David James Brock

playwright, poet, librettist

David James Brock is a Canadian playwright, poet and librettist. Author of poetry collection, Everyone is CO2. Librettist for Scottish pub opera, The Sloans Project. Co-creator of Breath Cycle, an opera for cystic fibrosis.


Reading (Toronto): IFOA Recklessness: The Art of Writing
Oct
27
7:30 pm19:30

Reading (Toronto): IFOA Recklessness: The Art of Writing

  • Lakeside Terrace/ Harbourfront Centre

Hosts Michael Winter and Catherine Bush celebrate the 10th anniversary of University of Guelph’s Creative Writing MFA program, whose faculty, alumni (including me), and students have been pushing boundaries―being reckless!―for the past ten years.

Opera (Glasgow): The Sloans Opera
Jul
24
Jul 31

Opera (Glasgow): The Sloans Opera

  • Sloans Bar

After being performed in Canada and selling out at the Edinburgh Festival, Noise Opera brings back the Sloans Opera by Gareth Williams and David James Brock to Glasgow’s oldest pub this July for just seven performances.

Reading (Victoria): Poems for all Occassions
Mar
13
6:00 pm18:00

Reading (Victoria): Poems for all Occassions

  • Caffè Fantastico Specialty Coffees

David James Brock will be reading new poems and from his poetry collection, Everyone is CO2, at Poems for All Occasions at Victoria's Caffè Fantastico Specialty Coffees. The reading also features friends and fellow Toronto poets Daniel Scott Tysdal and Jim Johnstone reading from their new collections.

Opera (Toronto): Tap:Ex Metallurgy
Nov
19
Nov 21

Opera (Toronto): Tap:Ex Metallurgy

  • Ernest Balmer Studio

David will return to Tapestry New Opera as the librettist for a new collaboration of experimental punk and opera in Tap: ex Metallurgy. This piece explores modes through which opera might assume a twenty-first century rebirth and involves collaborating with members of Canadian hardcore band Fucked Up, and two of Canada’s most masterful and versatile opera singers, mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó and tenor David Pomeroy.

Poetry NOW: 7th Annual Battle of the Bards
Mar
25
7:30 pm19:30

Poetry NOW: 7th Annual Battle of the Bards

  • The Brigantine Room

David James Brock will be reading from his poetry collection, Everyone is CO2, as part of IFOA Weekly/Poetry NOW's 7th Annual Battle of the Bards.

From the IFOA Website:

1 stage. 20 poets. 1 winner.

Our popular poetry competition returns in 2015 to feature readings by 20 of Canada’s upcoming and established poets. Judges Geoffrey E. Taylor (IFOA’s Director), Jen Tindall (IFOA’s Artistic Associate) and Catherine Graham (the 2014 Poetry NOW champion) will select one winner, who will receive an automatic invitation to read at the 36th edition of the International Festival of Authors AND an ad for their book in NOW Magazine!

Cost: $10/FREE supporters, students & youth 25 and under

Buy Everyone is CO2 at the reading or on the Wolsak & Wynn website.

Play Reading (Toronto): Misogyny
Mar
22
8:00 pm20:00

Play Reading (Toronto): Misogyny

David James Brock is returning to Toronto Cold Reads, a play reading series in Toronto. The third excerpt from his new play Misogyny will receive a cold reading from local Toronto talents who will arrive and receive the scripts an hour prior the show. The reading is PWYC. See more event details on the Toronto Cold Reads Website.

Play Reading (Toronto): Misogyny
Nov
30
7:00 pm19:00

Play Reading (Toronto): Misogyny

  • The Social Capital Theatre,

David James Brock is returning to Toronto Cold Reads, a play reading series in Toronto. Excerpts from his new play Misogyny will receive a cold reading from local Toronto talents who will arrive and receive the scripts an hour prior the show. The reading is PWYC. See more event details on the Toronto Cold Reads Website.

Play reading: Black Cat, White Cat
Sep
8
8:00 pm20:00

Play reading: Black Cat, White Cat

  • The Storefront Theatre

David James Brock is participating in Sing For Your Supper, a cold reading series in Toronto. His play Black Cat, White Cat will receive a cold reading from local Toronto talents who will arrive and receive the scripts an hour prior the show. The reading is PWYC. See more event details on the Red One Theatre Collective website.

Reading (Toronto): High Park Reading Festival
Sep
6
2:00 pm14:00

Reading (Toronto): High Park Reading Festival

  • High Park

David James Brock is participating in the inaugural High Park Reading Festival, celebrating and uniting contemporary poets. Fifty-eight poets will read from noon until 8 pm. Brock will be reading some new work and from his collection of poetry, Everyone is CO2, at 2 pm. See the full list of readers and event details on the Facebook event page

Play (Toronto): Centre of the Universe
Jul
2
Jul 13

Play (Toronto): Centre of the Universe

  • Labyrinth Lounge

This July, David James Brock returns to the Toronto Fringe Festival with a new, site-specific play at The Labyrinth Lounge. Theatre Lab presents Centre of the Universe written by David James Brock and directed by Omar Hady. The morning after a catastrophic event in downtown Toronto, five people who are trapped inside a bar contemplate the end of the world and the city they once knew.

Opera (Glasgow): The Sloans Project
Jun
8
Jun 15

Opera (Glasgow): The Sloans Project

After selling out at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Sloans Project will return to its home in Glasgow this June. Composer Gareth Williams and librettist David James Brock created this site-specific promenade opera inspired by Glasgow's oldest pub, Sloans. The audience moves through the 250-year-old pub and encounters a series of scenes telling stories of love, loss, revenge and forgiveness.

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Play (Toronto): Snow Bride
May
8
May 18

Play (Toronto): Snow Bride

  • The Box

This May, the Box Theatre hosts the Toronto premiere of Snow Bride - a one-person show written by David James Brock, starring Katie Hood and directed by Paul Hutcheson. Hood plays the role of Helena: a poet, a fiancé and an addict. No one shows up for Helena’s bachelorette party, so she invites the only friend she has left: cocaine. Buy tickets in advance online or at the door.

The program will start with a thirty-minute featured performance by Rachelle Elie, an award-winning comedienne who has been showcased on The Comedy Network and The Women’s Television Network.