Kris Demeanor is an award-winning songwriter, poet, theatre and film artist. He’s released seven recordings of original songs, most recently 2006’s Entirely New Beasts, featuring Rae Spoon. Kris was the inaugural Poet Laureate of Calgary (2012-14) and co-edited as his legacy project the book The Calgary Project, a compilation of poetry by Calgary writers. Recent work includes Making Treaty 7, a multi-disciplinary show featuring First Nations and non-aboriginal artists illuminating Alberta’s history; writing songs for CBC’s The Irrelevant Show; collaborating with Ian Tyson for his latest record; and Shelter From the Storm- a songwriting project with clients of Calgary’s Drop in Centre. In 2017, Kris was awarded the Lieuenant Governor General’s Established Artist Award at the Mayor’s Lunch, and released his first print publication, How to be an Asshole of Calgary.
The How To Be Series
Dada meets the For Dummies book franchise in The Kolakovsky Press of Canada’s How to be series of instructional booklets with illustrations. Launching in 2006 with singer-songwriter Geoff Berner’s How To Be An Accordion Player the series has expanded to include Kris Demeanor’s How to be An Asshole of Calgary, Carolyn Mark’s, How to be A Boozy Chanteuse and the just-published How to (Hide) Be(hind) Your Songs by Rae Spoon. You’ll want to collect them all!