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Words & Music LIVE at Café Resonance

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Café Résonance

5175A Avenue du Parc

Montréal, QC H2V 4G3


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It's a packed LIVE show at Café Resonance as Words and Music presents

-Poésie Flamenco channelling Leonard Cohen and Lorca with the fiery arts of flamenco music and dance;

-John Emil Vincent is here with his latest book of poems, Bitter in the Belly

-Willow Loveday Little presents from her chapbook Xenia.

-and awesome musician/storyteller Lauren DeRoller brings us serious musical chops and a storyteller's art

This is a LIVE show with only 40 tickets available, so please reserve your ticket early.

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We're asking for donations of $5-$7 but only if you have it to spare.


John Emil Vincent

has published three books of poems, Excitement Tax (DC 2017), Ganymede’s Dog (MQUP 2019), and just now Bitter in the Belly (MQUP). Excitement Tax was on the short list for the Quebec Writers' Federation Concordia First Book Prize and was a finalist for the RELIT prize.

Willow Loveday Little

is a British-Canadian writer whose work has appeared in several publications; notably, The Dalhousie Review, On Spec, and The Selkie's Very Much Alive: Stories of Resilience. Her chapbook, Xenia, was published this spring with Cactus Press. A full-length collection is forthcoming.

Lauren De Roller

is an innovative, multi-talented performer based in Montreal, Canada. She is a classically trained violinist playing regularly with the Montreal Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestras, an electroacoustic music producer and improviser, a storyteller, writer, and comedian.

Since expanding from the classical music world into the realms of comedy, storytelling, and electroacoustic music in 2017; Lauren has been an unstoppable force in the Montreal Arts scene. Her greatest passion is creating live shows and multimedia experiences that combine all of the above art forms.

Poésie Flamenco (Alvaro Echanove, Quique, Katherine McLeod)

Poésie Flamenco returns to the stage of Resonance Café where they first debuted their explorations of poetry and flamenco three years ago at the Mile End Poets' Festival. Inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca, Leonard Cohen, local Montreal poets, and the mood of the room, Poésie Flamenco listens to words with movement and to music with words.

Alvaro Echanove is a Spanish singer, born in France, and Montrealer by adoption for 4 years. Before plunging into flamenco, he sang David Bowie and Leonard Cohen in the Paris metro, in the streets of London, on French national television (Nouvelle Star 2014, quarter-final) and led a musical workshop in a reception center for drug users for two years (Espoir Goutte d'Or Association). He professionalized in flamenco through the Cristina Heeren Foundation in Seville. It was there that he developed a passion for ancient songs and for the history of Flamenco. Now, at 29, he has performed over 300 concerts, in eight different countries, on four continents. In addition to being a musician, Alvaro is trained in anthropology and conflict mediation, having just completed his master's degree at the University of Sherbrooke.

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is a classical and flamenco guitarist with a degree in classical guitar performance from Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. Having studied Cuban, Brazilian and West African music, Quique composes his own music, working to bring together these eclectic styles. Quique is from California but loves to be here discovering the language, culture and poutine of Montreal. He was the guitarist for Poésie Flamenco’s debut and for its sold-out show at Mile End Poets' Festival in 2019. Plus, you may recognize him from his accompaniment of poets on stage at the March 2020 Épiques Voices: Bilingual Poetry Show.

Katherine McLeod

is an academic and a dancer. She is affiliated with the SpokenWeb research network at Concordia University, where she researches and publishes on poetry, performance, and archives. She has co-edited with Jason Camlot the collection CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event (MQUP 2019). She produces the monthly series Shortcuts for The SpokenWeb Podcast and she curates the online events listing Where Poets Read. As a dancer, Katherine’s creative work is at the intersection of flamenco and poetry, with performance projects such as Poésie Flamenco (performed in collaboration with poets River Guri, Alexei Perry Cox, and Nadia Chaney) and in research projects such in her collaboration with Dr. Emily Murphy at UBC-Okanagan on traces of flamenco within the archives of Canadian poetics.

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Café Résonance

5175A Avenue du Parc

Montréal, QC H2V 4G3


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Organizer Les Sympathiques

Organizer of Words & Music LIVE at Café Resonance

Les Sympathiques is a nonprofit (RLRQ, C. C-38) collective of Montréal musicians, other artists, and supporters who believe that the best way to develop our practice is through performance and sharing with the wider community. Central to this goal is presenting music that we deem rich in artistic quality (i.e. music with depth in its technical, semiotic, and innovative aspects). Our members and participating artists hail primarily from the jazz, classical, and experimental scenes. Our goal is to be a catalyst and binding agent for our musical community; one which stimulates creativity through providing:

-a space and framework for quotidian performance,
-a forum for discussing topical philosophical, theoretical, and practical issues,
-and a conduit for sharing the fruits of this process with each other, and also with the public at large.

We believe that challenging and sophisticated artwork need not remain only in the realm of the concert hall, nor should valued public exhibition be conserved for the occasion of grand festivals. It is our position that a creative state of mind is often easier to attain in a casual and comfortable atmosphere, just as excellence is only achieved through process and continuous effort. Moreover, the quest for creative excellence gains a greater dimensionality and significance when it is undertaken collectively.

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