Hi Everybody,

Hope you can join us, the summer box, arising Sunday, June 8, an evening of short words, film, performance and music by:

Marc DeGuerre with Rose Bolton
Eldon Garnet
David Heti
Shelby Lamb
John Price
Russell Smith

+ door treats from Alert Music, Arc Poetry Magazine, Carousel, Descant, Coach House Books, C Magazine, Dandyhorse, DC Books, Geist, John Kamevaar, 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 Art 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 8
334 Queen St. W (backroom)
8 pm

Her voice described as “something like a bath” by Brad Wheeler of the Globe and Mail, Robin Dann’s project bernice have been performing their warm, danceable songs live since 2010. Their debut album “what was that” was released in the fall of 2011 to critical acclaim (Exclaim described the album’s 11 tracks as containing a “substantial dose of patience and style” and the Globe and Mail called the sound “novel and reaffirming”). Sonically co-directed by Thom Gill (t h o m a s, Owen Pallett) and joined by guitarist Colin Fisher (notthewindnottheflag, Caribou), drummer Phil Melanson (Leif Vollebekk, Francois Bourassa), bassist Dan Fortin (Myriad3, Stop Time, Serena Ryder) and singer Felicity Williams (Bahamas, Hobson’s Choice), 2013 saw bernice opening for Colin Stetson at the Great Hall in Toronto and touring a leg of the US with Tegan and Sara in July, as well as supporting American songwriter Devon Sproule on an extensive tour of the UK in October. On the horizon, 2014 promises more touring and a sophomore LP. Call it what you like: indie r&b experimental croon lullabye, Bernice aims for a fresher, more colourful and more soulful sound with each new song.

Marc DeGuerre is a two-time Gemini Award winning documentary writer and director who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He has been making films since 2000 for broadcasters such as Arte Paris, LogoTV, Avro Holland, the Documentary Channel, CBC and TVOntario. His films are reflective of his broad interests in the areas of art, human behaviour, masculinity, popular culture, sexuality, and technology. His most recent film Beauty and Ruin, a feature documentary on the fate of the Detroit Institute of Art in a bankrupt city, has been commissioned by Arte Paris and Super Channel. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and spent many years as a working visual artist, before transitioning to documentary film. His art background is a very important element of his filmmaking. Accompanied by Rose Bolton.

Based in Toronto, Rose Bolton is established as a composer who creates and envisions new sounds in the areas of classical and electronic music. Her concert music has been performed across Canada by Canada’s leading ensembles, including the Vancouver Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Esprit Orchestra, L'ensemble contemporain de Montréal, and the Aradia Ensemble. In the past five years, she has written and produced six full scores for the documentaries of director Marc de Guerre, all of which were broadcast on the CBC main network. As a live performer on violin, viola and electronics, has performed extensively as a solo artist as well as with some of Canada’s finest musicians in many genres, ranging from experimental improvising to traditional Celtic fiddling and ceilidh dances, to country and bluegrass music.

Eldon Garnet is an artist and writer based in Toronto. He exhibits his photographic and sculptural work internationally. He was the editor of IMPULSE, an international magazine of art, ideas and fashion. His most recent novels are Lost Between the Edges published by Semiotext(e), MIT, New York, 2009, and Categories of Disappearance published by Impulse(b:), Toronto 2013. He recently opened an exhibition of his work Shadows and Shades at the Christopher Cutts Gallery which runs until July 5th.

David Heti is a stand-up comic of sorts. He has been described as a darker Woody Allen who doesn’t give a fuck what the audience thinks. David has performed throughout London, New York and L.A. and at all sorts of festivals. He has degrees in Philosophy and Law and has worked in both a bioethics department of a children’s hospital and a public prosecutions service of a federal government. This month he is in Montreal, teaching comedy writing at McGill and then telling jokes everywhere else. His first album, It was ok, an album of comedy by David Heti, has been described as brutally funny…savagely honest…outlandishly harsh and thought-provoking…a rare, endearing blend of stand-up and stand-off. www.davidheti.com

Shelby Lamb is a songwriter, performer and teacher. She is a graduate of Humber College’s music program. Majoring in voice, she furthered her studies in guitar and piano. She has released two original albums since 2006. With 20 years stage experience, Shelby is a versatile performer. She began singing Janis Joplin covers fronting her own band at the tender age of 17. She ventured overseas singing in a Top 40 band for many months. She spent years crooning Jazz standards at many notable venues in Toronto. Shelby’s first love is writing and performing original material. She has toured in and around Southern Ontario promoting her albums. Shelby is also a music instructor. She teaches voice, piano, guitar and Orff instruments to students ranging in age and ability. Shelby has one child and resides in Toronto.

John Price (b. 1967) is a filmmaker / cinematographer based in Toronto, Canada. Working primarily with outdated celluloid materials - developing originals and projection prints by hand - his work applies the timeless and imperfect alchemical qualities of the material to the subject of everyday life.

Russell Smith writes fiction mostly about people in Toronto. His most recent novel is Girl Crazy. His new collection of stories, Confidence, will be published next spring.

"tradition is one person and sometimes maybe more. since 2006 putting out records, some for blocks recording club, some for creme brute. most recently releasing a record "i love you, ok?". tradition.bandcamp.com"