The Louloudi Birds

A collaboration between hannah_g & Zoe Katsilerou.

Coming soon …

Zoe Katsilerou (singer/composer) and hannah_g create a three part narrative and suite of songs that draw on themes of home, immigration, the reframing of familiar surroundings, and opportunities for connection.

To be released end of August 2020 …

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts through the Digital Originals grant program.

The MonkeySparrow

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A weekly radio show broadcast every Tuesday, 10.30pm, on CKUW, 95.9 fm
Hosted by hannah_g with guest writers & music lovers. 30 minutes of ideas and music.

Original Stories based on This City & Elsewhere, Essays & Letters that attempt to Comprehend The Insignificant and Too Large, and Music from a Juxtapostastic Collection of Known, New, Answered, & Fated.

It’s recommended to listen via mixcloud. Glitches are less, and you can play it on any device. Mixcloud pays royalties to the music makers also.

Time Fills Space by Natasha MacVoy – 18 August 2020

A Traveller’s Journey – Salma Faraji – 7 July 2020

The Bee, The Architect, and the Human by Saio Sofa Gradin – 16 June 2020

French electro pop special- monkey mix- 21 April 2020

#3- Plague Fantasies – a collaboration between Ken Gregory & hannah_g 14 April 2020

#1- Plague Fantasies – a collaboration between Ken Gregory and hannah_g – 7 April 2020

Some Poems by Carrie Rhys-Davies – 24 March 2020

On Fire mix- 10 March 2020

A Reading by Grace Han – 3 March 2020

A Magpie Response to Aaron Zeghers’ Retrospective – 17 December 2019

Thoughts on Irene Bindi’s notte sopra vipere sotto – 10 December 2019

A Magpie Response to Freya Björg Olafson’s Motion AfterEffect – 5 November 2019

Yellow Stains by Jean Borbridge – 3 December 2019

A List by Rachel Crummey – 29 October 2019

Selected poems from ishq by Reza Rezaï – 23 July 2019

A Concerto by David Lewiston Sharpe – 16 July 2019

A Sawng by Matea Radic – 9 July 2019

Monkey Mix – 2 July 2019

Notes on Fluids by Madeline Rae – 4 June 2019

The Autobiography of S. Moderne/Suzanne Gillies by Suzanne Gillies and Douglas Sigurdson. 28 May 2019.

21 May 2019 mix

Soft Stitches, Pink Tongue- Jillian Groening – 14 May 2019

San Fran nights monkey mix – 30 April 2019

A Tin of Peaches by hannah_g – 23 April 2019

Monkey Mix – 16 April 2019

Monkey Mix- Sparky Goes West – 9 April 2019

Monkey Mix- Like A Prayer – 2 April 2019

Monkey Mix- dog of my heart – 26 March 2019

Monkey Mix- 19 March 2019

Monkey Mix – 5 March 2019

Monkey Mix 26 February 2019

Monkey Mix – 19 February 2019

Monkey Mix – 5 Feburary 2019

Monkey Mix- 29 January 2019

Some Writing by Gislina Patterson, 22 January 2019

I Shall Love Myself In Installments  by Jase, 15 January 2019

8 January 2019- Getting Beyond: Deaf Squab/Yoruba Drums

Sarah Atkinov, Big Thoughts, Small Space 1 January 2019

25 December 2018 mix

18 December 2019 mix

11 December 2018 mix- crys cole and greenhouse

4 December 2018 mix- MonkeySparrow

Films & video of Scott Fitzpatrick- incomplete notes – 27 November 2018

Last day/First day- a mix by monkeysparrow – 20 November 2018

Satisfied, and tickled too- a mix by monkeysparrow – 13 November 2018

Not winter yet- monkey mix, 6 November 2018

Singing and ploughing by hannah_g, 17 October 2018

miss/don’t miss mix by the monkey, 2 October 2018

From the birds –  a monkey mix, 11 September

Untucked – a monkey mix, 28 August 2018

Hickey by Davis Plett, 21 August 2018

Three Pieces by Christina Hajjar, 14 August 2018

Tall Tales by Esui Saga, 7 August 2018

Extracts by Roewan Crowe, 31 July 2018

Cyclone Season by Kat Nancy, 24 July 2018

Melty Mix by MonkeySparrow, 10 July 1018

Tall Tails: Strange Animals by Esui Saga, 3 July 2018

Transcribing by Luke Nickel, 26 June 2018

Four Days An Inch by Francesca Carella Arfinengo, 19 June 2018

A Monkey Mix for the shortest nights, 29 May 2018

An extract from Not For The World Would I Compare It To Anything by Hannah Godfrey, 22 May 2018

Scenes from Boundary Avenue, a new play from One Trunk Theatre and storytellers Abdul Razak Iyal and Seidu Mohammed, 15 May 2018

Some Poems by Sage, 8 May 2018

Tall Tails: stories of past pets loved and missed by Esui Saga, 1 May 2018

An essay by Sage, 24 April 2018

Peach Satin Slippers by Stephanie Poruchnyk-Butler, 17 April 2018

Two Poems by Lissie Rappaport, 10 April 2018

Cyril and Donald Eat Ethiopian by Saz Massey, 3 April 2018

The Day My Dad Found Out Ellen DeGeneres is Gay by Ugonna Chigbo, 27 March 2018

More Beginnings & Ends by Christine Kirouac, 20 March 2018

Health & social predictors: applications to public housing (an extract) – Aynslie Hinds, 13 March 2018

Language Games – Mariana Muñoz Gomez, 27 February 2018

The Bird Who Spoke by Nic Wilson, 20 February 2018

Writing by Jennifer Ilse Black, 6 February 2018

A story by Chelsea Peters, 9 January 2018

Hillway by Ericca Godfrey, 26 December 2017

Monkey mix 5 December 2017

nN17 mix by the Monkey, 14 November 2017

Garbage by Saz Massey, 7 November 2017

31 Oc0tober 2017: Monkey mix

24 October 2017: A Monkey Mix

17 October 2017: Pale Pink Sky by Meghan Zahari

10 October 2017: Ricin: A Cellular Assassin by Saz Massey

29 August 2017: A Metal Mix by Colton Rempel

22 August 2017: Birds and Songs for Lynx Eye Lew

15 August 2017: Poems by Colin Smith

13 June 2017: Monkey Mix

6 June 2017: Some Poems by Julian Kirchmann

30 May 2017:  Trichy Situation an essay by Saz Massey

23 May 2017: Beginnings and Ends: Episodes Of Online Dating with Christine Kirouac

16 May 2017: Monkey Mix

4 April 2017: Xs & Os by Elise Dawson

28 March 2017: Three Buckets by Andrew Lodwick

14 March 2017: Deaf And Disability Arts: Insiders, Outsiders and the Potential Of Progressive Studios by Kristin Nelson

7 March 2017: Poems By Andrew Eastman

28 February 2017: Music for Thinking- a MonkeySparrow mix

21 February 2017: Also As Well Too talk by Kegan McFadden Part 2

14 February 2107: The Famous Goose Wurlitzer of Portage & Main- Fundrive special

7 February 2017: Also As Well Too talk by Kegan McFadden Part 1

31 January 2017: The Ocean, a reading by Cecilia Araneda from her novel.

24 January 2017: Poems by Jaz Papadopolous

Tenth     &    Seventeenth     January 2017:  mixes (excuse the Judas Priest intro)

3 January 2017: OK, 2017 a mix by the Monkey

27 December 2016:Big Picture Attempts: a mix by the Monkey

20 December 2016:Not Christmassy At All: a mix by the Monkey

13 December 2016: Institutional Generosity a paper delivered at The Wnnipeg Effect Symposium by hannah_g

6 December 2016: Another Kind Of Desire a story by Jeremiah Gibbons

29 November 2016: Music by the Monkey

22 November 2016: A poem For Helga by hannah_g

15 November 2016: The Early Years by Ericca Godfrey

8 November 2016: An extract from Shopping Cart Pantheon by Jeanne Randolph

20 September 2016: On ‘A Doll’s House’ an essay by Adrielle Parley

13 September 2016: Lilacs: an essay by Kegan McFadden

sixth and twenty-seventh September 20167- mixes by MonkeySparrow

23 August 2016: Lessons From A Nude Man– a story by Donna Besel

second     ninth      sixteenth    thirtieth   Monkey music mixes from august 2016

19 July 2016: Corduroy & Cigars– a mix by Marisa Godfrey

12 July 2016: Our Darling Arlington by Choi Ho

5 July 2016: Reading by Murat Ates

28 June 2016: Extract from Shopping Cart Pantheon ready by the author Jean Randolph

21 June 2017: Some things I Have Tried by Doreen Girard

17 May 2016: A story by Eric Plamondon

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10 May 2016: Music to bring back the sun: a mix by the Monkey

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3 May 2016: With Sufficient Distance: extracts from an essay by Jeanette Johns

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26 April 2016: Drinking The Finger Bowl: an essay by Alex King

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12 April 2016: The In Betweens: an essay by Alison James

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5 April 2016: Where Are All The Textile Artists? an essay by Jennifer Smith

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22 March 2016: The Landscape Of Death– an essay by Tricia Wasney

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15 March 2016 : Tolstoy Gets Lyrical- a reading.

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9 March 2016: Baby Class– an essay by Esther Simmonds MacAdam

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22 February 2016: Valdes The Barber: a story by hannah_g

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9 Feburary 2016: The Scarf of Doom- Fundrive special. A story by hannah_g

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26 January 2016: Poetry reading: Ted Hughes, Joanne Epp, Carol Ann Duffy

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19 January 2016: ThinkCog by Kevin Doole

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12 January 2016: Skating: a story by hannah_g

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5 January 2016: A Week In Martinique – an essay by hannah_g

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24 November 2015: Why Matthew Sawatsky Is Not Like Gertrude Stein– an essay by C. Graham Asmundson

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17 November 2015: Remembering Music – an essay by hannah_g

What Song Grabbed You By The Heart & Got You Into Music? – a mix by BossRoss

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10 November 2015: a mix by Craig Claire

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3 November 2015: on Loving Bodies– an essay by Victoria King

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3 November 2015: Poetry Readings & Music- selections by Matthew Sawatsky

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27 October 2015: Halloween Hauntings In The Home: Horror & Interior Design

an essay and mix y Hannah Nutmeg Crosson

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 20 October 2015: Lost Souls an essay by Liberty Karp. Mix by hannah_g.

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 13 October 2015: Witches & Feminism an essay and mix by Helga Jakobson

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6 October 2015: Brushes With The Supernatural a ramble by hannah_g

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29 September: Nanny Odjig & The Gleaners by hannah_g

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22 September: Nanny Odjig by hannah_g (a story in response to Tiverton Museum artefacts)

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15 September: A Few Notes On Loneliness by hannah_g

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8 September: Summer, Autumn, September- David Cain and Ronald Duncan from The Seasons; ‘I loved you’- by Alexander Pushkin

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1 September: For Amusement Only– an essay and mix by Courtney R. Thompson

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24 August: Marital Dissolution & The Art Of Confession– an essay by Bryan Goertz

Songs of failure; songs of hope – a mix by Bryan Goertz

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18 August: Poems by A. Nowlan and Jesse Matas

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11 August: A Few Notes On Pain an essay by hannah_g

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28 July listen via mixcloud |   download via CKUW

Natalie Daoust: A Cracked Spider Egg an essay by hannah_g

21 July listen via mixcloud   |   download via CKUW

Watermelon ice cream by hannah_g

Canoeing with Avi by hannah_g

14 July listen via mixcloud   |   download via CKUW

100% Birgitta by hannah_g

7 July listen via mixcloud   |   download via CKUW

Being Watched an essay by hannah_g

30 June  listen via mixcloud   |   download via CKUW

Travel Shorts: 31J; Cristina; Dawn Chorus by hannah_g

Greek, Iranian, Tanzanian, Jamaican, & Chinese folk music mix.

 23 June   listen via mixcloud   |   download via CKUW

Poems: Train Journey by Judith Wright; Adlestrop by Edward Thomas

Essay: I Want A Train by Jamie Wright

16th June   listen via mixcloud   |   download via CKUW

Response: New Zealand vs China – The Hadron Effect by hannah_g
Essay: Authority, Power, and Evan Soloman by hannah_g

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Poems: Frank O’Hara & Elizabeth Bishop

Essay: Feeling A Little Queer by hannah_g

2nd June    listen via mixcloud  |   download via CKUW

Poems: Margaret Atwood & Selima Hill

Essay: Listening to Tennis by hannah_g

5th May     listen via mixcloud   |   download via CKUW

Extract from Chicago Of  The North- I, by hannah_g
Essay: “Dwell. Separate. (Upon Estate: A Reverie)”, by hannah_g

12th May     listen via mixcloud   |   download via CKUW

Response: Natasha Torres Garner solo, Vampire Alberta Blues, by hannah_g

Extract from Chicago Of  The North- II, by hannah_g

Essay: “Micro Mobility”, by hannah_g

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Response: Steven Leyden Cochrane’s exhibition, Screen Wall at RAWGallery

Response: Rosemary Scanlon’s exhibition, X-ray Lake, KIAC, by hannah_g

Extract from Chicago Of The North- III, by hannah_g

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Essay: A Bolt, by hannah_g

Extract from Chicago Of The North- IV, by hannah_g

Performances (selected)

Dry Media Exhibition, The Edge Gallery, Winnipeg, February 2015
CKUW radio – The Brass Bowel Diner; every Thursday in October 2014
Girls! Girls! Girls! The Gas Station Theatre, Winnipeg. 2010,;2011; 2014 (MC)
Manitoba Showcase Luncheon, 24 October 2014
Hear/Say Story Exchange, Winnipeg, 16 January 2014
CKUW radio– Nocturnes, every Thursday in October 2013
Queerlore, Genderfest, Winnipeg, 15 February 2013
Microcosm, Cube Microplex, Bristol UK, December many dates between 2005-13
Opening act for Rae Spoon’s book launch, Winnipeg, 19 October 2012
Reel Pride Festival, Winnipeg launch night, 9 October 2012
Circus of Objects, Plug In ICA, 6 October 2012
The Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg, 23rd & 24th Feb 2012
Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, member performance, 3-31 March 2011
CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, 10th April 2011
Richmond Art Gallery, BC. January 2011
Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba, Sept 2010
Aqua Books: Emerging Writer in Residence, July 2010
Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, April 2009
Gibraltar Point International Artists Residency open studios, Toronto, June 2007
Trinity Centre, Bristol, 2007
Yujiro Gallery, London 2007
Exeter Festival, 2007

The Brass Bowel Diner: stories from an irregular dive.

A sign writer who couldn’t spell, drugged milkshakes from cows who eat more than grass, and the kind of proprietress the hipster coffee shop down the road doesn’t want to cross… this serial is broadcast every Thursday in October at 3 am on CKUW 95.9 fm, but don’t worry you can listen later here.

Thank you, Manitoba Arts Council/ Le conseil des arts du Manitoba for your support. And thanks to CKUW for being the best as always.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

About the stories I tell

I often refer to the stories I tell as  being ‘contemporary folklore’ by which I mean they reinterpret, revisit, reflect and record a community’s identity, its interconnected histories and shared experiences. Folklore is not 100% accurate nor should it be, but it does have a feeling of truth. My stories are my own original creations but may draw on my own and other people’s memories, conjectures, and wishful thinking. They are very much connected to place, to its spirit, hopes and despairs, and are informed by a desire for social justice.

Of course some of the stories I create are simply frolics and romps.


I have long been fascinated by the night lives of places and the changes that arrive with the cover of darkness: the freedom it promises, the opportunities, the things we believe can, do, and will happen. These stories marry those things to particularly Winnipeggian nocturnal goings on…

This project was generously supported by the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. First broadcast on CKUW during October 2013. Listen to the whole project



Hear/Say Story Exchange, Winnipeg; CKUW radio, Winnipeg.

Dear Peggy

This is a collection of contemporary folklore about Winnipeg.

Why do Winnipeggers always flick two pennies into the water when crossing the Redwood Bridge? Ever heard of the Gimli Ice Dances? On which of the city’s rivers might the buttons on your jacket pop off unexpectedly?

These stories have been created in response to some of the places, people, and objects happened upon in this strange Prairie city and its environs. Melancholy, absurd, credible, and wry: the stories reflect the character of a city one comes to love despite oneself.


Made with the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council.


See for the limited edition artist book.

Queerlore, Genderfest, Winnipeg ; Microcosm, Cube Microplex, Bristol UK; Opening act for Rae Spoon’s book launch, Winnipeg; Reel Pride Festival, Winnipeg launch night; Circus of Objects, Plug In ICA; The Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg; CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival.

Sidewalk Constellations

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Stories are important for a community to understand, own, and be enchanted with the place in which it lives and works. The Sidewalk Constellations project creates narratives in public spaces to celebrate, record, archive and make accessible the contemporary mythologies and issues which exist in various urban communities.

A few years ago I was walking round the ferry port of Toronto when I noticed a generous dotting of gumspots on the ground. It occurred to me that if those gumspots were joined together with white lines they would look like maps of constellations. I duly reached into my pocket and with a stick of chalk got to work.

The groupings of real stars are just as arbitrary as gum spots, pure pareidolia. It is stories which give them shape and meaning and the dirty blobs on the pavement are just as embedded in narrative. Each gumspot has been in someone’s mouth, a short part of his/her/their life that is discarded on his/her/their journey. When several journeys cross, a sidewalk constellation is formed.

When I go to a town or city to do Sidewalk Constellations, I chat to a lot of people. I think about what I’ve gleaned from them as I join up gum and draw the resulting constellation. I walk around the place and roll around the info-lint until the stories are made, stories that make sense of the random events that brought those pieces of gum together. I record the stories and leave them in places I’ve chalked or met people.

ArtScape International Artist Residency, Toronto; street performances, Montreal; Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax.

Stories from Eastern Europe

During the Artfest artist residency in Romania, I created 4 stories in response to the people and places I encountered. I collaborated with one of the other artists there, Mia Taylor, to develop a touring performance in which I told the stories while Mia drew illustrations on a digital tablet that were projected in real time onto a large screen behind us.

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Yujiro Gallery, London; Autumn Festival, Exeter; Trinity Centre, Bristol; The Cube, Microplex, Bristol.

This performance was supported by Arts Council England.

Poster by Mia Taylor.