These 6 ONSOUND Events Are Completely Free

Half of all the events during ONSOUND are free, from workshops and group improv sessions, to the crown jewel of our little electronic music festival — Plug-In City, with Robert Lippok.

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It Could Be Franky

It Could Be Franky, a minimalist synthpop project with arpeggiators and quirky vocals, is the brain child of Danielle Hamel. After playing in indie rock bands for over a decade, Danielle released her first solo record in March 2016. As a follow-up in March 2019, she released an album of indie favourites from the 80’s to today re-imagined as synthpop tunes, We All Know How This Will End. It Could Be Franky was nominated for a 2018 MusicNL Award for Music Video of the Year, 2017 ECMA Award for Electronic Recording of the Year and for a 2017 MusicNL Award for Music Video of the Year.

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Joseph Donaghey

Joseph Donaghey holds an advanced diploma in performance from Cambrian College and a Bachelor’s degree in performance and composition from Memorial University. Joe draws influence and inspiration from the unique sounds of electronic music, the “music for guitarists” attitude of heavy metal, and the beautiful sound and wide abilities of the classical guitar. His hope is to expand the repertoire of the guitar in any form but with a focus on electronics. Joe currently works as a community music educator with the non-profit International Grenfell Association in rural Newfoundland.

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Ben Diamond

Ben Diamond is an emerging new music performer and composer. He is studying classical guitar performance at Memorial University, with a minor in composition. Ben recently performed in several locations across Canada in the summer of 2019 such as in Saskatoon SK where he won Second Place in the FCMF National Music Festival Guitar Competition, and the Domaine Forget Guitar Academy. Ben premiered Prime Directive at the 21st Century Guitar Conference held at the University of Ottawa as part of the “Canadian Music Marathon” concert featuring works exclusively for guitar and electronics.

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Gillian Sheppard

Gillian Sheppard has a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piccolo Performance from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in extended techniques and contemporary repertoire. She regularly performs as as soloist and chamber musician, as well as an orchestral musician in ensembles such as the Watershed Ensemble, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Light Theatre Orchestra, Opera on the Avalon Chamber Orchestra, and the St. John’s New Music Collective. Gillian works with Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration on the new MBA in Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and she is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Grace.

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Bert Power

Bert Power (he/him) is a composer, percussionist, and improvisor from Arnold’s Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador. He studied percussion with Rob Power and Bill Brennan and is studying composition with Andrew Staniland and Clark Ross at Memorial University School of Music. Bert is a co-director of Nova Collective, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music in purposeful spaces. He has been involved with Sound Symposium since 2014 as a performer, improvisor, and technical assistant.

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