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Here is an article recently published in Lit Live that mentions The Beautiful and The Damned.

http://www.litlive.ca/story/450

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Back upstairs at Zelda’s (aka “the trailer in the sky”) for another edition of The Beautiful and the Damned last night – with my pal, the lovely and talented Lizzie Violet – this time, for a special (and early treat) Pride edition, sponsored by Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QAIA). Dead celeb of the month: Jean Genet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Genet

Host DM Moore had a full roster of features and open mic readers/performers, and as I’ve done previously, I’d like to go for a word association riff here. If I’ve misspelled or misnamed anyone, please let me know in Comments and I’ll correct the error asap. One thing all these artists had in common was passion in their words, whether by poetry, spoken word or song.

Features: Ghadeer Malek – poetry of the pain and resilience of the Palestinian people, resolving to not just survive but thrive; marginalization of queers and Palestinians, and…

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HOWL Radio – June 12 @ 10 PM

Join Nik Beat on June 12th,  on his HOWL radio program at 10 pm.  Our lovely DM Moore will be chatting with Nik out The Beautiful & The Damned‘s June 14th special edition Queer Dissident Voices show.

The Beautiful & The Damned Queer Dissident Voices show is Sponsored By Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, and is a The Pride Toronto Affiliated Event and Hosted by DM Moore.

You can call in to discuss at 416 946 7000.

http://www.ciut.fm/index.php/shows-2/howl/

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The Beautiful & The Damned Pride Special Edition

Join us during Pride for a Spoken Work Musical Jam accompanied by Amoeba Starfish at the Clean Sober and Proud Place, The Community Cafe, Paul Kane Parkade (east of Yonge, north side of Welleseley).

Our fabulous, damned and beautiful committee members will each be reading.

Writer, editor, poet, literary reviewer, horror know-it-all, Lizzie Violet is the dark little girl, with a crooked smile. A lover of all things creepy, including horror silent movies, she is also a well known Zombiephile. She is currently working on a novel, a poetry manuscript and the latest book she edited, Best New Werewolf Tales, Volume One can be found at Amazon.com

Since returning to the world of performance, she has featured at Tumultuous Tuesdays, hosted The Beautiful & The Damned, co-produced Wonder Women IV, Get Your Groove on, with upcoming features for the Plasticine reading series, The Beautiful & The Damned and many others to come.

For more information about Lizzie Violet, ironic anecdotes and upcoming listings, please check out her blog, lizzieviolet.wordpress.com

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Duncan Armstrong: a child of the 60’s whose poetry was influenced by the energy of rock’n’roll – the life of Brian Jones brought him his first sense of the power of hair, smart clothes and not sleeping enough – the death of Brian Jones brought him his first sense of loss. duncanarmstrong.wordpress.com

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DM Moore has been performing one way or another her whole life. She is a visual artist, writer, poet, musician, composer, actor, improv queen, singer, dancer and activist.

DM Moore worked in television and theatre in Toronto and after two summers at The Banff School of Fine Arts, moved to England to study at The Guildhall School Of Music And Drama. She spent the next 18 years working in theatre, television and film in the U.K. and Europe, before returning to Canada. Since returning to spoken-word she has workshopped with Jacob Scheier and Fistfull of Poems. She is very proud and honoured to be one of the founders of “The Beautiful And The Damned Poetry Cabaret”.

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Philip Cairns is a Toronto-based actor/writer/visual artist. He began going to auditions at age 11. Philip started acting classes in Toronto with Jack Medhurst at age 13 then began acting in children’s theatre. After studying Theatre Arts in high school and doing school shows, Philip became a professional actor at age 21. He’s been doing small theatre (in Toronto, Peterborough and Hamilton), independent films, TV commercials and TV shows, ever since.

Philip writes poetry, performance-pieces, plays and short stories. His work has been published in Excalibur Monthly, Xtra! and The Body Politic. In Toronto, Philip has performed his own writing at “Plasticine Poetry” at The Central, “Oral Stage” at Paddy’s Playhouse, A Space, the Gladstone Hotel & the Theatre Centre. He was MC for “Sexy Words” at Lula Lounge and “Bent Expressions” at Press Club. He recently performed in “Hard and Able #2” at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, on the TV series “William Shatner’s Weird or What” and in “The Judy Monologues” (winning the Best Actor award at the London One-Act Festival) in an Ontario tour. Philip has exhibited his acrylic paintings, watercolours and coloured pencil drawings in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Toronto and Edmonton, most recently at The Secret Handshake Art Gallery in Toronto.

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David Bateman is an actor, a spoken word poet, and performance artist presently based in Toronto. His most recent performances, A Brief History of White Virgins or The Night Freddy Mercury Kissed Me, and What’s It Like? were presented in Cyprus, Vancouver, Peterborough, Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto during the winter of 09/10. He has presented his work across the country over the past twenty years and also teaches drama, literature, and creative writing at a variety of Canadian post-secondary institutions. He has a PhD from the English Department (Creative Writing specialization) at the University of Calgary. His poetry has been published by Frontenac House Press (Calgary), and his performance work has been published by Blizzard Press (Toronto), Ordinary Press (Peterborough), and finewords chapbooks (Victoria).

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AMOEBA STARFISH is Phil Ogison, guitars and synths, and Jeff Howard, E-drums, Wavedrum and vocal textures and Wally Jericho, horns and synths. Formed in 2009 from the ashes of HAROLD and the experimentation of Phil’s solo project, The Devil In The Design, Amoeba Starfish takes elements of ambient, groove and psychedelia and frames the music in a jazz approach. Phil, Jeff and Wally like to call this ‘Quantum Jazz’, as the components take on various amounts of each influence creating a ‘Post Everything’ genre. A common love of world music, electronica and psychedelic ambient music injected an exotic mix into their sessions, and that heady combination has culminated in this music.

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The Beautiful and The Damned – Queer Dissident Voices

Sponsored By Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, this is a The Pride Toronto Affiliated Event and Hosted by DM Moore. Please come join us for a very special night!

Our Host:
DM Moore has been performing one way or another her whole life. She is a visual artist, writer, poet, musician, composer, actor, improv queen, singer, dancer and activist.

DM Moore worked in television and theatre in Toronto and after two summers at The Banff School of Fine Arts, moved to England to study at The Guildhall School Of Music And Drama. She spent the next 18 years working in theatre, television and film in the U.K. and Europe, before returning to Canada. Since returning to spoken-word she has workshopped with Jacob Scheier and Fistfull of Poems. She is very proud and honoured to be one of the founders of “The Beautiful And The Damned Poetry Cabaret”.

DM Moore is a proud member of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid and is honoured that they are sponsoring this show.

Featuring:
Hamid Parnian is an Iranian translator, essayist and poet. He was born in 1982 in Tehran and studied philosophy and education. He came to Turkey as a refugee and spent 3 years there until the Canadian Embassy accepted him. He arrived in Toronto, Canada in 2010.

Hamid Parnian has been writing and translating queer issues in Cheraq (Iranian Queer Magazine) and other Iranian websites. One of his poetry books is published by Gilgamishan and is titled, “pour the pain over my body”

Ghadeer Malek is a Palestinian feminist activist and aspiring writer. She is co-founder of AQSAZine, an art collective of engaged, progressive and critical young Muslim women. She is especially passionate about combating gender-based violence in all forms and across all contexts and is a strong advocate of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign to end Israeli Apartheid.

Our musical feature is “Mraya” featuring – Maryem Tollar, Jayne Brown and Sophia Grigoriadis

Over the last decade and more, Maryem Tollar has built a reputation as a performer who can live and thrive in a variety of milieus. She was born in Egypt and raised in Canada with frequent sojourns in the Middle East. She performs classical/traditional Arabic music as well as her own original music. She was a featured performer playing ‘Ariana’ in R.

Murray Schafer’s Dora Award winning piece, “The Children’s Crusade” (premiered in Luminato 2009). She has toured across Canada several times with a variety of projects including her own ensemble; Christos Hatzis’ multimedia project, “Constantinople” and his large scale work “Sepulcher of Life”. She premiered “From the Song of Songs” by Christos Hatzis and commissioned by Tafelmusik in March 2008.

Maryem has sung on several film and television scores including the theme music for CBC Television’s “Little Mosque on the Prairie” and A.R.Rahman’s hit “Mayya Mayya” in the Bollywood movie “Guru”. Her CD “Cairo to Toronto” was nominated for a 2009 Juno Award in the world music category. She performed and created the live music in Heather Raffo’s “Nine Parts of Desire” in May 2010, a play about 9 Iraqi women, and was nominated for a Dora Award (Outstanding ensemble cast). In 2011, she collaborated with Natasha Greenblatt providing music, in her play “The Peacemaker”. Her music was adapted in Alumni Theatre’s production of “Trojan Women”, directed by Alexandra Seay. For more information about Maryem Tollar go to www.maryemtollar.com. You can get her CD “Cairo to Toronto” by going to http://cdbaby.com/cd/maryemernietollar

Sophia Grigoriadis and Jayne Brown have been singing together for over 20 years. Their curiosity and insatiable thirst for musical experience has led them from Latin America, through the Balkans, to Greece and the Middle East.

For the past decade they have been collecting, performing and recording a wide range of Greek traditional repertoire with Maza Mezé (a group that explores the musical ties of Arab and Greek music), Diaspora (a traditional Greek ensemble), and Mraya (a women’s singing collective specializing in women’s songs from the Balkans and the Middle East). Jayne and Sophia have also worked together on Greek theatrical collaborations with Skazmos Theatre company, performing both traditional repertoire and their original compositions.

Sign up for Open Mic is at 6:30 pm. Spots are limited, sign up early

All The Beautiful and The Damned events are pay what you can. For more information please email lizzieviolet13@gmail.com.

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