An evening of short readings and performances by LGBTQ writers and artists. Featuring David Demchuk (The Bone Mother), Nairne Holtz (Femme Confidential), Elio Iannacci, Cason Sharpe (Our Lady of Perpetual Realness & Other Stories) and Neil Smith (Boo). Plus tarot card readings by Jesse Stong and a scene from Talisman Theatre’s upcoming production of Vic and Flo saw a bear (with Natalie Liconti and Alexandre Lavigne).
Host: Christopher DiRaddo
Doors: 6:30 PM / Show: 7 PM
Come in costume!!!
— ABOUT THE WRITERS/PERFORMERS
Born and raised in Winnipeg, and now living in Toronto, David Demchuk has been writing for stage, print and other media for more than thirty years. His theatrical works have been produced in Toronto, New York, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Chicago, San Francisco, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in London, England. The Bone Mother is his first novel, his first Giller nomination, and the first Giller nomination for a novel in the horror genre.
Nairne Holtz began her writing career in the early 90s with the creation of a pansexual queer porn zine, Pornorama, which generated reviews and sales from around the world. Today, she manages a law library on Bay Street in Toronto and is the author of several works of fiction. The Skin Beneath (Insomniac, 2007), was shortlisted for Quebec’s McAuslan Prize and This One’s Going to Last Forever (Insomniac, 2009), was a Lambda Literary Award finalist (terribly thrilling). Her new novel, Femme Confidential, will be out in October of 2017.
Elio Iannacci is an award-winning journalist, editor and writer. He is a longstanding arts reporter for Maclean's magazine and his work has been published in The Globe and Mail, The National Post and The Hollywood Reporter as well as numerous American, Italian and German publications. He was recently chosen by The Writer's Trust of Canada to serve as a jury member for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers. His career has afforded him the opportunity to speak to some of the world's most macabre personas. Included in his list of profiles are names such as Elvira, Mistress of The Dark, Grace Jones, Lady Gaga, Camille Paglia and Karl Lagerfeld.
Since graduating from the Theater Option Du Collège Lionel-Groulx in 2013, Alexandre Lavigne has kept busy. Some of his stage credits include Détruire, nous allons a unique show directed by Philippe Boutin in 2013 and revived in 2014. In 2015, he was also on tour in France with the show Fake directed by Dave St-Pierre. Season 2016-2017 will see him in Bus Stop at the Centaur Theatre, for a first collaboration, and then on tour. On screen, Alexandre has been featured in O’3, La théorie du K.O., 19-2, Karl/Max, Hubert et Fanny, L’imposteur II and the web serie Les guerriers. He made his big screen debut in the feature film PRANK in 2016, which was selected at the Venice Film Festival, TIFF and FNC. Alexandre also wrote and directed his first feature film Carnaval, coming out on the screen in 2018.
Natalie Liconti is a performer, director, and playwright from Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from McGill University, where she studied Theatre Studies and Political Science. She performed in Title 66 Productions' Nuclear Sky: The Experiment (Printemps Numerique Festival, 2015). This year she produced, co-directed and performed in Docile Bodies (La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival 2017), and co-created and performed in The Gentle Art of Punishment (Zone Homa Festival, 2017). This fall she will be performing in History of Sexuality (MainLine Theatre), and will be appearing on CBC's Canadian Detective.
Cason Sharpe is a writer born and raised in Toronto and currently living in Montreal. He has a BA from Concordia University in Political Science, Creative Writing, and Sexuality Studies. He is the recipient of The Renée Vautelet Prize for Political Science. His fiction and criticism has appeared or is forthcoming in C Magazine, GUTS, LESTE, Matrix, Cosmonauts Avenue, Bad Nudes, Alien She Zine, Spectra Journal, and Queer Codes: A Journal of Art History. He is the web coordinator for carte blanche and one half of the podcast TwoHungryChildren.
Neil Smith is a Montreal writer and translator. His novel Boo won the Hugh MacLennan Prize and was nominated for the Sunburst Award, Alex Award, Prix des libraires, and Young Adult Book Award. It’s been published in seven languages. Neil is also the author of the short-story collection Bang Crunch, which won the QWF First Book Prize. Last year, he was a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award for The Goddess of Fireflies, a novel by Geneviève Pettersen that he translated into English.
Jesse Stong is an artist and tarot reader currently living Montreal. His event Tarot Live! has received positive acclaim across Canada, and he is popular for his dynamic name-numerology system, as well as his ability to offer solution-focused coaching through intuitive divination. Come see what the cards say!
Talisman Theatre is an award-winning Montreal-based production company specializing in English-language premières of contemporary Quebecois plays. Their play, Vic and Flo Saw a Bear, is based on an original screenplay by Denis Côté. Adapted for the stage, translated and directed by Michael Mackenzie, it will be presented at the Centaur Theatre from November 21-December 2, 2017.
ABOUT THE HOST
Christopher DiRaddo is the author of The Geography of Pluto. He has also published four short stories in anthologies by Arsenal Pulp Press, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning First Person Queer. He is the founder and host of The Violet Hour reading series.