The Words and Music Show: performing the archive
For 20 years, the Words and Music Show (W&M Show), established and organized by poet and musician Ian Ferrier, has been a constant cultural haven for a wide variety of performers living in and visiting Montreal.
As the city’s longest running spoken word poetry, literature, performance and music show, it has featured and celebrated top names from across the country and offered both seasoned and burgeoning artists a space to share their work and to practice performing brand new works for receptive audiences.
This event celebrates the show’s continuing legacy with the launch of the online curation of the audio recordings and images that document the performances as they occurred from 2000 to the present. With the collection digitized and catalogued by SpokenWeb researchers, the new W&M Show archive site has been designed to preserve and present these unique audio recordings for the use and pleasure of researchers, students, artists and the public at large.
In keeping with the legacy of W&M, the event will open with poetry and music performances, featuring Montreal-based word artists Catherine Kidd and Kaie Kellough, who have contributed significantly to W&M over the years, and whose past performances are captured in the archive.
Next, organizers will unveil the new online archive of the W&M collection, created by SpokenWeb archivists, researchers and designers, and guests will be able to explore and listen to the W&M archival materials in an interactive environment made possible by 4TH SPACE.
The vernissage of the site will also feature talks by English student researchers Andrew Roberge and Ali Barillaro, and design student Rodrigo Velasco, who have been responsible for the processing and digital design of the online collection.
This event is organized in partnership with Concordia’s Department of English.