Spring 2017 Soundwalks


Slivers of pavement
Sunday, April 2, 2017; 2–3PM
Led by George Rahi
Meeting Location: Waterfront Station Lobby (601 W. Cordova Street) [map]

Privately-owned public spaces are widespread in our contemporary urban form, exemplified by squares, plazas, waterfronts, and enlarged sidewalks included in a building’s envelope. These spaces complicate the neat binary between public and private, combining elements of private ownership, securitization, and rules and restrictions, with publicly accessible amenities such as shelter, seating, and open space. Using soundwalking as a way to access and assert the right to these common spaces, this soundwalk traverses various privately-owned public spaces in downtown Vancouver, drawing attention to their spatial, social, and sonic dynamics.

Embodied Emplacement: a multi-modal walkshop
Sunday, April 9, 2017; 2PM
Led by Matthew Ariaratnam and Julie Hammond
Meeting Location: Outside the Anvil Centre (777 Columbia Street, New Westminster – one block east from the New Westminster skytrain station) [map]

Drawing on Steph Ceraso’s call for “multi-modal listening” alongside practices of soundwalking, field recording, in situ composition, and map making, Matthew Ariaratnam and Julie Hammond will lead a 90 minute “walkshop” around New Westminster’s waterfront. Participants will be asked to explore sensory inputs in select locations via playing, singing, listening, walking, touching, and writing.

April 9, 2017 - Soundwalk

Soundwalks take place rain or shine. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather.


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.

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 invites 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!

Top photo by George Rahi.
Bottom photos by Matthew Ariaratnam and Julie Hammond