Johnny Mac Rae, Margaret Code, And Pierre L'abbé

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The Art Bar presents: Johnny MacRae, Margaret Code, and Pierre L'Abbé

With Your Host: Rob Welch

(Cover: $5, Open mic - $20 first prize, see for details)

Our featured poets:

Johnny MacRae

Johnny MacRae is a mouthy poet. A former regional and national slam champion, he has toured all over Canada and the United States, performing at slams and readings, as well as poetry, music, and theatre festivals. In 2013, he was named Victoria Spoken Word Festival Poet of Honour.

Margaret Code

A poet since 1995, Margaret has been published in Garm Lu, Lichen, Best American Poets, Labour of Love, This Time Around: Coastline, Big Pond Rumours, Voices, various anthologies and Chickadee. In 2013 she won an audience-voted Best Originals contest and in 2015 took second in the Big Pond Rumours contest. Recently she tied for Best Poem in a Hot Sauced Words Poetry Themed Challenge. Margaret attends multiple poetry events in Toronto, delighted in the journey on the Winnipeg-Vancouver PoeTrain in spring 2015 and has been active on the board of the Art Bar Poetry Series for several years.

Pierre L'Abbé

Pierre L’Abbé was Director of the Art Bar from 1996 to 1998. He is the author of Lyon (Letters, 1996) in which the poet journeys through the modern city and talks to characters from its Roman past. In Ten Days in Rio, a novella in verse (Watershed Books, 1998) the wealth and depravity of the city is the backdrop for three characters on a quest for self-discovery. The stories in Kiss of the Beggar (Guernica, 2005), which was long-listed for the Relit award, present an exploration into the darker side of human nature. Pierre is the translator of Benjamin Fondane’s Exodus: the face of poetic resistance under the Holocaust (Joseph Norman, 2008). He also translated Palestine (Guernica, 2014) a novel by Hubert Haddad, one of France's best known contemporary writers.
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