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

John Greyson
Jon McCurly
Sarah Gregg Millman
Richard Poplak
Adam Sol
Stacey Sproule
Sarah Teitel
Clara Venice

+ door treats from Alfred A. Knopf, anvil press, Arc Poetry Magazine, Carousel, Coach House Books, Dandyhorse, DC Books, Freehand Books, Fuzzy Logic Recordings, Harper Collins, Matrix, Mayward House, Public, Prefix Photo, Random House Canada, Shameless, Sub Pop Records, Tsar Book, Severance Package Productions, Sumach Press, The Malahat Review, This Ain’t the Rosedale Library, Tightrope Books, Worn Journal and others.

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:

Randy Gagne and Stacey Sproule have been performing together in Toronto since 2006. Both completed their BFA in Drawing and Painting at OCAD in 2007. Randy works mainly in experimental sound performance and installation. Stacey works in performance and installation with an emphasis on the tactile. Their collaborative performance work draws from both their experience as a couple as well as the wealth of skills they employ in their solo practices.They have performed together at 7a*11d in Toronto and recently at Artsweek in Peterborough.

John Greyson is a Toronto film/video artist whose shorts, features and installations include: Fig Trees (2009, Best Documentary Teddy, Berlin FIlm Festival; Best Canadian Feature, Inside Out Festival); Proteus (2003, Best FIlm, Diversity Award, Barcelona Film Festival; Best Actor, Sithenghi Film Festival); The Law of Enclosures (2000, Best Actor Genie); Lilies (1996 - Best Film Genie, Best Film at festivals in Montreal, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, San Francisco); Un©ut (1997, Honourable Mention, Berlin Film Festival); Zero Patience (1993 - Best Canadian Film, Sudbury Film Festival); The Making of Monsters (1991 - Best Canadian Short, Toronto Film Festival, Best Short Film Teddy - Berlin Film Festival); and Urinal (1988 - Best Feature Teddy, Berlin Film Festival). He co-edited Queer Looks, a critical anthology on gay/lesbian film & video (Routledge, 1993), is the author of Urinal and Other Stories (Power Plant/Art Metropole, 1993), and has published essays and artists pieces in Alphabet City, Public, FUSE, and twelve critical anthologies. An associate professor in film production at York University, he was awarded the Toronto Arts Award for Film/Video, 2000, and the Bell Canada Video Art Award in 2007.

Jon McCurley Is a writer/artist from Toronto. He Is 1/2 of Life of a Craphead conceptual comedy group, who recently returned from a West Coast tour. He recently published a book of drawings with the My Topics book series. He co-organized the monthly performance/reading show No Face No Problem 2006-2008 which would happen in chinatown, or on the train tracks. He organized the Abandoned Nunnery Theatre Nights 2007-2008. He Is a regular comedian at Laugh Sabbath weekly comedy series. He is a co-founder of the White House studio, which is a regular house turned into cheap cheap cheap studios. His most recent play was DOUBLE DOUBLE LAND LAND was performed at gallery TPW earlier in 2009. Life of a Craphead are writing 2 new films to start a movement called Movie Summer - Invisible Bitch, and The Second Biggest asshole meets the Biggest Asshole, and a new play -Theatre Cube- to be performed in Denmark in the spring ooh la la la la!

Sarah Gregg Millman is a Toronto based artist. In her videos she attempts to create a fantasy world inhabited by characters going about daily life - where light and airy narratives mask the presence of oppression and anxiety lurking beneath the surface. She has exhibited her work in Canada, the US, and Europe.

If you need him, Richard Poplak can be found learning to play polo, chasing Big Game in Africa, investigating German sub-sub cultures in Namibia, eating at TGI Fridays in the Middle East, bowling in Kazakhstan, racing Mercedes sports sedans in Russia - all for publications as diverse as The Walrus, THIS Magazine, Toronto Life, The Globe & Mail, Arts Online, Bicycling and Maverick. He works as an occasional roving pop-cultural commentator for CBC Radio’s Q. His first book, the highly acclaimed Ja, No, Man: Growing Up White in Apartheid-era South Africa, is published by Penguin Publishing; his follow-up, entitled The Sheikh’s Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop-Culture in the Muslim World, will be on shelves spring, 2009. Ja, No, Man was longlisted for the Alan Paton Non-Fiction prize, shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Literary Award and voted one of the Top-10 books of 2007 by Now Magazine. Richard has won South Africa’s Media-24 Best Feature Writing Award, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award in Canada.

Adam Sol is, most recently, the author of Jeremiah, Ohio, a novel in poems published by House of Anansi Press, which was shortlisted for the Trillium Prize for Poetry in 2009. His previous books are Jonah’s Promise, which won MidList Press’s First Series Book Award for Poetry; and Crowd of Sounds, which won Trillium Award for Poetry in 2004. He is also the author of numerous essays and reviews for publications as various as The Globe and Mail, The Forward, Critique and CNQ. His work has been featured on, Poetry Daily, National Post Online and the CBC radio program “The Next Chapter.” Originally from Connecticut, he holds an MFA from Indiana University, as well as a PhD from the University of Cincinnati, and is an Assistant Professor of English at Laurentian University, Georgian College. He lives in Toronto with his wife and their three sons.

Sarah Teitel is a Toronto-based writer, musician and artist. Her work has appeared the The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and Saturday Night. Currently, she writes a wine column for Argyle Magazine. She is at wok on first collection of poetry, and will be releasing her fourth album of original songs this fall. Sarah performs her music across (and sometimes outside of) Toronto. She also paints –on canvas, wood, found objects, vintage purses and cowboy boots. In the past, Sarah enjoyed working as an actress, fine-art consultant, and waitress. She also stinted briefly as a Royal Winter Fair ticket-ripper, a job that admittedly, she enjoyed less. Sarah does her best thinking on the move, and after much practice has learned to walk and operate a pen simultaneously with the odd resulting collision.

The art-pop collision of 2 North American icons – Barbie + Wire – begins to describe this new project created by Clara Venice and producer Sean Roman. From the incongruous harmonics arising from the interplay of Theremin, DJ spin sampler, violin, and vocals, they have originated a new matrix of sights and sounds. It’s Trip-Hop meeting Science Lab – stapling new onto old as only Barbinewire can. Barbie is the doll who never ages, who never wears the same thing twice. She is made to measure for her vast consuming public. She personifies the twist of provocation, punishment and pleasure, a.k.a. “barbed wire”, a dance she performs with partner Sharpie, a new kind of Ken. This new duo is a current and art-full as they come. contact: listen:

The Box thanks the Toronto Arts Council