Session/Séance 7c: CSTM Panel 2. Saturday/samedi 27 May 2017. 9:00AM-10:30AM, EJB 215
Sonic Place-Making at Festivals and Sporting Spectacles
Chair: ERIC HUNG (Rider University)
1. “Such a Canadian Thing To Do”: Haitian Music Festivals and the Dynamics of Venue Selection in Eastern Canada
Sarah Messbauer, University of California, Davis
Haïti en fête is an Haitian-Canadian music festival held annually on the beaches of Petrie Island, a small national park located midway between the major cities of Ottawa and Montreal. The symbolism of this venue as a shared space between two urban centers of political and cultural power has been carefully negotiated by festival organizers, attracting participants from both regions through the creation of a third, “Caribbean-esque” space. By tracing the impacts of this venue selection on local, provincial, and national levels, this paper analyzes how the musical spaces crafted at the festival are ultimately shaped by these negotiations, illustrating the effects of music festival places on the temporary spaces they craft as a result.
2. Of Hockey Sticks and the Funny Farm: The Ecology of rural Experimental Music Festivals in Canada
Ellen Waterman, Memorial University of Newfoundland)
How did a small-town hockey arena in rural Quebec become an international hub for noise music and free improve- sation? What turned an Ontario farm into an outpost of the Berlin and Toronto experimental music scenes? Drawing on ecosystems theory, this presentation compares the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville and Electric Eclectics, a festival that takes place on a farm near Georgian Bay. In these festivals, intense, albeit transient, international experimental music scenes are not only shaped by their rural environment but also generate significant “social wealth” for local communities (Williams). As developed by Canadian cultural geographer Laura Cameron, ecosystem theory offers my analysis of Canadian music festivals a relational human/nature ontology. I examine flows of resources (economic, human, physical) and interactions and adjustments among elements (human, aesthetic, cultural, and material), to explore the intersections of national and international influences and effects on local communities.
3. “Fury, We’re Always With You”: The Sounds of Support in Ottawa’s Professional Soccer Scene
Jordan Zalis, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Sound and music are fundamental to the lived experience of professional soccer. The Stony Monday Riot and the Bytown Boys are two Ottawa-based supporters’ groups that embody a soundscape that exists in opposition to the sonic diktat of professional sport in Canada. Through organization and negotiation, these groups convinced the owners and operators of the Ottawa Fury FC to eliminate mechanically mediated popular music from the customary consumer game day experience. In its place, The Riot and The Bytown Boys perform a live and localized acoustic soundtrack that plays an important role in individual and group identity formation and maintenance. In turn, these supporters’ groups are inventing a tradition that supports professional soccer in Ottawa and engages fans in a dialogue with each other concerning ideas of belonging. The resultant sonic scene, however, is a contested space that brings paradox and politics into celebrations of the sport.