Events & Reviews at This Ain’t The Rosedale Library

This Ain’t the Rosedale Library 30th birthday tribute!

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on August 27, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 7:30pm: York Quay Centre: Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West – Admission $8

With readings by bill bissett, Lee Ann Brown, Eileen Myles, Stuart Ross; showing off the Six String Nation guitar with Jowi Taylor; and an after party in the store’s new home neighbourhood of Kensington Market. After party at Supermarket 268 Augusta Avenue.

Call the box office at 416.973.4000, or find details on purchasing tickets.

jaymzJaymz Bee: Canadian emcee, party consultant, producer, director, writer, lecturer, musician, writer and radio personality Jaymz Bee was the lead singer for The Look People from 1985 to 1994. He currently hosts Jazz in the City on JAZZ.FM 91 in Toronto, and makes regular appearances on Benmergui in the Morning.

bissettbill bissett garnered international attention in the 1960s as a pre-eminent figure of the counter-culture movement in Canada and the UK. In 1964, he founded blewointment press, which published the works of bpNichol and Steve McCaffery, among others. bissett’s charged readings, which never fail to amaze his audiences, incorporate sound poetry, chanting and singing, the verve of which is only matched by his prolific writing career – over 70 books of bissett’s poetry have been published. He reads from his latest “textual vision”: sublingual.

nullLee Ann Brown was born in Japan in 1963 and was raised in Charlotte, NC. She is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, The Sleep that Changed Everything, and Polyverse (which received the New American Poetry Series Award), a song cycle, The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, as well as numerous chapbooks and journal publications. Her poetry is widely anthologized. She reads from The Sleep that Changed Everything, which Robin Blaser called, “an astonishing, wonderful book, top-of-the-line poetry.”

eileenEileen Myles, named “the rock star of modern poetry” by BUST magazine, is the author of more than 20 books of poetry and prose, including Chelsea Girls, Cool for You, Sorry, Tree, and Not Me, and is the co-editor of The New Fuck You. Myles was head of the writing programme at University of California, San Diego, from 2002 to 2007, and she has written extensively on art and writing and the cultural scene. Of Sorry, Tree her most recent volume of poetry, Chicago Review said: “Her politics are overt, her physicality raw, yet it is the subtle gentle noticing in her poems that overwhelms.”

stuartStuart Ross has been active in the Canadian literary underground for three decades. He publishes Peter O’Toole: A Magazine of One-Line Poems, and is the Poetry Editor at Mansfield Press and the Fiction and Poetry Editor for This Magazine. Stuart’s most recent books are Buying Cigarettes for the Dog, Dead Cars in Managua, and I Cut My Finger. He has been shopping at This Ain’t the Rosedale Library for 30 years.

taylorJowi Taylor is a multiple-award-winning writer and broadcaster best known for his long-running CBC Radio programme Global-Village, the Peabody Award-winning radio series The Wire: The Impact of Electricity on Music and its celebrated companion series, The Nerve: Music and the Human Experience. His independent “Six String Nation” multi-media project – centred around a guitar built literally from pieces of Canadian heritage – combines Jowi’s various fascinations, including music, media, community building and the intersection of Canada’s history and multicultural identity. He presents his book about the project, Six String Nation: 64 Pieces, 6 Strings, 1 Canada, 1 Guitar.
“It’s more than just a guitar. It’s a history book that you can play music on.” – Andy Stochansky

GERRY GILBERT: A Reading & Memorial, “I’ve used up my reality.” -Gerry Gilbert, June 2009

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on August 27, 2009

gerryGERRY GILBERT April 7, 1936 – June 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 8:00pm – 11:00pm. EVENT TAKES PLACE IN STORE. Attendance is FREE

Friends and family of the poet Gerry Gilbert will gather for an evening of poetry and anecdotes to celebrate his literary and artistic legacy.

Special performing guests and participants will include VICTOR COLEMAN, DAVID MCFADDEN, JEREMY GILBERT and NICKY DRUMBOLIS. Texts sent to us from B.C. by JAMIE REID and PETER CULLEY will be read aloud – with feeling and intelligence we hope. We’re trying to track down some of Gerry’s film/video work. And his Bernard Leach obituary which appeared we think in “Only Paper Today.”

poetry & improv 4: THE OPEN performs a literary/musical tribute to STEVE LACY

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on August 27, 2009


Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 8:00pm – 11:00pm. EVENT TAKES PLACE ON THE PATIO.


SUSANNA HOOD is an award-winning choreographer and a virtuosic performer in dance and music. Over the past decade, Susanna has gained recognition nationwide for her choreographic work and as an interpreter and improviser in both fields. Apart from her role in The Rent and The Open, Susanna’s primary musical collaborations are dialogues (with Nilan Perera), kidnextdoor (with Perera and Christine Duncan), and in Ensemble Supermusique (a new project by Joane Hétu featuring Jean Derome, Pierre-Yves Martel, and others). In 1998, she won the K.M. Hunter Emerging Artists Award and, in 2006, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for She’s gone away. Most recently, the Canada Council recognized Susanna’s work by awarding her the Victor Martin Lynch-Staunton Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Artist.

KYLE BRENDERS is a Toronto composer and saxophonist with a growing local, national, and international reputation. In 2007, Kyle completed his Master’s degree in composition at Wesleyan University, having studied with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton. Since then, he has released the independent solo recording, Flows and Intensities; Toronto (Duets) 2007 with Anthony Braxton (Barnyard); and is the Artistic Director of the AIMToronto Orchestra, a seventeen-piece ensemble that recorded Creative Orchestra (Guelph) 2007 (Spool), again with Anthony Braxton. He leads and composes for the Kyle Brenders Trio & Ensemble, with recordings with both groups forthcoming on Porter Records.

Trombonist SCOTT THOMSON is a key member of a new generation of improvising musicians at work in Toronto. He coordinated the eighteen-piece AIMToronto Orchestra’s celebrated collaboration with Anthony Braxton in September 2007, and continues to serve as the Orchestra’s administrative director. Scott is also the Artistic Director of Somewhere There, a performance studio in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood that hosts live creative music six nights a week. Plumb, a recording of solos and duets with marvelous Montreal clarinetist Lori Freedman, is recently released on Jean Martin’s Barnyard Records. He continues to research the life and work of American composer and saxophonist, Steve Lacy, and arranges his music for The Rent and The Open.


Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on August 27, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 8:00pm – 10:00pm. EVENT IS HELD IN THE STORE, attendance is FREE

LEE ANN BROWN is the author of The Sleep That Changed Everything (Wesleyan University Press) – and Polyverse which won the New American Poetry Series Award. She is the founder and editor of the small press Tender Buttons.

“There is a love of the language, especially for its sonic and somatic values in virtually every poem. Lee Ann Brown’s work is kinetic, playful, songful,informal,personal,erotic….It’s alive.”
–C.D. Wright

“An astonishing wonderful book, top-of-the-line poetry. Poem by poem there is the pathway of her botanical vocabulary through a long poem – flowering, leafing, curling edges of her loving mind and heart.”
–Robin Blaser

VICTOR COLEMAN is a Toronto-based poet of international stature. Coleman was the senior editor at Coach House Press from the late 60s until 1975. He has written over twenty books of poetry some of which now fetch collectors’ prices. His last few books were published by BookThug and include MAL ARME (illustrated by Parisian artist Paul Collins – illustrations described by David Bolduc as “astute and sometimes paranoid montages”) which represents the third stage of Oulipian books that started with LETTER DROP and continued with MI SING and will conclude with The Occasional Troubador.


Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on August 27, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 8:00pm – 11:00pm. EVEN IS IN STORE, and FREE

KAREN SOLIE made waves with her debut collection Short Haul Engine (Brick Books) which was shortlisted for The Griffin Poetry Prize. She will be reading from new work and her recently launched third collection, Pigeon (House of Anansi).

PATRICK WARNER won the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award for his collection called There, there. He will be reading from the recently published Mole (House of Anansi).
Patrick is visiting from St.John’s , Newfoundland.

Both collections were edited for the press by KEN BABSTOCK who will introduce each poet Wednesday evening.

Stencil Nation – A Celebration with author Russell Howze

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on August 27, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009, 8:30pm – 11:00pm. Attendance is FREE.

Stencil Nation: Graffiti, Community and Art by Russell Howze was published a year ago by Manic D Press. Russell will be joining Toronto artist/activist Janet Attard with a presentation and discussion of ideas and images depicted in that book – on the bookstore patio – weather permitting.

(This will be preceded by a street art bike tour which will begin promptly at 6:00p.m. at Bloor and Spadina.)

Special thanks to Janet Attard and Martin Reis! – Check the Toronto Bike Month calendar for details about this happening and other events.

Three Funny Writers: Mark Leiren-Young, Michael Wex, and Laurie Channer

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on August 27, 2009

nullThree funny writers, including a Leacock winner. An evening with Mark Leiren-Young, Michael Wex, and Laurie Channer.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 8:00pm – 11:00pm. EVENT IS IN THE STORE, ATTENDANCE IS FREE
MARK LEIREN-YOUNG is the 2009 Winner of The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for his book Never Shoot a Stampede Queen: A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo.

MICHAEL WEX is the author of Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All of Its Moods and Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won’t Do). He will be appearing at Carnegie Hall with Alan Alda, Arlo Guthrie, David Amram and others in a birthday tribute to Theodore Bikel before flying back to Toronto to be part of this Kensington Market literary event.

LAURIE CHANNER is the author of Godblog. She currently resides in Toronto with a knife collection, a load of skull and skeleton decor and the minimum number of cats required to be an author.