SONIC GLOW : Laurie Brown’s Pondercast + Juini Booth : Sat 21 Sept 2019

+ + + SONIC GLOW DAY #3 + + +

Sat 21 Sept 2019 8PM / TCO Rooftop Terrace
$20 = tickets on sale here


w/ visuals by Co-Efficient of Drag  


Playing professionally since age16, Juini Booth has expanded the range of the contrabass into a refined personal language of intense acoustic awareness and spatiality of sound. Firmly rooted in the forefront of the American jazz tradition, which he has helped to shape, Booth’s music also integrates influences from world music, emerging beyond the boundaries of categories to express the poetics of universal humanness. His compositions reflect a masterful use of simple melodic themes developed through unexpected harmonies, unusual tonal qualities and time relationships, inviting the listener to a new level of musical perception. Booth has performed, recorded and toured for over 40 years with jazz musicians from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers to Tony Williams Lifetime, including many others like Albert Ayler, Betty Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Chuck Mangione, Sun Ra, McCoy Tyner, and Randy Weston.


Drummer & vibraphonist Mark Hundevad, a former student of Cecil Taylor and Dave Holland with over 40 years of playing experience. He has performed with some of the worlds leading avant- garde jazz musicians including Cecil Taylor, Raphe Malik, Sabir Mateen, Glen Spearman, Billy Bang, Juini Booth, Daniel Carter, Steve Swell, Mark Whitecage, Flip Barnes, Elliot Levin, Dominic Duval and Ernest Dawkins. He currently leads two ensembles, the Archives of Eternity and Controlled Demolition.


Multi-instrumentalist and Producer, Jordan Quinn, who has played in large and small combos from around the world. He has continued to develop a wide range of musical styles, playing in big bands by day and rock and dance clubs by night. With no limits to his creativity and drive, Quinn can also be found arranging for musical theatre productions, being a bandleader for large private events, or producing national artists. Quinn has toured internationally and can be seen been playing main stages and entertaining audiences in the thousands. You can catch Quinn playing most nights with different artists of award winning stature or in the diversely-classic fusion band, Chameleon Project.


+ Joe Lapinski + Alex Ring  
w/ visuals by Adam CK Vollick  

Laurie Brown

What 10 years of hosting late night radio taught me about music, you and the night

Laurie Brown is a passionate advocate for the arts and artists in Canada. She has built a reputation as an accomplished interviewer and seasoned broadcaster by bringing out the best in Canadian artists. Laurie hosted The Signal on CBC Radio 2 for the last 10 years, a much loved late night music program. Now, she hosts her own podcast called Pondercast.

– W I T H – 

Joe Lapinski is an interdisciplinary artist who has been performing, writing, and producing music in St.Catharines Ontario Canada for the past 13 years. He performs actively as a solo artist, as well as a member of The Woodshed Orchestra, and Bronx Cheerleader. He is the founder of Yummy Recordings, runs Midtown Studios, and is a co-founder of the In the Soil Arts Festival, based in St. Catharines 

Alex Ring has been involved in a many projects in the Niagara region, including several In the Soil performances. These include bluegrass band The Highwire String Band, noise rockers Frontwards, and his own sound installations. This performance will blend his interest in minimal sound sources (oscillators) and improvised music.

Adam CK Vollick: “I am a Niagara native who grew up close to the breeze of Lake Erie. My early love of Photography and Light has allowed me to hone unconventional methods in many different disciplines with some of my heros. I am currently working on several film projects for Neil Young; I am co-producing a short film with Daryl Hannah; and recently my work can be seen in the Timberlake/Demme film that premiered at TIFF 2016 and is now streaming on Netflix. As well, I continue to be a Daniel Lanois film collaborator for over a decade. My works both still and moving pictures are internationally collected and appear on stages and in theaters across the globe. Niagara is where I return to meditate, and find peace in my own life while preparing for the next sojourn.”

SONIC GLOW : Lillian Allen + Kaie Kellough + TZT : Fri 20 Sept 2019

+ + + SONIC GLOW DAY #2 + + +



Fri 20 Sept 2019 7PM / Kwong Chow Restaurant
$10 = tickets on sale here

Lillian Allen is a professor of creative writing at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD). Two time JUNO Award winner and trailblazer in the field of spoken word and dub poetry, Allen artistically explores the aesthetics of old and new sounds in music to create her distinctive leading edge brand of Canadian reggae with new world sounds in her poetry recordings, with her powerful reggae dub poetry/spoken word recordings including her latest single Woken & Unbroken (2018), album ANXIETY (2012), her groundbreaking first solo Juno award winning album, Revolutionary Tea Party, a Ms. Magazine Landmark Album, followed by another Juno winner, Conditions Critical. Her third album, Freedom & Dance and her recording for children and young people, Nothing But a Hero, were released to critical acclaim.

Kaie Kellough is a novelist, poet, and sound performer. His work emerges at a crossroads of social engagement and formal experiment. From western Canada, he lives in Montréal and maintains a strong relationship with the Caribbean, with roots in Guyana, South America.

His books include Magnetic Equator (poetry, McClelland and Stewart, 2019), and Dominoes at the Crossroads (short fiction, Véhicule, Fall 2019). His novel Accordéon was shortlisted for the Amazon/Walrus Foundation Fist Novel Award. Kaie’s work has been recognized by the Manitoba Book Awards, the League of Canadian Poets, and Carte Blanche Magazine.

Kaie’s vocal performance, recorded audio, and electronic narrative explore migration and the suspension of arrival. Since 2011 he has created mixed media compositions with saxophonist and synthesist Jason Sharp.

Kaie’s work has traveled internationally, notably to festivals in the UK, Australia, and southern Europe. He continues to craft new passages.

TZT are a Niagara based experimental sound poetry band and features exclamations by Gregory Betts, Benjamin Mikuska, Arnold “Frothing” McBay on guitar and loops, Benjamin Mikuska, Devon Fornelli on percussion, and Gary Barwin on sax and flute. With a haunting vibe that brings to mind jazz and early beat utterances, TZT flows and floods the stage with ambient sound.


SONIC GLOW : A Series of Sound+Vision Events

      SOUND+VISION at the east end of st paul   

       september 19-22 2019   

SONIC GLOW is about creating a small space where we can think about the relationship between sound and sight a little more attentively, a way to slow it down and soak it up. We also know that when you put great artists together dynamic things can happen, it’s a type of alchemy. We guarantee some moments when things click in mysterious and epiphanic ways. None of this is packaged or polished, whatever magic happens, it’ll happen once and that’s that. You’re there to see it or maybe you’re not. It never happens again.

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> 8PM = TCO ROOFTOP AT NAC =   $20  
   Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet
   w/ visuals by Kasia Smuga
..details here

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 FRI 20 SEPT  
> 7PM = THE KWONG CHOW =   $10  
   Kaie Kellough + TZT + Lillian Allen
..details here

> 9PM = TCO ROOFTOP AT NAC =  $20  
   Jennifer Castle
   w/ visuals by Permanent Vacation
..details here

> 11PM = DTMG at NAC =   $10  
   Culture Reject
   w/ visuals by Dylin North
..details here

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 SAT 21 SEPT  
   w/ visuals by Tracy Van Oosten
..details here

> 8PM = TCO ROOFTOP AT NAC =  $20  
   Juini Booth + Co.
   w/ visuals by Co-Efficient of Drag
..details here

   Laurie Brown’s Pondercast
   w/ Joe Lapinski + Alex Ring
   + visuals by Adam CK Vollick
..details here

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> 4PM = THE FILM HOUSE =   $9  (tickets can be purchased at The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre)
   Mad Max: Fury Road
w/ live +
 improvised sound by Wild Side
..details here

> 7PM = THE FILM HOUSE =   $9  (tickets can be purchased at The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre)
   The Lodger
   w/ live + improvised soundtrack by
   The Gallery Players of Niagara +
   introduction by Joan Nicks
..details here

> 8:30PM = TCO ROOFTOP AT NAC =   $20  
  The Northern Arm
w/ Clint Lown
Fly Pan Am
w/ Del Stephen
..details here



TZT : TNT / Fri 1 Feb 2019

E X P E R I M E N T A L  /  P O E T R Y  /  M U S I C

TZT are Gregory Betts, Arnold “Frothing” McBay, Benjamin Mikuska, Devon Fornelli, and Gary Barwin
with special guest Lillian Allen.

Friday 1 February 2019
Doors 7:30 / Show 8:00


Bar by Mahtay Cafe


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LIT ON TOUR! Dylan Horrocks and Seth > FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2015 7PM

International Festival of Authors Ontario presents
Dylan Horrocks and Seth

Niagara Artists Centre

Join New Zealand’s Dylan Horrocks and Canada’s Seth for a discussion on their latest graphic novels, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen and Palookaville 22 at Niagara Artists Centre on October 30 at 7pm.

>> pay-what-you-can // suggested $10 <<

DYLAN HORROCKS is the author of the award-winning graphic novel Hicksville and the comic book series Pickle and Atlas. Horrocks has also written for DC Comics and Vertigo, including Hunter: The Age of Magic and Batgirl. He presents his latest critically acclaimed graphic novel, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen, which explores the pleasures, dangers and moral consequences of fantasy.

SETH is the cartoonist behind the comic book series Palookaville, which started as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeneys Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker, the Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which showcased the first public display of his model city Dominion. He is now a part of the Gallery’s permanent collection. Seth presents Palookaville 22, the latest in the series and a continuation of Part Four of the ongoing Clyde Fans serial.

Harriet’s Legacies: Race, Historical Memory and Futures in Canada | Thurs 22 + Fri 23 Oct

Harriet’s Legacies:
Race, Historical Memory and Futures in Canada

Organized by Ronald Cummings, Natalee Caple, Gregory Betts, Kevin Gosine, and Tamari Kitossa
Day events at Pond Inlet, Brock University
Evening events at the Niagara Artists Centre

This important conference will highlight the historical presence of Black Canadians in Canada. The title refers to the crucial role that St. Catharines played in the Underground Railroad and the abolition of slavery. Harriet Tubman, who is recognized by UNESCO, as a freedom seeker, abolitionist and ‘conductor’ was the city’s most renowned participant in the Underground Railroad. Tubman and the Black citizens who helped to build St. Catharines are soon to be recognized by the opening of a new elementary school in downtown St. Catharines. The timing of the conference will help to connect the university and the broader community around shared goals of unity in diversity, the recovery and memorialization of Black history in Ontario and the promotion of general knowledge around the multiple accomplishments of Black Canadians.

dann j. Broyld, Carole Lynn Stewart, Jennifer Harris, Jessica Ratcliffe, Kate Siklosi, Victoria Partyka, Anique J. Jordan, Carla Chambers, Kaie Kellough, Jacqueline Valencia, Klyde Broox, Clifton Joseph, Lillian Allen, Paul Barrett, Cecil Foster, Carolyn Thompson, Leslie Sanders, Wilma Morrison, Natasha Henry, David Hemmings, Kit Dobson, Deanna Henderson, Ronald Cummings, Nalini Mohabir, Zainab AMadahy, Bonita Lawrence, Paula Madden, Ciann Wilson, Jane Andres, DJ Marinko Marinkov, Bill Ralph

THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER  2015 > beginning @ 8:30AM
A day of conference presentations, musical performances, and a catered lunch followed by keynote presentations by two-time Juno Award winning Dub poet Lillian Allen and Dr. Paul Barrett, author of Blackening Canada. An evening of music, dub poetry, and a special living tribute to Austin Clarke.

FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2015 > beginning @ 9:00AM
A morning of conference presentations and roundtable discussions, followed by a guided tour of the Black history of Niagara Peninsula by Niagara Bound Tours. Evening events feature a discussion and demonstration of the vinyl history of Dub, Techno, and Hip Hop followed by a screening of NFB classic King of the Hill, featuring St. Catharines’ own Ferguson Jenkins, the greatest Canadian baseball player of all time.

Register here:


Sculpture by Frank Rekrut
Photograph by Gregory Betts
Poster by Natasha Pedros, Niagara Artists Centre

BORDER BLUR RS: OCTOBER EDITION > Thursday 15 October 2015 7PM

Featuring David Goldstein, Liz Worth, Adam Sol, and Karen Solie
Thursday 15 October 2015 7PM at NAC

We’ve got a goodie this time! We’re going to be hosting none other than David Goldstein, Liz Worth, Adam Sol, and Karen Solie. I know, right? Amazing.

David B. Goldstein is the author of a poetry collection, Laws of Rest (BookThug, 2013), a book of criticism, Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare’s England (Cambridge, 2013), and two chapbooks, the most recent of which is Object Permanence(Ugly Duckling, 2015). His next full-length collection is forthcoming in 2016. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award, Goldstein lives with his family in Toronto, where he is Associate Professor of English at York University.

Liz Worth is a Toronto-based author and tarot reader. Her first book, Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond, was the first to give an in-depth account of Toronto’s early punk scene. She has also released a poetry collection called Amphetamine Heart and a novel called PostApoc. Her latest book is called No Work Finished Here: Rewriting Andy Warhol. You can reach her at

Adam Sol’s fourth book of poetry, Complicity, was published in 2014 by McClelland & Stewart. His previous collections include Jeremiah, Ohio, which was shortlisted for Ontario’s Trillium Award for Poetry; and Crowd of Sounds, which won the award in 2004. He teaches at Laurentian University’s campus in Barrie, Ontario, and lives in Toronto.

Karen Solie was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She is the author of three collections of poems including Pigeon, which won the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. She was International Writer-in-Residence at the University of St. Andrews in 2011, and is an Associate Director for the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio program. Her poems have been published in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe, and have been translated into French, German, Korean, and Dutch. Her first U.K. edition, The Living Option: Selected Poems, was published in 2013. She lives in Toronto.

Get pumped.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Border Blur Reading Series > Thursday 17 September 2015

Natalee Caple / Kaie Kellough / Andrew McEwan / Jacqueline Valencia

Thursday 17 September 2015 at 7PM
Niagara Artists Centre

Natalee Caple
Natalee Caple is the author of seven books of poetry and fiction and the co-author of several incarnations of a full-length play titled irobot (based on jason Christie’s work of poetry) with theSwallow-a-Bicycle Theatre Collective. Her most recent novel, In Calamity’s Wake was publihed to international acclaim in Canada and the US in 2013. Her collection of poetry, A More Tender Ocean, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Natalee teaches literature and creative writing at Brock University.

Andrew McEwan
Andrew McEwan is from Bright’s Grove, Ontario, and studies at the University of Toronto. His work has appeared in Dandelion, Misunderstandings Magazine, Fact-Simile, Monkey Puzzle, and Gulch, an anthology published by Tightrope Books. His first chapbook is due in February 2010 from Cactus Press.

Kaie Kellough
kaie kellough is a word-sound systemizer. his systems originate in the inchoate swirl of vowels, consonants, misspellings, shapes, stammerings, and emerge as audio recordings, books, visual entities, volumes of letters, and performances that verse and reverse utterance.
kaie’s work fuses formal experiment and social engagement. kaie is the author of 2 books of poetry and 2 sound recordings. he has performed and published internationally. kaie lives in montréal, where he works on new and old ideas.

Jacqueline Valencia
Toronto-based poet, writer, and film/music/literary critic Jacqueline Valencia earned her Honours BA in English at the University of Toronto. Jacqueline is currently a freelancer, senior literary editor at The Rusty Toque, critic at Broken Pencil Magazine, founding editor of These Girls On Film, and a film journalist and senior staff film critic at Next Projection.

David O’Meara and Damian Rogers: Authors’ Reading

David O’Meara and Damian Rogers
Authors’ Reading
Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC
Friday 10 July 2015 – Doors at 8:30PM / Reading at 9PM
$10 at the door

David O’Meara is the author of four collections of poetry and a play, Disaster, nominated for four Rideau Awards. He has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, the ReLit Prize, the K. M. Hunter Award, the Trillium Book Award, a National Magazine Award and is a three-time winner of the Archibald Lampman Prize. His most recent book, A Pretty Sight (Coach House Books, 2013), won the 2014 Ottawa Book Award.
>> Read a Q&A with David O’Meara here

Originally from the Detroit area, Damian Rogers now lives in Toronto where she works as the poetry editor of both House of Anansi Press and The Walrus, and as the creative director of Poetry in Voice, a national recitation contest for Canadian high-school students. Her first book of poems, Paper Radio, was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.
>> Check out Damian Rogers’ website here