A SOUND MAN WITH A CHALLENGING PLAN

Sound artist. Recording engineer and technician. Laptop orchestra composer. Stage manager. Aaron Hutchinson is a man of many hats.

Sound artist. Recording engineer and technician. Laptop orchestra composer. Stage manager. Aaron Hutchinson is a man of many hats.

The Stoney Creek-raised Hutchinson grew up playing the trumpet, studying privately with Tim White and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) principal trumpet player Michael Fedyshyn, and performing in the bands at Orchard Park Secondary School and with the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band, and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.

At McMaster University, Hutchinson studied neuroscience and music cognition, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2012. However, it was a multimedia course at the end of his undergraduate students that really turned his crank. Two years later, with a master’s degree in communication and new media in hand, Hutchinson co-founded HAVN (Hamilton Audio Visual Node), a do-it-yourself (DIY) venue and studio space at 26 Barton St. E., now shuttered due to the pandemic.

“We booked and ran shows there, developed connections in Canadian outsider/DIY/avant-garde/punk scenes, and learned how to present live music,” Hutchinson told The Spectator.

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