Thurs., Nov. 5, 7-9 pm. Argo Zoom Reading Series: Prose, Verse and Song. Write firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom link. I’ll be doing a song and poetry. Other featured readers include Barry Webster, Cora Siré, Kelly Norah Drukker, Tom Abray, Ilona Martonfi, Flavia Cosma and Sue Sokol.
Tues., Nov. 17 7-9pm Club Passim. I’m taking part in the virtual open mic of this renowned Cambridge, Mass. folk club. I’m the first up, playing two songs at 7:00. This is quite an honour, as the calibre of the musicians featured is usually high. The show will be live-streamed on Club Passim’s facebook page, their website, and on YouTube.
Wed.,Jun. 30 – Tues., July 6 2021 (subject to prevailing health conditions): Brian Campbell Photos/Jocelyne Dubois Paintings, Galerie Espace, 4844 boul. St-Laurent, Montreal. Vernissage: Sept. 26.
Sat., July 3 1-5pm… again, subject to prevailing health conditions. Vernissage Brian Campbell Photos/Jocelyne Dubois Paintings + Launch of “On This Shore”, an EP of five original songs, featuring Ema Jean on vocals and Chard Chenier on harmonica. Mariposa…le Café, 5434 chemin de Côte St-Luc, Montreal. Launch at 2pm. Galerie Espace, 4844 boul. St-Laurent, Montreal.
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.
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.
I’ve been ignoring this web site for a while — spreading most of my news and events on Facebook — but updating it recently, I thought, well, this news page could be a useful record. So that’s what I’ll use it for, while my blog, Out of the Woodwork, which years ago was extremely active, will serve for entries of occasional reflections.