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N I Y A Z - T H E  F O U R T H  L I G H T
PLEDGE MUSIC CAMPAIGN
Niyaz have launched a campaign on Pledge Music in support of the upcoming album "The Fourth Light" and state-of-the-art live multimedia show which includes Sufi whirling. Be a modern patron of the arts, pre-order the new album before March 21, 2015 and gain access to a range of exciting exclusives such as T-shirts, lithographs, behind-the-scenes video, and more.

As director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program, I am excited to present two innovative performances this April:
K A L M U N I T Y  L I V E  
O R G A N I C  I M P R O V

APRIL 2, 2015 |  BANFF AB
The Banff Centre presents the thundering beats and earthy musical tones of Montreal’s Kalmunity Vibe Collective, laced with the fiery speech of inspiration from poets, MCs and lyrical participants in The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program. Flavors of blues, jazz, funk, R&B, hip hop, afrobeat, reggae, soul and dub blend with spoken word that reflects diverse perspectives and tells the stories of the voiceless. Result: a night of spontaneous music and creative words rich in cultural, spiritual and social content.
A N U  B A N F F
APRIL 10, 2015  |  BANFF AB

The Banff Centre presents this 13th international installment of ANU - a gathering of interdisciplinary artists performing in a guided improvisation where bursts of light lead to spontaneous creation, artistic freedom, chaos, symphony and surrender. Continuing a tradition founded by Iraqi visual artist Jabbar Al Janabi in 2001, ANU BANFF will feature an ensemble performance of words and music by participants in The Banff Centre Spoken Word Program and faculty Robert Priest, Ivy, and members of Kalmunity Vibe Collective: Jahsun, Malika Tirolien and Mark Haynes. Directed by Tanya Evanson.

L I T L I V E
ONLINE MAGAZINE

Check out Canada's revived digital magazine dedicated to the art of spoken word - includes great features, scene reports and profiles, including my review of Cat Kidd's CD/book Hyena Subpoena.

A R C  P O E T R Y  M A G A Z I N E
CALL FOR SPOKEN WORD POETRY
ARC Poetry Magazine has been bringing great poetry to readers in Canada and beyond for over 30 years. I am guest editor for the upcoming fall 2015 issue and seeking brave new voices in spoken word. Submit your three most compelling, well-crafted spoken word poems that are as dynamic on the page as they are on stage. I will accept work that is unpublished in print form and encourage accompanying multimedia links. Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2015.

W H E R E  T H E  N I G H T S
A R E  T W I C E  A S  L O N G
LOVE LETTERS OF CANADIAN POETS
David Eso & Jeanette Lynes Ed.
Goose Lane Editions 2015
Here are odes and lyric ecstacies, tirades and tantrums, pastoral comforts and abject horrors - all delivered with the vibrancy, wit, and erudition of our finest poets, including Pauline Johnson, Malcolm Lowry, Louis Riel, Alden Nowlan, Anne Szumigalski, Leonard Cohen, John Barton, Di Brandt, and many others (me!), encompassing the breadth of this country’s English literary history. Amazon

S E M A  S P A C E
E S P A C E  S E M A  
SUFI WHIRLING MEDITATION ON HIATUS
MONTREAL QC
These gatherings will return on May 24th, 2015.

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