Archive | August 2011

Breaking News

So, we announced the other day that our Feature for September (Wednesday, September 14th, at Venus Envy) would be Winona Linn.

Unfortunately, we’ve just had a letter from her saying that she has to cancel on us. So our Feature Performer won’t be Winona. We’re currently working on booking someone else for our kick-off show at VE, and we’ll let you know who she is as soon as we’ve got everything firmed up and sorted out. 🙂

We now return to your regularly scheduled poetry. 🙂

– Cheers,
– A & F.


Women’s Monthly Spoken Word Show Teams Up With Infamous Sex Books and Toys Store

Starting Wednesday, September 14th, 2011, you can enjoy your favourite female-identified wordsmiths and slam-spittin’ divas to a backdrop of sassy dildos and provocative, educational literature. Thanks to the renewal of a project grant by the Ontario Arts Council, Voices of Venus is determined to take their commitment to the feminist open mic experience to new heights. Not only has VoV moved to the second WEDNESDAY of every month, but we’re calling Venus Envy our new home.

The move isn’t just for the synchronicity of both venue and show being named after the mythic Roman goddess of love and sexual autonomy – there are logistical reasons as well. Ottawa’s booming poetry and lit scene is attracting more and more events on Tuesdays, especially VoV’s old date, the second Tuesday of the month. By moving to the second Wednesday of the month, spoken word scenesters and live-lit lovers don’t have to choose between VoV and other events, such as Stories and Tea, Tree Reading Series, and the Creative Writing Play Date.

Beyond this, we feel that, as a women-centric, woman-run, independent bookstore, and as an actively queer-and-trans-friendly and sex-positive space, Venus Envy reflects the values and interests of the showcase and is an ideal space for us to live.

We hope you’ll come out and join us in our new home next month, on Wednesday, September 14th, as we warm up VE’s already smokin atmosphere with a visit from Slam Kingston dynamo Winona Linn, a spoken word artist and CFSW competitor who has featured at events for OXFAM, Native Friendship Centres, and Women’s Rights Rallies across Canada.

See you there. 🙂

A & F

Words and Links on Sarah Musa

Hey there!


So our August show is all of 36 hours away.  As such, I thought it would be a good idea to give you a little bit of a look at our fabulous feature performer, Sarah Musa.


Sarah’s been writing poetry since she was in high school, if not earlier, and over the years, she’s become something of a poetic force to be reckoned with, drawing inspiration from fellow poets and philosophers, including Ghandi, Pablo Neruda, Oscar Wilde, and Hodan Ibrahim.


You can read more about her work over at The Woyingi Blog and check out some of her performances via youtube, below:





Come out to Umi Cafe tomorrow night to see her perform live. 🙂

– Cheers,
– A.

August Upcoming Events Listings

Shows and Showcases

Story Swap

Thursday, August 4th, 2011 – 7pm

National Library (395 Wellington at Bay)

Free Admission


The Crimson Series ft Patricia McCarthy

Saturday, August 6th – 10am

Strathcona Park (Laurier E. at Range Rd)

Vampire Romance Reading

Admission Unknown


EDITED to ADD:  Capital Slam ft Mary Pinkoski

Saturday, August 6th, 2011 -7pm (doors 6:30pm)

Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward

$7 at the door BUT free if you perform


Words of a Poet III ft Fadhiya Jama, Alysia Harris, Shihan, B. Yung, Jamaal St.John, Dwayne Morgan, Ibn Najeeb, and Kaleb Simmonds

Saturday, August 6th, 2011 – 6:30pm

National Art Gallery

$25 at the door – funds to refugees in Tunisia


Voices of Venus ft Sarah Musa

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 – 8pm-10pm (doors and sign-up list at 7pm)

Umi Café (610 Somerset West at Percy) – Last Show at Umi Café

$5/PWYC at the door BUT free if you perform


Midnight Sweatlodge Ottawa Launch ft Vera Wabegijig, Lisa Marie Naponse and Waubgeshig Rice
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 — 7-9PM
SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas St.)

Free Admission


Stories and Tea

Tuesday, August 9th – 7pm

The Tea Party café (119 York Street)

$8 suggested donation


Tree Reading Series ft Frances Boyle, Kathryn Hunt and Bardia Sinaee

Tuesday, Agust 9th , 2011 – 8pm

Arts Court (2 Daly Ave)

Includes an Open Mic


First Edition Reading Series (Perth) ft Jill Battson, Christine McNair and Rob McLennan

Friday, August 12, 2011 – 7pm
Backbeat Books & Music & Gifts (6 Wilson Street West, Perth Ontario)
$5.00 at the door


Capital Slam at Nostalgica ft Sense-Say, Loh El, Sean O’Gorman, Bruce Narbaitz and Rusty Priske

Friday, August 12th, 2011 – 9pm

Café Nostalgica (603 Cumberland at U of O)



Spoken Word at the National Gallery ft Mehdi Gonny-Hamdad, Rusty Priske, Marjolaine Beauchamp, Kevin Matthews

Saturday, August 13th, 2011 – 2pm

National Gallery

Price – Cost of Admission to the Caravaggio Exhibit


Dusty Owl Presents ft Jan Andrews (EDIT to ADD: Pride Show)

Sunday, August 21st – 5pm

Carleton Tavern (223 Armstrong Ave at Parkdale)

$5 suggested donation


Stories and Tea

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 – 7pm

The Tea Party café (119 York Street)

$8 suggested donation


Tree Readings Series ft Amanda Earl, Sandra Ridley, Pearl Pirie & Christine McNair

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 – 8pm

Arts Court (2 Daly Ave)

Includes an Open Mic


Oneness Poetry Showcase ft Hyfidelik

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 – 7pm

East Africa Restaurant, 376 Rideau St.

$7 at the door


Reading Out Loud 6 ft Jeremy Dias, Karin Galldin, Marcus McCann, and DJ Oliver/Ghaida

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 – 8pm

Venus Envy (320 Lisgar)



Weekly Open Mics:

Spoken Word and Live Lit Open Mic

Collected Works (Wellington at Holland)

Fridays at 6:30pm


Open Mic Fridays

Umi Café (Somerset at Percy)

Fridays at 8pm


Poetry and Music Open Stage

Café Nostalgica (603 Cumberland at U of O)

Thursdays at 8:30pm



Weekly Writing Workshops:

Creative Writing Play Date with Sean Zio

Mother Tongue Books (Bank at Sunnyside)

Tuesdays at 8pm


Poetry Workshops with Brandon Wint

Umi Café (Somerset at Percy)

Sundays at 1pm


In/Words Writers’ Circle

Carleton University, 1811 Dunton Tower

Mondays at 6pm




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