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 commitment.

February 12

5:00 pm

Y a-t-il de la place pour autre chose?

Hosted by
Jean-Éric Riopel
François Couture (L’Effet pourpre), Pascal-Angelo Fioramore (Rodrigol), Éric De Larochellière (Le Quartanier), Brigitte Bouchard (Les Allusifs), Mélanie Vincelette (Marchand de feuilles), Éric Gougeon (Dialogis)

Casa del Popolo, Montréal, Québec

Free admission

Roundtable discussion on the publishing world with new publishers. In French.


How can new publishers enter the game in a publishing environment characterized by precarious conditions?

February 13

5:00 pm

Langues latines

Animée par
Léon Guy Dupuis
avec les écrivains:
Ann Gloria Blanch, Corinne Larochelle, Bertrand Laverdure, Omar Alexis Ramos, Hector Ruiz, Louis-Jean Thibault, Hector Torres
accompagnement musical:
Yoël Díaz

Casa del Popolo, Montréal, Québec

Free admission

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.

February 14

5:00 pm

English / anguish / slanguage

Hosted by
Kaie Kellough

Casa del Popolo, Montréal, Québec

Free admission

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 Watson.

February 15

5:00 pm

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 Dellandrea.


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 Meredith Dellandrea.

February 16

5:00 pm

La Radieuse Ramie

  • Pol Pelletier

Casa del Popolo, Montréal, Québec

Free admission

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.

February 17

5:00 pm

PEN Québec — Écriture et liberté: urgence en Amérique

Casa del Popolo, Montréal, Québec

Free admission

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.

February 18

5:00 pm

Premier disque du Band de poètes

Casa del Popolo, Montréal, Québec

Free admission

poet-musicians and musicians who understand poetry
passion, humour, intensity
this band turns music into poetry and poetry
into music


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.