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

Karyn Ellis
Susanna Hood with Christine Duncan
Troy Jackson
Alex Jansen
Viktor Mitic
Coman Poon
Russell Smith
Myna Wallin

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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:

Karyn Ellis is the playful and passionate embodiment of the modern folk darling. From plucky and upbeat numbers to bittersweet personal ballads, Ellis' musical resume overflows with honest songwriting. Her latest album, Even Though The Sky Was Falling, which came out in November of last year, made CHARTattack Staff's Top 10 Album Lists For 2009. It has been played on campus radio and has made national CBC programs such as Radio2 Morning and Deep Roots. Brought over as a babe-in-arms from the UK, Karyn Ellis grew up in Ontario in a household steeped in jazz and classical music. She studied two years of opera in University and through high school played trumpet in the marching band. Her distinctive style was influenced by singing along to records in her youth by her favourite classic singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie and the Beatles. Recent accolades include being voted "Most Original New Voice" in 2007 by Humber College songwriting faculty as well as making the shortlist in 2009 for the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, administered by the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals and Ontario Arts Council.

Christine Duncan teaches voice in the jazz programs at the University of Toronto and Humber College. She also performs with many musical groups and projects, most notably Hugh Fraser's jazz big band, VEJI and Barnyard Drama with drummer/electronic artist Jean Martin. She developed and leads an improvising choir in Toronto called the Element Choir and regularly teaches voice and improvising workshops. Christine is also part of Barnyard Records, an independent record label, run by her partner Jean Martin. Singer musicienne has a series of 58 scales the chameleon. The Christine achievement explores a sound all facets music tool similarly to use her sound to ride her postage stamp like this she in the scope skin texture. The seacoast female vocal music is appointed with the big sled ink must.

Susanna Hood, Artistic Director of hum, is a compelling and virtuosic performer in dance and music who is based in Toronto. For over a decade, she has been synthesizing voice and movement into a dynamic practice through which she creates intimate, raw and sensual performance work. She has performed the works of various Canadian choreographers, composers, and filmmakers (including Tedd Robinson, John Oswald, Nilan Perera, and Phillip Barker) and has performed widely as an improviser both in dance and music. Her choreography, compositions, and interdisciplinary collaborations have been presented locally, nationally, and internationally on stage and film since 1991. Awards include the 1998 K.M. Hunter Emerging Artists Award in Dance and the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for She's gone away. Most recently Susanna was the recipient of the Canada Council's Victor Martin Lynch-Staunton award for Outstanding Acheivement in the field of Dance. Compelling raw synesthesia. The Susanna achievement: dynamic, intimate moving utterance. Flump, flump! Her music seeps through the forehead, picks up crumbs. Can't distinguish the plant from her left yodel. Slipping skin mumbles to keep all warm.

Alex Jansen is Producer and Publisher of the recently released ground-breaking journalistic comic book, KENK: A Graphic Portrait, through his multimedia production and publishing company Pop Sandbox. A ground-breaking 304-page journalistic comic book detailing the life and times of Igor Kenk, “the world's most prolific bicycle thief” (The New York Times and The Guardian). Jansen is also currently producing a graphic memoir about the Canadian Residential School program by award-winning filmmaker Nadia McLaren, and recently won the NFB-TVO Digital Calling Card to produce an interactive documentary titled The Next Day. Prior to launching Pop Sandbox, Jansen spent four years managing home entertainment with Mongrel Media, Canada's premiere independent and foreign film distribution company. There, Jansen oversaw marketing and production for more than 250 releases and built the operational system that continues to drive the division. Some of the releases he handled include The Corporation, Water, Manufactured Landscapes and The Festival Collection series for Blockbuster. In addition to his extensive distribution background, Jansen was Co-Producer of the feature film Walk Backwards, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2001 and was distributed by ThinkFilm (March of the Penguins, Born into Brothels). Jansen is also Founder and Chair of the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, the largest stand-alone showcase of feature films from across Canada, which just celebrated it's tenth anniversary. Visit: www.popsandbox.com

Troy Jackson is a Dynamic, Queer Performer/Activist. A twin and a Gemini he has always been dancing to his own beat. He is a self-professed "Funk Punk" who was encouraged from a young age to express himself through the telling of stories, visuals and dance. Currently Troy is promoting his current release "Cd of Troy" and working on his next album due out early 2011. www.enjoytroyjackson.com

Viktor Mitic was born in Belgrade, Serbia. A University of Toronto graduate artist, classically trained in art schools in Europe, Mitic has produced a major body of work that spans a career of over two decades. For a number of years, he was painting non-representational paintings using natural elements such as rain and hail to render surfaces of the paintings in oils on canvas. Mitic has successfully integrated various materials into his recent body of work: charcoal, graphite, oil, acrylic, watercolour, pen and ink, and japanese traditional natural pigment. He has recently developed a distinctive, some would say provocative, method; he paints portraits of international iconic images and later shoots the outline of the figures using various weapons and live ammunition. He has had many successful solo and group shows of his paintings in Europe, the United States, Canada, and, most recently, Japan. Viktor Mitic lives in Toronto.

Coman Poon is a Hong Kong-born Asian-Canadian theatre and performance artist. Aside from his own work as a theatre director and performance devisor, he was privileged to work with innovative theatre devisor Paul Bettis on A Club of Small Men and was a member of Istvan Kantor's Machine Sex Action Group, collaborating on diverse post-humanist performance/interventions & robotic/media installations. In Chicago, he has worked with the art-activist group RATIO (Tradeshow), performer and community art practitioner Nicole Garneau (Uprising #7) as well as engaged in a Taiwan-USA artistic collaboration with Erica Mott and Sheelah Murthy (How to Survive While in Exile). He is politically active and is involved with diverse grass-roots (arts, queer, youth, API and environmental sectors) not-for-profit organizations and community arts practices both in Chicago and Toronto. In 2008, he co-founded re[public] in/decency with Erica Mott (Chicago) , an inter-arts activist initiative and experiential creative think tank that explores the trans-national intersections between performance art, social justice activism and arts-informed pedagogy. He has just recently moved back to Toronto after three years of living abroad and recently collaborated with dancer/ choreographers Allison Cummings and Norma Araiza to present a duet of performance/lectures entitled: I'm not okay and I don't think you are...so...

Russell Smith grew up in Halifax and now lives in Toronto. His last novel, Muriella Pent, was named as the best fiction of its year by Amazon.ca, and it was nominated for the Rogers Fiction Prize and the Impac Dublin Award. His most recent novel is Girl Crazy. He also writes two weekly columns for the Globe and Mail and teaches in the MFA program at Guelph University.

Myna Wallin is an author and editor living in Toronto. She has her master's degree in English Literature from U of T. Myna's first poetry collection, A Thousand Profane Pieces, was published by Tightrope Books in 2006. Her poetry and prose have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Contemporary Verse 2, Existere, Eye Weekly, Kiss Machine, the Literary Review of Canada, Matrix, Misunderstandings Magazine, Nod, Taddle Creek, and Rampike. She recently received an Honourary Mention for the 2010 Winston Collins/ Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem, and her first novel, Confessions of a Reluctant Cougar, is forthcoming from Tightrope Books this June, 2010.

The Box Thanks the Toronto Arts Council