Hope everyone had a great safe New Year’s. I’m back in Toronto, after having just finished up the new Fugitives record in Vancouver! Super exciting! We will be touring it through Germany in May, then onwards to the UK and Canada after that. Stay tuned for all relevant dates, they’re coming…
In solo news, big belated thanks to all the BC peeps that helped “Brain” sell out the Port Theatre in Nanaimo and the Metro Theatre in Victoria and the Chan Centre in Vancouver. Those are some great big venues, and the fact that the show is resonating people fills me with excitement and gratitude. So thanks!
This February, I’m headed on the road with pianist heavyweight Sarah Hagen to premiere our newest show. It’s a collaboration where she plays 13 preludes from Rachmaninoff’s Opus 32 and I respond to each piece with poems and stories. C’mon! What could be better than classical music and spoken word?!
I’ll leave you with some of her awesomeness, playing my fave of the preludes from Opus 32….
I’m doing “Brain” at the Winnipeg Fringe right now, from July 13-24th. I have a show every day, so please feel free to send your loved ones/friends/family/yourself/enemies/your dog. Tickets and showtimes can me found HERE
The Winnipeg Free Press gave the show 4.5 stars out of 5. “Brendan McLeod delivers an intensely personal, tightly edited, smartly comedic hour-long monologue…Taking a frank, often funny look at mental illness, McLeod busts some big taboos. He also offers a larger philosophical and scientific inquiry into the mystery and miracle of consciousness.” Check the full review HERE.
Just finished a three week whirlwind tour of BC. Was great to get out there and do straight up poems and songs on my own again. Thanks to the folks at Art Starts for co-ordinating the school residencies, the folks at Verses Fest for having me at their amazeball festivals, and all the peeps met along the way.
Back to writing for two months, then it’s onwards to the Midsummer Festival with The Fugitives and then performing Brain at the Winnipeg Fringe. Speaking of which, here’s a new trailer for the show, posted below. I’m really honoured that it’s also been added to this year’s program at the Chan Centre in Vancouver. That’ll be on my birthday – Nov. 17th! Tickets for it should be available soon.
I am currently in Toronto working on the new novel (still, I know. Hey. Writing is hard.) I’m also hosting the All Star SLAM performance from January-March in select Ontario schools, then off to BC for most of April, to work as a writer in Residence on Vancouver Island and do a tour through 8 BC cities via Art Starts. While there, I’m also excited to be part of this year’s Verses festival.
We are just firming up some summer festival dates for The Fugitives — should have them all soon. I’ll also be performing my newest monologue, “Brain”, at the Winnipeg Fringe. Busy times!