Support for Standing Rock

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events, News | Posted on 17-11-2016

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My friends down at the Mountain Ancestors ADF Grove are actively supporting our brothers and sisters who are defending Standing Rock. The folks up there need chainsaws: their Elders up there are getting cold and they can’t process the firewood fast enough with the tools they have. Now, we need to get winter clothes and winter lodgings together, as the cold descends.

Please consider making a donation to help them keep the Standing Rock Elders safe!

Here’s what this ADF Grove posted recently on their Facebook page:

Greetings, All! This is a #CallToAction with #FreeStuff for you!

As many of you know, our Casey McCarthy is heading to Standing Rock to bring some much-needed winter supplies to the Water Protectors. They are in need of supplies for the winter, and we need your help to get them!

Fellow ADF-member and celebrated Storyteller JD Hobbes is offering a free download of his album, a collection sure to entertain story-lovers of all ages, for all donations over $50. Click on his name for more information and some cool video clips.

Make your donation at MountainAncestors.org under Services.

Join us in supporting the Water Protectors during this time of unrest and uncertainty. #WaterIsLife

I am proud to support this cause and I hope you will join me. It is up to us to decide how this story will be told to future generations.

Epic Summer Plans

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events | Posted on 12-04-2016

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I don’t know what’s going on. Normally, summer is the quiet time for storytelling, but 2016 is turning out to be super busy! I’ve already got a dozen shows scheduled, so I’m going to post them here just to keep reminding myself that this isn’t a dream!

  • DONE — April 27th: Blood and Bones (Montreal) — Facebook event
  • DONE — May 4th (my birthday!): Voix de Ville (Montreal) — Facebook event
  • DONE — May 7th, 4pm: PorchFest (Montreal) — Facebook event
  • CANCELLED — June 18th, 6pm: Mythic Invasion of London with Professor Taelstrum (London, Ontario) — Facebook event
  • July 8th, 9th: Botanical Gardens (Montreal)
  • August 5th, 6th: Botanical Gardens (Montreal)
  • August 12th: Botanical Gardens (Montreal)
  • August 26th, 27th: Botanical Gardens (Montreal)
  • September 23rd-25th: Grand Canadian Steampunk Exposition (Niagara, Ontario)

Blood and Bones: Poetry and Story

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events | Posted on 07-04-2016

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Join us for an evening of spoken word that flows the blood and stacks the bones. Featuring poet Natasha Clery and storyteller JD “Hobbes” Hickey and invited guests.

Blood and Bones
April 27th 2016 (Wednesday), 6pm – 9:00pm
Mariposa le Café
5434 Cote St-Luc rd.
Montreal, Quebec
Cover: $10
Facebook Event

Trigger Warning: there will be adult content. This show is not appropriate for children. Long term, the erotic content of this show may produce children.

Montreal Storytelling Festival 2015

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events, Slam | Posted on 24-10-2015

There is a storytelling festival taking place in October 2015 called Le Festival Interculturel du Conte du Quebec and my Slamtastique Story Slam is being held on the last night of it. You should join us! Some of the finest storytellers are sure to be there!

Sunday, October 25th
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Mariposa le Café
5434 Cote St-Luc rd.
Montreal, Quebec H3X 2C5
Facebook event

Nuit Blanche 2015: 10 Hours for a Spoken World

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events | Posted on 02-03-2015

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So I had the immense honor to share the stage with some of Montreal’s finest poets during the Nuit Blanche festival this year. I was invited to take part by Betty Esperanza (100 Thousand Poets 4 Change) and we were the English portion of a tribute to the late, great Montreal poet Irving Layton. I was also honored to share that stage with Susan Shulman and Regimental Oneton.

Unbeknownst to me, the stories were also recorded by Akim Videos (Youtube site). Photos here were taken by Yvon Jean.

JD Hickey, Nuit Blanche 2015

Upcoming Gigs

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events, News | Posted on 11-02-2015

Google Calendar rules my life. I was reviewing it today and I suddenly realized I’ve got a ton of gigs coming up (well a ton for me, which is generally more than one).

I’m leaving this here more as a reminder for myself, but if anyone of you would like to join me at these events, I would love to see you there. Yes, you. Don’t look over your shoulder… I’m talking to you. Right now.

DONE: February 11th, 8pm: Voix de Ville (as Professor Taelstrum)

DONE: February 18th, 7pm: Slamtastique Story Slam (as the host)

DONE: February 28th, 7pm: 10 Hours for a Spoken World (as part of the Nuit Blanche)

DONEMarch 14th, 8pm: Did You Hear That? CD Launch in Ottawa

DONEMarch 15th, 3pm: Telling a couple of Irish stories at Cafe Mariposa for Irish Brunch

DONEMarch 15th, 8:30pmSocks Off Armando (featured teller for an Improv troupe)

DONEMarch 20th, 8pm: Tales o’the Green at the Yellow Door Coffeehouse

DONEMarch 22nd, 4pm: Driving Out the Snakes III (as the host and seanachi)

March 25th, 7pm: Slamtastique Story Slam (website)

Tales from the Yellow Door Coffeehouse

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events, Recordings | Posted on 11-11-2014

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Back in October, I told a couple of stories at the Yellow Door Coffeehouse hosted by Marc Nerenberg, deep in the McGill student ghetto. Happily, they were video recorded and they just got posted!

I’ll be featured at the Yellow Door Coffeehouse on December 12th 2014 (Facebook event), so you should join us!

These two stories are also featured on my new CD Did You Hear That?, so you should get your copy today, or come by the CD Launch at Le Mariposa on November 19th 2014 (Facebook event).

The Man with No Story

Lex and the Devil

New Gigs in November/December!

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events | Posted on 21-10-2014

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The “Did You Hear That?” CD Tour has started! In Montreal, I’m hitting both sides of the mountain about one month apart and I’m hoping to book a show in Ottawa as well, so stay tuned.

Tales from the Mariposa

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 at 7pm
Mariposa le Cafe
5434 Cote St-Luc rd
NDG (Montreal)
Facebook event

Tales and Wails at the Yellow Door Coffeehouse

Friday, December 12th 2014 at 8:00pm
The Yellow Door Coffeehouse
3625 Aylmer,
Montréal, QC H2X 2C3
Facebook Event

Come and join us at the Yellow Door Coffeehouse for the Open Stage where I will be the Featured Performer! There will be music, tales, and coffee with comfy seats! All nestled in the comfortable nook of the Yellow Door Coffeehouse.

In October: I’m also performing in Ottawa at (Un)Told on the 27th!

Driving Out the Snakes II

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events | Posted on 04-03-2014

I’m honoured to announce that I will be hosting the Driving Out the Snakes concert in Montreal on March 16th, 2014. I performed in this concert last year as their seanchaí (storyteller) and this year they asked me to host and be their teller! Here is all the info you need to know. I hope you can join us for what promises to be an incredible night of music, myth, and magic.

Driving out the Snakes II: A St Patrick’s Day Celebration

Resto Griffintown
1378 rue Notre-Dame Ouest,
Montreal, Quebec H3C

>Doors open at 3:00pm
Show begins at 4:00pm
$10 admission for adults
$5 admission for children
Facebook Event
Contact Aine Doan at ainedoan@gmail.com

For the second year in a row, we are inviting you all to join us in driving out the snakes. The event will be MC’d by acclaimed local seanchaí John David Hickey. With live music by two wonderful Celtic folk bands, The Mudlarks and The Bombadils, and a performance of Irish dance by Richard Chalut, this is a celebration that is not to be missed!

—- About the Mudlarks:

The Mudlarks are a brood of misfits spawned in the ooze of the River Thames. They concoct a delicious musical stew drawing ingredients from traditional British Isles sources and a corpus of original work.

Ben’s original compositions draw their inspiriation from local history, including: the adventures of Quebec-bound immigrants who braved the perilous sea-crossings, the bitter memories of survivors of World War II’s Dieppe, and a moving interpretation of the Stan Rogers classic Barrett’s Privateers.

—- About the Bombadils:

The Bombadils are a “charismatic and kind-hearted bunch of rascals.” Their music features a bluegrass and Celtic-inspired voice that combines soaring melodic lines, tight rhythmic energy, and a decidedly contemporary sound.

Since the release of their first album, “Fill Your Boots!,” this band of four musicians have wandered cross-continent, performing in canoes on the Tobique River, skiing in the mountains of Sierra Nevada, and riding the VIA rails. They look forward to performing these songs, as well as a number of Irish classics, for this year’s mighty St. Paddy’s day celebration in Montreal.

Story Slam Finals!

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events, Slam | Posted on 10-05-2013

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On June 10th 2013, I’m hosting the 2013 edition of the Slamtastique Story Slam Finals. This our 2nd annual Story Slam competition and I’m really looking forward to it. There will be six story slammers competing for the glory and fudge! These six competitors are the winners from this past year (October – May), but only one can be crowned victor!

We’ve also got celebrity judges who will also be telling stories of their own, so that should mix things up nicely. Come check us out!

Slamtastique Finals 2013
June 10th, 2013, 6:30 pm – 7pm
Shaika Café

5526 Sherbrooke Street West/Quest
Montreal, Quebec
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For more information about the Story Slams, see Slamtastique.
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