TORONTO – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to announce the return of Canadian DJ icon Kid Koala as a featured guest of the Festival. Kid Koala will bring his one-of-a-kind Space Cadet experience to TCAF with shows on May 3rd and 4th at 918 Bathurst. Based on the book of the same name, Space Cadet is a unique, immersive headphone concert that combines sequential narrative and music. The audience sits in inflatable “space pods,” listening to the show through individual headphone systems as Kid Koala brings the Space Cadet’s score to life on a piano and several turntables. The Space Cadet Experience is a co-presentation between Wavelength and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, in association with 918 Bathurst.
In addition to this unique concert, we invite you to enjoy the Space Cadet Gallery. Prior to the concert, explore the story with Space Plant Sculpture installations, an interactive Music Spaceship Console, a Space Cadet Soundtrack Cassette Jukebox, and original etchboards from the Space Cadet book. You can even decorate your own Gingerbread Space Cookies. The Space Cadet Headphone Experience has extremely limited seating, so we urge eager fans to buy tickets as soon as they become available.
BOOK and SOUNDTRACK
Space Cadet, the book, is a 132-page graphic novel drawn entirely on etchboards. It is accompanied by a “still picture score” of music composed and recorded by Kid Koala. This charming story of an adventurous space cadet and her guardian robot touches on the relationship between technology and isolation, and celebrates the idea of connectivity through family and the cycles that build generations. Space Cadet is on sale now at The Beguiling Books and Art.
Kid Koala will be signing books at TCAF and participating in select programming.
THE TORONTO COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL: The 2012 Toronto Comic Arts Festival takes place May 5th and 6th, 2012 at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. It is two full days of comics-related events, including readings, presentations, panel discussions, gallery shows, and a large exhibition area featuring publishers and comic authors and artists. TCAF 2012 will feature over 250 exhibitors including featured guests Jeff Smith (USA, Bone), Alison Bechdel (USA, Fun Home), Guy Delisle (Canada, Pyongyang), Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon (Brazil, Daytripper), Kate Beaton (Canada, Hark A Vagrant), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Canada, Scott Pilgrim), Michel Rabagliati (Canada, The Song of Roland), and hundreds more. http://torontocomics.com
WAVELENGTH: Wavelength is Toronto’s longest-running and most influential underground music forum, dedicated to presenting genre-smashing concerts and festivals, building innovative bridges within our city’s musical communities and throughout our country’s artistic landscape while challenging artists and audiences to broaden their aural perceptions. “Support art locally. Globalize it vocally.” Learn more at www.wavelengthtoronto.com.
918 BATHURST: 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education is an 8,000+ square foot, not-for-profit arts centre & special events venue located in Toronto’s vibrant Annex neighbourhood. The Centre facilitates, presents and provides a nurturing space for projects, classes, workshops, exhibitions and performances that serve the artistic, creative, intellectual, professional and personal development of individuals and organizations inToronto. Learn more at www.918bathurst.com.
SPONSORS: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival would not be possible without the assistance of our sponsors and partners, including Presenting Sponsor Toronto Public Library and retail sponsor The Beguiling Books & Art.
TCAF would like to recognize the efforts of the following organizations who have helped in the planning and support of TCAF 2012:
Owlkids – http://www.owlkids.com/
The Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto – http://www.iictoronto.esteri.it/IIC_Toronto
The Flemish Literature Fund – http://buitenland.vfl.be/en
NORLA – http://www.norla.no/
The French Consulate in Toronto – http://www.consulfrance-toronto.org/
The Japan Foundation in Toronto – http://jftor.org/
NOW Magazine – http://nowtoronto.com
Midoco – http://www.midoco.ca/
Sponsorship opportunities for TCAF 2012 are still available, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
To arrange an interview with Kid Koala, please contact Take Aim Media’s Kim Juneja at email@example.com.
For information on Wavelength, please contact Kevin Parnell at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, please contact Christopher Butcher, Festival Director, 416-533-9168 or email@example.com.