Moe Clark

moe clark

Nominated as Montreal’s top spoken word artist in 2010 by the Montreal Mirror, Métis multidisciplinary artist Moe Clark fuses her unique understanding of performance narrative with traditions of circle singing and spoken word. She employs a looping pedal to create poetic songs that resonate with the power to connect with authentic purpose. Aside from performance work, Moe works as a community educator to facilitate voice, writing and spoken word performance workshops in high schools and local communities to promote literacy and creative expression. She believes that through the continuum of the oral tradition and active involvement in communities, both locally and internationally, we have the power to transform.

Since 2008 Moe Clark has been an active member of various artistic collaborations and community-based social movements, including the Throw! Poetry Collective in Montreal. In 2009 she co-created Bird Messengers, a collective of two Aboriginal female performance artists, in collaboration with Émilie Monnet. Together they toured northern Brazil and in May 2011 they premiered a full-length theatre performance (Montreal, QC). Their performance work aims to celebrate aboriginal identity in and outside of contemporary urban settings, while highlighting the words and stories of the indigenous elders from Canada and across the Americas. Other collaborations include the spoken word duet Ravensara, in collaboration with Alessandra Naccarato, experimental spoken word music band: Pharmakon MTL, and collaborations with members of Salsa Dascalza Collectivo, Artists Against Apartheid and the Howl! Arts Collective, among others. Collaborations stem beyond local into National contexts.

After her debut album release “Circle of She: Story & Song” (April ’08) Moe toured Canada and performed in South America and Europe. Feature highlights include performances for the 2010 IDEA World Congress in Belem, Brazil, the 2009 Maelström ReEvolution Poétique FiEstival in Brussels, Belgium, the 2011 Makusham APTN Series, Moncton, NB, '07, '08, ‘10 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and the 2008-2009 Diverse as This Land Performances at the Banff Centre. Moe has performed with artists such as Ian Ferrier and Pharmakon MTL, Michel Faubert (Quebec), and Tanya Tagaq (Nunavut), among others. Artistic productions include design and festival creation for the 2009 Tusarniq Festival (Indigenous Voices and Music), design for 2010 Mile End Poets Festival, sound design and video production for Intersecting Circles (BravoFact, 2009) and Circle Haiku (NFB, 2009). Her work is revered for its investment to artistic advancement and collective healing within communities.

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