The 2005 Festival voix d’ameriques:
The FVA is put together through the indefatigable efforts of its General and Artistic Manager, D. Kimm. She’s a Quebecoise poet with four books, a performer in "le Band des poètes", and cultural organizer who has in three years transformed the FVA into an event that occupies the imagination of Montreal in the dark weeks of February.
This year all major media covered the event, local poet Kaie Kellough and singer Chloé Sainte-Marie appeared on the covers of the Montreal weeklies, there were photo spreads in the English and French papers, and several events were recorded for national radio broadcast over the CBC Radio One and its French counterpart Radio-Canada. Each year the festival multiplies taking on new events and impossible challenges both of which D.Kimm welcomes with a soul of a barnstormer, risking all for the sake of an extraordinary spectacle.
Over the week, the festival presents over sixty events; there’s poetry, storytelling, the spoken-word, song and dance in French, English, Spanish and Innu. Events start at 5:00 PM at the Casa del Popolo and go late.
"Le shift de nuit" (the Night Shift) is an open-mic where trembling neophytes present work for the first time alongside Quebec’s most revered and often very drunk poets who are led through the grey haze to the small stage by host and poet Tony Trembley. He presided over packed rooms, accelerated by much beer and endless cigarettes which filled the space with a thick smoke that lingered in the hair and clothes well into the day after. Tony kept everyone upright and on-time while his house duo provided appropriate noise and ambience. This year the houses were regularly full and crowds were turned away at several events.
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