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Workshops & seminars

Deep Listening Workshop with Anne Bourne

Date & time

Friday, November 8, 2019
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Anne Bourne


This event is free


Jason Camlot


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Room LB-1042-03

Wheelchair accessible



In this participatory workshop, instructor Anne Bourne will lead participants through a series of collective sound exercises that focus on vocalization and listening in equal measure.

Following Pauline Oliveros’s practice of “deep listening” and event-based sound scores, Bourne will lead participants through a series of verbal and non-verbal explorations that interrogate intersubjective communication, sounded space, and embodied perception. With the seed techniques of the Oliveros text scores, each person finds agency in the collective creation of an improvised soundscape, with and without words.

The event is free and open to all. However, we wish to prioritize the participation of persons from marginalized groups, including BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Colour); Trans, non-binary, queer, and femme individuals; and persons of different abilities.

Please note that the workshop in some places encourages touch as a form of creative and social connection. However, participants are invited to participate in these aspects of the exercises only as they feel comfortable. Please contact us in advance for special requirements for difference of physical or other ability.

Anne Bourne is a composer, interdisciplinary artist, and instructor based in Toronto, Ontario. She creates soundfields from emergent streams of cello, voice, piano, and written words. Anne imparts the text scores and listening practice of composer Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016). Seasoned in international intermedia performance and song recording, Anne believes creative expression is an opportunity for attending the beauty of difference, through listening.

Organized by the English Department, Acts of Listening Lab (ALLab) and the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS).


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