Paul Dutton (far right), with Phil Minton, John Oswald and Michael Snow
Dutton is a Toronto-based poet, novelist, essayist, publisher and oral sound artist. He has collaborated with a wide range of musicians including Bob Ostertag, Phil Durrant, John Russell, Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay, Günter Christmann, Thomas Charmetant, Xavier Charles, and Jacques Di Donato. Dutton is perhaps best known for his membership in two of Toronto's most legendary sound art outfits: the sound poetry quartet The Four Horsemen (1970–1988), with Rafael Barreto-Rivera, Steve McCaffery, and the late bpNichol; and the free-improvisation band CCMC, alongside John Oswald and Michael Snow (1989 to the present).
The Wire magazine called his sound singing "fascinating, inventive, grippingly obsessive".
A Career Tribute to Paul Dutton begins at 7pm at 268 Augusta Avenue, and admission is free. Dutton will join CCMC bandmates John Oswald and Michael Snow for a brief set to close the night.
Listen to Dutton interviewed by W. Mark Sutherland, here.
(vintage posters from the collection of jw curry)