Mile End Poets Festival starts April 3rd

From April 3rd to 6th the Mile End Poets’ Festival presents poets, musicians and dancers in four shows in and around Montreal’s Mile End district.

The festival takes place at two venues on boulevard St. Laurent as well as at Cafe Resonance, the 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 by 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) 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 $8.

Saturday April 5th at 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 on April 5th 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 Gwiazda.

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 Toebelly.

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 independent 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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