Shameless promotion (but not self-promotion) of an event happening in Toronto that looks to be really good:
The Box is a quarterly salon night that aims to bring diverse communities and audiences into an environment of artistic and social intermingling. On September 15th, the Box goes to rare heights. We’re perching atop the Wrigley building and you’re invited to a roof-party with words, performance, humour, and music. Featuring: Claire Jenkins avec band, Jess Dobkin, Karl Mohr, Motion, Mike Hoolboom, Leanda Quinquet (About the Music, CIUT 89.5 FM), Josh Thorpe, Tomboyfriend, Bryen Dunn & Jeanette Cabral (Sex City, CIUT 89.5 FM) and Steve Venright. Beverages courtesy of Mill Street Brewery.
Saturday September 15th
The Wrigley Building
235 Carlaw, 6th Floor (just north of Queen and Carlaw, accessible by the Queen Streetcar and Pape Bus)
$10-$15 scale donation
no one turned away
Host: Louise Bak (Sex City, CIUT 89.5 FM)
Info/RSVP: email@example.com, 416-929-1906
‘her seductive singing voice and magnetic personality anchor the musical troupe Claire Jenkins Avec Band.’ – NOW Toronto. Like nothing and everything that you have heard before Claire Jenkins Avec Band, with producer Don Kerr, are on the cusp of launching their fantastic fantastical album: Crow’s Nest/ Nid de Pie. A whimsical romp with low budget epic proportions.
Jess Dobkin’s performances, artist talks and workshops are presented at museums, galleries, theatres, universities and community centers internationally. She creates innovative live and video solo performances, as well as multiple artist productions. Her creative endeavors have received wide support and recognition, including repeated funding from the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and the Astraea Foundation, She currently teaches as a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto and serves on the Board of Directors at YYZ Artists’ Outlet. For more information about her work and upcoming events, visit: www.jessdobkin.com.
Canadian electronic music producer Karl Mohr composes and performs evocative, moody, electronic songs with heavy beats, powerful vocal performances and dramatic, provocative lyrics. Since 1987, Mohr has released 30 cassettes of his own material. Mohr released his first compact disc in 1997, “The Heck”, which rounded up his industrial-techno work, rich with sampling and fast, heavy, electronic beats. A far more experimental and cinematic compact disc release in 2000, entitled “The End of The Line” featured some dark rock and electronic works, as well as ambient-oriented songs. After a long wait of eight years, 2002 saw the release of Mohr’s earlier Vivaldi tribute, “The Four Seasons 2117” on the Interdimensional Industries imprint. In the same year, while living in Vienna, Austria, Mohr released the mutant “Magic Christmas” holiday album, as well as the introspective lo-fi quirk electro record “Vereinsgasse”. Relocating to Toronto, he began to formulate his live presence, and brought to light the decidedly political and heavy duty retro-wave release “Tools For The Analog Revolution”. His current album, “Full Moon Film”, a marked return to his goth/glam roots, is in the mixdown stage and is slated for release in the winter of 2007.
Motion is one of Canada’s most prolific urban artists – a millennial emcee
— manipulating words to their exponential power. This award-winning artist
has over the years developed into a keen composer and intense performer at
the mic. Few rap artists have successfully elevated Hip Hop and spoken word
to a level that translates into simultaneous radio and television air time,
CD and book sales, and live stage performances. “Give her a word and she’ll
master it, turning it inside out and spitting it back freestyle, sung as
lyric, or embedded in a stanza. The sister can flow.”
mike hoolboom is working on a large internet publishing project: www.fringeonline.ca.
Leanda Quinquet aka DJ L-Tron is host and producer of About the Music, a two hour eclectic and lively music show heard Fridays 3 to 5 pm on CIUT 89.5 FM
Sex City Sluts Jeanette Cabral and Bryen Dunn present Smut with a Twist – a bantering dialogue of love, sex, filth and fucking. Listen up – you never know who you’ll hear. About Sex City: A spoken word show focusing on sex related issues on both a local and an international level. Dedicated to ongoing (s)excavation, not only in terms of sexual health but sexuality in relation to art, politics and culture. Unbiased and in(cite)ful discussions, readings, music and other aural surprises to provoke your intellect. The show can be heard weekly on Saturdays from 5pm to 6pm at 89.5 on the FM dial in the Toronto area, or streamlined at www.ciut.fm. You can also visit us at www.myspace.com/sexcityradio.
Josh Thorpe is an artist, musician, writer, and publisher living in Toronto. His first CD, Flocklight, is available on Rat-drifting, and others are due this year and next on Rat-drifting, Bennifer, and Blocks. He has an MA in music composition from York and is currently taking his master’s in visual studies at UofT. Josh also has an occasional publishing project called Off Cut Press, which put out Very Short Stories and Jokes of Toronto. On September 15 he will be joined by local experimental musicians to make some kind of out-rock or possibly a song by Henry Flynt.
Tomboyfriend is The Premier Siamese-Fighting Prom-Band behind the velvet curtain of what was formerly known as “hotel supermarket” or also “the first world.” With its mystical terrors based so-so on the songwriting of so-so beloved, devilish, nominally gorgeous and lush entertainer Mr. Ryan Kamstra and the exuberance of its members, Tomboyfriend is a rotating cast and crew of artist contributors, including at one time or other Lindsey Fischer, Susan Bustos, Marlena Zuber, Karilynn Ming Ho, Sherwin Tjia, Jim Munroe, Margaux Williamson, Touch Boy, Lauren Bride and scads and scads more. They were born in September 2006. People like their End of Poverty song a lot. The other songs quite a bit too. Currently they are gathering dark powers towards the birth of a second demi-hit “Stop Being.” They have been called “cute.” Now Magazine: “Cleverly warped crunchy pop deconstructions of bisexuality, promiscuity, fashion and more; what nerdcore kids and those who love them get down to on the dance floor. ”
Steve Venright is a Toronto writer and visual artist whose poetry collections include Spiral Agitator (Coach House Books 2000), Straunge Wunder (Tortoiseshell & Black 1996) and The Sleepy Turbine (LyricalMyrical 2003). His new book Floors of Enduring Beauty is being released this fall by Mansfield Press. Through his Torpor Vigil Industries CD label he has released several unique recordings, including Songs of Elsewhere by Samuel Andreyev, A Natural History of Southwestern Ontario by Christopher Dewdney and The Further Somniloquies of Dion McGregor—More Outrageous Recordings of the World’s Most Renowned Sleeptalker. Examples of his work, as well as audio selections from TVI releases, can be found at torporvigil.com.