Archive for September, 2008

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Reading @ Tertulia Series

September 26, 2008

I’ll perform excerpts from Wide slumber for lepidopterists and EFHILMNORSTUVWY at tonight’s inaugural Tertulia Reading Series in Toronto (8pm, Tranzac Club, Bloor and Brunswick). I’m excited to share the stage with Corey Frost and Motion. Do come if you can! And check out their beautiful poster below…

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Poem: Taddle Creek

September 23, 2008

“Look into the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don’t look around the eyes” *snap* “you’re under…” – Little Britain‘s Kenny Craig sketch

Derek McCormack guest-edited the next issue of Taddle Creek, with a Hallowe’en theme. The issue features texts by Nancy Baker, Tony Burgess, Joey Comeau, Rick Crilly, Peter Darbyshire, Brian Joseph Davis, Beth Follett, Sandra Kasturi, Susan Kernohan, James Lindsay, Jude MacDonald, Pasha Malla, Jason McBride, Erisa Niru, Emily Pohl-Weary, Andrew Pyper, Patrick Rawley, Brett Alexander Savory, Emily Schultz, R. M. Vaughan, and Zoe Whittall. I have a new poem in it, too! As his curatorial inspiration, Derek presented us with charming hand-delivered invitations that included yumminess (eyeball gum!). My resulting poem is suitably coated in sugar-fuelled ocularity.

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New Music Marathon

September 19, 2008

This Saturday, September 20th, I’ll join sound artists Michelle Irving and Jamie Todd to collaborate on three live performances at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square as part of 3-Sided Square at the New Music Marathon (2-8pm). We’ll debut the collaborations after 6pm. We’ll spend the earlier part of the day recording sounds in the area around the square, and then will use our soundwalk recordings to build sonic material for the performance. They’ll use laptops; I’ll be on mic with structured improvisation and poetry written throughout the day. Should be a neat immersion in acoustic ecology and soundscaping.

The Marathon looks packed with fascinating performances (by Kyle Brenders, Rob’s Collision, Eve Egoyan, and more), so do pop by if you’re in the downtown area. The 3-Sided Square collaborations are the brainchild of Darren Copeland and a project of New Adventures in Sound Art. Come if you can!

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Decadent Rare Series

September 18, 2008

My collaborator Ciara Adams launches the inaugural event in her new Decadent Rare Series this evening in Toronto at Supermarket (268 Augusta Ave., 7pm). I’ve taken a supporting role in the series’ formation and enactment, curation and hosting. Greatly looking forward to the sonic excitation of tonight’s performers: Natalie Walschots, Sule Heitner, Sean Dixon, and Ciara Adams.

If you’re in Toronto, come out! If you can’t be there in person, the show will be broadcast live online at http://apps.synclive.com. I have attempted to embed the live video below this paragraph… Will be interesting to see if it actually works once we’re on air.

Watch this show and more at SyncLive.com

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Department of Culture

September 5, 2008

In reaction to the Tory government’s recent announcement of arts-funding cuts: Department of Culture (visit the site, bookmark it, share it). The Toronto Star offers an article overviewing last night’s town hall meeting at the Theatre Centre in Toronto, where the Department of Culture was announced as a proactive response to the cuts. The Department of Culture website has already posted audio and video recordings of last night’s meeting.

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Ssh Aah Ohh

September 3, 2008

This past July, I worked with Rea McNamara and Nicholas Longstaff, two media artists in residence at the Canadian Film Centre. They created an interactive art installation called “Shh Aah Ohh” during their tenure, which incorporates sound poetry with live projection and participant-directed movement. The sound poetry included in the installation was recorded in solo sessions with Lillian Allen, Rob Read, and me.

They will unveil their installation to the public as part of Nuit Blanche 2008 (October 4, 7pm to October 5, 7am) at the Lennox Gallery (12 Ossington Avenue, just north of Queen Street West). Everyone is invited!

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