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Loudspeakers: Conference

February 18, 2017


MONTREAL – LOUDSPEAKERS is a one day conference exploring gender and race in audio technologies and music production both in academic and practical contexts.

After extensive conversations about gender and race with the Electroacoustic Studies faculty, a small group of dedicated students wanted to invite others to the table and open discussions to the public. The music department’s BFA program has been open to improving the gender balance, acknowledging the barriers in the tech fields and going the extra mile to see change.

LOUDSPEAKERS invites members of the audio, music, and tech worlds to attend and join the discussion.

Admission: Free!
To register -> https://goo.gl/forms/uArSHj8qD0w6rH8y2
Questions, concerns, cancellations: loudspeakersconference@outlook.com



Toula Drimonis, event host and panel moderator. Montreal-based freelance writer, editor, and award-winning columnist. A former News Director with TC Media, her freelance work has appeared in the National Post, the New York Times, Ricochet Media, Ms. Magazine, Buzzfeed Canada, Huffington Post, J-Source, and Le Journal de Montréal, among others. She is a women’s issues contributor for MaTV’s CityLife, was a contributor and host on CJAD 800 talk radio, a current affairs panelist on French-language Bazzo TV, and is a frequent guest on CTV and Radio-Canada.

Kathy Kennedy, cofounder Studio XX, sound artist, Concordia Prof: Presenting at the event (see detailed schedule below)

Kim Penney, M.B.A., Masters in Education, Ph.D in progress; who was a CFO in NYC for twenty years before pursuing academia, which has provided her with incredible insight on racism and sexism in male-dominated fields.

Christopher Towler, B.A., M.A.; manifestation toxic masculinity; future Ph.D applicant at Concordia University.

Julie Slick (tbc), professional touring musician, recording artist and producer; toured with members of King Crimson, Echotest, and others. Currently with Adrian Belew Power Trio.
>> http://julieslick.com/

Mags, Cartoonist. Founding member and de facto leader of girl-group Strange Froots, under NoBad Sound Studio. Author and illustrator of the web series “AtTheNunnery” (2010-2013). Former contributor, cartoonist and music editor at Aile Reve Webmag. Started (2003) and continuing producing songs on FL Studios. At first used for fun on the computer, then turned into something more personal and professional. Most recently concluded 2017 beat tape “Immanence”.
>> https://www.facebook.com/Mags119/
>> https://soundcloud.com/mags92

& DJ Rollergirl!
Rollergirl had her beginnings in the biz at the tender age of 31, learning turntablism from the infamous Dj Pocket. Although initially only interested in ‘’scratching records’’, an epiphany or two later brought her to the world of bars and clubs, where she has stood behind the decks for close to 20 years. Impossible to pigeonhole, she has done guests spots and residencies playing just about every genre you could think of, gracing the likes of Foufounes Électriques, Gogo Lounge, Candi Bar, Velvet, Les Torchés Taverne and Joverse and many other Montreal hotspots, including a slew of legendary Ubisoft parties. Mostly playing funk, 80s and a little rock these days, you can find her if you’re really looking.



This event is generously and proudly supported by: Critical Feminist Activism in Research (C-FAR), the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Sustainability Action Fund (SAF), Concordia Council on Student Life (CCSL), Concordia Student Union (CSU) and Fine Arts Student Alliance (FASA).
Thank you!



3:00 – Introductions & Opening of Conference
3:20 – Kathy Kennedy Presentation on voice and psychoacoustics
4:00 – Break
4:15 – Intro to Panel 1
4:30 – Panel discussion on being part of the music scene with Mags, DJ Rollergirl, and Julie Slick (tbc).
5:30 – Break
5:45 – Intro to Panel 2
6:00 – Panel/discussion on gender and race in academic contexts: what can be improved? With Kim Penney, Christopher Towler, and Kathy Kennedy
7:00 – Closing

We Invite attendees to join us at the Break OUT dance party at Casa Del Popolo after the conference.
-> https://www.facebook.com/events/244928279267548/



The Loudspeakers Conference adheres to a safer space policy. This means the following:

– Racism, as well as ageism, homophobia, sexism, transphobia, ableism or prejudice based on ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, gender presentation, language ability, asylum status or religious affiliation is unacceptable;

– Respect for everyone in all capacities;

– Zero tolerance for harassment of any kind, violence, or threats;

– Be mindful of the boundaries of others;

-Yelling or speaking loudly may be perceived as abusive by others;

– Stay mindful of your body language;

-Responsibility for your actions;

-An open mind to hear to what others have to say;


Concordia’s Hall Building 7th floor (H-767) is accessible by elevator at ground level. Lifts are located behind the escalators, to the left of the security desk and right of the washrooms.

Scent Policy: While we cannot guarantee a scent-free space, please help us keep this event space fragrance-free by not wearing any scented products.

Whisper Translation: Currently available!


Please be advised: This event will be documented by recording (photography, audio, and potentially video).



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