Call for Youth Artists

September 12, 2023

Press Release

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Sound Art Workshop with Christopher Willes & Akash Bansal


The Music Gallery is seeking youth artists to participate in an experimental music and sound-art workshop organized by Christopher Willes, in collaboration with artist/DJ Akash Bansal. The fourth in a series of workshops that have been staged in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, participants will collectively remix rare vinyl records from the Reference Library’s vinyl record collection and create new sonic artwork together.

The result of their process will be shared in a sound performance/installation presented at the Music Gallery on October 11th as part of the X-Avant Festival


We are seeking youth artists to participate, approximately 15-22 years old. Participants should have a keen interest in electronic and experimental music, and/or collaborative, interdisciplinary, and experimental forms of art making. A formal background in music or proficiency with a musical instrument is not required.


October 5 6pm-9pm – Workshop #1
October 6 6pm-9pm – Workshop #2
October 7 2pm-6pm – Workshop #3
October 8 2pm-6pm – Workshop #4
October 10 – completion of installation
October 11th 7-10pm – Concluding Performance

All events will take place at 918 Bathurst (918 Bathurst Street, Toronto), home of the Music Gallery. Please note that 918 Bathurst is not fully accessible (venue access is limited to stairs, and performance spaces and washrooms are also accessed by stairs).

Participation in the performance event and at least three workshop dates is required.


All participants will receive a $400 fee for participation in the workshops and performance event. Full details and facilitator bios can be viewed here.

We encourage expressions of interest from persons of any sexual orientation and gender identities, and equity seeking groups such as BIPOC identifying persons.

Applications involve sharing the following:

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