Going Rural turns Urban: A Launch for All Citizens

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 8:00pm
The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West, Toronto
Going Rural turns Urban: A Launch for All Citizens

Going Rural turns Urban: A Launch for All Citizens

Join This is Not a Reading Series and Conundrum Press on Wednesday, December 12th to celebrate the launch of Serena McCarroll’s collaborative art book All Citizens and experience the heart and ingenuity of the DIY spirit.

Featuring music by celebrated songwriter Magali Meagher (The Phonemes) and indie rock sensations Laura Barrett and Wax Mannequin.

Celebrate the All Citizens community:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 8pm
The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. West, Toronto
$5, or free with book purchase

Join artists Reverend Aitor (The Misanthrope Specialty Co), Becky Johnson (Sweetie Pie Press), Jason McLean and Magali Meagher, as they share their experiences visiting All Citizens (or imagining having visited) and their views of music, art and the DIY lifestyle with SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at NSCAD University and member of the Public Access Collective that publishes the art and culture journal Public, Saara Liinamaa. This will be followed by All Citizens author Serena McCarroll in conversation with artist/author Shannon Gerard, whose own visual art operates across several platforms and media. 

About the book: In 2006, Serena McCarroll and Tyler Brett fled the high cost of living in Vancouver and moved to a place where they knew absolutely nobody, Bruno, Saskatchewan, population 500. They set up a storefront building in which they housed their own unique brand of café / art shop called All Citizens. McCarroll kept a blog called Going Rural of her travels and experiences moving and setting up shop. This blog (text and photographs) forms a significant chapter of the All Citizens art book and serves as an introduction to Saara Liinamaa’s essay on rural interventions.But the heart of the All Citizens project was the store itself, a meeting place, shop, cultural centre, music venue and all things in between. It was the ultimate culmination of a DIY aesthetic forged onto a rural landscape. 

About the AuthorSerena McCarroll received a BFA degree from the Emily Carr Institute of Art in 2002 and a MFA from Ryerson University in 2011. Her work has been shown in galleries such as Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Paved Arts (Saskatoon) and The Nickle Arts Museum (Calgary) and Itten Gallery (Vancouver). Her thesis exhibition, Three Women, was chosen as a featured exhibition in the 2011 CONTACT Photography Festival (Toronto) at IMA Gallery.


For information please contact: Andy Brown, Conundrum Press-conpress@ns.sympatico.ca
This is not a reading series contact: Alexandra Leggat – alexandraleggat@sympatico.ca

THIS IS NOT A READING SERIES (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works.