An Alternate History of Canadian Electronic Music (1956 – 1981)

An Alternate History of Canadian Electronic Music (1956–1981)


October 4 – November 3, 2018
Poolside Gallery, Video Pool Media Arts Centre, 221-100 Arthur Street, 2nd Floor
FREE | Wednesday–Saturday, 12:00–5:00 PM

Broadcasts on CKUW 95.9 FM Wednesdays & Sundays, October 14 – 31

As special programming for our 20th edition this year (2018) we invited American artist and archivist Keith Fullerton Whitman to curate a program of obscure Canadian electronic music. Digging through crates, libraries and more Whitman sourced original vinyl copies of all of the works that were brought together for this incredible 3-hour playlist, which is presented in a lovely listening lounge at Poolside Gallery in the Exchange District. Accompanying this special program is the entire poster archive of the past 20 years of send + receive!

We present this wonderful adventure through Canadian music history in partnership with Poolside Gallery / Video Pool Media Arts Centre and with a generous furniture sponsorship from EQ3 – until November 3.

Listening lounge photo by Robert Szkolnicki 


Beginning this weekend the playlist will also be presented as a three-part series on CKUW 95.9 FM. The radio feature runs twice weekly – Wednesdays & Sundays – and begins this weekend:

Part 1: October 14, 5-6pm and October 17, 9-10pm
Part 2: October 21, 5-6pm and October 24, 9-10pm
Part 3: October 28, 5-6pm and October 31, 9-10pm
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Some additional dialog by Keith Whitman will be included in these programs. Special thanks to all of the narrators and to Daniel Emberg and Victoria King for organizing this.
Artists featured in the program:
Norman McLaren
Norma Beecroft
Wayne Carr
Jim Brown
Robert Bauer
Robert Daigneault
Marcelle Deschênes
Philippe Ménard
Alain Clavier
Gilles Tremblay
Micheline Coulombe Saint-Marcoux
Ted Dawson
Ann Southam & sean o’huigin
Lloyd Burritt
Roy Cooper
Michel Longtin
Bengt Hambraeus
Rudolf Komorous
Victor Grauer
Robin MacKenzie
Portrait of Keith Fullerton Whitman (US)