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PLAIN A.I.R. - Unusual Music Exchange

Josh Thorpe, Martin Arnold, and Jaye Kovach


Saturdays at 3PM in September CJTR, Dunlop Art Gallery & YYZ Artist Outlet present a series of shows hosted by artist Josh Thorpe, designed to slow down and attend to unusual music of diverse types.

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Every Saturday at 3 PM in September, CJTR, Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina) and YYZ Artist Outlet (Toronto) present a series of shows hosted by Glasgow-based artist Josh Thorpe, designed to slow down and attend to unusual music of diverse types. We will listen to strange sounds and talk about the things that are difficult to talk about in experimental music. For example, the subtle and nuanced detail of the character of sound, the meaning of it, its affect, its force, its impact on us, what it calls to mind, the interaction of elements, how it is made... Also, we are interested in experimental music as a political or ethical place to visit, as a psychological space, what is it to be involved in something 'unpopular' like this.

On September 18, Josh will be in discussion with Martin Arnold and Jaye Kovach.

Martin Arnold is a composer and performer of music, a writer and a teacher based in Toronto. Martin’s compositions have been played nationally and internationally and he is an active member of Toronto’s improvisation and experimental jazz/roots/rock communities performing on live electronics, banjo, melodica, and electric guitar. In particular, he has played guitar in the Ryan Driver Quartet/Quintet/Sextet for over 21 years. Martin lectures in the Department of Cultural Studies at Trent University in Peterborough, ON.

Jaye Kovach (she/her; they/them) is a queer, disabled, butch trans woman, and a multimedia and performance artist living in Treaty 4 Terrirtory (Regina, Saskatchewan). She graduated from the University of Regina in 2013 with a BFA in Visual Art. Since then, their practice has expanded to include a growing tattoo business that, using trauma informed approaches, centers creating a safe space and comfortable tattooing experience for marginalized bodies.

In 2019, Jaye was featured in the spotlight section of Canadian Art’s FEMME issue. Her performance work has been presented at Queer City Cinema/Performatorium, a queer media and performance art festival based in Regina, Saskatchewan, that attracts international artists and film makers. They also perform as part of Homo Monstrous and Forced Femme, bands that blur the line between music and performance art.

Josh Thorpe is an artist, musician, and writer based in Glasgow, Scotland. Thorpe has released two albums of songs (Love & Weather, 2021; Scrappy Art Rock You Can Dance To, 2018) and one album of experimental music (Flocklight, 2005). Thorpe recently launched Unusual Music Exchange, an online forum for unusual music.

Thorpe's paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, installations, and public works have shown internationally at venues such as David Roberts Art Foundation, London; 3A Gallery, New York; Power Plant, Toronto; CSA Space, Vancouver; Museo Napoleonico, Rome; and Open City, Lublin, Poland. In 2011 Thorpe was one of five artists nominated to the Sobey Art Award Ontario list and one of three finalists for the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Award. He is also the author of Dan Graham Pavilions: A Guide, published by Art Metropole, The Unexpected, published by Swimmers Group. Thorpe has worked as a tutor and lecturer at OCAD U, University of Toronto, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow School of Art, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Sep 18 2021, 3:00pm



Event Type

Art and Creation


Performance, Dunlop Art Gallery, Artist and Author Talks, Art
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