Every Song I've Ever Written
From 1985 to 2004, Jacob Wren wrote 58 songs that few people have ever heard. In a way, because hardly anyone has listened to them, they dont yet exist not without you. Spanning performance platforms, Every Song I've Ever Written is an interactive project with ambitious ideas and a mixtape heart. It examines certain personal regrets about the past, while also exploring the much larger cultural shift in how we listen to and understand music. Lend an ear and discover what songwriting, musical community and collaboration mean in the internet age.
This work is divided into three parts:
Everysongiveeverwritten.com is a catalogue of all the original work, where you can listen to any of the 58 songs and upload your own version.
The Solo Performance
Jacob performs the entire catalogue of songs in chronological order. Youre free to come and go, or grab a drink at the bar and watch the entire performance.
The Band Night
Five Toronto bands take to the stage for a one-night-only concert of Jacobs music, along with discussion about songs and the internet. Featuring:
ATS Above Top Secret
Regina of Light Fires
Every Song I've Ever Written
by PME-ART Montreal
presented by World Stage in association with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
June 9, 6pm - Solo Performance
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
June 11, 8pm - Band Night
$20 or $15 for youth 29 and under or full-time studens any age
Through performances, installation, public process and theoretical and practical research, interdisciplinary group PME-ART confronts its contemporary practice via local, national and international artistic collaborations. Combining creation, exploration, critical reflection, dissemination and casual yet significant interactions with various publics, the work is an ongoing process of questioning the world, of finding the courage to say things about the current predicament that are direct and complex, of interrogating the performance situation. www.pme-art.ca
ABOUT JACOB WREN
An eccentric performer and writer, Jacob Wren is also co-artistic director of PME-ART. His recent novel Polyamorous Love Song was included in The Globe and Mails Top 100 Books of 2014.
ABOUT WORLD STAGE
Since its beginning in 1986, Harbourfront Centres World Stage has evolved into a varied season of international performance. With bold curatorial vision, World Stage assembles and presents todays performance leaders to share and develop Torontos understanding of contemporary performance. www.harbourfrontcentre.com/worldstage
ABOUT THE POWER PLANT
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is Canadas leading non-collecting, public art gallery dedicated exclusively to contemporary visual art from Canada and the world. It is a vital forum for the advanced artistic culture of our time that offers an exceptional facility and professional support to a diverse group of living artists while engaging equally diverse audiences in their work. www.thepowerplant.org