Archive for March, 2011

March 22: Impossible Islands and Hockey Poems

Posted in Art Bar Poetry with tags on March 29, 2011 by theartbar

Meet the Zoom H4

For more than a year the Zoom H4 recorder has been a constant companion of Art Bar nights. Most of the readings and interviews that have turned up in our podcasts were recorded by this intrepid, although occasionally glitchy little machine. The Zoom H4 appeared centre stage this week, as I had a go at recording readings from the front of the stage.

Stephen Humphrey

Jeffery Donaldson with Zoom H4

Jeffery Donaldson believes that Hamilton is Southern Ontario’s best-kept secret.  He says past the “dark satanic mills” seen from the Burlington Skyway are the Niagara Escarpment along with other natural wonders. As a professor at McMaster University’s Department of English, Donaldson has a concern with the mechanics and hidden implications of words and etiquette towards the days you leave behind. But his soul reaches for hockey, as imagined by both amateur athletes and Shakespeare.

Listen to Jeffery Donaldson

Pamela Porter

While pregnant with their first child, Vancouver poet and novelist Pamela Porter and her husband travelled to Nicaragua and Guatemala to document the experiences of people caught in the Contra war and the government-sponsored terror against Guatemalan teachers and aid workers. Later, with two children, they worked in Angola and Ghana, where Pamela taught English during the day, and at night they delivered food to homeless children. These experiences inform her collection of poems Cathedral .

Note: Thanks to gremlin-like activity, the audio file of Pamela’s reading was corrupted (fume, curse). Luckily the interview survived.

Listen to the interview with Pamela Porter

Jacob McArthur Mooney

Jacob McArthur Mooney writes about place. Not particular places, necessarily, although he has a lot to say about a neighbourhood in Mississauga. Place is an idea, almost a fiction for Jacob. Even when places are real they become history less than they become folklore.

Listen to Jacob McArthur Mooney


Art Bar Blog and Podcast: Toronto’s most backlogged website?

Posted in Art Bar Poetry, Community with tags , on March 29, 2011 by theartbar

The Great Catch-Up continues

Some of you might have noticed the Art Bar blog and podcast postings falling a little behind. Okay, really behind. First it was a few days, then weeks and now months.

All of this great audio and imagery in the can. All that great poetry hidden from the world.

Not to worry… this missing podcasts between May 2010 and March 2011 will make appearances one-by-one.

Meanwhile, we’re leaping over the backlog and posting the most recent readings while we catch up with posterity.

About the Squeaky Wheel factor

If you, dear reader, feel inclined to say, “Hey, what about June something-something when so-and-so read? Hey what about MY reading?” then by all means tell us that. We’ll most  likely rush over and get that episode done out of remorse.

Just believe us: editing audio is fun

Finally, if anyone out there thinks it would be fun to edit audio, interview poets and take pictures yes, we’re definitely looking for volunteers.

Look us up.

Stephen Humphrey