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Music & Poetry Night!
Hosted by Cynthia Gould
Extended open mic - bring a favourite song, and read it as a poem! No singing, no instruments - we're going to turn the songs into pure, raw poetry. One song per person, under 3 minutes please.
Special Musical Guest - Sean Peever
A roots music powerhouse that stirs a heady mixture of folk-rock-soul-RnB-Celtic-country-bluegrass-ska-rocksteady, his willingness to serve the song first & foremost results in a voice that can be lending a soulful urgency to one song while singing with grace and delicacy on another, combined with a fleet fingerpicking/energetic strumming guitar style. Van Morrison shaking hands with Richard Thompson shaking hands with Merle Haggard comes to mind.
Nik Beat *
Nik Beat has been a practising poet for the last 22 years based in Toronto Canada. Beat has been published in numerous anthologies throughout the world and has been translated into Hungarian, French, Hebrew and Italian. Nik Beat's work has been published in book form as a collection of poetry in two books: 'Cartoon Rome' and 'The Tyranny of Love' and recently Famous for Falling book publ. by Lyrical Myrical press. He is one of the founders of the Neo-Beat literary scene in Toronto Canada. For the last 17 years he has been hosting a spoken word show called 'Howl' on CIUT 89.5 FM radio. Nik Beat is a pop artist with works at the Gallery Catalyst as well as recording artist under Hellywood Dolz.
Hailed as one of Montreal's top performing artists by Nightlife Magazine, Alessandra Naccarato is an award-winning spoken word poet, interdisciplinary artist and educator who has been sharing her vision internationally for nearly a decade. A key member of the Canadian poetry slam scene, she is a three-time national finalist, the former chair of Spoken Word Canada, and previous director of the Montreal slam.
Rocco de Giacomo
Rocco de Giacomo is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in literary journals in Canada, Australia, England, Hong Kong and the US. In 2009, his first full-length poetry collection, Ten Thousand Miles Between Us, was launched through Quattro Books. His forthcoming collection, Every Night of Our Lives, will be published with Guernica Editions. Until recently Rocco was an indispensable member of Art Bar Poetry's organizing committee. Series, Canada's longest running weekly series. Rocco lives in Toronto with his wife, Lisa Keophila, a fabric artist, and his daughter, Ava. He is currently working on his third poetry manuscript, which addresses the language and consequences of postured identity in the age of the internet.
J Mase III
J Mase III is a Black/Trans/Queer/Rowdy-as-Hell Poet with a capital [P] based in Philly. As a performer and teaching poet J Mase III has rocked venues all down the east coast from colleges and radio stations to group homes and youth centers. An organ donor, J Mase is the author of If I Should Die Under the Knife, Tell My Kidney I Was the Fiercest Poet Around and creator of the annual performance event Cupid Ain't @#$%!: An Anti-Valentine's Day Poetry Movement. A bit of a public intellectual (not in the snotty way, though) J Mase can also be found contributing to publications such as the Vanderbilt African American Lectionary Online to talk about gay teens in the church and the upcoming anthology Nina Arsenault: Body of Work, Body of Art to share insight about gender and genitalia.
Pat Connors chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was released by Lyricalmyrical Press last year. He was also recently had work published in Belgium, India, and Timmins. He is currently working on a full manuscript. He was literary juror of Big Art Book 2013, a digital project of Scarborough Arts. He recently featured at the Austin International Poetry Festival, Stellar Poetry Festival, Blue Coffee Reading Series, and for The Ontario Poetry Society. He is a manager for the Toronto chapter of 100,000 Poets for Change.
Poet, activist, musician and educator, Dagmar Morgan is the current Greater Toronto Area Slam Poetry Champion of Champions. Regarded as a dynamic voice on the Canadian poetry scene, Dagmar won her first slam championship the very first three times she stepped on a poetry stage -- something unheard of in the slam world. This initial slam title took her to the CFSW National Poetry (team) Championships in Montreal in 2013. Dagmar emerged from the nationals experience with a distinctive voice and an undeniable presence in her writing and performance. When Dagmar is not doing humanitarian work across the world, she spends time with a very rambunctious grade 3 and 4 class.
Born in England, raised on the banks of a river in the Sussex countryside, Jim Scott's writings span over 40 years of experiential travel throughout much of the planet. He has published 3 books in his Wanderings and Sojourns series. The first two both being combinations of 25 stories from his unusual experiences and 25 of his poems, the third being a book of 80 original works in his contemporary classical style of rhyming verse. He also has another series of environmentally themed illustrated children's books waiting in the wings and a large environmental novel based upon Anish'naabe prophecies in first draft.
Published mainly poetry in 25 different journals since 1964. Member of the Canadian Authors Association, Toronto (CAAMTB) for ten years; edited two members' anthologies of poetry (2000 and 2001); and conducted intensive renga seminar workshops for six years. Published 30 different poetry chapbooks since 1971, Including Windbirds (2001), The Outer Coast (2002), and Wazowski Himself (2006). Finished a Senku (renga verse of 1000 links); Exhibited with the Canadian Society of Marine Artists (2007). Included in the Crossing Lines anthology (2008). Two new chapbooks to be out this year, Piccolino Fagiolino And Carmen's World
James Lindsay is co-owner of Pleasence Records. His poetry, short fiction and music writing has appeared online and in print around Canada. His first collection of poetry, Our Inland Sea, will be published fall, 2015.
Dwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. Dwayne has published 6 books, most recently, Her Favourite Shoes, which followed, The Sensual Musings of Dwayne Morgan (2010), The Making of A Man (2005), The Man Behind The Mic (2002), Long Overdue (1999), and chapbooks, The Revolution Starts Within (1996), and Straight From The Roots (1995). Dwayne has performed for the former Governor General of Canada, The Honourable Michaelle Jean, and has shared the stage with many of Canada's top artists including Russell Peters, Deborah Cox, Kardinal Offishal, Jully Black, K-OS, and Nelly Furtado, while opening for international artists Alicia Keys, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mutabaruka, Ursula Rucker, Colin Channer, and Saul Williams, and recording with Canadian artists including Grammy nominee, Drake.
Noah Falck is the author of Snowmen Losing Weight (BatCat Press, 2012), and several chapbooks including Celebrity Dream Poems (Poor Claudia, 2013). His poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and appeared widely in journals such as Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, and Poets.org. He lives in Buffalo, NY, where he works as education director at Just Buffalo Literary Center and co-curates the Silo City Reading Series in an abandoned grain silo along the Buffalo River.
Jade Wallace is a St. Catharines writer living in Toronto. She writes at work when no one comes into the office with a legal problem. Sometimes she plays ukulele in a band called The Leafy Greens. Her writing has recently appeared in Feathertale and her collaborative project, Smiling Drunk Pufferfish, is forthcoming from Grey Borders Books.