Archive | July 2012

Thank You from VERSeFest

Last night’s show wonderful.
We had a full open mic – I’m hoping to see a few performers at VoV again, I don’t mind telling you – and El brought her power and her feeling to the stage and rocked it, offering poems about gender dynamics, cyclic poverty, self-respect, Malcolm X, and her own grandmother.
Her performance was filmed, so keep an eye on youtube if you missed the live show.

Thank you to everyone who came out to perform and to listen. 🙂
Together we raised over a hundred dollars for VERSeFest.

TTFN,
A.

VERSeFest Fundraiser ft El Jones

Hey cats and kittens,

So here’s some news:

This Wednesday, July 18th, VoV is teaming up with new-in-town series Spoken Word at Pressed to present a VERSeFest fundraiser featuring none other than renowned Halifax poet, and spoken-word activist, El Jones.

Described as an amazingly versatile spoken word artist, activist, teacher, and academic, El is a member of the Word Iz Bond spoken word artists’ collective. Her poetry deals with, among other things, racial and gender violence. She believes in poetry’s power to mobilize black consciousness. Her work forces her audiences to get vulnerable and recognize aspects of themselves and their cultures that are often rendered invisible.

The show will be held at Pressed[1] gourmet sandwich shop on Gladstone (at Arthur, about two blocks west of Bronson) – a restaurant which some of you may have been introduced to when they provided the food at Poetry for the End of the World.

The evening will include an all-genders open mic (unusual for us, I know) with sign-up beginning at 7:30pm.
The show itself starts at 8pm.
Cover is $5/PWYC (open mic performers get in free), although as this is a fundraiser, we’d love it you aim for $5 or higher, if you can.

Thanks a million, and we’ll see you on Wednesday! Here’s a sneak peak at what you can expect:

TTFN,
A.

[1] Please note: Due to the Bronson/Gladstone intersection being closed for reconstruction, you may need to give yourself a little extra travel time in order to make up for bus detours and parking inconveniences.

Quick Re-Cap of July Show

Wednesday’s show was absolutely lovely.

The open mic was short, but included more story-tellers than I think the OM has ever been graced with at once.  One woman told – and it really was told – a story about being a shape-shifter whose magic was wearing out.  The other read a brutal story about her time as a soldier in Afghanistan.  Two very different tales, and I’m glad to heard them both.  It was a treat, too, to hear veteran poet and blogger Amanda Earl graced us with a couple of poems.  That wasn’t all, but those were some of the highlights.

Sandra was fantastic.  I’m so glad to have been able to feature her on our stage.

She did a series of related poems inspired by Bonnie Parker (of Bonnie and Clyde infamy) and both her choices of words and her delivery (the words rolling in her mouth like blood or rock candy) – names like Sugar, like Arkansas – drew me into the story as she told it piece by piece, poem by poem.

 

Next month, we’ll be featuring Rhonda Douglas, another local literary poet.  If you enjoyed Sandra’s show, you’ll probably enjoy Rhonda’s work as well.  Do come out and join us at Venus Envy in August. 🙂

 

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Keep your eyes open.  We’ve got another, quite different show coming up in less than a week – El Jones is coming to town and VoV, with a hand from Spoken Word at Pressed, will be presented a spoken word show (with a co-ed open mic – not something we typically do around here) feature El Jones and raising funds for VERSeFest.

 

Details coming soon. 🙂

 

 

Cheers,

A.

More on Sandra Ridley

As you know bob, we’re featuring Sandra Ridley on the VoV stage tomorrow night.

The Ottawa Poetry Newsletter has a few samples of her written work here, while Michael Blouin interviews her for Ottawater here and rob mclennan offers Twelve or Twenty Questions with Sandra Ridley at his blog.
You can also read Uniform ’54 over at Leaf Press, while an excerpt of Sandra’s response to Shadow Lines is available (in PDF) here. Amanda Earl offers a brief review of Lift: Ghazals for C (Sandra’s chapbook) here.

Up-Coming Events – July 2012

Sunday, July 1st

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.

Wednesday, July 4th

Spoken Word at Pressed ft Sean O’Gorman
Pressed Café (Gladstone at Arthur)
Doors and Open Mic Sign-Up – 7:30pm
Show – 8pm
$5

Thursday, July 5th

The Ottawa Storytellers present: Story Swap
National Library (Wellington East, near the Parliament buildings)
7pm
Free

Friday, July 6th

Celebrate Mother Tongue Books presents: Susan Atkinson, Frances Boyle, Claudia Radmore, Barb Myers, Margaret Zielinski, Gillian Wallace, H. Masud Taj, Terry Ann Carter, and more!
Mother Tongue Books (Bank, just north of Sunnyside)
7pm
PWYC ($5-$10 suggested)

Saturday, July 7th

Capital Slam ft Soles of Australia
Mercury Lounge
Doors and Sign-Up – 6:30
Show – 7pm
$8 (free for performers)

Tuesday, July 10th

The Ottawa Storytellers present: Stories and Tea Tales from New Tellers
Ft: Rick Czapelka, Joanna Smith, Serena Hewitt
Tea Party café (119 York Street between Dalhousie and Cumberland)
7pm
$8/PWYC

Tree Reading Series
Workshop: “Translating Poetry” ft Leslie Strutt (6:45pm)
Feature Performer: Susan Gillis (8pm)
Arst Court Library
8pm
PWYC

Wednesday, July 11th

Voices of Venus ft Sandra Ridley
Venus Envy (320 Lisgar at Bank)
Doors and Sign-Up – 7:30
Show – 8pm
$5/PWYC

Spoken Word at Pressed ft Elle P
Pressed Café (Gladstone at Arthur)
Doors and Open Mic Sign-Up – 7:30pm
Show – 8pm
$5

Friday, July 13th

Celebrate Mother Tongue Books featuring Kathryn Trevenen and Andrea Simms-Karp
Mother Tongue Books (Bank, just north of Sunnyside)
7pm
PWYC ($5-$10 suggested)

Sunday, July 15th

Launch: Bywords Quarterly Journal Summer Edition
Collected Works (Wellington at Holland)
2pm
PWYC

Dusty Owl presents rob mclennan and Christine McNair
Elmdale House Tavern
3pm
$5/PWYC

Wednesday July 18th

Voices of Venus and Spoken Word at Pressed present
El Jones
In a Fundraising Special Presentation for VERSeFest 2013
Doors and Open Mic Sign-Up – 7:30
Show – 8pm
$5 at the door

Thursday, July 19th

Ottawa Storytellers present: Stop, Look, and Listen: Bytown Tales
Bytown Museum
7pm
Free

Friday, July 20th

Celebrate Mother Tongue Books (final show) ft Shari Graydon, Helen Levine, and Reneé Yoxon
Mother Tongue Books (Bank, just north of Sunnyside)
7pm
PWYC ($5-$10 suggested)

Tuesday, July 24th

The Ottawa Storytellers present: Stories and Tea The Almonte Train Wreck
Ft Ruth Stewart-Verger, Donna Stewart
Tea Party café (119 York Street between Dalhousie and Cumberland)
7pm
$8/PWYC

Tree Reading Series
Workshop: Jeff Latosik – “Meeting History with Updates” (6:45pm)
Show: Barry Dempster (8pm)
Arts Court Library
8pm
PWYC

Thursday, July 26th

Ottawa Storytellers present: Stop, Look, and Listen: Histories, Mysteries, and More
Bytown Museum
7pm
Free

Spoken Word at Pressed ft Ottawa Fountain
Pressed Café (Gladstone at Arthur)
Doors and Open Mic Sign-Up – 7:30pm
Show – 8pm
$5

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Did we miss anything? If yes, drop us a note in the comments, so we can add it to the list! 🙂