Sold at Griffins’ Landing Convenience Store in Building 6.

POPOPOPOPOP is a drinkable publication dedicated to bubbles-as-scores, carbonation-as-percussion and the many other connections between pop and sound.

It was created by Big Rock Candy Mountain and the Grade 6 students at John A. McDougall Elementary School.

QR codes on the POPOPOPOPOP bottle link to accompanying sound and graphic files:

  • POPCAST: Account of the process, in the voices of the students, mixed alongside some of their own audio compositions

  • SIP SOUND: An interpretation of soda sounds by MacEwan students and musicians Biboye Onanuga and Gareth Gilliland

  • MMBOOBLES: A track by musical improviser Charmaine Lee who performed for the class over Zoom

  • BUBBLE SCORE: Drawings by the students animated by Chhaya Naran and scored by Mustafa Rafiq

Keep up with the MAG’s social media on Facebook and Instagram to follow the publication’s release in many local businesses across Edmonton.

Starting in September, POPOPOPOPOP will be available on campus at the Griffins’ Landing Convenience Store in Building 6. Purchase profits will support future art and music programming at John A. McDougall Elementary School.

During the 2020/21 school year, the POPOPOPOPOP research and development process was facilitated by artist duo, Big Rock Candy Mountain. This work included explorations of sound and soda in the classroom, featuring visiting artists and musicians from across North America and the MacEwan community, including Andrea Shipka, Brady Marks, Biboye Onanuga & Gareth Gilliland, Carla Lenfesty, Charmaine Lee and Mustafa Rafiq. Gina Pasaran was the Edmonton-based artist-on-the-ground, Chhaya Naran completed the animation for BUBBLE SCORE, and Jeff Kulak provided design assistance.

Big Rock Candy Mountain is an artist-run flavour incubator and taste-making think-tank that is initiated by artists Hannah Jickling and Reed H. Reed, along with a variety of guest artists and elementary school students. Big Rock Candy Mountain produces edible editions, workshops and installations with a focus on sensory experience and cooperative cultural production. In each project, the school becomes a candy factory, where artists and children work together to critically riff on the industries that address young people.

POPOPOPOPOP was supported by teachers Ms. Chong, Mrs. Andrews, and principal Mrs. Zmurchik at John A. McDougall Elementary School. Participating students were: Adnan, Arnaud, Khaila, Fardosa, Boubacar, Nora, Paul, Lasiya, Ritvik, Ngoc, Sophia, Jonah, Marki, Maryan, Vincent, Angelica, Ben, Ireland, Myka, Fakiya and Ruftael.

This project was commissioned by the Mitchell Art Gallery and the Edmonton Arts Council, and produced by Boocha Beverages.


John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery (MAG)