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Dr. Nicole Marchesseau has lectured on a wide range of twentieth and twenty-first century topics ranging from Outsider Music to Op Magazine as an example of pre-web social networking to the impact of Canadian content legislation on the popular music industry in Canada to Milton Babbit. Her research areas have included liminality in music cultures, the question of whether or not musical surrealism exists, particularly if we use André Breton’s definition of surrealism as “pure psychic automatism” as a launching point, and the aesthetics of Outsider Music. Publications include “Hmmronk, Skrrrrape, Schttttokkke: Automatism in Music?” in the Italian journal Gli Spazi Della Musica (2018); “Red, White, and Grey: Un-defining Popular Music in Canada” in The Spaces and Places of Canadian Popular Culture (Canadian Scholars Press, 2019); and “Jandek’s Inert Unveiling” in the anthology Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself (Ashgate, 2013).
Nicole has performed at the piano with Jandek, as well as musicians and artists involved in Toronto’s Creative Music scene. Her multimedia collaborations have been featured in North America and in Scotland. In 2008, she and Gabrielle Gillespie, the co-creator of the film “Under My Skin: A Swarm of Bees,” were awarded the 4Talent Award for Innovation at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. The film was also featured at the Rendezvous with Madness Festival in Langley, British Columbia.
Nicole teaches at the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University in Hamilton and has previously taught at The Department of Music Research and Composition at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University and The Music Department at York University in Toronto. She has also guest lectured at Ryerson University. She currently resides in Guelph, Ontario with her husband, her two dogs Paco and Stella, and her grey and white cat Tonks.