Sounds Like - An Audio Festival:

Sounds Like is an annual audio art festival based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Started in 2011 by AKA artist-run, it quickly expanded to a three-fold partnership between PAVED Arts, a Saskatoon media based artist-run gallery and production centre and Holophon, a non-profit organization that seeks to unite communities using sound as an artistic medium.

Under the direction of PAVED Arts through 2016-17, Sounds Like was reformatted as an annual project of sustained curatorial exploration with an annual theme. PAVED Arts engaged Saskatoon’s Unheard Sound Collective to curate the 7th edition of the festival. Beginning with the 8th edition in 2018, Sounds Like is under the direction of the Unheard Sound Collective.

Sounds Like is made possible through the generous support of Canada Council for the Arts, The Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture, as well as our local community partners PAVED Arts, Remai Modern, The Broadway Theatre, La Troupe du Jour and our amazing volunteers.


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Sounds Like VII: Dialogues

- a critical investigation of sound as interpersonal discourse.

November 9 - 12, 2017


As online anonymity has bred aggressive trolls and reactionary outrage culture, and vitriolic soundbites pass for communication, civil discussion is in short supply. With Dialogues, the 7th edition of Sounds Like, we examine how innovative practices in audio art and improvisational musics counter this prevailing social climate.

The program explores the role of collaboration and improvisation in developing responsive sonic dialogue between performers. Dialogues further looks at the interdependent relationship between performer and audience as a dynamic form of collective dialogue, where meaning and value form as emergent properties. Through performances, installations and workshops, Dialogues encourages critical discourse around contemporary audio practices.

Thanks to venue support from community partners La Troupe du Jour, Remai Modern, The Broadway Theatre, and The Storefront, Sounds Like extends the conversation to a broad public, creating an event that is as much about careful listening as it is about creative expression. PAVED Arts has engaged Saskatoon’s Unheard Sound Collective to curate this 7th edition of the festival.