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Richard Desjardins to be the FVA guest of honour in 2007

Monday, November 6, 2006
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February 2 to 9, 2007

Montréal, November 6, 2006 — One Tomson Highway and a few Chloé Sainte-Marie’s later, the Festival Voix d’Amériques (FVA) is in motion once again with an electromagnetic guest of honour. Grab your lightning rod, the charge should be intense! Richard Desjardins will be the brilliant ambassador for the sixth annual FVA in 2007.

After two years touring his Kanasuta Project across Québec, the “Free Man” returns to the stage with a solo show. Integrity and defiance still firmly in place, Desjardins will rustproof the frigid weeks of February with double, one-of-a-kind performances.

As an opener February 2, Desjardins will take the stage at the Cabaret La Tulipe. With his voice and guitar as his only weapons, the poet will liberate us with conviction, drive and generosity.

On February 8, in the intimacy of La Sala Rossa, the man will strip down completely. For the space of an evening, he will give us his all, the sarcastic humour we have come to expect, and the monologues where lyricism is matched only by engagement with the world.

The fact that the Festival Voix d’Amériques has set its heart on Desjardins is no accident. Who else better embodies all the shapes that poetry can take as it moves from page to stage? Richard Desjardins does more than sing. Richard Desjardins speaks his texts, performs his poetry and “slams” his rants. By choosing him as the 2007 Guest of Honour, the FVA salutes an enormous talent — authentic, free, impossible to categorize, an anarchist and an unbending force. To borrow from his song “quand j’aime une fois, j’aime pour toujours”, once you love this artist, you’ll love him for life.

Founded in 2002 and administered by Les Filles électriques, the FVA is now the most important spoken word festival in Canada. From February 2 to 9, more than one hundred artists — poets, writers, storytellers, singers, performers and rappers — accompanied by improv musicians, will perform on-stage at the Sala Rossa and the Casa Del Popolo. In the warm-hearted atmosphere that characterizes the festival, they will share their words, their emotions, and their summons to act in a festive cabaret spirit.

A truly engaged and effervescent space for experimentation, our multilingual festival reflects the ethnic eclecticism of Montreal. It gambles and wins in uniting the two solitudes with a gathering that celebrates a distinct artistic discipline — spoken word, poetry and text in performance.

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Source: Catherine Girard-Lantagne, 514-495-1515, catherine.girard@electriques.ca