Steve Maloney, St. John's, NL, January 6-January 31
Dawson City Music Festival Residency
Steve is a trained vocalist and songwriter from the edge of Eastern Canada. Known for his “velvet voice”, Steve offers powerful and textured tones that cannot be contained by one genre. His ability to ebb and flow between folk, classical and pop music is seamless. Opening for treasured and well respected acts such as Basia Bulat, Joel Plaskett, Bahamas, Hey Rosetta!, By Divine Right, Amelia Curran, Wintersleep and The Wooden Sky, Steve is carving a strong name for himself in Canada’s music scene.
Steve will spend the month of January in the historic Macaulay Residence house, where he will ready the final stages of PR for a new record (May 2017), while finishing writing for a second record in partnership with McGill University (Winter 2018). In addition to his own work, Steve plans to connect and collaborate with the community through skill-sharing, songwriting workshops, events and performances.
We are very excited about Steve’s outreach projects and we look forward to sharing the details with you soon!
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Kathleen Ritter, Paris, France, December 13-January 15
David Ritter, Toronto Ontario
The Sound of North will be a collaboration between siblings Kathleen Ritter (artist and curator) and David Ritter (academic and musician). The idea is to borrow Gould’s methodology, that of “contrapuntal” sound, and to record the sound of the North not as it exists in our imagination, but in lived reality. We want to explore the less represented sounds—urban spaces, loudness, short sounds, cramped spaces, busy sounds—in order to hear the North as a space that is present and immersive, and not just something spacious, uninhabited, preserved or fragile.
Kathleen Ritter is an artist and a curator. She was an artist in residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, as a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts International Residencies Program in Visual Arts, in 2013. Working with sound, photography, video, and text, often in collaboration, Ritter has exhibited her work across Canada. She was recently commissioned, along with composer James B. Maxwell, to develop a soundtrack for the international conference Institutions By Artists based on the minutes from the organizers’ board meetings. Ritter was the Associate Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery until 2012, where she curated the exhibitions How Soon Is Now; Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture (with Tania Willard); WE: Vancouver (with Bruce Grenville); Rebecca Belmore: Rising to the Occasion (with Daina Augaitis); and commissioned public artworks for Offsite by Damian Moppett, Kota Ezawa, Elspeth Pratt, and Heather and Ivan Morison.
David Ritter is a musician and an academic. He is a founding member of the alternative country band The Strumbellas, whose song “Spirits” went #1 in several countries, including number one for three weeks on the Alternative charts in the United States and top five on the Triple A charts. Their album Hope debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Folk Albums Chart, #9 on the Alternative Chart, and #12 on the Rock Albums Chart. The band made their U.S. network television debuts on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. They have twice been nominated for a Juno award for Best Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, winning in 2014. Before the breakout success of The Strumbellas, David was pursuing his PhD in English at the University of Toronto and was a recipient of a Canada Graduate Scholarship. His dissertation was on character in 18th century history writing. His research interests include British and Canadian literature, historiography, the novel, and the intersection between sound and narrative.