Headlight Anthology

A publication for the Concordia Creative Writing community

Howl Festival Concert Friday

Catch poet Ian Ferrier in his new guise as one of two guitar players in Regards sur le 7ieme feu this Friday.

The show features this groundbreaking ensemble as well as Choeur Maha.

HOWL: a celebration of art and revolution

Friday 25 Avril, 20h30
Regards sur le 7ème feu ensemble / Choeur Maha
La Sala Rossa, 4848 St. Laurent, 8:30pm, $8

Join us at La Sala Rossa on the second night of the Howl festival for the second concert of Regards sur le 7e feu, a conceptual piece for eleven musicians composed and envisioned by Xarah Dion and Stefan Christoff. The music explores issues revolving around the future of the North, through layers of improvised and written classical and experimental orchestral soundscapes.

Regards sur le 7e feu features Claire Abraham (violoncelle) // Lubo Alexandrov (guitare) // Fred Bazil (saxophone) // Peter Burton (contrebasse) // Stefan Christoff (orgue, piano) // Xarah Dion (orgue, piano) // Ian Ferrier (guitare) // Mark Haynes (basse) // Jahsun Drms (percussion) // Zoë Thomas (violin) // Drey Sax (saxophone).

Choeur Maha was founded in 1991 by composer/performer Kathy Kennedy and visual artist Su Schnee. The choir has delighted audiences for two decades with their creative repertoire, singing in as many languages and styles as possible, from Hildegard von Bingen to Hildegard Westerkamp; from Mozart to Madonna and incorporating a healthy dose of electroacoustic music for good measure. http://wordsandmusicshow.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=0bfacee4ca391a34d466db44e&id=65bb3ec659&e=c18edd2b58

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.

For more information, write to the


Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program

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Momentum for your mountain stories

Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program

August 15 – October 15, 2014 (off-site manuscript development)
October 31 – November 21, 2014 (on-site)
Apply by June 15, 2014

Faculty: Tony Whittome, Marni Jackson

If you’re seeking focused time to work on a project in the field of mountain and wilderness writing under the guidance of experienced faculty editors, this residency is for you.

About the Mountain and Wilderness Writing Program
Immerse yourself in the writing project of your choice in the company of five other emerging and established writers with similar interests. Projects may range from feature articles to poetry, or fiction, but must be in the area of mountain or wilderness culture, which includes writing with a focus on adventure, history, or the environment.

Along with private studio time in our exclusive Leighton Colony, you’ll benefit from individual consultation with two faculty editors experienced in book and magazine publishing, as well as from regular workshop discussions with fellow writers.

Access the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival
Participants will receive complimentary tickets to the Book Festival activities of the annual Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival — the premier platform for mountain writers. Be inspired by readings, lectures, panel discussions, book launches, and signings. Take the opportunity to network with other writers, editors, publishers, and other Festival guests.

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: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/River-Burns/Trevor-Ferguson/9781476751849#sthash.L6oWHrqW.dpuf

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!


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L’événement part de l’idée qu’un traducteur après avoir passé plusieurs mois dans la tête de son auteur peut en venir à deviner ce que celui-ci écrirait sur un sujet donné. Nous demandons à trois auteurs de soumettre un court texte sur un thème déterminé et à leur traducteur ou leur traductrice de soumettre, sous forme de traduction fictive, ce que pourrait être le texte en question. Le 23 avril, auteurs et traducteurs liront leurs textes devant public et en discuteront sous l’oeil bienveillant d’une animatrice – psychanalyste, thérapie de couple oblige.

Three authors pen short texts, and their translators “translate” the imagined text, sight unseen.


Adam Buenosayres Montreal Book Launch – 6 May 2014


Please find below an invitation to the launch of the English translation of Leopoldo Marechal’s canonical Argentine novel Adán Buenosayres (1948). Participants will include writer and editor Mark Abley, Emilia Deffis (Université Laval), and the translator Norman Cheadle. There will be a bilingual reading from the original text and the translation.

Se les ruega encontrar abajo una invitación al lanzamiento de la traducción inglesa de la gran novela argentina Adán Buenosayres (1948) de Leopoldo Marechal. Participarán el escritor y editor Mark Abley, Emilia Deffis de la Universidad Laval y el traductor Norman Cheadle. Se realizará una lectura bilingüe de la versión original y de la traducción.

Vous êtes cordialement invités au lancement de la traduction en langue anglaise du grand roman argentin Adán Buenosayres (1948). Y interviendront Mark Abley, écrivain et éditeur, Emilia Deffis de l’Université Laval et le traducteur Norman Cheadle. Des extraits de la version originale de langue espagnole ainsi que de la traduction de langue anglaise seront mis en lecture lors de l’événement.



Headlight 17 Launch Tonight!



Headlight Anthology is launching this year’s anthology with the help of some talented and excellent writers. Pick up a copy of the new anthology and get a beer & taco on us.

Tonight at 7.30pm at Le Cagibi,  5490 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1A5

Contributor Readings:
Rudrapriya Rathore
Kevin Kvas
Jenny Smart
Dashiel Brockman
Sylvain Verstricht

Mike Spry (who contributed this year’s foreward) will be reading selections from his forthcoming book. He is the author of JACK (Snare Books, 2008), Distillery Songs (Insomniac Press, 2011), and Bourbon & Eventide (forthcoming in April from Invisible Publishing).

“A Roomful of Dwellings: the Antiquarian Books of the Jewish Public Library.”

Vernissage and Presentation
Date:    Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Time:     7:30 PM
Admission: $10; Members/students $5
Location:     Jewish Public Library
Address:     5151 Côte Ste-Catherine

“A Roomful of Dwellings: the Antiquarian Books of the Jewish Public Library.”

The JPL’s collection includes over a thousand books dating between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. In 2012, Dr. Michael Paul, an associate professor of medicine at Memorial University and an antiquarian book collector, discovered this collection through the JPL website and as a former Montrealer, decided the collection needed to be shared publicly with the community in which he grew up. His support translated into the production of a printed catalogue and this exhibit.

The launch of this exhibit and catalogue will feature a discussion of the collection’s history and provenance, as well as the depth of importance the JPL places on the printed book.

Eddie Paul, Head of Bibliographic & Information Services who oversaw this initiative will discuss the project and give a presentation showing images from the collection.

A catalogue of the exhibition will be on sale at the event.

Sponsored by Dr. Michael Paul and Heritage Canada.





Juried contest offers top three winners cash prizes and publication

in Canada’s acclaimed magazine about experimental music and sound art


For immediate release: TORONTO, CANADA—Musicworks’ 2014 contests are now open to receive entries from anywhere in the world! Musicworks is Canada’s only magazine that explores experimental music. Its two annual juried contests spotlight new literary and musical talents, offering cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard.
“Sonic Geography” Writing Contest
Echoes in a Lisbon square. Waterdrops from an Iceland glacier. Birds in a Buenos Aires barrio. These are some of the sounds that have inspired contributors to “Sonic Geography,” our regular essay column. Choose any location—urban or rural, indoors or outside, cacophonous or mysteriously quiet. You have 500 words to describe how sound shapes your experience. So open your ears, and pick up your pencils. Accepted file types: PDF only. $25 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Musicworks; $5 each additional entry (unlimited).
First Prize: $500 cash AND your work published in Musicworks and on musicworks.ca
Second Prize: $200 cash AND your work published on musicworks.ca
Third Prize: $100 cash AND your work published on musicworks.ca
Also check out our Electronic Music Composition Contest: Compose a piece in one of the following experimental genres: Acousmatic, Audio art, Electroacoustic, Glitch, Intelligent Dance Music, Microsound, Noise, Turntable art, or Video music. Maximum time: 10 minutes. Accepted file types: MP3 or MP4 only.
2014 Contest prize details, eligibility and assessment criteria, and entry forms can be found at: https://www.musicworks.ca/contest
Since 1978, Musicworks has been dedicated to the development of new and passionate audiences for experimental music. Published three times a year with accompanying CDs, Musicworks features in-depth articles on Canadian and international composers, improvisers, instrument designers, and artists who work in genres such as radio, electroacoustics, concert music, sound installation, and sound sculpture. With a dynamic website and outreach programs, Musicworks creates an inclusive community within which to exchange and develop ideas, and excite curious listeners with adventurous music.
For more information, contact Anastasia Klyushin at manager@musicworks.ca OR (416) 977-3546


Call for Submissions – The Royal Society of Literature

Here is a wonderful opportunity to be published with the Royal Society of Literature!

The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce that we are now accepting entries for the sixteenth V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, awarded for the best unpublished short story of the year.

The winner will receive a prize of £1000 and their work will be published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review. In addition to this, there will be an opportunity to appear at a RSL event with established short story writers in autumn 2014. The judges for this year are Margaret Drabble, Tibor Fischer and Helen Oyeyemi.

In order to be eligible for the competition, stories must be 2000- 4000 words and must not have been published previously or broadcast in any other medium. Entrants must be citizens of the UK, the Republic of Ireland or Commonwealth countries or have been resident in one of the aforementioned countries for the past three years.

Please find further instructions on how to enter online at: http://www.theroyalsocietyofliterature.submittable.com/submit. The closing date for the competition is Monday 16 June 2014.