Tuesday, August 29, 2006

What is the Outdoor Word & Music Adverture?

The Tungsten Arts & Letters Society Outdoor Word & Music Adventure is a series of events held in public places in and around the city of Toronto. The venues for these events are selected on the basis of how cool a place they seem to hold an arts and literary event.

Around the city, as we wander (and we wander -- oh, do we wander) we spot many spaces, in parks, civic squares, or just hanging around on the corner, that appear to have been constructed for the explicit purpose of hosting public performances. We have noticed that virtually none of these places are ever used for that purpose. We are on a mission to change that.

Our events consist of a few performances by people whose reading skills (and often writing skills) we admire -- they may read work in any of many genres: poetry, fiction, memoir, political manifesto, art criticism, riddle, dramatic monologue, or something else entirely. They may or may not use visual aids.

Afterwards, our house band (whose name is forthcoming, but whose membership is now known to us) will perform some songs.

The ceremonies will be mastered by the Tungsten Arts & Letters Society's Socialite-in-Chief Edward Keenan. Edward's mother, Mrs. Keenan (or "Grandma Donna," if you feel you must) will provide refreshments.

There will be no amplification system set up. There will be no booze. There will often be no washrooms. That, dear friends, is the adventure.


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