Are you passionate about music? Do you want to learn more about the tech that drives live music?

We have the perfect workshop for you.


Girls+ Rock Ottawa is teaming up with the City of Ottawa’s Community Arts + Social Engagement to present Soundtech 101, a workshop designed for musicians and techies who want to learn about the sound engineering that happens behind the scenes at live music shows. This hands-on workshop will give you the knowledge and tools to mix live music as a sound technician and to master the soundcheck as a musician.

Formerly known as DIY Audiotech for Women+, we’re excited to offer this revamped course regularly as part of our mission and mandate to increase representation in music - both on and off the stage. Participants will learn the tech side of music in a safe, supportive environment with an experienced sound technician. Women currently make up 5% of all audio engineers: we can change that.

The Soundtech 101 Workshop will provide you with an overview of:

  • Gear and equipment that make up live shows

  • How to set up a PA system

  • Reading stage plots & evaluating tech demands

  • Running a sound check

  • How to achieve balanced sound for a live show

  • Troubleshooting common problems

Receive a Soundtech Toolkit that includes:

  • A soundtech guidebook

  • Additional resources and handouts, including a soundcheck ‘cheat sheet’

  • Access to continuing education opportunities, including FREE mentoring with a professional soundtech


Saturday, October 5, 2019

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Ave, Ottawa, ON

Routhier Community Centre is fully accessible.

Organizers acknowledge that this program takes place on unceded Algonquin territory.


Sliding scale: $25 to $275


This program is open to girls, women, femmes, trans, non-binary, two-spirit, and gender non-conforming folk ages 13+.

No experience required.



Kimberly Sunstrum

Kimberly Sunstrum is a Queer, Afro-Canadian singer-songwriter from the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Growing up in both Botswana and Canada throughout her formative years, she listened to a mix of South African pop hits, classic R&B, old-time country and Traditional Motown; genre styles that are present and evident in her music. Kimberly has performed at RBC Bluesfest and Westfest, and in 2018 was nominated for the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award.

Kimberly is also a certified audio and sound technician, graduating in the top of her class at the Recording Arts of Canada. She is looking forward to supporting the development of the next generation of sound technicians in Ottawa and beyond.


About Community Arts + Social Engagement

Community Arts & Social Engagement (CASE) programming places emphasis on the role of the community within the creative process. Through special projects and initiatives, course design, instruction, workshops, commissions, and partnerships, CASE aims to deliver high quality programs that respond to community needs.