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J.P. Riemens book launch, Sun Sept 29 from 3 to 5 pm

August 15th, 2019
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Sunday September 29, 2019, from 3 to 5 pm, $10 (includes a free cd). Singer-songwriter J.P. Riemens reads from his new book Slightly Below the Surface, and sings some songs from his cds.
Slightly Below the Surface is the story about a life journey, spanning over 60 years under the watchful eye of the 250 year old spirit, Elizabeth Watts. The Boy is born on the hundredth anniversary of her death in 1856. She had been a teacher in the old schoolhouse where he grew up and currently resides. Beginning in rural Ontario in the 1960’s, the Boy discovers his calling to be a songwriter. In his early teens, he leaves his isolated rural home and hitchhikes across Canada with his guitar and encounters a variety of characters that shape his future.
Copies of the book will be for sale.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Paul Lisson, The Perfect Archive, book launch, Sun Sept 22 at 4 pm

August 8th, 2019
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Sunday September 22, 2019, at 4:00 pm. Book launch: The Perfect Archive by Paul Lisson, published by Guernica Editions.
The Perfect Archive is a story in verse about an archivist who moves beyond his role as protector and cataloguer of others’ work and begins to question the very nature of a “pure and accurate” archive. The role of a government Archivist is to organize and catalogue books, statutes, and memoranda. What happens when these documents are weaponized?

“Paul Lisson creates intricate Kafkaesque worlds in art galleries, on the stage, and on the page. A coal black seam of humour runs through all of his work but I mostly feel like I’ve walked through a dystopic door and I have this prickly feeling that somebody’s going to lock that door behind me.” Jeff Mahoney, columnist with The Hamilton Spectator

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

“Hamilton, Durand, Pub & Parlour” Capella Intima vocal quartet- Tues June 18 at 9 pm

May 11th, 2019
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Tuesday June 18, at 9 pm, free admission (sponsored by Hamilton Arts Council and the Downtown BIA). Part of Hamilton Arts Week.
Special event at Artword Artbar: The Capella Intima vocal quartet (Sheila Dietrich soprano, Jennifer Enns Modolo alto, Bud Roach tenor and Artistic Director, David Roth bass) performs Hamilton, Durand, Pub & Parlour, the story of the founding of Hamilton, with music and readings from early 19th to 20th centuries. Fun, enlightening programme on the city’s early days: settlement, growth, war, court system, pub songs, churches, development. Readings are from Public Library archives. Runs 45 minutes. www.capellaintima.com
Founded by tenor Bud Roach (of Hammer Baroque) in 2008, Capella Intima has carved out a niche for itself in the Toronto/Hamilton early music scene by presenting the vocal chamber music of the 17th century in exciting concerts of rarely-heard gems. With motets and cantatas for up to four voices interspersed with readings from composers, performers and critics of the period, audiences are given context to music
https://www.hamiltonartscouncil.ca/artsweek

Event, Literary, Spoken Word, Music, Music-Classical, Special event, Storytelling

Hamilton Poetry Centre Open Reading, Thurs May 30, 7-9 pm

April 28th, 2019
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Hamilton_Poetry_Centre_400x400Thursday May 30, 2019, 7 pm. Free. The Hamilton Poetry Centre presents its annual Open Reading. Everyone is welcome to attend and to read. Doors open 6:30, reading starts at 7:00. Please arrive by 6:45 to register
Established in 1983, the Hamilton Poetry Centre works to support and encourage the writing and appreciation of poetry, by conducting workshops and hosting Canada Council sponsored readings. http://hamiltonpoetrycentre.com/

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

(Dub)Poetically Speaking: host Klyde Broox, Wed Apr 10

March 5th, 2019
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 8 pm, pwyc. (Dub)Poetically Speaking: a spoken word evening hosted by our longtime friend Klyde Broox. The evening includes a line-up of poets, plus an open-mic to follow.

Event, Literary, Spoken Word

Poetry: Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry, celebration, Sun April 7 at 2 pm

March 4th, 2019
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Sunday April 7, 2019, from 2 to 5 pm. As a celebration of National Poetry Month, Artword Artbar hosts a poetry reading featuring Tamaracks contributors. In fall 2018, Tamaracks: Canadian poetry for the 21st century was published by Lummox Press, a California publisher. The volume was edited by James Deahl. This is the first comprehensive survey of Canadian poetry to appear in over three decades. It presents the work of 113 Canadian poets, many from the Toronto-Hamilton area.
Readers for April 7 are:
Becky D. Alexander, Cambridge; Sharon Berg, Sarnia; Robert A. Boates, Hamilton; Rebecca Clifford, Caledonia; Patrick Connors, Toronto; James Deahl, Sarnia; G. W. Down, Hamilton; Gertrude Olga Down, Hamilton; Jennifer Lynn Dunlop, Ancaster;
Ronda Wicks Eller, Mitchell; Kate Marshall Flaherty, Toronto; Jennifer L. Foster, Hamilton;
Ryan Gibbs, London; David Haskins, Grimsby; Debbie Okun Hill, Camlachie;
Eryn Hiscock, Toronto; Lawrence Hopperton, Stouffville; Laurence Hutchman, Oakville;
Keith Inman, Thorold; Eva Kolacz, Oakville; John B. Lee, Port Dover; Norma West Linder, Sarnia;
Mori McCrae, St. Catharines; Michael Mirolla, Oakville; Deborah A. Morrison, Hamilton;
Gianna Patriarca, Toronto; Stella Mazur Preda, Waterdown; Kathy Robertson, Kitchener;
Lynn Tait, Sarnia; Ed Woods, Dundas; Anna Yin, Mississauga

Event, Literary, Spoken Word