h1.Toronto Launch Party!
Join us to celebrate the launch of Art Metronome, Art Metropole’s new vinyl record series.
Art Metronome 001 features exclusive new tracks by Kids on TV and Times Neue Roman!
Both bands will be performing!
Witness our MCs Keith Cole and Lex Vaughn wrangle for mic supremacy.
Get spun along with DJs Rory Them Finest and tuff luv [Big Primpin’]..
Performance by Life of a Craphead.
Art Metronome â€” the party â€” is a fundraiser for Art Metropole, the not-for-profit organization that has been publishing, exhibiting and disseminating artists book-works, video, audio, multiples, editions and ideas since 1974.
Art Metronome is a series of five 7” vinyl singles, featuring audio by two artists per release. Each record includes liner artwork by the audio artists and is released in a numbered edition of 300.
Tickets $12 from Art Metropole, Rotate This and Soundscapes.
Life of a Craphead is the performance art group of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley since 2006. L.o.a.Ch live and work in Toronto, Canada.
Projects include transporting two prisoners in a cage on the back of a truck, touring a live comedy show, giving away everything on a restaurant’s menu, and building a 3-story maze. Their first feature-length film Bugs is in post-production. They were Artists-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Winter 2013 and produced the Life of a Craphead Fifty Year Retrospective, 2006-2056, an exhibition of all the work they will ever make.
Life of a Craphead have presented work at The Power Plant, Toronto; Gallery TPW, Toronto; Hotel MariaKapel, Hoorn, The Netherlands; Department of Safety, Anacortes, U.S.; and the Banff Centre, Banff, as well as at numerous comedy venues and music shows in Canada and the U.S.
Kids On TV emerged from the drainage pipe of a Toronto bathhouse in the spring of 2003. The group consists of John Caffery, Minus Smile, Roxy and Wolf. Their music explores the worlds of house, experimental rock, no-rave, punk, and soul. Their multi-media performance is apocalyptically gay and transforms environments with projections of their film and video work. In 2007, they released their debut album Mixing Business With Pleasure on Chicks on Speed Records (internationally) and Blocks Recording Club (Canada). The band has toured Europe and have played with Gang of Four, Crystal Castles, Ladytron, Dat Politics, Angie Reed, Les Georges Leningrad, and Lesbians on Ecstasy. They have worked and recorded with Boy George, traded remixes with Man Parrish, and recently collaborated with Yo Majesty, Katie Stelmanis, and Diamond Rings.
Times Neue Roman perform nintendo-punk-post/rap music with a general tone and attitude of teenage immortality. With songs covering such topics as “music and math, glamour and glitch, sound and silence,” their scotch-driven live show is often a spectacle. Band members are Arowbe and Alexander The.
Keith Cole is a queer Canadian performance artist and political activist. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, he is currently based in Toronto. An alumnus of York University’s Fine Arts program, Cole has worked in film and video, dance and theatre performance, both as himself and in character as drag queen Pepper Highway.
His theatrical work has included the shows Mine, Alma, The Needle Exchange and Dodged Bullets/Missed Opportunities. He also appeared in Maggie MacDonald’s play The Rat King, Luis Jacob’s A Dance for Those of Us Whose Hearts Have Turned to Ice and Jim LeFrancois’ musical revue Arthouse Cabaret, garnering a Dora Award nomination for Best Male Performance in a Musical in 2008 for Arthouse Cabaret.
He has produced and hosted live events in Toronto, including Porn-a-Roake, a comedic event which blended karaoke performances with amateur porn videos, and Cheap Queers, an annual performance night of LGBT entertainers at Buddies in Bad Times. He was also a contestant in the original 2006 edition of Canada’s Worst Handyman, and was named the winner in the final episode.
Cole is most famous for an incident in December 2004. While hosting a fundraiser at Buddies in Bad Times, the audience appeared to be losing interest in some of the performers â€” accordingly, during one of his introductions he pulled down his pants and began to urinate on the stage. Although he was publicly criticized by Fife House, the event’s beneficiary, he has noted in subsequent interviews that the press attention he gained from the incident actually advanced, rather than hindering, his career.
He has been the subject of two songs by Toronto-based queercore band Kids on TV, We Are the New Keith Cole and Still On About Keith Cole. Cole performed a vocal in the album version of the former song, and directed the music video for the latter.
In 2010, Cole ran as a candidate for Mayor of Toronto in the city’s mayoral election. His major campaign themes involved support for arts and culture, improvements to the city’s bicycling network, and efforts to increase and develop a renewed sense of civic engagement in the city, where recent municipal elections have seen voter turnout of as little as 40 per cent or less. He also campaigned on the issue of adding green space to the city’s Yonge-Dundas Square, staging a “MILF Diaper Toss” on May 9 after having a political discussion in which he was discouraged from pursuing the issue on the questionable grounds that adding trees to the square would encourage young mothers to litter the space with dirty diapers.
He was one of two “minor” candidates, along with Rocco Achampong, selected by an online vote to participate alongside the six “major” ones in a debate on municipal voting reform sponsored by the civic advocacy group Better Ballots. He also initially led an online poll to select a “minor” candidate for inclusion in a debate sponsored by ArtsVote on the city’s arts and culture programs, but withdrew due to concerns that the poll was too easily manipulated and hijacked.
1: The first 7" record cover.
2: Times Neue Roman takes the stage.
3: The kids going wild.
4: Art Metropole's Miles Collyer serounded by customers in the Art Metropole pop-up shop.
5: Kids on TV take the stage: Bring Back Gay!.
6: Kids on TV's Scott Kerr & Wolf with MCs Keith Cole and Lex Vaughn.