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Les Séries Spoken'Jazz

Calling all spoken word fans, jazz lovers and poetry aficionados: Le Balcon is pleased to invite you to a unique evening of live music, poetry and fine dining. Our venue is the perfect place for a new generation of slammers, poets and musicians to come together to enjoy a gourmet meal in an atmosphere reminiscent of Harlem’s spoken word era.

A form of oral poetry that emerged during the Harlem Renaissance, spoken word was deeply influenced by the African-American civil rights movement. Legendary speeches, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream,” Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” and Booker T. Washington’s “Cast Down Your Buckets,” inspired the groups of artists and musicians who developed and refined spoken word beginning in the 1960s. One of these groups, The Last Poets, was instrumental in popularizing the art form and making it a vibrant part of African-American culture. Spoken word has since played a vital role in shaping African-American music, giving rise to rap and hip-hop, among other genres.

Today, spoken word and slam poetry are thriving art forms that draw on diverse subject matter and musical trends, making them accessible to a wide audience. This is especially true in Montreal’s creative and lively scene, which has produced some of the genre’s most talented artists.

 

FABRICE KOFFY (Poetry in French)

Fabrice grew up in Côte d’Ivoire (West Africa), and began writing as a teenager.
Over the past five years, he has been working with the Kalmunity Vibe Collective (www.kalmunity.com) and has participated in a variety of collaborations and shows, including at the FrancoFolies de Montréal and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. In 2016, he won a Vitrine des musiques locales métissées award, was invited to MASA (Marché des arts et du spectacle africain) and performed onstage with Salif Keita. Fabrice is also active in community organizations and schools, where he frequently gives slam and poetry workshops. He also regularly takes part in slam events organized by the Ligue Québécoise de Slam (LIQS). Onstage, Fabrice brings elements of theatre and music to his distinctly modern, urban poetry.

 

KYM DOMINIQUE-FERGUSON (Poetry in English)

Kym Dominique-Ferguson is a poet by birth, a theater artist by training and a producer by nature. For over a decade, he has wowed Montrealers with his theatrical poetry and open mic nights. In August 2015, he successfully produced and performed his first one-man show, The Born Jamhaitianadian, to a sold-out audience.

From 2015 to 2016, he joined the Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program ensemble and, soon after, was accepted into the renowned Spoken Word Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta.

In September 2017, he made his directorial debut with the outstanding Phenomenal 5IVE, an acclaimed production that ran for five days at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels).

Dominique-Ferguson is currently working on his first play, entitled #DearBlackMan.