Events and Publications
This is going to be an awesome event: A Poetry and Music Salon that is a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders. It takes place on Saturday, May 27th from 1:45 to 4:00 p.m. at the Palmerston Library Theatre, 560 Palmerston Ave., Toronto, and features 6 poets and 6 musicians. Brenda Clews is the host, and I will be one of the featured performers, along with Isabel Fryszberg, Heather Babcock, Karen Shenfeld, Jim McCuaig, Michael Marian, Tricia Postle, Tom Hamilton, Stanley Fefferman, Neil Traynor, James Dewar, and Anna Gutmanis. I am so excited!
Urban Folk Art Salon, Mount Pleasant Library
You don’t want to miss this! Anna Gutmanis, Brenda Clews, Jovan Vuksanovich, Mark Ripp, Nadia High, and myself will perform music and poetry at the Urban Folk Art Salon on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Mount Pleasant Library in Toronto.
I am very excited to be sharing the stage on Saturday, July 9th at 8 p.m. at the Free Times Cafe along with some truly amazing artists: dub poet Clifton Joseph and singer-songwriters Carmen Toth and Tim Maxwell.
Before the show:
Because my words are all wound up with my paintings, I was thinking that I should somehow bring my artwork into my performance so that the audience can see the whole picture. I considered taking the actual paintings up on stage with me, but I I thought that would be awkward and complicated and distracting. Then I thought: photo prints! Then Duane suggested Power Point and I responded Great Idea, projection! So I don’t know. I have two days to figure it out. In the meantime I’ll tell you a little about the process of how some of the poems/stories came about.
The poem History began with some words in my head that followed with a drawing then a lot more words then a poem then a painting. I had just been in a car accident. It was all about the body. I spent a lot of time in bed, and to keep sane (and happy) (and alive), I had to do some art. I wrote in bed. I painted in short stints here and there. (I also went back to work, and saw chiropractors and acupuncturists and my favortie massage therapist, Moni.) Even though it wasn’t, it was still all about the body because either I could do something or I couldn’t based on how my body felt.
After the painting History was completed, I began working on the oils, watercolors and inks that are in the WRITTEN ON THE BODY series.
Brandon Pitts’ Canadian Launch for TENDER IN THE AGE OF FURY, cover art by Jennifer Hosein
TENDER IN THE AGE OF FURY is a powerful collection of poems. In the words of Cathy McKim, blogger at Life with More Cowbell, “Pitts’ work is visceral, political, irreverent, historical, biblical, romantic, vulgar and lyrical.” The book is available at http://www.brandonpitts.com/
I met Brandon at the late Nik Beat’s apartment in Toronto’s Beaches in the spring of 2011. We talked about writing, and I was inspired. And we became fast and close friends.
The long and the short of it is that Brandon chose my 2013 painting, Angel Over the City, for the book cover; it is a match made in heaven!
You can read Brandon’s post about me and check out his website at http://www.brandonpitts.com/happy-birthday-to-artist-jennifer-hosein/
Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir, November 2015
Willie Anecic accompanied me on sax for one poem during my feature at Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir at Hirut Cafe on November 26th, 2015 (photo by Duane MacNeill).
Love and Other Struggles, Tim Maxwell CD Release Party, August, 2015
Thank you, Tim Maxwell, for inviting me to be a part of this very special evening!
Masters of Art group exhibit, Bampot Bohemian Tea House, 2015
On opening night (May 15, 2015) of the MASTERS OF ART group exhibit at the Bampot Bohemian Tea House in Toronto, I will perform a set alongside poet and visual artist Brenda Clews and singer-songwriter Joani Paige. My oil painting, The Poet, is one of the paintings in the exhibit.
Kensington Lodge, January 2015
It was a wonderful evening of music and poetry at the Kensington Lodge in Toronto featuring Joani Paige, Michael Oesch, Saskia van Tetering, and myself (photo by Josef Hochleitner).
100,000 Poets for Change, September 2014
It was an honour to be a part of 100,000 Poets for Change on September 29th, 2014 at the Black Swan Tavern (photo credit: Kimberly Mallett).
Angels and… and exhibition of paintings at the Wychwood Pub
Angels and… an exhibition of paintings by Jennifer Hosein at the Wychwood Pub in Toronto, August 14th, – September 10th, 2014.
Opening night: August 14th, 8:00 p.m. Performances by Nik Beat, Michael Marian, Cate McKim, Lizzie Violet and myself.
Painter, Poet, Beggar, Thief at Urban Gallery, March 1, 2014
It was a spectacular afternoon at Urban Gallery as we listened to poets who are also painters, surrounded by the beautiful paintings of Brenda Clews.
Love and Other Struggles
Feautured poets: Jennifer Hosein and Banoo Zan
Featured musicians: Tim Maxwell and Nik Beat
Love and Other Struggles
Saturday, February 15th, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Hirut Restaurant 2050 Danforth Ave. (at Woodbine) Toronto.
5 By 5 Exhibition
Artists: Jennifer Hosein, Jacques Albert. Brenda Clews, Karoliina Koskinen and Greg Nordoff
October 12th – 28th , 2013
@ the Gladstone Hotel
in the Art Bar Gallery
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto
Killcreek, a play
KILLCREEK, a play
by Brandon Pitts
cover art by Jennifer Hosein
Book Launch: June 15th, 2013 at 2 pm
382 College Street, Toronto
Gaddist Poetry Reading Series, Q Space, November 25, 2012
A superb evening of poetry hosted by Nik Beat! (Poster art by Jennifer Hosein)
Crystal Garden – Kristalykert, an anthology
I am beyond excited to have six of my poems included alongside these illustrious Canadian poets in the anthology, Crystal Garden – Kristalykert, edited by Tarnoc Janos and Thury Katalin for the Hungarian-Canadian Friendship Society.