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

Lauren Bride
Clara Engel
Nalo Hopkinson
Amai Kuda
Claude Lalumiere
Yam Lau
The Deadly Nightshades
Claudia Whittman

+ 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. 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.

Lauren Bride is an artist and writer, from Mississauga, living and working in Toronto.

Clara Engel is a prolific songwriter and arrestingly original performer, currently based in Montreal. She has independently released seven albums, and has collaborated with musicians and artists from the UK, Brazil, Germany, USA, and Canada. British poet and novelist Jeremy Reed writes, "Clara Engel's voice comes to me from that deepest of all places, imaginative space, from which she visually retrieves an inner landscape converted by breath into the rock equivalent of poetry. Rarely has a voice sounded so authoritative, so unapologetic in its disclosures, so sure of its direction in going home into song."

Nalo Hopkinson, born in Jamaica, has been living in Toronto since 1977. She's the author of four novels and a short story collection. She is a two-time winner of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. She has recently become a professor of Creative Writing at the University of California Riverside, specializing in science fiction and fantasy. Her novel The Chaos will appear from Simon and Schuster in April 2012.

Claude Lalumière is the author of two books from ChiZine Publications: Objects of Worship (2009) and The Door to Lost Pages (2011). He has edited eight anthologies across various genres and is the Fantastic Fiction columnist for The Montreal Gazette. With Rupert Bottenberg, he's the co-creator of Lost Myths, which is both an online archive updated every Thursday and live multimedia show.

We are the Nightshades, the Deadly Deadly Nightshades.
A midnight bike crew and arts collective combined.
Riding fast and loud through the streets of Toronto and Vancouver.
We promote a sustainable life style through the arts, design and cycling community.
For a short list of all the awesome things we are up too check out our website www.deadlynightshades.ca
Step 1: Matching jackets
Step 3: Take over the world.

Amai Kuda is a singer/songwriter, community activist and the mother of a young child. The name Amai Kuda means "mother to the will of the creator" in the southern African language Shona. Through parenthood, community work and art, Amai is a vehicle for creation and for change. She co-founded and co-coordinates three organizations, Moyo Wa Africa, Seven Directions and R3, dedicated to the decolonization of African peoples and to indigenous solidarity respectively.

Yam Lau's creative work explores new expressions and qualities of space, time and the image. This exploration traverses a diverse field of mediums such as painting, animation and digital video. Lau is also actively involved in the local art community. Certain aspects of his practice, such as using his car (Toronto) and a donkey (Donkey Institute of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China) as on-going mobile project spaces, are designed to solicit community participation. Yam Lau has exhibited widely across Canada, United States, Europe and China. He is a recipient of numerous awards from the Canada, Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils. He publishes on art and design regularly. Currently he is professor of painting, drawing and studies courses at York University, Toronto. In addition to his post at the university, Lau is an appointed board member of YYZ Artists' Outlet, Gendai Gallery and President of the Board of Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art. He is represented by the Leo Kamen Gallery in Toronto (www.leokamengallery.com) and Yuanfen New Media Art Space in Beijing, China (www.yuanfenart.com)

Wittmann was born in Switzerland and now lives in Toronto. Her name flickers between Claude and Claudia at the moment. Her work deals with body-based knowledge and addresses gender identity and transformation. Currently she is interested in accessing new internal sources that would be about political power. Wittmann's process is based on his butoh training with SU-EN (Sweden) and on his regular work with performance artist Paul Couillard. Wittmann has also taught workshop-performances and curated events in Toronto. www.claudiawittmann.ca

The Box thanks the Toronto Arts Council