The Slow Now is a downloadable audio walk that takes place in Little Italy, and uses Project Bookmark Canada’s physical bookmark for Fugitive Pieces as its launching point. The audio will guide you through a narrative, lyrical & imaginative experience of the neighbourhood, stemming from the seminal book by Anne Michaels. The rich history of Little Italy, the rich tapestry of the book, and a new original narration by Mark Mann will be voiced by local figures and Anne Michaels herself.
The Slow Now is presented in partnership with Project Bookmark Canada & the Koffler Centre of the Arts.
Creative Team: ///CCC/// (Angela Shackel, Braden Labonte, Mark Mann)
Cast: Anne Michaels, Naomi Skwarna, Margaux Williamson
Producer: Alex Johnson
Inspired by Anne Michaels' Fugitive Pieces
Anne Michaels is Toronto’s Poet Laureate & was the recipient of a 2014 Helen & Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award (now known as the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature).
Naomi Skwarna is a writer and artist. She lives in Toronto.
Margaux Williamson was born in Pittsburgh in 1976. Her first book of paintings, I Could See Everything, was published by Coach House Press in 2014, alongside shows at the Mulherin+Pollard Gallery in New York, and Frith Street Gallery in London, UK. Her feature-length film, Teenager Hamlet, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is archived on UbuWeb. She also writes movie reviews. She was artist in residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario and at the Klondike Institute for Arts & Culture in the Yukon. Her work has been covered by BOMB Magazine, New York Magazine, Vogue, The New York Times, The Believer, The Huffington Post, and more. She lives in Toronto.