Mark Miller with Marc Glassman to launch "Way Down that Lonesome Road"

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 7:30pm
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
Mark Miller with Marc Glassman to launch "Way Down that Lonesome Road"

Mark Miller in Conversation with Marc Glassman
for the Launch of Way Down That Lonesome Road

TINARS artistic director Marc Glassman interviews author Mark Miller about singer/guitarist Lonnie Johnson's early and essential contribution to the histories of both blues and jazz, and about Johnson's final years in Toronto, at the launch of Miller's new book Way DownThat Lonesome Road: Lonnie Johnson in Toronto, 1965-1970. Featuring a live performance by celebrated Toronto blues singer and guitarist Danny Marks. Presented by This Is Not A Reading Series, Literary Press Group of Canada, The Mercury Press and the Gladstone Hotel.

Wednesday November 2, 2011
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West
Doors open at 7:00; Event starts at 7:30
Admission is $5.00 or FREE with a book purchase

Way Down that Lonesome Road: Lonnie Johnson in Toronto, 1965-1970
Part biographical study, part social history, Way Down That Lonesome Road follows musician Lonnie Johnson from the generous welcome that he received from Toronto 's critics on his arrival and the successes and failures that followed, to the automobile accident that left him hospitalized for a year and the final, fleeting appearances of a comeback cut short by his death. Johnson 's years in Toronto were the happiest of times and the hardest, a Dickensian sort of paradox, albeit in a tale of just one city. This is that tale; here is that city.

MARK MILLER served as the jazz critic for The Globe and Mail from 1978 to 2005 and, in addition to Way Down That Lonesome Road, has written nine other books since 1982, including Cool Blues: Charlie Parker in Canada, 1953 (1989), Such Melodious Racket: The Lost History of Jazz in Canada, 1914-1949 (1997), Some Hustling This!: Taking Jazz to the World, 1914-1929 (2005), High Hat, Trumpet and Rhythm: The Life and Music of Valaida Snow (2007) and Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist’s Life (2009). He has also contributed to Coda Magazine, Down Beat, the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, Saturday Night and several other popular and scholarly publications. His photographs of jazz musicians have been published widely.

DANNY MARKS Celebrated guitarist Danny Marks is a holder of the Toronto Blues Society's Blues with a Feeling Award for lifetime achievement in music and broadcast. This iconic rocker's roots go back to the sixties as a founding member of Capitol Records' group, Edward Bear. After a span as a journey man session musician throughout the seventies, Danny settled in to the club scene, establishing a cult following as a genre bender in music and humor. A house band gig at Toronto's famed Albert's Hall led him to host his own nation-wide TV show, Stormy Monday. Through the eighties and nineties, Danny starred in CBC radio's hit series the Hum Line on Basic Black. Danny Marks recorded two original music albums, Guitarchaeology and True, before paying tribute to Toronto's R&B roots with Big Town Boy in 2005. Danny's in his tenth year as the radio host of JAZZ.FM91's Saturday night blues show, Visit Danny's website at www.

MARC GLASSMAN is an editor, journalist, teacher, broadcaster and the Artistic Director of This is Not A Reading Series, a multi-disciplinary programme that explores the creative process in literature. Marc is the Editor-in-chief of Point Of View, Canada’s leading periodical on documentaries and independent cinema and Montage, the journal for the Directors Guild of Canada. He has taught Documentary History at Ryerson University, reviews film for Classical 96.3 FM and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Cinematheque Ontario.

The Mercury Press publishes poetry, fiction, murder mysteries, and culturally significant non-fiction by Canadian authors. Our website features book descriptions, author biographies, upcoming events, recent reviews, and more. Books published by Mercury have won or been shortlisted for many awards, including the Governor General’s Award, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Trillium Book Award, the City of Toronto Book Award, and many others. Visit

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This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) offers a ground-breaking theatrical dimension to the appreciation of fine writing. Employing music, comedy, psychodrama, dance, multimedia performance, lectures, dialogue—everything but reading—TINARS investigates the creative process behind literary works.


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