Artists Against Apartheid XV

6 mars 2011 | معتمد Boycott, Canada, Palestine, Quebec
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evening of spoken-word & poetry during Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 in Montreal.

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    Sunday March 13th, 2011
    doors 20h, $8-10
    O Patro Vys
    356 Mont-Royal east
    (métro Mount Royal)
    Montreal, Quebec
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Join us for the fifteenth edition of Artists Against Apartheid during Israeli Apartheid Week 2011 in Montreal, an evening of spoken-word & poetry performances highlighting some of Montreal’s most celebrated poetic voices and a special performance by Palestinian poet Remi Kanazi via New York City.

Remi Kanazi

Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and activist based in New York City. He is the editor of Poets For Palestine and the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine which will be available at the Montreal concert. His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Al Jazeera English, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and BBC Radio. His poetry has taken him across North America, the UK, and the Middle East, and he recently appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a recurring writer in residence and advisory board member for the Palestine Writing Workshop. www.poeticinjustice.net

IamBlackGirl | Meryem Saci

Daughter of parents who were accidental activists from small Caribbean islands, IamBlackGirl follows those natural instincts; carrying the torch into classrooms and communities, into studios and onto stages, with master’s tools and microphones, exposing to educate, rhyming to rouse. All of that, so that the top tips over and humbles itself; the bottom sees the booby traps and makes a better move. Play deaf, we goin’ be LOUDA!!!!! Get back to the sandbox and start over. One.

Meryem Saci is a Montreal-based and internationally traveled singer/songwriter. A member of the hiphop collective Nomadic Massive, Meryem is also at work on her debut solo project. Growing up in Algeria and leaving it all behind, she came to Canada as a political refugee in 2000. In that time she has written, recorded, and performed words of inspiration, motivation, and justice for people around the world, giving a voice to those who often go unheard.

Nomadic Massive

Kaie Kellough & Jason Sharp (saxophone)

Kaie Kellough is an author, educator, and general word-sound systemizer. Kaie has performed and published internationally. Kaie is the author of two poetry books: Lettricity (Cumulus Press, 2004), and his latest book Maple Leaf Rag (Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2010). Kaie and his work have been featured on CBC radio, Zed TV, and Bravo. His debut sound recording, Vox:Versus will be released in 2011. Kaie will also be teaching sound and language experimentation at the Banff Center for the Arts, as part of the 2011 Calgary Spoken Word Festival. www.kaie.ca

Jason Sharp is a baritone/bass saxophonist originally from Edmonton, Alberta. He has studied jazz improvisation at the University of Toronto, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and understudied with the Jazz Composers Collective in New York City. Since moving to Montreal he can be heard in Josh Zubot’s Mendham Trio, Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush, Nicolas Caloia’s Ratchet Orchestra, Joe Grass’s Tiny Dictators as well as on recordings with Matana Roberts and Silver Mt. Zion for the Constellation label.

Jason “Blackbird” Selman

Jason “Blackbird” Selman has served the Montreal arts scene for almost 15 years as both poet and trumpet player. He has self published several chapbooks over the years culminating in his first published work The Freedom I Stole (2008, Cumulus Press). He has also served as co-editor for the poetry anthology Talking Book which chronicles the writings of the one of a kind musical ensemble Kalm Unity Vibe Collective (of which he is a founding member). Jason is also a part of the dynamic live Hip Hop group Nomadic Massive. As well he is the creator and producer of the Intimate Sky performance series which features select members of both Kalm Unity and Nomadic Massive in enlightening and intimate small group configurations.

The Narcicyst

Yassin Alsalman, the celebrated Iraqi MC known as the Narcicyst, mixes unique beats with smart, socially-conscious lyrics, weaving a complex narrative that spans the Arab and Western world. Alsalman is originally from Basra, Iraq, was raised in Dubai and is now living in Montreal. The Narcicyst’s recently released self-titled studio album, is catching attention around the globe. P.H.A.T.W.A., the album’s first single, was accompanied by a flashy music video which chronicles Alsalman’s experience with a post-9/11 U.S. border interrogation when he attempted to travel to New York City for a concert. Additionally “Hamdulillah” a collaboration with Shadia Mansour was launched between cities around the world and widely celebrated. In the past month Alsalman released “#Jan25″ a tribute to the uprising in Egypt with hip-hop artist Omar Offendum, the track was distributed widely on-line and was featured on Al Jazeera. Alsalman has shared the stage with hip-hop luminaries such as Talib Kweli, Kanye West, A-Trak and Dead Prez and his work has been covered widely in the press both in North America and the Middle East. www.iraqisthebomb.com

This is the fifteenth edition of Artists Against Apartheid in Montreal as part of the international campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid.

* Tadamon! Boycott, divestment and sanctions

co-presented by

2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy
CKUT radio
Coalition for Justice in Palestine- UQAM
Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG McGill and Concordia)
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (McGill and Concordia)
Tadamon! Montréal
Wired on Words & Music

Tadamon! Montreal
tel: 514 664 1036
email: info[at]tadamon.ca

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