The Angel Riots

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 7:30pm
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W.
The Angel Riots

Are you ready to kick off your penny loafers and rock out to a book? Celebrated author Ibi Kaslik will perform a musical piece based on The Angel Riots, her highly anticipated new novel about the fleeting nature of indie rock stardom in Canada. Also on tap is a performance by Apostle of Hustle. — A This Is Not A Reading Series event presented by Pages Books & Magazines, Penguin Group (Canada) and EYE WEEKLY.

The Angel Riots chronicles the incestuous musical relationship and incessant bed hopping of two up-and-coming Montreal bands. Acclaimed author Ibi Kasilik adopts the stylistic device of dual narrators. We witness the rise and fall of Canada’s latest indie rock sensation alternately through the eyes of Jim, an ingénue violin prodigy from the prairies, and Rize, a volatile trombonist who plays semi-reluctant second fiddle to Jules, their charismatic but unbalanced bandleader. The offstage exploits of musicians are a popular topic of idle conversation in clubs and on blogs. Kaslik does not recycle such skeletons in the closet so much as flesh them out by adding layers of psychological truth. The Angel Riots is ultimately an indie rock hymn to the struggles we all go through to maintain a meaningful sense of connection with our friends, bandmates, families and lovers.

Ibi Kaslik is a novelist and freelance writer whose work appears in North American magazines and newspapers. Her debut novel, Skinny was short-listed for the Amazon Best First Novel Award, CLA Best Young Adult Novel, and the Borders Original Voice award. The Angel Riots is her second novel. Kaslik currently lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, where she is the writer-in-residence at the Regina Public Library.

Apostle of Hustle was founded by Andrew Whiteman, who recruited Julian Brown and Dean Stone. They assembled their 2004 debut recording, Folkloric Feel, during breaks from touring with Broken Social Scene. Apostle Of Hustle was able to spend more time on their 2007 follow-up, National Anthem of Nowhere, enlisting the help of Stars members Evan Cranley and Chris Seligman, amongst others.