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 the birds on their way and calling them back in the spring. All are welcome regardless of prior choral or singing experience. Prior to the workshop Sheppard will give a brief talk about their work.
Sheppard’s program is a part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program: Isonomia in Toronto, a series which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.
Image: Lou Sheppard, Silent Spring: Sackville/Siknikt, 2019, graphic score for a community choral performance. Courtesy the artist.
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.