Of course The Media League has been my main focus, with season 2 in full swing and producing some very exciting results. Game 1 was called Money Talks, Game 2 was (We Are) Animals and Game 3 – Invent Your School just kicked off. In February Game 4 will be The Blues, which I expect to be very funky indeed.
But still I’ve found time for some gigs, notably with the wonderful soul singer Maria Hawkins, with whom I continue to work regularly. Maria is absolutely dynamite, channeling Etta James like nobody’s business. And there have been occasional poetry gigs as well, and a few weeks back a lecture at Peterborough’ Market Hall called On Sharing Digital Culture is Addressing Wicked Social and Environmental Problems, which yielded an excellent question and and answer session.
This year I’m happy to report that I’ll have a children’s book published by Groundwood Books, one of the most respected children’s publisher’s in Canada. That’s exciting. It will be called Friend or Foe. I’ve also completed a young adult novel that I’m shopping around. It features fun stuff like a murder, a bunch of YouTube videos and some very cool teens.
Tomorrow I leave for Waterloo where I’ll be taking part in a workshop for my new opera, called The Record Player. Tim Brady is the composer and Anne-Marie Donovan is the director and her company, Interarts Matrix is the producer. We’ve all worked together many times over the years, notably on our previous opera, The Salome Dancer, and it’s great to be in such excellent company. The Record Player is an opera about recorded sound featuring a DJ as narrator and a cast of characters that includes Sun Ra, Yoko Ono and Robert Johnson!
And may 2014 be a great year for all of us!