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Hazen Halls
Hazen Halls is a recording project that features the poetry of award-winning writer and musician, Rick Sparkes. The poems featured on Hazen Halls' debut album (forthcoming in 2022) span over a decade and have been recognized through a number of awards, including the Island Literary Awards and the CBC Poetry Prize (shortlist).

"I wanted to explore those other elements of my creativity in the hopes of producing something that is both unique and compelling for the listener," says Sparkes. "In a world where any fool with enough money can go into a studio and play every instrument poorly on their bloated, self-indulgent prog metal album and have it come out sounding exactly like what other greater artists have already done, it seems that qualities like authenticity, ingenuity, and intelligence are being valued less and less. If nothing else, this project is a humble attempt to reclaim, in its own way, the profound and innovative spirit of modern music."

Awards/Nominations (Rick Sparkes):

2022 ECMA nomination for Group Recording OTY (Pleasure in the Pathless Woods)

2022 Music PEI Award for Group Recording OTY (Pleasure in the Pathless Woods)

2022 City of Summerside Culture Award (Pleasure in the Pathless Woods)

2022 Music PEI Rock Recording OTY nominee (Pleasure in the Pathless Woods)

2022 City of Summerside Poet Laureate

2020 Music PEI SOCAN Songwriter OTY (nominated)

2019 Music PEI Rock Recording OTY nominee (The Trouble with the Light)

2019 Music PEI Group Recording OTY nominee (The Trouble with the Light)

2019 Island Literary Poetry Prize (2nd place)

2016 Island Literary Poetry Prize (1st place)

2009 Island Literary Poetry Prize (2nd place)

2006 Island Literary Poetry Prize (2nd place)

2004 CBC Poetry Prize (shortlist)

Website
» https://www.ricksparkes.com/hazen-halls
» https://hazenhalls.bandcamp.com/