The Sound Studies Initiative at UAlberta hosts weekly and monthly events that enrich our contribution to the educational and sonic community. We also curate and co-produce the annual Winter Roots Roundup festival.

For an up-to-date listing of current activity, please check out our calendar.


@ Noon Sessions + Visiting Scholars

The Northland Trio performing @ Noon (September 2016).

@ Noon events are weekly gatherings held at our space in the historic Old Arts building. These events take place on Wednesdays during the noon hour and are held in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology (CCE) and the Department of Music at UAlberta. This ongoing series showcases local and visiting artists, academics, broadcasters, composers, authors, and other experts wishing to disseminate their knowledge and craft in the world of sound. These informal, one-hour sessions are typically presented in lecture format with audio-visual support.

Recent guest speakers, visiting scholars and performers include Svanibor Pettan (University of Ljubljana), Phillip Bohlman (University of Chicago), Phil Jamison (Warren Wilson College), Marcia Ostashewski (Cape Breton University), Linda McRae (Nashville), The Northland Trio (Edmonton), Bert Crowfoot (AMMSA), and the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra (Victoria).

@ Noon sessions are free and open to the general public.


Sound and Listening

Soundwalks and informal listening sessions are held once a month during term time at the Sound Studies Initiative. During these sessions, we select recordings from the Folkways Records catalogue or local sounds for exploration and discussion.

Sound Studies Listening events are hour-long events.


Documentary Film Screenings

In the spirit of expanding knowledge, understanding and awareness of local and international sound cultures, the Sound Studies Initiative periodically hosts free documentary film screenings. Films that explore the wide world of sound as well as cultural and societal issues are selected and screened at our office in the Old Arts Building.

Recent film screenings include Ladies and Gentlemen…Mr. Leonard Cohen, One Warm Line, Soundtrack for a Revolution, and Slingshot Hip-Hop, among others. We have also screened Worlds of Sound: The Story of Folkways Records, a documentary about Folkways Records, with the kind permission of the Smithsonian Channel.