SYLVIE HILL is a WRITER, POET, PERFORMER and EDUCATOR who turns ideas into opportunities. An ambitious, thoughtful professional, Sylvie uses media, art and outreach communications to engage, educate and inspire.
:: Passion for provocative authors becomes a university Continuing Education course :: Fierce appreciation for a band inspires a magazine article that sells albums :: An adventure abroad is translated into poetry and art!
| Music/Culture Reviewer
Sylvie Hill is known around Ottawa-Gatineau (Canada) for writing “Shotgun,” a hip and hilarious column (2004-2006) in The Ottawa XPress, an arts and entertainment weekly for Canada’s Capital City (and for Montreal’s sister paper, hour.ca). She also contributed articles on music, books and arts for the paper, and feature pieces and a column called Charger for Guerilla Magazine, an edgy/eclectic arts & culture quarterly.
She was a part of Four Culture Magazine, writing about England’s dark disco, indie and alt-country music and Canadian/Spain street artist, Juan Carlos Noria. Add to that, one of her favourite American musician and artists – Joseph Arthur. She wrote about UK alt-electronic tunes in Sound Of Confusion Music Blog and for Vader Evader. Today, she continues networking with bands through Twitter, helping connect musicians to opportunities and fans to albums.
| Spoken-word poet
Another successful arts entrepreneurial project, Sylvie crowd-funded $6,233 through Kickstarter in 2014 for a new collection of provocative poetry/art called Russell Square Station: Mine the trash (2015) about a fated reunion in London, UK with a bombastic British Muse from her first book.
Russell Square Station is a follow-up to her first book of spoken-word poetry called Hoxton Square Circles: Starfucking Tales of Sexless One-night Stands. Her 2001 book launch was made into a video documentary.
| TV Host
Sylvie was the Host for Season 2 of the Canadian national romantic & literary television dating series, The Letters: Rediscovering the Art of Courtship by Ottawa’s GAPC for CHUM Television. It aired on Book TV, Canadian Learning Television (CLT), Access Alberta and on BRAVO! Canada. Watch it here.
She has emceed popular and high-profile events, including Westfest Festival for Music, Art & Life, Mustaches for Kids through Make A Wish Foundation and Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary Celebration & 9th Annual Write For Rights (2011).
She returned June 2014 to help host Westfest, alongside CBC superstars!
Sylvie was the Curator for WESTFEST Lit – Adults Only! A sold-out affair featuring five wonderful local and Montreal literary performers!
Relentless in her pursuit for answers, and always curious, Sylvie thinks up novel literary courses to share with inquiring minds!
Why is James Joyce’s Ulysses so hard to read? And why are people consuming 50 Shades when Lady Chatterley is a steamier read? Finally, can women really “use” a man for artistic inspiration — didn’t Edith Piaf?
She began in 2013 to teach her workshops on James Joyce: Epic Journey, Tales of Female Betrayals, Women Who (M)use Men: Fated Attractions and Ces Chansons Qui Ne Nous Quittent Pas: Piaf, Brel and Gainsbourg at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Continuing Education, Personal Enrichment Activities Program.
May 2016: Sylvie will give her workshop on “Ces chansons qui nous quittent pas: Piaf, Brel, Gainsbourg” to Retraite en Action.
June 2016: Sylvie will give a workshop on James Joyce’s Ulysses at Bloomsday Montreal (June 14)
March 2016: Sylvie introduced her James Joyce course to the University College Cork’s Adult Continuing Education Program in Ireland