5 à 7 at Casa
For its 5 à 7 shows, the FVA is working with several partners and artists, giving them a
platform to bring their concerns to the wider world. These are people who speak the language of
Y a-t-il de la place pour autre chose?
A reading with Quebec and Latin American writers.
Léon Guy Dupuis, the instigator of this get-together, has invited Latin American writers and
Quebec poets to read their texts in their own language. The readings will be punctuated by the
vibrant sounds of Cuban jazzman Yoël Díaz, who mixes traditional rhythms with modern jazz.
With writers Ana-Gloria Blanch (Mexico), Omar-Alexis Ramos (Mexico), Hector Ruiz (Guatemala) and
Hector Torres (Chile); and poets Corinne Larochelle, Bertrand Laverdure, Louis-Jean Thibault and
Léon Guy Dupuis, who was in Holguín, Cuba, in October 2004 working with Cuban artists. The book
El Teatro de las Emociones and two previous collaborations between Quebec and Cuban
artists will also be presented.
English / anguish / slanguage
How do poets working in jazzoetry, dub, lit-hop, and other west-african-griot-descended
traditions de- and re-construct the English language?
Roundtable discussion with artists from the Poetry Riddim Memory show.
The performers in the show Poetry Riddim Memory discuss their relationship to language.
How English is treated by these poets, working within the “griot” tradition; how dub,
jazzoetry, and lit-hop allow for wordplay and rhythm while still carrying a
strong message. With Lilian Allen (Toronto), Steven Thomas, BLU Rva, Jason Selman, and Josephine
CBC Slam Poetry Face-Off
This year, the theme is “play.”
Recorded by CBC Radio One for later broadcast on CBC Radio’s “Cinq à Six.” Producer: Meredith
For the fourth year, CBC Radio One celebrates our country's poetic imagination by approaching it
from a sports perspective. Poets will come together in cities all across Canada to perform in a
live-before-an-audience poetry cabaret. In each of 14 cities, five poets will be commissioned to
write and perform their work on a common theme. This year, the theme is “play.” The audience at
each event will choose a winner and the winning entry will go on to the national play-offs. These
will take place on CBC Radio’s Sounds Like Canada in April. The national listening
audience will then be able to vote on their favourite, and a national champion will emerge.
Harry Standjofsky will host the Montreal event during the Festival Voix d'Amériques. The
competing poets will be Katherine Blenkinsop, Endre Farkas, Lateef Martin, Carmine Starnino, and
Ruth Taylor. Recorded by CBC Radio One for later broadcast on Cinq à Six. Produced by
La Radieuse Ramie
A lecture/show by one of the great women of Quebec theatre.
Otherwise known as Pol Pelletier, the Radieuse Ramie returns from a long journey to offer a
lecture/performance made up of songs, stories, and magical, surprising moments. After dedicating
herself to the great hardships of an artist’s life as was decreed in ancestral memory, the Radieuse
Ramie emerges from the water to present us with a new definition of artists and a new way for them
to live. She is the first specimen of a new race: the Ramies.
PEN Québec — Écriture et liberté: urgence en Amérique
Freedom to write: A PEN Club event. In French.
Émile Martel, poet, translator, and president of the Centre québécois du PEN international since
1999, Haitian writer Georges Anglade, and Roger-Paul Gilbert, a PEN member since 1989, will present
the Centre québécois du PEN international and its Comité de défense des écrivains persécutés. They
will speak about the situation in Haiti and Cuba. Three Quebec writers, Michel-Marc Bouchard,
Claudine Vachon and Carl Coppens, will read work by Cuban writers.
Premier disque du Band de poètes
poet-musicians and musicians who understand poetry
passion, humour, intensity
this band turns music into poetry and poetry
Launch of the Band de poètes’ CD with a performance of some of their favourite pieces.
Le Band de poètes is made up of poets José Acquelin, D. Kimm, Geneviève Letarte and Guy
Marchamps, accompanied by Bernard Falaise on guitar and Normand Guilbeault on bass. At this
innovative group’s shows, the poets make music and the musicians follow the words and whispers of
the poems. An experience full of excitement, humour and intensity.
For their first release, recorded live at the Va-et-Vient cultural bistro in September 2004, the
poets perform texts and songs for which they have written the words and music. Produced by Les
Filles électriques, the group was formed in March 2001 on the initiative of D. Kimm, with the aim
of presenting music and poetry shows in Quebec and internationally.
Produced under the record label Monsieur Fauteux m’entendez-vous?, the CD is a co-production
between La Smala and Les Filles électriques. Distribution: DAME.