Nights of Grief & Mystery with Spiritual Activist Stephen Jenkinson on Salt Spring

Stephen Jenkinson is at it again. More accurately, he’s still going at it hammer and tongs, all the while shouldering a new book and a bigger band to bring the 2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour to communities throughout North America. From mid-September through November 2018, the tour will travel west across the lower provinces of Canada from Ontario to British Columbia, before heading south into the States along the coast through Washington, Oregon, and California, then back east via Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Michigan, and New York.

For those of already familiar with Stephen’s work, including his 2017 international Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour, you’ll need no encouragement to purchase tickets now for his upcoming event here on Salt Spring Island at ArtSpring on October 16th, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm. Buy tickets directly on Eventbrite.
Nights of Grief and Mystery weaves together the extraordinary talents and skills of internationally renowned author, teacher, storyteller, and cultural activist Stephen Jenkinson with those of Toronto-based singer-songwriter Gregory Hoskins and his band. This an evening for young folk and old folk, for elders in training—an event of interest to parents and grandparents, teachers, scholars, health care professionals, clergy, counselors,  and anyone else pondering matters around human development, rites of passage, aging, and wisdom.

Stephen describes these events like this: “Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We might not be considered poets, but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are nights devoted to the ragged mysteries of being human, and so grief and endings of all kinds appear. Sonorous hours and rapture, served by whatever talents of tongue and timbre have been granted the band, by the reckless labours of friends and accomplices who fashion genuine gigs in their hometowns from their dreams for a better day, and by the willingness of the sold out houses in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, and the USA to be drawn into wonder and poetry and the kenning.”

They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’ve become timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery, quixotic, with some swagger. What would you call such a thing? Nights of Grief & Mystery. Part poetry, part lamentation, part book reading, part ribaldry, part concert, part lifting the mortal veil and learning the mysteries there…that’s what’s in store—and something you’ll not want to miss, or say you did.

Admission to this event is $30 in advance. $40 at the door. Additional details about how obtain tickets for this showing, and more can be found at orphanwisdom.com - There you’ll also find descriptions, reviews, videos, media interviews, tour schedules, and more providing essential information about Stephen and his extraordinary work.

About Stephen Jenkinson

Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, RSW, is an internationally known teacher, author, storyteller, farmer, sculptor, musician, spiritual activist, ceremonialist, and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School in Ontario, Canada. He holds Masters’ degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work). A highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader, his work has been featured in national radio and television documentaries on care of the dying and wilderness creativity. He is the author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, the award-winning book about grief, and dying, and the great love of life. He is the subject of a National Film Board of Canada documentary, Griefwalker. He brings teachings of the ramshackling kind, about honour and grace under pressure, about how we might learn our darkening times. His new book, Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble, wonders about elderhood in an age of age-intolerance, and about the withering World Tree.

About Gregory Hoskins

Often described with epithets like “best kept secret”, “unsung”, and “an artist that has flown under the radar”, Gregory Hoskins’ career spans 11 recordings over 27 years and record deals on three continents. Hoskin’s lyrics and voice tend to break and bind at the same time, songs steeped in the drama of living awake with one foot in the sorrow of it all and the other in the beauty of it all…and he does it over propulsive grooves, brooding electric guitar work, and rich sonics. Material from his most recent release is featured in the Nights of Grief and Mystery. Please visit to listen.

Stephen and Gregory are thrilled to be joined on this tour by drummer Adam Hay and keyboard/vocalist Lisa Hodgson.


October 9, 2018 11:27 AM