Events & Reviews at This Ain’t The Rosedale Library

The Toronto launch of When Does a Kiss Become a Bite? by Len Gasparini

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on January 3, 2010

Tuesday January 12 at 8pm join us to launch When Does a Kiss Become a Bite? by Len Gasparini. Jim Christy and other guests will also read and answer questions. The venue is This Ain’t The Rosedale Library, 86 Nassau Street near Bellevue Avenue in Kensington Market. Admission is free.

Pull My Daisy / Tip My Cup / All My Doors Are Open

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on January 3, 2010


A screening and talk by Charlie Huisken on:
Jack Kerouac, Robert Frank, Alfred Leslie, Alice Neel, Delphine Seyrig
co-presented by This Ain’t The Rosedale Library

at Cineforum, 463 Bathurst (near Sneaky Dee’s)

Admission is $10

“Pull My Daisy” was created as a collabouration by various members of the Beat Generation. It was directed by Alfred Leslie and Robert Frank and featured a number of poets – Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky – as actors. But who played the other parts? As well as creating a snapshot of the writers of that generation, the movie captures a moment in musical and visual art history as well – a moment often overlooked by the “slide show” approach to art history or “greatest hits” approach to music history. And that’s one of the things that makes The Beat Generation interesting – more than the drugs and other sensational elements so often romanticized. The Beats’ relation to art and music gave their work a spark lacking in the academic writing of their contemporaries. The title of the movie comes from a collabourative “exquisite corpse” poem. That poem will be read aloud, and then we’ll try our hand at creating something similar on the spot. But no pressure.

A documentary about Alice Neel will be referred to for sure and screened in its entirety if time allows. Presented also with the help of Eileen Myles through an essay that she wrote on Delphine Seyrig published in The Importance of Being Iceland and after a discussion with her about the movie “Pull My Daisy.”

READING: David Meltzer, Michael Rothenberg, Terri Carrion Robert Priest & Jim Christy join ROCKPILE with music and poetry

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on November 7, 2009

Friday November 13th, 8pm-11pm reading takes place in the store. Event is FREE

One of the key poets of the Beat generation, David Meltzer is also a jazz guitarist and Cabalist scholar and the author of more than 50 books of poetry and prose. 2005 saw the publication of David’s Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer (edited by Michael Rothenberg, with an introduction by Jerome Rothenberg) which provides a current overview of Meltzer’s work. Meltzer’s Beat Thing (La Alameda Press) is his epic poem on the Beat generation. It was called by Jack Hirschman: “Meltzer’s most important lyri-political work to date…written by a poet who, in terms of the rhythms and verbal inventiveness and the naming of figures of popular culture, is without equal anywhere.” Meltzer’s other books include No Eyes, poems on Lester Young, and a book of interviews, San Francisco Beat: Talking with the Poets (City Lights Books). Meltzer teaches at the New College of California in the Poetics Program which was
originally founded by Robert Duncan. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Terri Carrión was conceived in Venezuela and born in New York to a Galician mother and Cuban father. She grew up in Los Angeles where she spent her youth skateboarding and slam-dancing. Terri Carrión earned her MFA at Florida International University in Miami, where she taught Freshman English and Creative Writing, edited and designed the graduate literary magazine Gulfstream, taught poetry to High School docents at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami and started a reading series at the local Luna Star Café. In her final semester at FIU, she was Program Director for the Study Abroad Program, Creative Writing in Dublin, Ireland.

Michael Rothenberg is a poet, songwriter, and editor of Big Bridge magazine. His poetry books include Man/Woman, a collaboration with Joanne Kyger, The Paris Journals (Fish Drum Press), Monk Daddy (Blue Press), and Unhurried Vision (La Alameda/University of New Mexico Press). His poems have been published widely in small press publications including, 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, Berkeley Poetry Review, Exquisite Corpse, First Intensity, Fish Drum, Fulcrum, Golden Handcuffs Review, House Organ, Prague Literary Review, Tricycle, Vanitas, Zyzzyva, JACK, Jacket, and others. He is also author of the novel Punk Rockwell. Rothenberg’s 2005 CD collaboration with singer Elya Finn was praised by poet David Meltzer as “fabulous-all [the] songs sound like Weimar Lenya & postwar Nico, lushly affirmative at the same time being edged w/ cosmic weltschmertz. An immensely tasty production.” He is also editor for the Penguin Poet series, which includes selected works of Philip Whalen, Joanne Kyger, David Meltzer, and Ed Dorn. He has recently completed the Collected Poems of Philip Whalen for Wesleyan University Press.

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Always in search of original characters and experiences, Jim Christy is a literary vagabond with few peers. He was once described by George Woodcock as ‘one of the last unpurged North American anarchistic romantics’. His publisher has called him a hip Indiana Jones; one reviewer credited him with a ‘Gary Cooper-like presence’. His buddies have included hobos, jazz musicians, boxers, and non-academic writers such as Charles Bukowski, Peter Trower and Joe Ferone. “I never dismiss another’s story out of hand,” he writes, “no matter what it’s about or how outrageous it may seem.” Christy’s often wry reminiscences of his travels, trysts and trials
are fueled by a hard-won pride. A gardener, a sculptor and a spoken word performer with a jazz/blues ensemble, Christy has been seen in film and television productions, usually in non-speaking roles as a thug or a gangster. “You remind me of Malraux,” — Charles Bukowski

Robert Priest is a British born Canadian poet and children’s author. He has written numerous books of poetry, several children’s novels, and has often appeared on CBC radio’s hit spoken word show “Wordbeat” under the alias “Dr Poetry”. He is well known for his aphorisms and performance poetry. His adult poetry has been categorized as surrealistic satire while his children’s poetry is more tender, underpinned with a utopian hopefulness. Canadian novelist Barbara Gowdy has described him as “the voice of the people and the angels, entwined” and the Toronto Star has called him “passionate, cocky, alternately adoring and insulting.” Aside from poetry, Priest has also branched out over the years to write plays, novels and songs, many of which have earned him awards and recognition in Canadian literary circles. Priest won the Milton Acorn Memorial People’s Poetry Award for The Mad Hand (1988). As a songwriter, he co-wrote the international number one hit, “Song Instead of a Kiss” for Alannah Myles. His most recent poetry book is Reading the Bible Backwards (ECW).

LISA ROBERTSON reads from Magenta Soul Whip

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on November 5, 2009


Monday, November 16, 2009 – 8:00pm – event is in the store and free.

‘Robertson makes intellect seductive; only her poetry could turn swooning into a critical gesture.’ – The Village Voice

Lisa Robertson writes poems that mine the past — its ideas, its personages, its syntax — to construct a lexicon of the future. Her poems both court and cuckold subjectivity by unmasking its fundament of sex and hesitancy, the coil of doubt in its certitude. Reading her laments and utopias, we realize that language — whiplike — casts ahead of itself a fortuitous form. The form brims here pleasurably with dogs, movie stars, broths, painting’s detritus, Latin and pillage. Erudite and startling, the poems in Lisa Robertson’s “Magenta Soul Whip,” occasional works written over the past fifteen years, turn vestige into architecture, chagrin into resplendence. In them, we recognize our grand, saddened century.

‘Lise Downe is the author of three books: A Velvet Increase of Curiosity, The Soft Signature and most recently Disturbances of Progress, the language and prosody of each book more delicately, purposefully broken than the last. Not “broken” as in a smashed teacup, but as light is broken by a prism, fanning out in front of the reader’s eyes. I hear echoes of, or parallels to, many other authors in Downe’s work – of Clark Coolidge’s Space in “Driven,” a sequence from The Soft Signature; or of Marjorie Welish’s iterative loops and sampled backtalk, in Disturbances of Progress. But one would hardly mistake Downe’s work for anyone else’s: these are some of the most scrupulous and beautiful of contemporary poems, possessing a tough unreasonableness underneath the slight lyric grace, as Eliot didn’t say of Andrew Marvell.’ – Nate Dorward

Natalie Zina Walschots’ writing has appeared in FOURSQUARE, Matrix, Rampike and Open Letter. She served as the Managing Editor of both filling Station and dANDelion magazines, and co-curated the Flywheel reading series from 2005–08. Walschots completed her MA in English/Creative Writing at the University of Calgary, and recently moved to Toronto where she teaches writing to grade 12 students at a private school. Walschots’ first book of poetry, the 2007 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry-winning Thumbscrews, is a poetic engagement with the aesthetics of sadomasochism and consensual pain, each poem taken as a miniature sadomasochistic encounter where language is tied up, beaten, and twisted into submission.

Eileen Myles & Eldon Garnet: readings in Kensington Market

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on October 16, 2009

icelandThursday, October 22, 2009
7:30pm – 11:30pm, at the NEW Jamie’s Area, 209 Augusta in the lane-way up the stairs

Presented by This Ain’t The Rosedale Library, Semiotext(e), One Hour Empire: the Toronto launch of The Importance of Being Iceland.

EILEEN MYLES was born in Boston in 1949 and is once again a New Yorker after being a professor for a stint at University of California at San Diego. She has written more than twenty plays, libretti, and volumes of poetry and fiction including Chelsea Girls, Cool for You, Sorry, Tree and Not Me. Recently she received an arts writers grant from Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation. She has toured with the arts/literary collective called Sister Spit. Her latest book is published by Semiotext(e): The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art.

ELDON GARNET, a Toronto writer and artist, is also published by Semiotext(e). He was the editor of Impulse magazine, an influential international magazine of art and culture. Garnet has exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada, Centre Georges Pompidou, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf and the Amsterdam Centrum voor Fotograpfie. He is now the Creative Director of One Hour Empire magazine of which This Ain’t The Rosedale Library’s James Gunn is Editorial Director.

“Eileen Myles is a genius.” –Dorothy Allison
“Myles is one of the savviest voices and most restless intellects in contemporary lit.” –Dennis Cooper
“Eldon Garnet employs a deadpan narrative that heightens one’s awareness of the possibility for evil on your own street.” –Douglas Coupland

Launching HANDWERK

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on October 16, 2009

handwerkThis Ain’t The Rosedale Library is pleased to be hosting the special
launch of HANDWERK a set of six new chapbooks from Mark Goldstein’s
Beautiful Outlaw press, with readings from each author in the collection,
Erin Moure, Phil Hall, Jay MillAr, Angela Carr, Oana Avasilichioaei & Mark

Friday October 23rd, 8pm. Event takes place in the store.

30 Questions with This Ain’t The Rosedale Library on their 30th Anniversary

Posted in Events, Past events by thisaintblog on September 19, 2009

Open Book Toronto interviews the proprietors of This Ain’t: “OBTO blogger at large Shaun Smith sent This Ain’t owners Charlie Huisken and his son Jesse Huisken 15 questions each (get it? 15 + 15 = 30) about books, reading, their store and their lives.” [more…]

Thanks to everyone who came out to listen to the authors, musicians, activists Harbourfront Center brought out to celebrate our anniversary!

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.