Norman Nawrocki (born in Vancouver, British Columbia), is a Montreal-based comedian, sex educator, cabaret artist, musician, author, actor, producer and composer. Nawrocki together with Sylvain Côté were the founding members of "rock 'n roll cabaret" band Rhythm Activism. Nawrocki owns Les Pages Noires, through which he has published twenty albums and three books.
Nawrocki was born in the East End of Vancouver to Polish/Ukrainian Canadian parents.
Journalism and activism:
Nawocki's attended Langara College and Simon Fraser University co-editing the university's newspaper The Peak. Bored with study he dropped out.
On 25 February 2010, Norman Nawrocki has signed, together with 500 artists, the call to support the international campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israeli apartheid.
I don't understand women! (1993) was the first of Nawrocki's anti-sexist, sex positive, comedy cabarets on the topics of date rape, sexual harassment and violence against women.
Campaigns against poverty in Canada:
In 2002 CBC Radio's Montreal Matters commissioned Nawrocki to write a series of six short plays Don't Call Me Bob ; relating the life of a payphone in one of Montreal's poorer neighbourhoods Côte-des-Neiges.
Solo material and spoken word tours:
In 2004 Nawrocki wrote, recorded and released his first solo album Duck Work.
Teaching and acting:
By the end of 2005 Nawrocki was teaching a course at Concordia University's School of Community & Public Affairs on The Arts, Radical Social Change and Community Economic Development. As well as starring in Uncle Eddie's guide to art appreciation, by Donald Goodes.
Rhythm Activism live (1987) (Les Pages Noires),
Resist much - obey little (1987) (Les Pages Noires),
Rebel moon : anarchist rants & poems (1997) ISBN 1-873176-08-2 (AK Press),
Chasseur de tornades (1998) ISBN 2-9803993-7-X ; ISBN 2-9805763-0-1 (EDAM Montréal ; Les Pages Noires),
No masters! No Gods! : dare to dream (1999) ISBN 0-9697112-2-0 (Smarten Up! & get to the point),
The anarchist & the devil do cabaret (2003) ISBN 1-55164-204-2, ISBN 1-55164-205-0 (Black Rose),
L'anarchiste et le diable : voyages, cabarets et autres récits (2006) ISBN 2-89596-026-7 (Lux Editeur),
Breakfast for anarchists (2006) (No Bar Code Press),
L'Anarchico e il Diavolo fanno cabaret, il Sirente, Fagnano Alto (AQ) 2007, ISBN 978-88-87847-11-6. Original Title: The Anarchist And The Devil Do Cabaret,
RED: Quebec Student Strike and Social Revolt Poems (2013) ISBN 978-2-9805763-5-5 (Les Pages Noires) Distributed in the United States and Europe by AK Press
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