Wyrd Visions at Mercer Union

7 December 2007 12am - 12am

Wyrd Visions at Mercer Union Friday 7 December, 9PM FREE Colin Bergh’s Wyrd Visions will take you on a psychedelic journey through a dark forest filled with droning elven music. Using repetition as its base, Wyrd Visions is essentially stripped down trance music. Songs are composed of chanting and ostinato guitar melodies that reference Scandinavian […]



29 November 2007 12am - 12am

Thursday November 29th, 2007, 8:00 p.m. OANA AVASILICHIOAEI is a poet and a translator from Romanian and French to English. Her first book of poetry, Abandon (Wolsak & Wynn), appeared in 2005. Her translation of a selected poems of the Romanian poet Nichita Stanescu, Occupational Sickness (BuschekBooks), appeared in 2006. Excerpts from a work just […]


HALLOWEEN PARTY – Saturday October 27th, 9pm

27 October 2007 12am - 12am

Get on Board Mercer Union’s Spaced-Out Hallowe’en Bash MOTHERSHIP Saturday October 27th, 9pm Funk and new Wave Sounds by DJ Major Tom Colin Bergh DJ Noah’s Arkweld plus late-night iPod Djs Kelly Mark, Zin Taylor and Alex Snukal $5 Before 11:00pm, $8 After Mercer Union 37 Lisgar Street (one block SW of Queen and Dovercourt) […]


Test Reading Series: Trevor Joyce and the Max Middle Sound

25 October 2007 12am - 12am

Thursday, October 25th, 8 pm: Trevor Joyce and the Max Middle Sound Project. Co-founder of the New Writers’ Press in Dublin, Trevor Joyce has published eleven volumes of poetry, including The Poems of Sweeny Peregrine (1976), his working of the middle-Irish Buile Suibhne, and stone floods (1995), which was nominated for the Irish Times Literature […]


Terrible Noises for Beautiful People

27 September 2007 12am - 28 September 2007 12am

Terrible Noises for Beautiful People Presented by the Misha Glouberman School of Learning Visitors will be invited into a vacant commercial space next door to Mercer Union, where they will make sounds with each other. Terrible Noises is part of Nuit Blanche and runs from sunset Saturday night till sunrise Sunday morning. PLUS: From 1:00 […]


Instant Coffee: Sunday Nook Dinner

23 September 2007 12am - 12am

MERCER UNION presents Sunday Nook Dinner Sunday September 23, 7 pm Join Instant Coffee for Sunday dinner and conversation in the Nooks. Limited Seating – 24 only – please RSVP* to Mercer Union by Friday, end of day. Featuring delicious comfort food by Les Louises Catering, complimentary wine or beer with your meal, and a […]



20 September 2007 12am - 12am

The Test Reading Series returns for the fall with readings by SEAN BONNEY and FRANCES KRUK Thursday, 20 September 2007, 8:00 p.m. SEAN BONNEY’s selected poems, Blade Pitch Control Unit, were published by Salt in 2005. Since then he has produced Document:Hexprogress, Black Water and an ongoing set of versions of Baudelaire. His work has […]


Mercer Union Poster Project

9 September 2007 12am - 12am

This summer Mercer Union commissioned a series of four colour posters from artists Adam Chodzko (London), Janice Kerbel (Don Mills/London), John Lurie (New York City) and Euan Macdonald (Los Angeles/Toronto). The posters are not available for sale, but will be posted around the city in the coming weeks. Watch for them.


Art-Book Fair and Sale

19 August 2007 12am - 12am

Art-Book Fair and Sale Sunday August 19th Noon to 5pm Mercer Union 37 Lisgar St (one block SW of Queen and Dovercourt) Free Admission Publishers, dealers, artists and authors including Art Metropole, Apollinaire’s Bookshop, The Art Gallery of York University, Bywater Brothers Editions, Coach House Books, Mercer Union, Parasitic Ventures Press, YYZ Books and many […]


Brian Joseph Davis CD Release Party

3 August 2007 12am - 12am

Blocks Recording Club Summer Release Party! Featuring Brian Joseph Davis and Katie Stelmanis Friday, August 3, 9PM, FREE Please join the Blocks Recording Club to celebrate the release of Brian Joseph Davis’ “The Definitive Host.” The Definitive Host collects the work of sound artist Brian Joseph Davis into one, oversized package, including: Ten Banned Albums […]


Dorit Chrysler – Theremin Performance and Workshop

29 July 2007 12am - 12am

Sunday July 29th, 8pm Invented 1919 by Russian electro physicist Lev Sergejewitch Termen, the Theremin generates sound without being touched. Notoriously hard to play, it is one of the first electronic instruments and inspired the creation of synthesizers in future generations. Dorit Chrysler made her musical debut at age 7 at the Graz Opera and […]


Clothing Swap

1 January 1970 12am

MERCER UNION’S SECOND EVER CLOTHING SWAP: The Mind-Blowing Legacy of Extreme Awesomeness Continues… Sunday, July 15, 6pm Mercer Union 37 Lisgar Street FREE Sort of almost one year to the day after last year’s triumphant Clothing Swap, Mercer Union is pleased to once again present an exercise in the mutual appreciation of that which garbs […]


Anitra Hamilton: Beater

27 June 2007 12am - 12am

WEDNESDAY JUNE 27th at the MOCCA (952 Queen Street W) at 8pm sharp. Anitra Hamilton’s Beater, is a defunct automobile covered in colourful tissue-paper pom-poms and converted into a festive piñata – complete with nacho chips, salsa and tequila- which blindfolded participants are invited to smash with sledgehammers. Part of the group show Seducing Down […]


Stephen Parkinson

12 May 2007 12am - 12am

Saturday, May 12, 9pm Toronto-based musician, Stephen Parkinson studied composition with Rudolf Komorous, John Celona, Michael Longton, Owen Underhill and Roger Reynolds. He is a founding member of The Drystone Orchestra, an active member of the Toronto improvised music scene, and plays with the experimental salon orchestra Marmots. His piece Desires Are Already Memories is […]


Test Reading Series: Sandra Alland and Kate Greenstreet

11 May 2007 12am - 12am

Friday May 11, 7:30 pm Sandra Alland is a writer, multimedia artist and activist. She has published and presented her work in Canada, the US, Mexico, Bermuda, the UK and Spain. Sandra has two full-length collections of poetry: Proof of a Tongue (McGilligan Books, 2004) and Blissful Times (BookThug, 2007). She is currently and perpetually […]



13 April 2007 12am - 12am

What Happens at Mercer Stays at Mercer Spring is here! Come out of hibernation and shake what your momma gave you at Mercer Union’s ICE STORM party on Friday, April 13th! The gallery will be transformed into a swingin’ 70s bachelor pad with bean bag chairs, mood lighting, disco balls and 70s cinema. Enjoy custom […]


Terrible Noises for Beautiful People

28 March 2007 12am - 12am

Terrible Noises for Beautiful People: Misha Glouberman’s Birthday Party. Improvised sound event. Make noise with other people, then have cake. Latvian House 491 College Street Friday March 28th Doors 7:30, show 8:00 sharp. Tickets $12 at the door, $10 online and at Soudscapes. For more information visit


Cornelia Lauf Artists Books Lecture

25 March 2007 12am - 12am

Please join us on Tuesday March 25th, at 7pm, for an informal lecture by curator and Artists’ Books publisher Cornelia Lauf. Born in Germany and based in Rome, Italy, Cornelia Lauf is a curator and editor of Artists’ Books. She has curated exhibitions or published works by or about Maurizio Cattelan, Liam Gillick, Wim Delvoye, […]


TEST READING SERIES: Stuart Ross and Rod Smith

16 March 2007 12am - 12am

Test Reading Series Friday March 16, 7:30 pm: Stuart Ross and Rod Smith Stuart Ross is a Toronto fiction writer, poet, editor, small-press publisher, and creative-writing instructor who has been active in the Toronto literary scene since the mid-1970s. He sold 7,000 copies of his self-published poetry and fiction chapbooks in the streets of Toronto […]


Test Reading Series: M. NourbeSe Philip & Hugh Thomas

24 January 2007 12am - 12am

January 24, 7:30 p.m. M. NourbeSe Philip is a poet, novelist, and short story writer. Originally from Tobago, Philip completed a Master’s degree in Political Science as well as a degree in law, both at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario. She practised law for seven years in Toronto, before giving it up […]


The Test Reading Series is pleased to present a bilingual reading

7 January 2007 12am - 12am

Nicole Brossard + Barbara Godard and Sharon Harris (biographical notes below) Wednesday 7 February, 7:30 p.m. Montreal-born NICOLE BROSSARD, poet, novelist and essayist, twice Governor General Award winner for her poetry (1974, 1984), member of l’Académie des lettres du Québec and of La société royale du Canada, is one of Quebec’s most celebrated authors. For […]