Hi Everybody,

Deep hopes you can join us, Sunday, February 23, at an evening of short words, film, performance and music by:

Mark Connery
Cassandra Cronenberg
Adam Herst
Shelby Lamb
Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins
Liz Marshall
Michelle McAdorey
James Stewart

+ door treats from Alert Music, Arc Poetry Magazine, Carousel, Descant, Coach House Books, C Magazine, Dandyhorse, DC Books, Geist, John Kamevaar, Grain Magazine, House of Pomegranates, Hunter and Cook, Mercer Union, Pedlar Press, Public, The Malahat Review, Matrix, Shameless, Tightrope Books, Transit Publishing, Worn Journal and others. Many Thanks to the Toronto Arts Council.

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.

Mark us down. Of course we'd love to see you there, our winter mix.

Sunday, February 23, 2014
334 Queen St. W (backroom)
8 pm


MARK CONNERY is a Toronto cartoonist, writer and artist. His second book, Rudy, will be published this Spring by 2D Cloud.

CASSANDRA CRONENBERG is a painter, writer and filmmaker living in Toronto. She has an Honours BA in East Asian Studies from McGill University and a BA in Psychology from York University. She has worked as an Assistant Director in Feature Film for 10 years and has been a part of numerous group and solo painting exhibitions. She is currently working on a Novella, a painting exhibition with Italian composer Ivan Iusco, film development and recently wrote, directed, produced and acted in her first short film “CANDY”, which had its World Premiere at TIFF 2013. Her first published work of fiction was published in Canadian Voices Volume II. Her first published portrait was published in Misunderstandings Magazine #16.

ADAM HERST is a Toronto based artist, arts manager, and curator. He is interested in the tension between ideas, their ownership, and their reproduction, and in exploring the proposition that ideas which are designed for dissemination will be disseminated. Adam's most recent work includes projects for Art of the Danforth 2012, The Textile Museum of Canada's reDesign, and Labspace Studio's The Noise Project. Adam has received both an HBA in Arts Management with a Major in Studio, and an HBSc in Cognitive Psychology with a Major in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Adam is a member of the curatorial collective which produces the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art and has served on the board of FADO Performance Inc. When Adam isn't creating art, he provides information technology services to arts organizations.

SHELBY LAMB is a songwriter, performer and teacher. She is a graduate of Humber College’s music program. Majoring in voice, she furthered her studies in guitar and piano. She has released two original albums since 2006. With 20 years stage experience, Shelby is a versatile performer. She began singing Janis Joplin covers fronting her own band at the tender age of 17. She ventured overseas singing in a Top 40 band for many months. She spent years crooning Jazz standards at many notable venues in Toronto. Shelby’s first love is writing and performing original material. She has toured in and around Southern Ontario promoting her albums. Shelby is also a music instructor. She teaches voice, piano, guitar and Orff instruments to students ranging in age and ability. Shelby has one child and resides in Toronto.

JENNIFER MARMAN and DANIEL BORINS have practiced sculpture, installation and media art in Toronto since 2000. Jennifer Marman is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. Daniel Borins is a graduate of McGill University. Both Marman and Borins are also graduates of the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2001 - where they first met and began collaborating together. Recent examples of the artists’ work abound in the museum and public spheres. In the fall of 2008 Marman and Borins participated in a group sculpture show at the National Gallery of Canada entitled Caught in the Act. In 2009 Marman and Borins completed a commission for a large-scale interactive work for the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Business. One of their upcoming public projects includes a sculpture commission for Downsview Subway Station received from the Toronto Transit Commission. In the fall of 2013, they had their first solo show at Tierney Gardarin Gallery in New York. Recently their work has been exhibited at Galeria OMR, Mexico City and James Cohan Gallery, New York. From 2013 on, their solo exhibition produced by the art Gallery of Hamilton and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery has been on tour. This exhibition will continue through to the Art Gallery of Southern Alberta, Art Gallery of Windsor and other institutions.

LIZ MARSHALL is a multi-award winning auteur filmmaker who fuses character-driven cinematic storytelling with social and environmental justice issues. Since the 90s she has created a body of 11 documentary projects shot all over the world that focus on a range of subjects including: animal rights; the right to water movement; HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; sweatshop labour; corporate-globalization; gender; censorship affecting writers and journalists, and war-affected children. Liz is well versed in the craft of conceptual point-of-view storytelling as a means of exploring complex issues. Her recent THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE (2013), a cross-platform documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. A film, an interactive online companion to the film, and a robust web and social media presence: THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE shines a light on the moral question: Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?

MICHELLE McADOREY grew up in the east end of Toronto on the shore of a Great Lake. Raised by ex-hippies and public radio she was brought along to folk festivals and bars long before she was of age. She began writing songs as a young girl, but started her career in the 1980s’s in England as a back-up singer for the late Kristy McColl. Upon returning to Canada, Michelle, along with Greg Keelor, started the band Crash Vegas. A band she made three albums with (Red Earth, Stone, Aurora) that were released with Major labels throughout the World. Crash Vegas toured extensively in North America and Europe sharing bills with the Tragically Hip, Daniel Lanois, Radiohead and others. In 2000 it was time for a change, Michelle McAdorey’s next chapter and new decade would begin with the rhythm of the train. She began riding freight trains throughout northern Ontario and recording her songs independently. McAdorey continued playing her songs alongside some of Toronto’s most diverse Improviser/Composers Martin Arnold, Ryan Driver and Eric Chenaux. This period resulted in two highly personal and critically acclaimed recordings: Whirl (Queen of Cups, 2000) and Love Don’t Change (rat-drifting, 2003), the later an album of duets with friend and guitarist /singer Eric Chenaux. 2013 saw the release of a new 7” double A-Side Single, ‘Leave the Main Road /Line Across My Heart’ for Indie label Seventh Fire Record’s 7’ vinyl series. The 7” has laid the map for work to begin on a new Full length LP due for release in 2014. Both songs are inspired by McAdorey’s love of British Isles Folk/Rock and American Folk and Alt Country music, hinting at what is to come with her new collection of songs to be released in 2014 and featuring a new band. Through all of this Michelle has been fortunate to perform, record and collaborate with other artists including, Bob Wiseman, Blue Rodeo, King Cobb Steelie, Andre Ethier, Mary Margaret O’Hara, One Hundred Dollars, Richard Buckner, Gary Louris, and others. Michelle currently works and resides in Toronto and Magnetewan, Ontario with her so

JAMES STEWART is an award-winning director, storyteller, artist, digital innovator and multi-platform visual designer whose work ranges from mobile to giant screen, and from viral to stereoscopic 3D museum installations. Through his production company, Geneva Film Co. in Toronto, Canada, James has created work using 3D, 4D, gesture control, stop-motion animation and immersive environments. James’ projects include 3D work for Samsung, Toyota, Lexus, Sprint and JCPenney; Ontario 4D, produced for the Ontario Pavilion at the Vancouver Olympics and two live 3D concert films of Montreux Jazz Festival. His 3D work on Werner Herzog’s Cave Of Forgotten Dreams won the Lumiere Award from the International 3D Society was called “the reinvention of the cinema medium”. In 2012, he produced the world’s first gesture-controlled 3D cinema experience for the US launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3. His new art film, Béatrice Coron’s Daily Battles – based on Coron’s papercut artwork - premiered at TED2013 and is currently playing at film festivals and museums worldwide. James’ 3D stop-motion short film Foxed! was theatrically released June 28, 2013. As a director and artist, James has been featured in Shots magazine, the Directors issue of SHOOT magazine, is a six-time speaker at Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, and presented the TEDTalk Storytelling in the Next Dimension at TED2011. @jamesstewart3D