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C.R. Avery's 'Fightin' Words and a Girl Named Mercy' Tour


  • Thu 10 Aug 2023, 7:30pm



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07:17 Records proudly presents critically acclaimed legendary Canadian Poet Musician C.R. Avery, on his first Official Tour, live in Aotearoa New Zealand.

World Class Live Experience Direct from Canada
Humour, Music, and Words Upfront & Personal

Prepare to be enchanted as you dive headfirst into the back pocket history of C.R. Avery’s alluringly seductive and stunningly beautiful adventures with ease. ‘Fightin’ Words and a Girl Named Mercy’ is a ‘not to be missed’ journey. No holds barred, seek to find tragedy, comedy, romance, and reality, in a vulnerable, inspirational, and sensational display, where few walk away without feeling swept off their feet.

“After you’ve been entertained by a 30 minute cabaret opening set from New Zealand's finest local legends and slam champion poets, then bam! Get ready and buckle up.

C.R. Avery will take to the stage to unleash a fury of talent that will transcend any performance space into a post war Paris after midnight at the height of freewheeling jazz, or a San Fran coffee house filled with the Beat Generation of the mid 1950s, then the next minute you’re in a smoky Greenwich village folk club during its heyday in the early 60’s, and of course you’ll find yourself in the middle of the spoken word revolution during the late 90’s in Chicago.

With Avery weaving storytelling through every genre of music, moving from piano to guitar to alone at the mic with his harmonica, an hour from C.R. seems like mere moments have passed, after being in the presence of a master of the art form who has debated his life to the trade of transforming a room into inspiration and wonder. “
- George Honesty
Record Producer

Featuring Local Legends and Slam Champion Poets

Ronna Funtelar (Two-Time Wham Bam Tauranga Poetry Slam Champion)
(Rotorua/Hastings/Hamilton/Waiheke Shows Only)

Shane Hollands (NZPS President, Founder of The Literatti, Freaky Meat) (Rotorua/Hastings/Hamilton/Waiheke Shows Only)

Maryana Garcia (Published Poet) (Rotorua Show Only)

Jeremy Roberts (Earl of Seacliffe Poetry Prize Winner 2019) (Hastings Show Only)

Miriam Barr (Poetry Idol Slam Champ 2007/Winner People's Choice Bowery Poetry Club Open Mic NYC 2015) (Hamilton Show Only)

Katy Soljak (The Song & Poetry Thing Waiheke) (Waiheke Show Only)

Ben Stokes (New Zealand National Slam Champion 2014) (Wellington Show Only)

Ali Jacs (New Zealand National Slam Champion 2012) (Wellington Show Only)

18 (E Tu Whānau Spoken Word Contest Winner 2021/Assistant Producer for Le Moana) (Wellington Show Only)

Ben Brown (Taniwha Poet) (Lyttelton Show Only)

Pohlen Newbery (Accidental Poet and Playwrite) (Lyttelton Show Only)

Kirsty Dunn (Wannabe poet, Kupu collector, Playlist enthusiast) (Lyttelton Show Only)

About C.R. Avery
Hailing from Smiths Falls, Ontario, C.R. Avery is a critically acclaimed entertainer, highly renowned for his distinctive lyrical style and one of a kind vocal delivery. His humble yet prolific contribution to global creative industries as an expert showman, film maker, and undeniable master of spoken word craft have seen him make a world class impression at the forefront of the international spoken word scene, having shared stages with the likes of Tom Waits, Ani DiFranco, Utah Phillips, Sage Francis, and others.

Presenting poetry in motion with a smoothly delivered swagger, C.R. Avery serves up a spectacular fusion between spoken word, singer-song writer, and beat-box dosed in the mojo of Chicago blues that guarantees a captivating, and uniquely breath-taking live performance experience at every show.

Critical Acclaim
...imagine if Neil Young was inspired by hip-hop. - Vancouver Sun ( CAN )

...his mix of high art & low brow amounted to the ultimate rock & roll show.
- Exclaim! Magazine ( CAN )

“ blowin’ my mind “ - Tom Waits

“ Kids In The Hall isn’t the only cool thing comin’ out of Canada. “ - Sage Francis

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