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The blue hills on the Christian valley had no roses. We searched and searched but all we found were rotting eggplants which we gathered and left on a heap by a stream.  The farmer came down on his truck and asked what we were doing on his land. We said the tourist info lady had given us directions to a secluded beach nearby and not to mind the no trespass sign. . The farmer laughed. . We drove away passing a procession of Jamaican laborers walking alongside the road towards the farmer. .  We drove along the dykes and past the old church and the brand new pasta house.  In the mall I asked where the washrooms were and the signs led me around the back and into the woodlands.. Other men were there. I could see their knees and black boots hanging from the branches.  Some had kicked their boots off.  Others had climbed the trees and had their heads in the clouds I went back inside the mall and took the moose head off the wall of the mall restaurant.  I carried it into the parking lot and strapped it to the roof of my Honda.  I drove across the bridge and deep in the valley put the moose head on a rock.  I saw many other moose heads on rocks there. 

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RIALTO

album out October 1, 2021

show/film premieres March 11, 2022
Paradise Theater, Toronto

featuring Tamara Lindeman, Meg Remy, Claudia Dey, Daniel Knox, Veda Hille, Martin Tielli, Ryan Driver, Robin Dann, Felicity Williams, Thom Gill, Janine Theriault among others

performed by Venuti String Quartet
arrangements by Andrew Downing



"As weird as it it wonderful. You have to invent a new genre for this." - Der Spiegel

"What a beautiful, beautiful thing this is...RIalto!" - author Miriam Toews




 

Performances (2015 - )



December 16, 2022 - Barnyard Christmas Singalong, Tranzac, Toronto, CANADA

November 24, 2022 - guest vocalist at Rheostatics, Horseshoe, Toronto, CANADA

 
August 13, 2022 - Ryan Driver Backyard Event, Toronto, CANADA

July 15, 2022 - with Alex Lukashevsky, Bampot Bohemian House, Toronto, CANADA

March 11, 2022 - premiere of Rialto, Paradise Theater, Toronto, CANADA

April 2-4, 2020 - cancelled

with Art of Time Ensemble, Enwave Theater, Toronto, CANADA
 
December 8, 2019 - The Tin, Coventry, UK
 
December 6, 2019 - The Waiting Room, London, UK

December 4, 2019 - Nachtasyl, Hamburg, GERMANY

December 3, 2019 - Monarch, Berlin, GERMANY

December 1, 2019 - Trafo, Jena, GERMANY
 
November 29, 2019 - Blue Bird Festival, Vienna, AUSTRIA

November 2, 2019, Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton, CANADA
 
August 4, 2019 - Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound, CANADA
 
July 25, 2019 - Toronto Summer Music Festival with Art of Time Ensemble, Koerner Hall, Toronto, CANADA

July 19, 2019 - private concert, Ottawa, CANADA

July 14, 2019 -  Hillside Festival, CANADA
 
July 6, 2019 - Stratford Festival with Art of Time Ensemble, Stratford, CANADA

May 4, 2019 - Imperial Pub Backroom, Toronto, CANADA
 
April 12, 2019 - KAZOO Fest, Guelph, CANADA

February 21-23 2019 - performing at Art of Time Ensemble 20th Anniversary Concert, Enwave Theater, Toronto, CANADA

December 22, 2018 - performing with Fucked Up at Toronto Overdose Prevention Society Benefit, Opera House, Toronto, CANADA

October 19, 2018 - performing with Fucked Up, Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, CANADA

September 22, 2018 - performing with Hayden & others at Dave Bidini book release, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, CANADA
 
March 13, 2018 - Easterween at MA Scene Nationale, Montbeliard, FRANCE

February 21, 2018 - Creative Vision/Accessing & Heightening;  Ignite Workshop/ARTSCAPE (lecture talk) Toronto, CANADA

November 9, 2017 - reading original prose-poem selections for Andrew Downing's Otterville, Canadian Music Center, Toronto, CANADA

August 18-19, 2017 - Summer's End Folk Festival, Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, CANADA

April 29, 2017 - The Bicycle Cafe, Flesherton, Ontario, CANADA

April 7, 2017 - Kazoo Fest, Guelph, Ontario, CANADA

November 24, 2016 - Cafe OTO, London, UK

November 19, 2016 - Stadtkonzerte, Luzurne, SWITZERLAND

November 18, 2016 - Karlstorbanof, Heidelberg, GERMANY

November 17, 2016 - Cafe Hochberg, Hamburg, GERMANY

November 16, 2016 - Die Wohngemelnschaft, Cologne, GERMANY

November 15, 2016 - Privatclub, Berlin, GERMANY

October 28, 2016 - Burdock Music Hall, Toronto, CANADA

November 12, 2015 - BAM, Paris, FRANCE

November 10, 2015 - MA Scene Nationale, Montbeliard, FRANCE

November 9, 2015 - Brotfabrik, Frankfurt, GERMANY

November 8, 2015 -  Private concert, Munich, GERMANY

November 7, 2015 -  Beatpol, Dresden, GERMANY

November 6, 2015 - Rolling Stone Weekender, Weissenhauser Strand, GERMANY

November 5, 2015 - NaTo, Leipzig, GERMANY

October 14, 2015 - Burdock Music Hall, Toronto, CANADA

Apil 2, 2015 - Moment's Club live on Radio Bremen, Bremen, GERMANY

March 30, 2015 - Gruner Salon, Berlin, GERMANY

March 25, 2015 - The Servant's Quarters, London, UK

March 23, 2015 - The Tin, Coventry, UK

February 27-28, 2015 - Lou Reed Tribute/Art of Time Ensemble, Enwave Theatre, Toronto, CANADA

February 14, 2015 - Easterween, Western Front, Vancouver, CANADA

February 13, 2015 - Yukon Film Festival, Whitehorse, CANADA







 

Discography

Rialto 2021

Miracle In The Night 2019

Small Town Water Tower 2016

Niagara 2014

Easterween 2012

SPIRITUAL WAR Cassette Tape 2011

Human Cry 2010; reissue 2018

Mama Tevatron 2009

The Pillowmaker 2007

Yosemite 2005

Banff Springs Transylvania 2000

Sedona Arizona 1999

Mars Pennsylvania 1997

 

Writing

Rialto - novella; Sud de Valeur Press 2021

Daydreams For Night - alternative children's book; Asuka/Japan 2016

Otterville - prose poems commissioned for Andrew Downing LP 2016

Florida & Faun - self-published poems 2006

Videography (self-directed)

Pure song of the children 2019

No inner mission 2019

Champion of love 2016

Second childhood 2016

Weird woman 2015

Loving you 2015

Ode to the morning sky 2014

Hey I got news for you 2014

Nip it in the bud 2012

First of May 2009

Pineapple shoes 2007

Life is unbelievable 2007

Simple simple boy 2005

Sunday brunch buffet 2002

Now that I'm a railroad boy 1997

Entertaining the troops 1995

Filmography

Rialto 2022

Contact

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John