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MELODRAMZ: David Balzer Book Launch

MELODRAMZ: A Night of Contrivances honours all manner of lavish gestures, flamboyant dress and states of distress in celebration of the launch of Toronto-based writer David Balzer’s new e-book of short stories, Contrivances (Joyland/ECW Press).

Read more about Contrivances and its neurotic heroines here: http://www.ecwpress.com/books/contrivances-epub

The launch is marked by a one-night-only exhibition featuring artwork from and related to the book by:

Derek Aubichon
Marcel Dzama
Alison Fleming
Alexandra Flood
Oliver Husain
Sholem Krishtalka
Vanessa Rieger
Emily Stoddart
Janet Werner
Margaux Williamson

Throughout the evening, there will be short readings—in drag—by Lauren Bride, Sean O’Neill, Liz Peterson, Bojana Stancic, Regina the Gentlelady, more.

Between readings, reeraw (Sheroes) DJs.

After the readings, dance your red shoes off with DJs Kevin Ritchie (Big Primpin), Luis Jacob (Love Saves the Day) and Balonius (Shakedown Street). Enjoy a unique array of gifs pertaining to the book, from Johnny Guitar to Jennifer Jason Leigh after-school specials, curated by reeraw and made by Helen Adamidou, Gaby Cepeda, Manuel Fernández, Tony Halmos, Georges Jacotey, Rollin Leonard, Grace McEvoy, Sally McKay, Rea McNamara, Lorna Mills, Chiara Passa, Yoshi Sodeoka and Giselle Zatonyl.

Admission is $8 and includes a copy of Contrivances.
Doors at 8:00pm
@ The White House
277.5 Augusta Ave.

TAAC Panel and Public Debate: Nuit Blanche and the Biennial

Toronto’s Nuit Blanche is the world’s best-funded and most expensive art event of its kind, and the city both attends it in droves, and criticizes it widely. Popularity and punditry go hand in hand. Typically the established discourse around the event happens after the event and not before, and the TAAC would like to change the course of things, inflecting change in – and not merely respond to – the event this year.

Whether you’ve got biennial burnout, nuit blanche boredom, or feel excited at the prospect of these and other art festivals, we need to talk. Join the Toronto Alliance of Art Critics and guest speakers for a discussion on the state of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, our potential for a Biennial, and other issues pertaining to Toronto criticism and culture.

Thursday March 17th
8-10pm at the White House
(#227.5 Augusta Ave, Kensington Market).
Pay-what-you-can.
Doors at 7:30pm.
[Limited seating so come early to secure a spot]

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins
Dave Dyment
Sarah Robayo Sheridan
Camilla Singh
Vicky Moufawad-Paul
Kim Simon
Zack Pospienszynski
David Liss
Andrea Carson
Otino Corsano
David Balzer
Murray Whyte

Image Credit:
An Te Liu, “Ennui Blanc” 2010.
neon sign, installation view,
Out of Site / Nuit Blanche, Toronto.
photo: Annie Wang