SPIN in Toronto

photo by Jeremy Mimnagh

I’m performing in the first full run of Evalyn Parry’s SPIN, a show about bicycles, early feminism, consumerism, and collisions in traffic and of heart. Written and performed by Evalyn Parry, with Brad Hart on the bicycle, and me on a variety of instruments, from accordion to mbirra to bike lights. Thanks to contact mics, the table is all mic-ed up too, and I play that with a leatherman tool. I’m especially pleased to play one of Iner Souster‘s junkstruments, which we have dubbed the Time Machine.

Show runs until March 27, 2011, at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto, Wed-Sun nights at 8PM. Reserve tickets!

“Through a series of songs played live on a vintage bicycle, SPIN recounts a theatrical cycle of stories about bikes, women and liberation. Inspired by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry, the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1894, SPIN blends theatre, music and technology in a unique tribute to the bicycle as muse, musical instrument and agent of social change.”

Here’s a shot of the Time Machine:


October 25, 2009, at the Hysteria Festival of Women at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, I’ll be performing as part of Evalyn Parry‘s fantastic new bicycle piece– she has written a new suite of songs, stories, and spoken word about bicycling today and in the roaring 1890’s. Brad Hart plays the bicycle, and I play the pedals and lights, as well as some other free reed instruments like accordion, harmonica, and melodica. If you’re in Toronto, it’s one night only (at least for this time around), but look out for more dates to come.