New Gig for 2013

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events, News | Posted on 02-01-2013

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Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that 2013 fills your lives with happy, exciting stories. If so, I hope I get to hear you tell them!

My 2013 is off to a great start. Irish storyteller Mike Burns has been telling stories at Hurley’s Irish pub for almost 20 years on the last Sunday of each month. Normally, he would be performing on February 24th, but he’s away performing in another part of the world. I’m quite honoured to be asked to tell tales in his stead.

February Storytelling at Hurley’s Pub
February 24th 2013, 7pm
Hurley’s Irish Pub
1225 Crescent Street
Montreal, Quebec
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In an unrelated event, I’ve been toying with a new one-sheet Press Kit. It’s here if you want to see it, and if you have any feedback, please send me an email!

Tales from the Winds

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events | Posted on 28-08-2012

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Riding with the Winds

So… I don’t know if you remember, but back in early June of 2012, I had the immense honour of appearing with Concerto Della Donna in McGill’s Pollack Hall during the Northern Exposure fundraiser. I was called to take part as the storyteller to tell the classic Norwegian tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon (image taken from çizgili masallar zaman blog, artist Mercer Mayer). The hall was almost filled to capacity with over 500 people in attendance.

This was the most ambitious thing I have ever attempted and even up to hours before the show itself, I wasn’t sure I was up to the task. Fortunately, everything went smoothly and we got through it. My heartfelt thanks to maestro Iwan Edwards for his infinite patience and passionate guidance.

Then this past weekend, I was sent the recording of the entire show, including the piece I worked on with the choir. Due to restrictions with rights and such, I can’t post the whole thing, but I can post a clip (which is 2 minutes of the 30-minute piece). In this piece, the heroine is traveling with the East Wind in the hopes of finding her prince who is trapped in the castle that is East of the Sun and West of the Moon.

In this clip, you can hear me telling the tale along with the 17-member Concerto Della Donna. On Stradivarius violin is Caroline Chéhadé and on cello is Michael Nicolas. The piece was composed by Marie-Claire Saindon and the maestro was Iwan Edwards.

Ost for vinden – Ostavind — Concerto Della Donna (2:01)

Fringe 2012

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in TaelStrum | Posted on 27-04-2012

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It’s official: The dates for TaelStum‘s show “Delicious Lies” are set! 14 shows in June 2012 and we guarantee that no two shows will be exactly alike!

Ame-Art: collectif des Artistes de la galerie Mile-End
5345, avenue du Parc
Montreal, QC H2V 4H9

Dates booked:
June 8th, 8pm and 10pm
June 9th, 8pm and 10pm
June 12th, 8pm and 10pm
June 18th, 8pm
June 20th, 8pm and 10pm
June 21st, 8pm and 10pm
June 23rd, 8pm

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Lex & the Devil: a Rockstar Moment

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events | Posted on 08-02-2012

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Last weekend, I was hosting a fundraiser where we had magicians, musicians, dancers, singers, and storytellers.  Happily, my friend Scarlet recorded TaelStrum’s telling of Lex & the Devil.

My favorite moment occurs at 4:50 when I get my Rock Star experience where I realize the crowd is telling the story with me, so I go quiet and let them say it as a group. It was golden.

Busy October!

Posted by jdhBard | Posted in Events | Posted on 09-10-2011

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As it is with most Octobers, storytelling becomes very popular! I’ve got quite a few shows coming up to a venue near you!

Café Namasthé

October 15th, 2011 // 7pm
37 Lambton
Ormstown, QC
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Café Namasthé website

Lakeshore Players Halloween Party

Sunday, October 30th · 1pm – 5pm
Chalet St. Charles
90 St. Charles Ave.
Dorval, QC

Of Seasons Past: Tales and Supper at Casa Maura

November 4th, 2011 // 7pm
Casa Maura
6290 Somerled, NDG
Montreal, QC
Cost: 30
Limited seating (45 seats). RSVP today by calling (514) 482-0777
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