• Feb 02 – Apr 28

    2019

    Art and Poetry: the poets have always preceded at Griffin Art Projects

    Griffin Art Projects is holding an exhibition about art and poetry in Vancouver, 1960 to present.

    January 26, 2019 – April 27, 2019
    Opening Reception, Friday, January 25, 7–9 pm
    1174 Welch Street
    North Vancouver, BC V7P 2R5
    Canada

    This exhibition explores common methods and musings of poets and artists in Vancouver since 1960 and gestures to the deep influence of the San Francisco Renaissance Poets on local writers. This project presents key moments from this entwined history of visual and textual poets through examples of publications alongside focused presentations of artist’s work. A conversation emerges through similar modes of cut-up reference and shared formal experimentation.

    The exhibition features Marian Penner Bancroft, bill bissett, Robin Blaser, Judy Chartrand, Judith Copithorne, Pierre Coupey, Peter Culley, Christos Dikeakos, Stan Douglas, Beau Dick, Geoffrey Farmer, Fran Herndon, Carole Itter, Roy Kiyooka, Tiziana La Melia, Al Neil, Judy Radul, Rhoda Rosenfeld, Trudy Rubenfeld, Nancy Shaw with many more.

    More info here.

    Calendar of events

    Friday, January 25
    Opening reception, 7-9pm

    Saturday, January 26
    Curators tour – 1pm

    Saturday, February 9
    Tiziana La Melia, Judith Penner and Renee Rodin – 3pm

    Saturday, February 16
    Andrea Actis, Danielle La France and Dorothy Trujillio Lusk – 3pm

    Saturday, February 23
    Mackenzie Ground, Rhoda Rosenfeld and Fenn Stewart, organized by Catriona Strang – 3pm

    Saturday and Sunday, March, 9-10
    Poets’ Theatre Workshop
    with Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian
    in co-production with The Capilano Review

    Saturday, March 23
    Clint Burnham, Mark Laba/ Cop Puppett – 3pm

    Saturday, March 30
    Travis O’Brian ‘Raven with Robin’s Egg’

    Saturday, April 6
    George Bowering, Daphne Marlett, Maria Hindsmith, Fred Wah reading from TISH – 3pm


  • Feb 05 – Feb 25

    2019

    Play: “Cottagers and Indians” in Toronto

    Cottagers and Indians takes a sincere and pragmatic look at the current conflicts between First Nations traditional water usage and property owners in cottage country who are looking to enjoy an undisturbed summer getaway. Written by Drew Hayden Taylor, an award-winning playwright, journalist, novelist and filmmaker, Cottagers and Indians had a successful debut at Tarragon Theatre in 2017. More info here.

    February 5 to 24, 2019
    at the Tarragon Theatre
    30 Bridgman Ave
    Toronto, ON

    “A deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary in an entertaining all-Canadian form of social satire.“—Vancouver Sun


  • Feb 07 – Mar 10

    2019

    Play: "The Shoplifters" in Vancouver

    Morris Panych’s The Shoplifters stars Alma, a seasoned career shoplifter who prefers the five-finger discount over some lousy seniors’ day deal. But it’s not just an empty wallet that leads Alma to a life of petty crime – it’s also her strong convictions about social justice and economic equality. More information here.

    February 7 to March 9, 2019
    Granville Island Stage
    Arts Club Theatre
    1585 Johnston Street
    Vancouver, BC


  • Feb 08 – Feb 24

    2019

    Play: “Amigo's Blue Guitar” in Cranbrook, BC

    In Amigo’s Blue Guitar, a college student’s life is given meaning when he chooses to sponsor Elias, a Salvadoran refugee, as a class project. When Elias arrives, his hosts Sander and his family learn what it means and feels to be a refugee and how to relate to someone who has endured such intense personal grief. The warmth and humour of the characters invite us to embrace the situation—be at once moved and threatened by it—and to consider how we ourselves would react. More info here.

    February 8 to 23, 2019
    at the Cranbrook Community Theatre
    11–11th Avenue South
    Cranbrook, BC


  • Feb 24 – Feb 24

    2019

    King Arthur's Night Album Release Party in Richmond, BC

    King Arthur’s Night Album Release Party on Sunday, February 24, 2019
    7pm at The Cultch (1895 Venables St, Vancouver, BC). TICKETS

    Composer and songwriter extraordinaire Veda Hille has recorded an audio-only adaption of King Arthur’s Night. And, to celebrate the release of this new album, she’s throwing a party.

    For one night only, Veda and friends will perform songs live from King Arthur’s Night (and maybe a few from Peter Panties too.) The King and Merlin, aka Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef, will be there to host the evening.

    Veda says, “Audiences have been really moved by this production, and as always I wanted to make it into an album – to give the experience some permanence that people could return to again and again.”

    King Arthur’s Night Album Release Party on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 7pm at The Cultch (1895 Venables St, Vancouver, BC). TICKETS

    RSVP on the FB event page and share with your pals (if you’re into that.) A limited quantity of vinyl for King Arthur’s Night will be available for sale at the venue and through Veda’s site vedahille.com.


  • Feb 27 – Mar 18

    2019

    Play: “Gracie” in Regina

    Written by Joan MacLeod

    February 27 – March 17, 2019
    Globe Theatre
    Regina, Saskatchewan

    Gracie is a dramatic monologue telling the story of a girl raised in a fundamentalist community that transports child brides between polygamist communities in both Canada and the United States.

    As the play opens, Gracie is eight years old and moving with her mother, brother, and sisters from her community in the southwestern United States to a community in southeastern British Columbia, Canada. Her mother has been assigned to a new husband; she becomes his eighteenth wife. In five acts, Gracie plays herself at five ages and also gives voice to thirteen other characters, including her older sister Celeste – who becomes a wife at sixteen, a mother at seventeen – and her brother Billy, who is forced out of the community just a few years after the family arrives in Canada. Gracie is fifteen when the play ends, again with a journey as she herself leaves the community.

    More information available from Globe Theatre.


  • Feb 27 – Feb 28

    2019

    Larissa Lai in North Vancouver

    Larissa Lai reads at the Aspen Room at Capilano University at 1pm as part of the Colour + Voice reading series.

    Wednesday, February 27
    1pm
    Aspen Room at Capilano University
    North Vancouver, BC


  • Feb 28 – Mar 02

    2019

    Drew Hayden Taylor in Vernon, BC

    Drew Hayden Taylor, playwright and author of Cottagers and Indians as well as many other books, will visit three Vernon, BC schools from February 28 to March 1. His presentations will be free for students; non-student tickets are available for $10. More information here.


  • Mar 01 – Mar 03

    2019

    Oana Avasilichioaei and Joan MacLeod in Regina

    Talking Fresh is a two-day writing festival for aspiring writers and readers. This year, Talking Fresh asks how writing can help translate ideas, voices and languages. This year’s presenters will be Oana Avasilichioaei, Joan MacLeod, Alexandra Shimo, and Waubgeshig Rice. More information here.

    March 1–2, 2019
    Artesian
    2627 13th Avenue
    Regina, Saskatchewan


  • Mar 07 – Apr 01

    2019

    Play: "Redpatch" in Vancouver

    Between 1914 and 1918, over four thousand Indigenous men volunteered to fight and die for Canada in WWI. Redpatch tells a part of this story through the eyes of a soldier from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island. From his childhood home to the battlefields of France, follow him as he endures the horrors of the Great War in a new play that uses dance, myth, and mask to tell both a universal and a personal tale. More info here.

    March 7 to 31, 2019
    Arts Club
    Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
    203 – 162 West 1st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Y 0H6


  • Mar 07 – Mar 08

    2019

    Juliane Okot Bitek and Mercedes Eng in North Vancouver

    Juliane Okot Bitek and Mercedes Eng read at the Aspen Room at Capilano University at 11:30 am as part of the Colour + Voice reading series.

    Thursday, March 7
    11:30 am
    Aspen Room at Capilano University
    North Vancouver, BC


  • Mar 08 – Apr 01

    2019

    Play: “King Richard and His Women” in Vancouver

    Catch a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Richard III. Camyar Chai ’s new adaptation for Seven Tyrants Theatre explores Richard III’s relationship with the powerful women surrounding this famous king. More info here.

    March 8–30, 2019
    at Seven Tyrants Theatre
    1019 Seymour Street
    Vancouver, BC


  • Mar 08 – Mar 09

    2019

    Oana Avasilichioaei and Sachiko Murakami in Toronto

    LISTEN DEEP presents three consecutive events about sound in poetry, considered within a poetics of listening, improvisation and collective sounding. Guest poets include Oana Avasilichioaei, Sachiko Murakami, Canisia Lubrin, Donia Mounsef, Charlie Petch, and Moez Surani; guest musicians include Anne Bourne and Karen Ng. More information here.

    March 8, 2019
    University College
    15 King’s College Circle
    University of Toronto St. George Campus
    Toronto, ON


  • Mar 13 – Mar 14

    2019

    Adeena Karasick performs Salomé: Woman of Valor in Cambridge, MA

    Innovative, transformative and daring, Salomé: Woman of Valor is the culmination of five years of work by Grammy Award-winning composer/trumpeter Frank London and celebrated poet/performer Adeena Karasick. This “spoken word opera” presented by the Jewish Arts Collaborative features live music, poetry, dance, and video, that refute misogynistic and anti-Semitic interpretations of Salomé and recaptures her rightful place as a powerful revolutionary matriarch. More info here.

    Wednesday, March 13
    8:00 pm
    Salomé: Woman of Valor
    Oberon: American Repertory Theater
    2 Arrow St.
    Cambridge, MA


  • Mar 15 – Mar 23

    2019

    Play: "7 Stories" in New Westminster, BC

    In Morris Panych’s fast-paced, sophisticated and hilarious play 7 Stories, a man contemplating suicide on a seventh-storey building ledge confronts the stories of the people who live inside the building. These “seven stories” lead to a charming and surprising ending. More information here.

    March 15-22, 2019
    Directed by Thrasso Petras
    Douglas College Studio Theatre
    4140–700 Royal Avenue
    New Westminster, BC


  • Mar 19 – Mar 21

    2019

    Play: "King Arthur's Night" in Hong Kong

    King Arthur’s Night is a musical extravaganza in which King Arthur banters with Merlin and romances Guinevere. An upside-down world … a betrayed love … an unwanted child … a revolt by the subjugated masses … a kingdom come undone. It leaves one pondering mysteries both absurd (how did the Round Table get to Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia?) and profound (what is the link between the soul and intelligence?). Among the first by a writer with Down syndrome, this play demonstrates an ability to riff and shift perspective, with disarming, hilarious, and occasionally heart-stopping results.

    King Arthur’s Night will be presented at the Hong Kong Arts Festival as part of their inaugural No Limits series. More information here.

    March 19 to 20, 2019
    Hong Kong Arts Festival
    Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
    1 Yuen Wo Road
    Hong Kong


  • Mar 26 – Mar 27

    2019

    Adeena Karasick Exhibition in Ottawa

    “Otiot” and “This Poem” exhibited at Concrete Is Porous; Act I: Visual at VERSefest: Ottawa International Poetry Festival.

    March 26, 2019
    Ottawa, Ontario


  • Mar 27 – Apr 11

    2019

    Play: “Empire of the Son” in Saskatoon

    EMPIRE OF THE SON at the Persephone theatre.

    A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre Production
    Written and Performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu, Produced by Donna Yamamoto

    March 27 to April 10, 2019

    As father and son, Akira and Tetsuro Shigematsu shared the same profession as public radio broadcasters. Each of them reveled in communicating with millions of their listeners, but they never spoke with each other. When Akira’s health begins to falter in his old age, Tetsuro bridges the gap between them with the only object they both understand: a microphone. Through visually striking live, cinematic vignettes, Shigematsu re-enacts moments from his father’s incredible personal history, from the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960s London, and paints an intimate portrait of their evolving connection and the deep-seated love for each other that they both struggle to express.


  • Mar 27 – Mar 27

    2019

    Adeena Karasick at VERSEfest in Ottawa

    Adeena Karasick performs at VERSEfest in Ottawa.

    March 27, 2019
    9 p.m.
    Versefest in Ottawa
    Knox Presbyterian Church
    120 Lisgar Street
    Ottawa, Ontario


  • Mar 28 – Mar 29

    2019

    Catriona Strang in North Vancouver

    Catriona Strang reads at the Aspen Room at Capilano University at 11:30 am as part of the Colour + Voice reading series.

    Thursday, March 28
    11:30 am
    Aspen Room at Capilano University
    North Vancouver, BC


  • Mar 31 – Mar 31

    2019

    Adeena Karasick in Toronto, ON

    March 31, 2019
    2 p.m.
    Secret Handshake Poetry Series
    2nd Floor, 170 Baldwin Street
    Toronto, ON


  • Apr 04 – Apr 21

    2019

    Play: “Girl in the Goldfish Bowl” in Windsor

    Morris Panych’s Girl in the Goldfish Bowl opens with Iris, a precocious girl of ten, proclaiming, “These are the last few days of my childhood.” The death of her goldfish, Amal, she is sure, has been announced by the air-raid sirens during the day’s school drill. For Iris, there remain a few more days of life in a universe that is inherently ordered, where the spirit of her departed and ritually interred goldfish can, of course, be reincarnated in a lost and amnesiac drifter given to rhetorical questions of seemingly deep philosophical import. More info here.

    April 4 to April 20, 2019
    at the KordaZone Theatre
    2520 Seminole Street
    Windsor, ON

    “An uncommon, quirky blend of humour and compassion.”
    —National Post


  • Apr 06 – Apr 06

    2019

    Adeena Karasick in Vermont

    Friday, April 6
    4 p.m.
    Poetry Vermont (with Maria Damon)
    The White River Craft Center
    50 Randolph Avenue
    Randolph, Vermont


  • Apr 20 – Apr 21

    2019

    Jordan Abel at Poets House in New York

    Jordan Abel will give a craft talk and performance of his Griffin Prize–winning long poem Injun, which investigates racist depictions of Indigenous peoples by using western novels published between 1840 and 1950 as source material for erasure, collage, and other poetic techniques that undermine the colonized notion of the “Indian.” More info here.

    April 20, 2019
    3 pm
    Elizabeth Kray Hall, Poets House
    10 River Terrace
    New York, NY 10282


  • Apr 25 – May 05

    2019

    Play: “Empire of the Son” in Kamloops

    Written and Performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu
    A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre Production

    April 25 – May 4, 2019
    Pavilion Theatre
    Kamloops, British Columbia

    A funny and poignant one-man show by former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu about his rocky relationship with his emotionally reserved father, Akira. From the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960s London, this acclaimed play shows how Akira’s incredible personal history has influenced two generations. Through visually striking live, cinematic vignettes, Tetsuro paints an intimate portrait of the evolving connection between father and son, and the deep-seated love for one another that they both struggle to express.

    “A celebration of the extraordinary in the ordinary”—Ottawa Citizen

    More information available from Western Canada Theatre.


  • Apr 26 – Apr 27

    2019

    Adeena Karasick in Dublin

    Friday, April 26
    Scenes Screams Screens and Semes: The Salomaic Elasticity of the Page and the Stage for TEXT/SOUND/PERFORMANCE: Making in Canadian Space University College Dublin
    Dublin, Ireland

    Saturday, April 27
    From Checking In
    for TEXT/SOUND/PERFORMANCE: Making in Canadian Space
    University College Dublin
    Dublin, Ireland


  • Jun 27 – Jun 29

    2019

    Adeena Karasick in Toronto for MEDIAETHICS HUMAN ECOLOGY IN A CONNECTED WORLD

    Thursday, June 27
    Mapping the Terrortory of Media Ecology: A FEMPOETICS
    The 20th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association: MEDIAETHICS HUMAN ECOLOGY IN A CONNECTED WORLD
    University of Toronto
    St. Michael’s College
    Toronto, Ontario

    Friday, June 28
    The Poetry of Media Ecology
    The 20th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association: MEDIAETHICS HUMAN ECOLOGY IN A CONNECTED WORLD
    University of Toronto
    St. Michael’s College
    Toronto, Ontario

    Saturday, June 29
    Speaking Jewish: The Talmudy Blues of Semantic and Semitic Environments
    The 20th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association: MEDIAETHICS HUMAN ECOLOGY IN A CONNECTED WORLD
    University of Toronto
    St. Michael’s College
    Toronto, Ontario


  • Jul 10 – Jul 16

    2019

    Adeena Karasick in Romania

    July 10 to 16
    23rd Annual International Festival
    “Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights”
    The Foundation and Cultural Organization International Academy Orient-Occident
    Bucharest, Curtea de Arges, Romania


  • Jul 11 – Aug 19

    2019

    Play: “The Shoplifters” In Nova Scotia

    Morris Panych’s The Shoplifters stars Alma, a seasoned career shoplifter who prefers the five-finger discount over some lousy seniors’ day deal. But it’s not just an empty wallet that leads Alma to a life of petty crime – it’s also her strong convictions about social justice and economic equality. More information here.

    July 11 to August 18, 2019
    at Theatre Baddeck
    24 Queen Street
    Baddeck NS
    B0E1B0