Winnipeg bands join forces with six of the city’s most celebrated slam poets to present Folk ‘N’ Word, a spoken and sung performance showcase Friday, May 30th at the West End Cultural Centre. Pop-folk singer/songwriter Matt Moskal hosts the night of collaborative adventure.
Musicians and poets share the West End Cultural Centre stage Friday, May 30th exploring the dimensions between their respective arts, showcasing a night of decisively Winnipeg flavoured artistic collaboration. This is not a night of improv either, the poets and musicians have been rehearsing the fusing of their mediums. Each musical act will work with two poets with the exception of Hearing Trees, whose frontman already incorporates poetry into their music.
The music of The Mariachi Ghost, Hearing Trees, Micah Erenberg and Matt Moskal will accompany the poetry of Aaron Simm, Mona Mousa, Chimwemwe Undi, Steve Locke, Rob Malo (aka. Tibert Le Voyageur) and Mira Black.
Steve Locke is a writer, poet and performer. As the current director of the Winnipeg Poetry Slam and a board member for the Winnipeg International Writers' Festival, he is excited to foster and share literary culture with local communities.
Mona Faith Mousa - Over the past 7 years, spoken word poet Mona Faith Mousa came to learn that she was born with the skin of a romantic and the bones of a realist. Her laugh lines extend deeper than the surface of her skin, she'll often say her poetry is rooted in fears, tears and everything real that people are scared to talk about.
Aaron Simm is a performance poet, hip-hop artist, workshop facilitator and llama-enthusiast living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is a multiple time Grand Slam Champion and has been a member of four Winnipeg Slam Poetry teams.
Rob Malo (aka. Tibert le Voyageur) - Raised in a Franco-Manitoban family, Robert Malo is a writer, performer and community-builder who shares his passion for history and culture through traditional music, storytelling and song.
Chimwemwe Undi - She was the Winnipeg Youth Slam Champion two years running, participated in the CFSW Youth Showcase in 2012 and is a director of communications for Voices, Ink., the Winnipeg youth poetry slam.
Mira Black - Discovered by Chicago’s Marc Smith, the Father of Spoken Word Slam, Mira found her love of poetry earned a place on the 2013 Manitoba National Spoken Slam Team. One part poet, one part chanteuse, this muse will inspire and break your heart in the same breath.
With musical accompaniment by;
Matt Moskal - Matt Moskal is a musician by trade, a journalist by education and always a storyteller. Originating from a small town in Ontario, Moskal moved to Manitoba for romance. With sunburned vocals and drunken dedication, he crafts sultry pop-folk songs in the spirit of young Tom Waits. Off-stage, Moskal hosts The Supporting Act Podcast, an online series dedicated to highlighting up-and-coming musicians and comedians.
Hearing Trees - Hearing Trees is a four-piece rock group known for poetic songs with driving melodies. They blend influences like the Tragically Hip, Matthew Good, and R.E.M. to show you a vision of Canadian rock that will have the hairs on the back of your neck prickling with recognition.
Mariachi Ghost - The Mariachi Ghost sound comes from a mixture of Mexican traditional folk music with progressive rock, spiced with acid jazz and choral arrangements.
Micah Erenberg - He is a busker and a traveler, a band mate and a producer, and a regular in the over-the-top, underground music scene in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
With help from our partners and sponsors UMFM 101.5, Assiniboine Credit Union, Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, The Fairmont Winnipeg and The Government of Manitoba