Thursday, June 07, 2007

Max Middle Sound Project presented by the Tree Reading Series 26 June 2007

left to right: Jason Sonier, Max Middle, John Lavery, Anne Davison



Feature Performance in the Tin House Courtyard

26 June 2007

The Max Middle Sound Project consisting of members Anne Davison, John Lavery, Max Middle and Jason Sonier, executes multi-vocal performance poetry works in a one-time outdoor program presented by the Tree Reading Series. The ensemble enacts work from an artistically advanced and entertaining repertoire.

The Tin House Courtyard is located between Clarence and Murray Streets, just east of Sussex Street. See map link below.

NB In the event of rainfall, the Black Thorn Cafe, 15 Clarence Street, will provide space on their covered patio for the Max Middle Sound Project performance at 8pm.

The feature performance in the Tin House Courtyard is followed by, a block east on Murray Street, at 9:30pm, the Tree Reading Series' open stage at Chez Lucien, 137 Murray Street at Dalhousie.

Telephone: Max Middle 613 859 8423

Max Middle Sound Project Video on YouTube:

Max Middle Sound Project Photo Album:

'Poets sound off in ByWard Market' in CITY JOURNAL: Ottawa's Urban Newspaper

The Max Middle Sound Project is an interdisciplinary collaboration committed to the integration of poetry, sound poetry and music incorporating elements of theatre and performance art as ancillary expression. The ensemble consists of four prominent Ottawa artists: Anne Davison, Max Middle, John Lavery and Jason Sonier. Davison is a concert cellist and music composer who performs in the realm of classical music and in dance projects. Lavery is an accomplished writer of fiction, a literary performer par excellence and a guitarist. Middle is a poet working in verse, visual and sound poetry; he is also a micro-press publisher. Sonier is a highly versatile multi-instrumentalist musician and an established creative force within the ensemble. Each member is an accomplished and dynamic literary reader as well as a musician.

The Max Middle Sound Project continues its performance practice with engagements across Ontario this summer and fall. A tour of the Toronto area and southern Ontario will take place in October centered on a performance in Toronto’s Test Reading Series, October 25th 2007.

In September 2007, watch for the first readings in The A B Reading Series, a new literary reading series curated by Max Middle to be held in the Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery.

See map with coordinates for the Tin House Courtyard and Chez Lucien here.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Trillium Book Awards

Ottawa writer Mark Frutkin won the English-language Trillium Book Award today for his novel Fabrizio's Return.

Toronto's Ken Babstock was named winner of the $10,000 Trillium Book Award for Poetry (English-language) for his collection Airstream Land Yacht.

The corresponding French-language prize was a tie between Ottawa writer Daniel Castillo Durante for La passion des nomads and Toronto poet Paul Savoie for his poetry collection Crac.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Simplex 17

Recently in the mail from publisher derek beaulieu arrived contributor copies of Simplex 17, a portfolio with works by seventeen poets/artists. As noted below, each of us received a single sheet of Letraset with which to create a one page work. The results are diverse & fascinating. I've posted a digitized version of the work I created for the project to:

On December 7, 2005 derek beaulieu sent the following invitation:

"this is an invitation to participate in a collaborative / constraint-based concrete poetry portfolio. Letraset was created as a business tool for the standardization of lettering in technical drawings and blueprints. Although it has fallen out of favour due to the proliferation of computers in technical drawing, letraset continues to be used in concrete poetry. By assigning the same material to a variety of international concrete poets and artists, this project examines how content and form interplay in concrete poetry, and will be an insight in to the malleability of language and materiality through different visual compositional structures and styles."

Seventeen poets and artists agreed to participate. Each received a full sheet of Simplex letraset dry-transfer lettering (every participant received the same typeface, although the size of the face varied due to difficulties i had in finding enough sheets) and were restricted to using only the material supplied (i.e.: no additional materials), and responses had to fit on a single sheet of 8 ½" x 11" (or A4 if international) paper.

Simplex 17 contains work by: Bruce Andrews, Jonathan Ball, John M. Bennett, Christian Bök, Nicole Burisch, Jason Christie, Craig Dworkin, Geoffrey Hlibchuk, Matthew Hollett, Frances Kruk, Donato Mancini, Billy Mavreas, kevin mcpherson-eckhoff, Max Middle, Rob Read, Pete Spence, Dan Waber

Unfortunately, the portfolio is out of print. It was published in an edition of 60 copies, 20 of which were for sale.

For information on derek's other publishing activities:

derek beaulieu at: