ONSOUND II Presents Its Patchwork Quilt In July 2021

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Sound Symposium is pleased to present ONSOUND II: Patchwork Quilt. This second biennial arts and music festival will feature performers from all corners of the Newfoundland and Labrador arts scene, and a special guest from Nova Scotia.

Ticket information and opportunities to purchase tickets are COMING SOON.


  • Wednesday July 14, 2021

7:00pm – The Watershed Ensemble at The Rooms (9 Bonaventure Ave.) FREE

9:30pm – World Premiere of Cinesthesia in collaboration with Nickel Film Festival (invite-only due to Covid-19 capacity restrictions)

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We’re Back! Experience “Echo Village”


Sound Symposium and the MUN Botanical Garden present Echo Village, an immersive sound experience taking place on Sunday, September 20.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Sound Symposium to cancel its highly anticipated 20th international symposium this summer. Producer Benton Roark hopes Echo Village will provide a creative outlet for artists and visitors alike.

“The events of this year have left so many with a desire to connect with nature, with community, and with live music, even if at a distance,” says Roark. “With Echo Village, we are creating a place where all of that can happen.”

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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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