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

Ryan Driver
Jenn E. Norton
Adam Garnet Jones
Mohammed Mohsen
More or Les
Steve Schnier
Cara Spooner
Peter Vronsky

+ door treats from Alert Music, Arc Poetry Magazine, Carousel, Descant, Lynne Heller, Coach House Books, Dandyhorse, DC Books, Geist, Grain Magazine, Annette Mangaard, 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.

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Ryan Driver is a Toronto–based musician who plays, writes, and sings music. Quietly absurd songwriting, free improvisation, psychedelic reinterpretation of jazz ballads, performance as a soloist and in a multitude of peculiar ensembles, and using a variety of instruments and aesthetics have long been his main foci. He is a prominent figure in the catalogue of the Rat–Drifting record label, which was started in 2001 by Eric Chenaux and Martin Arnold. His two solo albums, Feeler Of Pure Joy and Who's Breathing? were released on Fire Records (UK). He has recently toured in the UK, Europe, and Canada as a solo artist and as a member of bands led by Devon Sproule, Baby Dee, Doug Tielli, and Sandro Perri.

Adam Garnet Jones is a Queer Aboriginal filmmaker whose work has broadcast on television, screened widely at film festivals, and earned him recognition internationally. His previous short films include Cloudbreaker, A Small Thing, and Can You Love Me? Adam currently has two feature films in development with Telefilm, and a third is being developed with the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council. Adam has a long working relationship with Sarah Kolasky, who he partnered with to form GirlBoy Productions. This summer, Adam and Sarah completed a new short film called Liar.

Cara Spooner has been involved in performance related projects as a dancer, choreographer, designer and curator. She has presented work in Toronto's Nuit Blanche, XPACE Cultural Centre, The Harbourfront Centre's HATCH Emerging Performance Project, Pleasure Dome, The Art Gallery of Mississauga, The Festival of New Dance in St. John's Newfoundland and Stromereien 11 in Zürich Switzerland. She has worked with Diane Borsato, Jess Dobkin, Daniel Cockburn, Robin Lasser/Adrienne Pao, Sky Fairchild-Waller and Alicia Grant. Her interest in site-specific work and subjective mapping has lead her to create interventionist, installation-based performances which have been performed in abandoned factories, alley ways, parks, libraries, private homes and public eating establishments.

Jenn E Norton is a Canadian artist working with interdisciplinary media including video, installation, sound and kinetic sculpture to produce performative, critically engaged work that plays with the elastic qualities inherent of digital technologies. Recent works have decidedly delved into the intuitive, imaginative and emotive process of image making. She has been described as "a wizard of simple but magical video compositing, creating simple but brilliant collage spaces" by award-winning filmmaker, curator and critic, Chris Gehman and her recent video work as "kinetic, totally charming, magical, [and] emo-conceptual" by Border Crossings art critic, Lee Henderson. Norton has won numerous grants, awards and scholarships, including the OCAD Integrated Media Medal for excellence in an interdisciplinary practice. She received an MFA from the University of Guelph in 2007, and worked as an educator, freelance animator, painter, and circus performer.

Mohammed Mohsen is a Toronto based Palestinian visual artist who has exhibited with internationally acclaimed artists. He has served on the Board of Directors of several arts organizations in Toronto. Mohsen has studied economics and Middle East area studies at the University of Toronto, and has completed a BFA in drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Mohsen continues to explore drama and the abstraction of narrative, where art opens up tensions of memory and history.

With two critically-acclaimed albums, North American and European touring under his belt, and a feature on the latest album of UK Hip Hop band The Herbaliser, MC, Producer and DJ More Or Les is a Hip Hop triple threat. Building on the success of his hilarious ode to Middle School Rap with the music video single Pop N Chips - featuring Fresh Kils, Ghettosocks & Timbuktu and screened on MuchMusic & MusiquePlus - More Or Les released his 3rd full-length project Brunch With A Vengeance in fall 2010. Voted no. 9 in Exclaim! Magazine's Top 10 Hip Hop Albums of 2010, the album features include Canadian Artists and Producers Mantis, Peter Project, Stacey Kaniuk, Latté D. Kyd, and the return of UK Hip Hop band The Herbaliser. With "crates steeped deep in hip hop history," Les is a DJ/co-host at the monthly Toronto Hip Hop showcase 5 Dollar Rap Show with the Wordburglar, host at Toronto's monthly classic Hip Hop celebration, Never Forgive Action and co-host/DJ of the media-attention-grabbing Hip Hop Karaoke. He was also the resident DJ at Toronto's most influential underground hip hop showcase, In Divine Style, which ran weekly from 2001-2006.

Steve Schnier has enjoyed a wide and varied career. A graduate of Sheridan College's prestigious Classical Animation Program, he honed his craft in the world of television commercials; first at Cinera Productions Ltd. and later under his own banner, The Creative Group. He moved into broadcast production as the head sound editor on The Inspector Gadget Show, creating many of the signature sound effects for the series. He was the film editor on Britt (Thomas the Tank Engine) Allcroft's Magic Adventures of Mumfie. Joining Nelvana Limited, he produced the first season of the award winning Scholastic's The Magic School Bus. He then conceived, organized and curated Nelvana's 25th Anniversary Retrospective which ran from July through November 1996 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Steve moved into high gear with the pilot for Freaky Stories, an animated series that he created, wrote, produced and directed for YTV. The pilot, aired as a Halloween special, garnered stellar ratings and YTV immediately committed to the production of the series. Steve oversaw every facet of Freaky Stories' production, which ran from 1997 through 2001. In March 1998, Steve moved the Freaky Stories production into The Art Gallery of Ontario for an exhibition, setting an attendance record for the venue. Steve is sought after as a writer of insightfully comedic stories that capture the essence of the characters. As Executive Story Editor, he wrote for Atomic Betty. He has written for Ricky Sprocket, Jimmy Two Shoes, George of the Jungle, Family Biz and many other shows. He has enjoyed development deals with Walt Disney Television/Playhouse Disney, YTV, Teletoon, Alliance Atlantis, Breakthrough Animation, Decode Entertainment and many others. Steve's blog, The Pitch Bible Blog is a recognized industry resource on the art and science of creating, pitching and selling TV shows. His web series, Brain Eatin' Zombie Babies is an ongoing experimental testbed in the development of online intellectual properties. His print work has appeared in Esquire Magazine and The National Post. One of these articles was singled out as among The National Post's Best of 2008.

Dr. Peter Vronsky is an investigative historian, filmmaker and author. His 2004 book SERIAL KILLERS: THE METHOD AND MADNESS OF MONSTER is a definitive history of serial homicide from the Roman Empire to the Washington D.C. Beltway. His most recent book, RIDGEWAY: THE AMERICAN FENIAN INVASION AND THE 1866 BATTLE THAT MADE CANADA has been described as a "steampunk history" of Canada's first modern battle. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in the fields of espionage in international relations and criminal justice.

The Box thanks the Toronto Arts Council