Ears Have Eyes

This just in: Beginning in February 2022, we’ll be hosting a monthly Sound Art radio program on CJSW 90.9 fm in Calgary/Mohkinstsis.

Evolving out of The Hibernation Project, Ears Have Eyes is an auditory exhibition space for sound art on the radio. Every month, artists and musicians respond to a theme, making new compositions or sharing existing works on CJSW’s radio waves. Addressing a need for spaces to exhibit sound-specific contemporary art, Ears Have Eyes invites local, national, and international artists to share spatial soundscapes, auditory aesthetics, spoken word, poetry, experimental compositions, thematic interviews, noise, and other recorded media, transmitted on the radio across Treaty 7 Territory – and beyond.

Named for the intersensorial experience of navigating wild spaces at night (when our ears prick like eyes squinting in the darkness) Ears Have Eyes asks: what can the invisibility of sound illuminate? How does the intimacy of listening open our eyes to ideas we might otherwise overlook? What can sonorous spaces hold that physical spaces cannot? How do we look with our ears, and listen with our eyes?

Hosted by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett

Ears Have Eyes will air the second Wednesday of each month, beginning in February 2022.
You can tune in locally on CJSW 90.9 fm or listen anywhere on www.cjsw.com.

Want to participate? You’re invited to submit sound art, spoken word, field recordings, experimental compositions, interviews, noise, or other pre-recorded media. All works should relate to one of the monthly themes (see section below).

Please note: you may submit music, but it must be experimental in nature (ie. music that is not traditionally played on the radio, or music requiring context to be heard completely).

Sound works will be selected through a combination of invited and submitted projects. Artists may choose to submit pre-recorded sound works, but new work created for the program will be given priority. If you intend to create new work specifically for a theme, email us ASAP and we will hold space on the program for you.

Please submit an email including:

  • An .mp3 or .wav file of your sound work. Files should be no longer than 10 minutes, (unless cleared in advance). New, pre-existing, or archival works are welcome, regardless of the year of origin.
  • The title of your piece and any information you wish to share about the concept.
  • A two sentence bio.
  • A promo image for social media/web promo purposes.
  • An indication of the theme you are applying for.

For more information or to submit your work, email Caitlind & Wayne at EarsHaveEyes@cjsw.com

Selected works will air on CJSW 90.9 fm and www.cjsw.com. All episodes will be available in podcast form after the airing date. We will do our best to accomodate as many pieces as possible within our 60 minute time slot.

Kindly note that Ears Have Eyes is an artist-run initiative and is currently unfunded. In this spirit, we hope to create a situation where experimentation is nourished, and an underrepresented medium finds new audiences on the airwaves. Thank you for sharing your work 🙂

The deadline for sound artworks is the last Wednesday of each month. Ears Have Eyes will air the second Wednesday of each month.

The following themes are prompts rather than firm guidelines. Tenuous and abstract relationships with the theme are welcome.


  1. Ears Have Eyes: spatial conjuring and ear-specific art for the radio
    Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, January 30, 2022*
    Airing: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm // Part of The Hibernation Project 2022

  2. Wild(er)ness: beyond human soundscapes
    Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, February 27, 2022*
    Airing: Wednesday, March 9, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm // Part of The Hibernation Project 2022

  3. The Time Between Us: duration & anticipation, chronological or nonlinear
    Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
    Airing: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm // Part of The Hibernation Project 2022

  4. Journey: sound walks, travel, and traversing the land
    Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
    Airing: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm

  5. Rising Water: over, around, and through
    Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
    Airing: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 // 8 – 9 pm

More themes and dates TBA. Stay tuned!

*First two deadlines extended as part of The Hibernation Project.

Questions? Contact Caitlind & Wayne at EarsHaveEyes@cjsw.com

There are no previous episodes of Ears Have Eyes. However, this Sound Art radio program is based on two radio themes from 2021’s Hibernation Project, which you can listen to below.

VOYAGER RETURNS: alien signals, songs, and sounds, borne by radio to distant ears (Part 2)

March 31, 2021

Audrey Lane Cockett
Castle Souns (Patrick Whitten, Rebecca Reid, Rhys Masrani, Ryan Bourne)
DJ Kel & The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
Jasmine Vickaryous & Jess Arcand
Jenna Swift
Kaunsel (Parker Thiessen)
Noel Begin
OAS (Owen Strasky)

VOYAGER RETURNS: alien signals, songs, and sounds, borne by radio to distant ears (Part 1)

March 24, 2021

Laura Reid & Clinton St. John
Messages from the Stars (Rebecca Reid & Marie Sulkowski)
Michelle Murphy
Sarah Houle & Shane Ghostkeeper
WKO (Whitney Ota)
Zahra Shahab

SOUNDS FROM THE MYSTIC BEACH: escape winter daze on radio waves

February 10, 2021

Chris Locke
Crystal Eyes
Jay Heule
Julia Gunst
Luba Diduch
Rachel Ziriada
The Research Council (Rebecca Reid & Ryan Bourne)
Wayne Garrett
Caitlind Brown

CJSW Radio broadcasts out of Moh’kins’tsis (Calgary, AB) at the University of Calgary campus radio station located on Treaty 7 land. CJSW would like to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III. CJSW would also like to note that the University of Calgary is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Moh’kins’tsis”, which we now call the City of Calgary.

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