v. 20 – 2018


  • Keiji Haino (JP)
  • Sarah Hennies (US)
  • Keith Fullerton Whitman (US)
  • Manuel Lima (BZ)
  • Julia Reidy (AU)
  • Gmackrr (FR/QC)
  • Body of Intrigue (MB)
  • Bret Parenteau (MB)
  • Alyssa Bornn (MB)
  • Pat Klassen (MB)
  • Marie-France Hollier (MB)
  • Kristiane Church (MB)
  • Dee Barsy (MB)
  • Robert Szkolnicki (MB)

Statement from the Director

When I was compiling the program notes for this year’s twentieth edition, a recurring theme of portraits kept striking me. The fact is, this festival is all about artists: the artists that we invite to share their work here in Winnipeg, and the exciting community of local artists that exists and continues to grow here. One of the most rewarding parts of running send + receive is creating a platform for artists to do their thing, to have the support and context to express their unique selves and to feel that their work is valued. Bringing renowned and infamous artists to Winnipeg is also a thrill, as it gives a rare chance for the local community to witness these outstanding people in person, getting the opportunity to meet and speak to them, igniting ideas and inspiration, which in turn nourishes everyone. But another aspect I really love is creating a platform for artists who may not be known, who may be obscure or emerging, but whose work is singular and special. send + receive gives these artists the opportunity to share what they do with a new audience, to push out of familiar territory, to meet other artists and to connect.

It’s quite incredible to look over the list of extraordinary artists that have been a part of send + receive over the past twenty years. Innumerable unique collaborations and connections have been made here in Winnipeg. So many incredible people have been involved behind the scenes to make this crazy venture possible, and without these passionate and dedicated people we would not be where we are today.

This is my eleventh year as Director of send + receive and I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so 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.

Thank you, and here’s to twenty more!

crys cole

A complete poster archive from the past twenty years of send + receive will be on display at Poolside Gallery throughout the running of our listening lounge program, An Alternate History of Canadian Electronic Music (1956–1981) by Keith Fullerton Whitman. Come take a look at the incredible history of the festival and the amazing archive of design and artwork through the years!

The exhibition runs Oct 4 – Nov 4, Wednesdays – Saturdays from 12 – 5 PM.

v. 20 – 2018 Information

v. 20 – 2018 – Film Series

This year marks the 20th anniversary of send + receive: a festival of sound, Winnipeg’s annual festival dedicated to sound art and experimental music and one of the longest running festivals of its kind in Canada. As part of this special occasion send + receive has curated a series of films relating to sound and the unique artists who have paved new territories and methodologies in their fields.


v. 20 – 2018 – Day One – Oct 4

  • An Alternate History of Canadian Electronic Music (1956–1981) - Curated by Keith Fullerton Whitman (Exhibition Opening)
  • Keiji Haino (Opening Night Concert)

This year’s 20th edition begins with a month-long listening lounge of obscure and incredible Canadian Electronic Music (1956 – 1981), alongside a 20-year poster archive of send + receive! Our evening concert is something so special that we can barely believe it… Underground icon, musical outlier, metaphysical artist – Keiji Haino (JP) is one-of-a-kind and on this occasion he will present a rare solo acoustic percussion concert to launch the festival.


v. 20 – 2018 – Day Two – Oct 5

  • Robert Szkolnicki (MB) (Exhibition Reception)
  • Bret Parenteau (MB)
  • gmackrr (FR/QC)
  • Keith Fullerton Whitman (US/AU)

Day two begins with a First Friday reception for Robert Szkolnicki’s Visualizing a Sound Festival exhibition at Forth from 5 -7. After this, join us for an evening that leans toward a focus on analog and digital tools and the personal approaches applied by three unique and wonderful artists – Bret Parenteau (MB), Gmackrr (QC) and Keith Fullerton Whitman (US).


v. 20 – 2018 – Day Three – Oct 6

  • Sarah Hennies (US) (Screening & Q+A)
  • Pat Klassen + Alyssa Bornn (MB)
  • Marie-France Hollier + Kristiane Church (MB)
  • Julia Reidy (AU/DE)
  • Keiji Haino (JP)

Our third day kicks off with a screening (followed by Q+A) of ‘Contralto’, a truly unique work by Sarah Hennies that explores trans-women’s identity through voice in a personal and deeply creative way. Our evening concert features premieres of new commissions by four exciting local audio/visual artists, a hypnotic concert by Australian explorer Julia Reidy and a concert that may leave your jaw on the floor by the amazing, inimitable underground-icon Keiji Haino.


v. 20 – 2018 – Day Four – Oct 7

  • Keith Fullerton Whitman (US/AU) (Artist Talk)
  • Body Of Intrigue (MB)
  • Manuel Lima (BZ)
  • Sarah Hennies (US)

Our final day begins with a talk by American artist Keith Fullerton Whitman at Video Pool, where he will speak about his creative process in relationship to his instruments and tools. Our evening program presents performances that draw from intimate and personal perspectives. There is a frank and raw quality that connects these artists and their work that will make for a particularly engaging conclusion to our festival.