knife | fork | book
at The Dark Side Studio | 244 Augusta Avenue | 2nd Floor | Kensington Market | Toronto
Access: We are a second floor walk-up with two all-gender washrooms. Please remove your shoes upon entrance.
R. KOLEWE has published two books of poetry, Afterletters (BookThug 2014) and Inspecting Nostalgia (Talon Books 2017).
Born in the Soviet Union, ALEX LUKASHEVSKY began playing the violin as a young child, and went so far as to study the instrument in a conservatory there. By the time he was 14, his family had relocated to Calgary, Lukashevsky turned his attentions to the steel-string acoustic guitar, and eventually picked up an electric as well. One of the things that make Lukashevsky’s solo guitar work so extraordinary is how he finds a free-flowing dialogue between his picking and his incisive, literate and articulated lyrics. “Theres the meaning of the words, but then theres also the meaning of how the words sound, and also how the guitar or melody plays against that, whether its accompanying it or whether its mocking it, said Lukashevsky. “But theres definitely a dialogue theyre both talking at the same time, its not necessarily an accompaniment that I just sing over. I try not to think of it that way, even in the traditional songs, I try to especially when I perform kind of entangle them more so that theyre both creating these two elements that collude or collide and create one meaning. And a lot of its instinctual, too, like Im obviously not super-scholastic about it. A lot of it is just like, Oh yeah, that feels like the right thing. – Kevin Hainey, Exclaim Magazine
KATE SUTHERLAND is the author of two books of short stories (Summer Reading and All In Together Girls) and a collection of poems (How to Draw a Rhinoceros). Summer Reading won a Saskatchewan Book Award, and How to Draw a Rhinoceros was shortlisted for a Creative Writing Book Award by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Her stories and poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Best Canadian Poetry and Best American Experimental Writing. She is currently at work on a new collection of poems on the theme of extinction.