Archive | May 2012

78 Poems in 78 Hours – A Message from Alessandra Naccarato

Hey folks,

So many of you are aware of the situation in Montreal, the student protests that have developed into a Province-wide action in the wake of Bill 78 – a law which restricts freedom of assembly, protest, or picketing on or near university grounds, and anywhere in Quebec without prior police approval, and which also places restrictions upon education employees right to strike.

For those of us outside of Quebec, our friend and May 2012 Feature, Alessandra Naccarto, has offered something else we, as poets, can do in solidarity. Her message is below:

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I have spent too long wondering what I can do to support the movement in Quebec without actually doing anything. While my heart is marching in the streets, banging pots & pans – I can’t get my feet to Montreal.

But this is something we can do. I am asking people to join me in creating a collective pool of 78 poems over a 78 hour period.

This project is as much about protest as it is about solidarity. Our friends (whether we know them or not), our fellow artists, sixteen year olds and grandparents are getting harassed, beat up and arrested for assembling peacefully. There are things to speak of, and people to speak to.

This is an important moment poets from across our country to turn their pens and voices towards the political issues of our own country, to speak against visible state repression and support those who are putting their physical bodies and personal safety on the line to hold the government accountable.

We are also witnessing beautiful acts of community and the biggest protest gatherings in Canadian history. This is something I want to be part of, even if I can’t be in those streets. And I hope you will join me in it. Even if it’s just a haiku.

Write a new piece. Film an old one on your phone. Get into the streets and perform a poem in solidarity.

Starting June 1st at midnight, submissions will be posted as they come in on a central blog and highlighted on Litlive.ca. Please share this note and information as widely as possible. Recruit your favorite writers. And get ready for a storm of poetry.

Viva!
Alessandra

Poesie78.tumblr.com || poesie78@gmail.com

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I’m in.
Are you?

PSA – May 25th Once Upon a Slam CANCELLED

Hey folks,

Sorry to be blogging with crappy news, but here goes:

You may recall that, at our birthday show, we gave away two tickets to the May 25th story slam ft C.S.E. Cooney.

Much to our dismay (particularly mine, since I’m a Cooney fan and was looking forward to hearing more of her work), we’ve learned that this evening’s Once Upon a Slam show has been cancelled due to a booking issue with the venue.
😦

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

On the plus side, our ticket-winners can use their May 25th tickets to attend the finals on June 22nd.
So hang onto those tickets, winners! 😀

If you are a storytelling fan and were hoping to get out to a show this evening, you might try swinging by the Billings Estate Museum (2100 Cabot St) for Chautauqua’s Variety 1916.

From the OST Website:
This year’s show, set in 1916 has a wide variety of topics. It is the middle of the First World War, so saboteurs are seen everywhere, and on a frigid February night, the parliament Buildings mysteriously burn to the ground ; it is a time of travelling shows featuring strong men; it is a time of vaudeville; it is a time when many people distrust doctors and seek help from quack medicine cures; it is a time of recitations and wonderful songs; it is a time when women are fighting for their rights; it is also a time of bad, very bad, poetry. And all these and more are featured in Variety 1916.

WW1 era costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Take care, everybody.
Cheers,
A.

Thank You! :-D

Hey everybody,

I just wanted to drop a quick (if late) thank-you post to everyone who came out to our May Show and made it spectacular.

Thanks for coming out and supporting our show and your (fellow) poets with your talents, your cash, and your enthusiastic applause.

Alessandra was fantastic. Our open mic was filled up with familiar and brand-spanking-new performers. And, by the looks of things, everyone really enjoyed the birthday cupcakes, too. 🙂

You made our night. 🙂

Thanks a million. 🙂

Alessandra Naccarato – Sneak Preview

Hey, everybody!
 
So, tonight is our Fabulous Third Birthday Party!
 
There will be four kinds of cupcakes:
Mocha (gluten-free)
Ginger-Peach (vegan)
Chocolate-Peppermint (wheat, eggs, and dairy)
White Chocolate Cranberry-Lemon (wheat, eggs, and dairy)
 
There will also be Give-Aways, AND
 
There will be Alessandra Naccarato!
 
Here’s a sneak-peak of the kind of poetry you can expect from our Fabulous Feature tonight:
 
 

 

 

 

 

Give-Aways Goodies at Our Birthday Party!

So, as you know bob, Wednesday (that’s THIS Wednesday, May 9th) is Voices of Venus’ third birthday. We are, of course, going to have a bit of a Do (you can RSVP here, if you’re inclined).

I’ll be bringing four dozen cupcakes – some of which will be gluten-free and some one which will be vegan – in a variety of flavours.

PLUS

Thanks to Once Upon a Slam, we’ll be giving away two tickets to their May 25th show – which features out of town poet, novelist and storyteller Claire S. E. Cooney (who’s also in town doing “Echoes of the Dead” with Ruthanne Edward at the NAC 4th Stage).
She’ll be performing tall tales of wonder and enchantment (with her usual dramatic flair) chez Mercury Loung on May 25th, and TWO of our birthday guests get to see her! (Suggestion: If you’re competing, yourself, at Once Upon a Slam this month, use your free tickets to bring a couple of friends).

AND

We’re also giving away two tickets to VERSeOttawa’s Women’s Slam (brought to you by the folks who brought you VERSeFest) – You and a friend (or, if you manage to snag one of the twelve compentition spots, you and TWO friends, since the slam is free for competitors) get to check out Round One on us and cheer for your favourites as Ottawa’s Women of Slam go toe to toe for a spot on the Championship Lineup.

All that and Alessandra Naccarato, too! You don’t want to miss this show! 😀

See you on Wednesday!
TTFN,
A. 😀

Happy Birthday to Us!

So. One week from today is our May show. Which means: One week from today is our third birthday.
 

 
That’s right, Voices of Venus is three years old!
We started in 2009 with high hopes and limitted expertese, but look where we are now. 😀
In three years, we’ve featured world-renouned poets and storytellers, award winning novelists, slam champions, and poet laureates. We’ve also seen countless women take a chance on themselves and start performing – it seems like every single month, someone pops their performance cherry with us, and that just means the world to me.
 
So, I want to say thank you – ideally without starting to gush too much (always a risk) – to all of you who come out every month, whether you’re a regular on our open mic, an audience member who shows up and supports women artists and performers with your presence, your applause, and your money[1], or someone who drops in when you can, you make this show the fun, vibrant, welcoming event that it is.
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you! 😀
 
 
To that end: We’re going to have cupcakes at the May 9th show and, if we can swing it, a couple of give-aways as well. 😀
 
 
Hope to see you on the 9th!
TTFN,
A.
 
 

[1] We’ve always been firm on paying our feature performers, because women’s stories and art in general are both valuable and one way we can show that is through paying for the privilege of experiencing women artists’ work.

Upcoming Events – May 2012

Tuesday, May 1st

 
Brian McGarry reads from A Life in Death: From Paupers to Prime Ministers
City Hall
6pm
Free
 
 

Wednesday, May 2nd

 
Robert J. Sawyer reads from Triggers
Clock Tower Brew Pub (575 Bank)
7:30pm
Free
 
 

Thursday, May 3rd

 
Signing: Il Principio – The Principle by Dick Bourgeois-Doyle
Books on Beechwood (35 Beechwood Ave)
5pm
Free
 
Story Swap
National Library
7pm
Free
 
Joe Blades and Nicholas Lea read from Casemate Poems
The Carleton Tavern (233 Armstrong St.)
7:30pm
Free
 
 

Friday, May 4th

 
Encore West presents: “200 Years of Grimm” ft Kathie Kompass and Mary Wiggin
Collected Works (1242 Wellington at Holland)
7pm
$8
 
 

Saturday, May 5th

 
Andrew Hood reads from The Cloaca
Collected Works (1242 Wellington at Holland)
3pm
Free
 
Catherine McKenzie reads from Forgotten
Collected Works (1242 Wellington at Holland)
7pm
Free
 
 

Sunday, May 6th

 
Bywords Quarterly Journal – Spring Issue Launch Party ft John Gillies
Collected Works (1242 Wellington at Holland)
2pm
PWYC
 
Slam Outaouais
Le Troquet (41 rue Laval, Gatineau, Quebec – près de la Promenade du Portage)
7:30pm
$8
Pour les poètes francophones – Prendre le bus 8 à Place du Portage. Vous pouvez facilement gagner à pied Le Troquet de la gare.
 
 

Tuesday, May 8th

 
CAA National Capital Writing Contest Awards Night (ft poetry and short stories)
Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch (120 Metcalfe St)
7pm
$10
 
Stories and Tea presents: “Mother’s Day” ft  Gail Anglin and Lynda Joyce
The Tea Party Café (119 York St)
7pm
$8 (suggested donation)
 
Tree Reading Series ft Terry Ann Carter & Catherine Owen
Arts Court Library
8pm
$5
 
 

Wednesday, May 9th

 

Voices of Venus ft Alesandra Naccarato
Venus Envy (320 Lisgar at Bank)
Doors and Sign-Up: 7:30pm
Show: 8pm
$5

 
 

Thursday, May 10th

 
The AB Series presents: CCMC (Michale Snow, John Oswald, & Paul Dutton) with special guest Phil Minton
NAC 4th Stage
7:30pm
$23
 
 

Friday, May 11th

 
The AB Series presents: W. Mark Sutherland
Gallery 101
9pm
$8
 
Capital Slam Semi Finals
Alumni Theatre (U of O)
6:30pm
$8 (free for performers)
 
 

Saturday, May 12th

 
Linda Kay reads from The Sweet Sixteen – The Journey that Inspired the Canadian Women´s Press Club
City of Ottawa Archives (100 Tallwood)
2pm
Free
 
The AB Series presents: Phil Minton’s Feral Choir
The Church of St John the Evangelist (Elgin at Somerset, Somerset doors)
7:30pm
$10
 
Book Launch: How to Be Kinkier by Morpheus
Collected Works (1242 Wellington at Holland)
8pm
Free
 
 

Sunday, May 13th

 Happy Mothers’ Day to all you poetry-chicks with kids out there. 😀

 
Signing: Ian McKercher’s : The Underling
Britton’s (846 Bank)
1pm
Free
 
Mom on a Mission presents: A Mother of a Poetry Show ft Danielle K.L. Grégoire and Stargazer
Café Ninety 7 (97 Main St)
3pm
$5 (single) OR $12 (family)
There will be a craft table for kids during the performance.
 
 

Tuesday, May 15th

 
David Mulholland presents: “How Historical Fiction Complements the Historical Record”
St. Paul´s Anglican Church Hall (1118 Thomas Dolan Parkway, Dunrobin)
7:30pm
$5
 
 

Wednesday, May 16th

 
Power of Youth
Under One Roof (251 Bant St)
5pm
Free
Power of Youth is a collection of articles by young activists working for change that benefits us all.
 
 

Thursday, May 17th

 
Noreen Kruzich performs The Ancestors are Arranging Things: A Journey on the Algonkin Trail
Jean Pigot Hall (in City Hall)
7pm
Free
 
CanGames presents: Nerdcore Poetry Slam
Umi Café (610 Somerset W)
Doors and Sign-Up: 7:30pm
Show: 8pm
$5
 
 

Saturday, May 19th

 
Signing: Kathleen O’Hara’s Lost and Found in London
Collected Works
2pm
Free
 
VERSeOttawa Women’s Slam
Mercury Lounge (56 Byward St)
Doors and Sign-Up: 6:30pm
Show: 7pm
$8 (or free for slammers)

 
Plan 99 VERSeFest Fundraiser ft A.F. Moritz & Don McKay
The Manx Pub (370 Elgin St)
5pm
$10
 
 

Sunday, May 20th

 
Dusty Owl ft Walid Bitar
Elmdale House Tavern (1084 Wellington St W)
3pm
$5
 
 

Tuesday, May 22nd

 
Stories and Tea presents: “The Iliad in an Hour” ft Jeff Wright
The Tea Party Café (119 York St)
7pm
$8
 
Tree Reading Series ft Robyn Sarah
Arts Court Library
8pm
$5
 
 

Thursday, May 24th

 
Book Launch: Elseworlds by Nina Berkhout
Collected Works (1242 Wellington at Holland)
7pm
Free
 
Speaking Out / Speaking In presents: “Echoes of the Dead: Ghost Stories” ft C.S.E. Cooney and Ruthanne Edward
NAC 4th Stage
7:30pm
$20 (regular) OR $12 (students/seniors) at the NAC box office
 
 

Friday, May 25th

 
Once Upon a Slam ft C.S.E. Cooney
Mercury Lounge
Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7pm
$8 (or free for competitors)
 
 

Sunday, May 27th

 
Jeff Ross reads from Dawn Patrol (for young readers)
Collected Works (1242 Wellington at Holland)
2pm
Free
 
Artists and Authors in the Park (Literary and Visual works by 50 ehibitors)
Village Square Park (Main and Abbott, Stittsville)
Noon
Free
 
 

Thursday, May 31st

 
Arleen Paré reads from Leaving Now (a blend of fairy tale and late-in-the-game lesbian coming out story)
Collected Works (1242 Wellington at Holland)
7pm
Free
 
ottawaArt (4th Edition): Urban poetry with soul music background
Fall Down Gallery (288 Bank St)
7pm
$4