Join Us on a Unique Series of Sound Walks

Lake Huron Sunsets get almost all the attention, but it’s Sunrises that inspire us:  along the Lake on three Sound Walks and on the G2G Trail for a fourth Sound Walk this week.

To find out just what a Sunrise Sound Walk actually is, I asked Anne Bourne, the internationally applauded ecologist, composer, musician and environmentalist who will lead our one-hour Walks.  Here’s Anne’s reply:

We walk very slowly in silence and listen, enjoying the quality of light and the dawn chorus as it appears that day.  We will not be having a lecture of scientific identification of the flora and fauna.  We will listen.  

“We will focus our attention on all the sounds of the multi species soundfield, or we will focus on one sound.   I will lead some voice warmups and we will sing! 

“When we each find a good place, we will sit or stand, and tone with our voices, reinforcing a sound we are hearing.   And we will close with a simple Heart chant.”

Sounds very interesting to me.  I’ll meet you each morning at the starting points.

Advance tickets are available on the Festival website, ( ) but it’s also fine to pay $20 when your Walk begins.  And if you’d like your morning refreshment handy, please bring your own beverage in your own reusable cup. 

Here are the specific meeting locations where each Sunrise Sound Walk begins at 7am

Thursday, June 9 – Port Albert (beach)
– 1 Melbourne Street, Port Albert, ON N7A 3X9 (map)

Friday, June 10.   Port Blake (beach)
Port Blake Day Park, 71111 Bluewater Highway, Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0 (map)

Saturday, June 11.  Blyth (G2G Trail)
Meet at the Butterfly Garden/Water Tower on west side of Hwy 4, north of Westmoreland Street, south of the bridge over the river.  (map)

Sunday, June 12.  Bayfield (beach)
56 Howard Street West, Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0 (map)

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Can you imagine listening near Lake Huron at dawn, or with the many species in a woodland trail? Our four Sunrise Sound Walks, led by Canadian environmental artist and composer Anne Bourne, will explore the Lake’s wave patterns, the complex resonance of its deep waters, tectonic currents, the shifting shoreline sands, and the many pulses found in a forest floor. If this sounds exceptional, it is. Each intimate group of walkers shares a unique experience by listening to voices in nature, adding their own voices to a tone chorus in an environmental dialogue, all under the guidance of a world-famous musician and environmentalist.

Rain or Shine: Dress according to the weather. This walk will be along the lake shore.