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Poetry, live jazz and fine dining

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.

 

Amélie Prévost (Poetry in French)

Spoken word artist Amélie Prévost has written and performed two solo poetry shows (L’histoire de la fille and Ma langue dans ton oreille), which she toured all over Quebec between 2010 and 2016. She has performed in over 250 slam and poetry events in Canada and Europe. In 2015, Amélie won Quebec’s Grand Slam competition, and in 2016, she won the Coupe du monde de slam poésie—the World Cup of slam poetry in Paris, France. Her first collection of poetry, Corps Flottants, was recently published by Éditions Neige-Galerie. Her next show, in collaboration with Queen KA, will begin touring at the end of May 2018.

 

QUEEN KA (Poetry in French)

Queen KA is a spoken word artist. In 2010, she and Blaise Borboën-Léonard developed their first show, Délîrïüm. The following year, Stéphane Leclerc joined their team to create Ceci n’est pas du Slam. In 2014, Queen KA released her first album, Les Éclats Dépareillés, with the musical collaboration of Yann Perreau, Jorane, Marie-Jo Thério and DJ Champion. In February of 2015, she wrote Chrysalides, a performance directed by Yann Perreau, which has since been presented in a wide variety of venues. Queen KA also works with Radio-Canada, including as a contributor on the show Plus on est de fous, plus on lit. Her first collection of poetry, Moi, figuier sous la neige, was recently published by Mémoire d’encrier under her real name, Elkahna Talbi.
 

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.