Goodbye Riel House – Daniel Stadnicki: Drum kit – curious arts

Daniel Stadnicki playing drums in the Riel House.

A percussive tour of the Riel House

The Riel House is set to be demolished. It has had a long history with the Department of Music and in the last few years it has been a second home to the work of Music Grad students.

A few years ago Music student Daniel Stadnicki, who is now in his fourth year of his Ph.D. took me on a percussive tour of the house. So here is one last look at the Riel House.

Daniel was a recipient of the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in 2014. His research focuses on global drumming cultures, practices, and technologies. You might also recognize him as the drummer of the hit Canadian rock band Serial Joe. Their song “Skidrow” won the MuchMusic Video Award for best independent video in 1998 and in addition to touring all over the country they performed at Woodstock 1999.

A note to Music Graduate students regarding the demolition

For those of you using Riel House, please note that it will be demolished in May.  New space has been located for you in Education South.

All personal items not moving to the new space must be removed from Riel House by April 30th.   Items moving to the new location must be boxed and clearly labelled with the student’s name. These boxes will be moved along with the furniture in the first week of May.

Anything left in Riel House that is not clearly labelled to move, will be left for demolition.

Should you have any questions regarding this closure, please contact Pamela Sewers, Acting Assistant Chair (Admin) at or at 780-492-0606.

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