Spur Presents a Night of Irish Music and Poetry

  • April 7, 2017
  • 8:00 pm
  • Heliconian Hall

Spur presents a night of Irish poetry, storytelling, music and drink at the historic Heliconian Hall in the heart of Yorkville. Presented by Diaspora Dialogues with the support of Culture Ireland.


Doors open at 7PM and performance begin at 8PM. With…

Mary Noonan Mary’s first collection, The Fado House (Dedalus, 2012), was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and the Strong/Shine Award. The manuscript of the collection won the Listowel Poetry Collection Prize in 2010. Her poems have been published in Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, PN Review, The Threepenny Review, Poetry London, New Hibernia Review, and The Spectator. A limited edition pamphlet, Father (Bonnefant Press) was published in 2015. Her second collection will be published in 2018. She is the current poetry editor of the online poetry periodical Southword, and is judging the international Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize 2017.

Adam Crothers Adam was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1984 and lives in Cambridge, England, where he works with special collections in an academic library and as a literary critic and teacher. A contributor to New Poetries VI (Carcanet, 2015), he is the author of Several Deer (Carcanet, 2016), which has been shortlisted for the 2017 Shine/Strong Poetry Award for best first collection by an Irish writer; he was one of the poets selected for Poetry Ireland Review‘s special issue on ‘The Rising Generation’ in 2016.

Charlie Foran  Charlie was born and raised in Toronto. He has published eleven books, including five novels.  His fiction, non-fiction, and journalism have won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Weston Prize, the Taylor Prize, the Canadian Jewish Book Award, two QSPELL prizes, and several National Magazine Awards.  A past president of PEN Canada, he is a senior fellow at Massey College, and an adjunct professor in the Dept of English at the University of Toronto.  In 2014 he was named to the Order of Canada.

Deb Quigley (Uilleann Pipes) Deb Quigley was born in Newtownards, County Down and lived during the early 70’s in the town of Bangor where she was first introduced to the native music of Ireland. During the late 80’s she was once again inspired musically by the playing and teaching of the late Chris Langan; Uilleann piper, instrument maker, and music teacher originally from Rush, County Dublin who lived for many years in Toronto. Deb credits much of her music to the patient, and informative teaching style of her mentor and friend.

Patrick Ourseau (Fiddle) Fiddle Player Patrick Ourceau, based in Toronto and for many years resident of New York City, has for over twenty years been performing and teaching Irish Music all over North America and Europe. He has released and been featured on a host recordings, most notably on Tracin’ with concertina player Gearoid O hAllmhurain; Live at Mona’s with Guitarist Eamon O’Leary; on the Chulrua release The Singing Kettle; on flute player Cathal McConnell’s Long Expectant Comes at Last; on accordion player John Whelan’s Celtic Roots; and on the TG4 CD and DVD release Geantrai, a compilation celebrating the first ten years of the popular traditional Irish music television program.

Catherine Graham Catherine’s most recent poetry collection, Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Poetry Award and the CAA Poetry Award. She completed an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University while living in Northern Ireland. Her work is anthologized in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vol IV & V and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth Century Irish Women Poets and has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Daily, The Glasgow Review of Books, The Ulster Tatler, LRC, Malahat Review, CBC Books and elsewhere. Winner of IFOA’s Poetry Now, she publishes two books in 2017: her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest and her debut novel, Quarry.

Sharlene Wallace (Harp) is one of Canada’s most prolific and influential Celtic/lever harpists. Playing both Classical/pedal and lever/Celtic harps has led Sharlene to copiously diverse musical influences and opportunities. Sharlene is on the music faculties of York University, University of Guelph and Wilfred Laurier University teaching both Classical and lever harps. Her own performance degree is from the University of Toronto where she studied with the eminent Judy Loman, O.C.. Sharlene is Principal Harpist with the Kingston, Guelph, and Oakville Symphonies.

  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $5


  • April 7, 2017
  • 8:00 pm
  • Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1M6

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