Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Art's Birthday January 19th 2019!

Ortona Armoury Art's Building
Saturday, January 19th 2019
9722 102 St NW, Edmonton, AB
7:30 PM
$10 Admission

This year there will be live performances by local Edmonton artist's. Audio/Video pieces by Artists local and abroad. An art gallery and sale. 50/50 Raffle ($5 a ticket).

~Preforming Artist's

Ninjam Experimentalists with Abram Hindle
Raylene Campbell
Stephen Sereda
Hitoshi Sugiyama
Wayne DeFehr
Golden Grey
Amir Salimi
Pizzarrhea !
Noah Weninger
Shawn Pinchbeck
~Audio/Video Works

Voice industrie
Christine Miller
Dawn Tuesday
Paul Morris
minima moralia
Philippe Neau
Hari Maia
Mental Escape Pod


Art’s Birthday originated in 1963 when French surreal artist Robert Filliou declared that art didn’t exist until a million years ago when someone dropped a dry sponge into a pail of water. Choosing his own birthday of Jan. 17 to celebrate the event, Filliou proposed a public holiday, which has since been adopted by arts organizations and collectives in more than 20 nations worldwide.

~BEAMS History

Edmonton first held such an event in 2008, presented by the Film and Video Arts Society at the now-defunct ARTery. The Edmonton Arts Council staged Art’s Birthday at Scona Pool the following year. Since 2010, BEAMS has facilitated the event annually.

2008: ARTery
2009: Scona Pool
BEAMS takes it over next
2010: Naked Cyber Cafe
2011: Bohemia
2012: Ortona
2013: Bohemia
2014: Brittany's Lounge
2015: Ortona
2016: Bohemia
2017: Ortona
2018: Ortona
2019: Ortona

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Self-Directed Studies

   BEAMS presents Self-Directed Studies!

   We invite you to a a night of musical studies!

   Electroacoustic studies of topics from simulated acoustics,
   markovian generation of music, collaborative improv, Ray Bradbury,

   4 of the artists are performing to meet their course requirements,
   the others signed up out of self interest :-)

   Genres include: Jazz Improv, Electoacoustic, Noise, Computational
   improvized chamber music, etc.

   Arists include:

   Mark Segger & Friends

   Amir Salimi

   Yourui Guo

   Noah Weninger

   Don Ross

   Wayne Defehr

   Gene Kosowan

   Damno Te
   Doors at 7pm

   Music at 7:30pm
   Ortona Room, Ortona Armoury, 9722 - 102 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0X4

   Come join BEAMS for an especially Academic Party :-)

Saturday, November 17, 2018

BEAMS Presents Art’s birthday 2019


Call for sound art, electroacoustic, experimental music performances, and digital visual art pieces.

It’s that time again Beamers! Art’s birthday is just around the corner. BEAMS (Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society) is looking for artists, both local and abroad, to take part in Edmonton’s celebration of Art! We will be celebrating on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 from 8pm until midnight at the Ortona Armoury. We are looking for artists to perform this night, along with digital artists to contribute to the projections that will be creatively mixed together over the course of the night. This year’s theme for Art’s Birthday is Diversity.

We are looking for individual or group performances that will be 15 minutes long, and digital art that is either in jpeg or mov format. Still visual artworks or movie clips should be no more than 1 minute long.

Another exciting dynamic for this year’s Art’s birthday (submissions depending) is that we would like to see if we can raise money for local artists and BEAMS by having an art sale! We are looking for artists who would like to hang works on the walls of the venue for the community to see and hopefully purchase. BEAMS would get a $5 donation for each sold work, which will go towards producing future BEAMS events.

Please send a brief description of your performance/sound artwork, a short bio, number of performers, technical requirements and if possible provide a link to audio or video support materials by Friday, December 14th 2018. 

Please share this information with whoever you can. Let’s have a great celebration for 2019!

For information or sending submissions, contact our selection committee at:

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Edmonton-based experimental trio S’sE Sessions will make their first live appearance since being part of the award-winning film short The Moustache. The group, consisting of Trevor DePagie, Chris Samson and Hitoshi Sugiyama, contributed the soundtrack to the movie, which won Best Alberta Short (Live Action) at the Edmonton International Film Festival held earlier this fall.

Also performing live that night will be D.N.E., Skrunt Skrunt, KOLD, Stephen Sereda, Mescaline as well as “…and Jason Alexander as George.”

The event will also include international music videos by Marion Garver (USA), Marymotto (SPA), Paul Morris (GBR), Philippe Neau (FRA), Tamayurakurage (JPN), and Dawn Tuesday (USA) with Cousin Silas (GBR).

Presented in part by the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society, the show is all-ages. Admission is $10 (BEAMS members $5) at the door.

For additional information:

Friday, September 14, 2018

BEAMS at Nuit Blanche! Call for sound art, electroacoustic, or experimental music!

For immediate release
September 14, 2018

BEAMS at Nuit Blanche!
Call for sound art, electroacoustic or experimental music

BEAMS (Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society) will be presenting a 12 hour performance and sound extravaganza on September 29, 2018 from 7 pm to 7 am the next morning as part of Nuit Blanche Edmonton. We require art works and performances to present at this event!

Works can be of any duration and can consist of live, fixed media, improvisations, interactive works, solo or ensemble, exploring new audience performer paradigms, machine-human interactions, sound poetry---your imagination is the limit. We also welcome proposals from curators who wish to put together a block of works over the evening. A nominal artist fee will be paid.

Send a brief description of your performance/sound artwork, a link to video or audio support info, a short bio, number of performers, duration, technical requirements or space requirements to 
by September 21, 2018.

For information contact our selection committee at: