Every winter for the past five years, Montreal has been celebrating oral literature, text performance and spoken word. This year’s Festival Voix d’Amériques (FVA), presented by Les Filles électriques, takes place February 10 to 17, 2006 with special guest Tomson Highway.
Main-stage shows each night at La Sala Rossa
- Main-stage events in English include the opening show in which Tomson Highway invites us, at long last, to join him and old friends for an evening of memories.
- We’ll celebrate St. Valentine’s Day with Love and Kisses from Vancouver, with some of the West Coast’s best spoken-word artists.
- On the French side, Body and Soul 3 presenting seven “natural-born performers” whose words and bodies eat up the stage.
- The Combat contre la langue de bois will go into its 2nd round, challenging ten celebrity guests to express their deepest thoughts without tripping over their tongues.
- The Jolis garçons cabaret will introduce seven brilliant, beautiful, happy young gays delivering intelligent (or impertinent!) poetry in glam style.
- Semeurs de troubles opens the festival doors to poetry’s next generation—young voices already speaking out loud and clear!
- For the first time, the FVA will devote an entire evening to the art of storytelling with Histoires de pêche—big fish stories about the one that got away.
- The FVA will end in some delirious general rejoicing at a closing-night show with Loco Locass and guests.
Tickets for FVA main-stage events ($15 and $20) are available at the Billetterie Articulée (514-844-2172) and at the door on the night of the show, starting at 6:30 pm. Doors of La Sala Rossa open at 7:30 pm.
But wait! There’s more!
- The “5 à 7” series (free, every day!) at the Casa del Popolo
- The Salon de la marginalité, Sunday, February 12, at La Sala Rossa (free admission).
- The cabarets Night Shift, followed by an “open mic” for upcoming artists, at 11 pm at the Casa del Popolo (tickets $3 at the door)