Winters have been warmer in the past six years and, we confess, Les Filles électriques are definitely responsible for one or two degrees! Every February since 2002, Montreal has been plugging in to the Festival Voix d’Amériques (FVA) celebrating oral literature, text in performance and spoken word. This year’s dates are February 2 to 9, 2007 as Les Filles électriques presents the sixth edition of this high-voltage show!
Alternating between the Sala Rossa and the Casa del Popolo, with a foray to La Tulipe, the 6th FVA features some 120 anglo and francophone artists to perform for tuned-in audiences in the FVA’s easy-going and joyous atmosphere. (“Joy is the aim,” as Mary Margaret O’Hara reminds us.) Richard Desjardins is this year’s Guest of Honour, and it should be quite the festival! Everybody loves this man — the socially committed artist, the implacable voice, the ever upright, always overwhelming presence. This year, we want to celebrate this “free spirit” who, fortunately for all of us, chose the pen over the sword.