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

Freida Abtan
Phillip Barker
Lisa Bozikovic
Levi MacDougall
Derek McCormack
Petrina Ng
Gravity Wave
Marguerite Pigeon

+ door treats from Arc Poetry Magazine, Carousel, Coach House Books, C Magazine, Dandyhorse, DC Books, Descant, Fuzzy Logic Recordings, Geist, Hunter and Cook, The Malahat Review, Matrix, on spec,.Pedlar Press, Public, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Shameless, This Magazine, Tightrope Books, Worn 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:

Freida Abtan is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist and composer. Her music falls somewhere in between musique concrete and more modern noise and experimental audio and both genres are influential to her sound. Her work has been compared to bands such as Coil, and Zoviet France, and to that of performers such as Andrew Liles because of her use of spectral manipulation and collage. Freida primarily works with samples of both musical and non-musical objects that she records herself and then manipulates, often beyond recognition, through techniques derived from musique concrète and through successive layers of digital signal processing. She uses structures reminiscent of popular music and more abstract compositional variants to sequence these sounds into melodic songs before incorporating her own treated voice.

As well as having created visual shows for and performed with the internationally reknown group Nurse with Wound, Freida has presented her own sound and visual work at festivals across North America and Europe. Her first album "subtle movements" is available on United Dairies / Jnana Records.

Phillip Barker is internationally renowned as a filmmaker, artist, and designer for film and stage. His outdoor “film performances” have played in many cities and events including Arco International Art Fair in Madrid, Nuit Blanche in Toronto, and Expo 92 in Seville, Spain. Phillip has been the production designer of over 7 films by Atom Egoyan, including The Sweet Hereafter. Barker has received three Genie Award Nominations for Best Production Design for feature films, and won a Directors Guild of Canada Award for Production Design of Egoyan's Where The Truth Lies. Phillip has been the production designer for directors as diverse as Brian de Palma, Mira Nair, Neil LaBute and artist Michael Snow. Phillip Barker has written and directed many of his own short films that have received numerous awards including a Genie nomination for Best Dramatic Short Film, Best Canadian Short Film Atlantic Film Festival, and Best Experimental Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival. As a recent recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Phillip is currently researching and writing an experimental feature length film.

Lisa Bozikovic's music goes straight to the heart. Her voice moves effortlessly from low, dark places into soaring high ranges. She is best known for her thoughtful lyrics and captivating performances. A strong instrumentalist, she moves easily between experimental keyboard, improve accordion, and folk guitar. Her songs sound at times like they belong in a saloon surrounded by whiskey drinkers, and at other times like strange, wandering lullabies for deep sleeps. Currently, she is working on her debut album, which is being recorded by Ohbijou's Heather Kirby and co-produced by Sandro Perri. She is excited to be releasing her album this Fall!

Levi MacDougall has been called “one of Canada’s finest young comics” by Time Out New York. He’s had his own hour-long CTV Comedy Now! stand-up special and is currently in the cast of The Comedy Network’s new show Hotbox. He’s also been a regular cast member on popcultured and The Jon Dore Show. Live-comedy-wise, Levi is one of the founding members of the weekly Laugh Sabbath comedy series, every Sunday at the Rivoli. For his stand-up, he’s won two Canadian Comedy Awards and was nominated for a Gemini. Levi recently opened for legendary comedian Mort Sahl at Pop Montreal. He’s also appeared on Andy Kindler’s Alternative Show at Just For Laughs, Boston Comedy Festival, and Comedy Death-Ray at the UCB in L.A. He tells jokes and stories live and on film.

Derek McCormack's newest novel is The Show That Smells (ECW Press, 2008). His last novel, The Haunted Hillbilly (ECW Press, 2005), was named a Best Book of the year by the Globe & Mail and the Village Voice, and was nominated for a Lambda Award. Christmas Days (Anansi, 2005), a non-fiction collaboration with the cartoonist Seth, will be published in paperback in time for Christmas '09. He is a fashion columnist for the National Post.

Petrina Ng is an emerging video artist and cultural worker based in Toronto. She has worked with numerous not-for-profit arts organizations, such as Mammalian Diving Reflex, Reel Asian International Film Festival, Vtape and Oakville Galleries. She also works as an artist assistant for several artists, notably An Te Liu and Lisa Steele & Kim Tomczak. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto and Singapore. She recently completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts, specializing in Visual Studies, at the University of Toronto, and in September will begin her Masters of Fine Art in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, UK.

Marguerite Pigeon is a writer of fiction and poetry. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including The Capilano Review, dANDelion and Room of One’s Own. She has just completed her first novel, and her poetry collection, Inventory, appeared this spring with Anvil Press. Originally from Blind River, Northern Ontario, and a longtime resident of Toronto, she currently lives in Vancouver.

Gravity Wave, A Master of Ceremonies in the truest sense of the words, Ken Farrell (Party Leader) along with DJs Finlay Braithwait (DJ The Diamond Stud) and Ryan V Hays (DJ The Romantic Thief), packs an arsenal of infectiously fun party jams and a live show that allows Gravity Wave to ignite any crowd, anytime, anywhere.

The Box thanks the Toronto Arts Council