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Wolf Lake Tones

May 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Wolf Lake Tones — a night of poetry and music with artists Madhur Anand, Gary Barwin, and Phil Hall.

“As the largest remaining old-growth red pine forest, Wolf Lake Forest Reserve has considerable ecological, social, aesthetic and scientific value…”
– “The scientific value of the largest remaining old-growth red pine forests in North America”, M. Anand, et al. Biodiversity and Conservation (2013) 22:1847-1861

Read the article “The scientific value of the largest remaining old-growth red pine forests in North America” that inspired the poetry by Madhur Anand that will be featured next week.

IICSI, the College of Arts, the Ontario Agricultural College, and the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph are pleased to co-host the multimedia presentation Wolf Lake Tones on Friday May 18th, at Silence (46 Essex Street in Guelph), at 7 pm.

Poets Madhur Anand, Gary Barwin, and Phil Hall will be joined by musicians David Lee (double bass) and Georgia Urban (saw) as well as singers Megan De Roover, Shannon Kingsbury, Brian Lefresne, Liane Miedema, Sue Smith, and Carey West (all as voices of birds), for this improvisational exploration of the interconnection between the human and the non-human, between language and the environment.

Wolf Lake Tones is a multimedia presentation incorporating music, poetry, art, and environmental sound. How does language map the environment and how does the environment map language? Wolf Lake Tones is a tripartite performance filled with the murmuration of species’ names, an irruption of birds, and a choral forest, where the note matches a natural resonating frequency of the body, and amplifies, and expands.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

About the artists:

madhur anaudMadhur Anand’s debut collection of poems A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes (McClelland & Stewart, 2015) was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Recent poems have appeared in The Rusty Toque, The Walrus and Canadian Notes & Queries. Her short prose has appeared in Joyland, Brick magazine, and The Puritan (winner of the 2017 Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence in Fiction). Madhur was born in Thunder Bay and has lived in Toronto, Oakville, London, Trieste, Jerusalem, Zaltbommel, Albuquerque and Sudbury. She now lives and works in Guelph as a professor of ecology and sustainability. She has co-authored over 100 scientific articles and a book on Climate Change Biology. Wolf Lake Forest Reserve serves as one of her research sites.

Gary BalwinGary Barwin is a writer, musician and multimedia artist from Hamilton. His bestselling novel, Yiddish for Pirates won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, the Canadian Jewish Literary Award, and the Hamilton Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award. His latest book is No TV for Woodpeckers. His latest collections are the visual works, Broken Light (Penteract Press, 2017) and Quantum Typography (Timglaset Editions, 2018.) A PhD in music composition, Barwin has been Writer-in-Residence at Western University and at McMaster University. A finalist for the National Magazine Awards (Poetry), he is a three-time recipient of Hamilton Poetry Book of the Year, has also received the Hamilton Arts Award for Literature and has co-won the bpNichol Chapbook Award and the K.M. Hunter Arts Award. He was one of the judges for the 2017 CBC Poetry Prize. His interactive writing installation using old typewriters and guitar processors was featured during 2016-2017 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

phil hallPhil Hall’s most recent books are Conjugation (BookThug, 2016), Guthrie Clothing: The Poetry of Phil Hall—a Selected Collage (Sir Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015), and—with Erin Moure—The Interrupted (Beautiful Outlaw Press, 2017). He has won Canada’s Governor General’s Award (2011), and Ontario’s Trillium Award (2012). He has twice been nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Next fall and winter he will be Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick.

The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation is a partnered research institute comprised of 56 scholars from 20 different institutions, hosted at the University of Guelph (with project sites at McGill University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Regina, University of British Columbia, and University of California, Santa Barbara). The Institute’s mandate is to create positive social change through the confluence of improvisational arts, innovative scholarship, and collaborative action. (

The event is co-sponsored by the College of Arts, the Ontario Agricultural College and the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.

For questions about the presentation, please contact Justine Richardson, Project Manager, International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, (519) 824-4120. Ext. 53885, or [email protected]


May 18, 2018
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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46 Essex Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 3K8 Canada
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