

Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood, also known as Vancouver’s “East End,” is one of Vancouver’s oldest and most multicultural and diverse neighbourhoods. The delicate, richly balanced spectrum of overlapping histories and communities will be explored through this 45-60 minute aural exploration of the area’s buildings and byways. Be prepared for a group embodied listening excursion on expanding awareness of spaces and places, inspiring us to listen more deeply to this multifaceted world we inhabit. This soundwalk will take place rain or shine, please be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for any weather condition.

Culture Days 2016

Soundwalks are presented in association with the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective.

Top photo by Jamie Dolinko and Jorma Kujala.


Listening in, Between the Lines
Sunday, April 17, 2016; 2PM
Led by Jorma Kujala and Igor Santizo
Meeting Location: This aural excursion will both begin and end at the Beatty Street entrance of the Stadium-Chinatown Skytrain Station.

In Fall 2015 Vancouver City Council approved the replacement of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts with a new at-grade street network, paving the way (all pun intended) for yet another redevelopment of this area on the periphery of our city’s hub. This soundwalk inaugurates a long-term investigation into the viaduct’s surrounding area, opening our ears to murmurs of past erasure in the area as well as echoes of futures yet to unfold. Join Jorma Kujala and Igor Santizo to walk, and listen, in between the lines of history while we explore other lines above and below the viaduct’s two arms.

Lost Lagoon, Vancouver’s Urban Refuge
Sunday, April 24, 2016; 2PM
Led by Jamie Dolinko
Meeting Location: The Viewing Plaza overlooking the Lost Lagoon (directly above the Nature House at Stanley Park). From Denman go north on Alberni 2 blocks. [map]

The Lagoon Soundwalk is a meditation on the intersection of people, flora, and fauna, and will explore the collision and surprising co-existence of urban and natural worlds. Meet Jamie Dolinko at the Viewing Deck, directly above the Nature House, at the foot of Robson and Alberni. Soundwalkers will be led part way around Lost Lagoon and through a trail towards Second Beach Pool where the walk finishes at the Second Beach Field House for tea.

Spring Soundwalks are presented in association with the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective.



September 20, 2015 ; 2PM
Led by Jorma Kujala
Meeting location: the corner of Comox and Denman Streets, beside Central Bistro (1072 Denman Street) [map]

Vancouver’s West End has changed immensely since it was transformed in the late 1800’s from a forested serenity into an exclusive middle and upper class neighbourhood on the outskirts of our growing urban centre. This area of Vancouver has continued to change and develop, though its roots as a wooded peninsula cannot be forgotten. This soundwalk seeks to listen for the distinct murmur of nature and the area’s history, inseparably woven into this vibrant, diverse, walkable, and densely populated community

Silence for the Sake of Sound
September 27, 2015 ; 2PM
Led by Matt O’Donnell & Igor Santizo
Meeting location: Science World in front of the Rube Goldberg Machine (sound sculpture at entrance) [map]

Listen to the city’s underlying sounds and rhythms on a soundwalk. Members of the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective lead free, guided walks through the urban environment.


Presented in association with the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective.



Sunday, August 16, 2015; 8PM
Meeting location: Charleson Park (999 Charleson Road, Vancouver) by the Love Your Bean Sculpture near the playground
Presented in partnership with LocoMotoArt Collective and the International Symposium on Electronic Art, a special soundwalk and site-specific interactive installation explore the sound ecology of Charleson Park and its environs.  [more info]

Co-presented by LocoMotoArts Collective and the International Symposium of Electronic Art.



Spring Soundwalks - May 24 and 31, 2015

Re-listening to Vancouver
Sunday, May 24, 2015; 2PM
Led by Jorma Kujala
Meet by the tennis courts Andy Livingstone Park Fieldhouse, 89 Expo Boulevard (between Carrall Street and Quebec Street) [map]

Skirting boundaries of time and space, this soundwalk will investigate neighbourhoods and communities along the peripheral east side of Vancouver’s downtown core, in part retracing and “re-listening” to a 1973 walk entitled A Vancouver Soundwalk. This approximately 60 to 90 minute exploration weaves through diverse soundscapes, both man-made and natural, inviting the listener to become immersed in the totality of the sonic environment, and to sensually imagine, respond to, and hear often overlooked social environments, communities and other urban places.


Parks, Trees, and Tankers
Sunday, May 31, 2015; 2PM
Led by Helena Krobath
Meet at Burrard View Park (Penticton St. and Wall St.) on the path by the tennis courts [map]

View/download (right-click/CTRL-click) a PDF with a brief history of the area.
View/download (right-click/CTRL-click) a PDF sketch and questions to think about while on this (or any) soundwalk.

Burrard Inlet is a corridor of shallow water and mountain peaks formed by the last ice age. It was home of the Skwxwú7mesh and Tsleil-waututh Nations for several thousand years before the arrival of European settlers in the eighteenth century. Now, million dollar homes perch on the tip of this stunning view. They also take the brunt of the industrial cargo racket that, when active, transforms the neighbourhood soundscape from the crest of the slope all the way to the shore.

Along the banks of Burrard Inlet we find New Brighton Park, an active public space just a stone’s throw from a tanker port and rail yard. Set among harbour and mountain views, this soundwalk contemplates sounds of urban green space at the foot of industrial activity.


Presented as part of Alternative Energies
Sound and Sustainability Soundwalks
Sundays, October 5 & 12, 2014; 2PM

Take some time to listen to the underlying sounds and rhythms of the city on a soundwalk. Members of the Vancouver Soundwalk Collective lead two, free guided walks through the urban environment.

Old Stream Soundwalk
Sunday October 5, 2014; 2PM

Led by David Leith
Meeting location: Sasamat and 4th Avenue by the #4 bus stop

A soundwalk is a way to listen to the environment and experience the world of sound in an often extraordinary and meditative way. This soundwalk will follow what was the path of an old stream that was buried over 100 years ago. The stream ran through what are now urban areas, past what is now Aberthau mansion, through Jericho Park, ending in Jerry’s Cove. Special guest performances by Yuuko Konishi and Victor Manuel Del Castillo.

Music-as-Environment ⇄ Environment-as-Music
Sunday, October 12, 2014; 2PM

Created by Elisa Ferrari, Igor Santizo and Hildegard Westerkamp
Meeting location: Playground in Emory Barnes Park (downtown at Davie, between Seymour and Richards)

Soundwalks – like silence – are ‘useless’ in a profit-driven world. They are a listening practice, which reveals the environment to our ears and opens inner space for noticing. Beyond exploring the use of music in downtown Vancouver, this soundwalk offers an opportunity for participant listeners to sense the moments when music is perceived as environmental sound and the soundscape is experienced as music.


Waterfront Station Soundwalk
Sunday, April 27, 2014 | 2PM

Led by Josh Hite, Jorma Kujala and Kristen Roos
Meeting location: Waterfront Station entrance.
meet at the pillar with the address: 601 West Cordova St. [map]

Traversing both above and below ground, this walk will lead listeners through the transient spaces and ephemeral sounds around the Vancouver Convention Centre and Waterfront Station.  Participants will spiral through disorienting layers of infrastructure, immersed in the myriad soundscapes of shopping, shipping, and transit.


Olympic Village Soundwalk
Sunday, May 4, 2014 | 2PM

Led by Ross Birdwise
Meeting location: Corner of Main and 2nd, at bus stop beside Shell Station (1785 Main Street) [map]

Join sound artist and musician Ross Birdwise, and musicians Carol Sawyer (voice) and Joe Rzemieniak (trumpet) on a sound walk around the Olympic Village and the Seawall.  Narrow roads, tall buildings, and public sculpture will place their acoustic footprints on the surrounding soundscape, with occasional enhancement, accompaniment and counterpoint from the two musicians.



Underground Vancouver
Sunday, September 22, 2013 | 2PM

Led by Pietro Sammarco
Meeting location: 13th Avenue and Glen [map]

Vancouver’s streets make our everyday travels easier, smoother, and safer. Underneath these streets lies a network of drains that efficiently carry rain runoff and sewage, providing us with a clean, dry urban surface. Listening to the sounds resonating up through catchbasins and utility holes, one can hear the line between technology and nature being blurred as a rushing creek is enclosed in a cement pipe to ensure the road above doesn’t collapse due to erosion. One’s imagination is invited think of a time when the road didn’t exist, when a creek slowed transit through the area. This soundwalk will take us on a short trip along one such path.

Hadden Park Soundwalk
Sunday, September 29, 2013 | 2PM 

Led by Josh Hite
Meeting location: 1015 Maple Street [map]

This walk will bring together the approaches of two collectives : Vancouver Soundwalk Collective and Ten Fifteen Maple – the art collective in residence at the Hadden Park Fieldhouse. Join us for a walk that explores the local sound environment of the Hadden Park area through a unique approach to soundwalking.

The Hadden Park Fieldhouse is located at 1015 Maple Street, at the corner of Ogden Avenue and Maple Street – it’s the building that is attached to the public washrooms by the bike path.

Hadden Park Soundwalk is presented as part of Snooze Fest (Sept. 26-29, 2013).

Culture Days - Sept. 27-29, 2013

Soundwalks are FREE and open to the public. Soundwalks happen rain or shine, so participants should be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for any weather condition.

A Soundwalk is a silent group walk led along a planned route to experience a location’s ambiance and underlying rhythms. All too often the sounds of the environment pass by unnoticed because of our uncanny ability to shut them out. A Soundwalk enables its participants to actively listen, opening ears and consciousness to the complex orchestration that the environment is composing at all times. It is a musical-sonic adventure that reveals the banal to be extraordinary!