WORDS On a WIRE is a new, fast-moving and innovative event, celebrating poetry, music, video and performance art by Critical Mass and visiting Toronto slam poet Dane Swan.
Other distinguished visiting writers, K .D. Miller and Allan Briesmaster will read, as well as Cobourg’s Poet Laureate Jessica Outram.
All this begins Saturday October 26th at 2.00 pm in the beautiful Chapel at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, in downtown Cobourg.
The programme kicks off with Marie-Lynn Hammond’s performance of her original song about Leonard Cohen.
Next, Susanna Moodie, after an absence of over 180 years, will make a brief appearance with her own pungent views of travelling down the St Lawrence to Cobourg, taken from her Canadian classic, Roughing it in the Bush.
Poems will be read by many of Spirit of the Hills poets including Cobourg Poet Laureate Jessica Outram, Cobourg Poet Laureate Emeritus Ted Amsden, Kim Aubrey, Anne-Marie Burrus, Antony Di Nardo, Tai Grove, Marg Kropf, Linda Hutsell Manning, Felicity Sidnell Reid, Gwynn Scheltema, Rene Schmidt, Michael Topa, and Donna Wootton.
Dane Swan is well known for his dynamic performances. He is an accomplished slam poet and touring spoken-word performer, placing second at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, third at the Rust Belt Regional Slam and touring the US Midwest and West Coast regions.
Dane has graced numerous festival stages, including: IFOA, Hillside, Lab Cab, Parkdale Arts, Junction Arts, and Pitter Patter festivals.
Wally Keeler presents three videos, ‘Textual Assault Placards’, ‘Sunrise Sensuality’ and one introducing Critical Mass, Port Hope’s performance art cooperative. Some of the group will then give a sample of their work
The programme will draw to a close with six poets performing a choral chant while Ted Amsden reads a Spirit of the Hills poem written for the occasion by Wally Keeler. The afternoon concludes with Marie–Lynn Hammond’s popular tribute to Northumberland County.
Tickets are also available at Let’s Talk Books, 25 King Street E, Cobourg. (289) 252-2214