Marcel Aucoin and Michael Holt present . . .The Piano Salon
music food drink talk Each month, at a Toronto home with an acoustic piano, we offer two musical performers in contrasting styles, plus a speaker who will lead a conversation on an interesting topic. This is an open, public event, so come along and bring your friends!
This month's salon will be dedicated to Haiti - we are donating all proceeds to Unicef. So come for a great cultural experience and an opportunity to help out the earthquake survivors at the same time. It will be at the home of Bill Gilliam on Sunday February 21 (instead of our usual second Sunday, which is Valentine's Day).
First, Bill Gilliam will improvise for us on his Yamaha grand piano. Then Michelle VanLooy will talk about the birth of a women's art gallery in Toronto. Finally, the band Words Around The Waist will play their quirky, theatric pop songs.
Snacks and drinks will be provided . . . bring your own contributions for extra merriment, and come ready to eat, drink, listen, and talk at the Piano Salon!
Sunday February 21st Bill Gilliam's place
30 Deforest Road (3-minute walk south from Runnymede Station on the Bloor Line) 7PM Door
730PM Bill Gilliam
830PM Michelle VanLooy
930PM Words Around The Waist
Pay what you wish: all proceeds to be donated to Unicef. myspace.com/pianosalon About the participants... Bill Gilliam is from London, England and moved to Toronto after completing his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has composed scores for film, dance, theatre, and new music ensembles. He has released electronic music and contemporary jazz CDs and performed improvised keyboard music in collaboration with performance artists at jazz festivals, The Music Gallery, and other alternative music venues. His electro-acoustic, multi-media production Memory Vision was a featured installation at the Canadian Music Centre during the 2007 Nuit Blanche. His latest work, Poems from a Love Triangle, is a 45-minute mock-radio drama based on the erotic love poems of Irish poet W.R. Rodgers. http://www.bill-gilliam.com/
Michelle VanLooy has a background in social services, domestic violence and art therapy. In her current venture she is attempting to transform the art world, capitalism and the value of women’s work, through the creation of a Women’s Art Gallery and an affordable, accessible community rental space. She is creatively fundraising and is establishing community partnerships to secure the health and future of her business. Her feminist journey of dyslexic small biz start-up can be found on her blog at http://www.wearethewavemakerz.blogspot.com/.
Words Around The Waist are musicians who write and play good songs. Their unique style is enhanced by explosive drumming and intricate vocal harmonies. Drama and humour are expressed in the lyrics of the three vocalists, and truth and glory are expressed in the mustache of the drummer. All four members are current or former students of Humber College's prestigious music program, where they met after moving to Toronto from the lands of New Brunswick, BC, Indiana, and St. Catherines. Their first independently produced, seven-song CD was released in September 08. They usually play as an electric quartet, but have recently recorded and performed acoustically with violist Anna Atikinson. Member Ghislain Aucoin was a recent performer at the Piano Salon. http://www.myspace.com/wordsaroundthewaist Let us know if you'd like to speak at a future salon, or host one at your home with a piano. Speakers may be expert or lay, talking on anything from the totally personal to the globally political.