Winnipeggers! I am truly excited for you to see Sargent and Victor & Me, a one-woman play by the remarkable Debbie Patterson.
Christine Fellows and I have been working on the score and sound design, and it is nearly done. Deb has made an exceptional work of art, and we’re honoured to be part of it. Click here for ticket info, the show runs February 27 to March 9, at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film.
This piece about Reggie Leach in the New York Times is a nice way to close out work on Provincial
I’ll be playing at Shivering Songs in Fredericton in January with Christine Fellows, then starting work on a new project, more info in the new year.
Very best winter wishes to all.
Happy to be playing a few shows this month with Provincial Band bass player Professor Doug Friesen in Saskatoon and Calgary.
(if you have trouble viewing the video, try watching it here.)
Winnipeg songwriter John K. Samson has been steadily gathering support to get the great First Nations NHL star from Riverton, Manitoba, Reggie “The Riverton Rifle” Leach into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
His song, www.ipeititions.com/petition/rivertonrifle/ written in the form of an online petition, has collected thousands of signatures from people around the world.
On Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, Samson and a choir of his comrades climbed the steps of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto to perform the song for the last time.
They sang and marched en masse into the Hall, and as the final refrain reverberated Samson delivered a bona-fide submission putting forth Reggie Joseph Leach as a candidate eligible for election into honoured membership in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
We, The Undersigned, a short film by Tim Thompson, documents the extraordinary day.
(My profound thanks to everyone who signed the song/petition, the authors of the letters of support, Epitaph Records Canada, Reggie Leach, and my amazing volunteer choir. And I’m enormously grateful for the countless hours of labour donated by Derek Hogue of Amphibian, Phil Russell of Dozen Able Men, and Tim Thompson of Boundless Productions.)
Pleased to be heading back to Vancouver for a couple weeks with Christine Fellows as Writers in Residence at UBC. We’ll be playing a show with the poet Rhea Tregebov and the novelist Steven Galloway on Friday, February 8th.
I’m really happy that the poet Randall Maggs (his Night Work: The Sawchuck Poems may be my favourite hockey book of all time) has invited me to Newfoundland for The March Hare Poetry Festival at the beginning of March. See shows page for more details.
Developments with regard to the next phase of my song/petition to get the great Reggie Leach inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame will be coming soon. In the meantime, please sign, and encourage others to do so, too.