sound one two

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Doors: 7pm
Admission: suggested donation of $5-10
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre
305-370 King St W, Kingston, ON
Participating artists: bill bissett, David Bateman, Aisha Sasha John and Armand Garnet Ruffo
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and 253469 are pleased to present sound one two, a night of poetry featuring readings by bill bissett, David Bateman, Aisha Sasha John and Armand Garnet Ruffo on Saturday, April 1, 2017. This event will launch poetry month in Kingston, and we are excited to host such acclaimed poets. Live audio beats will be performed by Burning Iceberg between sets, and the evening will conclude with an open mic allowing local artists to share their spoken word and poetry. Please arrive early if you would like to sign up for the open mic!
We are grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and The League of Canadian Poets.

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Armand Garnet Ruffo’s writing is strongly influenced by his Ojibway heritage. His poetry recently appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry 2016 (Tightrope Books).  Publications include Introduction to Indigenous Literary Criticism (broadview, 2016), The Thunderbird Poems (Harbour, 2015), and Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird (D&M, 2014), a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award.  He currently teaches at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

David Bateman is an actor, playwright, visual artist, and performance poet currently based in Toronto. His spoken word monologues and solo plays have been presented both nationally and internationally over the past twenty years. He has a PhD from the University of Calgary (English Literature; specialization Creative Writing) and has taught at a variety of Canadian post-secondary institutions including Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver), Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops), and Trent University (Peterborough). His arts and entertainment reviews have appeared in XTRA, IN Toronto, and at

Aisha Sasha John is a singing dancer. Her third poetry collection, I have to live., is being published by McClelland & Stewart this spring. THOU (BookThug 2014), Aisha’s previous book, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the ReLit Poetry Award. Aisha choreographs, performs and curates as part of the collective WIVES as well as authors solo performances, one of which, the aisha of oz, will be performed at the Whitney Museum in June 2017 as part of the Whitney ISP exhibition. Aisha’s text and video work has been exhibited in galleries (Doris McCarthy, Oakville Galleries) and will be installed at Union Station in Toronto to conclude her public art residency Let’s understand what it means to be here (together) (Art Metropole).

Burning Iceberg is an audio and performance project of poetics, electronic sounds and beats, playing at art galleries, back alleys and theatres in Toronto and Montreal since 2008.  Core members Wesley Rickert and Kathleen Reichelt have created and recorded with a diverse range of guest artists.  From ambient sound poetics to punkjazznoisebeats, Burning Iceberg has been part of multiple live and recorded projects, including film and shadow projection scores and sound for the film "The Road To Elsinore", an official selection for the 2017 Annual Copenhagen Film Festival and 2016 Chicago Arthouse Film Festival Blow-Up!