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The Words & Music Show: Spring 2023
30 April at 17:00 – 20:00 EDT
Sunday, April 30, 5:00–8:00 pm
This spring edition of the Words and Music Show will feature spoken word performances by Roen Higgins, Erin Moure, and Lucia De Luca, the three winners of the inaugural (2022) Spoken Word Prize awarded by the Quebec Writers Federation. Other featured artists on the programme include poets Misha Solomon and Hannah Karpinski, and singer-songwriter, member of the band Bluebird, Dan Beasy.
Hosted by poet, trumpeter, and community worker Jason “Blackbird” Selman
Admission: Free or Pay What You Can (to support future Words & Music shows)
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.
Dan Beasy (Beaulieu) is a singer-songwriter, and central member of Bluebird, a band and musical collective based in Montreal. Dan is originally from Prince George, British Columbia, and grew up surrounded by significantly more diesel pickups than artists and musicians. After years of trying to fit into a conservative city geared towards capitalism Dan hit the road and began a journey of inspiration and creativity. Travelling through Canada Dan landed in Dawson City, Yukon and began writing poetry and stories to pass the time. Finding other poets and songwriters along the way encouraged Dan to keep writing and eventually to sing as well. After several years in Yukon Dan set off for Montreal and began pursuing a career as a songwriter. 2 EPs and a full album later Dan is just getting started. The music continues to be guided first and foremost by poetry and the human experience.
Roen “Blu’Rva” Higgins is an award-winning spoken word poet, educator, speaker, and creative evangelist. As the founder of The Elevated Creative, her mission is to elevate others through creative literacy and help them find their flow and tap into their genius zone.
Hannah Karpinski is a queer writer and editor living in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lemon Hound, Commo Magazine, My Loves: Digital Anthology of Queer Love Poems (Ghost City Press), and Lesbians are Miracles, among others. She is currently finishing her MA at Concordia University and working as the Publishing Assistant for Montreal-based independent press, Metatron.
Lucia De Luca is an English teacher and spoken word artist, who plays with stories in the classroom and at the mic. Her poetry cradles past versions of herself, her family, and her Italian heritage. Lucia is a recipient of the 2022 QWF Spoken Word Prize and was a finalist at the 2021 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. As an organizer, she brought McGill University its first-ever slam (2020) and oversaw the Grove Campus Poetry Show (2022). Her work is published to the TEDx, Brickyard Spoken Word, Toronto Poetry Slam, and Bankstown Poetry Slam YouTube channels, as well as in online and print publications.
Erín Moure is a Montreal poet and translator from Galician, Portuguese, French and Spanish to English and from Galician and English to French. Her next book, a hybrid book of texts and poems, Theophylline: an a-poretic migration via the modernisms of Rukeyser, Bishop, Grimké (de Castro, Vallejo)will appear in August 2023 from House of Anansi Press. You can find her reading new stories once in awhile on YouTube too.
Misha Solomon (he/him) is a homosexual poet in and of Tiohti:áke/Montréal. He is the author of two chapbooks, FLORALS (above/ground press, 2020) and Full Sentences (Turret House Press, 2022), and his work has also appeared in journals including The /tƐmz/ Review, Yolk, andLeste Magazine, and is forthcoming in Vallum and Plenitude. He is currently pursuing his MA at Concordia University.
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). He works as a teaching artist, conducting poetry workshops in schools across the Montréal area and beyond. His work is grounded in the themes of ethno-musicology, surrealist expression, love and the intersection of masculinity and emotional vulnerability.