Archive | August 2012

Stories and Thanks (a very quick post)

I just wanted to link people to this post by storyteller Marta Singh. It’s a re-telling (putting her own spin on the tale, as happens in storytelling) of a piece told by one of our open mic performers at July’s show. Check it out. 🙂

While I’m at it, I also want to send a shout-out to our fabulous host, Nadine Thornhill, who – despite some overwhelming stuff happing in her own life – took on the admin side of VoV for the August show while I was dealing with the death of a relative (and the travel-commitments connected there-to). Thank you! 😀

Stay tuned for information about next month’s show. 😀

TTFN,
A.

Upcoming Events – August 2012

Thursday, August 2nd

 
Ottawa Storytellers present: Stop, Look, and Listen: Histories, Mysteries & More
Bytown Museum
7pm
Free
 
Ottawa Storytellers present: Story Swap
National Library (Wellington, near the Parliament Buildings)
7pm
Free
 
 

Saturday, August 4th

 
Reading: Catherine Astolfo reads from The Bridgeman: An Emily Taylor Mystery
Collected Works (Wellington W. at Holland)
2pm
Free
 
Captial Slam presents: Salton Sea
Mercury Lounge
Doors: 6:30
Show: 7pm
$8 (free for performers/competitors)
 
 

Sunday, August 5th

 
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, August 8th

 

Voices of Venus ft Rhonda Douglas
Venus Envy
Doors: 7:30
Show: 8pm
$5/pwyc (free for open mic participants)

 
 

Thursday, August 9th

 
Ottawa Storytellers present: Stop, Look, and Listen: Histories, Mysteries & More
Bytown Museum
7pm
Free
 
Meet the Authors: Mony Dojeiji and Alberto Agroso read from Walking for Peace
Collected Works
7pm
Free
 
Above/Ground Press 19th Anniversary Reading
Ft Cameron Anstee, Stephen Brockwell, Amanda Earl, and Marilyn Irwin
Mercury Lounge
7pm
$5
 
 

Friday, August 10th

 
Glebe Artistic Showcase ft Ian Keteku, Brad Morden, and others
Glebe House (166 Glebe Ave)
6:30
$10
 
Messagio Galore: Take X
Ft Sheena Mordasiewicz, Brian Pirie, jw curry, and Rachel Lindsey
Rockliffe Park Pavillion
7pm
Free (BYO Lawn Chair)
 
Ottawa Storytellers presents Campfire and Storytelling
Billings Estate Museum
7pm
$6/person (OR 2 for $10; OR $16/family)
Stories for adults and children; marshmallows included.
 
 

Saturday, August 11th

 
Meet the Author: Ken Hancock’s Capital Home Cuisine
Collected Works
2pm
Free
 
Launch: Postscripts to Darkness II
Imperial Pub (329 Bank)
7pm
Free
 
 

Sunday, August 12th

 
Dusty Owl presents Ian Williams & Andrea Simms-Karp
Elmdale House Tavern
3pm
$5/pwyc
 
 

Monday, August 13th

 
Naughty Bits Book Club present A Queer and Pleasant Danger, a memoir by Kate Bornstein
Venus Envy
6:30pm
Free (and you get a discount on this month’s book if you buy it at Venus Envy)
 
 

Tuesday, August 14th

 
Ottawa Storytellers present Stories and Tea: A mixed bag of stories
Ft Cristina Kindl, Bob Woods
The Tea Party Café (119 York St)
7pm
$8
 
Tree Reading Series presents Hot Ottawa Voices
Arts Court Library
6:45 – Tree Seeds workshop: Pearl Pirie “Radical Revisions”
8pm – Reading Ft David Blaikie, Guy Simser, Carol Stephen, and Shai Ben-Shalom
Free
 
 

Thursday, August 16th

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

Friday, August 17th

 
Ottawa Storytellers presents Campfire and Storytelling
Billings Estate Museum
7pm
$6/person (OR 2 for $10; OR $16/family)
Stories for adults and children; marshmallows included.
 
 

Saturday, August 18th

 
Reading: My Heart Has Teeth by Daniel D.D. Oickle
La Petite Mort Gallery
8pm
Free
 
 

Wednesday, August 22nd

 
Reading: Zombies on Kilimanjaro by Tim Ward
Collected Works
6:30
Free
 
 

Thursday, August 23rd

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

Friday, August 24th

 
Ottawa Storytellers presents Campfire and Storytelling
Billings Estate Museum
7pm
$6/person (OR 2 for $10; OR $16/family)
Stories for adults and children; marshmallows included.
 
 

Saturday, August 25th

 
Meet the Author: M.P. Mongrain, As It Was in the Beginning
Collected Works
2pm
Free
 
Poetry Show and Workshop in the Children’s Garden
Robert F. Legget Park (Main and Clegg St)
3pm
Free (specifically aimed at children)
 
 

Sunday, August 26th

 
Ottawa Independent Writers’ Read and Meet
Collected Works
Noon – 4pm
Free
 
 

Tuesday, August 28th

 
Ottawa Storytellers present: Stories and Tea: Icelandic tales new and old
Ft Leah Sander and Mary Wiggin
The Tea Party Café (119 York St)
7pm
$8
 
Tree Reading Series ft Matthew Tierney
Arts Court Library
6:45 – Tree Seeds workshop ft Jeff Latosik: “Meeting History with Updates”
8pm – Reading ft Matthew Tierney
Free
 
 

Wednesday, August 29th

 
Reading: Carole Gravelle reads from The Adventures of RICCO
Collected Works
7pm
Free
 
 

Thursday, August 30th

 
Ottawa Storytellers present: Stop, Look, and Listen: Histories, Mysteries & More
Bytown Museum
7pm
Free
 
OttawaArt
Fall Down Gallery (288 Bank)
7pm
$10
 
 

Friday, August 31st

 
Ottawa Storytellers presents Campfire and Storytelling
Billings Estate Museum
7pm
$6/person (OR 2 for $10; OR $16/family)
Stories for adults and children; marshmallows included.

Rhonda Douglas – Sneak Preview

Hey folks!

There’s going to be a small flurry of updates here and then some radio silence for a while. I’ve got to skip town for a funeral so the blog won’t be updated for a bit. 😦

However, I wanted to make sure that our upcoming events got posted and, as well, that you all got a sneak preview of this month’s feature, Rhonda Douglas, via some youtube videos. Here we go:

The first is just a quick one from 2010:

The second is Rhonda’s feature performance at Tree in 2011 (it’s close to half an hour long, so enjoy):

You can also catch 12 or 20 Questions with Rhonda Douglas over at rob mclennan’s blog, wherein Rhonda talks about poetry, writing, inspiration, and the roll of the writer in contemporary culture… among other things. 🙂

Rhonda Douglas featuring at August’s VoV

This month, VoV is proud to present Rhonda Douglas, author of Some Days I Think I Know Things: The Cassandra Poems as well as numerous pieces (poetry and fiction) published in magazines across Canada.

Rhonda Douglas features at Voices of Venus
This Wednesday, August 8th
Venus Envy (320 Lisgar at Bank)

Originally from Grand Banks Nfld, Rhonda lives in Ottawa. She has performed at Tree Reading Series, Ottawa Mayfest’s Words Work show, and VERSeFest’s Poetry for the End of the World show.
Her work has won prizes in The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition, the Gregory J. Power Poetry Competition, The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Poetry and Arc’s Diana Brebner Prize.

As always, our feature performance will be preceeded by an all-women open mic, so bring you poetry and stories (5-minute maximum) and feel free to sign up. Cover is $5 at the door, but open mic performers get in free.

New this month: We are now 100% community-funded, so if you can, please be generous at the door.