The Box invites you to an evening of short words, film, performance and music by:

Mark Andrada
Edward Kay
Lauren Kirshner
Min Sook Lee
Peter Lynch
Jenny Omnichord
Nadja Sayej

+ door treats from AGYU, anvil press, Arc Poetry Magazine, Broken Pencil, Carousel, c magazine, cinemascope, Coach House Books, DC Books, Descant, Geist, Hunter and Cook, Insomniac Press,The Malahat Review, matrix, Mercer Union, one little goat, on spec, Pedlar Press, Public, Shameless magazine, This Ain’t the Rosdale Library, This Magazine, Tightrope Books 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.

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Participant bios:

MARK ANDRADA is a Canadian Comedy Award Winning director/comedic performer/writer. He is One half of the performance comedy duo 10,000 to Flight, occasionally performs with improv troupe PROJECTproject and has toured Canada with both outfits. "Andrada’s proven himself one of the city’s best improvisers and clowns" - Glenn Sumi (Now magazine) His favourite theatre credits include; Tat in "The Hollow -A Clown Play"(Canstage), Skeeter in "Co-ed Prison Sluts...The Musical!" (Second City Toronto, *Canadian Comedy Award Nomination -Best Male Stage Performance 2001), Felix in "Expiry Dating" (2007 Fringe Festival New Play Contest Winner) The Green Arrow in "Super Real Life" (QP/Chris Bond). Also, workshop productions of Jason Robert Brown's Parade directed by Harold Prince, and Trey Parker's Cannibal directed by Chris Bond. Selected Tv/Film credits include; Man of the Year, Fever Pitch (20th Century Fox), Wonderfalls (Fox), Rick Mercer Report (CBC). Lighting Design Credits include; "Neri Flyme on the Theory of Everything" (Small Battalion), Sunday Night Live! (the Sketchersons), Blastback Babyzap (Uncalled For, 2008 Fringe), and over 25 different productions of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat" (seriously). As a Director; "The Upside Down Widow" (Playground Theatre, Chicago), "40 Minutes On The Wood" (Blood Puppet Theatre, Calgary/Toronto), Hard Headed Woman (*2007 Canadian Comedy Award winner - Best Solo Show). Mark was also a Superstar of the W.S.W. Mascot Wrestling Association, was a regular performer for Zero Gravity Circus "Lunacy Cabaret", Co-Founded the Improv Company PROJECTproject (Canadian Comedy Award Nominee -Best Improv Troupe 2009), and is one half of performance comedy improv duo 10,000 to flight. Mark studied Clown, Buffon, and Physical Theatre at the S.P.A.C.E. in Toronto, Improv at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, and more Clown at The Clown Conservetory in San Fransisco.

ABDOMINAL is a local hip-hop artist, who has been involved in Toronto’s music scene for over fifteen years. What began as a passionate hobby for him, eventually became a career. He’s now been working as a professional musician for ten years. Abs has worked with many celebrated local musicians (DJ Fase, D-Sisive, Elizabeth Shepherd, Ivana Santilli, etc.), as well as many internationally acclaimed artists (the UK’s DJ Format, Cut Chemist from Jurassic 5, Young Einstein from Ugly Duckling, etc.). He’s released two solo albums, both locally and internationally…“Flowtation Device”(2001) and “Escape From the Pigeon Hole”(2007). The song “Pedal Pusher”, from the latter, won the 2007 SOCAN ECHO songwriting prize for best Canadian song of the year. He also featured prominently on DJ Format’s two highly successful albums, “Music For the Mature B-Boy”(2003) and “If You Can’t Join ‘Em…Beat ‘Em”(2005). In addition to performing regularly around Toronto and Canada, Abs has also toured extensively all around the world (England, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, etc.).

EDWARD KAY has an eclectic background in both live-action and animated television comedy, as well as print journalism and, most recently, fiction. He spent four years as a writer and producer on the political satire, This Hour Has 22 Minutes and was a contributor to Rick Mercer’s Talking to Americans. Edward became interested in writing for children after appearing as a guest speaker at a “special ed” school in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where he was asked to explain his role as a television comedy writer. He was warned to have low expectations, but after an hour of very agreeable and stimulating discussion with about a hundred kids, he came away with a strong desire to write for such a thoughtful and receptive audience. In response, Edward created his first children’s project, Olliver’s Adventures, a Gemini-winning animated comedy about a lovable but ADD-afflicted boy. More recently, Edward co-created the darkly humorous series Jimmy Two Shoes, currently airing on Teletoon in Canada, and internationally with Disney. Edward’s television writing has garnered him three Gemini Awards, three Canadian Comedy Awards, a Canadian Screenwriting Award, and an International Emmy nomination. He has also worked as a print journalist specializing in science, business, the environment and nature for publications such as Equinox, Canadian Geographic, and The Globe and Mail. He has received two Canadian National Magazine Award Honourable Mentions.

LAUREN KIRSHNER is a Toronto novelist and arts writer. Her debut novel, "Where We Have to Go" was published by McClelland & Stewart, and translated into German and Dutch. Her stories, poetry, and journalism have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, NOW, and Exile, among others. She was recently named Toronto's "Best Emerging Author" by NOW Magazine.

MIN SOOK LEE premiered her latest documentary My Toxic Baby at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Her other titles include: Tiger Spirit – a reunification roadtrip through the two Koreas winner of the Donald Brittain Gemini Award for Best Social/Political Documentary in 2009); Hogtown: The Politics of Policiing (Best Feature-length Canadian Documentary award at the 2005 Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival); and El Contrato – a look at the lives of migrant farm workers in Canada (nominated for the Donald Brittain Gemini in 2005). Her short docu-pomes, Borderless and Sedition have played around the world from Beirut to Berlin. Min Sook was also presented with the Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Award for El Contrato’s impact on the rights of migrant workers. In 2010 she will release the documentary Badge of Pride, a look at gay cops in Canada. Min Sook will also see the release of her first dramedy series She’s the Majour!, co-created with Jen Holness and Sudz Sutherland on Vision TV in 2010.

PETER LYNCH is one of Canada's most widely acclaimed filmmakers. His first dramatic short Arrowhead received a Genie Award in 1994. In 1996, Lynch made the wildly successful Project Grizzly, one of the most acclaimed Canadian documentaries of all time, and referenced the next year on The Simpsons. This was followed by The Herd which Lynch co-wrote and directed, which was a festival hit worldwide. In 2001, Cyberman, a portrait of Steve Mann played to critical acclaim at over fifty international film festivals and was listed as one of the top ten feature films of 2002 by Film Comment. Lynch comes out of an interdisciplinary background in the arts and is responsible for staging many seminal multimedia cultural events in Toronto and around the world, notably Kitchen Sync and Video Culture International (1983-1987), a landmark video new media festival, works with Brian Eno, Bill Viola and a major installation work with Nam June Paik. He is a self-proclaimed amateur archeologist, an avid collector of contemporary art, a soccer freak, a foodie, and extensive traveler.

JENNY OMNICHORD is the alter ego of 25 year-old Jenny Mitchell, also a member of notable indie bands The Burning Hell and The Barmitzvah Brothers. While Jenny plays many instruments, the omnichord, forgotten marvel of the 1980's, is her first true love. With two critically acclaimed albums under her belt - Cities of Gifts and Ghosts, and Charlotte or Otis: Duets for Children, their Parents, and Other People Too - Jenny Omnichord continues to captivate new audiences with her skills in unlocking her instrument's secrets, and her trademark insightful songwriting. Her new album - her first with a full-band - is set to be released May of 2010.

NADJA SAYEJ is against pretentious artspeak as well as long and complicated bios. She is the host of ArtStars* – “TMZ for the art scene” – a legendary reality TV show which has captured art gallery patrons walking into minimalist sculptures (and not apologizing), drunk curators and taking it too far on New Years Eve at 4 a.m. Nadja is the founder of the Toronto Alliance of Art Critics, runs a few parties around town (like the Dead Magazine Ball and Press Pass) and has dodged the NYPD while nagging stories for the New York Times. Hungry for more? You’d better be: Stay tuned for the ArtStars* documentary, talk show, “The Life of ArtStars*” book and the one-year anniversary ceremony, the ArtStars* Awards. *SNAP*

The Box thanks the Toronto Arts Council