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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
West Vancouver Memorial Library – WELSH HALL
1950 Marine DrWest Vancouver, B.C. V7V 1J8
In these Reading Circles, we will explore Bev Sellars’ frank and poignant memoir, They Called Me Number One, in which she shares her personal account of her residential school experience and eloquently articulates her own path to healing. Library staff will facilitate each Reading Circle discussion to expand our understanding of local Indigenous history, impacts of colonialism and its ongoing effects on Indigenous peoples.
Book Club packages will have a reading guide and an Indigenous history guide of authentic information about local Coast Salish peoples and places.
In order to participate in a Reading Circle, please choose only one of the available sessions.
Seats are limited. Online registration opens Tuesday, August 22 at 10 a.m.
This Reading Circle opportunity is part of a series of programs and activities that the WVML is offering this fall to honour the experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, facilitate shared learning and promote understanding of our shared history.
For more information, visit or call the Information Desk at 604.925.7403.
SEEKING A DIRECTOR AND PLAY
East Side Players is currently seeking a different play and a new director for the second time slot of our 2017/2018 season. If you are interested in directing, please submit an electronic copy of a play of your choice (or several plays) by August 01, 2017 to the Club Secretary.
Directorial presentations will be held on August 16, 2017 at our rehearsal space: Unit 10, 746 Warden Avenue, Toronto, M1L 4A2
Performance will be held at: The Papermill Theatre, Todmorden Mills in Toronto
Performance Dates: February 23 to March 10, 2018
East Side Players is a non-union, non-paying community theatre group, engaging our audiences for over 50 years.
Talonbooks turns 50 this year!
From humble beginnings as a poetry magazine with an editorial collective based at Vancouver’s Magee High School in 1963, Talon magazine moved to UBC in 1965. By 1967, it had published so many young writers, Talon decided to become a book publisher for its authors. Now, with more than 500 titles in print, which have received more than 300 awards, Talonbooks can also boast that it is Canada’s largest independent publisher of drama, that it does more translations from Québec than anyone else, and that it has introduced readers to many Indigenous writers.
Saturday, October 21
1412 Cartwright St.
Vancouver, British Columbia
See the Writers Fest website (Event number 76) for tickets ($20 each) and more information.
Who I Am
Come hear four writers whose personal identity is inextricably bound up in their work: Jordan Abel, Maia Caron, Ali Cobby Eckermann, and Ayelet Tsabari.
Saturday, October 21
1218 Cartwright St.
Details and tickets available here.
RED RISING MAGAZINE ISSUE 7: TWO SPIRIT LAUNCH EVENT
Saturday, October 21
Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd, Winnipeg, Canada
Red Rising Magazine Issue 7: Two Spirit is is about uplifting Two-Spirit voices and their creative expression to spark dialogue on why we need to decolonize the way we value gender and sexuality within our communities.Two Spirited people are the most marginalized in our communities due to the ongoing colonialism and assimilation that has resulted in gender and sexual-based violence, systemic oppression, and current suicide crisis on-reserve. Red Rising Collective members acknowledge the beauty, value and resistance of our two-spirited relatives, as they are impacted in many ways by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. As we embark on our collective journey of decolonization, we must honour Two-Spirited people for all their gifts Creator has given them.
Please join us for this public event in partnership with the Call 2 Conversation conference on Saturday October 21st, 2017 to honour Indigenous LGBTQ Two-Spirit relatives within our community and across Turtle Island.
We will hear from amazing speakers including Albert Mcleod, Joshua Whitehead and talented Indigenous artist Dayna Danger, who is also featured within the WAG’s new collection INSURGENCE RESURGENCE curated by Jaimie Issac and Julie Nagam.
As per all our event launches, we respectfully request a suggested $10 entry that includes a copy of Issue 7: Two Spirit Magazine. T-shirts will also be available for purchase with various colours and sizes for $20. We will never turn away Indigenous youth who cannot pay the suggested price. All proceeds go towards keeping Red Rising Magazine going, as we are all volunteer-run and financially supported by community members who make donations and purchases of magazines and merchandise.
More event details about the C2C conference please refer to the event link below: https://www.facebook.com/events/530858170638353/?ref=br_rs
Sunday October 22nd, 2017
Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.
FREE • Special and Limited Seating • Get Tickets Here#
Celebrate the launch of ARC Poetry Magazine’s annual themed issue with readings from four acclaimed poets.
:Joshua Whitehead’s new collection, full-metal indigiqueer , focuses on a hybridized Trickster character named Zoa who brings together the organic (the protozoan) and the technologic (the binaric) in order to re-beautify and re-member queer Indigeneity.
In The Windigo Chronicles , David Groulx seamlessly weaves the spiritual with the ordinary and the present with the powerful voices of the past. He speaks for the spirit, determination, and courage of Aboriginal people, compelling readers to confront cruel reality with his sincere and inspiring vision.
Deeply immersed in Norval Morrisseau’s life story, and possessing thorough knowledge of the Ojibway storytelling traditions which grounded so much of the artist’s beliefs and creativity, Armand Garnet Ruffo provides fresh poetic interpretations of the most renowned and striking works of one of Canada’s most celebrated painters in his collection The Thunderbird Poems .
Shannon Webb-Campbell’s Still No Word seeks the appearance of the self in others and the recognition of others within the self. Patient, searching, questioning, and at times heartbreaking—these poems reveal the deep past within the present tense and the interrelations that make our lives somehow both whole and unfinished.
Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs.
On the Threshold of the Page
The Page Lectures series, launched in 2012, has a dual focus: to bring leading Canadian writers to speak at Queen’s, and to honour the late Kingston writer and artist Joanne Page, who contributed immensely to the local literary and artistic communities. This year’s lecturer is poet and novelist Daphne Marlatt, who has been lauded for her formally innovative style and “non-conformist approach to language.”
Tuesday, October 24
Queen’s University, Watson Hall, 517
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October 25, 7pm Firestorms: Anticolonial Methods
In the first iteration of the Critical + Creative Social Justice Studies Cluster’s series of Elemental Panels, six panelists will discuss their work through the lens of fire and discuss the theme, “Firestorms: Anticolonial Methods.”
Richard Bell (artist, activist)
Bracken Hanuse Corlett (artist, writer, performer)
Cecily Nicholson (poet, 2017 SFU Writer in Residence)
Jen Sungshine (artist, filmmaker, activist)
Dr. Eldon Yellowhorn (faculty, SFU archaeology & First Nations studies)
Moderated by Dr. Phanuel Antwi (assistant professor of English, UBC)
555 Hamilton St.
Canada V6B 2R1
T. +1 604.683.7395
E. or @ orgallery.org
Gallery hours 12 – 5PM
Tuesday – Saturday
October 26–November 11, 2017
Please visit the Magnus Theatre website for tickets and more info.
Celebrating Feminist Experimentation
Marlatt “is self-reflexively a West Coast, deconstructionist, lesbian and feminist writer,” and author of more than twenty books. She is known for her “etymological deconstruction and wordplay,” her dedication to the “local, historical, feminist, and post-colonial.”
Moure is one of our most beloved experimental poets. Author, translator, and translator of more than twenty books she is here to celebrate Planetary Noise: Selected Poetry of Erín Moure.
Friday, October 27, 2017
Concordia University, York Amphitheatre, EV 1.605
1515 Rue St. Catherine
More information on the Writers Read Concordia website.
When: November 1st at 7:00 PM
What: Special open mic with featuring ‘Canada’s most dangerous poet’ Stephen Collis, and Chicago’s own Jenn Scappettone.
Where: Volume Books 1474 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60622 | 773-697-8066 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the date
is the 2017 Festival of Readers!
The Festival of Readers: St. Catharines is a new, annual event designed to celebrate the love of reading and help to build a literary culture in the Niagara regions.
Talon poet Stephen Collis will be reading at the festival.
More details here
more details to come
Missing is the latest commission by City Opera Vancouver. Set in Vancouver and along the Highway of Tears, it is a story of two young women, one indigenous and one white. One survives, one does not. But their meeting opens a door. This opera takes us through that door.
The libretto is by the distinguished First Nations playwright Marie Clements. The composer is Juno winner Brian Current. Missing is co-produced by City Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria. Presented in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre as a part of the Heart of the City Festival.
November 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 2017
Vancouver, British Columbia
Tickets go on sale September 5. See The Cultch website.
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor | A Firehall Arts Centre Production
First produced by the Firehall in the ’90s, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth will make you laugh and cry as Taylor tells a story about the impact of the Sixties Scoop.
November 11–December 2, 2017
Firehall Arts Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
Watch for more details on the Firehall Arts Centre website.
Empire of the Son
by Tetsuro Shigematsu
A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre production
Jan. 16 – 28, 2018
at Alberta Theatre Projects
ATP’s entry into the 32nd Annual High Performance Rodeo is a co-presentation with One Yellow Rabbit of a play by former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu that has been wowing audiences across Canada. Empire of the Son is a funny and poignant autobiographical one-man show about Shigematsu’s rocky relationship with his emotionally reserved father, Akira. Through visually striking live, cinematic vignettes, Shigematsu re-enacts moments from his father’s incredible personal history, from the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960’s London, and also uses audio recordings and photographs to paint an intimate family portrait of their evolving connection and the deep-seated love for each other that they both struggle to express. The show, which has seen sold out runs in other cities, plays from Jan. 16 to 28, 2018.
January 25–February 25, 2018
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Vancouver, British Columbia
About the play: Four actors, a director, a playwright, and one grand dream of Broadway-bound success. Anything from a forgotten line to a faulty wig may just make or break their new Canadian play. Can this motley crew set aside their egos and anxieties in order to make it to the big time? Find out in this raucous comedy that celebrates the ups and downs of life in the theatre.
See the Arts Club website for more information.
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The Hudson Players Club presents Balconville at the Hudson Village Theatre, 28 Wharf St., April 6-16 with an extra show added April 12.
Tickets are moving fast. Call 438-923-6828 or visit www.hudsonplayersclub.ca.
Centaur Theatre will host the much-anticipated remount of Tableau D’Hôte’s production of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna, which swept the METAs in 2015. Eloi ArchamBaudoin and Davide Chiazzese will reprise their roles as the trans heroine and her gone-to-seed biker boyfriend.
May 15–June 6, 2018
Info and tickets available here.
From Oral to Written is a study of Native literature published in Canada between 1980 and 2010, a catalogue of amazing books that sparked the embers of a dormant voice. Leading Aboriginal author Tomson Highway surveys the first wave of Native writers published in Canada, highlighting the most gifted authors and the best stories they have told, offering non-Native readers access to reconciliation and understanding, and at the same time engendering among Native readers pride in a stellar body of work. On Meta-Talon, read a selection from Highway’s prologue.Thursday August 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
August 12 is Buy a Quebec Book Day – and have we got books for you! Browse our list of 12 august and recently published Quebec books – any of which we would, of course, recommend. Read the list, and then get out to your local bookstore this Saturday and show la belle province some literary love!Friday June 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
By R. Kolewe
Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.
In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.