The Globe And Mail Celebrates Harbour Symphonies

CBC’s Anthony Germain plays a ship’s horns for a Harbour Symphony back in 2012.

Sound Symposium is probably best known for our daily Harbour Symphonies. All of St. John’s and the surrounding area are serenaded by ships’ horns every afternoon of the ten-day symposium. How very Newfoundland to turn a bunch of gigantic boats into an orchestra!

Shout out to The Globe and Mail for writing up a nice history of the symphonies. There are some folks on our team who remember that very first Harbour Symphony back in 1983. It’s extraordinary to think that our calling card (so to speak) has continued to impact the soundscape of St. John’s going on three decades.

Co-Artistic Director Mack Furlong sums it up perfectly:

I cry every time I hear the first Harbour Symphony of the Sound Symposium. It’s so disarmingly simple, yet it says so much about Newfoundland.

Read More: Blowing in the wind (The Globe And Mail)

Our team is just days away from releasing this year’s schedule. You should go ahead and bookmark our website to make sure you see the latest news on artists and events. This is the best way to view the complete schedule and ensure you live your best SSXIX.

Calling All Volunteers (Yes, You!)

Gayle Young in Doctor’s Cove.

They sell tickets and t-shirts. They open doors at the venues. They show artists around town. They make Sound Symposium run. They are our volunteers.

Sound Symposium XIX will take over St. John’s July 5 to 15. Volunteer Coordinator Jill Dawe is recruiting volunteers to work morning, afternoon and evening shifts of 2 to 5 hours each.

Dawe herself has been volunteering with Sound Symposium since she was a teenager. She remembers attending a Harbour Symphony workshop with Paul Steffler when she was 13 years old, “Learning the system to compose a piece and hearing it be played from the top of Signal Hill. It is always beautiful, never gets old!”

What makes a great volunteer? Someone who is reliable, patient, and enthusiastic about artistic experiences. If you like interacting with interesting people, that’s definitely a plus.

You could work inside in a concert hall, or you could request a shift out at Cape Spear. If you’re good with computers, sound systems and machines of all sorts, we also need volunteers to assist the technical team. When you work a concert or installation, you get the perk of enjoying the music or art for free. Not bad!

Find out how you can get involved.

Get your name on our list by Friday, June 15.

First Things First, Check Out Our New Logo


Hot off the presses — the Sound Symposium XIX logo! We love it and hope you do, too. You’ll want to pick up a t-shirt with this logo on it to remember all the great experiences you had at this year’s symposium.

Our team is hard at work finalizing the schedule of performances. Yes, there will be daily Harbour Symphonies and performances at area concert halls. We’re also planning musical experiences at more unconventional locations. (Music at Cape Spear? You better believe it!)

To get your hyped up, we’ll be introducing you to a new artist every couple days from now until the Symposium kicks off on July 5. Keep an eye right here for the latest info.

Two months to go!