New Music Edmonton Outreach

New Music Edmonton’s outreach team is dedicated to developing programming that provides accessible explorations into new music. In recent years, we have collaborated with community partners like McLuhan House and the Edmonton Public Library to bring new music workshops with teachers and musicians to our community. Stay tuned for up and coming announcements regarding our outreach events and programming in the digital sphere.

Past Outreach Activities:

Art-making in the Virtual World with Kelly Ruth – June 27, 2021, 2 PM, Zoom.

Free. Registration is required.

Textile + new media artist Kelly Ruth is hosting a workshop focused on art-making in the virtual world as part of New Music Edmonton x Good Women Dance’s 2021 Summer Solstice Series.

About the workshop:

An intro to creating art and performing in immersive virtual worlds. Accelerated by the pandemic, artists have been looking towards virtual means to share their work worldwide.

Considering the increased interest in crypto currencies, NFT’s and VR technology, are avatar based virtual worlds the future of engagement with art? Kelly Ruth is a visual and sound artist who has spent the past 20 years in and out of virtual worlds and this past year has been creating, performing, collaborating, djing and community building alongside artists around the globe inside an avatar based user generated virtual world.

She will share what is possible and explore the multiple worlds that artists are creating in, as well as where virtual world technology is going.

Register and join us via Zoom on June 27, at 2 pm (MST) to learn more! The access link will be sent out one hour in advance, please check your spam inboxes to ensure you don’t miss it. New Music Edmonton’s 2021 Summer Solstice Series is free of charge to enhance accessibility and is made possible due to the support of our partners and funders as well as individual donations. If you have the means, please consider donating the price of a concert ticket or a festival pass to NME so that we can continue to support new music in Edmonton that is accessible to all.

About the artist

Kelly Ruth is a Textile/New Media artist from Winnipeg in Treaty One territory, currently living in Edmonton in Treaty Six territory. Most recently she has been activating her textiles and tools through using electronics, sound, and integrating microcontrollers into the foundations of her woven cloth. She has created several bodies of work using fibre, dyeing with plants and weaving, recognizing these as early technologies, and a relationship that humans have had with the land. In her work, she is primarily concerned with the interplay between class, economics, and ecology.

In performance, she uses contact microphones and effects pedals on her weaving loom and other related tools. Kelly has a background as a textile dyer/painter for dance, theatre and film companies across Canada, primarily working for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She performs solo and with an improvisational trio named Civvie. She has performed solo at the Vancouver New Music Festival, Handmade Assembly, Forthwith Festival and has exhibited a textile/sound installation as part of Send + Receive Festival. Working with Civvie she has performed at Jazz Winnipeg, New Music Edmonton, Sounds Like Festival and has opened for an improvisational collaboration between Venetian Snares and Daniel Lanois, as well as opening for Merzbow + Balázs Pándi as part of Bend Festival.

Improvising Over Distance with Instant Places: New Music Edmonton hosted three online improvisation workshops with Instant Places (Ian Birse and Laura Kavanaugh) in spring 2021.

Sonic Play School: New Music Edmonton and McLuhan House/ ArtsHab Edmonton came together in 2017-18 to initiate Sonic Play School, a series of public events featuring hands-on workshops and mentor-led discussions targeted to any skill level. We asked no experience of participants, just a willingness to come along and be part of a fun group that’s looking to use sound creatively. Above all this was a chance to be part of a fun community and to participate in music-making in an informal, non-judgmental atmosphere.