For 2013 the Mile End Poets' Festival invites a collage of poets, musicians and dancers to present work in and around Montreal's Mile End district. The 5 night festival takes place in venues up and down boulevard St. Laurent as well as at Resonance, the new home of Jazz music and poetry on Ave. du Parc. It begins on Thursday March 28th and runs through till Monday April 1st. Big thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for making it all possible.
Our first show is Thursday March 28th at Cafe Resonance! (5175a ave. du Parc, 830PM $8). Poets and jazz musicians join forces to showcase a collaboration that goes back to Kerouac and the Beat poets of the late 50s and early 60s. This night is a benefit, and all proceeds go towards getting a house piano for the popular new jazz haunt. It features Kaie Kellough, Isis Giraldo and 4x4 and a host of jazz musicians and poets who perform in and around the Mile End. Before the show, from 5 to 7PM, there will be a free panel discussion where performers who use words and music discuss how the two go together.
On Friday March 29th the venue switches to Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent,830PM $8) where our LitLive event presents two of Canada's top performance poets, David Bateman and Sheri-D Wilson. The night will also feature the voice music duo Moe Clark and Marie-Claire Durand as well as Word Race, a competitive game that pits poet against poet to see how fast a person can talk. The event is sponsored by LitLive, the online performance literature review, which will launch it's latest issue that night.
Saturday the 30th the festival is at Mainline Theatre (3997 St-Laurent, 830PM $8) where we present Voice Dance Trance, an evening of works that mix poetry, music and dance. Featured is Mouvement pour Corps et Lumiere, an absorbing exploration between choreographer Stephanie Robert, poet Ian Ferrier and multiple dancers. Also on the bill is the voice/guitar/dance duo Woo Me Myth (Ted Strauss and Jenn Doan). Music for the night is by Mamabird, a gorgeous voice and keyboard duo featuring Emma Frank and Simon Millerd.
Sunday night March 31st we’re at Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent, 830PM $8) where an all-star cast features Vancouver performer Al Mader's Minimalist Jug Band, the great Rae Spoon, the amazing Catherine Kidd and pianist/activist Stefan Christoff on the grand.
The afternoon of Sunday`s show you can also participate in Regie Cabico's workshop on performance: High Wattage: Elements of the Slam Poem, 1 to 4PM at Sala Rossa ($10 or PWYC).
The festival ends Monday April 1st at Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent, 830PM $10) where spoken word star Regie Cabico headlines an all star cast of New York and Montreal performers including Valerie Kuehne and the Panoply Performance Laboratory. The show is called Alternative Routes and Storylines, and is hosted, curated and performed by nomadic New York/Montreal resident Jane Gabriels.
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