20 Poets and Authors Celebrate Poetry

Jean-Paul Daoust, Sylvain Turner, Jean-Simon Brisebois, Raymond Viger and their guests will mount the stage at the Bistro le Ste-Cath on Saturday February 25th, starting at 6 p.m. with their Nuit Blanche Hochelaga-Maisonneuve event.

Jean-Paul Daoust and Raymond Viger will kick off the event. Our dean of poetry correspondents on Radio-Canada will read his work Pourquoi j’écris. This text influenced Viger, who wrote a poem with the same title.  

A program from 6 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. will be on offer. Between each block, an open mike period will give the public an opportunity to express themselves.

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Opening, with Jean-Paul Daoust and Raymond Viger.

7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Open mike, presided over by Jean-Paul Daoust.

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Sylvain Turner presents his guests, the poets:

Mario Cholette

Stéphane Despatie

Zoe Saurais Empereur

Lucien Francoeur

These authors will pay homage to counter-culture poets (Vanier, Francoeur, Straram and company). They will also read from their own works. A notable invitee will be none other than Lucien Francoeur, a monumental figure in Quebec’s cultural and artistic counter-culture.

9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.: Open mike, presided over by Sylvain Turner.

9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.:  Jean-Simon Brisebois, poete, who is working on his 12th poetry collection. Inspired by one of his friends, the late Roger Tabra, his invitees are as much poets as they are musicians:

Gilles Boycut Bergeron,

L’enfant poète,

Tan Marc,

Myra Lowe,

Audrey Lachance.

11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.: Open mike, presided over by Jean-Simon Brisebois.

11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.: Jam Session and musical poetry.

Bistro le Ste-Cath, 4264 Ste-Catherine East. H1V 1X6.

Reservations: 514-223-8116

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