The No Normal podcast 2021-22 Season

Eliza Niemi, Stefana Fratila, and Cîpayak ᒌᐸᕀ (Sarah Houle, Shane Ghostkeeper and Brad Hawkins). Curated by Matthew Cardinal. Co-presented by the Canadian New Music Network for Forum 2021

October 20, 2021 Online / On Air CJSR 88.5 FM Tickets


What was normal won’t be again, and the only “new normal” is no normal at all.

Welcome to a new year of The No Normal! Our 2021-22 season will once again feature our iconic monthly podcast featuring interviews and music from Edmonton and around the world. Hosted by local radio veteran, Oskar Zybart, each episode features an hour of newly commissioned works, discussions between the commissioned artists and a roster of guest interviewers. The podcast will also include feature stories, conversations with friends in other organizations, and much more. Scroll down for details about each episode.

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with CJSR 88.5 FM! The No Normal will broadcast the second Thursday of each month, from 10-11 AM, with an encore presentation the fourth Thursday of each month.

All of our digital events are free, but please consider donating the price of a ticket or a season pass to help support contemporary sound art in Edmonton! You can make a secure one-time or monthly donation through Canada Helps.


Listen to The No Normal on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts.

Special Episode – Calm (October 20, 2021). New Music Edmonton is honoured to work with the Canadian New Music Network on Forum 2021, Listen up / Tendez l’oreille. The CNMN invited us to take part by way of a specially-produced episode of The No Normal, our podcast/ radio show that has been on the air for nearly a year.

Curated by musician, composer, and sound designer Matthew Cardinal, this episode brings together three newly-created works presented as a complete, uninterrupted set, with just a few moments of ambient sound separating them: Talk, by Eliza Niemi; A Sunbeam Reveals Itself by Cîpayak ᒌᐸᕀ (Sarah Houle, Shane Ghostkeeper, and Brad Hawkins); and Late Night AM by Stefana Fratila. Scroll down for episode information.

Thank you to Matthew Cardinal, The CNMN, and, of course, these extraordinary artists, for making this special episode of The No Normal possible. 

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Calm - Special Episode

Calm - Special Episode

October 20, 2021

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Matthew Cardinal is the curator of these works. A key figure in our region and beyond, Matthew Cardinal is well known for his solo work, myriad collaborative projects, and photography, and has brought together a stellar collective of artists for this program. 

Talk – by Eliza Niemi

A Sunbeam Reveals Itself – by Cîpayak ᒌᐸᕀ (Sarah Houle, Shane Ghostkeeper and Brad Hawkins)

Late Night AM – by Stefana Fratila

The Artists

Eliza Niemi is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer-songwriter and prolific collaborator. With a background in classical cello and piano, Eliza studied Music and Musicology in Halifax where she jointly formed indie rock band Mauno. After touring internationally opening for Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and Chad VanGaalen, she landed back in her hometown of Toronto where she launched her label Vain Mina Records. Since her debut solo release Vinegar in 2019, Niemi has released 7 projects on Vain Mina, including her critically acclaimed sophomore EP Glass. She recently completed her debut full-length record Staying Mellow Blows set for release in 2022.

Stefana Fratila is a Romanian-born artist and composer based in Toronto, Canada. She is also a DJ and co-founder of CRIP RAVE™ collective, an event platform showcasing and prioritizing Crip, Disabled, Deaf, Mad, and Sick body-minds within safer and more accessible rave spaces. Stefana has exhibited, performed, and screened her work internationally, including at e-flux (New York, USA), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Kamias Triennial (Quezon City, Philippines), and AGYU (Toronto, Canada). She has also completed residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Wave Farm Transmission Arts, and CMMAS (Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Arts).

Matthew Cardinal is an amiskwaciy (Edmonton, Alberta) based musician, composer, and sound designer, known for his work with Polaris Short List nominee group nêhiyawak. Cardinal’s solo full-length album “Asterisms” was released in October 2020 on Arts & Crafts. Cardinal’s music moves from delicate, minimalist pieces to vast drones and sparkling, modular synthesizer beats. He has been performing music across the country for the last few years in various groups, as well as doing soundtrack work in film and sound for museum installations.