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On Halloween night, the University of Alberta’s music community is organizing a Sound Mask Parade downtown.

Ths live, collective, improvisational and mobile sound exhibition will travel from the Art Gallery of Alberta to dc3 Art Projects.

“We will gather in the lobby of the AGA at approximately 8 p.m. and walk as a group of listeners and sounders to dc3, listening to the sounds of the city, and joining in with sounds of our own,” explains U of A Music professor and sound artist Scott Smallwood.

The Sonic Masking Halloween Parade Route

The Sonic Masking Halloween Parade Route

Anyone is welcome to join in the procession, either as a listener or sounder, or both. If you would like to make sounds, please bring an instrument, sonic object, your own voice – really anything you’d like that you can carry with you along the way.

The Sonic Masking Halloween Parade is part of a symposium, Exhibiting Sound (Oct. 30 – Nov. 1), intended to advance creative thinking about exhibiting sound: its natures, purposes, environments, and technologies; the processes of its curation; its relation to visual culture; and its role in creative and scholarly fields.

Exhibiting Sound is hosted by the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology, with primary funding from SSHRC and additional support from KIAS, the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Arts and Department of Music, University of Alberta Museums, the Art Gallery of Alberta, dc3 Art projects, Royal Alberta Museum, St. John’s Institute, and Cape Breton University.

For more information about Exhibiting Sound, see


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