This Ain’t the Rosedale Library 30th birthday tribute!
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.
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Jaymz 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.
bill 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.
Lee 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.”
Eileen 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.”
Stuart 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.
Jowi 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