* Has performed at the Edmonton Fringe Festival
* Plays with Paul McInnis and continues to perform solo show
Everyone has to start somewhere. For Scott Wicken, that place was the Backdoor, a Kitchener punk bar in the basement of a schnitzel house. Scott first performed there after reading Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, which inspired him to write and recite his own poetry.
At 21, Scott left Kitchener to find work in Vancouver . He was quickly doing open stages and readings at many of the city’s cafes, but eventually moved on to Yellowknife , where he landed a part in an improve comedy show. There, he also wrote and performed his first song.
Two years later, Scott moved to Edmonton and found himself immersed in what he considers “one of the most vibrant art scenes in Canada .” Local artists influenced and inspired him to write and perform more poetry.
Over the next two years, Scott completed two recordings: “Deeds of Dogs and Heroes,” an independent cassette of poetry, and “Something Wicken This Way Comes,” a mixture of poetry and song.
Since then, he has performed at the Edmonton Fringe Festival and released a short poetic film. He ran a roots rock band called Dinocopter, played with a reggae band called The Jolly Llamas and had a brief stint playing bass with songwriter Lucas Stagg.
Now, Scott plays with Paul McInnis and continues to perform solo shows.
When he’s not writing and performing, Scott can be found at Old Goat Books in Waterloo , which he co-owns.
Learn more about Scott and hear some of his work at www.scottwicken.com