Hope you can join us, the summer Box approaching, an evening of short words, film, performance and music by:

Jowita Bydlowska
Keith Cole
Ania Szado
The Taste
Dawn Wilkinson
Christina Zeidler

+ door treats from Alert Music, Arc Poetry Magazine, Carousel, Descant, Coach House Books, Dandyhorse, DC Books, Geist, 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, at our summer mix.

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

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Jowita Bydlowska is an author living in Toronto. Her first book, Drunk Mom, was a bit controversial.

Keith Cole's artistic practice collides with the interdisciplinary art forms of theatre, dance, film and performance and the intersections that they can create. He has appeared in films, television and performance events worldwide and is a recipient of a Harold Award (1999) a National Tap Dance Award (2004), the Roberto Ariganello Award (2007) a Dora Award Nomination for Outstanding Male Performance in a Musical (2008) a Pink Triangle Award (2000), XTRA! Magazine Mouthiest Queer Activist Award (2010) plus several grants and academic scholarships. In 2010 Keith Cole was a front-runner in Toronto's Mayoral Election. He placed 7th in the overall election putting him in the top 10 out of over 80 candidates. He has written for FUSE Magazine and Fab Magazine. Keith Cole has a BFA from York University and a MFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U). As an independent scholar his research work explores gossip, hearsay, rumours, theft, speculation and appropriation within the contemporary art world.

Mikiki is a queer video and performance artist from Newfoundland. They attended NSCAD and Concordia before returning to St. John's to work as programming coordinator at Eastern Edge Gallery. They later moved to Calgary to work as the director of TRUCK Gallery. Their work has been presented throughout Canada in self-produced interventions, artist-run centres and public galleries. Their practice and political history informed a shift into sexual health education work around 2003. Mikiki has since worked as a sexuality educator in Calgary's public schools, a bathhouse attendant, in Saskatoon, drag queen karaoke hostess in St. John's all informing their work in Gay Men's Health. Mikiki has done bathhouse outreach in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto recently, working for Toronto People With AIDS Foundation and now runs a street outreach team for a community health centre and conducts HIV rapid testing.

Olenka Krakus has been playing her unique style of folk music as a solo performer and with her band, the Autumn Lovers, since early 2008. The Polish singer/songwriter crafts songs that traverse moods and styles, mingling wistful reflection with aggressive social commentary and Eastern European with North American country and folk elements. Influenced by her memories of Communist Poland and by the country's folklore, Olenka investigates themes of social justice and personal responsibility, populating her songs with melancholy outcasts from both Polish and Canadian landscapes. "At different times, autumn can be the most beautiful and the most melancholy of all seasons. And so it goes for Olenka Krakus and her band, the Autumn Lovers, whose particular brand of balladry treads that line between elegance and sorrow…" - Jam Magazine

Why is everyone walking around these days trying to look like cocaine-vampire-Bowie circa the "Berlin Trilogy"? Oh right, he looked fantastic. However, we all know his best songs are the first four cuts on Hunky Dory. Well... at least The Taste knows that experience Toronto's hottest new pop combo, knowing true wonderfulness.

Ania Szado's novel Studio Saint-Ex is a national bestseller and has been sold to five countries. Her debut novel, Beginning of Was, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Best First Book, Canada/Caribbean), nominated for the international Kiriyama Prize and named a NOW magazine Top Ten book. She lives in Toronto. Visit her website: aniaszado.com.

Montreal-born Dawn Wilkinson is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Canadian Film Centre. She has directed TV Series (How To Be Indie, She's The Mayor), short films (Girls Who Say Yes, Instant Dread, Dandelions), and a feature film (Devotion). Dawn started her career as the director's apprentice on Norman Jewison's film The Hurricane. In 2008, she won the WIFT DGC Emerging Television Director Award. Her latest short film Wilderness premiered at the Cannes Short Film Corner and won The Platinum Remi Award for Best Original Short Subject at WorldFest Houston. She recently directed an episode of Murdoch Mysteries for Shaftesbury and CBC/ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Wilkinson is currently developing the TV adaptation of The Polished Hoe, the Giller Award winning novel by Austin Clarke and is co-creator of children's comedy series Jump Up which is in development with John May and Suzanne Bolch and their company Heroic TV. She has directed 4 episodes of Degrassi, going into production again days after the box screening.

Christina Zeidler is a film and video artist with over thirty short film and video titles in distribution, which have shown internationally at festivals and appeared on television and the web. Christina was named one of Toronto's 10 best Filmmakers by Cameron Bailey and won the Best Canadian Media Award at the 2004 Images Film Festival. She is currently in pre-prodution, with co-writer/director John Mitchell, for her first feature film "Portrait of A Serial Monogamist", a lesbian romantic comedy about coming of middle-age. Zeidler is one half of the euro-electronica-pop-diva sensation "ina unt ina" and part of the high concept art band "Mintz". She has been the developer and president of the historic GLADSTONE HOTEL in Toronto since 2003, focusing on the renovation and revitalization of the building through a community based approach.