Tony Burgess lives in Toronto where he was born. He has also lived periodically on the streets in most cities in Canada, and has survived frequent detainment in hospitals, jails, and detoxes. Tending to lead several lives at once, he has also done volunteer work for many of the same institutions. He has studied graphic arts at community college and painting at the studio school “Artssake,” exhibiting and selling his work in stories and galleries on Queen Street in the early eighties. He was also part of several bands that operated out of the Beverly Tavern, culminating in the situationist cowboy experiment — The Ether Brothers. Using the name Tony Blue, he was a waiter, occasional MC, and poet, who opened for rock bands, and performed at the early festivals that would become Elvis Mondays. These performances took place almost weekly over a period of time from the late seventies into the mid-eighties. None of the thousands of pages written specifically for the events survived longer than a few hours. People who were there, however, can probably recall the harrowing nights they shared with this surprising writer. As well as working as a telephone psychic, he is a writer of literary criticism, fiction, screenplays, drama, poetry, and music reviews.
Published: February 1997
Dimensions: 5 x 8 in.