Thursdays 1-2 pm: I’m playing solo sets at the Depanneur Café, 206 rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal.
Friday, Nov. 12: La Place Commune brunch musicale. Two sets between noon and 2pm, solo and totally unplugged in this friendly, intimate cafe. 7669 Avenue Querbes, Montreal. Tel. 438-385-7669
Thursday, Dec. 15: Argo Zoom Reading Series: Verse, Prose and Song. I’ll be providing the song portion. email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link
Jocelyne Dubois and I will be sharing Galerie Espace here in Montreal for a joint show of my photos and her mixed media paintings May 24-30, 2023. (Yes, that’s next year…) No need to get more specific than that! More details next year…
Saturday, Sept. 10: Hudson Porchfest. Performed a full set of songs on By The River’s Blue with Leesa Mackey, backup vocalist on the album.
May to August: I played solo sets most weeks at the Depanneur Café, 206 rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, filling in for musicians who said on the cafe’s FB site that they couldn’t make it. Didn’t take a regular spot because so many friends were coming down with Covid… such are the times we live in. Now once again I have a regular spot on the rotation, Thursdays at 1, through mid-August to Sept.
April 7: Argo Zoom Reading Series: featured musician in this Montreal literary evening. Zoom.
Jan. 19, Feb. 23, Mar. 30: Gratitude Shows #2-4, Brian Campbell Solo, Facebook Live.
June 16: CKUT (90.3FM, Montreal) Interview and airing of selections of On This Shore on Wednesday Morning After (7-9am) hosted by Sheila Ferraro. It’s available in the CKUT archives, but I also made a photo montage Youtube video out of it! It’s also posted on the Video page.
Martin Bennett, sound engineer/producer/arranger at Studio Loco here in Montreal’s Mile End, and I have been doing great work together recording & arranging my songs over the past couple of months. So far, eight have been recorded; five will be released as an EP called “On This Shore”, some time early next year. It seemed time to commemorate all this with a selfie!
Some pics from my show with Ronney Abramson at Mariposa Cafe last Saturday night. It was an honour to share the stage with Ronney — and her set was immensely enjoyable. It was also lovely to be accompanied by Phil Peters’ fine bass playing and Cathy Watt’s excellent vocal harmonies. It was a comfortably full house — about 30-odd in attendance, and I think the pictures convey that a good time was had by all. Photos: Jacques Bernier.
I’ll be alternating sets with Ronney Abramson at this lovely, bohemian music café Saturday night at 7. Accompanying me will be Cathy Watt, vocals and Phil Peters, bass. Details in the sidebar to the right.
Most Mondays these days I play music at the Depanneur Cafe, which happens to be close to where I live in Montreal’s Mile End. It’s a homey place with a couple of decent mikes and sound system, and musicians play there throughout the day. Most of the patrons are laptop nomads or there to meet friends, write, doodle, read books — so it’s like public practice, as it were. But more often than not I earn attentive listeners, and often sell CD’s or interest them in an upcoming event. The other week a photo enthusiast named Thomas Colin took pictures with his fine Sony camera; the following week, an artist named Sophie Jama did some watercolours in her sketch pad. I gave them free CD’s. If you want to drop in and see me play, I’m there Mondays between noon and 1pm.
The other artistic spinoff from the anthology “Refugium”, my poem “Slick” was among those incorporated into “Weather Watching”, an exhibit of sculptural coracles by artist Erika Grimm that hung from the rafters of the White Rock Museum and Archives in White Rock, BC. in February and March of 2018.
One artistic spinoff of Refugium was an exhibit of twenty-two works of art responding to specific poems in the anthology, which was held in Maritime Museum of British Columbia (Victoria, BC) late last year. I’m honoured that “Slick” was one of those chosen, and that it inspired a most haunting sculptural work by Karina Kalvaitis. From the exhibit program:
In 2017, my poem “Slick” was published in Refugium, Poems for the Pacific, an anthology edited by Yvonne Blomer and published by Caitlin Press. Originally published as a short prose poem in my collection Passenger Flight, it was recast here as short poem. The poem was inspired by memories of the Valdez oil spill, although of course it could reference the travesties wreaked on animal life by any oil spill. It’s an excellent anthology, by the way, featuring fine poems by the likes of Rachel Rose, Jan Zwicky, Patrick Lane, Maleea Acker, Barbara Pelman, Steven Heighton, Lorna Crozier, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and others. For the anthology — and for this poem in particular — there were a couple of surprising artistic spinoffs which I’ll describe in other posts. Below, a handwritten version of the poem.