It’s HOT. Hotter than ever before. The air feels electric, magnetic opposites everywhere and you’re in the middle. It’s pushing, it’s pulling, it won’t stop and you’re restless, we’re all so incredibly restless. A frenzy is building inside and needs a release.

Cluster 2024 is here to guide you, with four incredible music events premiering new and exciting music from world-class artists locally and nationally, an interactive audio sculptural installation that brings us closer to the waterways that shape this fine city, and a new series of workshops for the curious and creative (of all ages!) Cluster: a cold plunge for the hottest day of your life.

— Artistic Director Ash Au

Cluster 2024 Events


An installation by Michael Lucenkiw, Co-presented with Video Pool Media Arts Centre

Opening June 7, 2024
The Poolside Gallery, Video Pool Media Arts Centre
100 Arthur Street

Environment Machine Shop is an exhibition of interactive artworks that invites guests to play, learn and interact with water samples collected from several sites along the Red River in Winnipeg. Through a series of water pumps, LEDs, lenses, audio samples and sounds, Environment Machine Shop encourages visitors to reimagine their relationship with the Red River—an important ecosystem that’s often mistreated. Visitors are encouraged to turn knobs, press buttons and interact with all of the sculptures which are Victorian-era inspired science machines or instruments, re-interpreted in a hacker/maker style using Arduinos, copper piping, and other found and reused materials to engage with Red River water samples.



Friday, May 31, 2024
Doors/Show: 7:30/8:00pm
The Forks, Room 201
1 Forks Market Road

Konjo is an emerging DJ and sound artist that uses genres such as House, electronic, Techno, Dancehall, as a portal to create space for their communities. Konjo places their intentions with blending various genres as a way to create their own worlds, building and rebuilding to transform dancefloors as a site for liberation. Making the dancefloor a space for dreaming and to think beyond what a dancefloor can do, be or look like. As a Black queer femme, and wanting to be able to be in conversation with the 2SQTBIPOC audience that they are playing for. They use critical fabulation as a way to fill in the gaps where the erasure of Blackness when it comes to genres such as house, electronic and techno.

The experimental sound performance titled HYPERFEMME GALACTICA uses the medium of DJing to be more than just a dance party but a site to consider the ways that anything can be transformed into an incubator for dreaming. The performance piece offers a place to think of a utopia and how are we creating our own heaven when it isn’t accessible to us?

This event is made possible with the support of The Forks Corporation and Pride Winnipeg and is a co-presentation with Gorge Festival.



June 6, 2024
Doors/Show: 7:30/8:00pm
The West End Cultural Centre
586 Ellice Avenue

A triple-feature concert with Debashis Sinhas, Jason Tait and Compost that explores the meditative, trance-inducing power of sound. Sinhas’ quadraphonic sound performance, Rückstreuung, uses the principles of subharmonic synthesis to create an immersive sound field for the audience, responding in real time to the architecture and the interplay of frequencies. This improvised performance interacts with the moment to offer a hearing experience that is rooted in traditions of meditation and active listening. Jason Tait will be premiering a new work, a series of structured improvisations for modular and analog synthesizers, sculpting an all enveloping sound bath for listeners to lose themselves in. Compost will be premiering, Decomposed, a multi-movement through-composed work for Fender Rhodes, electric bass, drums, spoken word samples, and projected time-lapse photography. Collective improvisations will be recorded and then decomposed into harmonically simple, polyrhythmic cellular motifs, mimicking the connective roles of mycelium.

This concert is presented in partnership with the West End Cultural Centre.


domo 11 x meanspath x Zorya Arrow | Olivia Shortt + Jaime Black

Saturday, June 8, 2024
Doors/Show: 7:30/8:00pm
Room 201, the Forks

Electronic artists meanspath and domo11, and dance Zorya Arrow premiere a new transdisciplinary work, Symphony of Self, a four-part structured improvisation for movement, sound and livestream, inviting audiences to explore the echo chambers of “self-identity” in relation to “other”.

Composer and saxophonist Olivia Shortt (TO) joins forces with Winnipeg-based multidisciplinary artist Jaime Black for one night only, presenting new collaborative work, taking audiences on a journey through uncharted sonic realms.


Madeline Hildebrand | Everett Hopfner | Sarah Jo Kirsch | Natanielle Felicitas

Sunday, June 9, 2024
Doors/show: 7:30/8:00pm
The West End Cultural Centre
586 Ellice Avenue

Using the beautifully resonant grand piano as a template, composers and pianists continue to push further, contending with all manners of extensions: processing live and fixed electronics, preparing the strings with any number of foreign materials, and augmenting the sound with additional keyboard instruments. Madeline Hildebrand and Everett Hopfer take audiences on an exploration of these dazzling soundscapes with a program of keyboard repertoire that defies expectation.

Cellist Natanielle Felicitas, is renowned for her cross-genre collaborative in Winnipeg’s music scene and will be presenting a rare solo performance featuring a premiere of new cello and electronics work.

Long-time collaborators and contributors to Cluster, but never at the same time, Sarah Jo Kirsch and Madeline Hildebrand bring a musical offering about feeling way too much in a world of contradictions. Oscillating between the emotional extremes that roil in this masterfully selected program of pieces, Kirsch and Hildebrand presents listeners with a salve for the ache and shines a poetically hopeful light on the absurdity of it all.

This concert is presented in partnership with the West End Cultural Centre

Bring Your Own Score: Composers’ Test Kitchen

May 5, 12 & 19 2:00-4:00pm, May 25 4-7pm
VideoPool Media Arts Centre
100 Arthur Street

PLAY: Graphic Scoring for Kids

Saturday, June 8, 2024, 10:00am
The Forks Market, Room 201
1 Forks Market Road


Sarah Jo Kirsch
May 25 & 26, 2024, 10:00am - 3:00pm
The Forks Market, Room 201
1 Forks Market Road

MOVEMENT + SOUND: Weather Parade Dance Theatre

Saturday, June 8, 2024, 12:30pm
The Forks, Room 201
1 Forks Market Road

Cluster 2024 Artists

Zorya Arrow / Jaime Black / Compost / domo11 / Natanielle Felicitas / Madeline Hildebrand / Everett Hopfner / Sarah Jo Kirsch / Konjo / Michael Lucenkiw / meanspath / Olivia Shortt / Debashis Sinha / Jason Tait / … and more

Cluster is one of Winnipeg’s “most dynamic arts events”
(Winnipeg Free Press, 2015)

Presenting thought-provoking events and an annual core festival in Winnipeg, Cluster is a platform for artists to create, to experiment, and to collaborate. Cluster is propelled by strength found in numbers and the energy created by integrating diverse artistic communities – combining collective mentality with individual sensibility.

Past Festivals

Over its first eight festivals, Cluster has presented more than 250 artists from around the world, commissioning 13 large-scale artworks and over 60 smaller-scale artworks.

Past Photos

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Past Programs

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Who's Involved?

Cluster is made up of a collaborative co-directorate, supported by a board of directors and seasonal volunteers.

  • Ashley Au

    plays matchmaker with artists and audiences across a multiverse of disciplines through the lens of collaborative community building.

Board of Directors

Brady Allard • Claire Boning • Eliot Britton • Daniel Britton • Gordon Fitzell • Leigh Anne Parry

Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival is operated out of Treaty 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples as well as the homeland of the Métis Nation.

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