5 Poets Breaking Into Song

5 Poets Breaking Into Song

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Tranzac Club

292 Brunswick Avenue

Toronto, ON M5S 2M7


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George Elliott Clarke and Jovial Si host an evening of poems adapted into songs at TRANZAC.

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The idea for 5 Poets Breaking into Song was born out of George Elliott Clarke’s Xmas 2020 present for Giovanna Riccio: Asking James Rolfe to compose music for her poem, “Namesake,” and then having it sung for her. Seeing the pleasure that the gift brought everyone, Clarke decided to commission more poems turned into songs by Rolfe, Emily Hiemstra, and dd Jackson: To prove that poets are all songwriters—once composers get access to their works.

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Friday, November 5, 2021, 7-9 PM EST

Tranzac Club Main Hall, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto

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This is an in-person event. All in attendance must show proof of double-vaxx. Cabaret tables/chairs are used to achieve social distancing. Everybody's masked except for consumption of foods/drinks.

Hosts: George Elliott Clarke & Jovial Si

Composers: Emily Hiemstra, David Jaeger, James Rolfe

Singers: Emily Hiemstra, James Rolfe, Karen Usha

Pianists: Juliet Palmer & Adam Hu

Poets: Ayesha Chatterjee, Luciano Iacobelli, Giovanna Riccio, Lisa Richter, Bänoo Zan

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