Archive for October, 2008

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Reading at Dirty Laundry

October 30, 2008

I’ll join Greg Kearney, Tamai Kobayashi, Dwayne Morgan, Steve Venright, and Zoe Whittall to read erotic texts as part of Dirty Laundry, a reading curated by Louise Bak as part of the Explicit Fantastic exhibition. The reading is scheduled for 7pm at Hollywood Coin Lounge, 180 Ossington Ave., Toronto.

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Kallfæri a hoosh a has

October 29, 2008

The fourth and final instalment of Eiríkur Örn’s sound-poetry radio show, Kallfæri, features work by Dokaka, The Four Horsemen, W. Mark Sutherland, Beth Anderson, Christian Bök, and me. It’s available online in its entirety.

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Montréal reading at The Pilot Series

October 22, 2008

I’ll join J.R. Carpenter, Darren Bifford, Michelle Sterling, and Rebecca Silver Slayter at Montréal’s Pilot Reading Series this Sunday, October 26th (Bar Blizzarts, 3956A St. Laurent, 9pm). I plan to debut a new suite called ljóðapoems. Já, oui, yes!

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Náttúra: Environmental activism in Björk sound

October 21, 2008

Björk has released her new single, Náttúra, today to raise awareness on the Náttúra Campaign. Lots of info on this Icelandic campaign is available here. The song is downloadable from iTunes, and proceeds from sales go to supporting the campaign. You can listen to a preview here.

The song is fierce, book-ended by ecological recordings of explosive surf and stuffed with gritty drums (courtesy of phenom Brian Chippendale). Thom Yorke provides siren-like backing vocals to Björk’s call-to-act. The results are electric, urgent.

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Dem said Barack Obama

October 17, 2008

I live in a bustling Toronto market where, daily, reggae is cranked by local stores. From 11am to 7pm, my home is soundpapered with positive revolutions from the neighbourhood DJs (and frequently the same songs are played over and over and over and…). The current market favourite is Cocoa Tea’s “Barack Obama.” (OBAMA!!)

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WSfL in The Surface of Meaning

October 17, 2008

Robert Bringhurst’s stunning new hardcover on typography, The Surface of Meaning: Books and Book Design in Canada (CCSP, 2008), includes a spread of pages from Wide slumber for lepidopterists. The Surface of Meaning features an essay on book design, another essay tracing indigenous languages in Canada and their eventual transition to print, and many full-colour images from books published across the country. Some that caught my eye include Soul Arrow by bill bissett, Rural Night Catalogue by Michael deBeyer, The Soft Signature by Lise Downe, Apikoros Sleuth by Robert Majzels, Truth: A Book of Fictions by bpBichol, tengo sed by Shane Rhodes, Debbie: An Epic by Lisa Robertson, and the always bewitching Griffin and Sabine series by Nick Bantock.

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Nuit Blanche

October 4, 2008

Tonight, I’ll participate in a few Toronto Nuit Blanche activities, including The Element Choir (Queen’s Park, 7-9pm), Fantasia Salon (St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 10:30pm), and Shh Aah Ohh (Lennox Gallery, all night, part of the CFC New Media Lab). Soundtastic!

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