A few years back, I had the unbelievable honor of sharing a stage at McGill’s Pollack Hall with Concerto Della Donna for a charity event (Northern Exposure). The last piece was called “Ost for vinden”, which was a Norwegian folktale put the music. I was the storyteller and Concerto Della Donna sang the songs. It was by far the most ambitious project I have ever undertaken (back then and ever since). Thanks be to Erika Wood for believing in me.
I had a personal copy of the recording, but due to rights and other legal stuff, I wasn’t allowed to share it with anyone. All I could do was play it for people in the car. Well now the author of that piece (Marie-Claire Saindon) has put the entire recording up on her SoundCloud page. If you’re going to listen to it, I highly recommend that you put headphones on and immerse yourself in it. It’s beautiful and has brought tears to many who have listened to it.
Rickman: Hey David.
Bowie: Alan? You too? What took you down?
Rickman: Cancer. You?
Bowie: Me too. Fuck Cancer.
Rickman: Fuck Cancer. With a spoon.
Lemmy: Fuck Cancer!
Rickman: Who’s that guy?
Lemmy: I thought this was the rock star section. They let just anyone in here?
Bowie: Apparently. I’m been searching for Crosby, but I haven’t had much luck.
Lemmy: David Crosby’s dead too?!?
Bowie: No, no… Bing Crosby. Before your time. Before my time, really, if truth be told.
Rickman: I can play the cello…
Lemmy: No you can’t. You’re an actor. You can act like you play the cello. I saw Truly, Madly, Deeply wise-ass.
Rickman: … Asshole.
Bowie: So what do we do now?
Lemmy: We could jam. Maybe actor-boy could learn how to play the spoons.
Angelil: Salut les boys.
Rickman: Who the fuck are you?
Angelil: Calisse… I’m Rene. If there’s one thing I knew how to do in the old life is spot talent early on, and I mean *early* on. Stick with me les gars and we will rock this place.
Original piece written by JD Hickey
At the last Slamtastique Story Slam that I hosted, I told a story about why Patricia left. Patricia Flewwelling is a published author who works at TELUS, but also worked at Cafe Mariposa, which is where the Story Slam now takes place. And I’ll admit it right here: I’ve had a bit of an unrequited crush on her for a while. It’s no secret.
But new adventures have flung our beloved Patricia far and wide, but few know the real reason, so I decided to tell the masses the *real* reason why she left us. Now that I’ve heard the recording, I can tell I told it a bit too fast (the pace is off), but I’ll fix that with some practice in the future.
When Patricia met Death in the Market
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
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.
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.
JD Hickey, Nuit Blanche 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)
DONE: March 14th, 8pm: Did You Hear That? CD Launch in Ottawa
DONE: March 15th, 3pm: Telling a couple of Irish stories at Cafe Mariposa for Irish Brunch
DONE: March 15th, 8:30pm: Socks Off Armando (featured teller for an Improv troupe)
DONE: March 20th, 8pm: Tales o’the Green at the Yellow Door Coffeehouse
DONE: March 22nd, 4pm: Driving Out the Snakes III (as the host and seanachi)
So I have been having to sit on this for about a week, but now I’m allowed to show it off. This is what happens when you hire a storyteller.
Mid-December, I was contacted by an office furniture design company in the Montreal area called Group Focus (groupefocus.com) who asked me to write a script for them for a promotional video. They were going to a conference and were asked to put together a promo video for their company.
For this video, they decided they wanted to focus on their people rather than their products/services, and they wanted to go with a wolf/nature theme. I wrote them a script, they loved it, I did the narration, they still loved it, and here’s the final product.
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!