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

Lo Bil
Chris A. Cummings
Emily Di Carlo
Mark Dillon
Larissa Fan
Helen Guri
Steve Sanguedolce
John Southworth

+ door treats from Alert Music, Arc Poetry Magazine, Carousel, Descant, Lynne Heller, Coach House Books, Dandyhorse, DC Books, Geist, Grain Magazine, 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 want to see you there in our summer mix.

Lo Bil is a writer-performer who has performed at various venues since 2000 including the Edinburgh and Toronto Fringes. Currently, Lo is revisiting "My Paris of Nothing" an interactive play that was performed on Toronto Island, that uses personal archive to investigate where destination and desire rendezvous in our collective imaginations.

In 2009, Lo wrote and directed "Memory Machine" an interactive installation for 600 new art students at OCAD. In 2007, she did a 3-month tour of the city with "A Professional Occupation" where she occupied public spaces with her writing desk and wrote performances connecting place, labour, and citizenship, in conversation with passers by. Lo is also known for her clown work as "The Singing Vagina." Lo has an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto in Cinema, Semiotics and Philosophy, is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory, and has studied performance for the past 8 years with teachers from around the world.

Originally a home-recording project, Chris A. Cummings (Mantler) has in recent years become a regular presence on the Toronto live music scene. Usually seen playing a wurlitzer electric piano accompanied by a 1970s Rhythm Ace drum machine, Mantler has made many fans among Toronto's music community. Mantler has released four albums – DOIN' I T ALL (2000, Le Syteme Records), SADISFACTION (2002, Tomlab Records), LANDAU (2004, Tomlab Records), and MONODY (2010, Tomlab Records (worldwide), Tin Angel Records (UK) and Blocks Recording Club (Canada)). In addition to playing live regularly in Toronto, Mantler has made short solo tours of Italy and Germany in 2004, and also toured Europe and the UK in 2007 opening for Constellation artist Sandro Perri. He has toured the UK three times since 2009, and in 2012 played a show in Moscow, Russia.

Mark Dillon is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and writer. He is the former editor of Playback magazine and his articles have also appeared in Maclean's, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Hollywood Reporter and American Cinematographer. Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys, published by ECW Press, is his first book.

EQUΔLΔTERΔL is a Toronto based interdisciplinary collective, working primarily with video, performance and installation. Founded in 2010 by Jacqui Arntfield, Emily DiCarlo and W.J. Wilson, EQUΔLΔTERΔL has already produced and participated in numerous performances, exhibitions and screenings in Toronto, Winnipeg and Budapest, Hungary. The focus of their practice is the activation of a transdisciplinary approach to art, emphasizing experimentation, reevaluation, contextualization and above all, participation. Drawing influence from unique backgrounds in fine art, music and philosophy, the collective engages in an exploration of diverse subject matter, which has led to the execution of such projects as: And The Answer Will Give Rise To The Next Question, an all-night intervention at a bar where patrons collaborated in creating a comprehensive text based dialogue, and 107 Wish, a participatory performance enacted on a chartered streetcar and aimed to facilitate connectivity in public spaces, where multiple individual wishes were directed toward a single birthday candle.
Emily Dicarlo is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, performance, photography, installation and text. Her practice focuses on issues of displacement, travel, time, power of the gesture and the existential self. She received her undergraduate degree in Fine Art Studio Practices from the University of Ottawa in 2007 and has participated in several group exhibitions, performance events and lecture conferences in Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, Budapest HU, and Monteverde CR.
W.J. Wilson is an interdisciplinary artist working with music, performance, video and photography. His work focuses on the communicative and visceral aspects of sound, the performer-audience relationship, the spectacle and the multiplicity of interpretation that can arise. Much of his practice centers on themes of the human struggle with Self and the Other, coping mechanisms to negative stimuli, faciality and the nuances of emotional loss.
Jacqui Arntfield is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, text, performance and installation. She spent four years at Queen's University focused on the intricacies of existentialism, hermeneutics and phenomenology, and as a result her work is deeply influenced by this study and it’s continuation, translation and extension into different forms of expression. Her practice concentrates centrally on the issues of subjectivity, alterity, perspectivism, signification, semantics and agency.
In Collaboration with: Riccardo Pecora is a Toronto-based videographer who specializes in documentary and whose themes include, but are not limited to, social minorities, theatre, art, and music and pop culture at large. He has won the Broadcasters Educators Association of Canada award for Best Music Video in 2006/2007 and directed the 2010 tribute documentary for the LGBT activist organization Egale, honouring W. Edmund Clark, President & CEO, TD Bank Financial Group for their Leadership Award. Most recently he produced "Hair", a site-specific video installation, for the Art of the Danforth Festival 2012.

Helen Guri's poems have been published in journals and magazines across Canada. Her first book, Match, was published by Coach House in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Trillium award for poetry. Last summer, Helen spent ten days canoeing the Grand River with a troupe of fellow poets and a sealed barrel of books, stopping to read each night in a different town. In addition to writing, Helen works as a freelance editor, blogger, and occasional writing instructor.

Larissa Fan is a Toronto-based filmmaker, programmer and arts administrator whose films explore both urban space and quotidian moments. She has an MFA from York University and currently works as Distribution Manager at CFMDC.

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. His songs have been covered by great Canadian artists like Sarah Slean, Martin Tielli (Rheostatics), Mary Margaret O'Hara, and Veda Hille. He has also written songs for artists as diverse as Hawksley Workman, Buck 65, and Jully Black. This year sees the release of 'Easterween', a surreal cabaret song cycle about a mythological egghunt featuring arrangements by Andrew Downing. John has authored a children's book in the realm of Edward Gory and Lewis Carroll, with illustrations by New York artist David Ouimet, to be published in fall 2012. John is also a regular collaborator with Toronto's Art of Time Ensemble.

Steve Sanguedolce has been an active member of Toronto's independent film community for over thirty years winning numerous international awards. He has had retrospectives at the Cinematheque Quebecois in Montreal, the National Film Board in Toronto as well as the the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video in Germany. Over the past 15 years he has been hand developing and hand colouring motion picture film to great acclaim. Much of his time has been spent teaching at local universities, community colleges or conducting independent filmmaking workshops across the country. His work incorporates documentary, narrative and experimental genres. His film work includes: BLINDING – 72 minutes – 2011. (16mm - HDCAM SR).

The Box thanks the Rivoli and the Toronto Arts Council