Aural Heather Haley
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"Haley's poetry is tough, irreverent, and in-your-face. She asks all the questions that a nice girl's not supposed to ask. Cowboys, car accidents, broken hearts, dead lovers-and potential violence-hover like heat on the horizon. This is brawny, uncompromising language from a voice that demands to be reckoned with.”-Anvil Press

“Heather Haley is a Canadian national treasure.”-Kurt Heintz, e-poets

“This (Surfing Season) is a strong, beautiful piece of work, a real credit to the genre." -Ian Ferrier, Wired On Words

“Canadian poet Heather Haley is doing some important work with poetry and media.-“Poseybeat
- Various & Assorted


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Born in Quebec, Canada, Haley's musical sensibilities are largely folk, having grown up singing in church and school choirs, listening to her mother's Clancy Brothers and Hank Williams records and watching Don Messer's Jubilee on CBC, much to her chagrin. Then she encountered rock, R&B, jazz, the blues, and punk. Collaborator Roderick Shoolbraid doesn't "play guitar" as much as manipulate it, to the point of mutation into a myriad of musical instruments. "Prepared guitar," by another name.

HEATHER HALEY BIO-Architect of the Edgewise ElectroLit Centre and the Vancouver Videopoem Festival, author, poet and singer Heather Haley pushes boundaries by creating across disciplines and media. Her music and poetry appear on CD, video and the Internet at and Her book of poetry, "Sideways," was published by Anvil Press in 2003 and the BC Publishers Association selected "Europa" from it, for the Poetry in Transit program.

Haley is an accomplished performer, singing and writing songs for a series of groups, including the .45s with Randy Rampage of DOA, and HHZ, (Heather Haley & the Zellots) praised by music critic Craig Lee and selected as one of "Ten Great LA Bands." Haley has played the Smiling Buddha, Geary St. Theatre, the Mabuhay Gardens, the Hong Kong Cafe, Blackie’s, the Starwood, Club 88, the Palomino, John Anson Ford Theater, Raji's and Club Lingerie. More recently, she has been seen and heard performing at the Lamplighter Pub, Crush Champagne Lounge, the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, the Kootenay School of Writing, Word on the Street Festival, Red Schoolhouse Poetry Festival, the Art Bar in Toronto, Words & Music in Montreal, the Vancouver Public Library, Thundering Word Heard, the West Coast Poetry Festival and Shakespeare & Sons in Prague.

During a decade long stint as an expatriate, she was a writer and editor for the "LA Weekly" and published critically acclaimed multimedia literary journal, "Rattler." In 2004 Haley and Shoolbraid produced the audio CD "Surfing Season." She is the curator of "See The Voice: Visible Verse" at Pacific Cinémathèque. Heather’s videopoem, "Dying for the Pleasure" recently screened at the International ArtExpo in Milan, Italy, the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Kalingrad, Russia, and the Gene Siskel Film Center/Chicago Art Institute. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Banff Centre’s Wired Writing Studio and directing a new videopoem called "Purple Lipstick." She is a member of the Writer’s Union of Canada, the League of Canadian Poets, Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture and the Bowen Island Arts Council.


Classical music, jazz and the element of chance have always been the three pillars of Shoolbraid's improvisations, spanning the 12-year history of his career in music. An innovative and accomplished guitarist who has worked in innumerable styles and venues, he has always been open to re-working the paradigms at hand. After his studies at the Victoria conservatory Shoolbraid focused on the bold pursuit of experimentalism and the creation of new forms. As "Rodux" he plies his musical knowledge in front of a turntable, spinning an eclectic mix of music from jazz standards to hip-hop into smooth, danceable grooves. Shoolbraid is actively involved in sound design for film, animation, and multimedia.