Stories & Soundtracks: Michael Barclay & Rollie Pemberton

Rollie Pemberton and Michael Barclay

Stories & Soundtracks: Michael Barclay & Rollie Pemberton

Rollie Pemberton and Michael Barclay

4:30pm

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Music fans won’t want to miss this fascinating exploration of Canada’s contemporary music scene with industry insiders and authors Michael Barclay and Rollie Pemberton. Through exclusive interviews and extensive research, Barclay presents an unprecedented account of Canadian music’s climb to coolness in the early 2000s in Hearts on Fire: Six Years That Changed Canadian Music 2000-2005. Arcade Fire, Feist, Tegan and Sara; and Alexisonfire were the tip of the iceberg that launched the golden age of Canadian indie rock world-wide. In Bedroom Rapper, Pemberton (also known as writer, rapper, producer, poet and activist Cadence Weapon) traces his roots from recording beats in his mom’s attic in Edmonton to performing with some of the most recognizable names in rap and electronic music, including Del La Soul, Public Enemy, Mos Def, Questlove and Diplo. The former poet laureate of Edmonton and 2021 Polaris Prize-winning musician’s tumultuous story of surviving the music industry resonates with the joy of finding oneself and the anticipation of fulfilling a dream.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 24 at 4:30pm ET
Where: Fleck Dance Theatre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

Conversation

Music fans won’t want to miss this fascinating exploration of Canada’s contemporary music scene with industry insiders and authors Michael Barclay and Rollie Pemberton. Through exclusive interviews and extensive research, Barclay presents an unprecedented account of Canadian music’s climb to coolness in the early 2000s in Hearts on Fire: Six Years That Changed Canadian Music 2000-2005. Arcade Fire, Feist, Tegan and Sara; and Alexisonfire were the tip of the iceberg that launched the golden age of Canadian indie rock world-wide. In Bedroom Rapper, Pemberton (also known as writer, rapper, producer, poet and activist Cadence Weapon) traces his roots from recording beats in his mom’s attic in Edmonton to performing with some of the most recognizable names in rap and electronic music, including Del La Soul, Public Enemy, Mos Def, Questlove and Diplo. The former poet laureate of Edmonton and 2021 Polaris Prize-winning musician’s tumultuous story of surviving the music industry resonates with the joy of finding oneself and the anticipation of fulfilling a dream.

Ticket Info:
Date & Time: September 24 at 4:30pm ET
Where: Fleck Dance Theatre
Duration: 60 minutes
Ticket prices: $17 – Regular; $12 – Youth; or Get a TIFA Pass
*This event will be followed by a book signing

Conversation

Featured Authors

Rollie Pemberton is a writer, rapper, producer, poet and activist who performs under the name Cadence Weapon. He won the 2021 Polaris Music Prize for his album Parallel World. His writing has been published in Pitchfork, The Guardian, Wired and Hazlitt. Currently based in Toronto, Pemberton was a former Poet Laureate in his hometown of Edmonton.

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Michael Barclay is the author of the 2018 national bestseller The Never-Ending Present: The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip. He is also a co-author of Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985–95, to which this book could be considered a sequel. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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4:30pm

Saturday, September 24, 2022

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