POPOPOPOPOP is a “drinkable publication” that is dedicated to exploring the many connections between soda and sound including bubbles as scores and carbonation as percussion.

According to one student,“I liked that we didn’t really focus on just the simple things, we went deeper and created a soda that’s unique and different from others. And I learnt that unique sounds can fit together very well, or they can destroy each other!”

Along with visiting artists and musicians, POPOPOPOPOP was researched, developed and facilitated by artist duo Big Rock Candy Mountain with Grade 6 students at John A. McDougall Elementary. Due to COVID-19, all workshops took place online and through correspondence. Explorations between sound and soda included:

– Practice listening for small and quiet noises.

– Using bodies as instruments: recording sounds such as gulping and burping.

– Creating links between shape, colour, texture and sound through visual scores.

– Communicating nonverbally through musical conversations, ostinato rhythms and percussion.

– Listening to bubbles with the help of a hydrophone.

– Recording and processing sound through an online sound-editing program.

– Thinking critically about soda advertisements and their appeal to the senses, including the auditory.


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

POPCAST, an 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 students and Musicians Biboye Onanuga and Gareth Gilliland,

MMBOOBLES, a track by musical improviser Charmaine Lee who performed for the class over Zoom, and

BUBBLE SCORE, drawings by the students animated by Chhaya Naran and scored by Mustafa Rafiq.


POPOPOPOPOP was commissioned by the Mitchell Art Gallery and the Edmonton Arts Council and is produced by Boocha Beverages Inc. This project was supported by Ms. Chong, Mrs. Andrews, and Mrs. Zmurchik, teachers 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.

Carolyn Jervis at the Mitchell Gallery, along with Robert Harpin and Danny Ross from the Edmonton Arts Council, helped to support this project. Gina Pasaran was the Edmonton-based artist-on-the-ground. Guest artists and musicians were Andrea Shipka, Brady Marks, Biboye Onanuga & Gareth Gilliland, Carla Lenfesty, Charmaine Lee and Mustafa Rafiq. Chhaya Naran completed the animation for BUBBLE SCORE and Jeff Kulak provided design assistance.

POPOPOPOPOP can be purchased in Edmonton at Tix on the Square, Hideout Distro, Coffee Bureau and Latitude 53. Catch students from John A. McDougall Elementary selling POPOPOPOPOP at pop-up markets hosted by Habesha Market throughout the summer. All proceeds from the sale of POPOPOPOPOP will support future art and music programming at John A. McDougall Elementary School. More retail locations to be confirmed!

The development of POPOPOPOPOP was grounded in the many lands our contributors and supporters gratefully inhabit: Treaty 6, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil- Waututh Territories.