Well isn’t this swell! I won the Cord Community Edition’s Best of Waterloo Region Award for Best Arts Mover and Shaker. I was nominated along with Jennifer Gough, visual artist and radio dj @CultureSoupKW 98.5 CKWR FM in Waterloo, and Artistic Director and Founder of Neruda Productions, actor and playwright Isabel Cisterna. It was an online […]
Storylines: What We Inherit In 2010, I teamed up with Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon in Kitchener-Waterloo to create the videopoem Asians Don’t Sing the Blues for Asian Heritage Month. Three years later, I have reunited with Kat in Edmonton on my tour to create another poem-film. With help from Lindsay Jack Brauweiler and Trevor Chow-Fraser. Filmed […]
I am happy to announce that my first spoken word album is now available online. You can stream and download it here janicelee.bandcamp.com
A Portrait of Janice as a Young Artist: Banff Fundraiser with guests Sean Gallagher, Richard Garvey, Jessalyn, Brockenshire and Organic Groove Sunday March 17th, 7-9pm (short and sweet) Cafe Pyrus, 16 Charles Street West, Kitchener Suggested admission is a donation to Janice`s Banff Fund All are welcome! Featuring: Sean Gallagher – groove train Richard Garvey […]
I am an organizer of the KW Poetry Slam. We started it last year (we being myself, Lindsay Jack, Jessalyn Broadfoot and Timaj Garad), and this year we are running our full second season. This year I am not going out for the KW slam team, but I am still performing at the slams and […]
I am thrilled to announce that I will be going on tour for the first time ever, with my poet friend Lindsay Jack. We are featuring at poetry slams and festivals in Western Canada. Some details are still forthcoming. March 31st 2013, Tonight it’s Poetry!, Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave. Saskatoon, SK April 3rd 2013, […]
My new band Janice Lee and the Free Radicals had a photoshoot with my trusted photographer friend Stefan Chirila. Adam F. Lewis on drums, Justin James on keys. See the photos page!
Saskatoon. We went there. The Flying V’s, Kitchener-Waterloo’s first ever poetry slam team. We were total rookies, and we surprised everyone including ourselves, by making it to semifinals and placing 6th overall out of 20 teams! It was inspiring, exhausting, magical and intense. You can see all the poems we performed in competition on the […]
I have done some spoken word and performing arts workshops for immigrant youth over at Guelph Wellington Immigrant Services. Recently they launched a radio podcast called New Youth Radio. I had a great time talking with the youth about topics surrounding the politics of body image and empowering yourself as an artist. They aired some of […]
I filmed a new episode of my youtube show Janice Lee Goes Outside. This time I was in Montreal I played a show with Adam F. Lewis at BBAM! Cafe. Two amazing Montreal-based bands The Ukeladies, and Fruiting Bodies also performed. I lost the key to my U-lock and had to break the lock with my good […]
On Sunday June 3rd, I went to the Centre in the Square in Kitchener as a nominee for a Leading Edge Award in the Arts Awards Waterloo Region. The Leading Edge Category is for artists in any discipline under 25 who have been making art locally for atleast 3 years. I was thrilled to be […]
I had a wonderful photoshoot with Kitchener-based photographer Stefan Chirila last week. We spent all day outside, despite the chilly air, and ventured to Columbia Lake, the Tannery, and St. Jacob’s and got some amazing shots. Here is a preview that Stefan sent me. See more photos on the PHOTOS page.
On Friday April 27th the KW Poetry Slam has its final slam of the year. I won and made the KW team! The other members of the team are LtwothaJ, J.t. Jones, Beth Murch and the alternate is Jessalyn “Lady J” Broadfoot. Solid. I did my “Mon cher petit croissant” poem and a new one called “My […]
We ran our first full slam season this year at the KW Poetry Slam. As part of Spoken Word Canada’s network of poetry slams across the country, Kitchener-Waterloo will be sending its first team to the national slam championships at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Saskatoon October 2012. I have qualified to compete […]
Here is the poem I performed at the March KW Poetry Slam where I placed first!
I have noticed this. Ode to Cheese, Ode to Garlic, Ode to Gummy Bears… And with my recently identified gluten and dairy intolerance (re: hives) I am dwelling on how much I love food more than usual. I wrote a breakup poem to a croissant entitled “Mon cher petit croissant” and performed it the March […]
New video blog and song. Music starts at 2:43 if you want to skip to the song. On another note, I ate some quinoa puffs with some coconut beverage and a teaspoon of amber maple syrup – it was delicious!
I joined Waterloo-based weekly podcast Slightly Sauced last week to talk politics and share some of my art. I sang my songs “Come On Over” and new tune “When they came around asking” as well as performed my poem “The Great Canadian Resource Auction.” It was the first time they had music on the show. […]
And Welcome! To the Great Canadian Resource Auction! I performed this at WPIRG’s annual School of Public Interest Conference. This year’s theme was “Breaking Bars, Building Bridges. Challenging the Prison System and Fostering Communities of Support.” I organized the Friday night kick off event When Words Resist 3, which was a showcase of radical spoken […]