Bloomsday 2017, a review

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in News | Posted on 10-07-2017

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This year at the Bloomsday Festival (Montreal, Quebec), I was asked to co-host (with Donovan King) an evening of Irish poetry and stories down at bar Kaffein on Bishop street. It’s not every day I get described as “magnificent”.

From an article about the event:

Now if the rest of the festival is equal to Tuesday’s event, An Irish Story (An scéal na hÉireann), which was billed as an evening of storytelling and poetry, hosted by Donovan King and the magnificent John David Hickey, who thrilled all those in attendance with his great stories (modern adaptations of traditional Irish folklore and legends), then everyone is in for a treat.
— Luc Archambault, June 2017
https://www.westmountmag.ca/festival-bloomsday-montreal/

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.

The passing of two storytellers

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in News | Posted on 23-09-2015

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This year (2015), we lost two great storytellers. One was my dear friend Jack Nissenson who passed on June 24th. He was being treated for health complications at St. Mary’s hospital when he passed unexpectedly in his sleep. He was 82. This is a recording of the last story he performed in front of an audience.

The other was my friend Brother Bear (‎Frère Ours) who died suddenly in his sleep in August. He wasn’t a close friend, but we traveled in similar circles and performed together. He was a gentle bon vivant and a brilliant storyteller.

Unfortunately, I could not attend his funeral, but it was recorded and posted on his Facebook page.

A video homage was made of him telling stories, playing music, and singing songs. It represents him pretty well.

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)

Digital Launch of the New CD!

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in News, Recordings | Posted on 22-09-2014

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It’s finally the day that has been months, if not years, in the making. Welcome to the digital launch of the much anticipated follow-up CD to The Bard’s New Hat!

JD Hickey’s newest CD “Did you Hear That?” is ready and features some of the Bard’s the creepiest stories (join us at the Facebook event)! Get ready to turn out the lights and listen to these tales! Then turn all the lights back on and quiver in your bed, praying that the sun will return to banish the darkness!

The stories include:

  • The Hall of Wonders
  • Fionn MacCool and the Old Man (video)
  • Thomas & La Chasse Galerie
  • The Boy Who Drew Cats
  • The Dead Don’t Pay
  • The Man with No Story
  • Lex & the Devil
  • Ti-Fleur & the Magic Fiddler
  • BONUS: The Ghost with One Black Eye
  • BONUS: Skeleton Woman

Here’s what you can get:
1. “Did You Hear That?”: $12 (8 stories + 2 bonus tracks)
2. “Did you Hear That the Bard Has a New Hat?”: $20 which includes:

  • “Did You Hear That?” (8 stories + 2 bonus tracks)
  • “The Bard’s New Hat” (released 2010)

There are three ways you can purchase your digital download. Be sure to give me your email address so that I can send you the URL so that you can download the CD!

  1. Bank Transfer: send your payment via Interac e-transfer to mtlbard@gmail.com. Please include your full name and your Email address (so that we can email you the link). If a password is required, make it “HearThat2014″.
  2. Paypal: please visit our sponsor The Magical Blend and select the “Did You Hear That?” CD from their store page, click Checkout, and pay for it with Paypal.
  3. Cheque: if you wish to send a cheque, send an email to mtlbard@gmail.com to get the mailing address and once he receives the cheque, you will receive an email with the digital download.

Once I receive your payment, I will email you a link to the ZIP file that contains the tracks. This path will be active for a couple of days, so you must download the file before it expires. Please let me know when you receive the files and do not share this path with anyone else.

Pirate Testimonials on this Special Day

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in News | Posted on 19-09-2013

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Woohoo! I get my own Pirate Testimonial on International Talk Like Pirate Day!
Also, who knew that pirates could be so immature? Hickey. *snort*

Like my Facebook Fan Page! Arrrr!

New Site, Same Old Look

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in News | Posted on 10-09-2013

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So this year, I decided to move my storytelling website to its own webhost. I’ve been wrangling with the HTML and  moving the site over, but it’s turning out to be a real hassle. I may have to recreate the posts manually, so this might take some time. Please be patient.

The cool thing is that you don’t have to update your bookmarks! For the past couple of years, www.johndavidhickey.ca has been referring off to another site. I just didn’t want people to get confused between the two sites (documentia.ca is my business site).

Quiet Summer for Stories

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in News | Posted on 15-08-2013

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And by quiet, I mean I’ve been so busy, I can’t even speak.

Actually, that’s not entirely true. I had a few gigs booked until July before my calendar cleared out. It’s odd to get storytelling gigs in the Summer; storytelling is more of a Fall/Winter/Spring activity.

So I know I told a few people about taking over from Mike Burns’ gig at Hurley’s Pub, but unfortunately, it fell through. After 20 years of Irish tales, the pub owners decided to end the tradition on Mike’s retirement. I realized that this was a possibility, but I hoped I could sell them on the idea anyways. I failed. Drat.

Oh well… This just means I can focus more on hosting the Slamtastique events this season (or 3rd year!).  I think I will prepare one story to tell per event so I can get some decent recordings for the next CD. I thought I had enough recordings for the new CD, but I’m realizing the audio quality just isn’t there. With the Bard’s New Hat CD, the audio quality was all over the place, so I’m striving to a deliver a higher quality product this time.

In this coming year, I’m going to focus on getting gigs at Festivals, so I need to prepare my press kit and send it everywhere and anywhere. Maybe I’ll end up playing in a venue near you!

First TV Interview!

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in News | Posted on 24-01-2013

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Did you make your way over here from the interview I did with Malik Shaheed on City TV? Well, whether you did or didn’t, welcome! I’ve done interviews on radio and podcasts before, but that was my first TV interview ever. I’m glad my girlfriend got me that jacket for Christmas!

Here it is on Malik Shaheed’s YouTube channel:

So I plugged a few things during the interview, so here are the links:

Also, I’ll be performing with TaelStrum at Hurley’s Pub on February 24th at 7pm (Facebook event). Join us for an evening tales and  music!

MadSlam 2013

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in News, Slam | Posted on 14-01-2013

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I just got home after taking part in the first ever Madpoetix Slam and it was SICK! So much raw talent under one roof was unbelievable to witness, much less even take part in.

I made it through two rounds: 1st round got me a score of 29.5 / 30 points, and the 2nd round got me a score of 29.4 / 30 points. Simple math will tell you that I scored 58.9 points / 60, but unbelievable math will tell you that I placed 4th overall. That’s how CRAZY it was that night.

I’m humbled and amazed that my storytelling pieces, which had to be less that 3 minutes each, were so well received when surrounded by such talent poets and spoken word artists. I am humbled beyond belief.

I hope a good chunk of folks come out to the Story Slam tomorrow night. It’s going to rawk!