Below you can find photos and videos of our activities at the Hadden Park fieldhouse!
You can find our upcoming calendar of events here
Big Draw Down in Hadden Park
Throughout the month of October, 2016 we created a participatory drawing workshops, inviting people to explore and interpret the sounds around them in the park through visual gestures, marks and invented notation. Participants were also invited to make ephemeral drawings using found objects in the park.
Musical Playground in Hadden Park
Throughout the summer of 2016, the fieldhouse was host to various workshops with youth that involved musical instrument making, group sound improv games, and a sound scavenger hunt.
24 Hour Karaoke
Inspired by the weekly outdoor karaoke found in Berlin’s Mauerpark and the thriving 24-hour karaoke clubs in Tokyo, we created a continuous participatory event to stretch our sense of what is possible in our city. Held from April 9th to April 10th, 2016 at the Hadden Park Fieldhouse, participants were invited to curate an hour with a concept or activity.
Festival For Publik Space
Hadden park has been host to a series of free outdoor movies each summer. Our pedal-powered projector system invites participants to power the film by pedaling the reclining stationary bike. Films featured have been independent works by local artists, as well as the climate-change documentary ‘How to Let Go of the World’ by Josh Fox, which was featured as part of the Vines Art Festival in 2016.
A Shadowjam is a fully participatory event where everyone is a performer and everyone is the audience. It’s a magical blend of improvised musical jam, in-the-moment shadow puppetry, and spontaneous storytelling. Hosted by Mind of a Snail Puppet Co, Shadowjam provides a framework for unconditional play within an expressive, inclusive group experience.
Freestyle Focus Group
Freestyle Focus Group is a monthly feature at the field house. FFG workshops embrace the truth that everyone can freestyle. From beginner to advanced improv exercises, FFG uses freestyle rap as a technique for mental liberation, to not over-think expression but to exist in the moment where true creativity and originality can flow.
More info at www.freestylefocusgroup.ca
Wandering Stranger Tea Gathering
In collaboration with the Pandora Benevolent Society for New Media and Happiness Research, the park has been host to gatherings that bring people together to socialize and enjoy tea. A mobile tea cart is setup for people to gather around.
See Sounds Listening Series
Each month we invite anyone to come and bring something they would like to listen to, together with others at the field house. Discussion follows, meandering across topics such as music, sound art, field recordings, place, and media broadly. We have most formats available (digital, vinyl, CD, tape, radio). As part of the series, we feature a guest artist to curate part of the evening. Past artists have included Gabriel Saloman, Elisa Thorn, Michael Tenzer, Selina Crammond, Giorgio Magnanensi, Elliot Vaughan, Annie Chiavaroli, Martin Reisle, Lief Hall, Soledad Muñoz, Ben Wylie and George Rahi.
Gamelan Gita Asmara Performance
The community ensemble Gamelan Gita Asmara gave a performance at the fieldhouse during our first August in the park! The group is based at the University of British Columbia, and is open to new members interested in learning Balinese gamelan.