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Varied mediums spice up Jester’s Court

Posted on April 26, 2018 by Richard Amery

Jeff Godin hopes his monthly show, the Jester’s Court, will bring together artists of many different mediums.
The third edition of the Jester’s Court is at 7:30 p.m., April 28 at Casa. “We have a hip hop artist, one prose writer and maybe three poets. I might bring in another poet by Skype, if not, I’ll read some of my poetry,” Godin said, adding he will have Jester’s courts in May and June, then take a break over the Summer months.
“Everybody is away then,” he said.
“I’d like to see these artists check out the other artists and maybe collaborate with each other,” he said.
“Though that hasn’t happened yet,” he said adding he hopes all of these diverse artists will stick around to watch some of the other artists they might not usually listen to.
“Last time we had poet Blaine Greenwood and the (local rappers) Blood Rez Crew who were going to work together, but I haven’t heard if they have,” he said.
He was inspired by a similar event in Calgary called PAROLE, back in the ’90s.
“It used to happen in Calgary in the late ’90s,” he said.
He has lots of ideas to improve the event, though he has just begun.
“I’d like to do a Q and A after the shows, but I haven’t done that yet. This will be number three. I’ve learned from every one. I’m hoping I’ll get better at it,” Godin said, adding he is organizing them on his own, though would welcome volunteers to help.
He noted the Jester’s Court is different from open mics as the lineup is usually set up in advance and it is not just about music.
“Prose readers have about 15-20 minutes, hip hop artists have about 20, poets have about 15,“ he said.
The April 28 lineup includes Rick Gillis, author of “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Die,” who will be reading from prose from a new work; local hip hop collective ONTK (Our Neighbour the King) and poets Kat Charissage and Iris E.
Godin noted he likes to keep things positive.
“We don’t have gangster rap. I like positive people, I prefer not to have negative people,” he said.
“Come on out, bring your friends. Hopefully people will stay for the whole thing and discover something they wouldn’t have thought of before,” he said.
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Casa, April 28. Admission is by donation.

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