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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 2017 edition will take place over four weeks in July.

Why audio storytelling

A recent 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. From exploring the largest slum in East Africa to investigating coffee rust in Nicaragua to exploring heartache to understanding 3D printing, it is our hope that these documentaries will draw you in and take you on a journey. 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. As mentioned above, the 2017 festival will take place over four weeks in July, beginning the week of July 3rd.

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, and in Halifax on CKDU 88.1 FM or at ckdu.ca

Specific airing times are as follows:

OTTAWA:              Tuesdays July 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 2pm – 3pm ET
EDMONTON:        Wednesdays July 5, 12, 19, 26 @  11am – 12pm MT
REGINA:                Thursdays July 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 9am – 10am CST
HALIFAX:              Thursdays July 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 3pm – 4pm AST

The documentaries will also be available after they have aired via CKCU’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, and CJTR 91.3FM in Regina.



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