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2014

Holmes Hooke

Brief Biography

Ontario - Spoken Word


A keen wit, with a brutally honest turn of phrase, and a capacity for capturing the simple beauty of his subject matter, award winning spoken word artist Holmes Hooke is sought out as a performer and host by festivals and clubs the world over. This “national treasure” (CBC) has recorded three CDs, illustrated and authored a children's book, and has had compositions performed by over 40 artists. Recently, his poem, Plant A Tree, was included in a capsule buried in Scotland, to be opened in a huge ceremony one hundred years from now. Holmes says he definitely plans to be there.

A keen wit, a brutally honest turn of phrase, and a capacity for capturing the simple beauty of his subject matter. With talents such as these, small wonder Holmes Hooke continues to be sought out as a performer-host by festivals and clubs the world over.

The award-winning spoken word artist and lyricist has been called “a national treasure...one of Ireland's greatest gifts to Canada” (Nancy White, CBC broadcaster and humorist) and a weaver of words destined to “transport and move you” (Artsforum.)

Many of Holmes' word compositions have been set to music. To date, over 40 artists have performed his work, including John McDermott, Tanglefoot, Bobby Watt, Rick Fielding, Jeff Wiseman, Katherine Wheatley, Wendell Ferguson and Brendan
Nolan.

Recently, his poem “Plant A Tree” was included in a capsule buried in Scotland, to be opened in a huge ceremony one hundred years from now. Holmes says he definitely plans to be there.