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Alphabet City Festival 2008:


Nov 23 - 28
Toronto, Canada

Festival Schedule


Burn, Baby Burn!

Musicians and writers sing the body electric while firing up the body politic. Recharge your brain via a cabaret of ideas on what fuels everything from bodies and cars to revolutionary acts of imagination.

  • singer/songwriter Bunmi Adeoye performs some fuel-inspired covers
  • poet Alex Boyd reads a poem written just for this cabaret
  • writer Kyle Brown reads a news report
  • writer Jowita Bydlowska reads a new piece: "My Recessive Car Gene"
  • Christine Duncan and the Element Choir improvise on the concept of fuel
  • writer Tim Falconer reads from his new book Drive: A Road Trip Through our Complicated Affair with the Automobile (Viking Canada)
  • writer J. Timothy Hunt reads from his new book The Politics of Bones, about the Royal Dutch Shell company and the assassination of Dr. Owens Wiwa in Nigeria (Random House)
  • singer/songwriter Tamara Lindeman performs
  • actors Liz Pounsett and Michael Ripley examine their relationship while driving, from the play To Distraction
  • cellist Carina Reeves performs the Prelude from the First Suite for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach

Sunday November 23, 8pm
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West

Door: $10, free with book purchase.


RIG: Design from the fuel transition

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Kelly Doran, Sara Graham, Chris Hardwicke, Robert Kirkbride, Maya Przybylski, Lola Sheppard, Geoffrey Thün, Kathy Velikov, Mason White

The drawings presented in RIG include a post-carbon Highway 401, converted oil rigs, a perfect machine, off-grid condos, reprogrammed tar sands, siberian gas infrastructure, and city-wide tubes for bicycles.

Opening party: Thursday November 27, 7 pm
Wednesday-Friday, 11am-6pm
Saturday, noon-6 pm
Exhibition runs to Saturday January 3
Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West
Tel 416.913.0461

Curated by Chris Hardwicke and John Knechtel
Exhibition Design by Vita Leung
Produced by Toronto Free Gallery and Alphabet City


Talk20 Toronto: Fuel Tests

Talk20 is not a lecture but a gathering, an open forum for the exchange of ideas. Produced in cities around the world, Talk20 sparks conversations across ideological, geographic, and disciplinary boundaries. Talk20 brings together individuals working in a variety of fields to present ideas in a fast- paced, exciting format: each presenter assembles 20 slides (containing still images, text, video, sound, etc.) and projects each slide for 20 seconds, and 20 seconds only.

Friday November 28, 4-6 pm
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design | University of Toronto
230 College Street, Room 066
Open to the public-admission free

Produced by Talk20 and Alphabet City