SurroundSound is a Canadian radio documentary festival celebrating interesting and compelling audio stories by both emerging and veteran journalists, producers and writers. The festival first aired in the summer of 2015 on community radio in Ottawa and Edmonton. The 2019 edition will take place in July.
Why audio storytelling
An article published in The Atlantic on the emotional appeal of audio stories included the following quote by Emma Rodero, a communications professor at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
“Audio is one of the most intimate forms of media because you are constantly building your own images of the story in your mind and you’re creating your own production.”
It is with this in mind that we bring you a selection of audio documentaries that we hope will inspire you – both intellectually and emotionally. Images can be powerful, but audio stories have an undeniable ability to convey emotions, using only voices and sounds, and to connect with listeners through their own imagination.
How to listen to the festival
Our hope with this festival is to share interesting and compelling audio pieces with a wide audience. The 2018 festival will take this July.
Each week we will showcase new documentaries. You will find all information about each documentary under Week 1 to 4 in the menu section above.
The festival will air in Ottawa on CKCU 93.1 FM or online at ckcufm.com, in Edmonton on CJSR FM88 or at cjsr.com, in Regina on CJTR 91.3 FM or at cjtr.ca, in Montreal on CJLO 1690AM or at cjlo.com, in Winnipeg on CKUW 95.9 or at ckuw.ca and in Halifax on CKDU 88.1 FM or at ckdu.ca.
Specific airing times are as follows:
OTTAWA / CKCU 93.1 / MONDAY / 9AM ET* (starts Monday, July 8)
WINNIPEG / CKUW 95.9 / TUESDAY / 5PM CT
REGINA / CJTR 91.3 / WEDNESDAY / 9AM CT
EDMONTON / CJSR 88.5 / WEDNESDAY / 11AM MT
MONTREAL / CJLO 1690AM / THURSDAY / 11AM ET
HALIFAX / CKDU 88.1 / FRIDAY / 4PM AT
The documentaries will also be available after they have aired via each radio station’s archives.
SurroundSound is brought to you by CKCU 93.1FM in Ottawa and CJSR FM88 in Edmonton, in partnership with CKDU 88.1FM in Halifax, CJTR 91.3FM in Regina, CJLO 1690 in Montreal and CKUW 95.9 in Winnipeg.