Sheppard’s audio work Dawn Chorus/Evensong interrupts the denaturalized landscape with music created through the transposition of spectrograms of birdsong on the shores of Lake Ontario. The composition is played outdoors over multiple speakers, harmonizing with the streetcars, cathedral bells, cars, birds, and other melodies of Toronto’s urban soundscape.

Presented in partnership with the City of Toronto.


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.


  • Accessibility

    Toronto Sculpture Garden

    Accessible from sidewalk. Note cobblestone pathway.

  • Getting There

    Toronto Sculpture Garden

    By Public Transportation: The Toronto Sculpture Garden is located steps away from King St. E and Church St, where the 503 and 504 TTC streetcars pass through on a frequent basis. These streetcars travel east and west along King St, and connect to subway and GO Transit.

    By Car: Take the Gardner Expressway E, exiting at Jarvis Street. Take a slight left then turn onto Lower Jarvis St, then left onto Front St. E. Turn right onto Church St, then right again onto King St. E, where you will find the destination on the right.