What a better way to welcome home our bronze medal Saskatoon Slam Team than with the brilliant words of Magpie Ulysses and the amazing James Lamb!
This collaboration is going to be amazing.
Magpie was our Poet of Honour in Saskatoon at last year’s CFSW and is one of my all time favourite spoken word artists. This set is going to be like nothing we have ever heard in Saskatoon. It’s going to be mind blowing and beautiful, I promise.
(And I’m going to make the slam team do a few of their team pieces to warm up the open mic section. Just saying.)
A little about the poet:
“Magpie Ulysses is a dynamic performance poet and storyteller known for charming and slaying her audiences with intense stage presence and thoughtful insight about humanity. She began performing poems in 1997 in Calgary, Alberta. Since then, Magpie has performed across North America at hundreds of venues, is a veteran of the Vancouver poetry slam, where she was a member of two national champion Vancouver poetry slam teams and was recently named a Poet of Honour at the Canadian festival Of Spoken Word In the Fall of 2012. She has been called “an anthropologist of the heart who doesn’t apologize for her vastness when she sets fire to the shade you took for shelter from this thing we call living.” http://www.magpieulysses.ca
James Lamb is a Canadian singer-songwriter-guitarist born into a musical family from Nelson, British Columbia. Known for his fascinating compositions & tasteful, highly regarded musicianship, James can be seen performing in urban centres and tiny rural nooks. He has performed in art spaces, established venues, yoga studios, stranger’s houses, on festival stages and the Via rail lounge car. His live presentation can haunt a room with thoughtful joy and his unique voice and commanding stage presence can plunge even the noisiest bar goers into mesmerized silence. http://www.jameslambmusic.com
“Past Presence; The impossible cycle of being” is a collection of prose poems telling the stories of strangers and self from Magpie’s experiences of hitchhiking over 25,000km across North America in her late teens and early twenties. The 40 minute piece is a distilled, yet expansive piece of writing exploring the themes of adaptations, space, fear, faith, landscape, othering and the act of storytelling. As a performance, the project crosses the boundaries between spoken word, performance poetry and theatre with a reflective yet explosive eclectic electric soundtrack composed by James Lamb.”
“Thank you to the Canada Council for The Arts for their generous support”