Archive | September 2011

Interview in CapX

Just a quick fly-by post today.

We’ve got Oni the Haitian Sensation on stage tonight and – in related news – we’ve got an interview in Capital Xtra talking about “women’s spaces” and why they’re relevant, as well as why we chose to move our showcase to sexy book-and-toy store Venus Envy for the foreseeable future. 🙂

Do go check it out. 🙂

Cheers,
A.

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More on Oni the Haitian Sensation

So, as-you-know-bob, VoV is featuring Oni the Haitian Sensation at our September show tomorrow night. If we can swing it, there may be some Q&A after her performance about inspiration, perspiration, and polishing one’s poetry ’til it shines.

Anyway, with that in mind, I’m linking to:

Her book, Ghettostocracy (described as ultimately being “about recreation, renewal, reparation, and redemption. Read this collection and come face to face with your own naked, vulnerable, but powerful self” by fellow glorious Canadian Poetry Chick Afua Cooper),

A podcast of her poetry,

AND

An interview in Ottawa’s (X)press, Poetry Saved My Life.

Do come out to the show tomorrow night.

Voices of Venus ft Oni the Haitian Sensation
Venus Envy
Doors: 7:30pm
Show + Women’s Open Mic: 8pm
$5 / PWYC

TTFN,
A

September 2011 Show ft Oni the Haitian Sensation

Happy September everybody!

Okay.  So, as-you-know-bob, we’re making some changes this month in terms of our standard date and location.

We’re now located at Venus Envy and our show will be taking place on the second WEDNESDAY of the month.

This month, we have as our fabulous feature, none other than activist-poet Oni the Haitian Sensation!

Oni the Haitian Sensation features this Wednesday, September 14th, at Voices of Venus

Oni the Haitian Sensation is a godmother of Canadian Slam, an HIV/AIDS activist and educator, a mom, a multi-award winning poet, and the first Canadian woman to tour slam poetry in Europe. She became Canada’s first Slam poetry academic in 2008 at York University, has worked with Cirque du Soleil, and has taken tea with Nelson Mandela at his home in Johannesburg. She has toured four continents and plans to tour all seven.

This month she’ll be bringing work from her acclaimed anthology, “Ghettostocracy”, and – we can only hope – her erotica CD, “The Bedside Booty Book”, as well as other pieces to the VoV stage.

We’re very happy to have her. 😀

September Upcoming Events Listings

Upcoming Shows (and one one-off workshop):

 

September 1st

Book Launch:  “Become Change” by Carol Gravelle

Collected Works

7pm

Free

 

 

September 1st

Story Swap

National Library

7pm

Free

 

 

September 3nd

Capital Slam ft Kevin Mathews

Mercury Lounge

6:30pm

$7, Free for Performers

 

 

September 8th

Urban Legends Team Showcase

Fall Down Gallery (288 Bank St.)

7pm

$7 (and there’s food!)

 

 

September 10th

Book Launch: “Tilt” by Alan Cumyn

Collected Works

2pm

Free

 

 

September 10th

Plan 99 ft Joe Denham

The Manx Pub

5pm

PWYC

 

 

September 11th

Sasquatch and Arts Performance Series ft Joe Denham

Royal Oak (Laurier, near U of O)

2pm

PWYC

 

 

September 13th

Stories and Tea ft Lynda Joyce and Ruth Stewart-Verger

Tea Party café (York Street between Dalhousie and Cumberland)

7pm

$8/PWYC

 

 

September 13th

Tree Reading Series ft Margaret Christakos

Arts Court

8pm

Free

 

 

WEDNESDAY September 14th

Voices of Venus ft Oni the Haitian Sensation

VENUS ENVY (320 Lisgar, near Bank)

7:30pm

$5 (but we won’t turn you away if you’re broke)

 

 

September 15th

Gary Geddes reads from “Drinking the Bitter Root”

Carleton University, Faculty of Arts Lounge (2017 Dunlop Tower)

4pm

Free

Attn: African Studies Program

 

 

September 17th

Harvest Moon – A Night of Poetry A-Plenty

Ft: Ian Ferrier, Eric Folsom, Catherine Kidd, Susan McMaster, Blaine Marchand, Sandra Ridley, Sergio (Hyfidelik) Gerra, rob mclennan, Ian Keteku, Stephen Brockwell, Ronnie R. Brown, Shane Rhodes, Claudia C. Radmore, Brandon Hint, Rhonda Douglas, Colin Morton, Rona Shaffran, and Sarah Musa PLUS music from Call Me Katie AND a poetry auction.

Cube Gallery

6:30pm

$5 (srsly)

 

 

September 18th

The Dusty Owl Presents: Capital Slam Team

Elmdale House Tavern

3pm

PWYC

 

 

September 21st

WritersFest Presents: IRSHAD MANJI (“Allah, Liberty, and Love”)

Mayfair Theatre

7pm

$15

 

 

September 23rd

Rob McLennan Hosts: Jesslyn Delia Smith, Hugh Thomas, and Dennis E. Bolen

Carleton Tavern

7:30pm

PWYC

 

 

September 24th

WritersFest Presents: Tzeporah Berman, William Marsden, and Chris Turner (“Living Our Environmental Challenge”)

Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin)

7pm

$15

 

 

September 25th

Sasquatch and Arts Performance Series ft Monty Reid

Royal Oak (Laurier, near U of O)

2pm

PWYC

 

 

September 26th

Book Launch: Requiem by Frances Itani

Library and Archives (395 Wellington, in Centretown)

7pm

Free

 

 

September 27th

Tea and Stories

Tea Party café (York Street between Dalhousie and Cumberland)

7pm

$8/PWYC

 

 

September 29th

Oneness Poetry Showcase

East Africa Restaurant (376 Redeau St)

7pm

$7

 

 

September 29th

The Foundation – Fundraiser for for Tanzanian orphanage

Ft: Array of Words, Sarah Musa, Festrell, Arny Tab, plus members of the Urban Legends and Ottawa Youth slam teams

Eri Café (953 Somerset St. W, just west of Preston St)

7pm

$25

 

 

September 29th

Ottawa Independent Writers present: “Speaking & Presentation Skills” workshop by Steve Lowell

Library and Archives (395 Wellington, in Centretown)

7pm

Free for OIW members, $10 for guests

 

 

September 30th

Culture Days presents: Campfire Stories

Billings Bridge (TBC)

7pm

Free

 

 

 

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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