Poetry, music, 'Salon'

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Look up "literary salon" online and you may be met with images of beehive hair and powdered wigs, or later circles of men in leather chairs with glasses of particularly fine brandy.

Thankfully, the "January Salon" being sponsored by the Writers' Alliance and the Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians' Assoc. (AFM Local 820) doesn't require corsets or connections.

Ian Foster will join Mark Callanan at the "January Salon," Jan. 16 at Coffee and Company in St. John's. - Telegram file photo

Look up "literary salon" online and you may be met with images of beehive hair and powdered wigs, or later circles of men in leather chairs with glasses of particularly fine brandy.

Thankfully, the "January Salon" being sponsored by the Writers' Alliance and the Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians' Assoc. (AFM Local 820) doesn't require corsets or connections.

The "January Salon" is a single event, a continuation of a series of nights the writer and musician's organizations have sponsored over the last two years.

The events involve two things: a coffee house and a microphone.

The salon nights "provide a chance for local writers and musicians, of all styles and genres, to present new work to an intimate audience," state organizers in a notice on the latest event.

The "January Salon," is set for Jan. 16. It will feature Mark Callanan and Ian Foster, although there will be opportunity for others to share. The artistic salons have been developed to encourage new writers to share their literary and musical work.

"What I like is it's a chance for authors, poets and songwriters to meet," said Terry Rielly, who hosted the "December Salon."

Rielly said the variety of performances is a large part of the attraction.

"One fella, he was going to sing, but he got inspired I think by the spoken word and actually read a poem after," said Rielly of a performance at the "December Salon."

While all are welcome, the show is anchored by the feature performers. The "January Salon" has Callanan and Foster.

Callanan's collection "Scare-crow," released by Killick Press in 2003, was nominated for the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for poetry and had reviewers of the literary journal Fiddlehead gasping for air.

"Breathtaking, such mastery in a poet so young ... it seems to me he is a diviner who has mastered metaphor and much else besides," stated the review.

In more recent years, the writer's work has appeared in periodicals including: Canadian Notes & Queries, The Globe & Mail, Quill & Quire, and The Malahat Review. He is also managing editor of the St. John's-based literary magazine Riddle Fence.

Meanwhile, as a singer-songwriter, Foster is a multiple award nominee. He has received nominations from both MusicNL and the East Coast Music Awards, with his 2008 "Room in the City," and 2009's "Found: Music From the Unmade Film," being highlights.

Foster has had his music played by radio stations around the world and has made multiple tours across Canada.

The "January Salon" is being held Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. at Coffee and Company, 240 Water Street. All are welcome.

Further information is available through the Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador (739-5215) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians' Association (722-8005).

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians, AFM Local 820 Killick Press Canadian Notes Queries, The Globe & Mail Quill & Quire The Malahat Review Coffee and Company

Geographic location: St. John's, Canada, 240 Water Street

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