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

Kalman Andrasofsky
Girl and the Machine
Istvan Kantor
Nayeon Kim
Peter Steven
Phoebe Tsang
Micah Toub
Thebenefitofthefreeman

+ 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.

Mark us down. Of course we want to see you there

Wednesday October 27, 2010
Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W (backroom)
Doors 8 pm

boxsalon@hotmail.com
416-929-1906

Kalman Andrasofszky is a freelance illustrator with an eclectic career, illustrating comicbooks, magazines, and roleplaying games; and storyboarding movies and commercials. In comics, Kalman has worked for Marvel, DC, Image Comics, and Devils Due Productions. He's produced art and covers for such titles as Spider-man, Action Comics, Captain America, Dazzler, NYX, Tomb of Dracula, Checkmate, and Gi Joe. In 2003 he designed and illustrated the comic book series iCandy for DC. He's also produced a massive volume of art for Roleplaying games including Dungeons & Dragons, Star Wars, and D2O Modern and magazines including SPIN and UKULA. Kalman now divides his time between cover work for comic and book publishers and concept art for television, film and video games. Find out more about Kalman at www.iamkalman.com.

From the far reaches of the fantastic cosmos, arrives the magical music making combo named Girl + the Machine. Travelling through space and time Girl, accompanied by the music making Machine, convert gamma-rays into musical love lasers; shooting you and shooting me, causing us to dance. Girl + the Machine have taken their spectacular performances of indie pop music and video projections on tour around our galaxy. Girl + the Machine released their first album, Hello Earth, in the fall of 2009. The second release and ep titled Lallipop will be released in the fall of 2010.

Istvan Kantor, recipient of the 2004 Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts, also known as Monty Cantsin, open-pop-star, the founder of Neoism, “Self-Appointed Leader of the People of the Lower East Side” is an action based media artist/subvertainer/producer, active in many fields, performance, robotics, mixed media, installation, painting, sound, music and new media. Kantors's performance based work explores the body as well as technology, from blood to video to physical gestures via digital sampling, breathing, computers or pneumatic machinery. He often incorporates objects such as steam irons, coat hangers, clocks, flags and megaphones into his actions. He likes to break things and set things on fire. He uses conflict and crisis to present his cause, often placing himself in the center of danger and uncertainty. Throughout the past three decades he has been arrested and jailed many times for his guerilla interventions in museums. He also received many prestigious awards among them the Telefilm Canada Award for Best Canadian Film and Video in 1998, in Toronto and the Transmediale Award in 2001, in Berlin. Besides his individual work he is bandleader/singer of the Red ArmBand and founder-member of several performance groups among them Puppet Government, MachineSexActionGroup and Kantor Family Circus.

Nayeon Kim emigrated from Seoul, South Korea to Canada with her family at the age of eleven. She is currently enrolled in a double major program in Studio art and Art history at the University of Toronto. As an emerging performance artist, her works often explore factors that influence one’s shifting individual identity such as gender, social and cultural pressures. In July of 2010, her first group exhibition was held at Propeller centre for the visual arts in downtown Toronto.

Peter Steven believes that the Canadian media has entered a period of crisis. A crisis not about business models, but about quality--from news to entertainment; from TV to the internet. Corporate media, the Conservative government, and the religious right pose real dangers to our media and democracy. Peter is the author of The News and The No-Nonsense Guide to Global Media. He teaches film studies at Sheridan College.

Micah Toub is the author of Growing Up Jung: Coming of Age as the Son of Two Shrinks, a memoir published this September by Doubleday Canada. He writes a biweekly column on relationships from the male point of view for The Globe and Mail and keeps a blog at Psychology Today. His work has been published in a variety of magazines including The Walrus, Maisonneuve, Report on Business, Azure's Designlines, and Quill and Quire. He received a National Magazine Award in Personal Journalism for an article that appeared in Toro Magazine, where he worked as an editor. For more info, visit his website: http://www.micahtoub.com/

TheBenefitofthefreeman
Mister Man: Come with me, mademoiselle, I'll take you to see this moving folk band.
Mademoiselle: Hmmm. Intrigued. Do give details.
Mister Man: Well they're a quartet that ranges from haunting to soothing. Influenced by everything from train tracks to Kerouacs; teardrops to rooftops; loving and longing; midnights and dawnings. Poetic lyrics levitate above guitar, cello and violin. The Lonely Vagabond, from Exclaim! describes them as having, "Acoustic beauty, soul-stirring vocals, and a buoyant spirit".
Mademoiselle: Further intrigued. Continue.
Mister Man: Well yes, it's a cascading sound. It soaks you with graceful melodies that at one moment embody an 18-wheeler and at the next a paintbrush on a canvass.
Mademoiselle: And the words?
Mister Man: They'll have you visualizing weeping angels, then they'll be commenting on gasoline, guns and pancakes. Pretty songs that lend a sweet serenity to their dark side. Ok I've said it all.
Mademoiselle: I'll say. To the Rivoli, then?
Mister Man: Yas! Sometimes I lay it low, sometimes I folk and roll. This is The Benefit of the Free Man.

Violinist and poet Phoebe Tsang was born in Hong Kong, educated in England, and has lived in Canada since 1998. Both her artistic practices to inform each other. In 2010 the Toronto Symphony Orchestra commissioned her to write and perform poetry to the music of Osvaldo Golijov. Phoebe especially enjoys exploring the parameters of tango culture and improvisation, extending her performance to include elements of physical theatre. The author of Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse (Tightrope Books, 2009), her poetry has been published in Canada, the UK, India and Hong Kong, and she is currently at work on a libretto in collaboration with composer Erik Ross, commissioned by the Canadian Sinfonietta. A true multi-disciplinary artist, Ms.Tsang also holds a BSc in Architecture from the University of London (UK). www.phoebetsang.com

The BOX thanks the Toronto Arts Council.