February 16, 2023 – Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Tawhida Tanya Evanson and Jason Blackbird Selman

Venue: Sala Rossa (4848 Saint-Laurent, Montréal, Québec, H2S 2Z1) Doors: 8:00 PM Music: 8:30 PM Tickets: $20.99 in advance or $22.00 at the door

Advance Tickets: https://thepointofsale.com/tickets/czz230216001

Co-presentation with Casa del Popolo Presents

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is an American jazz ensemble founded in 1973 by percussionist Kahil El’Zabar. Its members have included Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Joseph Bowie, Ernest Dawkins, Light Henry Huff, Edward Wilkerson, Hanah Jon Taylor, and ‘Atu’ Harold Murray. 

Tawhida Tanya Evanson is a poet, author, producer and Aşık from Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. Her two poetry collections are Bothism (Ekstasis 2017) and Nouveau Griot (Frontenac 2018). Her debut novel Book of Wings (Véhicule 2021) won the 2022 New Contribution Literary Prize, was on the 2022 CBC Canada Reads Longlist and was one of Quill & Quire’s 2021 Books of the Year. With a 25-year practice in spoken word, she has performed in over a dozen countries and released several studio albums and videopoems including the award-winning Almost Forgot my Bones. In 2013, she was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and received the Golden Beret Award for her contribution to the genre. Director of the Banff Centre Spoken Word program and VP of The Quebec Writers’ Federation, she is at work on an Afrofuturist film premiering in spring 2023 entitled Cyano Sun Suite and the French translation of her novel. She moonlights as a whirling dervish.

Jason “Blackbird” Selman is a Montreal-born poet and trumpet player. He is the author of The Freedom I Stole (2007, Cumulus Press), and Africa As A Dream That Travels Through My Heart (2016, Howl), and co-editor of the poetry anthology Talking Book (2006, Cumulus Press), which chronicles the writings of Kalm Unity Vibe Collective (of which he is a founding member). He has done extensive poetry workshops in schools and community groups across the Montreal area. His work is grounded in the themes of ethno-musicology, surrealist expression, love, and the intersection of masculinity and emotional vulnerability.

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