The Petting Zoo

Monday, November 15, 2010 - 9:00pm
Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W.
The Petting Zoo

Note: This is a FREE event!

Featuring William New, host of Elvis Monday, and front man for a new band called NewFrance which will be covering "People Who Died" written and sung originally by The Jim Carroll Band. This night’s rendition of this memorial anthem will be an extended version to honour many cultural characters who were on the New York and Toronto scenes who have died.

Jim Carroll (August 1, 1949 – September 11, 2009) was an author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries, which was made into the 1995 film of the same name, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Carroll. Carroll appeared in the documentary film “Poetry in Motion” by Toronto film-maker Ron Mann. He appeared onstage with rock’n’roll legends such as Patti Smith and Keith Richards. The editor for the U.K. editions of The Basketball Diaries was Pete Townshend.

John L'Ecuyer’s first feature, Curtis's Charm (1995), was an adaptation of a Jim Carroll story. The film received a special jury citation as Best Canadian Feature Film at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival. L'Ecuyer's short film Use Once and Destroy (1995) also received a special jury citation at the festival, as Best Canadian Short Film. L'Ecuyer's other feature film credits include Saint Jude (2000), and Le goût des jeunes filles (2004). He directed the movie In God's Country, a 2007 fiction film detailing the escape of a woman from a Mormon polygamous community and her adaptation to life in mainstream Canadian society.

William New is the artistic director of Elvis Monday at The Drake Hotel. After humble beginnings in a Queen Street divebar Elvis Monday is Toronto's longest running indie showcase - now in it's 27th year. More than 3000 bands have played Elvis Monday including: Cowboy Junkies, Rusty, Blind Melon, Treble Charger, Sum 41, Pilate, Three Days Grace, Billy Talent, Peaches, JackSoul, Ron Sexsmith and Beck! Acting as a launching pad for many Toronto bands, Elvis Monday continues to champion emerging talent and play an important part of Toronto's music scene.

Marc Glassman is the artistic director of This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS). He is a veteran film critic for Classical 96.3 FM and the editor of POV and Montage magazines.

For more info contact Charlie Huisken 416-598-1447 or