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

Laura Barrett
Henri Fabergé
Simla Civelek
Andrea Cooper
Dani Couture
John Doyle
Dyan Marie
Gunilla Josephson

+ door treats
from Alfred A. Knopf, Anchor Canada, Arc Poetry Magazine, Art Gallery of York University, Attack Records, Carousel, Coach House Books, Dandyhorse, Geist, Duncannon Press, Good for Her, The Malahat Review, Mercer Union, Pedlar Press, Pierre Poire, Random House, Shameless, Tsar Book, Worn Magazine 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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Caught between band camp music geekery and stripped-down folk earnestness, Laura Barrett's kalimba (African thumb piano) and piano melodies invoke worlds of wonder, mystery and despair. Inspired by her childhood love of science fiction, Laura's lyrics weave concrete portraits of a here and now that eclipse the strangeness and distortion of distant and possible futures. Having toured across North America opening for the likes of The Magnetic Fields, Beirut and Final Fantasy, Laura has successfully charmed audiences with what CBC Radio 3's Grant Lawrence describes as "the most intriguing live performance I have seen in years." Laura's unique and compelling music have made her one of Exclaim! Magazine's Artists to Watch and her debut EP, Earth Sciences, was a finalist for SOCAN's inaugural ECHO Songwriting Prize. Laura recently participated in the National Parks Project, which features collaborations between 52 Canadian musicians and filmmakers and was aired on the Discovery Channel.She's tickled pink to be a part of Box Salon!

Andrea Cooper is an international media artist with a Masters in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. Her most recent work Honey premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival's Forum Expanded in February 2010. Strange Things premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival's Forum Expanded in 2007 and won the National Film Board of Canada's Emerging Filmmaker/Video artist award at the Images Festival. Cooper's work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada, including the solo exhibition Fickle As Poison at Grunt Gallery in Vancouver. She has an upcoming solo show at Red Head Gallery in February 2012. Her work is distributed by V-Tape in Toronto.

Slated to fast become the most powerful cadet at Boyce Naval Academy, Henri Fabergé vanished amidst a flurry of musical melee and accusations of murder. He recently resurfaced on the coast of the North Sea, only to be whisked into the fold of an isolated community hell-bent on creating the utopian ideal. A theatrical rendition of his exploits can be seen at Hart House opening October 6, entitled "Henri Fabergé's Heligoland Follies".

Simla Civelek (b. 1974, Istanbul) is a performance artist. She was trained in theatre based on the Lecoq method at The School of Physical Theatre and in acting at The George Brown Theatre School. Her work has been exhibited at the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Nuit Blanche in Toronto, Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C and OPEN Performance Art Festival in Beijing, China among other venues. She lives and works in Toronto.

Dani Couture is the author of two collections of poetry: Good Meat (Pedlar Press) and Sweet (Pedlar Press). Sweet was named one of Maisy’s Best Books of 2010 by Maisonneuve Magazine and nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the Relit Award. In 2011, Dani also received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers’ Trust’s Dayne Ogilvie Grant. Couture's debut novel, Algoma, will be published by Invisible Publishing in fall 2011.

John Doyle has been The Globe and Mail's television critic since 2000. His book, A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age (Doubleday Canada) was published to acclaim in Canada in October, 2005. The book has now been reprinted many times and published in five countries, including the U.K. and Ireland. His book about soccer, The World is a Ball: The Joy, Madness, and Meaning of Soccer (Doubleday Canada) was a national bestseller in Canada on publication in the summer of 2010 and longlisted for The William Hill Irish Sports Book Of The Year. It has also been published in the U.S., Ireland, the U.K. and Croatia. Born in Ireland, Doyle holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Anglo-Irish Studies from University College, Dublin. He came to Canada in 1980 to pursue a PhD in English Literature at York University in Toronto. Having done some student and freelance journalism in Ireland, Doyle continued to write in Canada and eventually abandoned writing for academic reward to concentrate on writing for money. After working briefly in radio and in television, he began writing a column for Broadcast Week in 1991. Always argumentative, Doyle has the distinction of winning a gold medal, at the age of ten, for his debating skills in the Gaelic language. His freelance articles were widely published in Canada, the U.S., Britain and Ireland and he lectured on television and other aspects of popular culture. In a profile of Doyle published in Toronto Life magazine in July, 2000, Robert Fulford wrote, "A critic as intelligent, industrious and ambitious as John Doyle should be cherished." In recent years Doyle has written often for The New York Times and The Guardian. He is currently developing a work for theatre and a new work of literary non-fiction, while watching TV and living happily in downtown Toronto.

Swedish born artist Gunilla Josephson lives and works in Toronto, Canada, since 1990. She holds a BA in Social Sciences, and MFA from Stockholm University and Stockholm College of Art and Design. Josephson’s art practice has evolved through scenography, to installations involving super8 film projections on linen and grass, to sculpture using wax, felt and latex, and the last 13 years to video and its installation. Always working from desire and in part letting the material decide the form, Josephson explores elements of womanhood seen through the limitations, expansions, distortions, truths and lies of a complex looking glass, created mainly from time, memory and personal experience. She consistently works in a way that exploits unbridled emotion with the aim to challenge the accepted conventions of art as an entertainment that is well behaved. Josephson’s more recent exhibtions were at Cinéma de la Plage, Hauteville sur Mer in France in 2010, at Mac Donald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph, Ontario, for The Toronto Images Festival at Trinity Square Video, for the Festival les Boréales in Caen, France, at The Museum for Contemporary Art in Montreal, at the Swedish Cultural Centre in Paris, The Toronto Images Festival; at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris and at the Sydney Film Festival in 2004.

Dyan Marie is a Toronto-based artist, community organizer and poet. She creates projects and initiatives that explore urban situations and contemporary cultural experience. She is a founder of C Magazine, Cold City Gallery, Dupont Projects/Dyan Marie Projects (gallery), Walk Here, DIG IN, BIG: Bloor Improvement Group, Bloor Magazine and a number of community and arts festivals. Dyan received the City Soul award from the Canadian Urban Institute and various citizenship awards from city, provincial and federal government. She is a board member of the City of Toronto's Art for Public Places Committee, Councilor Ana Bailao's Ward 18 advisory committee, Centennial College advisory committee, BIG co-chair, Bloordale BIA creative director and a graduate of Ontario College of Art, OCAD and University of Waterloo, MFA. She has been an exhibiting visual artist since 1981 and is represented by Wynick/Tuck Gallery in Toronto and Michael Gibson Gallery In London. Recent solo exhibitions include "Is There No One Who Can Fly," Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener; "Transmissions," Wynick Tuck Gallery, Toronto and "The Disrupted Image," Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax. This past summer she developed "The Responding Festival," a multi-disciplinary month-long arts event marking the soon-to-be closed-and-redeveloped Kent School. In September she organized a reading and performance with 18 poets for 100 Thousand Poets For Change, a worldwide event in 95 countries, held at the House Of Lancaster on Bloor Street in support of Savards Woman’s Shelter and Perth/Dupont Library.

The Box thanks the Toronto Arts Council