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In addition to our biannual launches, Vallum is pleased to announce the burgeoning of smaller-scale readings about Montreal town in the coming weeks and months. These readings will encourage poets to get out and read a verse or two in their local cafés.


Last week I attended Noche de poesia, hosted by Elizabeth Robert, which was indeed a “Mega Pow Wow,” as it was called, with artists reading/performing almost until midnight. I was impressed by its multicultural polyphony, with poets reading in French, Spanish, Polish and English. Notable Montreal poets like Jeffrey Mackie, Ilona Martonfi, Anne Cimon, Maxianne Berger, Carolyn Zonailo, Andrea Thompson, and Stephen Morrisey delighted the audience with their versatile verse. There were also riveting musical performances by Maurico Duran, meb, Francis Halin, Benoit Bigham and Brian Campbell.  All in all, this was a show that was hopping, filling Le Depanneur Café  to capacity.


On the lighter side, the Fringe Festival’s Blastback Babyzap comedy troupe, which performed June 17, was hilarious and worth every penny of the $11 admission fee. Viewers could sit back and enjoy a beer in a red-lit room, all the while enjoying top comedy performances by Dan Jeannotte, Nic Wright, Vanessa Matsui, Anders Yates, Matt Goldberg and William Ward. Music from the seventies, “guest-appearances” by “Elton John” and a “Heavy Metal drummer,” lit up the show and made the night a very memorable one indeed!