I’m going to be reading at the Lab Cab Festival in Parkdale July 27–28
I’m not sure which day yet, but I’m excited. More details to come soon. For now, check out their website! Lab Cab stands for Laboratory Cabaret. Experimental!
At the Ruckus Readings, performing a multimedia, interactive version of my second-person weird-date story “Police Radio.” Audience members could use my wireless keyboard to choose what facial expression the girl in the story had (you can see the options here); when I held up a red light, audience members had to take what I said as an instruction; and I used an edited and looped version of this track as a soundbed. Thanks to Kris and Katie for organizing the event, the audience members for coming out and participating so unabashedly, and my fellow readers, Andrew Shenkman, Mathieu Dominic Ramsawak, and Jakub Wasikiewicz.
Mark your calendars, because on Saturday, June 15, I’m going to be reading at a brand new reading series based at the bar/café The Only, located on the Danforth. The event starts at 7 p.m. Until then, check out an interview the founders Kris and Katie did with me on the Ruckus website, and surf around and learn about what sounds like it’s going to be a phenomenal addition to the Toronto literary scene. I’ll post more details on my reading when available. UPDATE: Here is the Facebook event.
This is what people are going to be thinking as they walk past the bar, except that they probably know how to spell “ruckus” in their minds.
Here’s a video the lovely people at 8th House Publishing made a while back (and which I forgot to post) showing snippets of the performances at the first 8th House Collaborations, which is when I collaborated with Ian Turner Illustration and the band The Benefit of the Free Man to perform a multimedia version of my story “The Green Knight Gets the Blues,” which appears in my forthcoming collection from 8th House, tentatively titled Eyeless and Gazing.
In/Words is the literary magazine/reading series/chapbook press/set of weekly writing circles at Carleton University. Ottawa’s favourite son, rob mclennan, has written an in-depth feature article for Open Book Ontario about the history of In/Words and some of its alumni, including yours truly, Jeff Blackman, Cameron Anstee, Leah Mol, Peter Gibbon, Justin Million, Bardia Sinaee, Ben Ladouceur, jesslyn delia smith, Jenna Jarvis, and Rotem Yaniv.
Here at Spindle, we like to think we’ve not only got our fingers on the pulse but that we actually have the ability to see into the future. Because of our unprecedented ability to see such things, we’ve ditched the tired old ‘Best of 2012′ format and gone for Ones To Watch 2013 instead. Here are the team’s picks for the arts in the upcoming 12 months:
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Thomas Dearnley-Davison, Canadian Correspondent
Book: ‘Eyeless and Gazing’, by Jeremy Hanson-Finger. Jez is a Spindle pal and brilliant writer so his first book promises to be something special; also Ben Ladouceur’s debut poetry collection ‘Otter’ – because he’s a great poet and not just because there’s a poem about me in there.