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The Words & Music Show: Launch of Dark Sky Preserve

19 February at 17:00 20:00 EST

Dark Sky Preserve. Turn out the lights, shut off the web. 
Look up and find out how big our universe is.

Ian Ferrier, Dark Sky Preserve

QWF invites you to the Words & Music Show on February 19. This special edition will feature the book and album launch of Dark Sky Preserve, a collaboration between Ian Ferrier, Louise Campbell, and Sarah Beth Goncarova.

Featured performers include:


  • Louise Campbell
  • Dina Cindrić
  • Elizabeth Lima
  • John Stuart
  • Jason Camlot

Spoken Word

  • Ian Ferrier
  • Sarah Beth Goncarova
  • Rachel McCrum
  • Jason Selman

Co-produced by the Quebec Writers’ Federation, Words & Music, and SpokenWeb. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for this project.

Free admission

The Players:

Jason Camlot is a poet, songwriter, and scholar. His lastest book of criticism is Phonopoetics. His latest book of poems is Vlarf. His latest recordings (on Spotify, Itunes, etc.) are JC SPED and Instantaneous Personal Magnetism. He is Professor of English at Concordia U and director of the SpokenWeb research network.

Louise Campbell is a Montreal-based musician whose professional hats range from conductor to cultural mediator, community arts facilitator to musicians’ health therapist. In addition to this book and album, she is anticipating a solo album launch titled ‘Sources’ in the spring of 2023. For more information, see louisecampbell.ca. Louise has visited Dark Sky Preserves in four provinces across Canada.

Dina Cindrić is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, piano teacher and vocal workshop leader. She has performed at festivals across Canada and Europe with a number of ensembles and has been teaching music for over 20 years. She currently teaches Balkan singing at the Centre des Musiciens du Monde, and leads the RECAA Choir and female Balkan singing group Sava, in Montreal.

Ian Ferrier has spoken and played in over 500 shows in Canada, United States, and Europe. He is also the founder and curator of the audio literature label Wired on Words, of Montreal’s monthly Words and Music Show (now in its 23rd year) and the annual Mile End Poet’s Festival. He has won a Golden Beret Award from the League of Canadian Poets for his outstanding contributions to spoken word poetry, and in 2022, the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s Judy Mappin Community Award, for his contributions to the literature community in Montreal.

Sarah Beth (SB) Goncarova is a writer, graphic designer, screenwriter, children’s book writer, animator and performer. She is also the director of Clay Grouse Press, creator of award-winning art-poetry books, and Clay Grouse Kids, which specializes in books, musical audiobooks and animations for young readers. For her visual art, she has been the grant recipient of the Puffin Foundation and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and her work can be found in the Archive of Digital Art, Danube University, Austria, PS1 MoMA Contemporary Art Center Digital Archive, The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Art Library, and Rutgers University Special Collections.

Elizabeth Lima is a vocalist, clarinettist, improviser, performer and composer working in a full range of genres. She presents her work in a number of musical and multi-disciplinary performances that include theatre, poetry and visual arts. She is currently working on her solo staged performance “Lyrebird Hotel”.

Rachel McCrum is a poet, performer, event organiser, and workshop facilitator. Originally from Northern Ireland, she lived in Edinburgh, Scotland between 2010 and 2016, where she was the first BBC Scotland Poet in Residence and recipient of a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. She is the editor of Font magazine. Her debut collection The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate was published in a bilingual edition with Mémoire d’encrier in Fall 2020.’

Jason “Blackbird” Selman is a Montreal born poet, trumpet player and community
worker. He is the author The Freedom I Stole (2007, Cumulus Press), Africa As A
Dream That Travels Through My Heart (2016, Howl) and co-editor of the poetry
anthology Talking Book (2006, Cumulus Press) which chronicles the writings of
Kalm Unity Vibe Collective (of which he is a founding member).

John “Triangles” Stuart works at Concordia University and spends his spare time taking photos and playing music in the Mile End. He plays with Ian Ferrier and The Magic Cookie Orchestra who have an album due in the near future.

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