Archive | March 2012

VoV Feature on All in a Day

Fabulous news!

Jan Andrews will be telling tales and talking about tonight’s VoV show on CBC’s All in a Day (hosted by Alan Neal, whom some of you may have met at VERSeFest’s opening night, where he was playing MC).

You can listen to Jan’s interview on CBC RAdio One – 91.5fm on the radio, OR live-streaming online here. Show starts at 3pm, and Jan will be on at 4:45pm.


A Note About Encore!West

So, as you know bob, we’ve got a celebrated storyteller in to perform at VoV tomorrow night (you can listen to her telling traditional all-ages stories, mostly from Whales and England, here – link goes to “Tiddy Mun” – FYI).

With that in mind, however, I figured I put in a plug for Encore West’s new storytelling series:
The Ottawa Storytellers have started a new, somewhat irregular, series, hosted at Collected Works bookstore.
They kicked it off with a telling of “The Illiad (in and Hour!)”, by Jeff Wright, and from here-on-in, you can stop in on Friday nights once a month (see schedule, below) for stories from local and traveling storytellers. It’s $8/PWYC, and – judging by the stories and artists lined up to tell tales – more than worth the price of admission.

Just check out all the women who are already booked to perform:

Small TownTales – April 13
FT Leah Sander, Sherri Yazdani

Celebrating 200 Years of Grimm – May 4
FT Kathie Kompass, Mary Wiggin

Ghostly Tales – October 5
FT Ruthanne Edward, Anne Nagy

The Stone Book – November 2
FT Jan Andrews

Tales of the Season – December 7
FT Elaine O’Reilly, Lynda Joyce, Kathie Kompass, Mary Wiggin

We’ll see you tomorrow (Wednesday) for Jan Andrews and “Who Wants the Dress”, and hopefully we’ll see you at Encore West as well. 😀

Just When You Think You Have It All Figured Out

So, as I’ve mentioned, we’ve got Jan Andrews featuring at VoV this Wednesday.
I’m hella excited, because I’m a gender nut with a love of dyke history, and Jan will be telling Who Wants the Dress, which is all about coming out (to oneself and others), and coming to terms with the different layers of one’s identity.  The performance blends one of the stories from Sara Maitland‘s Angel Maker anthology with Jan’s own tale of coming out – first as a lesbian, and then as butch.
Kate Hunt saw this piece performed a while back at Once Upon a Slam, and she’s written a post about the show just in time for Jan’s appearance at VoV.  Go read it and see what you think, then come out and see us on Wednesday! 😀

Jan Andrews – This Wednesday at VoV!

Just a quick reminder that Jan Andrews will be performing “Who Wants the Dress” at VoV this Wednesday, March 14th. 😀

Once Upon a Slam has this to say about the show:

When Jan was growing up, way back in the 1950’s, people did what they always do to children. They asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. She answered many times but not once did it occur to her to say, “I want to be a lesbian.” How could it? After all, “lesbian” was a word that was whispered only in dark corners; gay men could still be sent to jail.

Jan was well into her forties before she entered into a same sex relationship. Even her coming out is now a while ago, however. She thought turmoil and trauma were behind her. Her world seemed safe and clear.

So they were, until she was brought face to face with an alternate reality: a reality which carried her back to when she had wanted nothing more than to wear boys clothing; when, if the times had been different – freer, more open — she might well have chosen to come to adulthood dressed in male attire.

Jan’s story is woven around a literary story of magic realism by English writer Sara Maitland. A young man in a seal hunting community adhering to tradition dresses in women’s clothing for his first hunt. He dons the dress and undergoes a startling transformation. Who Wants the Dress? is the tale of what happened next.


See you on Wednesday! 😀


Two Stories from Jan Andrews

Just a quick post on the fly.

Here are two (very short) stories being told by Jan Andrews:


“A Boy Put Up His Hand” – recorded, at home, for Big Read.


“Welsh Folktale” – recorded while Jan was the Storyteller in Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture.


See you on the 14th. 🙂



Upcoming Events for March 2012

March 7th

Celebrate Her presents Sepideh Soltaninia and Brandon Wint


Alpha Soul Café (1015 Wellington St. W)


NOTE:  Celebrate Her is a week-long fine-arts fundraising and awareness campaign benefiting Ottawa’s Sexual Assault Support Centre.  It runs from March 3rd to March 10th.

March 8th

Inanna Press presents the Ottawa launch of Connie Banes Rose’s Road to Thunder Hill


Collected Works (M)


March 9th

CipherSlam ft Sean OG

7pm (sign-up, 15 spots available)

7:30 (show begins)

Rm 282, Unicentre – Carleton University


March 10th

Esther Fueter-Matharu book signing (poetry)

11am – 1pm

Books on Beachwood (35 Beechwood Ave)


Capital Slam ft Prufrock

6:30 (sign-up)

7pm (show begins)

Mercury Lounge (56 Byward, in the Market)

$8 (performers get in free)

The AB Series ft Ron Silliman


Gallery 101


SLOWest Coffee House ft Gail Anglin and Neville Miller


Bridgehead (1277 Wellington St)



Fully Committed 101 present Brandon Wint & Guests


Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery (286 Hinchey, in Hintonburg)




March 12th

Ruth Latta reads from “The Old Love and the New Love”


Emerald Plaza branch of the Ottawa Public Library (1547 Merivale Rd)




March 13th

St Bridget’s Cultural Centre presents Caroline Pignat and John J. Heney


Margaret Mary’s Church (7 Fairbairn Street)

$5 (includes lunch)


Stories and Tea presents “Trees” ft Ruth Stewart-Verger and Donna Stewart


The Tea Party café (119 York St)



Tree Reading Series ft Jane Munro (performance) and Jay MillAR (workshop on the Long Poem)

6:45 (workshop)

7:30 (performance)

Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Avenue)




March 14th

VoV ft Jan Andrews

Doors: 7:30

Show: 8pm

Venus Envy (320 Lisgar at Bank)

$5/PWYC (open mic performers get in free)



March 15th

Charles deLint – book launch for Under My Skin


Raw Sugar café (692 Somerset)



Speaking Out / Speaking In presents “The Shortest Road Home: Stories from Ireland” ft Mike Burns


NAC Fourth Stage

$20 (regular) OR $12 (students and seniors) – available at the NAC box office



March 16th

Call and Response presents poems by Claudia Coutu Radmore and photography by Olivia Johnston


Red Wall Gallery – School of Photographic Arts Ottawa (168 Dalhousie)




March 18th

The Dusty Owl ft Rusty Priske (“The Trapeze Artist”)


Elmdale House Tavern (1084 Wellington St W)




March 20th

Prix Trillium – 25th Anniversary Readings ft: Marguerite Andersen, Angèle Bassolé-Ouédraogo, Éric Charlebois, Tina Charlebois, Daniel Castillo Durante, Jean Mohsen Fahmy, Jacques Flamand, Andrée Lacelle, Didier Leclair, Daniel Marchildon, Michèle Matteau, Michel Ouellette and Paul Savoie


Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave)

Cover charge Unknown

NOTE: This reading is in French.



March 23rd

The AB Series ft storyteller Duncan Mercredi


Gallery 101


Once Upon a Slam ft Sense-Say

6:45 (sign-up)

7:15 (show begins)

Mercury Lounge (56 Byward Market)

$8 (or free for slammers)

March 27th

Stories and Tea presents “Rebirth” ft David Merleau, Robin Devillers


The Tea Party café (119 York St)


Tree Reading Series ft E. Alex Pierce (performance) and Pearl Pirie (workshop on Haiku)

6:45 (workshop)

7:30 (performance)

Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Avenue)




March 29th

Ottawa Independent Writers present Laura Robin and Laura Byrne Paquet on Travel Writing


Library and Archives of Canada (395 Wellington, Rm 156)

$10 (regular) or FREE for OIW Members

March 31st

The AB Series ft visual poet derek beaulieu


Gallery 101


VoV ft Jan Andrews! :-D :-D :-D

Hey, everybody. 🙂
Now that the excitement of VERSeFest has passed, I can get the jump on telling you about our next VoV show!

Being a big femme, and my partner in crime being firmly in the gender-non-conforming camp, we’re both really excited to be bringing Jan Andrews to our stage on March 14th.

Jan Andrews performs "Who Wants the Dress" on March 14th.
Doors open at 7:30 ~*~ $5/PWYC (open mic performers get in free)

Jan is one of Canada’s premier storytellers, a mover and shaker in the Ottawa storytelling scene, and one whose work frequently touches her audiences profoundly both because of her skill as a teller and because of the subjects she speaks on.

Her bio tells us: Jan has only recently taken to telling the stories of her own life. It’s been quite a journey, taking her across Canada, to the UK, and to Melbourne, Australia for Midsumma, Celebrating Queer Culture (among the largest Queer Arts festivals in the world). In the process, she’s discovered she has much to say to and for a sector of the GLBT community which has so far been given little artistic voice.

On the fourteenth, Jan will be telling “Who Wants the Dress”.

A little about the show:
Having come out at almost fifty and gone through a number of resulting struggles, Jan Andrews believed she was easing into older age with everything settled and clear. Along came the winds of upheaval, carrying her back to her childhood when she desperately wanted to wear boys’ clothes. Woven around a literary story by magic realism writer Sara Maitland – a seal story about a man compelled to dress as a woman – Who Wants the Dress? is the tale of what happened next.

To know more about “Who Wants the Dress”, you can check out this write-up from Once Upon a Slam.

To know more about Jan, you can visit her website or check out her blog.

See you on the 14th! 😀