Words & Music - The World’s First Literary Rock Band

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 7:30pm
The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W.
Words & Music - The World’s First Literary Rock Band

Words & Music
The world’s first literary rock band breaks ground with a stunning launch.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Event starts at 8:00 p.m.


The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom

1214 Queen Street West

M6J 1J6
, 416-531-4635

$5 entrance fee or FREE with purchase of any book or CD

Join This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) on October 21 for the dramatic launch of these 21st century troubadours.

Literature and music have a long shared multifaceted history. Songs always have words and the best of literature sings with its own rhythms to its audience. So why not pair the two and make a beautiful sonic conversation together?

Take one poet, one author, one singer-songwriter-author, one spoken word artist and one rock musician, throw them together and see what happens.  That’s the idea behind Words & Music, the world’s first literary rock band.  Through an entertaining and thought-provoking mix of great music, engaging readings and lively conversation, the group celebrates and explores the connection between Music and Literature.  How do these art forms influence each other?  How do they influence the work of a group of artists, who approach the creative process in each form? 

Words & Music features iconic Canadian poet and songwriter Robert Priest, singer-songwriter-author Dan Hill, slam poet Andrea Thompson, singer-songwriter Bryan Potvin (from The Northern Pikes) and best-selling author Chris Gudgeon. “Words & Music is a unique look at the world of the books we read, the poems that inspire us and the music the forms the soundtrack of our lives,” says founder Gudgeon.

Words & Music are:

Bryan Potvin is a singer-songwriter and member of the Juno nominated band, The Northern Pikes.  In a recording career that’s spanned three decades, the Pikes had numerous hit singles, earned four Juno nominations, and sold four Gold records and 1 platinum album.  In 2012, the band was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame.  Along with band and solo work, Potvin has also worked in A&R for Polygram Canada, and has worked extensively in TV, co-writing the theme for the hit series Due North and doing composing and field recording of traditional music for the series Beyond Survival.

The Toronto Star has called Robert Priest “passionate, cocky, alternately adoring and insulting.” He is all of that, and more.  He has written 14 books of poetry, 3 children's novels, 4 CDs of songs and poems and was a regular on CBC radio's hit spoken word show "Wordbeat." He has received numerous awards including Milton Acorn Memorial People's Poetry Award for The Mad Hand, the Our Choice Award from the Canadian Children's Book Centre for the novel Knights of the Endless Day and a Chalmer's Award for musical play Minibugs and Microchips.  As a songwriter, he co-wrote the international number one hit, "Song Instead of a Kiss" for Alannah Myles.

Books in Canada calls BC’s Chris Gudgeon “a major new talent in Canadian fiction.  He is a screenwriter, songwriter and just plain writer-writer.  The author of 17 books, including the 2012 novel Song of Kosovo and landmark Stan Rogers biography An Unfinished Conversation, he’s also contributed to dozens of magazines – including MAD, National Lampoon, Playboy, TV Guide, Geist and Canadian Musician.  He’s also creator and producer of the Gemini-Award winning TV series Ghost Trackers, as well as creator and writer of the all 22 episodes of the ground-breaking GeoFreakZ trans-media series.  He was founding member of the tundra-pop band Joh Nekbhone and one-half of the duo The Hounds of Buskerville, regular contributors to CBC’s Basic Black.

Writer and spoken word artist Andrea Thompson has performed her work at venues across North America and overseas for the past twenty years.  A pioneer of Slam poetry in Canada, Thompson’s work has been featured on film, radio, and television; and included in magazines, literary journals and anthologies across the country. Thompson’s poetry is hybridist and unique – blending elements of jazz, dub, hip-hop and traditional literary verse.  In 2009 she was awarded the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word’s Poet of Honour: For Outstanding Achievement in the Art of Spoken Word, and in 2005, her spoken word CD One, was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award.  Thompson is the co-editor of the anthology Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out (Inanna, 2010), the author of the poetry collection Eating the Seed (Ekstasis, 2000), and is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph’s MFA Creative Writing program.  She currently teaches Spoken Word through the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Dan Hill is a multiple award winner, internationally renowned author and singer-songwriter. Nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Vocal, winner of a Grammy (as co-producer of “Seduces Me” on Celine Dion’s 30 plus million-selling “Falling Into You” album), winner of five Juno Awards and the Harold Moon Award (Canadian Lifetime Songwriting Achievement Award), Dan has recorded and released multiple gold and platinum albums. His classic hits, such as “Sometimes When We Touch” (closing in on 5 million spins in America alone, and covered by hundreds of artists), “Can’t We Try” (#1 Billboard AC Record of the Year), and “Never Thought (That I could Love)”, another #1 AC record, all remain staples of AC radio stations around the world. Dan has also enjoyed consistent success as a ‘behind the scenes’ songwriter, his compositions recorded by so many artists spanning so many musical genres that it’s, well, incredible. Singers who have recorded his works include Britney Spears, 98 Degrees, The Backstreet Boys, Rod Stewart, Donny Osmond, Michael Bolton, Tina Turner, George Benson, Tammy Wynette, Sammy Kershaw, Reba, and Lorrie Morgan, to name a select few.

Hill’s first book I Am My Father's Son: A Memoir of Love and Forgiveness recounts his childhood in Toronto, where he met his lifelong friend, author and songwriter Paul Quarrington.  Their last song as collaborators was composed ten days before Quarrington’s death in 2010. Dan Hill’s brother Lawrence is the author of The Book of Negroes, among other works.

Media Contact: Marc Glassman