The Box invites you to an evening of short words, film, performance and music by:
Annie Onyi Cheung
+ door treats from Alert Music, Arc Poetry Magazine, Carousel, Coach House Books, Dandyhorse, DC Books, Geist, Hunter and Cook, Mercer Union, Pedlar Press, Public, The Malahat Review,Matrix, Shameless, Tightrope Books, Transit Publishing, Worn Journal and others.
The Box is a quarterly salon night of readings, performances, screenings, interventions and networking that aims to bring diverse communities and audiences into an environment of artistic and social intermingling.
Annie Onyi Cheung is an emerging Toronto-based artist who has been making performance art since 2004. Her work has been concerned with relational and identity politics, with increasing focus on generational and cultural difference. A recent graduate with a degree in Visual Art and Art History from the University of Toronto Scarborough and a co-founder of Collective, a Toronto-based collaborative performance group, Cheung's work and performances have been shown extensively at galleries throughout the Toronto area. She has also performed at several installments of The Labsessions, hosted by Labspace Studio, and screened work at 7a*11d's International Performance Festival and the Toronto Urban Film Festival. In 2009 she became a member of the curatorial performance collective 7a*11d. Cheung recently led an artist workshop for Gendai Gallery and presented new work at Fleishman Gallery and Blackwood Gallery. _scape with 6 and 7 with multi-channel sound design by Michelle Irving will be seen at the upcoming Nuit Blanche in Toronto, curated by Christof Migone. www.onyi-ajar.com
Robert Dayton is a distinctive personality of many talents that often converge. Most recently Robert has been making short weekly videos as "The Canadian Romantic" which merges his writing, visual art, and performance practices. Robert has exhibited in numerous shows and publications such as Paper Rodeo, Free Drawings, Bananafish, Cinema Sewer, and Roctober. His work appears in the book "Nog A Dod: Prehistoric Canadian Psychedooolia" (Conundrum). As a visual artist Robert did a recent series of New Beard Archetypes and a series of Fantasy Beards at Paul Petro Special Projects, His distinct writing veers into humorous navel gazing, experimental fiction, pop cultural anthropology (often of the Canadian sort), and sometimes all points at once. Robert regularly contributes features, reviews, obits, a massive Paul Williams interview, an indepth Tonetta interview (Tonetta's first in-person) and quips to such publications as Roctober, Cinema Sewer, and Hunter and Cook. As a performer and songwriter Robert is in the art rock group Wet Dirt; the melodramatic glitter rock act Hallmark; defunct acid downer folk trio Points Gray (with Dan Bejar of Destroyer and Julian Lawrence) who left behind one 'lost' album; legendary longtime lucidly malleable act July Fourth Toilet, who have released two albums so far and a multitude of differently themed shows with a mandate of no two shows the same; and modern song and dance duo Canned Hamm (he is Lil Hamm who performs and banters alongside Big Hamm) who have released four albums and have toured their way into the hearts of people everywhere. As DJ Body Beautiful, he spins without boundaries at such regular events as FEELINGS where he also designs the posters.
Claudia Dey is a novelist, playwright and columnist. She writes the weekly Coupling column for The Globe and Mail. She also wrote The Globe and Mail's Group Therapy column and Toro magazine's sex column under the pseudonym, Bebe O'Shea. Her plays have been produced internationally and include Beaver, Trout Stanley and The Gwendolyn Poems, which was nominated for the Governor General's Award and the Trillium Award. Her debut novel, Stunt, was chosen by The Globe and Mail and Quill & Quire as Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Her non-fiction follow-up, How to Be a Bush Pilot: A Field Guide to Getting Luckier is published by HarperCollins. Dey lives in Toronto.
Doctor Ew, a.k.a. Drew Smith, one of the jangly, power pop lovers behind The Bicycles has taken a pause from bubblegum bounciness to create an album to stir your spirit. A collection of songs that feel lost in time; sweeping, rumbling and crashing tunes spawn Doctor Ew's debut album GADZOOKS. Within its 14 tracks, rockers and gospel numbers, country ballads and sweet + savoury pop songs are melded together to create a wholly satisfying listen. Gadzooks is brimming with rich, spine-tingling emotion, laced with macabre, Ed Gorey-esque imagery and mixed with a healthy dose of camp. The Doctor rides through the dark vibe waves on his aqua guitar lighting the way with his smooth melodies, calming the seas and the souls of his listeners. Only running in under half an hour, the album conjures repeated listens. Many notable bodies were used in creating this album; credits include Sandro Perri for mixing and performing, Neil Quin (of Zeus), Peter Project, Jay Nunes + Darcy Rego (of The Meligrove Band), Laura Barrett, Andy Lloyd (of The Born Ruffians), Maylee Todd, Brent Randall and The Bicycles.
Lynne Heller is a Canadian post-disciplinary artist and educator. Her interests encompass material culture, new media performative interaction, graphic novels and sculptural installation. International exhibitions include a solo exhibition and residency at the Australian National University, Canberra, AU; Low Lives 2, El Museo de Barrio, NYC, USA (among other locations), Hysteria: Past Yet Present, Rutgers University, Newark, USA; The Stray Show, (Art Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA); Neck of the Woods, England; IKEA, Ireland; Deviant Detours, Mexico; artist residency, Palazzo Rinaldi, Italy; IV International Textile Festival, Japan; and solo exhibitions at The University of Cuba, Havana, Cuba. Heller completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and is currently teaching at the Ontario College of Art and Design University.
Annette Mangaard has written, produced and directed fifteen films in more than a decade as an independent filmmaker. In February 2009 Mangaard was invited to Argentina for a retrospective of her films at the Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires, in 1990 she presented a solo screening of her films at the Pacific Cinemateque in Vancouver, Canada and in 1991 at the Kino Arsenal Cinemateque in Berlin, West Germany. Mangaard has just completed a one hour documentary about the famous artists trio General Idea and their artists activism work around AIDS. She has just completed directing a feature film on the Inuit artists co-operative in Cape Dorset, Nunavut KINNGAIT: RIDING LIGHT INTO THE WORLD. Recent work includes a feature length experimental documentary, INTO THE NIGHT, with the NFB. Other films include THE MANY FACES OF ARNAUD MAGGS, a one hour documentary on the celebrated Canadian artist/photographer Arnaud Maggs for TVO as well as a half hour art film titled BROKEN DREAMS.
Kathleen Phillips is a Toronto writer, actor and character comedian. She has performed live throughout Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. She has appeared in various series for Television including, "Good Morning World"(Brown Ent./ComedyNetwork) "Cock'd Gunns" (IFC/Showcase) "This Hour Has 22 Mins" (CBC) "House Party," "Hot Box"(Comedy Network) and has provided voices for CBC Radio's "This is That" and "Day 6" Kathleen is a core member of the Laugh Sabbath comedy collective (laughsabbath.com) and Cow Over Moon, an improv based Children's Theatre Company. She makes goofy videos here: www.youtube.com/kathleenphillips and weird recordings here: kathleenphillipscomedy.blogspot.com
John Southworth is one of Canada's most distinctive and iconoclastic music artists, respected for forging ahead with his own unique brand of music-making, while garnering high praise for his inimitable contribution – from both critics and contemporaries alike. His new record, 'Human Cry' will be released on Toronto's Barnyard Records. Recorded with The South Seas (Andrew Downing –bass, Justin Haynes –guitar, Jean Martin –drums), Human Cry's supremely crafted, elegiac songs offer rare and intimate illuminations, artfully performed with seasoned precision and grace. "Remarkably straight-forward, beautiful and powerful." – Herohill. John's previous albums include 2009''s feverish, outside pop record "Mama Tevatron" (Michael Barclay of "Radiofreecanukistan" proclaimed it "a strange hybrid of Esquivel, the Ramones and Dirty Mind-era Prince—that has to be heard to be believed"), the surreal balladry of "The Pillowmaker" (also w/ The South Seas), which garnered cover versions by Canadian artists Sarah Slean, Veda Hille and Kim Barlow, and his signature orchestral debut, "Mars Pennsylvania", hailed by Exclaim Magazine as "the most original debut by a Canadian artist since Mary Margaret O'Hara's 'Miss America'". Recently John has contributed a song ('Bcc') for Buck 65's new record "20 Odd Years", as well for recent Hawksley Workman and Jully Black records. He continues his rave-winning collaboration with Toronto's 'Art of Time Ensemble', appearing in the past three 'Source & Inspiration' concerts.
The BOX thanks the Toronto Arts Council.