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Biblioasis 10th Anniversary Montreal Bash

Biblioasis’s 10th Anniversary

September 22nd, 7-10PM
Atwater Library, 1200 Atwater Library

Join Biblioasis as we celebrate ten years of great books and indie publishing! Co-presented by the QWF, our Montreal celebration on September 22nd will serve as the launch of The Freedom in American Songs by Kathleen Winter and Paradise & Elsewhere by Kathy Page, and will also feature readings from Robyn Sarah, Alice Petersen, Norm Sibum, Joshua Trotter, Catherine Chandler, and Mauricio Segura, as well as a panel discussion hosted by CBC Homerun’s Richard King! Snacks and refreshments will be available, and attendees can enter to win a grand book giveaway. We will be in a festive mood, and proudly (and loudly) tilting at windmills. Bibliophiles unite!



Montreal Biblio-Bash

Words & Music features Trio 69, Ricky Leach and MORE

On Sunday July 20th the Words & Music Show takes place at 8:30 at Casa del Popolo’s performance space (enter at 4873 St-Laurent, Montreal) and will feature Trio 69, Ricky Leach, 3 visiting writers and music by FayeMoose Four. Admission is $6 or PWYC

Trio 69 describes itself as follows: “Trio 69 (Heather Eaton – voice, Brandon Goodwin – percussion/melodica, Kayla Milmine – soprano saxophone) will perform a bedtime story set that weaves together Maritime folk songs and ballads, spoken word pieces and dream narratives, improvisation and soundscapes. Through this process, they create a kind of show-and-tell from a collection of what high tide left behind. Trio 69 has been performing for live audiences at various venues in Montréal since 2011, including: (the late) Bar L’Absynthe; Le Cagibi; Mainline Theatre; Les Pas Sages; Burritoville; Cabaret Playhouse and Cafe Shaika. Casa del Popolo, however, is their favourite venue and they are giddy with glee to be on the Casa stage once again for this edition of Words + Music!”

Ricky Leach, an artist from Cambridge, England working primarily in performances of lyrical music. Her works reside languidly in a damp-slackened web of humor, pathos, detachment, self-analysis and the sublime. Two albums of her work are available on bandcamp for an independent label in the UK called Lost Toys Records, she is currently working on a third and a fourth. She has been living in Montreal for the last few months and performs regularly. Mark Zuckerburg will always be able to tell you where.

Our visiting writers are Kelsey Knight from Ontario, Josh Quirion out of Bishop’s University and Esmé Stumborg out of Vancouver.

The one wordless act for the evening is headed by British saxophonist Faye MacCalmon, who in her short time in Montreal has been finding many homes for her excellent free jazz. The band is called Fayemoose 4, and consists of Belinda Campbell the powah pianist, Raphael Foisy-Couture the bass whisperer, Felix Antoine-Hamel the horn blower, and Faye MacCalman the wisdom giver. The group explore spontaneous melody through their percussionless sound and improvisatory approach. In 2006 they were offered a major record deal, but they opted out in favour of the simple life and chord crushes that can make glass break, if someone drops a glass. The music is sincere and conversational, with all players believing in an organic attitude towards music making.

The Words & Music Show is hosted by poet and performer Ian Ferrier. It is sponsored by the Quebec Writers’ Federation, CKUT 90.3FM and Wired on Words Productions.

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Visual Arts Centre Readings Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Visual Arts Centre

School of Art / McClure Gallery Readings

350 Victoria Avenue, Westmount  Tel: 514-488-9558

Founder/ producer Ilona Martonfi Tel: 514-939-4173

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Doors 7:00 pm  Reading 7:30 pm  At the door $5

 An Evening of Poetry & Prose & Music

 Carolyn Zonailo West Coast and Montreal poet. Her twelfth book, Fight Fire With Spirit: Selected Poems, published with Ekstasis Editions, 2012.  

Brian Campbell’second poetry collection is Passenger Flight (Signature, 2009). Writes in numerous mags; shortlisted 2006 CBC Literary Award.

Louise Carson Published in CV2, Prairie Fire, Vallum, Geist & subTerrain. Her books are Rope (Broken Rules Press, 2011) & Mermaid Road(BRP, 2013). 

Jessica Magonet McGill law student, reads poetry at Westmount Park, Yellow Door, the Visual Arts Center and Arts Café.

 Michael Mirolla MontrealToronto novelist, short story writer, poet & playwright, coowner of Guernica Editions.

Marcia Rajnus Goldberg Author of six chapbooks and a collection of poems, In Mud Season, (Empyreal Press, 1999).

 Milton Dawes with the Djembe (African Drum). One of the seven drummers who started the “tam-tam” on the mountain.

“We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and The League of Canadian poets”


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Re-scheduled Reading (Robyn Sarah and Jack Hannan at Resonance)

This reading, originally scheduled for February, had to be postponed, but is happening now.  Here’s the new date.  Robyn Sarah will read poems and prose poems; Jack Hannan will read from an unpublished novel; and they will read, together, poems written collaboratively during the months of December and January.



The Montreal Poetry Celebration

Come out for The Montreal Poetry Celebration:
the year’s most fabulous poetry event!

April 30 – 19:30 – 22:00
Hotel 10 @ 10 Sherbrooke West
Salle Godin

The Blue Metropolis and the Montreal International Poetry Prize have joined forces to bring you an enchanting evening of poetic excitement on the very last night of National Poetry Month.

Get yourself a drink at the bar and listen to three of Quebec’s finest English language poets perform their work: Catherine Kidd, David McGimpsey and winner of the 2013 Montreal Poetry Prize, Mia Anderson.

Then get ready to rock with Street Meat, a gypsy rockabilly folk fusion band, that will transport you to their carnival of ecstasy.

Events at Argo Bookshop







Argo Featured Reading #25: Jessica Moore & Kate Cayley
Saturday, May 3rd
@ Argo Bookshop: 1915 Ste. Catherine West
Doors @ 7PM, Reading @ 7:30PM
Join us on May 3rd for our 25th Featured Reading 
with poets Jessica Moore and Kate Cayley!

Jessica Moore is an author and translator. Her first collection of poems, Everything, now, was released with Brick Books in August 2012. She is a former Lannan writer-in-residence and winner of a 2008 PEN America Translation Award for her translation of Turkana Boy by Jean-François Beauchemin. She recently spent four months in residence in Arles, France, while she worked on the translation of a contemporary French novel called Birth of a Bridge in English, forthcoming with Talon Books in August 2014. Jessica writes music as well – her debut solo album, Beautiful in Red, was released last year.

Kate Cayley’s poetry and short stories have appeared in literary magazines across the country. Her play, After Akhmatova, was produced by Tarragon Theatre, where she is a playwright-in-residence, and a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror, was published by Annick Press in 2011. She is also the artistic director of Stranger Theatre, and has written, directed and co-created eight plays.


Words and Music – April 20th

This Sunday April 20th the Words & Music Show presents two poets and two bands in one outstanding show.

Up from her home deep in Argentina is Guadelupe Muro, performing and touring Canada with her new project Songs for Runaway Girls.

Songs For Runaway Girls is the original soundtrack composed for Guadelupe’s novel Air Carnation. Lyrics were written by Guadelupe and music is composed and performed by Ana Lopez and Julián Muro, two musicians from Argentina.

On the same evening catch two poets in performance: the wordcraft of Carole H. Leckner joins with a starting new voice in the Throw Poetry community, Halogen. Both these poets appeared in the Mile End Poets’ Festival earlier this month and made enough of an impression that they are back by special invitation.

Closing the show is the absorbing and beautiful work of Planet Beach, a musical collaboration that defies labels.  Living between improv and alternative, the project premiered in Montreal a few months ago for the first time. It features lyrics and vocals by Robin Dann, saxophone by Mike Bjella, guitars and synths by Simon Labbé and percussion by Philippe Melanson.

It all takes place in the performance space at
Casa del Popolo
4873 boul. St-Laurent, Montreal
Sunday April 20th
Doors open 8; show starts 9

The Words and Music show is hosted by Montreal poet and performer Ian Ferrier. It is sponsored by the Quebec Writers’ Federation and CKUT 90.3 FM and produced by Wired on Words Productions.

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Launch of The River Burns by Trevor Ferguson



Join us at the Librairie on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. for the launch of Trevor Ferguson‘s latest book, The River Burns (Simon & Schuster)! There will be a presentation followed by a signing.

The River Burns tells the story of a small town in crisis, the mistakes people make, and the courage it takes to heal a community after a horrific act of destruction. – See more at:

The River Burns tells the story of a small town in crisis, the mistakes people make, and the courage it takes to heal a community after a horrific act of destruction. Wakefield is a small town where a unique collection of longstanding citizens has lived mostly in harmony, accepting of each other’s foibles. But underneath the picture perfect exterior a battle rages between those who wish to preserve the historic single-lane covered bridge across the river, and the loggers who want it replaced with a modern alternative. As the days pass with no change in the dispute, tensions begin to boil over, friends turn against one another, and the town seethes with potential violence.

You can read a recent review in Quill & Quire here!

Readings at Argo Bookshop


A Reading by Leah Umansky
@ Argo Bookshop
Saturday, April 12th
Doors at 7PM, Reading at 7:30PM

For those of you who had hoped to see Leah Umansky back in November 2013, a new reading date has been confirmed for April 12th, 2014!

Named #7 of 23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry by Flavorwire in 2013, Leah Umansky is the author of the Mad-Men inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream (Kattywompus Press, 2014) and the full length collection, Domestic Uncertainties, (BlazeVOX, 2013). She has been a contributing writer to BOMB Magazine’s BOMBLOG , Luna Luna Magazine, The Rumpus and Tin House, and live tweets occasionally for the Best American Poetry Blog. She also hosts and curates the COUPLET Reading Series in NYC. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Barrow Street and The Brooklyn Rail among others.

I LIVE I SEE: The Poetry of Vsevolod Nekrasov
Presented by translators Ainsley Morse and Bela Shayevich
Saturday, April 19th
@ Argo Bookshop
Doors at 7PM, Reading at 7:30PM

I Live I See presents a comprehensive survey of the work of Vsevolod Nekrasov (1934-1999), the Soviet literary underground’s foremost minimalist. This is the first collection of Nekrasov’s work in English translation. The book’s translators Ainsley Morse and Bela Shayevich will be presenting.

Exploring urban, rural, and purely linguistic environs with an economy of lyrical means and a dark sense of humor, Nekrasov’s groundbreaking early poems rupture the stultified language of Soviet cliché while his later work tackles the excesses of the new Russian order. I Live I See is a testament to Nekrasov’s lifelong conviction that art can not only withstand, but undermine oppression.

Gaspereau Press Presents:
Gillian Sze launches Peeling Rambutan with Jason Camlot
Wednesday, April 23rd @ 7PM
@ Argo Bookshop

Argo Bookshop will be hosting author Gillian Sze’s launch of her latest work Peeling Rambutan (Gaspereau Press 2014) with poet Jason Camlot, who will read from his latest book What the World Said (Mansfield Press 2013).

A poetic travelogue, Gillian Sze’s Peeling Rambutan meditates upon the rifts between immigrant parents and their Canadian-born children and the struggle of overlapping values which sometimes arises when we view the complexity of our heritage through the lens of the present. Rooted in Sze’s first experience of Asia, these poems mingle the familiar spaces of her childhood home in Winnipeg with impressions of the distant villages of her parents’ origins. The result is a complex exploration of the relationship between identity, place, and history. (from Gaspereau Press)

Jason Camlot’s fourth full poetry collection, a Kaddish for the post-google age, explores the meaning of ignorance in the face of death—ignorance of how to practice sadness and rituals of mourning, and of how properly to experience longing and loss. Camlot manipulates a wide range of forms to mine the relationship between the most intimate kinds of grief and the impersonal flood of discourse that the world pours upon us.

Argo Open Mic #26
Wednesday, April 30th
@ Argo Bookshop
Doors at 7PM, Reading at 7:30PM

Montrealers! Come read some of your work for 5 to 10 minutes at our Open Mic! For those of you who might not know: Every month, the Argo Bookshop hosts this open venue for people to share their writing, music, articles and comedy. Bring your friends and enjoy the evening! Make sure to come early to sign up and save yourself a spot!

Biblioasis launches CNQ “Montreal Issue”

Wednesday April 9, 7:30pm
The Word Bookstore, 469 Milton Street
For more info contact Jesse @ Biblioasis (514) 968-2206

Join Biblioasis and The Word Bookstore for the launch of the forthcoming Montreal Issue (No. 89) of Canadian Notes and Queries. Guest-edited by Marko Sijan, the issue features poems, essays and interviews from 14 emerging and established local artists, who offer a range of commentary on how aspects of the city have changed over the last few decades. The Montreal Issue evokes how this city, in the words of contributor Trevor Ferguson, “is distilled into the synapses and nerve-endings” of its artists. Marko Sijan will be emceeing, and the evening will feature readings from Norm Sibum, Elisabeth Gill, Asa Boxer, Donald McGrath, Robert Melançon, Trevor Ferguson, and Robyn Sarah.