Upcoming 2010 Ontario Dates

December 27, 2009

London, ON: Thursday, Jan. 21 – 7.30 pm – Luminous Entrance – An Eco-Poetic Sound Opera featuring the poetry of Western’s Writer in Residence Penn Kemp, and the folk inspired melodies of Brenda McMorrow. Brescia University College, UWO, Brescia Auditorium 519-432-8353 ext. 28288 $15

Waterloo, ON:  Friday, Jan. 22 – 7.30 pm – Kirtan  – Community of Hearts Yoga 826 King St. N, Suite 21 – 519.880.9339 communityofheartsyoga.com $15 advance/$18 day of

Perth, ON: Thursday, Jan. 28 – 7.00- 9.00 pm -Workshop: An Introduction to the Art andPractice of Kirtan  The Yoga Connection 32 North St. yogaconnectionperth.org 613.267.7148 $25 at the door (cash only please)

Killaloe ON:  Friday, Jan. 29 – 8.00 pm – Kirtan The Earthship asomamusic.ca 613.757.2000 (w/ special guest Errol Staff Francis) $10

Ottawa ON: Saturday, Jan. 30 – 7.o0 pm Kirtan PranaShanti Yoga 52 Armstrong St. pranashanti.com 613.761.9642 (w/ special guest Errol Starr Francis) $20 advance/$25 day of

Ottawa ON: Sunday, Jan. 31 – 2.00 – 5.00 p.m. Workshop: An Introduction to the Art and Practice of Kirtan PranaShanti Yoga 52 Armstrong St. pranashanti.com 613.761.9642 $40 advance/ $45 day of

London ON: Thursday, Feb. 4 7.00– 9:00 pm – Workshop: An Introduction to the Art and

Practice of Kirtan –Downtown Yoga 236 Dundas St. 519.266.4096 downtownlondonyoga.ca

Guelph ON: Friday, Feb 5 7.30pm – Kirtan – Living Yoga & Health 105 Wyndham St., 519-767-1041 livingyoga.ca $15 advance/ $18 door

London ON: Saturday, Feb. 20 7.30 pm – Kirtan – The Lotus Centre 140 Ann St, 519.642.2378 – lotuscentre.ca $15 advance/ $18 day of

Toronto ON: Saturday, Feb 27, 8pm – The Yoga Sanctuary 2 College St. Suite 306 416.928.3236 theyogasanctuary.net $15 advance/$20 day of

Saturday, November 14 8.00 pm

Moksha Yoga Danforth Kirtan – 372A Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON

(w/ percussionist Morgan Doctor!)

www.mokshayogadanforth.com – 416-778-7744

Saturday, November 28 Noon-10 pm

108 Hanuman Chalisa Yagna

hanuman

Come at whatever time works for you or for the entire 108 recitations of this sacred 40 verse hymn to Hanuman!

Hanuman is the Hindu Deity who symbolically represents selfless
service, as well as the breath, our constant companion and aid along the spiritual path. He is the son of the wind, the very essence of prana (vital energy) itself. Whenever we need increased power and vitality Hanuman is there for us, we need only remember him. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the Chalisa by heart and to spend a special day with others in pure devotion!

Shangrila Yoga, 111 Mount Pleasant Ave. London, ON

By donation (proceeds to be given to charity)

Bring a Snack to share.

For more info e-mail: ameyamusic@gmail.com

Saturday, December 5 10am – 5pm

London, ON

“EnChanting: Transformation through Poetry, Sound & Song”

Brenda McMorrow and Penn Kemp

A workshop for those who think they can’t sing or write but always wanted to; for those who can sing/write and wanted more; for those wanting to sound out, sing out, write out loud.
Sounding and chanting are freely joyous ways to release creativity and open the heart’s song. Drop the blocks! Write and raise your voice with us!

Invoking Sarasvati, the goddess of creativity, music and poetry, we will create and share chants, poems and songs to, from and for our Mother World.

with Western’s Writer-in-Residence, Penn Kemp
& Devotional Chant Artist, Brenda McMorrow

$60 ($50 if you bring a friend).

Bring a lunch to share potluck. Herbal tea on the house.

Contact to confirm your spot: ameyamusic@gmail.com or penn@pennkemp.ca

For more info: http://www.brendamcmorrow.com http://www.mytown.ca/pennletters 519 434 8555

Backstage at the Aeolian

August 26, 2009

 

Larry Steel and Brenda backstage

Larry Steel and Brenda backstage

 

Brenda and Rob Menegoni backstage before Re:Vision

Brenda and Rob Menegoni backstage before Re:Vision

Photos by Larry Steel

 

Penn Kemp and Anne Anglin

Penn Kemp and Anne Anglin

Photos by Larry Steel

Brenda and Robert Menegoni

 

Re:Vision, Brenda and Robert Menegoni

Re:Vision, Brenda and Robert Menegoni

Photos by Larry Steel

 

 

Re:Vision - A Seasonal Song Cycle with Penn Kemp and Brenda McMorrow

Re:Vision - A Seasonal Song Cycle with Penn Kemp and Brenda McMorrow

 

 

Press Release:

Saturday, August 15, 2009, 8 pm. An Aeolian Summer Soirée Festival Event

Re:Vision, a seasonal song cycle of Penn Kemp’s Ecco Poetry with musician and composer Brenda McMorrow; dancer Ruth Douthwright; drummer Rob Menegoni; second voice Anne Anglin; electroacoustic composers John Magyar and Chris Meloche. We invite you to join us in a participatory performance that will raise the roof of the beloved Aeolian and reverberate through realms of possibility… Come celebrate our MotherWorld in sound and song! This evening will be recorded for a forthcoming Pendas CD, Spinning Possibilities.
The Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St. E., London. Contact and more info: 519 672 7950, info@aeolianhall.ca, www.aeolianhall.ca 

Anne Anglin is a Dora Award winning actor and director. This year, she directed Bill Gilliam’s radio drama/new music concert at the Music Gallery in Toronto. She has directed and performed in many Sound Operas with Penn since their first production, Trance Dance Form, in 1976.

Ruth Douthwright is a contemporary dancer originally from London. She performs and choreographs with companies and producers worldwide, including L’Inattendue Compagnie (Belgium), Frey Faust’s Ardent Body Communications Dance Company, Florence Figols, Sarah Bild (Montreal) and Noh Theatre- Kyoto Arts Center.

Penn Kemp is Western’s writer-in-residence for 2009-10. Since Coach House Press published her first book in 1972, Penn has been pushing textual and aural boundaries, often in participatory performance work. Among her publications are twenty five books of poetry and drama, ten CDs of Sound Opera and several video poems.

John Magyar is a recording engineer, producer and long-time collaborator on most of Penn’s CDs and Sound Operas, starting with What the Ear Hears Last in 1999.

Brenda McMorrow, our Devotional Chant artist, began her musical career as a singer/ songwriter, co-founding the London folk/rock band, Julia Propeller. Brenda’s rich musical exploration led her from folk to jazz and now, in her debut Kirtan album, Ameya, to her unique blend of original melodies, world beats and sacred chants from India.

Chris Meloche is an electroacoustic composer and radio show host/producer of Wired for Sound on CHRW. His most recent project, Communication Breakdown, is a spoken word multi-media alt.opera.

Robert Menegoni has been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years, touring with many different artists. Robert plays percussion with Barenaked Ladies and recently has performed Kirtan with Brenda McMorrow, Lila, and Todd Norian.