In celebration of CFAT’s 40th anniversary, we’re pleased to announce Veronica Simmonds as our next artist in residence. Veronica is the second of four artists who will be visiting us this summer for two-week residencies. Each artist has been commissioned to create a work in response to one decade of CFAT’s history. Veronica will be focusing on 2009 – 2019.
Location: BMO Community Room in the Halifax Central Library
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Event is welcome to all, free of charge and accessible.
Veronica Simmonds is a radio documentarian/podcast producer/audio artist based in Toronto, Canada. She works at the CBC producing the critically acclaimed podcasts Sleepover, Alone: A Love Story, and Tai Asks Why.
Described by THIS Magazine as a “Sonic Sorceress,” her documentaries have aired on CBC, ABC, BBC and Radiotopia. Veronica’s audio art work has aired in a weather observatory in France, a hair dryer in Pittsburgh, and a grain silo in Norway. Her work has featured internationally at: Hearsay International Audio Festival, Third Coast International Radio Festival, Hot Docs Festival, Bivouac Radiophonique, and Megapolis Audio Art Festival.
She got her start on air in Halifax at the community radio station CKDU 88.1 where she embraced the liveness of the medium through her show Braidio, where she braided hair live on air. Through the intimacy of touch, Braidio got people to unwind, slow down and reconnect with themselves.
Veronica has received multiple honours and awards for her work including – Webby People’s Choice: Tai Asks Why (2019), Gold Award New York Festivals: Alone: A Love Story (2018), Finalist Third Coast International Audio Award: The Idea of Wadhams (2017), Finalist Prix Italia Golden Award in New Radio Formats: Dr. Clock (2015), Silver Atlantic Journalism Award Best Multimedia Feature: Fort Mac to Halifax (2015), First Runner Up White River Indie Film Festival Transmedia Award (2015), National Community Radio Association Special Programming Award: StackStories (2014).
In all her work, Veronica seeks to provide space for old questions, new voices and resonant sounds. She believes beauty is the sharpest tool in our arsenal and has dedicated her life to listening out for it.
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