Guest Curatorship at the Words & Music Show – Call for Applications: 2022 Program

Posted on: 22 October, 2021

Category: Calls for Submissions, Fresh Pages, QWF News

Deadline Extended: December 10, 2021

The Quebec Writers’ Federation is delighted to announce the 2022 Guest Curatorship of the Words & Music Show. The curatorship, which is a component of QWF’s “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.

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 lieuBear DreamsComing 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.


  • 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 another art 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.

How To Apply

Send the following to or mail it to or drop it off in the QWF office (address below).

  • a cover letter describing the kind of show you envision presenting and why you are interested in curating events (maximum one page);
  • a short biographical statement about your background and experience, including a confirmation that you are aware of the eligibility criteria for the program and that you are eligible (maximum 200 words);
  • Remember to provide your full name and a way to contact you.

    “Fresh Pages” Guest Curatorship
    Quebec Writers’ Federation
    1200 Atwater Ave., Suite 3
    Westmount, QC  H3Z 1X4

The guest curator will be selected by QWF’s Words & Music Committee.


Deadline for applications: Extended to December 10, 2021
Notification of results: January 2022
Public show: February 2022