Just received an e-mail from the folks at Geist magazine, whose Caught Mapping feature I’ve written about from time to time here on The Map Room. Among other things, they’re having a gallery show of the Geist maps in April in Toronto. They also got a hella bunch of media coverage from that Victoria Times Colonist article I blogged about last month:
Switchboard workers at the Geist office are now recovering after a media blitz that followed the publication of an article by Katheryn Dednya in the Victoria Times Colonist. Her subject was the Geist feature Caught Mapping and its current creator, Melissa Edwards. The story was picked up by the National Post and local newspapers across the country near the end of January, leading to appearances by Edwards on CBC Radio’s Sounds Like Canada with Shelagh Rogers, Breakfast Television on City TV in Vancouver, and Warren on the Weekend, a national phone-in show hosted by Peter Warren and broadcast on the Chorus Radio Network. Visit www.geist.com to browse through a selection of past Geist Maps or to listen to the Sounds Like Canada interview. [Audio clip here, in accursed Windows Media format — JC]
The Geist Maps will be the subject of the first showing in the Canada Comes to Toronto series at the Geist Gallery. This series represents an invasion of sorts-that of a larger Canadian perspective on the Toronto cultural community. As a celebration of far-flung Canadian places and place names, the Geist Maps are the ideal choice for the inaugural show in the series. Melissa Edwards, resident “atlas geek,” and Stephen Osborne, editor of Geist, will launch the show at the Geist Gallery on April 17, with discussion and refreshments. The Geist Gallery is an exhibition and tutorial space run by our friends at the Stupid School of Contemplative Art and Narrative and serves as the Toronto office of Geist magazine.
Details apparently to follow.