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Thursday, April 27
Poetics of Resistance
Readers: Stephen Collis, Sarah Dowling, Paul Nelson
Stephen Collis reads from Once in Blockadia
18345 Campus Way NE
Bothell, Washington State
Books! Wine! So much cheese! Save the date!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Western Front
Vancouver, British Columbia
RSVP on Facebook, if you wish.
Authors for Indies Day is coming up, and a few Talon authors will be out and about!
M.A.C. Farrant will be on hand at the UBC Bookstore in VANCOUVER in the early afternoon with copies of her latest books, The Days: Forecasts, Warnings, Advice and The Word Afloat.
Meredith Quartermain, most recently the author of the novel U Girl, will be at VANCOUVER’s The Paper Hound Bookshop from 3–4 PM.
Translator and author David Homel will be at the Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore in MONTREAL from 2–6 PM.
Visit Authors for Indies online to discover other participating authors and bookstores.
Poetry, time after time
Timeless, evocative poetry with four of Calgary’s kick-ass, poetic visionaries.
Saturday, April 29
Central Memorial Park – 1221 2 St SW
You are invited to a National Poetry Month celebration at Wordfest’s amazing arts incubator, in partnership with the League of Canadian Poets, Calgary Public Library, and Wordfest.
Featuring poets Shane Book (CDWP Writer-in-Residence), Larissa Lai (Canada Research Chair in Creative Writing, University of Calgary), Micheline Maylor (Calgary Poet Laureate), and Nikki Reimer (poet and critic extraordinaire). Hosted by Dymphny Dronyk, Past President, League of Canadian Poets.
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ONLY DRUNKS AND CHILDREN TELL THE TRUTH
by DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR
May 4–13, 2017
Kamloops, British Columbia
More information available on the Western Canada Theatre website.
Read Local BC presents an event featuring titles by and about women.
May 5, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver BC
· U Girl , Meredith Quartermain (pub date: Spring 2016)
· Wherever I find Myself: Stories of Canadian Immigrant Women, Miriam Matejova (pub date: March 29, 2017)
· What We Once Believed, Andrea MacPherson (pub date: March 29, 2017)
· Beckoned by the Sea: Women at Work on the Cascade Coast, Sylvia Taylor (pub date: May 17, 2017)
· Serpentine Loop, Elee Kraljii Gardiner (pub date: April 16, 2016)
· for love and autonomy , Anahita Jamali Rad (pub date: Sept. 2016)
A hit in Toronto and Vancouver, in English and in Cantonese, A Taste of Empire is a devilishly funny and subversive one-man show. Taking the form of a mock cooking show, it has been described as Iron Chef meets Guns, Germs, and Steel. Fresh off the plane from YVR, playwright and actor Jovanni Sy will read from (and sign copies of) the play.
Come and celebrate the launch of the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s long-awaited Canadian Play Outlet – a new retail and reading space (and online portal) dedicated to Canadian drama – while raising a glass to Chef Maximo, the presence that looms over A Taste of Empire.
Friday, May 5
Canadian Play Outlet
Playwrights Guild of Canada
401 Richmond ST West, Suite 350
(This is a free event with very limited capacity.)
With thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts.
Join Talonbooks, Duplex, and Dr. De Rien for the launch of Donato Mancini’s new book, Same Diff.
Saturday, May 6
4257 Fraser St, Vancouver
(Enter from the lane, at the rear of the building)
At this event, Mancini will read Same Diff in its entirety. The performance will take approximately 1 hour. There will ample seating; chairs, couches, and lofts.
A celebration with music, drink, and dancing will follow the reading. Arrive early, leave late. Say hello, say goodbye. Even if you can’t make the reading, please feel welcome to attend the party later on. Note that this may be Mancini’s last ever book launch in Vancouver.
Books will be available for purchase. Same Diff, as well as some new print works designed and produced in collaboration with Eli Horn, Stephane Bernard and Malaspina Printmaker’s Society will be exhibited and available.
Join us for the launch of a new book of poetry by R. Kolewe, Inspecting Nostalgia, together with a beer of the same name brewed by Christina Coady and Chris Conway at Folly Brewing.
Monday, May 8
Folly Brewpub – 928 College Street
About the book: R. Kolewe’s second collection of poetry brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals. Heartbreak is tempered with Jacques Derrida’s essay on Immanuel Kant to create almost-sonnets and many tercets, and marginal notes brim with desire and memory to test the limits of the age-old matter of the lyric poem.
About the beer: A “traditional” farmhouse ale but brewed with lots of non-traditional Ontario ingredients, using malt from Barn Owl in Belleville, hops from Clear Valley, and a blend of indigenous yeasts and bretts, totally barrel fermented in French oak. It’s got some German spelt malt and Hallertau Blanc hops for good measure. Lovely, with a little funk and acidity, this is a nice blend of nostalgic farmhouse ales with modern and Ontario twists.
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For the final event in its 2016-17 season, Public Energy is presenting an intimate evening of music called “Songs in the Key of Cree” featuring Cree-Canadian icon Tomson Highway. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 11th at the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough. Highway will be joined on stage by Peruvian/Canadian singer Patricia Cano and Toronto jazz saxophonist Marcus Ali.
Thursday, May 11
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St.)
Tickets available here ($40+ fees general admission, $100+ fees VIP).
The Living Room is a mixer-slash-mingler-slash-meeting for emerging artists to hear from established artists on topics that are important to our theatre community. Connect, network, and share news in a casual and fun environment. Rumble Theatre invites all artists who self-identify as “emerging” to join us for these fun and stimulating evenings of conversation and community-building. Each event is centred around a specific theme. The Living Room is free-of-charge and no advance sign-up is required.
Private = public: putting your own story onstage
PL1422 studio (1422 William Street)
Vancouver, British Columbia
What’s the cost of making a play about yourself? What if you’re not a “playwright” but you have a great story to tell? Where do you find the courage to share your personal secrets? Inside everyone is a story. And sometimes that story ends up onstage as a one-person show! Come hear guest artists Tetsuro Shigematsu (playwright, performer for Empire of the Son) and Quelemia Sparrow (playwright, performer for O’wet/Lost Lagoon) talk about their processes of turning personal history into public theatre. Conversation moderated by Pedro Chamale, playwright, performer and co-AD of rice & beans theatre.
Stephen Collis will be reading alongside Sarah Deleeuw at Cafe Voltaire on Tuesday, May 16th.
More information to come
The Paradise Arms
Leanna Brodie brings us a new translation of Olivier Sylvestre’s La beauté de monde.
We’ll be holding a FirstLook staged reading of The Paradise Arms on
May 18, 2017
Playwrights Theatre Centre Test Kitchen
739 Gore Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia
About the play: On an ordinary day, Olivier is out for a stroll with Maryline when, catching sight of a run-down apartment building, he feels a compulsion he doesn’t understand. Breaking away from his astonished girlfriend, he runs into the shabby front entrance and rents the apartment in the basement … As Olivier confronts his profound alienation from all aspects of his former life, he is visited by the bizarre and unsettling tenants who people his new home. Meanwhile Maryline is desperately trying to get Olivier to leave the basement … and he starts getting the uneasy feeling that the building itself is trying to suck him further inside …
knife | fork | book
presents R. Kolewe with Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Sarah Pinder
Thursday, June 8
Doors open at 6:30PM
Rick’s Cafe (281 Augusta Avenue)
Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario
More information and updates here.
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.
July 6 to 23, 2017
Read more about the Centaur’s 2016-7 season in the Montreal Gazette.
M.A.C. Farrant will participate in the Sidney Literary Festival this fall!
September 22–24, 2017
Sidney (Vancouver Island), British Columbia
The second offering for the upcoming season is a play by Drew Hayden Taylor, Only Drunks And Children Tell The Truth. “On the success of last years’ hit, Crees In The Caribbean, I felt our audience would enjoy another of Drew’s plays,” said Currie. “It is crucial in this community that we present the work of First Nations artists, and Drew is one of the best.” Only Drunks And Children Tell The Truth runs at Magnus Theatre from October 26 to November 11, 2017.
Please visit the Magnus Theatre website for tickets and more info
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
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.
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.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.Thursday March 23, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Critically acclaimed poet and Vancouver native Adeena Karasick was in her hometown last month to celebrate the donation of her archive to Simon Fraser University. The Collection of Contemporary Literature at SFU’s Bennett Library contains one of the biggest selections of avant-garde poetry in North America.
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.