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.


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

Opera (Toronto): Tap:Ex Metallurgy

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.

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Concert (Toronto): Sewing the Earthworm
Nov
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

Concert (Toronto): Sewing the Earthworm

Sewing the Earthworm will be a part of the Canadian Art Song Project's Recital Series, part its 2015-2016 season.

For the first time in Brian Harman's (composer) and David James Brock's (writer) Sewing the Earthworm's project, Carla Huhtanen (soprano) and Steven Philcox (piano) will be joined by choreographer and dancer Jennifer Nichols.

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New Music Launch (Toronto): Sewing the Earthworm
Apr
17
5:00pm 5:00pm

New Music Launch (Toronto): Sewing the Earthworm

Come celebrate the Centretracks release of Sewing the Earthworm, an innovative song cycle by composer Brian Harman and librettist David James Brock, recorded by soprano Carla Huhtanen and pianist Steven Philcox. The musicians will present an intimate performance of the work, followed by a brief discussion about this unique cycle and celebratory drinks.

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

Poetry NOW: 7th Annual Battle of the Bards

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.

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

Play reading: Black Cat, White Cat

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.

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

Reading (Toronto): High Park Reading Festival

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

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

Play (Toronto): Centre of the Universe

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.

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Opera (Glasgow): The Sloans Project
Jun
8
to 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
to May 18

Play (Toronto): Snow Bride

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.

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