Deep Wireless Festival Begins

With the arrival of May comes the much-anticipated Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art. The sound art festival, now in its 5th year, kicks off today with public installations and a live performance by Negativland at the Drake tonight. Events will continue to the end of the month.

Some key shows not to be missed:

In Your Ear Cabaret, May 3rd
Show at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm) at the Drake Underground. $15/$12
Performances from actors, poets, DJs and musicians ranging from Sook Yin Lee to John Oswald. The show will be sent live-to-air on CKLN 88.1FM and also be recorded for later broadcast on the CBC

Radio Without Boundaries Conference, May 26-28
Opening reception at the Drake Undergound, May 26th 6-8pm, then continues at the Ryerson Student Centre(Church & Gould) 9am - 5pm, May 27th-28th. Limited space in this one, so register online ASAP.
Radio Without Boundaries explores the many potentials, boundaries and artist perspectives of radio. Conference speakers will include anyone who's doing anything interesting with radio -- on an international scale. Not to be missed if you can fit a ticket into your budget.

Radio Theatre 1 + Sonic Geographies, May 26th
Show at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm) at the Drake Underground. $15/$12 (free for conference registrants)
Radio Theatre 1 will feature soundscapes, live music and theatre, written by Gregory Whitehead and performed by a huge cast of radiophiles. In contrast, Sonic Geographies will be a solo by Kathy Kennedy.

Trevor Wishart in Concert, May 13th
8pm at the Music Gallery. $15/$12

POWER UP performances, May 13th
7pm @ the Music Gallery. Free
outdoor HMMM performances by Kathy Kennedy

Deep Wireless Artist Talks & Panels, May 3
7pm, Inter/access. Free
Featuring sound artists, Eleanor King & Stephen Kelly.

Radio in Ambience @ the Ping, May 9th
1st set at 9:30pm (doors open at 9pm), Hacienda Lounge (794 Bathurst - across from Bathurst Stn). PWYC
A great international sound mix with Indian percussionist and sound artist Debashis Sinha along with world musician Ben Grossman in a set that uses the radio as a sound source and mixed with various percussion instruments to create ambient music. Also, Kathy Kennedy will perform a solo set of electroacoustic vocal compositions.

Closing Night Show -- All Request Redirect Band, May 28th
Show at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm) at Ryerson Student Centre (Alumni Room), $10/$8 (free for conference registrants)
This one should be great fun as John Oswald and Mark Gunderson plan to bring together a "band" of Toronto celebrities from all walks of life (politics, food, literature, music, etc). The band will take musical requests from the audience and throw these into "a sound mix rich in discussion and debate" (live-to-air).

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