Kevin Stebner is a multi-disciplinary writer, musician, and artist from Calgary, Alberta.
His first book of poems, Sunshine Policy, is out from Straw Books. Throughout the pandemic he has dedicated the time focused on preparing his first novel, No Thing but Nothing. On top of that Stebner has been delving into the world of concrete poetry, the result of which has been an astounding array of over 300 typewriter visual poems, many of which are appearing in chapbooks and publications (recently from Blasted Tree, NonPlusUltra, No Press & Timglaset). He is also the proprietor of Calgary's best bookstore that's in a shed, Shed Books.
Stebner has spent over two decades dedicated to the DIY music in every capacity imaginable: all ages promotor, educator, helping release over 50 albums music through his labels (Revolution Winter for vinyl, Bart Records for cassettes), not to mention his work as a musician himself. At one point dubbed by Vice as "Calgary's Hardest Working Musician," Stebner has released dozens of albums and toured across Canada multiple times with myriad of projects, notably Stalwart Sons, Cold Water, GreyScreen, and Prepared. Ever active, alt-country band Cold Water are set to release their second LP as well as post-hardcore band Fulfilment are set to drop their first album, both in 2022.
Related to his chiptune project GreyScreen, much of Stebner's artistic installation and exhibition work produces visual art and sound interactives using and manipulating old videogame gear, turning nostalgia in new ways, producing a number of shows and partnerships with the EPCOR Centre, Beakerhead Arts Festival, among others.
2017 Bachelor of Education – University of Calgary
2008 Bachelor of Arts – English, University of Calgary
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ARTIST RESIDENCIES AND INSTALLATIONS
2023 "This is a Poem" concrete poetry & text art exhibition, Central Library (Calgary, AB)
2023 Typewiter art exhibition, Paperview books (Lisbon, Portugal)
2022 "ALLCAPSE" typewriter art art show/installation, duo show with John Gerrard.
2018 PowerGrid & Glitch installations at National Music Centre (Calgary)
2017-2018 GreyScreen “PowerGrid” manipulatable music installation Beakerhead Arts and Science
Festival funding provided by Calgary Arts Development) (Calgary)
2016 GreyScreen “Glitch” visual art installation Beakerhead Arts and Science Festival
2013 GreyScreen “Switches Make Glitches” visual art installation. GIRAF Animation Festival. (Calgary)
2013 GreyScreen “4-winds” soundbomb audio installation & performance. Epcor Center for the Performing Arts, Soundasaurus Festival. (Calgary, AB)
2013 GreyScreen Rom-hack Nintendo visual art installation. Epcor Center for the Performing Arts, Ledge Gallery (Calgary, AB)
RELATED COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
2020-now Organizer and Director Starry Dynamo Arts Market independent DIY artist market showcase,(Calgary)
2019- Proprietor, Shed Books, community focused used bookstore in a shed, (Calgary)
2011-2015 Coordinator and bookings, Ghost Throats all ages music festival, Calgary and Edmonton
2013 Producer and Coordinator, By Heart or By Hearsay 3: Arnold Edition Sweded Film Fest, Good Life Bikes (Calgary, AB)
2012 Producer and Coordinator, By Heart or Heresay: Christmas Edition Sweded Film Fest, Tubby Dog
2012-2013 Producer and Coordinator, By Heart or Heresay community video recreation screening, E.T.: The Ride, Brain Fever full pipe show, Covers Under a Bridge. Choose Yer Own Fest (Calgary, AB)
2011-2012 All ages show booking and coordinator, Undermountain (Calgary, AB)
2011 Coordinator, A Charlie Brown Christmas reenactment, Choose Yer Own Fest
2010 All ages show booking and coordinator, Comrade Sound (Calgary, AB)
2023 Body Slam Wrestling podcast, themes and
2020 "Throwback" short film
2019 Zuldaxx (Red Iron Labs, Calgary), gameplay and menu screen music
2017-2019 multiple games throughout Global Game Jam Calgary
2016-2019 Various soundtracks for game jam/Ludum Dare competitions for Calgary Game Developers
2017 Chiptune Gameboy Music Making Workshop, Calgary Game Developers
2016 Chiptune Gameboy Music Making Workshop, Beakerhead Art & Science Festival
2015 Chiptune Music Making Workshop, Computer Science, University of Calgary
2012 Chiptune Gameboy Music Making Workshop, Sled Island Festival
2010 Chiptune Gameboy Music Making Workshop, Choose Yer Own Fest
2010- Founder, Curator and Producer of Revolution Winter independent vinyl-only recording label with 14 releases
2009- Founder, Curator, and Producer of Bart Records, Independent cassette label with 42 releases