I participated in Kitchener artist Girl Crimson’s recently premiered photo exhibit called “On the Body”. Here is a photo I can show you. The rest you can only see in hard copy through Girl Crimson herself. I can’t wait to see her upcoming shows “Get Rooted” which was photographed on a farm (chickens included!), “Cherry […]
Furnace by Janice Lee On cold nights when we are too tired to exercise in bed, I press myself close to your back a furnace curved and soft lit by the pilot light in your chest. The caffeine in my too late green tea means I will be awake yet. But the heat from your furnace-back passing […]
This week Thursday I will perform at the Rainburrow for a cozy house show with my good friend Richard Garvey. A group I support, Books to Prisoners will come and share about the work they do. We will spend some time to write letters of support to political prisoners (like my friend and drummer Adam Lewis. […]
TRUCE My enemy in a purple hat looks suddenly like a plum and I am dumb with wonder at the thought of feuding with a fruit. -P.K. Page, 1957-1958.
I finally fulfilled my dream to mash up Britney Spears and The Tra La Las
Tastes Grey by Janice Lee Is there pumpkin in this pumpkin spice latte? Because I can’t taste it. Downtown Toronto, sitting in a Second Cup – regrettably. The two grey-clad people next to me chatter about mortgages and investments shuffle papers while sedative jazz music floats over this high-ceiling room. For this rainy weekend visit […]
As the warmth slides away I find myself reflecting on the beautiful months I have lived recently. Some highlights: I went to three weddings of close friends, went on my first overnight canoe trip, recorded an album with my band The Tra La Las, saw New Kids on the Block with the Backstreet Boys, was […]
My poem “Gifts from absent parents” will be published in the Poetry Institute of Canada’s anthology Fire and Ice in February 2012! It has also made it on to the final judging round of their open poetry contest. This will be the first time I am published in a book. Here is the poem again. Gifts […]
I shall not complain when the group decides to turn adventure into VACATION. Sleeping in when camping Janice Lee River flows Breezes blow But I will not be moved. The tent may rock me The boat may taunt me But I will not be moved. The route lies ahead This way it says But I […]
I have been working on a new play called The Fear Project with a wonderful group of artists in Kitchener and Guelph for the past few months. We had a workshop performance in August, and are now preparing for our performances in the Impact Theatre Festival, hosted by Kitchener’s award-winning MT Space theatre company. There […]
I met Jack Layton at the Taste of the Danforth festival in Toronto, when I was 17. He held my hand and talked to me and signed the book I was reading at the time, Emma by Jane Austen. He was an incredible politician because he was a good person. When we brought him to […]
Episode 2 – Canoe Trippin’ With The Fellaz
I haven’t written a new paper poem in a long time. Here’s one that came to me while sitting. He greets her with two eyes Janice Lee He greets her with two eyes With one eye He says, “Hey, how have you been?” They hug, and he reaches one hand across her shoulders and places […]
I will be performing with The Tra La Las Thursday June 9th at the Silver Spoon at 7:30pm. We are very excited to play the show with the amazingly talented pop-punk band Courage My Love. They will be playing an acoustic set. $5 or Pay what you can. Don’t miss it!
I will be performing at Neruda Productions’ Kites of Joy and Freedom Festival this Saturday June 4th at 3:15pm in Victoria Park (by the Clocktower). It is at the same time as Tri-Pride on Roos Island in Victoria Park, so you can check them both out. There will be kite making workshops and […]
I will be performing a mixture of poetry and music at the Latitudes Storytelling Festival on Saturday June 27th, Roos Island in Victoria Park, adult stage 4-4:30pm. This is a free event! It is also the same weekend at the Multicultural Festival in Victoria Park by the clocktower. So you can visit both festivals.
I will be performing for Neruda Productions’ Cafe Intimo | Deseo: Words, Whispers & Desires. May 14 8pm-11pm. The Button Factory. Advance: Student/Senior $10, General $15, Member discount -$5 Online Tickets: Buy Tickets Online! Café Intimo | Deseo : Words Whispers and Desires is a showcase of spoken word, poetry and dance that highlights the sensuality in different […]
The Tra La Las recently had a photo shoot with Hannah Carter of Red Umbrella Photography. You can see more samples here: Barefoot and Boundlesss . Big thanks to Hannah. The photos look great!
I finally went to see a naturopathic doctor today to deal with my hives, after having them for two years. Western medicine can only prescribe me anti-histamines, which only soothes the symptoms and does not cure the root cause. Eastern medicine, holistic medicine I trust to address my life as a whole and see how […]