Archive | June 2012

V is for Victory

Hey folks,

I just thought I’d take a minute to spread the word, now that the dust has settled a little.

For the first time, since 2007, there’s a woman on the Capital Slam Team.

V – whose poetry blog is available here – placed second over-all (you can read the write-up here) and will be going to CFSW in Saskatoon with the rest of the team.

It’s been a long time – five years, which, I gather, is approximately forever in the high turn-over world of slam – since there’s been a woman on the CapSlam team.
I’m glad to see that they have V on the team now and hope this bodes well for the future. There are so many tallented women who come to the poetry stages in Ottawa.
Here’s hoping that they see V – as well as last year’s CapSlam Rookie of the Year, Coleen Leafloor, Ottawa Fountain’s CauseMo, and the numerous poets involved with Project Reclamation – and recognize that there’s plenty of room on Ottawa’s many Slam stages for them.

You can read more about V on the Capital Slam blog.

As for Voices of Venus, we’re hoping we can entice V to feature on our stage in the near future. Stay tuned.

Cheers,
A.

Telling The Odyssey

Hey, Cats and Kitties,

Check this out:

The Ottawa Storytellers and Two Women Productions made their fundraising goal and their full-scale telling of The Odyssey is happening tomorrow (June 16th) at the NAC 4th stage.

Frequently, when people think “spoken word” they think of poetry (and often, specifically, competitive slam poetry) and storytelling gets left out of the picture or presumed to be just for kids.
It’s not.
Storytelling is an old, old artform. As old as poetry, when poetry and prose were the same craft, when “historian” and “entertainer” fell under the same job description: Griot, Bard, Skald.

Canada has many excellent storytellers to its name – Kung Jaadee, Street Vibe Collective’s Alice Lee Monroe, Ivan Coyote, Katherine Grier, Dr. Rita Cox, Kim Kilpatrick, world-renouned storyteller Jennifer Cayley, and upcoming VoV Feature Performer (December 2012) Marta Singh, just to name a few.

If you’ve been to some of our shows, you will have already heard Marie Bilodeau, Ruthanne Edward, and Jan Andrews work their magic. They are only three of the eighteen performers involved in telling the Odyssey this weekend.

If you have the chance (and the $60), grab tickets at the NAC Box Office (or online) and join us tomorrow for an Epic storytelling adventure.

See you there.
A.

Up-Coming Events for June 2012

Friday, June 1st

 
Book Launch: Rick Houle’s Vein Storm (psychological thriller)
Books on Beechwood (35 Beechwood Ave)
5pm-7pm
Free
 
 

Sunday, June 3rd

 
Signing: Richard Rathwell’s Jump the Devil
Books on Beechwood (35 Beechwood Ave)
3pm-5pm
Free
 
Signing: Cindy Babyn’s Moving Out! A Young Adult’s Guide to Living on Your Own
Chapters South Keys (South Keys Mall)
1pm – 3pm
Free
 
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, June 5th

 
Reading: Sonia Saikaley reads from The Lebanese Dishwasher
BOM Burgers on Main (343 Somerset St. W)
6pm
PWYC
 
 

Wednesday, June 6th

 
Speaking Out / Speaking In present The Odyssey (sneak preview)
NAC 4th Stage
7:30pm
$20 at the NAC Box Office
 
Terry Anne Carter performs Hallelujah
Stepping Stones Gallery (849 Nicholson Ave)
7:30pm
Cost: Unknown
 
 

Thursday, June 7th

 
Signing:  Holly Bridges, author of The UNhysterectomy
Collected Works (Wellington at Holland)
7pm
Free
 
The Ottawa Storytellers present: Story Swap
National Library (Wellington East, near the Parliament buildings)
7pm
Free
 
 

Friday, June 8th

 
Call and Response presents Vernisage at Red Wall Gallery
Ft poetry by rob mclennan (photos by Greg Zenha)
School of Photographic Arts Ottawa (168 Dalhousie)
6pm
Free
 
 

Saturday, June 9th

 
Signing:  Holly Bridges, author of The UNhysterectomy
Chapters Redeau
2pm
Free
 
WestFest Spoken Word presents Storytelling at Juniper
Ft: Alan Shain, Daniel Richer, and Ruth Stewart-Verger
Juniper Wine Bar
3pm
Free
 
WestFest Spoken Word presents Poetry on the Main Stage
Ft: Destiny Anderson, Faye Estrella, Liam St. John, Switch, CauseMo, Komi Olaf,
Ian Keteku, Maddy Harris, and Project Reclamation
WestFest Main Stage (near the Loblaws)
4:30pm
Free
 
Reading: Michael J. McCann reads from Marcie’s Murder
Collected Works (Wellington at Holland)
2pm
Free
 
 

Sunday, June 10th

The Dusty Owl presents: Run ‘em out of Town – The Steve & Cathy Show
Elmdale House Tavern (1084 Wellington St. W.)
3pm
$5
 
Writers’ Fest presents: Bernie Finklestein reading from True North: A Life Inside the Music Business
Elmdale House Tavern (1084 Wellington St. W)
7pm
Free
 
 

Monday, June 11th

 
The Naughty Bits (Venus Envy Book Club) presents: Jasmine Aziz’s Sex and Samosas
Venus Envy (320 Lisgar)
6:30pm
Free
 
 

Tuesday, June 12th

 
The Ottawa Storytellers present: Stories and Tea Stories for the Young at Heart
Ft: Leah Sander, Sheryl-Elaine Brazeau
Tea Party café (119 York Street between Dalhousie and Cumberland)
7pm
$8/PWYC
 
Book Launch: C.B. Forrest’s Devil’s Dust
Ottawa School of Speech and Drama (290 Picton Ave)
7pm
Free
 
 

Wednesday, June 13th

 
 

Voices of Venus ft Lishai

Venus Envy (320 Lisgar)

Doors and sign-up: 7:30pm

Show: 8pm

$5/PWYC

 
Reading: Henry Rollins reads from The Long March
Dominion Chalmers (355 Cooper)
7pm
Tickets: $27.50 (from TicketWeb)
 
 
Saturday, June 16th
 
The Ottawa Storytellers AND Two Women Productions present: The Odyssey – An Epic Journey
NAC 4th Stage
10am – 10pm
Tickets (full day): $60 at the NAC Box Office (some half-day tickets – 4:30pm onwards – also available)
A full, twelve-hour storytelling production of Homer’s Fantastical Epic featuring Sirens, Sorceresses, the Cyclops, and 18 tellers (including VoV alums: Ruthanne Edward, Marie Bilodeau, and Jan Andrews among many, many others).  There will be breaks between each set, as well as for lunch and dinner.
BYO Refreshments for during the day.
 
Capital Slam presents: The Capital Slam Finals
Alumnae Auditorium, U of O
6:30pm
$10
 
Book Launch: Victoria Dunn’s Alice Hearts Welsh Zombies (an absurd monster-comedy featuring Bog snorkeling, Paranormal investigators, and The Undead).
Collected Works (Wellington at Holland)
7pm
Free
FYI: There will be a costume contest.
 
 

Sunday, June 17th

 
Signing: Cindy Babyn’s Moving Out! A Young Adult’s Guide to Living on Your Own
Chapters Pinecrest (2735 Iris)
Noon – 3pm
Free
 
 

Monday, June 18th

 
Writer’s Fest presents: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford reading from his novel, Canada
Mayfair Theatre
7pm
$15 (free for members)
 
 

Tuesday, June 19th

The Dueling Poets presents Lea vs Lee
Ft Sydney Lea and John B. Lee
Main Branch, Ottawa Public Library (Metcalfe and Laurier)
Noon
Free
 
 

Friday, June 22nd

 
Call and Response presents a Poetry reading and slide show Ft rob mclennan
School of Photographic Arts Ottawa (168 Dalhousie)
7pm
Free
 
Once Upon a Slam presents:  The Story Slam Finals
Mercury Lounge
Doors: 6:30
Show: 7pm
$8
NOTE:  Due to the cancelation of last month’s Once Upon a Slam, the tickets VoV gave away in our draw are valid for the Finals.
 
 

Saturday, June 23rd

 
The Lanark County Live Poets Society presents: The LiPS Slam
FT: Poeticleigh Speaking, Andy Kerr-Wilson, Inez Dekker, Jonny Dee, b!WILDer, Danielle K.L. Gregoire, Hypnotik Poetiquette, and Tammy Mackenzie
McMartin House (125 Gore St. E., in Perth)
7pm
$10
 
 

Tuesday, June 26th

 
The Ottawa Storytellers present: Stories and Tea Scenes from the War of 1812
Ft: Ruthanne Edward and Murray McGregor
Tea Party café (119 York Street between Dalhousie and Cumberland)
7pm
$8/PWYC
 
Tree Reading Series presents: Christine McNair and Sandra Ridley
Arts Court Library
8pm
PWYC
 
 

Thursday, June 28th

 
The Brotherhood presents: OttawaArt urban poetry and soul
Fall Down Gallery, 288 Bank St.
7pm
$4
 
 

Friday, June 29th

 
The Ottawa Small Press Book Fair presents: Pre-Fair Reading
Ft: Sonia Saikaley, Victoria Dunn, Gillian Wigmore & Michael Lithgow
Carleton Tavern (223 Armstrong St, Hintonburg)
7pm
$5/PWYC
 
 

Saturday, June 30th

The Ottawa Small Press Book Fair – Spring 2012 Edition
Jack Purcell Community Centre (Rm 203)
Noon
Admission is Free
Ft: books, zines, graphic comics, chapbooks

Voices of Venus ft Lishai!

Hey everybody!

It’s almost time for our June show (I hope you have your pieces ready for the open mic).

I am pleased to announce that, one week from today (meaning next Wednesday, June 13th), we will be featuring the spoken word stylings of one Lishai who is coming to us from Toronto.

You’ll also get to meet our in-coming host, VoV alumna Nadine Thornhill who will be cohosting the June and July shows with Faye Estrella.

A little about Lishai:
Lishai has competed in poetry slams at a national and international level, including representing Toronto at the Women of the World Poetry Slam, The Vancouver International Poetry Festival and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.
She is a committee lead for the Caucus on Gender Issues with Spoken Word Canada and also organized Canada’s first Underground Individual Slam Championship.
She believes in art as a tool for community development and uses her words to create dialogue around issues of identity and belonging.

You can check out her poetry blog here.

See you next Wednesday!

TTFN,
A.