Headlining the Mile End Poets' Festival this year are poet Ian Keteku, Inuit poet and storyteller
Taqralik Partridge and Voice/Dance/Trance, the only night to feature all spoken word, music and
dance. The festival takes place at two venues on boulevard St. Laurent as well as at Cafe Resonance,
new home of jazz music and poetry on Ave. du Parc.
It begins on Thursday April 3rd and runs through till Sunday April 6th. An additional event co-sponsored
the festival will take place on April 13th.
A big thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for making it all possible.
Our first show is Thursday April 3rd at Casa del Popolo (their performance space, enter at 4873 St.
Laurent; 8:30 PM $7). Poets and musicians join forces to present Throw Collective Poetic Shake
Down featuring poets Chris Masson, Simon Banderob, Hilary Angus, MCC, Carole Tenbrink and
Halogen. with music by Geremia Lodi (flute) and Nguyen Dinh (Guitar).
On Friday April 4th we’re at Café Resonance (5175 ave. Du Parc 8:30 PM) to present fabulous Inuit
poet and storyteller Taqralik Partridge. Taqralik appears with top musician Guido del Fabbro. In the
same show Irish poet Stephen Ross Smith is on the last stop of his Canadian tour. Music for the
evening is by poet/musician Paul Serralheiro with André Asselin on bass. Suggested contribution is
Saturday April 5th at 8:30 Café Resonance brings us star spoken word/multimedia artist Ian Keteku,
in Montreal for this night only. Appearing the same night is the versatile dancer/performer Karen
Fennel. Music is by lyrical, evocative vocalist Emma Frank and her band.
On the evening of Sunday April 6th the Voice/Dance/Trance show takes place at 8:30 at Mainline
Theatre, 3997 boul. St-Laurent. Fresh from 6 shows in New York City is Montreal dance company For
Body and Light, an absorbing collaboration between spoken word artist Ian Ferrier, choreographer
Stephanie Morin-Robert and dancers Allison Elizabeth Burns, Marie-Pier Gilbert and Linnea
Appearing the same evening is the poetry/music/dance collaboration Medusa Shaved with Klara du
Plessis, Isis Giraldo, Simon Labbé, Nada Wood, Jane Chan and Emma Lee. The evening also
features a delightful performance by Chris Masson and Mel Sirois in their voice/dance project
One week later on April 13th the Mile End Poets will also co-sponsor a poetry walking tour of the Mile
End featuring the PopUp Poets from Brooklyn, Toronto poet David Bateman, American spoken word
star Regie Cabico and curator/performer Jane Gabriels. The tour is part of the ACAQ Conference of
curators and will end at Café Resonance
where the KalmUnity Vibe Collective will perform.
The Mile End Poets’ Festival is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and CKUT 90.3FM. It is produced by Wired on Words Productions and the poets of Montreal’s Mile End district.
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