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Festival 2008: Nov. 13 to 16

poster 08The 5th Annual Poetry Gabriola Festival is a small miracle of literature in performance. Join celebrated artists like George Bowering, Ivan Coyote and Richard van Camp for four days of poetry, spoken word, storytelling, and music on Gabriola Island! Join a writing workshop, read poetry in the hot tub during Alphabet Soup and enjoy a dozen poets roving around the village in Buskers Galore! Twenty-four artists, 12 events, six workshops and ten venues! Don't forget the After Hours Open Mic with Bufflehead at the Surf Pub.

Video Highlights

Here is a short "appetizer" video of last year's festival, similar to we did for 2007. If you head over to the youtube page by clicking on the video, you can make comments.

The Poets

We once again have a fabulous line-up of artists. Our ARTIST BIOS PAGE will give you the details; here is the list as it stands now:

Victor Anthony  ~  David Bateman  ~   George Bowering  ~   Ivan Coyote  ~    Dinah D  ~    Baby Dee  ~    Cheryl L'Hirondelle  ~     Tina Jones  ~   Kaie Kellough  ~    The Kerplunks  ~   Tim Lander  ~    Odette Laramee  ~    Patsy Ludwick  ~    Kathy McIntyre  ~   Daphne Marlatt  ~   Cindy O'Dell  ~    Hilary Peach   ~    Kit Pepper & Dion Pepper-Smith  ~    Robert Minden & Carla Hallett  ~   Victoria Stanton  ~    Tongue and Groove  ~    Richard Van Camp  ~    Naomi Wakan  ~    Sheri-D Wilson

2008 Festival Schedule

The schedule is also available as a printable PDF document: right-click or control-click here to download (1.6MB).

MAINSTAGE EVENTS

The four mainstage evening performances have been created around four genres – POETRY, STORYTELLING, SPOKEN WORD, and MUSIC.

Thursday November 13: Opening Night - Pure Poetry.

Includes readings by Gabriola poets Odette Laramee and Patsy Ludwick,  Canada’s first Parlimentary Poet Laureate, George Bowering, and Daphne Marlatt, who will be reading with whimsical music duo Robert Minden and Carla Hallett. Host: Naomi Beth Wakan. At the Phoenix Auditorium. 7:30pm. $10.

Friday November 14: Around The Campfire – Storytelling.

Join northerners Ivan Coyote, Dinah D, and Richard van Camp for an intimate night of tall tales and true stories. At the Surf Great Room. 7:30pm. $10.

Saturday November 15: Spoken Word Cabaret.

Some of Canada’s finest let loose and tell it like it is. Featuring Sheri-D Wilson, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Kaie Kellough, and Victoria Stanton. And do you remember David Bateman? Of the Lemon Tree Song? He’ll be your host, so hang on. At the Phoenix Auditorium. 7:30pm. $10.

Sunday November 16: Such Sweet Music.

Eclectic, hilarious, bawdy, transcendent. Poignant piano and harp from one of lower Manhattan’s most notorious high-riding hipster cats, Baby Dee. Sharing the bill is local folk blues raconteur Victor Anthony. At the United Church. 7:30pm. $10.

DAYTIME PRESENTATIONS

FRIDAY November 14: Tongue And Groove!  

This Vancouver Island quartet fuses jazz, funk, country and Cuban rhythms with personal and political texts - soulful, responsive improvisation and poetry provide deep hearing! At The Roxy. 4:30 – 5:30pm. $5.

Saturday November 15: Medicine Stories with Richard van Camp

Richard is a nationally acclaimed storyteller and a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation from Fort Smith, NWT. At The Roxy. 3:00 – 4:00pm. $5.

Saturday November 15: In Conversation With George Bowering

Join the two-time Governor General’s Literary Award winner and first ever Canadian Parlimentary Poet Laureate for a beer. George will be interviewed by Arts journalist Alexander Varty. At The Surf Great Room. 4:30pm to 5:30pm. $5.

Sunday November 16: Have Your Cake with Victoria Stanton

Montreal performance artist Victoria Stanton wears a dress made out of her grandmother’s silver and invites you to enjoy a piece of Poetry Cake. No kidding. At The Surf Great Room. 10:00 am to 11:00am. $5.

Sunday November 16: Kit Pepper and Dion Pepper-Smith

An hour of poetry shared between a son and his mother.  She will read of friends and family, he of wanderings and the wider world.At The Roxy Lounge. 3:00 – 4:00pm. $5.

FREE!  FREE!   FREE!

Thursday November 13 @ Noon: Poetry Galleries Go UP!!  

Write a poem on one of the boards placed in public spaces. By Patsy Ludwick and the Gabriola Arts Council. Around The Village. All weekend. FREE!

Friday November 14: After Hours Club Open Mic

“Bufflehead Jones”  After Hours Poetry Open Mic. Sign up and try it on with Host Tina Jones and the Poetry Improv Band, BUFFLEHEAD. The Surf Pub. 10:00pm. FREE!

Saturday November 15: Buskers Galore!

A herd of roving artists (and their fans) gathers at The Roxy at high noon to hear Tim Lander, Patron Saint of Street Performers, deliver his Buskers’ Invocation. From there they hit the streets for two hours of high performance in the Village. Roving: Around the Village. Noon – 2:00pm. FREE!

Saturday November 15: Youth WORKSHOP: DANGER: Renegade Tongue Twister: How to Build an Anagram

by Kaie Kellough. When poetry is performed aloud, the human voice infuses it with sound and rhythm. How can we write in a way that captures the same sound and rhythm on paper? This workshop looks at our language as a sonic labyrinth, and at writing as a way of navigating its paths. Workshop participants will engage in a language game, an anagram. Participants will discover wild combinations of words and sounds, and will emerge with a broadened sense of how our language works. For information and to register email Portia at poetrygabriola@gmail.com. The Swalllow’s Nest, at the Haven. 1:00pm – 3:00pm. FREE!

Saturday November 15: Alphabet Soup!  

Poets hit the hot-tub at the Haven - only one night this year so Don’t Miss It! The Haven Hot-tub. 7:30pm. FREE!

Saturday November 15: After Hours Club Open Mic

“McBufflehead” After Hours  Poetry Open Mic. Sign up and strut your stuff with host Kathy MacIntyre and the Poetry Improv Band, BUFFLEHEAD. The Surf Pub. 10:00pm. FREE!

Sunday November 16: Spoken Word with The Kerplunks

Rock out with Rappin’ Tina and Dinah D! At The Phoenix Auditorium. 2:00 pm. FREE!

WORKSHOPS

Saturday November 15: Bootcamp For Procrastinators

by Ivan Coyote. Have you always dreamed of writing your memoirs down but were never sure where to start? Do you have a half-finished masterpiece stuffed into the back of a desk drawer? Still stuck on that not quite fabulous first line? Enlist today. Not tomorrow. Not next year. Today. Fall in and step to as Ivan Coyote runs you through a series of exercises designed to build up your first line muscles, train yourself to capture those fleeting late night epiphanies, and practice bullying yourself into believing. At The Roxy. 10:30 – 11:30 am. $10.

Saturday November 15: Spoken Word: Youth  

by Kaie Kellough. When poetry is performed aloud, the human voice infuses it with sound and rhythm. How can we write in a way that captures the same sound and rhythm on paper? This workshop looks at our language as a sonic labyrinth, and at writing as a way of navigating its paths. Workshop participants will engage in a language game, an anagram. Participants will discover wild combinations of words and sounds, and will emerge with a broadened sense of how our language works. For information and to register email Portia at poetrygabriola@gmail.com. The Swalllow’s Nest, at the Haven. 1:00pm – 3:00pm. FREE!

Saturday November 15: How Not To Write A Screen Play

by Cindy O’Dell. Do movies make you want to write but you have trouble sticking to an idea for a story? Cindy O’Dell provides some basic tools to clarify your characters’ desires, get a better grip on the principle of antagonism, and explore the gap between expectation and result. For writers, film buffs, and artists of all types - anyone who loves to watch movies and wants to write a screenplay, but is pretty sure they never will. Find out how watching movies can deepen our understanding of transformations that resonate for us and keep us connected to our work. Please have a favourite movie to use for reference. At The Roxy. 1:30 – 2:30pm. $10.

Sunday November 16: Nikamok! (Let’s All Sing!)

Have you ever wanted to sing a drum or a rattle song, but didn’t know what the words meant or thought it was only something that native people could do? Come and learn to sing a song or two in Cree or using vocables. Cheryl L’Hirondelle (Metis/Cree) will take the workshop participants though a mini tour of a variety of Aboriginal songforms and at the end of the workshop everyone should hopefully leave with a song on their tongues. Bring handdrums or rattles or just your voice and your hands for clapping. At The Roxy. 1:30 – 2:30pm. $10.

Sunday November 16: POETRY PATH-OLOGY

with Sheri-D Wilson. 
This workshop will focus on the possibilities of poetry – giving voice.  Poetry is everywhere when our eyes become ears and our ears become eyes.  This workshop is about release, personal revolution and revelation.  We will traverse through personal story and bring the untold tales to life in poetry.  Memory will open and ideas will sing.
  At The Roxy. 4:30 – 5:30. $10.

Sunday November 16: Write Your Way To Health

with Naomi Beth Wakan. Writing is a way of centering and balancing all the things we have to juggle in life. Naomi Beth Wakan takes a look at our motivations for writing and our abilities to get on paper exactly what we want to say.  This workshop will take you deeper into yourself and more openly on to the page. It is based on Naomi's latest book of writing exercises, Write Your Way to Health. At The Commons. 1:30 – 4:00. $25.  Information/registration: naomi@naomi.com