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Night Shift at Casa

The Night Shift… to make the feeling last

It’s getting late, but audiences at the Festival Voix d’Amériques (FVA) don’t want to go home. At least not yet. This year once again, the FVA offers night owls a wild and whacky poetry nightcap. Our host is the imposing Michel Vézina, editor, columnist, author, former circus artist and well known personality on the Montreal scene.

He will be backed by two musicians we like to call the true “pillars” of the Night Shift:gifted bass player Philippe Brault and virtuoso violinist Guido del Fabbro, faithful sidemen for Pierre Lapointe among others. They’ll be going full out on electronics: you can listen all week and never hear the same note twice!

Our clear-eyed house musicians, who have been working their magic at the FVA since 2006, will accompany our invited guests and the brave souls who come forward to take the mic. Expect surprises, action and sheer boldness from this evening in double time. We are talking “night shift” here, and no one’s the least bit tired!

11 pm to 11:30 pm: Poets, your papers please!

The opening act for each Night Shift features three invited poets, writers or performers, backed by the house musicians. Our guest list includes established voices like Urbain Desbois, Stanley Péan, Frank Martel, Jean-François Poupart and Kim Doré, and in hot pursuit, the new and formidably talented Maya Ombasic, Jean-Philippe Bergeron, Nada Sattouf, Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf and Edouard H. Bond all eager to show us what they’ve got.

At 11:30 pm: It’s the FVA’s famous Open Mic

After half an hour, we hand the mic over to the audience. The known, the unknown, and the soon-to-be-known perform their own prose, poems or songs in English, French or any other language. But! It has to be their own work. No hiding behind Leonard Cohen or Don McKay (like we wouldn’t notice!). Performers have three minutes to do their stuff, and they’ll have the (moral and musical) support of the musicians. We did say three minutes, and Michel Vézina will be on the case. Did we mention he used to be a fire eater?

Registration happens on the day of, at the Casa del Popolo, starting at 10 pm (see the host). Get there early, places are limited.

Tickets for the Night Shift are available at the door of the Casa del Popolo, 4873 Saint-Laurent: At $3, it’s a steal!

February 1

11:00 pm

Night Shift

Hosted by Michel Vézina

Guest poets: Benoît Jutras, Maya Ombasic

Musicians: Philippe Brault, Guido Del Fabbro

$3.00

Open mic, bilingual.

February 2

11:00 pm

Night Shift

Open mic, bilingual.

February 3

11:00 pm

Night Shift

Open mic, bilingual.

February 4

11:00 pm

Night Shift

Open mic, bilingual.

February 5

11:00 pm

Night Shift

Open mic, bilingual.

February 6

11:00 pm

Night Shift

Open mic, bilingual.

February 7

11:00 pm

Night Shift

Open mic, bilingual.

February 8

11:00 pm

Night Shift

Open mic, bilingual.

One last Night Shift. You may be up a bit late!