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By 25 October 2014February 1st, 2020No Comments


the sound of roy’s typewriter
the image of your face
this sense of place which is canada
everything strung out in a line
narrative runs thru
all life a sphere we move within
poets friends lovers saints
caught up in
caught out on
the current of a we which is history
language our currency
banked in time
laying down the base for what’s to come

— bpNichol, The Martyology Book 3

Avant Canada: Artists, Prophets, and Revolutionaries is a three-day conference to be held at Brock University in November 2014. The event will include two days devoted to the historical, current, and emerging avant-garde in Canada interrogating the interfusion of experimental poetics and radical, disruptive politics, followed by one day devoted to the English Canadian avant-garde poet, publisher, and cultural innovator bpNichol (1944-1988). This Editing Modernism in Canada event, hosted at Rodman Hall and the Niagara Artists Centre in downtown St. Catharines, will serve as a marquee event of Brock University’s 50th anniversary. It will include plenary speakers, roundtable discussions, special topics panels, practical-skills workshops, an exhibition of First Nations digital art by Skawennati, a keynote address by Stó:lō author and philosopher Lee Maracle that is free and open to the public, and a creative evening of poetry readings, musical performances, and wearable-arts.



WEDNESDAY at Rodman Hall
Wednesday evening keynote address by Lee Maracle.

THURSDAY at Rodman Hall
Thursday evening conference banquette at the Niagara Artists Centre, followed by a screening and artist talk of the Indigenous Futurist mini-series TimeTraveller™ by Skawennati

Friday evening launch of the new Telephone Books edition of bpNichol’s Translating Translating Apollinaire, followed by a poetry reading,  and a ‘Dance Your Cares Away’ party with DJ Marinko Marinkov. Readers include: Christian Bök, a rawlings, Natalie Simpson, derek beaulieu, Stephen Cain, Margaret Christakos, Adeena Karasick, and more to be announced.


Niagara Artists Centre is located on the ancestral lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples.

This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties and is within the land protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum agreement