BOSE, Chris

Author Tags: Aboriginal Authors, Alcohol

On a press release to promote his co-produced theatrical experiment in 2014, Walking Projects: Vancouver, Crawling, Weeping, Betting, Chris Bose was self-described as “a writer, artist, musician, filmmaker and a Scoundrel.”

Officially a member of the N’laka’pamux/Secwepemc Nations, formerly known as the Thompson people of the Spuzzum area (“They hooked-up at St. George's residential school in Lytton”), Chris Bose was born in Merritt, B.C. in 1970.

Chris Bose is also a founding member of the Arbour Collective, an Aboriginal arts collective based in Kamloops, with a national membership.

Bose is a writer, multi-disciplinary artist, musician and filmmaker who has read and performed at universities, theatres and coffeehouses from Victoria to Montreal, as well as at the BC Festival of the Arts as a literary delegate to the Talking Stick Aboriginal Arts Festival in Vancouver and the Word on the Street Festival in Toronto. Bose is also a workshop facilitator of community arts events, digital storytelling, art workshops with people of all ages and backgrounds, curatorial work for First Nations art shows and projects, research and writing for periodicals across Canada, project management and coordination, mixed-media productions, film, audio and video recording and editing, and more.

Earlier, Bose was once self-described as “a very tattooed ex-vegetarian who doesn't drink alcohol, smoke, do drugs, and for awhile quit drinking coffee when a friend told him that Aboriginal people around the world are being displaced from their lands by coffee growers.” Along the way Bose has been the father of two children, a cobbler, a radio DJ, a bookstore clerk, President of the student body at the local University College, a farm labourer and homeless. He has lived in Stockholm, Sweden and Austin, Texas.

His creative non-fiction narrative, also described as a novel, Somewhere in this Inferno (Theytus, 2004), reflects the struggles a young man who is troubled by existential questions and cultural adaptation.

His second book, A Moon Made of Copper (Kegedonce 2014), consists of non-fiction poems written while touring across Canada. They capture Bose’s experiences "getting into adventures and mis-adventures."

Bose’s writing has also appeared in numerous anthologies and he has released several CDs of his music.

At the outset of 2014, Bose co-created and co-presented the aforementioned Walking Projects. According to his co-creator David McIntosh: “It starts as a book of 12 stories. 6 are written by Chris Bose (native guy), 6 are written by me (white guy). The stories are about various encounters we’ve had with or within the City of Vancouver. Chris creates 12 "maps." One for each story. The maps go in the book and on the gallery walls (the book is there, too) of the Unit Pitt for a seven-week run open to the public during regular gallery hours. Free. Each Thursday night a guest artist will interact and respond to what's in the gallery as a "Witching hour performance". Whatever they leave behind will be allowed accumulate in the gallery space. You can watch it from the street. Free.

"Each Friday night, the Unit Pitt Project gallery in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside will host “Bob's Salon,” free to the public. A guest story teller will tell a story about a journey, sex, death, siblings, animals... plus Vancouver. Musicians and dancers are tasked with immediately improvising those themes (maybe there's time for another drink first)…. “So the whole thing is a way of layering and hopefully deepening the idea of a city being a place of human encounters... with structures, histories, and each other. Instead of one Civic Narrative there are many possible encounters, with lives, the past, ghosts, the present, each other, etc....”


Somewhere in this Inferno: A narrative by Chris Bose (Theytus Books, 2004).

A Moon Made of Copper (Kegedonce 2014) $16 978-0-9868740-8-6


Gatherings Anthologies 4, 9 & 10 (Theytus Books)
Coyote U: Simon Fraser University Aboriginal Anthology 1999
Crumbs 1: A journal of short stories: 2004 (toronto)
Ink Magazine: Winter 1997, Spring 1998 (toronto)
Bywords: Winter 1998 (ottawa)
Raw Nervz Haiku: Spring 1998, Fall 1998 (quebec)
Dandelion: Spring 1998, Fall 1998 (calgary)
the Standard Exhibit: spring 1999 (kelowna)
mosaic arts magazine: winter 1999 (kamloops)
Praxis magazine: article/poetry, Winter 2002 (kamloops)
hubcap: winter 2000 (kamloops)

Theytus Books Gatherings Anthologies Volumes 4, Volume 9, Volume 10: 10th Anniversary
Ink Magazine (Toronto): Winter 1997: Spring 1998
Bywords: (Ottawa) Winter 1998
Raw Nervz Haiku (Quebec): spring 1998 – fall 1998
Dandelion (Calgary) spring 1998, fall 1998
Coyote U: Simon Fraser University Aboriginal Author Anthology 1999
The Standard Exhibit: (Kelowna, B.C.) Vol. 1. Issue 4 1999
Mosaic Arts Magazine: (Kamloops, B.C.) Vol. 2, Issue 1, 1999
Canadian Literature: University of British Columbia, Spring 2001
Praxis Magazine: Thompson Rivers University Spring 2002
Hubcap: (Kamloops) Winter 2000, Winter 2002
The Omega: TRU Volume VII, Issue 5, Spring 2002
Volume VIII, Issue 7, Fall 2003
“crumb” magazine: (Toronto) Volume I, Issue I, Spring 2003
Spirit magazine: Spring 2004
Redwire Magazine Spring 2005
Secwepemc News: June 2007-2008
Visible Arts Society/Grunt Gallery Winter 2008
Spirit Magazine Spring 2008
Kamloops Art Gallery Catalogue Essay/Tania Willard Exhibition Spring 2009
Stone the Crow: Collected Poems Kegedonce Press 2009
W’daub Awe: Anthology,Kegedonce Press 2010
Salish Seas: Anthology, The Aboriginal Writers Collective West Coast publication, 2011

Self Published Works:
Dangerous Ideologies: 1999 ISBN: 0-9684983-1-0
Full Frontal Nudity: 1999 ISBN: 0-9684983-3-7
Works In Progress: 1998. ISBN: 0-9684983-0-2
Dime Store Indians and Other Tales: 1997 ISBN: 0-9684983-2-9

For More Info and downloads go to:
“SPIRIT” magazine music special issue: Spring 2006. (1 Song)
“Dig Your Roots” promo commercials for the DYR Aboriginal music competition. (1 Song)
Janet Rogers: Banff Art’s Centre Compilation “RED”. (4 Songs)
METAXU: A music commission by BC Living Arts: (5 songs/soundscape) (2008)
“Burning in Water, Drowing in Flame” 12 songs by Chris Bose (2009) to accompany the book “Stone the Crow”
“Firewater” (2009) engineer and production duties for album of spoken word poetry, as well as designed album art and packaging.

- “Adventures in Wonderland” a short documentary about contemporary Aboriginal Canada.
- “The Art of Self-Destruction” & “At the Heart of it All” have screened in four countries and more than a dozen film festivals and conferences this year (2008). His work can be ordered through:
- “Taagi Trio Project” 3 short films to the music of Dawn Avery and words of Janet Rogers,
Smithsonian, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC, Nov 10-14 . 2008
- 2 music videos (2009):1 Janet Rogers, “What did you do boy?” screened extensively across North America, nominated for various awards.
- “Dreaming My Land”: (2010) Creative Editor for short, experimental film by Tracey Bonneau, Ullus Collective, REACT 2010 project.
- “Jesus Coyote TeeVee” (2011) An experimental film about see the world through Jesus Coyote’s eyes, a mythical being created inhabiting both the First Nations and non-native spiritual values. A new take on the trickster.

Live Literary Events:
Active touring author, Chris has read at Universities, theatres and coffeehouses at all points from Victoria to Montreal, as well as at the BC Festival of the Arts as a literary delegate to the Talking Stick Aboriginal Arts Festival in Vancouver and the Word on the Street Festival in Toronto.

Kamloops Art Gallery: Pop Art show, Dec - Jan 2008/9 (Group Show)
Kamloops Arts Council: February 2009 (Solo Show)
Arnica Artist Run Centre: April – May 2009 (Commission)
Kamloops Art Gallery: April – May 2009 (Group Show
Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art : Jan-Feb 2010 (Group Show)
Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art: June – July 2010 (Solo Show)
Arnica Artist Run Centre: August – September 2010 (Solo Show)

• Little Shuswap Indian Band = Storytelling Festival 2008/2009
• Simon Fraser University = Cultural Workshops on Literary/Performing Arts
• Thompson Rivers University = Various Arts & Cultural Workshops, think First Nations 101
• All Nations Trust Company = Corporate Video, Research, and Marketing materials
• Nuxalk Education Society = Storytelling/Cultural Workshops, promotion of Creative Career options.
• National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. = Video production for concert performance featuring Dawn Avery (cello) and Janet Rogers (poems), two Mohawk artists.
• Kamloops Art Gallery = Various art workshops, research and essays, curatorial projects.
• School District 73 = Youth art workshops with Native youth, curatorial projects.
• Cooksferry Indian Band = Art workshops with band members of all ages.
• Chief Atahm Elementary School = Digital Storytelling, video production workshops with youth.
• First Nations Education Steering Committee = Keynote Speaker on Native literature at the launch of First Peoples 12 course provincially, corporate video filming, editing.
• Keynote Speaker at various conferences by: Ullus Collective, White Buffalo Health Society, Secwepemc Cultural Education Society, LIVE: The Art of Engagement with Grunt Gallery,
• Sookinchoot Youth Society: Vernon, BC, Digital Art workshops
• Secwepemec Storytelling Festival: Headline Storyteller (2009/2010)
• School District 36: Newton Learning Centre, film/video, & creative writing workshops , with Native youth.
• Gulf Islands Film and Television School: mentor for Aboriginal Media Intensive Program (2009/2010)
• Artist in Residence at Centre for Innovation and Culture in the Arts in Canada, (CICAC) at Thompson Rivers University (2009/2010)
• Shuswap Nation Tribal Council: Art Commission for Laurier Memorial
• Enow’kin Centre: Film mentor for NAPAT program
• Aboriginal Education Centre at Thompson Rivers University: Various Art Commissions, project coordination, research and technical support for web and video.
• Talking Stick Festival (2010) Headlining author and performer, panelist, and presentor.
• Association of Native Development in the Visual and Performing Arts: Creator Within Festival, various new media workshops, panel discussion. ANDPVA
• Artist Residency at Sakwewak Artists Collective, Regina, Saskatchewan (2010)

[BCBW 2014]

Walking Projects
Press Release (2014)





THURSDAYS: 11:30PM - 12:30 AM WITCHING HOUR SOLOS (viewable from the
street through live projections on windows)

FRIDAYS: 10PM - MIDNIGHT BOB’S SALON (interactive art salon for the
curious imbiber, featuring guest artists)

come, first tour).

WITH PERFORMANCES BY: Chris Bose, David McIntosh, Brian Solomon, Pedro
Chamale, Michelle Lui, Aryo Khakpour, Chu-Lynne Ng, Maxine Chadburn,
Finn Manniche, New Improved, Peggy Lee, Kelly McInnes, Sophia Wolfe and
Elissa Hanson, Max Murphy, Ron Samworth, Jeff Younger, Ben Brown, Russel Scholburg, Justine Chambers, Joel Lower, Gary Wildeman, Bruce Freedman, Arash Khakpour, Billy Marchenski, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Daina Ashbee, Michael Turner, Veda Hille, Margo Kane, Cease Wyss, Henry Tsang, and more.

Chris Bose and David McIntosh, retrace their separate trajectories
through the streets of the city. Their memories, reanimated wraiths and
the spirits imbibed are recorded in a series of twelve stories and
accompanying maps. Installed in the gallery, these reports and
boundaries document their embodied experiences of Vancouver. Afternoon
guided city tours, late night improvised art salons and witching hour
solos, will enable guest artists, citizens and visitors to respond,
react or ignore the reflected world of Bose and McIntosh. Bring your
ghosts, bring your body, have a drink and take your chances. Join the
conversation about this city, your place, our past and its spirits -
both the ones that stubbornly linger, and the ones that enable


CHRIS BOSE is a war party baby of the N’Laka’Pamux and the Secwepmec
Nations (they hooked-up at St. George's residential school in Lytton).
He is a writer, artist, musician, filmmaker and a Scoundrel.

DAVID MCINTOSH is a settler party baby of a White-Man and a White-Lady
(they hooked-up at the Waldorf bar in Vancouver). He is a writer,
singer, state-funded-artist, and a Sommelier.

UNIT/PITT PROJECTS (formerly the Helen Pitt Gallery) is a non-profit
artist run center dedicated to the promotion of experimental
contemporary art that addresses social, political, cultural, and
critical issues.

BATTERY OPERA PERFORMANCE is a performing arts company based in
Vancouver. The work of battery opera interrogates the contemporary body
as a site of intersecting and displaced cultures, histories and habits.
battery opera performance investigates this body, this place, within a
contemporary-colonial matrix, cognizant of the interplay between art,
power, politics and history.