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The Power Plant presents a musical tribute to the current exhibition ‘Candice Breitz: Same Same,’ curated by author and journalist Carl Wilson, on Wednesday, 11 November at 9 PM at The Music Gallery.


Toronto, 3 November, 2009 The Power Plant presents a musical tribute to the current survey exhibition of work by Berlin-based artist Candice Breitz about twins, fans, pop culture, and identity. ‘Songs for Jessie Presley’ is curated by author and journalist Carl Wilson (The Globe and Mail, and features Joe Pernice, D-Sisive and The Reveries at The Music Gallery on Wednesday, 11 November at 9 PM.

Elvis Presley would have been an identical twin if not for the stillbirth of his brother Jessie Garon. Even if Jessie had survived, however, Elvis would have been born alone, like the rest of us.

But birth is the last time identity exists in a solitary state. We all look less into the mirror than into the culture for models of who and how to be. Every artist, no matter how original, has at some point mimicked, imitated and aped.

On this night, some of Toronto's most exciting independent musicians unveil their artistic zygotes by playing covers of songs by their formative influences, alongside the clonings, mutations and deviations that are their own songs.

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Musician and author Joe Pernice was born and raised near Boston, Mass., and now lives in Toronto. He has recorded a dozen albums with bands the Pernice Brothers, Scud Mtn. Boys and Chappaquiddick Skyline; his music has featured in films and TV shows such as "Gilmore Girls" and "Six Feet Under;" and he's written three books. His novel It Feels So Good When I Stop was published this fall by Riverhead/Penguin.

Rapper D-Sisive (Derek Christoff) recently won the 2009 ECHO Songwriting prize for "Nobody With A Notepad" from Let the Children Die - his debut album, although he has been releasing singles and EPs in Toronto since the late 1990s, including the Juno-nominated EP The Book (2008). His inspirations range from Charlie Chaplin to Elliott Smith. "I want to create art. Fuck music," he says. "I want to take the seatbelt off! Otherwise, what's the point?"

The Reveries are Eric Chenaux (vocals, guitar, mouth-speaker), Ryan Driver (vocals, quasi-ruler bass, thumbreeds, mouth-speaker) and Doug Tielli (vocals, guitar, saw, mouth-speaker). As Massimo Simonini has written, “The Reveries remodel songs, songs “consumed” by time, re-finding and expanding them. .... Think of a song, stop it in time, caress it, observe it and play it, discovering how it speaks. The error mysteriously disappears; almost everything seems possible." They have released three albums on the Rat-drifting label, most recently a collection of Willie Nelson covers. This special night marks their first performance after an 18-month hiatus.

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Event Information

Tickets are $9 for Power Plant Members and students and $10 for Non-Members.

Advance tickets are available from The Power Plant until November 10, and at Soundscapes, 572 College Street. Tickets will be available at the door.

The doors at The Music Gallery will open at 8 PM, with the show to follow at
9 PM.


Co-presented with The Music Gallery

Exhibition Information

Closes 15 November, 2009

Be sure to see ‘Candice Breitz: Same Same,’ the first North American survey of internationally acclaimed artist Candice Breitz, before it closes on 15 November!

Breitz investigates contemporary media culture using the language of the entertainment industry, including pop music, television, and Hollywood films. Featuring Hollywood icons such as Jack Nicholson and music legends like Bob Marley, Breitz’s work straddles the ambiguous terrain between art, entertainment, and consumerism. She edits, re-contextualizes or otherwise reinterprets familiar elements of our mass culture landscape to produce dazzling and critically engaging video installations.

One of the features of this exhibition is the debut of Breitz’s new work, a major commission generously supported by The Power Plant and Toronto benefactors Partners in Art. This new work, Factum, made in Toronto and focusing on identical twins, is the fifth installment of The Power Plant’s Commissioning Program.

Curator: Gregory Burke, Director of The Power Plant

Factum Commissioning Partner: Partners in Art

With Support From: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

Support Donors: Elisa Nuyten & David Dime and Ken Zuckerman

Catalogue Supporters: Sarah Dinnick & Colin Webster

Presented in Association With: Future Projections,
Toronto International Film Festival


Institutional Donor: Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau
Primary Education Sponsor: CIBC Wood Gundy
Corporate Leaders: Bloomberg, Morneau Sobeco, BMO Financial Group, Rogers
Government Funding: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council

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