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Cabaret Noir presents Heather Babcock
Sunday, October 25th, 2015
8:00 PM
2050 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Canada
Cabaret Noir Productions Presents Heather Babcock. Please join us for an evening of poetry, storytelling and music. Our headliner is Heather Babcock. She will also be joined by iconic Toronto poet Valentino Assenza, star of the stage and tv personality Kat Leonard and music sensation Neil Traynor.Doors at 8Show at 9This is a PWYC event (suggested $5-$10)Feature bios:Heather Babcock is a secretary by day and a writer by night. She has had short fiction published in various literary magazines and journals including Descant Magazine, Front&Centre Magazine and The Toronto Quarterly. Heather has performed as a feature at the Beautiful & the Damned, the Plasticine Poetry reading series, Lizzie Violet's Cabaret Noir and WonderFest, among others. She has been a guest on the spoken word radio show HOWL (CIUT 89.5FM). Heather's chapbook Of Being Underground and Moving Backwards was published by DevilHousePress in 2015.~~Valentino Assenza has been writing and performing his poetry in Toronto for over two decades. He has four chapbooks of poetry, his latest entitled “Make Our Peace With Rattlesnakes” from LyricalMyrical Press. His individual pieces have appeared in various journals and literary magazines such as Descant, Mic Check: An Anthology Of Canadian Spoken Word Artists (Quattro Books), and Labour Of Love Magazine. Valentino was a member of the Toronto Poetry Slam team in 2009 and 2010, performing in both the Canadian Festival Of Spoken Word, and the National Poetry Slam in the US. For six years Valentino ran his own poetry reading series Cryptic Chatter at the Renaissance Cafe on the Danforth. Valentino was a co-founding member of the Toronto Poetry Project, and you can hear him on Tuesday nights at 10pm on CIUT 89.5FM as he is a co-host of HOWL - a spoken word program on the radio dedicated to writers and the art of writing.~~Kat Leonard has a degree in Science, a diploma in TV/Film Production and is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory. Kat is a motivational entertainer with a musical comedy slant.She is currently developing her next show, Myselfie, which she will tour in classrooms and beyond to promote healthy body image and self-esteem.Kat is Artistic Director of Let’s Make Good Productions and WonderFest, the festival of workshops and concerts spreading empowerment through art.~~Neil Traynor is a Toronto born singer/songwriter guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. The nephew of legendary Traynor Amplifiers/Yorkville Sound founder Peter Traynor, he has been a staple of the Toronto scene for many years, first with L.S.Tea, and then The Toppermost (a band which also featured Chris Cunnane a.k.a "Starboy" of Robin Black), and currently with his group Neil Traynor & The Emergency Broadcast System, and also as a solo acoustic performer and session musician. His solo album "August Sun" was released a few years back to great acclaim from folk-rock/power-pop fans and picked up for international distribution by Los Angeles label Not Lame Records - one prominent admirer being Ebbot Lundberg, the leader/lead singer of The Soundtrack Of Our Lives. Neil wrote, produced, and played virtually all the instruments on this album - guitars, bass, organ, drums, as well as engineering the recording. He has performed in festivals in Baltimore, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and has played on bills with The Gruesomes, Midge Ure, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, to name, well, three...Neil is currently working on a follow-up to "August Sun" which he hopes will be finished some time before the end of this century...
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