BRAIN Winner Pick of the Fringe at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Winner of Best Male Performer at the 2015 Victoria Fringe
"One of the most dynamic and intelligent performance poets on the globe"- Chair, Spoken Word Canada
Brendan McLeod is a Canadian writer, spoken word artist, and musician. He is the author of one novel, The Convictions of Leonard McKinley, a one woman play, The Big Oops, and two monologues, the most recent of which is his award-winning piece on consciousness Brain.
Brain won the "Pick of the Fringe" at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival where it was also nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award. It was also the winner of "Best Male Performer" at the 2015 Victoria Fringe, where it was also nominated for "Best Solo Show" and "Best Overall Show".
He is the founder of The Fugitives, a folk group signed to Light Organ Records, that tours internationally and have been nominated for multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award.
He is a former Canadian SLAM poetry champion and World SLAM runner-up. He’s taught spoken word at Langara College, and is an active youth educator with a variety of organizations, including: Wordplay, Prologue, and the Vancouver Biennale. He was the 2012 Poet of Honor at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and the 2015 Poet of Honour at the Victoria Spoken Word Festival.
He is a non-stop, high-energy storyteller equally at home with social and political commentary, family histrionics, surreal love poems, obscure adventure stories, and powerful personal stories. He runs the gamut of performance poetry, making him an effective live performer and an artist well equipped for collaboration and workshops.
Brendan is also available for literary festivals with his band The Fugitives
The human brain makes 20 million billion calculations per second. That doesn’t mean it’s always right.
A hilarious, heartbreaking monologue about consciousness, mental illness, and friendship from award–winning novelist, musician and former Canadian poetry slam champ Brendan McLeod, Brain maps McLeod’s experiences with obsessive compulsive disorder. From trying to understand his obsessions as a teenager to battling psychosis as an adult, McLeod leads audiences on a nuanced journey through the nature of thought and morality.
This upbeat, intense comedy was the winner of the Pick of the Fringe at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe, where it was also nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award; and winner of Best Male Performer at the 2015 Victoria Fringe, where it was also nominated for Best Solo Show and Best Overall Show.
"McLeod is so smart, his rapid fire delivery so clean and confident, his wit so casual, copious, and reassuring that he makes the journey feel safe for the audience. He gives himself; he feels less alone and we feel less alone. That’s what theatre is all about." –The Georgia Straight
"his show is the full package. It’s soulful, heartfelt theatre that is moving and challenging, skillfully crafted and entertaining" – Plank Magazine