B.E.A.M.S. Art's Birthday 2022
Sponsored by AMAAS

Saturday, January 15th 2020
6:00pm - Midnight

The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS) announced today it will once again livestream Art's Birthday Edmonton 2022 on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. The event, carried on Twitch TV, marks the second time the society has opted for the virtual format in compliance with government directives to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edmonton acts so far slated to take part in the six-hour streamcast include Damno Te, James Parrott, Shawn Pinchbeck, Roschkov & Bordeaux, Don Ross, Samson, SkruntSkrunt, and SWILL. International performers will include Gintas K (Lithuania), Mutant Beatniks (U.K.), Will Northlich-Redmond (U.S.), and UrTeam (Canada/Czech Republic). More artists will be added to the lineup prior to the event, accessible via twitch.tv/beamsdotca

The Edmonton show is based on an idea brought up by Art's Birthday participants in Europe clamoring for a WASH theme, suggesting that artists need to cleanse themselves in the wake of the pandemic and other unfortunate events associated with racism, sexual impropriety, and identity politics. Believing that the world is still not out of the woods, BEAMS opted for a "through the wringer" approach to the international celebration.

Art's Birthday is celebrated by artists in more than 20 countries in response to a proposal made by French surrealist Robert Filliou in 1962. He suggested that one million years ago, art didn't exist until a sponge was dropped into a pail of water and chose Jan. 17, his birthday, to commemorate the occasion. BEAMS has celebrated Art's Birthday in Edmonton since 2010. Art's Birthday Edmonton 2022 is presented by the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society and is sponsored by the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society.