Winter may encourage reading-related hibernation, but there's plenty of citywide lit activity in the great indoors
It seems only natural that winter is the season of the literary arts. When the north winds force us indoors, poetry and novels become sources of strength that make the darkness and enforced introversion seemingly more bearable. Step outside your hibernation den; the season of spoken word is once again upon us.
The ninth annual Festival Voix d’Amériques (Feb. 5-12) promises to be the most eclectic FVA yet. Ursula Rucker is this year’s honorary guest, renowned for her unique poetic stylings and charismatic stage presence. The full FVA schedule will be released later in the month.
The Words and Music Show, the brainchild of Ian Ferrier, continues its tenure as one of Montreal’s premier spoken word events. Held every third Sunday of the month at Casa del Popolo, the event’s Jan. 24 guests include local wordsmith Catherine Kidd and her musical partner Jack Beets, and on Feb. 24 Ferrier presents Métis performance-poet Moe Clark.
The Black Theatre Workshop will be presenting a poetry jam titled Illusionation on March 21. It promises to be an evocative evening with renowned Montreal poets challenging both themselves and the audience to define the line between illusion and reality.
In the same vein, the Throw Poetry Collective continues to stage shows on the first Monday of each month at its new venue, O’Hara’s Pub (1197 University) – their Feb. 1 featured artist is Greg "Ritallin" Frankson. Also moved to a new venue is Kalmunity, a collective combining musical improv and spoken word every Tuesday night at Le Consulat (1442 Bleury).
Get ready to laugh and to feel the hardcore pain that punk iconoclast and former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins has planned for his devotees when he brings his spoken word Frequent Flyer Tour to Montreal’s Le National on March 22.
And if you prefer to get your literary fix the old-fashioned way, sitting down with a good book, you’ll be happy to learn that Yann Martel‘s much anticipated follow-up to The Life of Pi, Beatrice and Virgil, is set for release later this winter.