Catherine Kidd Solo @ New City Gas – Free! One Night Only

This November 27th an enchanting experience awaits audiences as two Montreal originals combine for one special evening of performance poetry in situ.

Beneath the rafters of New City Gas’s Dalhousie Hall, Catherine Kidd will preview works from her upcoming solo show ‘Hyena Subpoena’ (to be launched in 2011) alongside road-tested favourites from previous works ‘Sea Peach’ and ‘Bipolar Bear’. The pieces will feature original soundsc…apes by DJ Jacky Murda (Barcelona) and video environments by Kidd and Geoff Agombar.

This performance marks a return to source for Catherine, following an extended absence from Montreal stages to work on the Hyena Subpoena manuscript – a series of stories that interweave the personal traumas in the life of narrator Ramona Morse with experiences and wildlife footage collected by Kidd and Agombar during a 2007 tour of South Africa.

Built in 1859-61, New City Gas was a key player during the industrialization of Montreal, producing and distributing gas which lit the city’s streets, homes and factories. The buildings’ stone masonry, vaulted spaces and stout, open rafters stand in testament to the ambitions of a bygone era of social upheaval and energy revolution. Today this industrial heritage lives on as the complex still houses a paper warehouse, even as various sections are converted to fresh uses as galleries and ad hoc performance spaces.
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An ‘incontournable’ of Montreal’s spoken word scene since the early ’90s, Cat Kidd has forged a reputation as one of the nation’s most surprising and inspiring voices for page and stage. Her award-winning multimedia poetic creations have toured Europe, Asia, Africa, UK, US and Canada.

Samples of Kidd’s work are available at

New City Gas (Griffintown – built circa1860)
950 Ottawa (Métro Bonaventure)
Montreal, QC

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