Category Archives: Events

Brian Campbell, Ronney Abramson & friends at Mariposa Café Sat. Apr 7

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.




2013 Nov 11 004 IMG_1200 IMG_1202 IMG_1199 IMG_1198 IMG_1197 IMG_1196 2013 Nov 11 041 2013 Nov 11 040 2013 Nov 11 038 2013 Nov 11 036 2013 Nov 11 035 2013 Nov 11 027 2013 Nov 11 022 2013 Nov 11 008  2013 Nov 11 006  The event, held at Le Depanneur Cafe, was a highly enjoyable success.  Eve Krakow and Jeff Miller read their contributions, and I mc’d and read my poem included in the anthology, as well as others.  Thanks to Naomi Lewis and Rona Altrows at U. of A. Press, Le Depanneur Cafe, all who came out on this rainy evening to make it a wonderful event!

Shy Launch update


The Montreal launch of Shy: An Anthology will be taking place on Nov. 11, 7pm at Le Depanneur Cafe. Feel free to click on the image to see it larger…

A heart-felt endorsement…

shy anthologyWrote Eve Krakow, one of the contributors to the Shy Anthology, to its editors (and she gave me permission to quote this), “…I too have been reading through the anthology and I’m amazed at how much I recognize myself in these stories and poems. It is something of a revelation. Maybe I’ve read stories with this character type before, but it’s quite different to have a whole book of them. Wow. Thanks for putting this together!”
You couldn’t imagine a more heart-felt endorsement than that.  Eve, Jeff Miller and I are organizing the anthology’s Montreal launch on Nov.  11 (this comment of hers was part of our five-way correspondence.)
Details of the launch in the post below.

Shy: An Anthology

shy anthologyI just received a copy of Shy: An Anthology, published by The University of Alberta Press.  It’s a beautiful book — I love the cover — and one of my poems happens to be inside. It’s a very personal confession called “Women Friends” that I was too shy to publish for over 25 years!  It’s good to see it finally find a print home.

There’s  good stuff in here:  poems by Don McKay, Steven Heighton, Lorna Crozier, Wayman Chan, Bruce Meyer, and others. Prose by Aritha Van Herk, Sydney Sharpe, Russel Wangersky, et al.

The Montreal launch will be taking place on Nov. 11 at 7pm, at The Depanneur Cafe, 208 rue Bernard Ouest. I’ll be reading selections of the anthology along with fellow Montreal contributors Jeff Miller and Eve Krakow.

Jocelyne Dubois’ World of Glass a finalist for the Paragraph Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

WorldOfGlass_Nov12-220x356My wife Jocelyne Dubois’s novel, World of Glass, is one of the finalists for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction.

She’ll be taking part in a reading of all the QWF awards finalists on November 6, 6 pm at Paragraphe Bookstore in Montreal.  The winners will be announced at the QWF Awards Gala on Nov. 19.  Details & ticket info are to be found at

Needless to say, we’ve been celebrating all day.

Performance Archive


Dec. 10:  Visual Arts Centre reading, Montreal

Nov. 11 Launch of Shy Anthology, Depanneur Cafe, Montreal

October 8: Yellow Door reading, Montreal

Sept. 10: Launch of Language Matters: Interview with 22 Quebec Poets, Bain St-Michel, Montreal

March 12: Visual Arts Centre reading, Montreal



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