Making me poor
It might be the nights
spent sleeping where I could
shaping this monograph
of a poet,
who never had a library card.
It could have been the blows
I witnessed to the Inuit boy
who didn’t pay up to the sandy image
of Labrador ducks.
There might have been
for metaphors when I searched for
my runaway clone
or the blows my mother
got from a drunk man,
on the other hand, there were loads of cod stories
to find on my island, making sleep better.
I wandered around at night, in and out of
forests and came up with empty beer bottles.
Be a proud islander, be proud of who you are
It might be the welfare that made me.
Self portrait of poor
Quietly absorbing philosophy in a bottled up past with no music in it,
put me down as insignificant until I am asked to write my memoirs then I suddenly
have voice and clearing rooted insight obtained through the observing eye on poverty.
The amazing, never ending talents of this young entertainer have been cultivated for over 2 decades in Montreal / Canada. He has obtained the talents of beatboxing, rapping, singing, Djing, dancing, step dancing, hosting as an MC and Official Judge for Beatbox Canada.
Blazing a path from stage to stage, he has made his mark on multiple musical platforms in and out of the city. With trademark shows like: performing on “Musiq Plus” (several times), the International Montreal Jazz Fest. of 1994 and 2012, crowned with the title Montreal’s beatbox champ of 1999, the FrancoFolies of 2007, co-hosting on k103.7 fm, opening for Slum Village at Club Soda, closing a night for K-OSS, opening for Kardinal Offishall, preforming with “Kalmunity”, being a host for Jello-bar’s aids fundraiser, host for The privateer’s Hati & Japan fundraiser, host for Madpoetix “The Art of Performing Aural Sex” & “Intimate Nights”, the groups “One Ton” (SUPERSEX WORLD) & “The Suits XL”, finishing 15th across Canada on a show called Popstars “The One” becoming one of the 1st to Beatbox and sing on TV, Beatboxing for a McDonalds commercial McBISTRO (2012) TV & radio, Festival des arts urbains 2012, Recorded tracks with Sir Pathetik (J’rap pour toi) and Tricia Foster (Bubble Days). He has also branched out to Halifax, Quebec, Sherbrooke, Trois Riviere, Toronto, Victoria, Vancouver and even New York.
It has been said he has a drop of a new age Bobby McFerrin in his talent. But in total his style is his own and performs with just a mic, his mouth and his imagination. There is no real way of explaining the performance… but too see it, hear it and feel his music for yourself live.
Nominated as Montreal’s top spoken word artist (Montreal Mirror 2010), Métis artist Moe Clark fuses her unique understanding of performance narrative with traditions of circle singing and spoken word. Mistress of the looping pedal, Moe creates poetic songs that resonate with the power to heal and connect with authentic purpose.
After her debut album release “Circle of She: Story and Song” Moe has been inspiring audiences as far as Brazil, Belgium and beyond.
Feature highlights include performances for the 2012 TedXMontreal, 2010 IDEA World Congress in Belem, Brazil, the 2009 Maelström ReEvolution Poétique FiEstival in Brussels, Belgium, the 2011 Makusham APTN Series, and the ’07, ’08, ‘10 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.
Aside from performance work, she is a community arts educator who facilitates voice, writing and spoken word performance workshops in high schools and local communities to promote literacy and creative expression. She believes that through the continuum of the oral tradition and active involvement in communities, both locally and internationally, we have the power to transform.
Here is a bilingual video that she made to cheer on the Canadians in the 2012 Olympics that just passed recently.