Spring Soundwalks - May 24 + 31, 2015

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.