A B Series 4th Annual Solstice Bash

Performance poetry by bill bissett, Adeena Karasick and Gary Barwin!

Music by Erin Saoirse Adair, Michel Delage, Melody McKiver and Glenn Nuotio!

Door prizes!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Carleton Tavern (upstairs)
223 Armstrong Street
Ottawa, Ont.

Clockwise from bottom left: Erin Saoirse Adair, bill bissett, Glenn Nuotio, Melody McKiver, Adeena Karasick, Gary Barwin and Michel Delage

$12 admission or $10 for students - includes a ticket for the evening's door prizes.

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A B Series Solstice Bash

bill bissett's charged readings, which never fail to amaze his audiences, incorporate chanting, sound poetry and singing, the verve of which is matched only by his prolific writing career: over 70 books of bissett's poetry have been published. An energetic "man-child mystic," bill bissett is living proof of William Blake's adage "the spirit of sweet delight can never be defiled."

Erin Saoirse Adair (pronounced Erin "SEER-SHUH" Adair) is a diverse composer, vocalist, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of Ottawa, Ontario. Recently, she has become a prominent and popular voice in the local folk scene, and has garnered accolades for her bluesy, accessible and deeply relevant lyrics.  Erin Saoirse Adair’s songs reflect the influence of folkloric traditions in her music and though her musical arrangements are complex, Adair’s goal on stage is to tell a story.  

Adeena Karasick is a New York based poet, cultural theorist, media artist and author of seven books of poetry and poetics. Writing at the intersection of Conceptualism and neo-Fluxus performatics, her urban, Jewish feminist mashups have been described as “electricity in language” (Nicole Brossard) and noted for their “cross-fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory” (Charles Bernstein) "a twined virtuosity of mind and ear which leaves the reader deliciously lost in Karasick's signature “syllabic labyrinth” (Craig Dworkin). 

Combining chamber music and folk, Glenn Nuotio delivers unnervingly complex pop. As Ottawa Xtra! notes, "he channels it through an indie musician's paper heart and the results are invariably stirring." 

Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, and performer and the author of 18 books of poetry and fiction. His work has been widely performed, broadcast, anthologized and published nationally and internationally. His latest books include Moon Baboon Canoe (poetry, Mansfield Press, 2014) and the wild & unfathomable always (visual poetry; Xexoxial) Forthcoming books include: I, Dr Greenblatt, 251-1457 (fiction, Anvil, 2015), Sonosyntactics: The New and Selected Poems of Paul Dutton (Laurier Poetry Series, 2015) and a novel, Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada, 2016) He is Writer-in-Residence at Western University in 2014-2015. Barwin received a PhD (music composition) from SUNY at Buffalo. His dynamic performances incorporate computers, music, sound poetry and text. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario and at garybarwin.com.

Melody McKiver is an emerging Anishinaabe musician, media artist, and arts programmer of mixed ancestry from Obishikokaang Lac Seul First Nation  and Scottish/Lithuanian origins. Melody is Ottawa-based and frequently works out of Toronto. As a solo performer, they explore the range of the viola’s possibilities, spanning from minimalist to danceable, often incorporating laptop processing and looping.  They are currently preparing a self-titled EP of works for viola, to be released in the spring of 2015.

Michel Delage began drumming when he was 16 years old. His early influences was the rock he heard on the radio but upon discovering Frank Zappa, Michel was inspired to pursue music as a career and craft. During his time in high school he became a member of the only traditional Balinese Gamelan group in Ottawa, Semara Winangun. Michel's musical interests continued to grow through high school as he listened to Jazz, 20th Century classical composers and free-improvised music. He is a graduate of the Humber College Jazz Program. He is now actively engaged with a range of musical projects in the Ottawa area.