The Words & Music Show
The call for applications for the 2021 Fresh Pages Guest Curatorship Program is now closed; the successful candidate will be announced in early 2021.
Scroll down to see the participants from the inaugural 2020 program.
The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce the 2021 Guest Curatorship of the Words & Music Show. The curatorship, which is a component of QWF’s new “Fresh Pages” initiative, is designed to help an aspiring literary artist who is Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour develop skills in creating and curating literary and other arts events. The selected candidate receives a modest honorarium and a free one-year membership in QWF.
The selected candidate works with Ian Ferrier, long-time curator of the QWF Words & Music Show, to curate their own literary, musical, and performance event, from defining the event-to-be to selecting and inviting performers, gathering bios and other info, writing press releases and structuring and presenting a live show. The show typically presents poets, writers, performers, and musicians, and in the past has branched out to include, circus artists, magicians and comics from time to time. The guest curator can create a theme-based presentation, or a simple variety show.
The guest curator is selected by QWF’s Words & Music Committee.
- Applicants must live in Quebec and be Indigenous, Black, or a person of colour.
- Applicants should have already demonstrated an interest in presenting either their own work in public presentations or in creating a literary, musical or other arts event.
- There is no age or publication requirement.
- Candidates who have already curated more than three public events, or who work for an event creation agency or company, are not eligible.
- Call for applications: October 2020
- Deadline for applications: November 19, 2020
- Notification of results: December 2020
- Public show: February 2021
Curator of the Words & Music Show
Ian Ferrier created and has been curating the QWF’s Words & Music Show for twenty years, and the Mile End Poets’ Festival for ten. He is a writer, performer and musician, and curator, is author of multiple poetry collections and records including Quel est ce lieu, Bear Dreams, Coming and Going and Exploding Head Man. In 2009 he was awarded the Golden Beret, the League of Canadian Poets award for outstanding contributions to spoken word poetry. He has curated over 250 shows and performed in over 500.