The Smoke N’ Mirrors Show

is a critical analysis of the mainstream media and a platform for alternative perspectives on world events.  A mix of theatre, comedy, video and live projections inside the mesmerizing XPression Gallery, “Smoke N’ Mirrors” is a very surreal “alice in wonderland” like experience.  Hosted by Jay Lemieux, featuring Ty Cardaci, Tatiana Koroleva, “The Truther Girls”  and music by Talk/Sing Skeleton.

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Saturday, June 25th
XPression Gallery (5334 De Gaspe, #308)
9pm, Pay-what-you-can


Ty Cardaci

Excerpts from 3 shows;

Poet Lariat and actorvist Taillefer Cardaci is digging and offering up excerpts from his last 3 political comedy one-man shows, including
“How the west was spun!” an exhilarating  spin  thru the life’s work of America’s greatest political satirist and cowboy Cherokee trickster extraordinaire Will Rogers’
artfully interweaving monologues packed full of 100% Will Rogers’ classic good humor,
“I got an idea how to stop war. Pass a law in congress that no Country can start a war until they pay for the last one!”
(Cardaci is the recipient of the Will Rogers
Memorial Award for,   “BEST COMEDY

“Whirled Noose” featuring his unique brand of physical, political, and prop comedy- variety…that takes Will Rogers trickster spirit into the future!


a one man slap stick political satire variety wild west  buffoon burlesque!

He is currently working on a new show with material he has been developing in Montreal over the last three years studying at L’ Ecole du Mime Omnibus and L’ Ecole du Clown et Comedy Francine Cote here in Montreal.

Jay Lemieux

is a video activist, producer and media literacy teacher.  He helped create the “Smoke N’ Mirrors” show with Math Boylan and Sandrine Charbonneau.  He’s made numerous short documentaries on the subject of advertising, culture jamming and the commodification of the arts and culture.  He is also a founding member of the Infringement Festival and has been involved ever since.

Tatiana Korelava

is a performance artist born in Western Siberia. Her works explore various ways of resistance against dominating standards for individual body in post-capitalist culture. Tatiana has graduated from the Visual Arts Department of the State University of New York in Buffalo, USA as the Fulbright Program scholarship holder. Currently she is working on her PhD research at the Department of Humanities at Concordia University (Canada), integrating Theater Studies, Studio Art and Communication. She has taken part in numerous international exhibitions and festivals.

In my artistic work, video and performances, I investigate the possibilities of resistance to the dominant corporeal standard.  Physical body which absorbed the very materiality of state intervention into biological domain exists in the state of continuous repression, but at the same time it accumulates the potential for the unlimited deconstruction of the established order. The very physicality of the body serves as a perfect background for the subversion of social expectations on corporeal practices. I understand self-adoration, fetishism, self-abuse and other forms of marginalized sensuality as ways to resist socially controlled discourses of pleasure. A game with strictly imposed rules, pleasure, is turned in my pieces into the form of corporeal creativity open to all variations and forms. In general my pieces are meant to reveal the possibility of alternative modes of physical and psychic being in contemporary culture resulted from the state of repression and discontent.

Talk/Sing Skeleton

From the coldest depths of a Montreal winter was forged a band composed of a most varied musical background: Talk/Sing Skeleton! An infant of not even a year old, yet growing in style and assurance, the seven member ensemble brings to the listener a fine blend of folk and gypsy grooves, with lyrics in French and English that are sure to make one ponder the outer reaches of the human psyche, melodies of both a sorrowful and colourful nature, and rhythms to sway slowly or dance without worry to. Simple but complex, organized yet chaotic and at times wonderfully unexpected, Talk/Sing Skeleton looks forward to seeing you on the dance floor at this year’s infringement festival and beyond!

Sandrine Charbonneau

Professionnally trained as a classical dancer and also … as a stand up comic, Sandrine Charbonneau truly enjoys to mix all styles of performance.
For this special edition of Smoke and Mirrors, she’s preparing to blow people’s mind with a politickle-burlesque number where she will perform the role of a female soldier getting back in touch with her feminine roots.

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