Circa 1984. At the Jolly Hangman Pub, Peterborough, Ontario. Host: Dennis Tourbin. With readings by Jill McGinn, David Ramsden, Rob Wipond and Ward Maxwell.
Peterborough has always had an active poetry scene featuring poets who enjoy performing and audiences who enjoy watching them and drinking along. Along with Trent University's student paper, The Arthur - whose Poetry Page was notorious - perhaps the most active supporter of the scene was the two-headed artist-run centre, Artspace/City Stage (part gallery, part theatre) which sponsored readings, performances, video screenings and for a time a literary magazine called Parachute. In 1983 the organization was homeless and adopted for its readings the Jolly Hangman pub, located at Trent University’s downtown campus, Peter Robinson College. If there was a rival for Artspace/City Stage’s place at the centre of Peterborough's artistic firmament, it was Peter Robinson College. And the sun around which this small universe spun was the host of this reading, poet/performer/painter Dennis Tourbin (1947-1998).
Thanks to Stephen Rose of PowerHouse Digital Video for the video transfer from umatic 3/4" tape.