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Isabelle St-Pierre
Nicolas Rochette
Isabelle Crépeau
Nadine Walsh
Stéphanie Bénéteau


Isabelle St-Pierre, your host for storytelling soirées at 10:00 PM followed by open mic at 10:30 PM 1
Isabelle started out doing poetry slams and cabaret. She happened upon storytelling rather by chance, during an open-mic evening back in 2002. Since then, she has spun her yarns throughout Quebec and France, at festivals, in taverns, cafés, bistros, libraries, on the street... She was a finalist at the Ligue Québécoise de Slam’s 2008 Grand Slam. She is hosting and organizing the storytelling portion of État d'Urgence for the fourth consecutive year. Each evening, Open Mic will begin with the reading of a poem written by one of the participants in the workshops provided by community organization Passage.


Nicolas Rochette 1
Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 10:00 PM
A young storyteller and passionate creator whose universe can aptly be described as a brainstorming work-in-progress. It is a celebration of the spoken word, the power and meaning of words, the way they sound, and the way they find their way from one’s mouth to another’s ears. His work is definitely modern, and sometimes puzzling because he himself is sometimes puzzled by his multitalented, undisciplined self!

Isabelle Crépeau
Thursday, Nov. 27 at 10:00 PM
Raised by the faeries, witches and wolves of Quebec’s North Coast, Isabelle is a firm believer in the magic and transformative power of tales. She is a consummate artist, involved in writing, drawing, painting, singing and theatre. Isabelle has appeared at many a festival and now returns with a collection of stories titled Les Contes de la Mèraboir. Thanks to support from the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec and the Nuit Internationale du Conte de l’Acadie, she completed an artistic residency in New Brunswick, resulting in her work À pas de louve.

Nadine Walsh 1
Friday, Nov. 28 at 10:00 PM
Since 2002, storytelling has been her passport to Quebec, Europe and Africa. In 2006, she performed in the European road production Caravansérail, directed by Hassane Kouyaté and Jihad Darwiche. “My stories are an attempt to establish contact with my roots, to carry on the memory of those who came before me, with the aim of opening a window onto our own indigenous cultures. My stories are lively, moving, and always topical, for they speak of human nature and of Nature herself.”

Stéphanie Bénéteau 1
Saturday, Nov. 29 at 10:00 PM
This storyteller’s accent tells a story of its own, that of her cultural heritage. Her father a francophone from Ontario and her mom an American, Stéphanie spent her youth in Italy. From this mix of traditions she finds inspiration. Her tales are lyrical and topical; she casts traditional tales from our human patrimony in a new frame, one that speaks to us in the now and present. She has been at it professionally since 1994, charming small and large fry alike..

Sunday, Nov. 30 at 10:00 PM
IVY thinks “big picture” and likes to lay it on, without being thick. He is obsessed with words and it shows. The world is often cruel to him, but does he care? He founded SLAMONTRÉAL in 2006 and the Ligue Québécoise de Slam the following year. Though keeping very busy with workshops, slam sessions, poetry slams, and being the artistic director of poetry events, IVY still managed to publish an audio-book, SLAMÉRICA, last March, the first CD to come out of Quebec’s slam scene and a critically hailed effort.