Welcome to
Inter Arts Matrix
Birthplace of hybrid art


Founded in 2007
Inter Arts Matrix is a not-for-profit charitable arts organization
that fosters the development of integrated art
based in the Region of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

  • Fostering the development and production of new work in interdisciplinary art.
  • To educate and increase the public's understanding and appreciation of interdisciplinary art forms, to assist artists in developing interdisciplinary art and disseminating it to the public, and to provide programs promoting interdisciplinary art.
Artistic Statement
  • Inter Arts Matrix fosters the development of works in which the various artistic disciplines are not simply set besides each other, but intermingle and influence each other, creating new forms of expression in the process. Whether a film, an exhibition or installation, a concert, a theatre performance, an opera or a work of art created collectively, the projects developed at Inter Arts Matrix seek to find poetry and meaning in the use of technology, old and new. Inter Arts Matrix emphasis is on supporting artists through the entire creation process, from the conceptual stage to development, production, presentation, documentation and promotion of a new work of interdisciplinary art.
  • Inter Arts Matrix also emphasizes art in public spaces, and art works that go beyond interactivity to involving the public as active participants. In this way, IAM can intersect with any geographic location and audiences of any cultural orientation. IAM promotes the work to audiences locally, nationally and internationally, acting as a cultural ambassador, not only for the region's artists, but also for the Waterloo Region as a site for cultural creation and innovation.
  • Public performances, exhibitions, lectures, workshops; creation of interdisciplinary works of art from idea development, through creation workshops, rehearsals and production, to public presentation; publications and outreach.
  • Inter Arts Matrix (IAM) was founded in 2007 by mezzo-soprano, actor and director Anne-Marie Donovan, in Waterloo, Ontario. Some of the projects IAM brought to the public: Guerrilla Sound, Sounding Rituals and (((cocktail party effect))), The Notebook Project (presented by the KW Art Gallery), Reaching For Nothing, Water's Thirst (presented by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and NUMUS) and Frankenstein's Ghosts. IAM has assisted in the development and presentation of the Euphonopen Season 2014 - world premieres of Mirror, Objects on a Table, and Signature. In 2014, Anne-Marie Donovan was awarded a Waterloo Region Arts Award.
Artistic Director
  • Isabella Stefanescu is a visual and media artist based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Originally from Romania Stefanescu immigrated to Canada and continued her education in mathematics and fine arts at the University of Waterloo. She is co-founder of Globe Studios, an artist run center in Kitchener, and of the Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA). Stefanescu has been artist in residence at the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab, and at the Banff New Media Institute. She is a recipient of the Ontario Arts Council K.M. Hunter Award for interdisciplinary art.
Artistic Associates
  • Isabella Stefanescu (Artistic Director Inter Arts Matrix, Euphonopen Projects)
  • Anne-Marie Donovan (Founding Artistic Director, Inter Arts Matrix)
  • Klaus Engel - Euphonopen
  • John Sobol - The Record Player
  • Tim Brady - The Record Player
  • Brad Cook - Blue Bird
  • Tawiah M'Carthy – Blue Bird
  • Andy Houston - Algorithmyths
  • Peter Hatch - Algorithmyths
  • Heather Majaury – Generation to Generation
  • Nada Humsi – Generation to Generation
  • Pam Patel – Generation to Generation
  • Dwight Storring – Generation to Generation
Webdesigner and Video Documentation
  • Nathan Saliwonchyk (Translucence Media)
Board of Directors
  • Margaret Bárdos
  • Marie LeBlanc Flanagan
  • Drew Madison, Chair
  • Susan Marsh-Rollo
  • Darin White
Advisory Board
  • Liselyn Adams
    Professor of Music, Concordia University Montreal
  • Rob Gorbet, associate professor and chair, Knowledge Integration Department, Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo
  • Darlene Spencer
    Director, Randolph Academy, Toronto, Ontario
Contact us
  • 530 Beaver Creek Crescent
    Waterloo, ON, Canada
    N2V 2J6
Mailing Address
  • Inter Arts Matrix
    206 Herbert St.
    Waterloo, Ontario
    N2J 1T8

Recent News

A Hard Act to Follow

A message from Isabella Stefanescu, Inter Arts Matrix Interim Artistic Director

Inter Arts Matrix artistic director Anne-Marie Donovan has been on sabbatical since October 1, 2014. It has taken me about six months to get up to speed on all the balls that Anne-Marie kept up in the air with so much grace, and as I have been learning the ropes some of the balls - like the monthly IAM Newsletter - got dropped. But we are back - and we plan to keep the news coming to you every month, or so.

While on Sabbatical, Anne-Marie has been working as hard as ever. Here is one of her projects coming up this Sunday, March 22, at 8:00 pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, in Waterloo. Come out and see a great show - and support a great cause!

New Faces at Inter Arts Matrix

Interim Artistic Director

Isabella Stefanescu was appointed the Inter Arts Matrix Interim artistic director at the September 23, 2014 AGM. She will temporarily replace Anne-Marie Donovan, the founding artistic director of Inter Arts Matrix, who is on sabbatical. Isabella has been an artist with Inter Arts Matrix since 2007, and associate artist since 2012. A painter, media artist, writer and producer, Isabella studied mathematics, fine arts and art history at the University of Waterloo. In 2008 she completed the interactive arts and entertainment residency at the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab, and in 2009 she was a resident artist at the Banff New Media Institute. Isabella's work has been exhibited in public and private galleries in Canada, France, and the U.S.A. The films she wrote, produced or designed have been shown at festivals in Canada, Germany, France and Italy. Isabella has been awarded the K.M. Hunter award for interdisciplinary art, and a Chalmers Professional Development Fellowship.

“Anne-Marie Donovan is a hard act to follow. Not only was she the visionary founder of Inter Arts Matrix, but her interdisciplinary experience and her wide knowledge of the new music and theatre circles in Canada make her the ideal connector at the heart of Inter Arts Matrix," says Isabella Stefanescu. "My background is more in the visual and media arts, and you will see that reflected in our programming while I am at the helm. I am so honoured that Anne-Marie and the board have trusted me to head this wonderful organization.”

More Hands on Deck - New Members Join the Inter Arts Matrix Board

We are so pleased to have five new members of the board:

  • Anna Kelley Sampson was appointed treasurer at the 2014 AGM. Anna currently works for St. Mary's Hospital as Project Manager for Cardiac Remote Care Monitoring Systems. She is a cellist, graduated from McGill and has a master from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a MBA from York. 
  • Anna Maria Cipriani, also joined the board at the 2014 AGM. She works as Environmental Promotions Officer for the City of Waterloo, is the mother of a 9-year old girl who is very much interested in the arts. Anna Maria is a graduate of Leadership Waterloo, during which she worked on a team that did a five year business plan for Globe Studios.
  • Geralyn Miller is currently manager, Channel Marketing & Content Development at Teledyne DALSA. She is a graduate of the Wilfrid Laurier Music Facutly, and these days plays piano and viola for her church. Recently Geralyn has been instrumental in finding people to loan us high quality projectors, so we were delighted when she agreed to join our board in September 2014.
  • Rob Gorbet is a technology artist, with a practice in interactive technology-mediated artworks. His collaborations with artists, designers and architects have been shown in many venues internationally. Rob is chair of the Knowledge Integration program in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. Rob joined the board on March 11 (we voted him in even though he could not make that meeting).
  • Marie LeBlanc Flanagan founded Wyrd Arts Initiatives. She is a maker and a truth seeker, committed to bilingualism, and the editor in chief of the fabulous indie music website weirdcanada.com - named by CBC Radio 3 as the “Best Indie Music Website in Canada”. Marie joined the Inter Arts Matrix board on March 11, 2015.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank you…

A thousand thanks from all of us at Inter Arts Matrix to outgoing board members Jamie Hoffman, Mark Leslie and Scott Spidell.

Our past chair, Scott Spidell, has moved to better weather in Austin, Texas. We shall miss his generous presence and wise advice, and we shall slightly begrudge him the balmy Texas temperature during the colder winter months.

Our rigorous pas treasurer, Mark Leslie, had to step down from the board to make time for his growing family. Mark has generously spent time with Anna Sampson, our present treasurer, teaching her how to cross the t's and dot the i's at Inter Arts Matrix.

We shall miss Jamie Hoffman at meetings but we will probably see him in the course of our artistic work at IAM. Jamie is an artist at IAM, and has been involved in a variety of projects such as Myaudia, Guerrilla Sound Events, Signature and (((Cocktail Party Effect))).

To all of you, from all of us, many thanks for helping govern this wonderful organization.

New Collaboration

Crossing Artistic Boundaries

We are good at crossing artistic boundaries - that's what IAM does by definition - but recently we have been also working on crossing administrative borders. Inter Arts Matrix will be sharing an administrator extraordinaire with NUMUS and Open Ears Festival of Sound and New Music. Joining our teams, to keep us in order and in line, is Sarah Kernohan, a visual artist who used to be at the artistic helm of CAFKA (Contemporary Arts Forum Kitchener and Area) before she left to earn her MFA (2015) at University of Waterloo.

Read more about it here:

Contemporary Arts Organizations Announce Partnership

Waterloo Region, Ontario – February 19, 2015: Inter Arts Matrix, NUMUS Concerts Inc., and Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound have today announced a partnership that will build on their past history of artistic collaboration to develop a new and innovative administrative structure. They anticipate this approach will allow them to more effectively share and build on resources, and identify further opportunities to increase their artistic effectiveness. The establishment of the working partnership was developed with support from The Canada Council for the Arts, and has recently received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to obtain administrative support that will help the three organizations pursue organizational growth and sustainability projects.

In particular the OTF funding has allowed the organizations to hire Sarah Kernohan, formerly with CAFKA, to work with them for a one year pilot project. Sarah's experience and knowledge will allow her to not only support the current staff as they work to identify ways to streamline their administrative structures but may provide fresh insights. Sarah will begin working later this spring.

Sarah noted “I am excited to be working with InterArts Matrix, NUMUS, and Open Ears in this new role. I admire the work that they are doing and I am thrilled to be welcomed into the fold as this partnership between the three organizations develops. I feel that I will be able to bring a lot to the table in terms of my own experience working in administration in the visual arts. The added perk for me is that it's a bit of a return for me, as I stopped my musical practice when I started studying the visual arts at university. I'm looking forward to engaging with the programming on a more intimate level.”

“The community will benefit from the lessons learned throughout the development and implementation of the partnership,” said Cheryl A. Ewing, Festival Manager for Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound. “We hope to be a model for future collaboration in the arts and culture sector.”

“This important partnership will now allow our respective organizations to more effectively pursue other capacity building projects, such as fundraising, marketing, volunteer management, and governance,” said Kathryn Ladano, Artistic Director for NUMUS Concerts Inc. “This is only the beginning.”

“Each of the three organizations has its unique artistic mandate, and the partnership will free the artistic directors to do what they do best - create, curate and present cutting edge work.” said Drew Maddison, Board Chair for Inter Arts Matrix. “We have collaborated together on many artistic projects over the years, and the partnership will help us all build stronger, more sustainable organizations that will foster more creativity in Waterloo Region. This is a positive step for the entire community.”

About Inter Arts Matrix

Inter-Arts Matrix is a not-for-profit registered charitable arts organization that works with artists, scientists, technicians, and communities to research, develop, produce, and present new works that cross the boundaries between, and combine art forms, science, craft and technology. IAM is project driven.


NUMUS, a presenting organization founded in 1985 by composer Peter Hatch, is one of Canada's foremost new music organizations, renowned for its electrifying contemporary programming and high standards of artistry. NUMUS invites audiences to explore the bold sounds and ideas of a new generation of composers and performers while celebrating the innovators of the past. NUMUS presents a full season generally running October to May inclusive.

About Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound

The Open Ears Festival of Music & Sound uses unusual venues to present an eclectic range of music from new classical music to electroacoustic, musique actuelle, and sound installation. Innovative and collaborative, the festival works closely with other organizations to co-present activities or to include activities within the festival schedule. The next full festival is June 2016; there will be a two-day mini-festival in June of 2015.

Contact Information

To learn more about this partnership, please contact:

Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound
Cheryl A. Ewing, Festival Manager

NUMUS Concerts Inc.
Kathryn Ladano, Artistic Director

Inter Arts Matrix
Isabella Stefanescu, Artistic Director