'Playing the City': Calgary's mundane sounds become music in Juno initiative
Stomping, skating and slamming doors are musical sounds in a short music film created by a Juno-awards initiative.
The "Playing our City" project has citizens collaborating with professional musicians and the Juno Awards Host Committee to create the music.
There are two ways for Calgarians to get involved:
- Youth across the city submitted clips of themselves "playing their city," by making sounds on stone, concrete, steel surfaces or even vegetation. The individual clips will be combined to create a short film titled "Playing our Communities," which will be shown on Saturday at two sites in the city.
- Calgarians can watch Saturday's events at the Central Public Library and the Genesis Centre, both starting at 2 p.m. Both of the locations will be connected by video-link, so audience members in one location can see and hear the performance in the other location.
After the video presentation, a live musical performance will follow at both events.
The aim of the project is "to use the physical environment and the space that we're in to hear the sounds," Patti Pon, the Calgary Arts Development President and CEO, told CTV Calgary.
The project is directed by Bruce Barton and composed by Laurie Radford and Juno-award winner Allan Bell.
The Playing our City event will also be recorded so it can be watched again at the "Listen to Your City" concert on March 14.
The Juno Awards are presented annually, to recognize excellence in Canadian recording arts. The award show takes place in Calgary on April 3, and airs on CTV at 7 p.m. ET.
Calgary has dubbed 2016 "the year of music in the city," with the Juno Awards and Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre, set to open this summer.
With a report from CTV Calgary's Kathy Le