Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival 2011 – Vancouver Aug 13

Saturday August 13th, 2011
11:45 am – 8 pm
Lumberman’s Arch
Stanley Park

The main event incorporates literary groups, including multi-cultural readings in various languages, dancers, an original theatrical performance, musical performances, panel discussions, open mics and a children’s area with puppet shows, music, story tellers, face painting and craft tables.

There will be readings from participants of the Vancouver Public Library’s Summer Book Camp. Information tables showcasing community groups and resources such as the The Federation of BC Writers and The Story Tellers Association are made available.

George Bowering will open the festival’s Main Stage while Russell Thornton will open the Granville stage. The day will be wrapped up with a performance by C.R. Avery.

Workshops will be run onsite throughout the day and are free to the public. Spaces are limited so be sure to sign up early.

Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park provides a welcoming location for an outdoor arts festival with ample room to comfortably bring your family, friends and picnic for an entire day of entertainment

View Festival schedule

‘Readings at Renaissance’ Sunday July 17th

Calling Vancouver Lower Mainland
Writers, Poets, Storytellers, Singers, Songwriters
Open Mic
Third Sundays of each month
‘Readings at Renaissance’
Beginning this Sunday July 17, 2011

In an enchanting backdrop of rare, old, new books
With coffee and cakes
Share your creativity and creations

Renaisance Books
#43-6th Street
New Westminster (Columbia Skytrain)
Contact: Lavana at

The crazed poets or the poetry-crazed will still have time to get over to Poetic Justice at the Heritage Grill Backroom, 3-5 pm, where there will be 3 features with Candice James on most Sundays & then an open mic.
SHAYNA VIRGINILLO, FRAN BOURASSA and TIMOTHY SHAY will be the features this Sunday July 17.

Susan Crean invites submissions on Toronto

Introducing… a website for a book I have yet to write.

The book is about Toronto, as you know. And the website, which is a collaboration with Patrick Davidson, is designed as a means for me to talk to people about the City. By sharing excerpts from interviews I’ve been doing, and by eliciting comments and contributions from others.

When I was sent on a publicity tour across Canada with my book on Emily Carr, I was thunderstruck by the stories and anecdotes people in the audience came up with. There lay a gold mine of material, I marvelled. And that prompted me to think I should perhaps have done the tour before writing the book. is my attempt to do the tour before writing the book — to invite participation in the project from people I don`t know. And those who I do know.

I’d love to know what you think of the site. So take a look. Leave a comment. Pass it on.

Susan Crean, Author

Festival: The World Poetry International Festival–Richmond–May 14-15


Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15
10:00am – 5pm
The World Poetry International Festival
Richmond Cultural Centre
100-7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond, BC

The World Poetry International Festival is bringing together international poets and local multicultural poetry groups. There will be a First Nations welcome, dignitaries, music and a proposed Gala on Sunday night. Each selected international poet will present their poetry, launch a book, or read a paper. An International Peace prize will be presented. Local poetry and writers groups are also presenting.

BC First Nations Coast Salish welcome: Roberta Price
Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea & World Poetry Committee.
Proposed international Poets: Dr. Rita Malhotra, Husna Sidiqi, Mr. Khawaja Abdullah Ahrar, Yoshifumi Sakura, Dr. Hadaa Sendoo, Miss Alaha Arhar.
Featured Canadian Poet and presenter: Bernice Lever
Welcome by BC Multicultural Poetry Groups.

International Peace Award presentation to Ariadne Sawyer.
Iranian Daf Music: Renowned Kokehi family.
Jasmine’s Dancing Club.
Youth Panel.
Includes the World Poetry Gala Dinner
6:30 pm
Mad Greek Restaurant
7260 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC 604-278-9598
$30 per person.
Meet the poets, good food, and great company.
Reserve in advance.

Please contact Ariadne Sawyer
Contact: Ariadne Sawyer
Telephone: 604-526-4729

Acapellaboratory Community Choir with Special Guest Stars the Lab Rats

Gentle Beings!

The community choir I sing in and help manage is hosting an UnConcert
and potluck this Wednesday, March 30th. The doors open at 7 and the
singing begins around 7:30. This session is special because we have
put together a surprise band to accompany us for our final
number–trust me…it’s going to be fun!

The Lion’s Den in the Adanac Towers on Commercial (cross
street Adanac–1717 Adanac)
Between 7 and 9pm
Wednesday, March 30th.
Why: Because singing is joy made audible.

love love love

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