Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Canadian Romantic in Toronto

Robert Dayton's
An Evening With The Canadian Romantic
Performance and Toronto book launch

Thursday, March 8th, 8 pm

Double Double Land (209 Augusta Toronto), $7

After taking this show to delighted and almost sated crowds in Montreal, Vancouver, and Saskatoon, at last it arrives in Toronto...
This will be a full one man show to make you laugh and swoon and a few surprises.

There will be fondue!


This will be a one of a kind evening that combines large amounts of shared laughter with soft music and unsettling feelings of desire…!

Robert Dayton’s most recent project is his series of videos and performances as the persona of The Canadian Romantic, a melodramatic figure of faded glamour who tries to bridge and explore the gap between Canada and romance with somewhat dubious results. Some key Canadian Romantic videos will be played. The Canadian Romantic himself will be performing live, taking topic suggestions from the crowd for his infamous impromptu candlelight Recitations. Expect glittery Bon Mots aplenty from a man of way too much experience. You will come alive with laughter feeling like you’ve woken up at an undisclosed time with make up smeared across your face.

This also marks the Toronto book launch of The Canadian Romantic, a book by the artist Robert Dayton consisting of tenderly hand-drawn pen-and-ink illustrations and elaborate musings by the artist and his alter ego, published by PITT Projects/Publication Studio, available for sale at the event. Special silk-screened dolls of The Canadian Romantic will also be for sale.

After that will be a curated tour of the forgotten musical Recitation genre, which also includes the notion of famous Ac-tor as Singer: expect the plummy tones of Telly Savalas, Bruno Gerussi, Richard Harris, and a few glorious unknowns! This musical genre has been a key influence on The Canadian Romantic.

Special guest appearance by Chris Locke as The Mailman.

Afterwards Robert Dayton will shave his moustache for the first time since a brief respite before the millennium, he has had his moustache for almost twenty years, it's older than him, he will ask aloud if such things define him while wondering about the effect of shifting cultural meanings.

Robert Dayton is a multidisciplinary entertainer, writer, and artist from British Columbia who resides for the moment in Toronto. His work has appeared in numerous periodicals, the odd book, some zines (he's an old zinester). He is in such curious musical acts as Canned Hamm, July Fourth Toilet (Canada's wildest and most unpredictable band ever), Hallmark, and his current Toronto based rock band WET DIRT, as well as acting in a bunch of stuff.