The 2008 Vancouver International Children's Festival hosted Sonic Playground in Vanier Park during an eight-day event for children and adults of all ages that featured more than thirty local sound and music artists.

Machines, toys, computers, quilts, and more became instruments. There were musical performances throughout the day, a self-guided soundwalk, and unusual sonic sculptures to explore (both indoor and out). Sonic Playground encouraged an environment where no noise was a bad noise.

May 16, 2008
Martin Fisk, Victoria Gibson, Brad Muirhead, Paul Plimley, Quadrabalarimbamaphone / Discovering Magic in Sound

Performance by Erato Ensemble

May 17, 2008
Performance by Lee Hutzulak, Jean Routhier, Rachael Wadham

May 19, 2008 
Performance by JP Carter, Lisa Cay Miller, Ron Samworth

Sonic Playground artists included:
Kathryn Best, Frederick Brummer, Diana Burgoyne, Nikki Carter, Miles de Courcy, Gretchen Elsner, Erato Ensemble, Martin Fisk, Victoria Gibson, Mark Haney, Michael Hathaway, Lee Hutzulak, Katherine Johnston Odette LeBlanc, Lisa Cay Miller, Brad Muirhead, Paul Plimley, Jean Routhier, Rusty Tin Can, Ron Samworth, Kyle Shepard, Stefan Smulovitz, Nina Spinney, and Rachael Wadham.
Sonic Playground was a joint initiative of Western Front, Vancouver New Music, and NOW Orchestra that paired youth with professional artists to explore experimental practices in sound and music.

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