Recent Events

X-camera Speaker Series: Tess Martens

September 20, 2019 - Tess Martens: From Fear, Fixation & Failure

Tess Martens will speak about the perseverance needed to become an artist. Tess Martens is committed to performance art and to painting, and is obsessed with taking risks, finding loopholes, and exploring boundaries. She will talk about her art practice and its ties to mental health and her life experience.

Tess Martens completed her Masters of Fine Art focusing on performance art at the University of Waterloo in 2018. She recently participated in a weekend workshop with La Pocha Nostra, and a two week residency in The Netherlands with VestandPAge and Marilyn Arsem. Tess Martens founded an artist-run gallery, The Front Room Gallery, in Waterloo, Ontario, where she features visual artists monthly, and hosts bands, djs and poets. She is also part of the programming committee for CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum of Kitchener & Area). Tess Martens interviews artists for arts and culture blog, She is a Recreation Therapist for a Long Term Care Home and in her free time performs stand-up comedy, spoken word poetry and karaoke. She has performed in Common Waters for Idea Exchange, Cambridge Galleries. She has upcoming performance art exhibitions with The Button Factory in Waterloo and Tangente Danse in Montreal.

X-camera Speaker Series: Don Druick

September 13, 2019 - Don Druick: Brot, wir lieben (an investigation into the philosophy of Bread, and its cousin, Theatre)


Don Druick writes: “I love the theatre, its constantly shifting perspectives of language and performance offering us a structure through which to move and act. The writing of plays has been a work of personal clarity throughout the journey of my life. Can it be the making of theatre is the microcosm of the world? Collaboration, common goals, commitment, kindness and generosity - all required of us in order to achieve this ancient and beneficial ritual of shared breath. Theatre is dangerous and difficult. Theatre is entertaining and passionate. Theatre is encompassing and personal. Its fascinating to me how one thing begets another, how one thing reflects another - more of this, much more - and yet nothing is the same. The thesis is: we are not here long; we must die knowing something. Something somehow so that we can find (and know) significant distinctions between.... Love and Truth, perhaps? That’s why we have Art. Is there a boundary between Love and Truth? They're certainly not the same. Hence, that’s why there must be a boundary between them. But now - therefore - they are also joined together because, because now they share a boundary. So maybe it seems Love and Truth should be the same, or mostly so. One lives in hope ...”

- un montréalais
- an award winning playwright, translator & librettist
- a baroque musician
- a herb gardener and chef

In a career spanning more than 50 years, Don Druick's plays have been produced on stage, radio and television in Canada, Europe, Japan, and the USA.

X-camera Speaker Series: Gada Jane

September 6, 2019 - Making Films at Every Level

It's one thing to have a great idea for a film, it's another to figure out how to turn that idea into a film and get it seen. Gada will talk about what she’s learned about creating personal and authentic projects within the film industry. She has years of experience writing screenplays and developing other writers' scripts, attending film festivals from Toronto to Cannes, and working on productions that range in size from three people “shooting something” in a Parisian AirBnB to CW Network's Supergirl. Throughout it all, Gada’s great obsession has been telling stories that matter. She will talk about how she's built her network within the film and VR industries and how she’s approached balancing the demands of the industry with focusing on the craft of creation.

Gada Jane is a writer and filmmaker. She is the Creative Director of Velvet Icons Productions, a production company that works closely with creators to develop and produce niche content for film, VR and the web. Velvet Icon’s mission is to put craft back at the centre of media production and it is active in both the traditional film industry and new media production. V.I. is currently developing its first slate of projects, including Gada's own web series, LA BOHEME which will be shot in Waterloo Region. Gada is also the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Waterloo's Games Institute. At G.I. she develops research partnerships between academia and industry and designs projects to engage partners in exploring storytelling in VR.

X-camera Speaker Series: Laura De Decker

August 30, 2019 - Laura De Decker: Charting (Im)Probabilities

Laura De Decker writes: “I write computer programs to create abstract digital images. Tracing my trajectory from the traditional media of painting to interactive digital media, I will discuss my approaches to creating art that intersects with science with an emphasis on intellectual rigour, and artistic intuition. My recent projects, ranging from large-format printed artworks to wall installation to video and interactive virtual reality, have stemmed from my interests in color, the intricacies of quantum mechanics, randomness and using quantum random data as source material, and exploring aesthetic possibilities.”

Laura De Decker: “I earned my MFA in Visual Arts at the University of Victoria. Recently I was Artist-in-Residence for CAFKA-Christie Digital in 2012, and at University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing in 2015. I have received several grants from the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and Waterloo Region Arts Fund. My artwork and writing were presented and published at the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA) in Dubai (2014), in the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts (2018), and in the current exhibition “Intersection of Art and Science II” at Purdue University, Indiana.

X-camera Speaker Series: Scott McGovern

August 23, 2019 - Scott McGovern: Artists before Audiences - Expanding Approaches to Curation

Scott McGovern discusses the techniques he has adopted to present successful contemporary art exhibitions. In response to local economic and social dynamics, McGovern has shifted Ed Video programming out of Guelph and into new communities across Canada and internationally. By embracing pragmatic approaches to curation, and rejecting many flawed art-world traditions, this new model has significantly increased audience engagement and future opportunities for artists. Through proactive strategies to exhibition opportunities, McGovern has forged many new relationships between Canadian artists and international audiences. The presentation will conclude with suggestions about how individual artists can broaden the potential of their own practice.

Scott McGovern is a curator, artist, video maker, and educator. He studied video at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Since 2005 he has been the program director at Ed Video Media Arts Centre, an artist run centre in Guelph, Canada, where he has facilitated over 150 exhibitions, events, and concerts. He has curated exhibitions at artist run centres, public galleries, festivals, and art fairs in Canada, USA, Mexico, England, Sweden, Finland, Spain, France, and Greece. McGovern is also the Visual and Media Art Curator of Kazoo! Fest in Guelph since 2010.

Sculpture in photo by artist Patrick Cruz, in Ed Video’s booth at the Material Art Fair in Mexico City in 2016

Workshop: Projection Mapping

Monday, August 19, 2019, 4pm - 9pm - Workshop Projection Mapping

Fresh Ground at Commons Studio
256 King Street East, Kitchener ON N2G 2L1

FEE: $100. Fee subsidies are available: please contact us at

For artists with plenty of video content to build into their next installation, party, or performance piece, this Introduction to Projection Mapping workshop prepares you to use argumentative light as an artistic and narrative device in diverse forms of live art productions. You will learn the basics of working with Isadora,a user-friendly platform, and it’s intuitive projection mapping tool, IzzyMap; learn to use Isadora to projection map your video, animation, or images onto 3D physical objects; and learn how to incorporate live interactivity into your installation.

Maziar Ghaderi is a Toronto-based multimedia artist, educator and director who works with visual media and interactive technology. With a background in multimedia production, his work is situated at the intersection of technology, the experiential and creative direction. Under the direction of Marina Abramovic, Maziar was the media producer and on-site technical assistant for the 2013 Luminato Festival’s MAI Prototype. His piece "Dissolving Self" was shown at the International Symposium on Electronic Art 2014 (ISEA) in Dubai. Maziar has also taught media production and conceptual development at OCAD University and Ryerson University.

X-camera Speaker Series: Mary-Catherine Newcomb

August 16, 2019 - Mary-Catherine Newcomb: The Importance of Unimportant Things


Mary-Catherine Newcomb writes:
“I am interested in the way we perceive and construct reality. We attach significance to perceptions that are reinforced by cultural mythologies and affordance. Myth aligns objective, rational and subjective experience. Myth is informed by imagination, and speaks to deep human truths. Keepers of myth have increasingly become commercial enterprises whose products trade in easy access, self-gratification, and spectacle. I will be speaking about my work in relationship to the idea of myth.”

Mary-Catherine Newcomb is a visual artist who has had a long career as a sculptor and teacher. Born and raised in Montreal she is now based in Waterloo Region. She attended the University of Toronto where she received a Bachelor of Science, then studied fine arts at University of Waterloo (BFA) and York University (MFA). Mary Catherine was one of the original members of the Redhead Gallery and a member of Nethermind Collective. Her work has been shown throughout Canada and in Germany. She has received support from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Waterloo Region Arts Fund. In 2009 Mary Catherine was awarded the K.M. Hunter prize for visual art.

Q-Lab A Three Day Workshop

August 13, 14, and 15 - Q-LAB - A Three Evenings Workshop

Learn QLab, a multimedia playback, cue-based software designed for theatre and live entertainment.

Used in venues around the world, this intuitive program has allowed performers and operators to take control of a performance, twist it, tweak it, reproduce it, and if programmed just right… it’ll even brew your morning coffee. Now we’re not all coffee drinkers, but if you are a Producer, Performer, Theatre Designer, Audio Engineer, Video Operator, Stage Manager, Stage Hand or just someone who likes Mac computers – these sessions will be for you.  Sorry Lighting Operators – we’re not covering that area of QLab at this time, but we’re working on it.

In this three evenings workshop, we’ll take you through the basics of QLab 4 and dipping back into QLab 3, from programming audio to mapping of video, how to set-up your workspace and understand the workflow to get the most out of your system and enhance your performance.

Because QLab is hyper specific to what you want to do, we ask that you bring as much of your own content with you (audio and video files).  We’ll bring some hardware for demonstration purposes, but if you have a goal in mind – that gives us more to work with.

X-camera Speaker Series: Kathryn Ladano

August 9, 2019 - Kathryn Ladano: The Improvising Musician's Mask

Focusing on Kathryn Ladano's recent dissertation research, this presentation will explore the idea that musical instruments function as masks in the context of collective free improvisation performance. Various theories in drama and cultural studies show that wearing masks can conceal individuals in some ways, but a greater creative and personal expression is often revealed as a result. In collective free improvisation, instruments function in a very similar way, not only facilitating creative expression, but also increasing a musician’s level of comfort. This in turn allows for many social benefits to take place, such as increased connection and communication with others in ways not available through traditional social exchanges.

Dr. Kathryn Ladano is a bass clarinettist and specialist of contemporary music and free improvisation. She is the Artistic Director of NUMUS concerts, Director of the Improvisation Concerts Ensemble (ICE) and instructor of improvisation at Wilfrid Laurier University. Kathryn completed her PhD at York University under the supervision of Casey Sokol and Dorothy de Val; her thesis, “The Improvising Musician's Mask: Using Music Instruments to Build Self-Confidence and Social Skills in Collective Free Improvisation”, was nominated for a dissertation prize. Kathryn will be releasing her second solo album in the fall of 2019 titled “Masked”, focusing on concepts explored in her research.

Grantwriting Clinic Workshop


Stop procrastinating: bring your computer and write THAT application!

Got a grant to write? Bring your computer and work on your grant alongside other applicants for an arts grant. If you need to, you can ask for assistance from the on-site instructor, Isabella Stefanescu, Artistic Director at Inter Arts Matrix. Come for the day, the afternoon, the early evening, or just drop in for a couple of hours.

If you have a project you are trying to fund, Isabella Stefanescu will talk it over with you, one-to-one and get you started. We might be able to help you find a suitable grant for your project. Or we can give you a hand getting an on-line profile with a granting body. If you need help drawing up a budget or a time-line, articulating your project, its viability or impact, we can give each other a hand. And we can proofread your application.

X-camera Speaker Series: Cirán Myers.

August 2, 2019 - Ciarán Myers: What is Theatre?

Ciarán writes: “I'm going to talk about what storytelling is, some storytelling that I've done, and some storytelling that we're all doing right now without thinking about it. From an Inter-Arts perspective, how is storytelling elevated in our community?”

Ciarán Myers is, proudly, the first Playwright-in-Residence at Kitchener's GreenLight Arts. He has written and produced original theatre in London, Edinburgh, Kitchener, and Toronto. Most of his storytelling happens daily around 8pm for the single captive audience of his three-year-old daughter. Ciarán is the Co-Artistic Director of the Informal Upright Theatre Collective, he is a multi-published poet, champion Irish dancer, award-winning playwright, and performance pedagogue to youth and adults locally.

X-camera Speaker Series: David Bobier

David Bobier: Scored in Silence

David Bobier will talk about his collaboration with media artist and electronics engineer Jim Ruxton at VibraFusionLab Collective in London, Ontario, to create vibro-tactile devices for Deaf UK performance artist Chisato Minamura. This collaborative project is being featured at the Edinburgh Festival in August and will tour in Canada in the fall of 2020.

David Bobier is a self-identified hard of hearing media artist with a disability and is the parent of two deaf children. He is currently partnering with Inclusive Media and Design Centre at Ryerson University, Toronto and Tactile Audio Displays Inc. in researching and employing vibrotactile technology as a creative medium. As an extension of ongoing partnership with IMDC, Ryerson University and Tactile Audio Displays (TAD) Bobier established and is Director of VibraFusionLab Collective in London, Ontario, Canada.

Grant Writing with Lyn Royce

Tuesday, July 23, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Grant Writing with Lyn Royce

A workshop for projects of all kinds - film, video, theatre, games, installations, interactive art. What are storyboards, why you should use them, how to use them, and some PDQ (pretty darn quick) methods of making your own.

A distillation of three longer hands-on workshops in writing, metrics and evaluation, and reporting, this session looks at the full life cycle of a grant and how that might serve as a valuable GPS for strengthening your request and submission materials. Designed to be inclusive of all levels of expertise, even long experienced grant preparers should gain a new idea – or at least review some practical, tactical, reminders.

Short breaks will be scheduled between topic segments, with time for questions and knowledge sharing incorporated.

About the instructor:
A firm believer in the tenet, if you can’t find it, create it, Lyn Royce continues to display her talent for balancing the bottom line while nurturing relationships over a career trajectory spanning three decades. Her experience includes supporting the Shaw Festival for seven seasons as Audience Services Director; serving Ontario’s Ministries of Citizenship and Immigration, Tourism, Culture and Sport as Regional Advisor; and recently, assisting Capacity Canada in third sector development projects. A skilled teacher and facilitator, with a passion for 1:1 mentoring, she considers such feedback as “You taught me stuff when I wasn’t looking!” among her greatest achievements.

X-camera Speaker Series: Nathan Saliwonchyk and Nora Ruddock

July 19, 2019 - Nathan Saliwonchyk and Nora Ruddock: Arche Projects

Art collective Arche Projects makes installations that fuse poetry and film, using various technologies to disrupt our patterns of attention and ponder the role of the aesthetic in our current historical moment.

Nathan Saliwonchyk and Nora Ruddock will talk about their collaboration and the possibilities and pitfalls of using poetic texts in media installations. We will show two of our completed projects, Tinderbox and Anthozoa, and facilitate a discussion about using technology to critique technology and social media.

Nathan Saliwonchyk is a filmmaker and media artist living in Guelph. Nora Ruddock is a poet and editor at Broadview Press.

X-camera Speaker Series: Aislinn Thomas. A large, bushy ivy plant hangs in front of a window with cream coloured curtains sucked against the window screen revealing a fan and jars on the window ledge.  The ivy is long, appearing to dangle into the wicker laundry basket below.

July 12, 2019 - Aislinn Thomas: A seat at the table, a slice of the pie: centering access 

This is a SCENT FREE event.

Access, in fact, can be and is generative. Many disabled artists are intervening into the conventions of access, revealing institutional and societal limitations and opening up rich new territory for exploration. In this talk Aislinn Thomas will share some of her recent forays into alternative approaches to audio description while making a case for why we should all care about the many ways of being in and experiencing the world.

The title for this talk, A seat at the table, a slice of the pie is the title of a work in progress in collaboration with artist Shannon Finnegan, a portion of which is part of a project commissioned by the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Aislinn Thomas is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes video, performance, installation, and text.  Some of her recent and upcoming exhibitions include the WRO Media Biennale in Wroclaw, Poland; Holding Patterns with Art Spin and Tangled Art + Disability in Toronto; Talk Back at Flux Factory in New York; and a project for the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff. You can learn more about her work at

X-camera Speaker Series: Nathan Stretch

July 5, 2019 - Nathan Stretch: Media Intersections: Towards Community Music

Nathan Stretch will describe his evolving artistic practice in music, film, soundscape and installation toward an emerging understanding of “music in the community”.

Nathan Stretch coordinates Commons Studio — a community tools project of The Working Centre that provides access to resources for film-making and digital storytelling. Stretch's band Bass Lions is known for their innovative musical and visual explorations; their most recent recording — a first foray into instrumental music via reimagined classical works entitled “Threes” — culminated in a “video triptych” with installation artist Phil Irish. Stretch is a candidate for an MA in Community Music at Laurier, is a published writer of short fiction, has contributed music and film-based projects to local and national festivals, and toured extensively as a recording artist.

X-camera Speaker Series: Brian Cullen

Friday, June 28, 2019
Brian Cullen: Audiovisual Composition and Our Technologically Mediated Lives

12:00 noon
FREE: Everyone is welcome.

Brian will be discussing how special visual and sound effects techniques can be used to examine our technologically mediated lives. During his talk Brian will provide examples of his music, animation, and video game work.

Brian Cullen graduated in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design Dublin in 2000 where his interests included print making and installation. He received an MPhil in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin in 2004, studying cognition, psychoacoustics, video production, and music composition. Brian received his Ph.D. in Electroacoustic Composition from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2010, during which he explored how computer generate sounds and imagery fuse with everyday experience. Brian recently received funding from the Canada Media Fund and Ontario Creates to create a debut full-length videogame scheduled for release late 2019.

STORYBOARDS: An Introduction

STORYBOARDS: An Introduction

Tuesday June 18, 2019

A workshop for projects of all kinds - film, video, theatre, games, installations, interactive art. What are storyboards, why you should use them, how to use them, and some PDQ (pretty darn quick) methods of making your own.

About the instructor: ISABELLA STEFANESCU is a visual and media artist based in Waterloo Region. She has created interactive art installations, films and animations.

X-camera Speaker Series: Terre Chartrand

Terre Chartrand: Indigenous placemaking in Waterloo Region - A process of digital and arts intervention with youth

X-Camera speaker: June 21, 2019

Terre Chartrand writes: “This talk will focus on the journey through our process of learning and applying cultural practices in arts based intervention. It will also address culture as a holistic part of indigeneity and our belonging to the land.”

X-camera Speaker Series: Martin de Groot

Martin de Groot: “Land Acknowledgement form and practice in South Ontario”

X-Camera speaker: June 14, 2019

Martin de Groot writes: My presentation will offer thoughts and observations from an historical perspective in a regional arts, culture and heritage context. It will draw on my training and teaching experience in Atlantic World and U.S. History, and my work in arts management and cultural journalism in the Greater Waterloo area. The aim is to complicate, rather than contradict or replace, prevalent views of settler/Indigenous relations.

X-camera Speaker Series: David Jensenius

David Jensenius: “MAML: Media Arts and Machine Learning”

X-Camera speaker: June 7, 2019

David Jensenius writes: My output in recent years has been eclectic, ranging from more conventionally 'composed' concert music, to sound design for theatre, and from free improvisation to sound art installations. For my talk, I will show and describe a cross-section of these works to give a sense of my overall work as an artist, and I will explore how I have been trying to find ways to integrate these various practices, particularly between the worlds of theatre and concert music. There may or may not also be a rather conspicuous and slightly terrifying plush toy.

X-camera Speaker Series: Colin Labadie

Colin Labadie: Music, Theatre, and Dancing Monsters

X-Camera speaker: May 31, 2019

Colin Labadie writes: My output in recent years has been eclectic, ranging from more conventionally 'composed' concert music, to sound design for theatre, and from free improvisation to sound art installations. For my talk, I will show and describe a cross-section of these works to give a sense of my overall work as an artist, and I will explore how I have been trying to find ways to integrate these various practices, particularly between the worlds of theatre and concert music. There may or may not also be a rather conspicuous and slightly terrifying plush toy.

X-camera Speaker Series: Lindsay Bellaire and Phillip Psutka

Leslie Ting: Déjà vu in hindsight

X-Camera speaker: May 24, 2019

Leslie Ting writes: “I will be talking about my initial intentions for making my first inter-arts production, Speculation, and how the work actually unfolded and what I learned. How the process of creation has not been separate from my life despite my best efforts, even in my new work, What Brings You In Today, and how my husband tried to make me read Aristotle's Poetics for this talk.”

X-camera Speaker Series: Lindsay Bellaire and Phillip Psutka

Lindsay Bellaire and Phillip Psutka: Articus: The Art of Fusing Theatre and Circus

X-Camera speaker: May 17, 2019

Articus Productions is a KW based performing arts company that creates innovative theatrical experiences through a fusion of theatre and circus, with a particular focus on aerial work. In this talk, we will give an overview of the work we have developed, our current projects, the challenges we are facing, and our vision for the kind of work we hope to create as we grow.

X-camera Speaker Series: Julia Alpin and John Gzowski

Julia Aplin and John Gzowski: Technology, Dance, Music and Theatre-Double Pendulum Collective

X-Camera speaker: May 10, 2019

Double Pendulum Collective has a four-sided unique perspective on creating art. Their new work Synaptic Rodeo has been created in residence at LIVElab and strives to use the technology itself as the starting point of creation. John and Julia will discuss how the collective has developed ideas using EKG, EMG, halo/muse brain waves, and motion capture technology. John and Julia will lead you through some of the challenges and joys they have experienced creating art with technology.

X-camera Speaker Series: Matt Borland

Matt Borland: Building Community Music Technology

X-Camera speaker: May 3, 2019

The return to community-based music making has seen a resurgence of choirs, porch-parties, house-shows, and the simple opportunity for people to get together to make music. The work discussed in this talk will reveal observations about the appropriate use of electronic technology in music making, particularly for use in community music settings. Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening exercises will also make an appearance for the brave!

Grant-Writing Co-Working Day


A workshop presented by Isabella Stefanescu

Finding sources of grants and writing good applications are skills you can learn.

This workshop is for artists of all disciplines and organizations of all kinds. You will learn:

· how to plan a top quality application
· how to find suitable funders
· assembling funding for a specific project

Grant-Writing Co-Working Day


Stop procrastinating. Bring your computer and write that application!

February 2019

Got a grant to write?

Bring your computer and work on your grant along with other applicants. You can ask for assistance from the on-site instructor, Isabella Stefanescu, Artistic Director at Inter Arts Matrix. Come for the day, the afternoon, the evening, or just drop in for a couple of hours.

Concrete Mix Poem

Concrete Poetry Mix

An Interactive Installation


This interactive installation allows you to create your own concrete poetry mix by recording a poem or a fragment of a poem which will become a sample that can be manipulated in the making of a drawing or re-writing of the poem -a visual and aural mix tape of the original poem.

Grant-writing Workshop


A Workshop presented by Isabella Stefanescu


Finding sources of grants and writing good applications are skills you can learn. This workshop is for artists of all disciplines and organizations of all kinds.

Grant Co-Writing Workshop


Stop procrastinating: bring your computer and write THAT application!


Bring your computer and work on your grant alongside other applicants for an arts grant. If you need to, you can ask for assistance from the on-site instructor, Isabella Stefanescu, Artistic Director at Inter Arts Matrix. Come for the day, the afternoon, the evening, or just drop in for a couple of hours.

 Inter Arts Matrix - Celebrating the First Decade

Inter Arts Matrix - Celebrating the First Decade

10 years, 2 artistic directors, 18 projects, 69 events, 101 artists

Grant Writing for Artist Led Projects

Grant Writing for Artist Led Projects

A Workshop presented by Isabella Stefanescu

FEBRUARY 14, 2018

This workshop, for artists and arts organizations of all disciplines, is an overview about: how to plan a top quality application, how to find suitable funders, assembling funding for a specific art project.

This is a collaboration between Inter Arts Matrix and The Commons Studio at the Working Centre.

Grant Writing Co-Working Day

Grant Writing Co-Working Day

Got a grant to write?

FEBRUARY 23, 2018

Bring your computer and work on your grant alongside other artists. If you need to, you can ask for assistance from the on-site instructor, Isabella Stefanescu, Artistic Director at Inter Arts Matrix. Come for the day, the morning or afternoon, or just drop in for a couple of hours.

This is a collaboration between Inter Arts Matrix and The Commons Studio at the Working Centre.

Phaedra Echoes

Phaedra Echoes

A staged reading


Performed by: Jennifer Cornish
Katharine Mills
France Rolland
Darlene Spencer

Grantwriting for Artist Led Projects

Grant writing workshop for Artist Led Projects

August 29, 2017

“Writing a grant application makes you a better artist.”

This workshop, for artists and arts organizations of all disciplines, is an overview about assembling funding for an art project. The session will outline various sources of funding, public and private, how to find suitable funders for your project, and how to plan and submit a top quality application.

Grantwriting for Artist Led Projects

Grant Writing Co-Working Day

August 31, 2017

Come and work alongside your fellow artists. If you have project you are trying to fund, our on site instructor, Isabella Stefanescu, will talk it over with you and get you started. We might be able to help you find a suitable grant for your project. Or we can give you a hand getting an on line profile with a granting body. If you need help drawing up budget or a time-line, articulating your project, its viability or impact, we can give each other a hand. And we can proofread your application.

Phaedra Echoes

Phaedra Echoes: A staged reading

June 15, 2017

Performed by:
Margaret Bárdos
Jennifer Cornish
Nada Humsi
Katharine Mills
Sibylle Marquardt, flute

Research and Creation:
Anne-Marie Donovan, Kim Jernigan, Isabella Stefanescu

Years, Months, and Days

Years, Months, and Days

World Premiere

Composed by Colin Labadie, Lyrics by Amanda Jernigan

Commissioned by Inter Arts Matrix as part of A Sense of Place residency at Felt Lab in St. Jacobs, and funded by a music commissioning grant from the Ontario Arts Council

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7:30pm
St Peter's Lutheran Church
49 Queen Street North,
Kitchener, ON, N2H 2G9

Performed by Menno Singers
Conducted by Peter Nikiforuk



Saturday, May 13, 2017
The Artesian, Regina, SK

Compact at Improvisation and Mobility Festival

A hybrid performance for voice and Euphonopen. Created by Isabella Stefanescu, Klaus Engel, Helen Pridmore, Julia Aplin, Ian Crutchely. Directed by Anne-Marie Donovan.

Lord Sword

Lord Sword

November 17 – 20, 2016
Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts

An Epic for Two Actors
In the era of post-truth politics, live theatre shines a light on our willing suspension of disbelief.

A grieving storyteller takes on a young apprentice, and together they are drawn into telling an epic beyond their power to control. Two actors play a total of eleven roles in what turns out to be an ode to the art of acting.

Blue Bird 2016

Blue Bird at the Registry Theatre

Presented by Blue Bird Theatre Collective with Inter Arts Matrix
September 29 - October 1, 2016

Created by Tawiah Ben M'Carthy and Brad Cook with Anne-Marie Donovan. Two young men, childhood friends from Ghana, come together to reconcile with the deaths of their fathers and the events that tore apart their families 25 years earlier.

Lord Sword

Lord Sword: A Workshop Performance

An Epic for Two Actors by Douglas W. Campbell.
March 26 & 27, 2016

A man contemplates the abyss. A storyteller takes on an apprentice. A grieving storyteller takes on a young monk as apprentice who draws him into telling an epic beyond his power to control. Lord Sword is a minimalist epic, a highly original meditation on storytelling and orality - about fathers and sons, about war and legacy.

Objects on a Table

Objects On A Table
at the Perimeter Institute

Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 8pm
Perimeter Institute
Mike Lazaradis Theatre of Ideas

Objects on a Table has been conceived as a homage to Italian minimalist painter Giorgio Morandi, and draws on the humble attention he paid to everyday objects. In his drawings and etchings Morandi used a restricted set of drawing gestures, and these gestures, interpreted by a bass clarinet and percussion, constitute the “voice” of the Euphonopen, an instrument created for the live performance of drawing.


Lord Sword Auditions

Audition Notice:
Lord Sword

Production Name: Lord Sword
Audition Day: October 7, 2015
City: Kitchener

Lord Sword is an epic play for two actors, who play multiple parts. We are casting for the roles of the middle aged storyteller and his apprentice, a young monk.

Blue Bird at Impact 15 Festival

Blue Bird at IMPACT 15 Festival

Friday, September 25 & 26, 2015
Blair Hall at the Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts

A father is riddled with guilt over the accidental death of his best friend. Twenty-five years later, upon his death, he sends his only son to Ghana to right his wrong and find the son of his late best friend. Through the collective effort of the characters both living (the sons) and spiritual (the fathers), a fable is formulated, destined to be passed on to other generations to incite change: the fable of the Blue Bird.

Grant Writing for Artists' Projects

Grant Writing for Artists' Projects

Most art projects are made on more love than money, but funding is still necessary.

This workshop will introduce the various regional, provincial, federal, and private sources of funding available for individual artists and art projects in all disciplines. The workshop will consider each type of application in detail and address topics including eligibility, budgeting, support materials. The workshop will cover the selection process for successful grants, and how to follow up with a funder if you don't receive a grant.

Euphonopen 3 Premieres

Summer 2014: A Euphonopen Season

Three world premieres of works for Euphonopen, a digital drawing instrument that manipulates sound created by Isabella Stefanescu and Klaus Engel

MIRROR - June 11 & 12, The Registry Theatre, Kitchener, Open Ears Festival
OBJECTS ON A TABLE - July 17, Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo
SIGNATURE - August 15, Civic Square, Kitchener City Hall

Signature Premiere

AUGUST 2014: SIGNATURE World Premiere

The world premiere of SIGNATURE, for improvisational choir and Euphonopen

An interactive performance environment with live video, electroacoustics, improvisational choir and Euphonopen. Audience members sign in with the Euphonopen and their signatures become part of a stunning visual and sonic fabric projected onto the walls and spaces of City Hall.

Premiere Performance: 8:30pm, Friday, August 15, 2014 @ Arts Market, Kitchener City Hall

Mirror Premiere

JULY 2014: OBJECTS ON A TABLE World Premiere

The world premiere of for bass clarinet and Euphonopen

On a table, a dozen objects to be drawn repeatedly, obsessively, as contours, masses, and voids. Inspired by the work of Giorgio Morandi and the humble attention he paid to everyday objects, his drawing gestures memorialized into sound.

Installation exhibition @ The Clay & Glass: July 5 – August 31

Blue Bird Development Workshop

JULY 2014: BLUE BIRD Development Workshop

By Tawiah M'Carthy and Brad Cook

A new theatre creation from two gifted and accomplished young artists, Blue Bird is a fable about two young men who discover the secrets of their fathers and uncover the hopes and dreams their fathers were forced to leave behind.

July 5 & 6, 2014 @ lemonTree creations

Mirror Premiere

June 2014: MIRROR World Premiere

The world premiere of Mirror, for soprano and visual artist.

A meditation on the risk each one of us takes when presenting a face to the public: singer and painter explore complex, interwoven reflections of themselves and their art.

June 11, 6pm and June 12, 7:30pm @ The Registry Theatre.

The Record Player Workshop

January 2014: The Record Player Development Workshop

January 10 – 12, 2014, Workshop performance and feedback session

A historical fantasy from the future about recorded sound and the people who invented it, mastered it, scratched it, stole it, remixed it and were transformed by it over a century and a half, cutting together threads and characters as diverse as the explosion of the island of Krakatau.

Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday.... Introducing GivingTuesday!

GivingTuesday, spearheaded by, is a new Canada-wide movement to help start a public dialogue around charitable giving at the start of the annual holiday season. Help us celebrate our 7th year of fostering integrated art and bringing together artists, scientists, technicians and communities from a variety of disciplines to create new and impactful artwork.

Les Moutons and Flock of Flyers

Les Moutons and Flock of Flyers

Inter Arts Matrix co-presents Bouchard Danse at IMPACT Festival

Objects on a Table and Mirror Development Workshop

December 2013: Objects on a Table and Mirror
Development workshop

December 10 – 16, 2013
Studio, Courtyard @ Bonnie Stuart
141 Whitney Place, Kitchener

Mirror Workshop

August 2013: Mirror Creative Development Workshop

The artist draws the soprano, while the Euphonopen she uses to draw generates sound. The soprano's sampled voice is manipulated as the drawing emerges. The soprano confronts various reflections of herself: a visual, mirror-image projection of unfolding drawings of her, aural reflections of her performance generated by the Euphonopen, and electronically manipulated fragments of her own voice, some pre-recorded, some live. She responds to, and grapples with, the sound image of her own manipulated voice and an emerging visual image of herself.

Guerilla Appearances

May 2013: Guerrilla Appearances

IAM will be making Guerilla Sound Event appearances at the Art Awards Waterloo Region at Centre-in-the-Square on May 26th and at the Between the Ears Festival in Kitchener at the end of the month. The Between the Ears Festival features a mix of local, national and international artists celebrating the art of listening. IAM artistic director, Anne-Marie Donovan will also be performing in the micro-performances at the Walper Hotel on the Saturday. Come out and show your support!!

My Neruda: A Movement and Voice Workshop

April 2013: The Voices of Drawing / Les Voix du Dessin

Art of Invention Lecture Series Inaugural Lecture

IAM has launched the Art of Invention Lecture Series to share the research and development taking place within the belly of our artistic creation projects. The inaugural lecture features visual artist Isabella Stefanescu with her close collaborator, scientist Klaus Engel, sharing with us the genesis of the Euphonopen and its development so far.

My Neruda: A Movement and Voice Workshop

April 2013: My Neruda

a movement & voice workshop inspired by Pablo Neruda's Poetry, APRIL 22–24, 2013

My Neruda is an intensive voice / movement workshop for dancers, actors, performers and artists who wish to inspire their creations in the work of this great poet. Workshop participants will be guided in the creation of their own solo piece, based on a Pablo Neruda poem and using the methodology created by De Guevara and Mena.
Facilitated director/actor/writer Lina de Guevara and choreographer Sebastian Mena.

CD launch: history is what it is

March 2013: "history is what it is"

Music of Peter Hatch performed by the Blue Rider Ensemble & Pamela Reimer, piano

Music of Peter Hatch performed by the Blue Rider Ensemble & Pamela Reimer, pianoJoin us as we celebrate the official CD launch of "history is what it is", a new Centrediscs recording of music by Peter Hatch performed by the cross-Canadian Blue Rider Ensemble, featuring Waterloo's Paul Pulford and Anne-Marie Donovan. "They make history. They are in the place of it." - Gertrude Stein.

Kazim Kamaledin

November 2012: Hazim Kamaledin

Professional Development Workshop for Professional Theatre/Movement Artists. Presented by MT Space + Inter Arts Matrix.

Hazim Kamaledin is an Iraqi-Belgian playwright, director, actor, percussionist and movement theatre expert based in Antwerp. This workshop focuses on transforming imagination into physical movement. Participants learn to play with impulses of the body without falling into figurative expression, illustration or explanation.

Objects on a Table

October 2012: Objects on a Table

Workshop performance and audience feedback session

After many months of regular rehearsals, individual work and creative meetings, the Objects on a Table team gathers for an intensive three-day workshop to bring all of the elements together in a first draft performance of the complete work.


September 2012: Signature

Workshop performance and audience feedback session

The focus of this secondary workshop of Signature is developing the choral component of the piece. Conductor Christine Duncan and 12 singers rehearse and perform the first draft of the choral score, which includes a complex set of instructions for structured improvisations using names as the raw material.


June 2012: Mirror

Workshop performance and audience feedback session

This second workshop on Mirror focuses on possible structures for the work. We also continue to explore the relationship between the soprano and the drawings taking shape before her.

The Notebook Project

June 2012: The Notebook Project

Common Pulse Media Art Festival, Durham Art Gallery

Opening Friday, June 10th, 2012
Exhibition runs until July 15, 2012

See the first collaboration between visual artist Isabella Stefanescu and composer Nick Storring, who are now developing Signature together.


May 2012: Signature

Workshop performance and audience feedback session

Preliminary development workshop: Two very different improvising choir conductors, André Pappathomas (Mtl) and Christine Duncan (TO) join us for a week-long exploration of the basic idea for Signature: the elemental power of your name. We also test the interactivity of the audience signing in with the Euphonopen as they arrive, and the choir and Euphonopen then capturing those names as visual and sound material in the performance.


May 2012: Natsu Nakajima

Professional development Butoh Workshop with Natsu Nakajima
Presented by Inter Arts Matrix & MT Space

For the performing artist to have complete trust in his body is a must. Concentrate and sensitize the body through the medium  of words and images, particularly those forgotten in the process of modernization. Butoh workshops provide a progression toward the acquisition of artistic expression through the body by exploring memories and consciousness of each person's internal organs.

David Smith workshop

December 2011: David Smith

Professional development clown and physical theatre workshop with David Smith
Presented by Inter Arts Matrix & MT Space

Participants will be introduced to the foundational principles of physical training and be given strategies for their continued development. David Smith is an independent educator with over 35 years of experience in the areas of Theatre, Ballet, Opera, Mime, and Clown. He is a Movement Specialist whose special interest is in how memory moves and patterns itself in our bodies.

Frankenstein's Ghosts Workshop Performanace

June 2011: Frankenstein's Ghosts

Workshop Performances, DB Clarke Theatre, Montreal

This month-long advanced workshop culminates in three 80-minute fully staged performances of the first draft of Frankenstein's Ghosts. The large-scale multi-media work was developed by a 20+ member team of artists from many disciplines in collaboration with thinkers from the fields of psychology, ethics and computer science.

MyAudia Premiere

August 2010: MyAudia

Premiere, Stratford Summer Music

Commissioned by Stratford Summer Music and developed over a two-year period at IAM, this work of urban sound theatre unfolds over three days as a series of sound interventions. It culminates in a mini-opera on the morning of the third day, as the city wakes. Following three premiere performances in downtown Stratford, MyAudia toured to Festival Escales Improbables where it played at Montreal's Old Port.