The Beat Goes On: Local Sound Art Festival Celebrates Major Milestone

Send + Receive Festival Embarks on Third Decade

WINNIPEG – September 19, 2018. Japanese noise legend Keiji Haino’s Winnipeg premiere is among the many debuts this year’s Send + Receive attendees will witness during the festival’s twenty-year anniversary. With four exhibitions, four nights of concerts and a four-part film series all between September 6 and November 4, it’s safe to say this Winnipeg-based sound art festival is far from slowing down.

Since its inception, Send + Receive has featured over 150 artists from around the world and has inhabited over 100 venues in Winnipeg, ranging from artist-run spaces to the historic Via Rail Union Station. This year’s festival brings artists from Brazil, Japan, France, Australia and USA together with an exciting group of Manitoban artists.

“When I was compiling the program notes for this year’s edition, a recurring theme of portraits kept striking me. This festival is all about artists: the artists that we invite to share their work in Winnipeg, and the exciting community of local artists that exists and continues to grow here,” says Send + Receive Festival Director crys cole. “This is my eleventh year as Director of Send + Receive and I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with many extraordinary people here in Winnipeg and with our innumerable guests from across the country and abroad. This year’s twentieth edition is simply a continuation of what we always do: celebrating exceptional, unique artistic voices with the support of a wonderful team and a fantastic community.”


This year’s fest kicked off in early September at Cinematheque with a four-part film series from September 6 – October 6 of films relating to sound and the unique artists who have paved new territories and methodologies in the field. This series features free jazz percussionists, synthesizer and computer music innovators, and trans-women’s voices as compositional inspiration.


Running until November 4, this year’s exhibits (all free of charge) draw attention to the past and celebrate the present: Visualizing a Sound Festival at Forth Café captures documentation of the past editions of the festival, Movement & Memory at Parlour Coffee showcases the artwork behind this year’s design, and an Alternate History of Canadian Electronic Music (1956-1981) compiled overlooked sonic innovators at Video Pool Media Arts Centre, and is accompanied by the complete Send + Receive festival poster archive.


Send + Receive’s concert series features 12 artists, six of which are Manitoban, and runs from October 4-7. This year’s artists bring uniquely personal approaches to their tools and performances; unearthed family recordings, handmade synthesizers, personal confessions, field-recordings made in the skywalks of Winnipeg, and traditional instruments heard in surprising and exhilarating ways are some of what is in store! To highlight this landmark year we will host free and spontaneous, mesmerizing and utterly confounding Japanese avant-garde icon Keiji Haino as our guest of honour for two incredible performances.

Keith Fullerton Whitman, a renowned American electronic artist performing and speaking at this year’s festival, says, “I’m very excited to be performing at S+R! I’ve heard amazing things about the festival & the past lineups have showed a very specific curatorial approach that belies crys’ tastes & aesthetics. Personally, I’m very interested in experiencing what Sarah Hennies & Julia Reidy will be presenting. All things going according to plan, I’ll be performing a specific “Redactions” based on audio materials gathered in the days prior to the performance in Winnipeg; expect a real-time assemblage of largely acoustic Musique Concrète elements diffused reciprocally through the space & spatialized in a 4-channel quadrophonic array.”

Full festival passes are now available for $45 at both Into the Music locations (97 Osborne Street and 245 McDermot Avenue). Festival passes can also be purchased on-site at the concert venues. There are no pre-sale tickets for individual shows.

Send + Receive gratefully acknowledges the support of their 2018 funders and partners: Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Canada (Canadian Heritage), Winnipeg Arts Council, Video Pool Media Arts Centre, Groundswell, The Japan Foundation, EQ3, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg Film Group, Gallery Lacosse, Rinella, Forth, Parlor Coffee, Deer + Almond, Clementine Cafe, Into the Music, The Uniter, The Manitoban, The Fairmont, CKUW, and UMFM.

Full festival lineup and further info found at:

About Send + Receive:
Send + Receive is an international festival that investigates the disciplines of experimental music and sound art and is one of the longest standing media arts festivals in North America focusing exclusively on sound-based work. It presents an invaluable opportunity for showcasing the innovative work of Manitoban, Canadian and international artists. Send + Receive addresses the need for a critical and intimate platform for audio-based art locally, nationally & internationally. With feedback from the public, collaborating arts groups, and artists, Send + Receive meets the creative and technical needs of professional artists.

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Media Invite:

Media is welcome and encouraged to attend the festival. Please RSVP to the below media contact if you wish to attend.

Media Contact:

Natasha Havrilenko // Send + Receive Communications Manager
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Please click the following for this year’s poster, festival artwork by local artist Dee Barsy, and Send + Receive archival pictures.