Nerd Nite 63: Home Edition, Vol. 8

It is the future, the distant future. Nerd Nite Edmonton is hosting an evening of talks on electronic music.

Nerd Nite is on November 25th at 7:30 pm, in your own home.

Tickets are pay what you will through our partners at Edmonton Fringe Theatre.

Please welcome to the stage:

Drew Lamb: Sequencing Waves

I will talk about a passion of mine, creating electronic music with hardware synthesizers and drum machines. I have taken a journey into music creation that used to be frequented, but forgotten about in today’s day of advanced technology. This talk will include everything from my journey, my setup, pros and cons of this type of setup, and a demo of my creation process.

80s kid, retro gamer, bleep bloop creator, synthesizer tinkerer. I make retro-inspired electronic music with hardware.

Raylene Campbell: Improvising with Found Sound

Raylene (she/her/they/them) looks forward to sharing their passion for silence, listening, sound, and noise making. They’ll talk a bit about their creative process and past work, but will focus on demoing the (Ableton) Live set they use for improvised performance and do a bit of jamming to demonstrate some of the methods used for selecting and manipulating sound in real time.

Raylene Campbell is a sound artist who has embraced various creative practices including improvisation, composition, performance art, sound and image, public intervention, and Deep Listening. She’s studied and worked as a freelance artist in New York and Montreal, has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and taught in the Department of Music at Concordia University. The focus of Raylene’s creative process involves explorations of acoustic ecology, psychogeography, media arts technology, and audience interactivity in both performance and installation environments.

Matthew Wood: Culture is My Education

You probably know Matthew Wood as Creeasian. He will be sharing his approach of making performance programs with the MPC Live.

Creeasian – Dancer, DJ, Beatmaker, is a founding member of the Sampler Café collective, Cypher Wild YEG and a long-time practitioner of hip-hop culture as a whole. He has made a living through DJ’ing, dancing, youth educating, and has in recent years turned his focus to the art of beat making and music production education. Through providing a consistent blend of his indigenous roots and his hip-hop influenced background, Creeasian continues to break boundaries while highlighting the similarities between his traditional culture and his modern influences. Previously on tour with Juno Award winning The Hallucination formerly known as A Tribe Called Red.

Nerd Nite 62: Home Edition, Vol. 7

Forget spooky season. Forget election season. It’s NERD SEASON!

Join us on October 28 at 7:30 pm from your couch (or home office or bathtub). Tickets are pay what you will courtesy of Edmonton Fringe.

Join your Nerd Bosses and presenters:

Murray Billett with Activism, the Choice to Bring your Voice

People have the right, responsibility and obligation to get involved. Murray will share his decades of leadership and advocacy skills to help people build stronger communities, provinces and a better Canada.

Murray is well known as a human rights activist, conflict resolution specialist, educator and advocate for the GLBTQ communities. A former member of the Alberta Review Board, also a former member of the Edmonton Police Commission serving as Chair, Vice Chair and Commissioner serving on Governance and Professional Standard committees, including media responsibilities & past Chair of the Alberta Association of Police Governance. A former Labour Relations Officer and Educator with United Nurses of Alberta. He is a former board member of Equality for gay and lesbians everywhere and Canadians for Equal Marriage, both national boards. Previously involved in the strategic planning, fund raising and Media Spokesperson for the Delwin Vriend case taking the Government of Alberta to the Supreme Court of Canada. Murray is Co-Founder of the Edmonton Gay & Lesbian Community/Edmonton Police Service Liaison Committee and served as Co-Chair. Also a former director of GALA (Gay and Lesbian Awareness) He is past board member of the Aids Network of Edmonton.

Dana Sanderson with No Bones About It: Skeleton Articulation

Have you ever looked at a skeleton in a museum and thought “How do they do that?” Do you wistfully look at roadkill, and think “Boy, I sure would like your bones!” Are you some sort of weirdo that likes the idea of immortalizing a beloved pet as a beautiful skeleton? Well then you’re in luck! I’ll run through the process for taking a dead animal and getting its bones out, cleaned, and put back together. (TW, this presentation will involve frank discussions involving dead animals, including pictures that some viewers might find disturbing/gross.)

Despite being a squeamish kid, Dana has managed to become the resident “that guy” whom people call when they find something dead. After building his first skeleton in 2013, he has processed dozens of skeletons since then, from a wide variety of animals. His work can be found in the Royal Alberta Museum, MacEwan University, as well as private collections. He is passionate about comparative skeletal anatomy and how it elucidates our place in the natural world.

Colin Knoll with Bitcoin: The Newest Tool in the Battle Against Inflation

Surging inflation is a global problem that has been impacting countries all over the world since the COVID-19 pandemic. Unprecedented amounts of government stimulus packages have been launched to combat the reduction in economic activity, lockdowns, and scaled social programs. The stimulus packages that have been implemented are now causing price and asset inflation in many countries, including Canada, and in some cases, hyperinflation and the complete destruction of purchasing power.

The last decade has seen Bitcoin as the best performing asset ever. Reaching $1T in market value, and over 150M users on the Bitcoin network, Bitcoin is the same monetary size as companies such as Facebook, Apple, and Google. Bitcoin’s unique and stable characteristics make it a perfect tool to help individuals all over the world combat inflation.

This talk will help the audience understand how Bitcoin will sustainably empower individuals to protect their purchasing power, reduce financial inequality and protect against crushing inflation.

Colin Knoll is the current Director of Strategy for a leading foreign exchange and global payments company in Canada, Firma Foreign Exchange. Colin is an educator at MacEwan University where he teaches courses in business, management, and strategy. Colin is a bitcoin researcher and has been a guest at a number of podcasts, speaking on various topics related to bitcoin. Colin’s current research is centered around bitcoin as savings technology, empowering individuals all around the world to combat inflation and reduce financial inequality. Colin’s mission is to educate people all around the world about the benefits of bitcoin.

Nerd Nite 61: Home Edition, Vol. 6

Since Nerd Nite September falls on National Truth & Reconciliation Day, we are featuring three Indigenous speakers.

NN 61 is on September 30 at 7:30 pm from the safety of your home.

Thank you once again to our partners Fringe Theatre who will be running our technology for us.

Tickets are pay what you will and can be found on the Fringe’s website.

Taz Augustine: The Dark Side of Catholicism in Indian Residential Schools

“As a daughter of an Indian residential school survivor I believe it is important that the truth be told. Many folks do not know what happened in the Residential schools and the dark role nuns & priests played in ‘killing the Indian in a child.’ I have no fear in bring truth to light.”

As an Advocate for the Protection and Inclusion of Indigenous Spirituality, Elder Taz has worked as Indigenous Spiritual Counsellor, and has provided psycho-educational healing ceremonies, workshops, and training within communities and Corrections Institutions for more than 25 years. Her expertise includes Genocide Awareness & Affects, Systemic Racism, Inter-generational Trauma, PTSD, event planning and peaceful activism.

Juanita Tallman: Blackfoot Sky Stories

“I’m Blackfoot and currently live in Missoula Montana and Blood Reserve Alberta. I teach about Blackfoot Culture and love to share my knowledge as the CEO of Niitsitapii. My experience includes Writing-on-Stone Interpretive supervisor and AEUB field inspector, but my Blackfoot knowledge was my choice of study. I’ve learned from elders and have many cultural commitments, which include teaching my children.

My main priority is to teach, learn and preserve indigenous peoples culture. I hope to build Niitsitapii up so that we can support other cultures not just Blackfoot as we grow.

The Blackfoot have many stories which include the stars and sky beings. I’ll be sharing these stories which have shaped our lives as Blackfoot people.”

Sarah Buffalo and Chrystal Buffalo: Science Fiction in Beadwork and Indigenous Communities

The Sparkling Buffalo is mother-daughter duo Sarah and Chrystal Buffalo, multidisciplinary artists from Montana First Nation. They combine semi-precious stones with traditional beadwork, seamlessly integrating designs into Indigenized futuristic realities.

Through the evolution of the business, the vision that started it all has remained, that of elevating Cree fashion and art in the lens of Canadians, as well as creating an opportunity for Maskwacis culture to be showcased on the International stage.