May 02, 2010


Jazz and Poetry are two truly international artforms. This program "Canadian Sunset," will certainly bring forth that fact. I sincerely hope that you enjoy this edition of Spotlight On Jazz And Poetry!

Yves Léveillé
Since moving to Montreal in 1984, pianist and composer Yves Léveillé has been increasingly called upon to perform his music at the national and international level. In the 90s, he decided to put together his own jazz ensemble dedicated to interpreting his compositions. This creative endeavour led to a collaboration with the jazz label Effendi, with whom he has made four albums: Signal Commun (FND001)1999, Zone Indigène (FND 023) 2001, Quantique (FND 038) 2003 and SOHO ( FND070 ) 2006.

Yves Léveillé has performed his music mainly in Quebec, but also in many other Canadians cities such as Halifax, Ottawa ,Vancouver, as well as in France, where the cities of Paris and Vienne have received him on several occasions. He also has several performances in New York city to his credit, most notably at Dizzy’s club in Lincoln Center in May 2007, his sextet sharing the stage with multi-instrumentalist Paul McCandless. In addition, his piano playing skills have led him to such far-flung locales as Singapore.

He has to his credit a large number of broadcasts/recordings for Radio-Canada and the CBC ( Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), as well as collaborations with established musicians such as Paul McCandless, Eri Yamamoto, Helmut Lipsky, Pierre Tanguay, Alain Bédard, and many others. Parallel to his career as a jazz musician, he regularly works as a musical director and arranger for singers and songwriters, most recently for the show « Marie-Thérèse Fortin chante Barbara ». He occasionally composes music for the theater as well. During the summer season he gives jazz workshops and lectures at Métabetchouan ( Lac St-Jean ) and Domaine Forget ( St-Irénée ) in Québec.

Yves Léveillé has been the recipient of several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec.

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Mary Pinkoski

Mary Pinkoski is a spoken word poet from Edmonton and the winner of the 2008 National CBC Poetry Faceoff. Mary's additional performance credits include the 2008 South Country Fair, the 2008 Edmonton Nextfest and the 2006 and 2007 Roar Spoken Word Festival finales.

Sticking close to what resonates, Mary was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on May 27, 1977, and now currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta, her work constantly infuses the themes of religion and vast prairie landscapes that she grew up with.

Mary came to poetry in the way that moths come to flames, easily. She began writing at an early age, but came later to working with poetry as a performative outlet. As a Canadian, some of her strongest influences have been Canadian poets: Leonard Cohen and Gwendolyn MacEwan and Zoe Whittall.

Mary’s work vacillates between traditional poetry, spoken word and storytelling. Her performances attempt to meld these traditions into a cohesive whole. She has been heavily influenced by performance poets such as Sheri-D Wilson and Shane Koyczan, as well as storytellers Jack McCarthy and Utah Phillips.

Mary is a regular performer with the Edmonton Raving Poets. She has also performed with the Edmonton Stroll of Poets and at poetry slams in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to her live performances, Mary's work has been played on CBC Radio One's Key of A, as well as featured on the Daily Haiku and Eleventh Transmission websites. A chapbook of her work is forthcoming through red nettle press, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Watch a video of Mary Pinkoski at the Calgary Spoken Word Festival

Leif Baradoy
Leif Baradoy was born in Banff, Alberta, Canada--in the heart of the Rocky Mountains--in 1981. Raised by a pentacostal christian and an atheist, Leif grew up in the small village Seebe--population 100 people--and attended a one room school house. Living in the Rocky Mountains instilled in Leif a love for nature, silence, wandering, and solitude.

After moving to the city of Calgary, poetry revolutionized Leif's life in his early teens with the discovery of the Oxford Anthology of Twentieth Century Verse in his parents' book collection. Thumbing through the book , Leif discovered Ginsberg, Cohen, Eliot, Pound, and bp nichol. In particular, the potency of Ginsberg's Howl possessed Leif. In response, he began writing avant garde verse, based on word play and sound. This was his first drive to "Make it new."

As an emerging western-Canadian voice, Leif is been involved in multiple projects. Leif founded the awakendivine arts community in 2001, which produced a quarterly publication and a monthly open-mic poetry/art-show. He has been published in Synchronicity, The Pulchritudinous Review, eleventh transmission, and Geez Magazine--as well as a handful of chapbooks and zines.

He has read at: South Country Fair (2008 and 2006) in Fort Macleod Alberta, the Amnesty International Arts Jam (Calgary, 2006), the flywheel reading series (2006 and 2008), Calgary Multi-arts variety show (2006 and 2007), Soundlines (2007), Mayworks Festival (2001), and Single Onion (2007)--to name a few.
Leif is currently working on his first manuscript and experimenting with interrupting people's routines with poetry delivered by text messaging to mobile phones.

To receive a free copy of this chapbook "The Late Teacher and Other Poems" connect with Leif at

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