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Friday, 7 December 2012

Introducing: Out of Sound Outreach Initiatives

Hey all you Indie Bears!
As the winter season falls upon you, we here at Out of Sound Records have been busy. I guess it's the time of year to get all smusheee and sentimental, to think of others and know, to make the world a better place!?! So, while the rest of indie Canada nestles in for the winter months, we're way up north, and we're all over making good on our purpose of being awesome and keeping it real. No hibernation this time. 
So without further adieu, we'd like to introduce one of the many initiatives we're encouraging ALL of our artists, friends and foes to take part in: 

The Out of Sound Rezonance Program


“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.” 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Out of Sound Rezonance Program is an initiative to raise what all the hearts of aboriginal youth can imagine possible. We aim to provide hands-on professional development for artistically and business oriented youth. Through paid internships, guided by a knowledgeable professional, Out of Sound Rezonance hires and trains youth in culturally appropriate ways to develop their creative abilities and entrepreneurial skills through community outreach programs, while also focusing on the development of their capacity to work independently, organize, become leaders, improve self-esteem, and foster the love of art.


Salluit Screens – Salluit Screens is a paid internship program run in Salluit, Qc., an Ungava Bay Inuit community of 1300 inhabitants that is accessible only by plane. Four teenage Sallumiut were picked for the program. They work and train several days a week in their own print shop which is currently set up in a small out-building of Ikusik Public High School. They are learning how to silkscreen everything from T-shirts to album covers to posters. In addition, the program focuses on improving entrepreneurial skills, teamwork, leadership, and pride. The youth often strive to include their own art in their projects whenever possible.
Currently, Salluit Screens (aka Elbow Prints; Ikusik means elbow in Inuktitut) works in partnership with Brighter Futures and the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, who pay a large portion of the salaries of our trainees and trainer. (Brighter Futures grant 2012)
In addition, New Paths funded the purchase of the silkscreen machinery and initial supplies.

Our first project was to create a logo and print T-Shirts for the Blueprint For Life -  Social Work Through Hip-Hop event held at the Ikusik High School for elementary age students. Not only did our apprentices create the logo and print the shirts themselves but they will also be serving as mentors for the younger kids throughout the week long workshop December 10-14, 2012.

Afterschool / Community workshops - Out of Sound Records will be presenting a series of bi-weekly workshops throughout the months of February to April 2013. Again, these projects will take place in Salluit, Qc. These workshops aim to gather youth interested in recording music and guiding them through the process of writing, recording, producing, and distributing musical works. Though much of the workshops will focus simply on making music and having fun, there will also be sessions dedicated to skills such as networking, promotion, and artistic collaboration. The main goals of this project will be to foster creativity in the youth of the community, as well as ensuring that those seriously interested in pursuing musical careers are given the wisdom and support needed to successfully follow this path.
These workshops are presented in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council, who funded a residency for Adam Sturgeon/WHOOP-Szo to come to this community to make and support music. (OAC Ontario-Quebec Residencies Grant 2012)

for more information or to get involved contact us:


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