McLuhan Centenary Celebrations – deadline July 2011

Celebrating the life and work of H. Marshall McLuhan (July 20, 1911 – December 31, 1980)

The McLuhan Legacy Network (MLN), a non-profit group based in Toronto, Canada, cordially invites you as a member of the world wide community of electroacoustic artists, acoustic ecologists, electronic/computer musicians, sonic engineers, researchers, scientists, and sound media scholars and business professionals to participate in the upcoming festivities in 2011 marking the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Herbert Marshall McLuhan, renowned Canadian explorer of media, technology and culture.

The McLuhan Legacy Network hosts the official Centenary Web site calendar of events and projects which promote McLuhan scholarship and celebrate his wonderful insights into the new acoustic space we live in. Many activities are already underway locally and globally and will continue throughout the year and beyond; for example, the MLN is hosting a week-long series of events between July 18 and 24, 2011, as well as a high-level International McLuhan Conference at the iSchool, University of Toronto in October, 2011. In conjunction with the anniversary of Marshall’s birthday on July 20 and with the co-operation of sound/sonic/audio artists and technicians from around the world, the MLN also hopes to host an interactive and collaborative global sound event to commemorate this special day.

The MLN also invites the global “sound” community to develop soundscapes, electroacoustic environments, sound sculptures, sonic and audio art productions and performances, as well as studies and analyses which examine and illustrate Marshall’s prophetic ideas and concerns about the new acoustic culture we are creating. The MLN will post on its Web site all local and global projects and events which celebrate the McLuhan Centenary. If you or your colleagues are engaged in or plan a project, event or activity, individually or collaboratively, to honour McLuhan’s life and work, please post the information on the Media Legacy Network Web site. Contact Dr. Robert B. Scott (Professor Emeritus, Ryerson University, Toronto), Acoustic Project Lead, at for further information.

The McLuhan Legacy Network also supports several long-term projects:

— Restoration of the community of McLuhan Scholars in Toronto
— Restoration of the Coach House and the McLuhan Program, University of Toronto
— Development of an on-line McLuhan Museum associated with the Coach House
— Production of a film documenting the 2010-2011 celebrations in Toronto and abroad

For information regarding MLN membership, visit MLN’s Google Group Web site at