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Upcoming Events – October 2012

Tuesday, October 9th

 
Ottawa Storytellers present Stories and Tea Longing: Yearning for Long Ago and Far Away Ft Jenner Cayley
Tea Party Café (119 York St)
7pm
$8/pwyc
 
Tree Reading Series Ft Jan Zwicky & Meira Cook
Arts Court Library
8pm
Free
 
 

Wednesday, October 10th

 
The Ottawa Public Library Author Series presents Pat Cher reading from Mi’kmag Song
Stittsville Branch (1637 Stittsville Main)
1pm
FREE
 
Reading: Sonja Saikaley reads from Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter
BOM (343 Somerset W), upstairs
6:30pm
FREE
 
Reading: Meira Cook and Brenda Hammond read from The House on Sugarbush Road and Cape Town (respectively)
Collected Works
7pm
Free
 

Voices of Venus ft Lady Katalyst
Venus Envy (320 Lisgar at Bank)
Doors: 7:30
Show: 8pm
$5/pwyc (performers in our all-women open mic get in free)

 
The Naughty Bits book club reads Rae Spoon’s First Spring, Grass Fire
Under One Roof (251 Bank St near Cooper)
7:30pm
Free
 
 

Thursday, October 11th

 

Venus Envy presents Say My Name: Stories of Transition ft Kit Wilson-Yang and Elisha Lim
Venus Envy
7:30pm
FREE

 
 

Friday, October 12th

 
The Ottawa Public Library presents Teen Author Fest ft Kenneth Oppel-Such reading from Wicked Intent
Elmvale Acres branch (1910 St-Laurent)
1pm
FREE
 
 

Saturday, October 13th

 
Signing: Elizabeth Radmore will be onhand with her novel, Cushla: Almost Magic
Books on Beechwood (35 Beechwood Ave)
1pm-3pm
FREE
 
The Ottawa Public Library Author Series presents Sandra Joyce reading from The Street Arab: The Story of a British Home Child
Alta Vista Branch (2516 Alta Vista)
2pm
FREE
 
Reading: Robert Sibley reads from The Way of the Stars: Journeys on the Camino de Santiago
Collected Works
2pm
FREE
 
Launch Party: John Akpata launches Couch Assassin
The Mercury Lounger (56 Byward)
8pm
FREE
 
 

Sunday, October 14th

 
ARC Magazine presents the 2012 Finalists of the Archibald Lampman Award ft Michael Blouin, Sandra Ridley, and Diana Brebner award winner Lauren Turner
Collected Works
2pm
FREE
 
 

Monday, October 15th

 
Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam ft Kay’la Fraser
Pressed Café (750 Gladstone at Arthur)
Workshop: 5:30pm
Slam: 6:30pm
$2/pwyc
 
 

Tuesday, October 16th

 
Kids’ Lit Gala ft Catherine Austen, Romi Caron, Alan Cumyn, Kalli Dakos, Jamieson Findlay, Sylvie Frigon, Caroline Pignat, Jo-Anne Rioux, and Lucie Verreault
The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place (1o1 Centrepointe Dr)
7pm
Cover Unknown
 
Shinerama Poetry Night – UESA ft Jenna Jarvis, Teresa Yang, and Mia Morgan
The Royal Oak II (161 Laurier E, across from U of O)
8pm
PWYC
 
 

Wednesday, October 17th

 
Reading: Mark Frutkin reads from A Message for the Emperor
Collected Works
7:30pm
FREE
 
 

Thursday, October 18th

 
Ottawa Storytellers present Murder at Westmere House: A Comedy
Billings Museum (2100 Cabot Street)
7:30pm
$15 (available in advance online or at the door – reserve by calling 613-247-4830)
 
 

Friday, October 19th

 
Ottawa Storytellers present Murder at Westmere House: A Comedy
Billings Museum (2100 Cabot Street)
7:30pm
$15 (available in advance online or at the door – reserve by calling 613-247-4830)
 
 

Saturday, October 20th

 
The Ottawa Public Library Author Series présente Daniel Poliquin qui liront pièces de Rêve de Champlain
Orleans Branch (1705 Orléans blvd)
2pm
GRATUIT et en Francais
 
The AB Series presents a visual poetry presentation by kevin mcpherson eckhoff
Arts Court Library (2 Daly Avenue)
2pm
$7 ($5 for students)
 
Ottawa Storytellers present Murder at Westmere House: A Comedy
Billings Museum (2100 Cabot Street)
7:30pm
$15 (available in advance online or at the door – reserve by calling 613-247-4830)
 
The AB Series presents poly-vocal performance & visual poetry presentation featuring: Jenny Sampirisi and kevin mcpherson eckhoff
Ottawa Art Gallery (Arts Court – 2 Daly Avenue)
8pm
$7 ($5 for students)
 
 

Sunday, October 21st

 
Dusty Owl presents Kimberly Dawkins (poet) and Call Me Katie (musicians)
Elmdale House Tavern (1084 Wellington West)
3pm
PWYC
 
 

Monday, October 22nd

The Ottawa Public Library Author Series presents Frances Itani reading from Requiem
Nepean Centrepoint Library (101 Centrepointe, Chamber)
7pm
FREE
 
 

Tuesday, October 23rd

 
Ottawa Storytellers present Stories and Tea Things that Go Bump ft Kathryn Hunt and Phil Nagy
Tea Party Café (119 York St)
7pm
$8/pwyc
 
Tree Reading Series Ft Lise Downe
Arts Court Library
8pm
Free
 
 

Wednesday, October 24th

 
The Ottawa Public Library presents Teen Author Fest’s Write On! ft Max Turner, Catherine Austen and Lesley Livingston
Ben Franklin Place, The Chamber (101 Centrepointe)
7pm
FREE
 
The Ottawa International Writer’s Fest presents The Ottawa Book Awards AND the Archibald Lampman Award
Shenkman Arts Centre, Richcraft Theatre (245 Centrum, east end)
8pm
FREE
 
 

Thursday, October 25th

 
Brandon Wint presents Artistic Showcase ft Moe Clark, Kyra Shaugnessy, and Amelia Leclair
Pressed Café
7:15pm
$10
 
The Ottawa International Writer’s Fest presents The Ever-Present Past ft Linda Spalding, Christine Pountney, and M.G. Vassanji
Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin)
6:30pm
$15 (free for members) – Tickets available online
 
The Ottawa International Writer’s Fest presents Freedom ft Shauna Singh Baldwin, David Bergen, and Annabel Lyon
Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin)
8:30pm
$15 (free for members) – Tickets available online
 
 

Friday, October 26th

 
Masterclass: Writing for Young Readers a workshop featuring Annabel Lyon and presented by The Ottawa International Writer’s Fest
Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin)
Noon
$15 (free for members) – Tickets available online
 
The John Newlove Poetry Award present in conjunction with The Ottawa International Writer’s Fest
Features: the launch of rob mclennan’s Miss Canada (International) plus readings from the winner and honourable mentions and music from Neil Gerster
Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin)
6:30pm
FREE
 
 

Saturday, October 27th

 
The Ottawa Public Library presents Teen Author Fest presents French comic book writers and illustrators Paul Roux, Yanick Champoux, Michel Lacombe and Jean-Paul Eid
Cumberland branch (1599 Tenth Line rd)
1pm
FREE
 
The Ottawa Public Library Author Series presents Kim Thuy reading from Ru
Carlingwood Branch (281 Woodroffe)
2pm
FREE
 
Reading: Sonja Saikaley reads from Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter
Collected Works (1242 Wellington West at Holland)
2pm
Free
 
Plan 99 in conjunction with Writer’s Fest presents Pasha Malla, Missy Marston & C.S. Richardson
The Manx Pub (370 Elgin St)
5pm
Cover Unknown
 
 

Sunday, October 28th

 
Plan 99 in conjunction with Writer’s Fest presents Matthew Tierney, Marcus McCann & Nyla Matuk
The Manx Pub (370 Elgin St)
5pm
Cover Unknown
 
The Ottawa International Writer’s Fest presents Long Story Short – an exploration of the art of short stories ft Nadine McInnis, Miranda Hill, and Steven Heighton
Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin)
8:30pm
$15 (free for members) – Tickets available online
 
 

Monday, October 29th

 
The Ottawa International Writer’s Fest presents The Unfinished Revolution: The Global Fight for Women’s Rights ft Minky Worden
Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin)
Noon
$15 (free for members) – Tickets available online
[Editor’s Note: I confess I’ve got my eyebrow raised a little on this one. Read the description – just follow the link – before deciding to attend]
 
The Ottawa International Writer’s Fest presents The ReLit Awards – Ideas not Money
Octopus Books (251 Bank at Lisgar – not in the Glebe)
6:30pm
FREE
 
Postscripts to Darkness – a Pre-Hallowe’en Book Bash ft horror readings from this year’s Postscripts to Darkness anthology, horror lit trivia, thematic art, and a costume contest
Collected Works
7:30pm
FREE
 
The Ottawa International Writer’s Fest presents The Truth of Who You Are ft Shani Boianjiu, Sarah Dearing, and Ayad Akhtar
Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin)
8:30pm
$15 (free for members) – Tickets available online
 
 

Tuesday, October 30th

 
The Ottawa International Writer’s Fest presents a Live Radio Play written by David O’Meara and performed by David O’Meara, Ian Keteku, Jennilee Murray, and Mike Dubue; featuring Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde on cello
Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin)
6:30pm
$15 (free for members) – Tickets available online
 
The Ottawa Public Library presents Teen Author Fest presents a panel of LGBTQ teen authors. Featuring: Alex Sanchez, Madeleine George and Mariko Tamaki
Main Library, Auditorium (120 Metcalfe)
7pm
FREE

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. 🙂

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?

August Upcoming Events Listings

Shows and Showcases

Story Swap

Thursday, August 4th, 2011 – 7pm

National Library (395 Wellington at Bay)

Free Admission

 

The Crimson Series ft Patricia McCarthy

Saturday, August 6th – 10am

Strathcona Park (Laurier E. at Range Rd)

Vampire Romance Reading

Admission Unknown

 

EDITED to ADD:  Capital Slam ft Mary Pinkoski

Saturday, August 6th, 2011 -7pm (doors 6:30pm)

Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward

$7 at the door BUT free if you perform

 

Words of a Poet III ft Fadhiya Jama, Alysia Harris, Shihan, B. Yung, Jamaal St.John, Dwayne Morgan, Ibn Najeeb, and Kaleb Simmonds

Saturday, August 6th, 2011 – 6:30pm

National Art Gallery

$25 at the door – funds to refugees in Tunisia

 

Voices of Venus ft Sarah Musa

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 – 8pm-10pm (doors and sign-up list at 7pm)

Umi Café (610 Somerset West at Percy) – Last Show at Umi Café

$5/PWYC at the door BUT free if you perform

 

Midnight Sweatlodge Ottawa Launch ft Vera Wabegijig, Lisa Marie Naponse and Waubgeshig Rice
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011 — 7-9PM
SAW Gallery (67 Nicholas St.)

Free Admission

 

Stories and Tea

Tuesday, August 9th – 7pm

The Tea Party café (119 York Street)

$8 suggested donation

 

Tree Reading Series ft Frances Boyle, Kathryn Hunt and Bardia Sinaee

Tuesday, Agust 9th , 2011 – 8pm

Arts Court (2 Daly Ave)

Includes an Open Mic

 

First Edition Reading Series (Perth) ft Jill Battson, Christine McNair and Rob McLennan

Friday, August 12, 2011 – 7pm
Backbeat Books & Music & Gifts (6 Wilson Street West, Perth Ontario)
$5.00 at the door

 

Capital Slam at Nostalgica ft Sense-Say, Loh El, Sean O’Gorman, Bruce Narbaitz and Rusty Priske

Friday, August 12th, 2011 – 9pm

Café Nostalgica (603 Cumberland at U of O)

Free

 

Spoken Word at the National Gallery ft Mehdi Gonny-Hamdad, Rusty Priske, Marjolaine Beauchamp, Kevin Matthews

Saturday, August 13th, 2011 – 2pm

National Gallery

Price – Cost of Admission to the Caravaggio Exhibit

 

Dusty Owl Presents ft Jan Andrews (EDIT to ADD: Pride Show)

Sunday, August 21st – 5pm

Carleton Tavern (223 Armstrong Ave at Parkdale)

$5 suggested donation

 

Stories and Tea

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 – 7pm

The Tea Party café (119 York Street)

$8 suggested donation

 

Tree Readings Series ft Amanda Earl, Sandra Ridley, Pearl Pirie & Christine McNair

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 – 8pm

Arts Court (2 Daly Ave)

Includes an Open Mic

 

Oneness Poetry Showcase ft Hyfidelik

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 – 7pm

East Africa Restaurant, 376 Rideau St.

$7 at the door

 

Reading Out Loud 6 ft Jeremy Dias, Karin Galldin, Marcus McCann, and DJ Oliver/Ghaida

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 – 8pm

Venus Envy (320 Lisgar)

 

 

Weekly Open Mics:

Spoken Word and Live Lit Open Mic

Collected Works (Wellington at Holland)

Fridays at 6:30pm

 

Open Mic Fridays

Umi Café (Somerset at Percy)

Fridays at 8pm

 

Poetry and Music Open Stage

Café Nostalgica (603 Cumberland at U of O)

Thursdays at 8:30pm

 

 

Weekly Writing Workshops:

Creative Writing Play Date with Sean Zio

Mother Tongue Books (Bank at Sunnyside)

Tuesdays at 8pm

 

Poetry Workshops with Brandon Wint

Umi Café (Somerset at Percy)

Sundays at 1pm

 

In/Words Writers’ Circle

Carleton University, 1811 Dunton Tower

Mondays at 6pm

 

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