Lou Sheppard

2019 Archive

Lou Sheppard (born in unceded Mi’Kmaq territory, Canada; based in K’jipuktuk | Halifax, NS, Canada) is an interdisciplinary artist. Sheppard graduated from NSCAD University, Halifax and studied English and Education at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax. They use processes of translation and metaphor to interrogate structures of power in data and language. Sheppard has exhibited internationally, and was included in the first Antarctic Biennale and the Antarctic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. They received the Emerging Atlantic Artist Award and is currently Artist in Residence in the Faculty of Education at McGill University, Montreal.


Lou Sheppard at Toronto Sculpture Garden

Location: Toronto Sculpture Garden

Sheppard’s audio work Dawn Chorus/Evensong interrupts the denaturalized urban landscape with music derived from birds. The composition is played outdoors over multiple speakers, which produce an immersive sound from dawn until dusk. Working with a composer, Sheppard has taken spectograms of birdsongs on Lake Ontario. These images were subsequently translated…


Toronto Biennial of Art at Nuit Blanche Toronto

Location: Harbourfront Centre

The Toronto Biennial of Art and Harbourfront Centre will present Arin Rungjang’s Ravisara as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto 2019. On view at Harbourfront Centre’s Artport Gallery and vitrines the night of October 5, this multi-channel video installation explores stories and strategies of postcolonial resistance among Thai female immigrants in…

Lou Sheppard

Location: Small Arms Inspection Building

In Lou Sheppard’s program, Wintersong – Atlantic Flyway, participants will learn to sing simple melodies based on the songs of birds that are migrating south from the Toronto area. Using rounds and harmonies we will create a choral soundscape- sounding the songs that will be missing over the winter, sending…