Provocation Ideas Festival presents Bookmarks with Corin Raymond

Monologue, memoir, a feast of word-fun, and a deep-hearted treat for bookworms –– or for anyone who's ever lost someone or something they loved.

From storyteller Corin Raymond comes a poignant healing spell, and joyous love letter to the books we’ve loaned and lost, and to the secret paths they travel in the world to find us.

Reviews of BOOKMARKS:

Toronto singer-songwriter Corin Raymond returns to the fringe with another stellar one-man show, again revolving around his love of reading. A decade ago his solo spoken-word show, Bookworm, delved into stories read to him by his father as a child; Bookmarks explores the many books he’s loved, loaned out, lost and (sometimes) found again while on the road. The 60-plus-minute monologue is broken up into five- or six-minute stories — almost like an album, or chapters of a book — with Raymond fondly (and sometimes funnily) reminiscing about books that have helped him through difficult times, including coping with the loss of his mothers (to understand why it’s plural, you’ll have to see the show). Raymond’s got a beautiful, poetic delivery and dynamic stage presence that works brilliantly with his reminiscences — it all pulls at the heartstrings in a big way.


- Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Fringe 2023

About Corin Raymond:

Corin Raymond is a Juno-nominated singer/songwriter who keeps his stuff in Hamilton, ON. Corin has been a full-time troubadour for twenty years and has made five studio albums –– his most recent, Dirty Mansions, was released in 2019 –– and he's only turned to independent storytelling for the financial security. His “memoir-o-logues” include Bookworm (2011) – “intimate, open-hearted and evangelical,” said Vancouver’s Georgia Straight – which won Pick of the Fringe in Vancouver, 2012. The Great Canadian Tire Money Caper (2015) tells how Corin and a worldwide-community paid for the making of an entire double-album with Canadian Tire money. His new show BOOKMARKS won Storytelling/Spoken Word Favourite at the 2022 Victoria Fringe and received ★★★★ 1/2 at the 2023 Winnipeg Fringe. “Corin Raymond is a storyteller who by the end of the night you’ll have known your whole life” – Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail.

Friday, May 24 • 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Innix College Town Hall

2 Sussex Ave,

University of Toronto

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