1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario

This Is Not A Reading Series / Wavelength presents The State of the Arts Book Launch

Sunday, November 26 | 2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. | $5, or free with book purchase
The State of the Arts: Living With Culture in Toronto

Last November, Coach House published uTOpia:Towards a New Toronto, a collection of musings on Toronto’s renaissance. The State of the Arts is the second volume in the uTOpia series; it’s a snapshot of culture in T.O. as it grows from Toronto the Good to Toronto the Could to Toronto the Can-Do.

The essays consider the big-ticket and the ticket-free, from the Opera House and the CNE to the accidental art of graffiti eradication and underground hip-hop. In between, you’ll find considerations of art in the suburbs, how business uses the arts to sell condos, questions of arts infrastructure, a look at Toronto on film and a history of small press publishing. You’ll read about the fine line between party and art, the trials of being a capitalist in a sea of hippie artists, the power of the internet to create arts communities and a plea for venues that cater to musicians and their kids.

The State of the Arts is edited by Alana Wilcox, Christina Palassio and Jonny Dovercourt. Throughout, you’ll find equal doses of optimism and frustration, sixteen colour pages of eye-level Toronto and a good measure of TO love. Contributors include Sandra Alland, Jason Anderson, Anna Bowness, Stephen Cain, Kate Carraway, Hanna Cho, Brendan Cormier, Natalie De Vito, Liz Forsberg, Mark Fram, Marc Glassman, Katarina Gligorijevic-Collins, Brenda Goldstein, Amy Lavender Harris, Karen Hines, Sarah B. Hood, Christopher Hume, Sam Javanrouh, Dory Kornfeld, Adam Krawesky, John Lorinc, James MacNevin, Brian McLachlan, Ryan McLaren, Claudia McKoy, Shawn Micallef, Jill Murray, Matt O'Sullivan, Christopher Pandolfi, Michael Redhill, Dylan Reid, Damian Rogers, Stuart Ross, Lisa Rundle, Dana Samuel, Nadja Sayej, Les Seaforth, Susan Szenes, Kevin Temple, Pablo Torres, Jason van Eyk, Adam Vaughan, RM Vaughan, Stéphanie Verge, Lisa Whittington-Hill and Carl Wilson.

Added by cwhardwi on November 3, 2006