Nights of Grief & Mystery

We have an idea where the monsters are. That’s where we’re headed.

Friends are forged on the dark road headed out of town, and so we head there again, sojourning across North America and the United Kingdom in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times.

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would you call such a thing? We call them Nights of Grief & Mystery.

We know and you know that the “Feel Good Now No Matter How the World’s Doing” industry is in full swing, so anything that calls itself A Night of Grief & Mystery seems a tough sell there on the banal information-overload, post-modern killing ground, where depth and spirit and subtlety are usually substituted for ‘steady as she goes’. Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. We aren’t poets – we wouldn’t claim that – but the evenings are poetic. They are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. They are ceremonial, you could say. They are nights devoted to the ragged mysteries of being human, and so grief and endings of all kinds appear.

The band are, all of us, children of that ragged and sorrowing New World diaspora that Europeans began a few staggering centuries ago. Our UK Tour is something in the way of a subtle, minor keyed return to those shores. On 3 continents, people have put their evening and their hard-earned money down on the possibility that, for a few hours, it can all be otherwise, and that the willingness to congregate in sorrow-tinged mystery has magic in it, a conjuring, consequential magic that these times could use more of. With no idea of what to expect, they came.

The tour is served by the reckless labours of local friends and accomplices who fashion genuine gigs in their home towns from their dreams for a better day, their labours amounting to a love letter of their own that they are writing to their towns or cities, an act of citizenship of the most profound and responsible kind.

That dark road thing? That image is more than an image. That is what we do. That is our devotional act.

Watch the Tour Video Trailer

Watch the Trailer for Stephen’s Book – DIE WISE

Tour Stories

About Stephen Jenkinson

Stephen is a Harvard Educated Theologian, Culture Activist, founder of The Orphan Wisdom School. 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 of the 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 3 continents. Hoskin’s lyrics and voice tend to break and bind at the same time, and his songs are 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. He does it over propulsive grooves, brooding electric guitar work and rich sonics. Material from his most recent release, Vain + Alone, is featured in the Nights of Grief and Mystery. Please visit Gregory Hoskins Music to listen.

Buy Tickets. Watch Gregory Hoskins in concert.

Loading Events

Past Events › Nights of Grief & Mystery

Events Search and Views Navigation

Event Views Navigation

October 2018

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Edmonton, AB

October 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Metro Cinema Edmonton, 8712 109 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1E9
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Calgary, AB

October 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Rd NW
Calgary, Canada
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Vancouver, BC

October 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
SFU-Golcorp Centre For The Arts, 149 West Hastings St BC Canada + Google Map

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Salt Spring Island, BC

October 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
ArtSpring, 100 Jackson Avenue
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V8 Canada
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Duncan, BC

October 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
O.U.R. Ecovillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Road
Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W2 Canada
+ Google Map

TICKET LINK here 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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Victoria, BC

October 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dave Dunnet Community Theatre, Oak Bay High, 2121 Cadboro Bay Road
Victoria, British Columbia Canada
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Seattle, WA

October 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave
Seattle, WA United States
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Portland, OR

October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Eliot Center, 1211 SW Main St.
Portland, OR United States
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Tucson, AZ

October 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sea of Glass Center for the Arts, 332 E 7th Street
Tucson, AZ 85705 United States
+ Google Map

Important: Venue Change for Tucson - Night of Grief & Mystery Attendees - Apologies for the short notice but there is an important venue change for this show. Night of Grief & Mystery Concert ~ Tucson has been moved to the Sea of Glass Center for the Arts at 332 E 7th St, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA They are nights in which love letters to life are written and read. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Nevada City, CA

October 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Miner’s Foundry, 325 Spring St
Nevada City, CA United States
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Bay Area-Mill Valley, CA

October 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mt. Tam UMC, 410 Sycamore Avenue
Mill Valley, CA United States
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Los Angeles, CA

October 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Zipper Hall/ Colburn School, 200 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA United States
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Boulder, CO

October 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
ETown Hall, 1535 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302 United States
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

November 2018

2018 Nights of Grief and Mystery Tour: Ithaca, NY

November 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Hangar Theatre, 801 Taughannock Blvd
Ithaca, NY United States
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: NYC, NY

November 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States
+ Google Map
$35

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Turners Falls, MA

November 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Shea Theatre, 71 Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376 United States
+ Google Map
$30

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Ypsilanti, MI

November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood St.
Ypsilanti, MI United States
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief and Mystery Tour: Minneapolis, MN

November 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Cedar, 416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN United States
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Ottawa, ON

November 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St
Ottawa, Ontario K1S3X3 Canada
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

December 2018

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Toronto, ON (night 1 of 2)

December 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Factory Theater 125 Bathurst Street Toronto, Ontario M5V 2R2, 125 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2R2 Canada
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Toronto, ON (night 2 of 2)

December 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Factory Theater 125 Bathurst Street Toronto, Ontario M5V 2R2, 125 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2R2 Canada
+ Google Map

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…

Find out more »

June 2019

DRAFT NOGM NORTH AMERICA 2019 OW PAGE

June 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friends are forged on the dark road headed out of town. And so we head there again, sojourning across the continent in the name of psychic sanity and spiritual resolve in these most troubled and troubling of times. These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery.…

Find out more »

2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Portsmouth, UK

June 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Groundlings Theatre, 42 Kent Street
Portsmouth, PO1 3BS United Kingdom
+ Google Map
25.50£

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have 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:…

Find out more »

2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery: Brighton, UK

June 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Old Market, 11A Upper Market St.
Brighton, BN3 1AS United Kingdom
+ Google Map
£25.00

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have 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:…

Find out more »

2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Totnes, UK

June 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Civic Hall, High Street
Totnes,
+ Google Map
26.87£

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have 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:…

Find out more »

2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: London, UK 1st Night

June 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Study Society, Colet House, 151 Talgarth Road
London, W14 9DA United Kingdom
+ Google Map
26.87£

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have 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:…

Find out more »

2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: London, UK 2nd Night

June 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Courtyard Theatre, 40 Pitfield Street
London, England N1 9EU United Kingdom
+ Google Map

Link to purchase your ticket today  These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have 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…

Find out more »

2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Edinburgh, UK

June 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Pl
Edinburgh, EH8 9AJ
+ Google Map
26.87£

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have 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:…

Find out more »

2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Bristol, UK

June 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Bristol, Great George St
Bristol, BS1 5RR United Kingdom
+ Google Map
26.87£

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have 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:…

Find out more »

2019 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour: Fishguard, UK

June 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Theatr Gwaun, West St
Fishguard, SA65 9AD United Kingdom
+ Google Map
£18.00

These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They're quixotic. They have 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:…

Find out more »
+ Export Events

Tour Gallery