Wax Poetic

Your Weekly Appointment With The Muse!

Welcome to the official blog for Vancouver, British Columbia's longest-running poetry radio show

Wednesdays @ 2pm (PST) NOW AT 100.5 FM CFRO Co-op Radio

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wednesday December 30, 2009 Montreal Poet Jeffrey Mackie

Jeffrey Mackie is a Montreal poet. He has been published widely both in Canada and internationally. Most recently he had a piece on display in New Westminster City Hall. His poetry has also been translated in Croatia. His latest collection is 'Truth Among the Obsessions'. He also does a literary feature on CKUT radio in Montreal.

"I write poetry and that is what makes me interesting" Vladimir Mayakovsky.

Before migrating to Montreal, Mackie was a regular on the Vancouver spoken word scene and actually lived for a while as Diane's tenant.  Mackie and Duncan used to hang out together, and near the end of the show S.R. springs a Christmas Christmas anecdote on Diane about one fated holiday the three spent together several years ago.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

An annual favorite!  Angus Adair returns in spirit to do his rendition of the Grinch, recorded live at Cafe Montmartre this last weekend.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

No Guest - no problem!

Well, unfortunately out impromtu guest, the Mighty Mike McGee, was caught in transit coming back from Victoria and missed the show, but RC reached into his tickle trunk of poetry and pulled up some great tracks from some great  performance poets like Al Mader.  He then pulled out the classic jazz music from "It's a Charlie Brown Christmas" to take us out.  Very fun!

I also gave away some tickets for a local production of a play called Vatzlav.  After the show, the producer called to offer our listeners and blog followers a special offer of a pair of tickets to anyone who takes a moment to fill out this little survey.  http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?hl=en_GB&formkey=dExzWm9odEZpbzAtVHd2bjU0R1BDSkE6MA

You can find more info about the play and Theatre In The Raw here at www.theatreintheraw.ca.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

December 9, 2009 Show

Actor William Samples joins us in studio to give us his rendition of Ebenezer Scrooge as he plays him in PAL Theatre's version of "The Christmas Carol".

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

November 25th-Toronto's Phoebe Tsang

Violinist Phoebe Tsang is an active soloist, chamber musician and Principal Second Violinist of the Sinfonia Toronto chamber orchestra. She is currently the co-Artistic Director and co-Founder of the Alicier Arts Chamber Music series. In recent years she has been soloist with the Toronto Philharmonia, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, the Chinese Overseas Philharmonic, and for Esprit Orchestra New Wave and Hot Wave Festivals.

A native of Hong Kong, Phoebe Tsang was raised in England and currently resides in Toronto. Her passion for poetry was first nurtured by her mother's love of English literature, followed by a number of teachers to whom she owes her informal education, including most recently Robert Priest and Allan Briesmaster.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

November 18-James Louis

Story telling from James Louis.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wanda John-Kehewin Wednesday Nov. 11th

Wanda John-Kehewin is Cree/mixed blood writer, originally from Kehewin Alberta. She studied creative writing briefly at Langara College and majored in Sociology. She was raised on a reservation with only pencils and paper as her creative outlet; she attributes her simple, hard life to opening her world of imagination using words to paint pictures of social justice, realism, love and issues she has faced as a single mother. She moved to the west coast in 1991. Wanda has been a literary performer and publishing poet since she was 16 but only began to seriously ‘write’ again in 2004. She has performed her work at many local events and hopes in the future that she can travel and share her work. She is currently editing a manuscript for publication. Wanda is mother of two sons and one daughter who definitely contribute to her creative writing process.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Heart of the City - Wednesday Nov. 4th

Richard Tylman (born January 30, 1952) is a Polish-Canadian poet and painter. Born in Kraków, Poland, as Ryszard Tylman, he has lived in Vancouver, Canada, since 1982. Tylman received his Master's degree in Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.

Tylman was the first of two children of Edward Tylman, professor of engineering from the Kraków University of Technology, and Danuta Krupa, college teacher of nursing. Tylman co-founded a student literary newspaper called “Skarpa”, in which he debuted his free verse poetry with an introduction by the Rector of Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts (PWST), and soon after won the Grand Owl Poetry Award sponsored by the Jagiellonian University of Kraków. He received a Masters degree in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts (ASP), and was chosen to represent Kraków at the national juried exhibition of paintings by the most prominent young professional artists.[1][2][3] Following his graduation he worked as an arts instructor and theatre stage designer.

Tylman left Poland in 1981 and settled in Vancouver, where he pursued a career in graphic arts. He became a Canadian citizen in 1985.

While in Canada, Tylman continued writing poetry, articles, and essays in Polish throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, publishing a volume of poetry called Koty marcowe (The Felines of March) in Warsaw in 2002. He began writing poetry in English nearly a decade after becoming a Canadian citizen, and has self-published several limited editions of verse in English and Polish, including Imaginary Lovers, Living Inside the Moving Landscape, Privilege / Przywilej, Wax Poetics, and Selections From an Old Shoebox.

Vancouver Moving Theatre, Carnegie Community Centre & Association of United Ukrainian Canadians present;

The 6th Annual DTES Heart of the City Festival

Wednesday October 28 – Sunday November 8, 2009

More than 80 events at over 25 locations throughout the DTES

6th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival celebrates the creative and committed communities, artists and activists who thrive in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The theme of the 2009 festival is Illuminating the Four Corners - the intersection of Main and Hastings Street, at the very heart of the Downtown Eastside - and this year the festival will feature twelve days of musical showcases, play readings, spoken word, writers writing, films, poetry, processions, community dances, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media viewings, art talks, history talks, and history walks at the four corners and throughout the surrounding neighbourhoods (Gastown, North Hastings, Strathcona and Chinatown). The 2009 Festival also offers a special spotlight on Downtown Eastside, First Nation and Asian Canadian artists, producers, curators and residents and their perspective on ‘standing proud’ at the Four Corners.

Highlights include The Sandy Scofield Band; a Comedy Evening at Carnegie; an afternoon to honour DTES poet Bud Osborn; the DTES Music Theatre Showcase; the highly acclaimed Khac Chi Bamboo Music at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden; and Illuminating the Four Corners, an outdoor multi-level event at Main and Hastings featuring visual projections on buildings and through windows that focus on the faces and the voices of the Downtown Eastside.

Festival programming on Co-op Radio CFRO 102.7fm includes: a broadcast of the radio play Jack Benny Live at the Pantages on Arts Rational Thurs Oct 29, 9pm; Rudolf Penner and Robyn Livingstone on World Poetry Café Tues Nov 3, 9pm; and a special poetic guest on Wax Poetic Wed Nov 4, 2pm.

Most festival events are free or pay as you can. Visit www.heartofthecityfestival.com for full details.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Julie Parell Wednesday October 28th 2009

Julie first developed her lust for performing back in Winnipeg.
It was a grey winter in 1999. With not much to amuse herself with she found performance art.
She has since been on the Winnipeg Slam team, written and preformed a comic book called "Steve", featured here and there as well as put out a cd entitled "things i shoulda
' said last week". Her recent claim to fame is "Re/Dis/Covey" which is a art show at Gallery Gachet on from Oct.9th to 30th....featuring a spectacular finale on the 30th of performance art with Shamans and all!
She now gets her kicks trying to figure out how being a Shamanic artist can pay the bills!!!
you can contact her with any of your brilliant ideas or comments
at funkiejulie@yahoo.com

Oct 9 - Nov 1
Opening Reception Friday, October 9th 7-10pm
Gallery Gachet
88 East Cordova

Multi-media and text based artists and performance poets, Julie Parrell and Shannon Rayne come together to share more than just their love of mixing words with visual mediums. Julie and Shannon through a series of text based mixed media compositions challenge assumptions surrounding the label of weakness often associated with personal addictions.

're/dis/covery' exposes the range of emotions experienced with discovering the effect that addiction has in order to rediscover our own strength and ultimately recover.

Opening reception, October 9th, Gallery Gachet, 7 -10pm
A night of performances and performance art to follow on October 30th.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Technical Craziness with this week's show!

For those of you who listen to Co-op regularly on Wednesdays, you might have heard dead air from about 10:30am caused by an extensive power outage in the DTES. Power resumed almost exactly at 2pm, leaving me and Leela Chinniah station manager, scrambling to reset machines and try to get things churning again. Of course, to make matters worse, the cd I brought didn't read properly either, so folks didn't get to hear the Wayne & Shuster Shakespearean Baseball sketch. I did manage to get a very funny version of Casey at the Bat by Garrison Keillor. That was amazing, but the the show ended up being severely truncated due to technical problems (for once not caused by us), so we likely not put the show up on the site.
We're back in action next week and hope you'll join us.


Friday, October 16, 2009

"Rob Taylor lives in Vancouver with his wife, Marta. He has been writing poetry since 2003 and his poems have appeared in more than thirty publications, including Sub-Terrain, Rocksalt and A Verse Map of Vancouver. He has released two chapbooks. The most recent,Child of Saturday, is based on his time spent living in Ghana in 2006-07. He co-founded Simon Fraser University's student poetry zine High Altitude Poetry, and One Ghana, One VoiceGhana's first online poetry magazine. He is also the poetry editor at Red Fez. He likes to write poems about the #20 bus, swimming pools, and the BC Lions."

<  http://oneghanaonevoice.com/2007/06/author-profile-rob-taylor.html  >


Daniela Elza is currently a doctoral student in Philosophy of Education at SFU. She has more than 120 poems released into the world. This year her work appeared in Verse Map of Vancouver, Press 1, Vallum, 4poets (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2009) and is forthcoming in educational insightsMatrixThe TrumpeterThe New Orphic Review as well as the anthology Mutanabbi  Street Starts Here (Red Hen Press, 2009). She lives with her family in Vancouver.

<  www.flee.com  >

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wednesday Oct 14, Rob Taylor and Daniela Elza

"Rob Taylor lives in Vancouver with his wife, Marta. He has been writing poetry since 2003 and his poems have appeared in more than thirty publications, including Sub-Terrain, Rocksalt and A Verse Map of Vancouver. He has released two chapbooks. The most recent,Child of Saturday, is based on his time spent living in Ghana in 2006-07. He co-founded Simon Fraser University's student poetry zine High Altitude Poetry, and One Ghana, One VoiceGhana's first online poetry magazine. He is also the poetry editor at Red Fez. He likes to write poems about the #20 bus, swimming pools, and the BC Lions."

<  http://oneghanaonevoice.com/2007/06/author-profile-rob-taylor.html  >


Daniela Elza is currently a doctoral student in Philosophy of Education at SFU. She has more than 120 poems released into the world. This year her work appeared in Verse Map of Vancouver, Press 1, Vallum, 4poets (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2009) and is forthcoming in educational insightsMatrixThe TrumpeterThe New Orphic Review as well as the anthology Mutanabbi  Street Starts Here (Red Hen Press, 2009). She lives with her family in Vancouver.

<  http://oneghanaonevoice.com/2009/02/author-profile-daniela-elza.html  >

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Special Event: Poetry for Peace

Poets Against War Canada & Pandora’s Collective
Sean Arthur Joyce, Daniela Elza, Steven Duncan, RC Weslowski, Robin Susanto, Bonnie Nish, Sita Carboni, Rob Taylor
October 25, 6:30 pm
followed by open mic
Café Montmartre
4362 Main Street,
Vancouver, BC

October 7th Show

Steve reads from his collection of poetry about sports, RC reads about woodchucks, and Diane reads about a kitchen party! Assorted poems from CD, T.L. Groves and Lisa B (Victoria, Salvaged Music).

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jim Carroll Retrospect

We spend the show revisiting the life of the legendary Jim Carroll with work from RC' s private collection.

More on the man here >>>

Friday, September 11, 2009

Special Event: Jullanar of the Sea @ the Fringe

Naomi Steinberg

Storytelling : Jullanar of the Sea

Vancouver Fringe Festival




Venue : BYOV location D - see p. 26-27 of programme guide http://www.vancouverfringe.com/2009-program-guide/

Fri 11 - 8pm

Sat 12 - 8:30 pm

Sun 13 - 2 pm , 7pm

Wed 16 - 8pm (half price)

Thurs 17 - 8pm

Fri 18, 8pm

Sat 19 - 2pm, 8 pm

Sun 20 - 7 pm

Jullanar of the Sea

Once, a mysterious woman from under the ocean became the favourite of king of the land. When their son grew up, he too desired an underwater princess and when these two met on an island under the full moon, they IMMEDIATELY fell in love. BUT…, because of a terrible fight, the princess cursed the prince, turning him into a pretty bird and banishing him to the Island of Thirst. He then had a VERY eventful journey home (mm - hmmmmm...). ...and then, wouldn't you know it , they lived together happily ever after.

How’d it all happen you ask? ...... Come listen and find out !!


Jullanar of the Sea is said to be the last story told by Scheherazade in the 1001 Arabian Nights. This collection of tales coming to us from Persia, best known for the stories of Aladdin or Ali Baba and the 40 thieves, is a treasure trove of wisdom and humanity.

“Persia is today’s Iran. I know that love, poetry, adventure and a good fairytale always come at the right time however, I would never have thought that the story I am working with would be so relevant at this time. There is a pressing need to stand in solidarity with those who strive to keep culture alive in the face of oppressive regimes, whether in Iran or elsewhere. There is so much diversity to celebrate and love in the world; to tell these fairytales in all their classic charm, poignant wit and profound wisdom is a true honour and delight.”

Naomi Steinberg

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sept. 15, 2009 - Addena Sumter-Freitag

Addena Sumter-Freitag is a 7th generation African Canadian. She was born in St. Boniface, grew up in Winnipeg's North End, and has lived all across Canada.

Currently she says “I live in East Vancouver because, I love the swirls of color in the paint of its people, and the music of languages that play in the air. The neighbourhood’s vibrancy and diversity remind me of Winnipeg's North End, so it feels like home.” She shares a household with her husband Irvin and daughter April. "No dogs, no cats, no fish, and only plants that understand water is a rare treat."

Besides her big and extended family, the stage is Addena’s true love, followed closely by story and poetry performance, which she has been involved in for the past 25 years, performing across Canada and in Australia.

Addena has become a familiar face and voice in Vancouver’s poetry and storytelling community, performing at the Vancouver Storytelling Festival, Vancouver Spoken Word Festival, The World Poetry Reading Series, and Vancouver’s Women’s Film Festival.


Addena loves to challenge ‘form’ in order to bring her stories, characters, and worlds alive, inviting you love them, hate them, Identify with them, or wonder at them.

“I love to make my audience laugh, and encourage them to cry, whatever the musical and composition of the language compels them to feel.”

Her book, Stay Black & Die, published by Commodore Books, has been included in the English curriculum reading lists at UBC, Emily Carr, Vanier College: Montreal, and Women’s studies, UBC.

Check out her interview on Live On the Drive on YouTube:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sept. 2, 2009 - Elizabeth Fischer

Our guest for this show is singer for Vancouver's Dark Blue World, Elizabeth Fischer.

The Dark Blue World website has this to say about her:

"Brecht didn't have any influence on my writing, 'cause I knew nothing about Brecht when I started," she explains... "Someone--I don't remember who--always said I should be singing that stuff, but I knew nothing about it. But when I did finally get presented with it, it turned out that I have a real natural affinity for it. And now, when I look at the stuff that I write, of course it has similarities, or it has a similar point of inspiration."

"We might share a certain disappointed humanism, I guess," she adds. "Although he obviously had more faith than I, since he did manage to be a Communist, which I cannot seem to manage to achieve. You cannot idealize the human situation, because human beings will disappoint you at every turn. However, kindness counts. Really, it's the only way to behave."

Those who know Fischer only casually might find that last statement strange. She can be a harsh critic of other artists' work and there is an obvious morbidity in much of her songwriting. "I write about what I see, which is none too pretty," she says. But the horror in her work comes out of her empathy for the unhappy and oppressed, and underneath her black humour and equally black bangs lies a surprisingly generous spirit. -

Alex Varty, Georgia Straight

full review

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Rare Ginsberg in Vancouver Video

Came across this great reading of Allen Ginsberg shot by Leonore Herb when he was in Vancouver in 1985.
Hope you like.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Show Pre-empted

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no Wax Poetic on Coop Radio on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2oo9.

We will be back again the following week with new, fresh poetry featuring writers participating in the Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival. Stay Tuned!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Special Event: Lisa Shatzky to be Guest on Wax Poetic @ Summer Dream Live Broadcast Simulation

On Saturday, August 22th, Wax Poetic once again takes part in what will be the 6th Annual Summer Dream Festival. As we've done in the past, Diane, RC and I will be staging a live "simulation" of our regular radio show. This year we are happy to present Bowen Island Poet Lisa Shatzky!
After a brief reading, members of the audience are invited to ask the writer questions.

Lisa Shatzky's poetry has been accepted for publication in The New Quarterly, The Nashwaak Review, Canadian Literature, and The Sun (U.S.) and has been published in Monday's Poem (Leaf Press, 2009), Jones Ave., The Prairie Journal, The Dalhousie Review, The Antigonish Review, Canadian Woman Studies, Cahoots, Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Insights, Sandstar Poetry for Peace (U.S.), Canadian Poetry Institute, Between the Sheets, The McGill Daily, and others. Her work has been performed at Vancouver's Word on the Street, Kaslow Folk Festival, Sunshine Coast Aboriginal Day, The Pacific Rim Whale Festival, World Poetry, and most recently, at The Montreal Jazz Festival, as well as other literary and cultural events around B.C. . Her poetry book "A Pail for the Blackberries" is currently being considered by a Canadian publisher for 2010. When not writing she works as a psychotherapist on Bowen Island, B.C. where she lives.

For more information about the festival and how you can become involved, check out the website at http://www.pandorascollective.com/sdrfestival.html
Don't forget to visit our table and say hi when you are there and keep listening to Wax Poetic for previews featuring other festival performers in the weeks leading up to the festival.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Passages: Gerry Gilbert 1936 - 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 1936 - Friday, June 19, 2009
Gerry, poet, moved into the past tense Friday in Vancouver after a lifetime dedicated to writing, photography and art. He will be greatly missed by his son Jeremy in Toronto and daughter Tamsin Bragg (Ritchie) in Saltspring Island, and by his grandchildren Cassandra and Drew Storey in Saltspring, and Matilda in Toronto.
Gerry was pre-deceased by his daughter Lara, sister Linda, and parents Ralph and Betty, all of Vancouver.
Gerry, once called the "Jude the Obscure of the Vancouver poetry scene," published many books of poetry and prose, including "Moby Jane," "Grounds" and "Azure Blues" and was for many years host of "radiofreerainforest" on Co-op radio.
He published "BC Monthly," a writing journal, and had numerous photographic and audio-visual exhibitions. Through BC Monthly and radiofreerainforest, he was the most active of all the poets in the Vancouver poetry community in promoting and supporting the work of other poets from all the many groups and schools in the city. He lived for the last 40 years in and around Vancouver's Downtown East Side, subsisting on his writing. His family would like to extend their gratitude to Marlene Swidzinsky and James Campbell, Jamie and Carol Reid, and the staff of St. Paul's Hospital palliative ward. Gerry's ashes will be spread over the waters by Jericho Beach, to join his family there who preceded him.

There will also be a gathering in Vancouver - A Memorial Celebration - for Gerry Gilbert at 2:00pm on Saturday, August 15 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews - on Pacific Avenue between Davie and Drake. Tasmin Gilbert Bragg and Jeremy Gilbert warmly invite you to attend. For further information: dadababy@shaw.ca

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

News: Seattle’s Standup Poet and Minimalist Jug Band Among 100 Unique Performers at the Summer Dream Festival (August 19 – 29)

Vancouver, BC – Once again, this unique festival packs it stages with some of the most dynamic and eclectic performers in the arts community. Among them are Seattle’s Jack McCarthy and Al Mader – Vancouver’s one-and-only Minimalist Jug Band.

Jack McCarthy was born in Massachusetts and now lives in Seattle, Washington. He began writing poetry in the 1960s, but did not begin performing his works for audiences until the 1990s. It was then that he was introduced to slam poetry at the Cantab Lounge in Boston, Massachusetts, after intending to get his daughter interested in the art form. McCarthy has described his performance style as "stand-up poetry," or that he is a "stand-up poet," in that the work he does on stage is not subject to a specific regimen of poetic style, but is loose enough in form to be humorous and performed in a manner similar to that of stand-up comedy. He was awarded "Best Standup Poet" by the Boston Phoenix in the 1990s. In short time, McCarthy has placed himself into a niche of spoken word that had long been unnoticed: the funny character. His storytelling and humor are well regarded within the performance poetry community. McCarthy has relocated with his wife to the Seattle, Washington area and can be found performing at the Seattle Poetry Slam and other such events in the Pacific Northwest. In 1996, McCarthy competed and took a spot on the Boston poetry slam team and went to the National Poetry Slam held that year in Portland, Oregon.

Al Mader- The Minimalist Jug Band, is somewhat of a local legend and perhaps one of the most original performers on the Vancouver Spoken Word scene. He’s been called a cross between Johnny Cash and Steven Wright and his performance (in which he accompanies himself on a simple washtub bass and on delightful occasion, a plastic banana harmonica) is best-described as a fusion of rockabilly and beatnik jazz. Something of a poet’s poet, Mader’s songs are often homaged by other artists. His “Dead Man’s Pants” has become a house party anthem. Check him out performing it here on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftVDyrK5PbQ
Lately he has been collaborating with Folk singer/songwriter Petunia, to produce an even deeper and broader range of music and spoken word.
Photo by: Kat Kosiancic

Other poetic notables in the festival include Vancouver’s first poet laureate George McWhirter, radio personality and poetry slam guru RC Weslowski (Wax Poetic CFRO 102.7fm), Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award winners Rita Wong and Evelyn Lau.

The festival kicks off on August 19th with a special reading at the Jewish Community Centre where featured poets Fran Bourassa, Christine LeClerc, Christy Hill, Daniela Elza and Steve Duncan will read poetry inspired by artist Linda Frimer’s work.
The main event happens on Saturday, August 22nd with a free, all-day, large scale happening at Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park, showcasing the talents of numerous musicians, spoken word artists and storytellers, children’s entertainers, dancers, as well as resource tables and panel discussions by writing and publishing experts. The festival will also be holding 2 days of workshops (Aug. 23rd and 29th) designed to help writers grow professionally and creatively. Some topics and facilitators include S.R. Duncan talking about chapbook design and marketing; and Jen Currin unraveling the mysteries of the prose poem. For more information about the workshops, or to register, contact Bonnie Nish at blnish_pandoras@yahoo.ca
Pre-registration and payment is necessary. Spaces are limited so sign-up now or be disappointed. For media information and full festival details visit http://www.pandorascollective.com/sdrfestival.html
or call Steve Duncan at 604-788-8340. srduncan@shaw.ca.

Pandora’s Collective would like to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible: Giest, Vancouver Review, Subterrain, Event, Room With A View, 3 Day Novel Contest, Prism, Capilano Review, One Cool Word, Vancouver Story Tellers, Vancouver Public Library, Quills, Nestor's Market, Graphic design by CWCLCOGY with Wera, Vancouver Parks Board, 2008 Celebrations Grant c/o The City of Vancouver and The Office of Cultural Affairs, CBS Outdoor, Starbucks, VanCity, Christianne's Lyceum, Coast Capital Savings, The Federation of BC Writers, Burnaby Writers Society, Industrial Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company, BC Poetry, Jaffer Speech and Language Services, Irene Livingston, Don Simpson, Joyce Statton, Randy Jacobs, Bernice Lever, Andrea Winterbottom and Robin Susanto.
Come be a part of Vancouver’s best-kept summer secret!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

July 8, 2009 ~ Alyx Dellamonica

Alyx Dellamonica is a Vancouver writer whose first novel, the apocalyptic fantasy INDIGO SPRINGS, will be in bookstores this November. Filled with sexual tension, unrequited love, messy ethical dilemmas and an ecologically unbalanced form of magic, the book tells the story of three friends who inadvertently cause the mystical equivalent of a nuclear meltdown in a small town in Oregon.

Dellamonica's fiction began to appear in print in 1986, and despite repeated washings, remains in circulation in a variety of print and on-line locales. Her alternate history of Joan of Arc, "A Key to the Illuminated Heretic," was short-listed for the 2005 Sidewise Award and in 2006 she was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts' Grant for Emerging Artists for her novel THE WINTERGIRLS. She teaches writing through the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

In her spare time, she sings alto in the Vancouver Lesbian and Gay Choir, gardens, and is an avid digital photographer. Her twenty-year marriage to wine enthusiast Kelly Robson became legal in 2005.

"Being a writer is like being Spiderman. It may not always be easy--at times, it can be terribly hard. The highs are stratospheric, while the lows... occasionally, you even want to quit. But storytelling is a form of superpower; once it gets hold of a person, it will express itself one way or another. The trick is to find a way to tell your tales, to the best of your ability, while living a full and vibrant life."

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Passages: Robin Blaser (1925- 2009)

May 18, 1925 - May 7, 2009

Born in Denver, Colorado, Blaser grew up in Idaho, and came to Berkeley, California in 1944. There he met Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan, becoming a key figure in the so-called San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s and early 1960s. He moved to Canada in 1966, joining the faculty of Simon Fraser University; he held the position of Professor Emeritus. He lived in the Kitsilano neighborhood of Vancouver, British Columbia.

In June 1995, for Blaser's 70th birthday, a conference was held in Vancouver to pay tribute to his contribution to Canadian poetry. The conference, known as the "Recovery of the Public World" (a phrase borrowed from Hannah Arendt), was attended by poets from around the world, including Canadian poets Michael Ondaatje, Steve McCaffery, Phyllis Webb, George Bowering, Fred Wah, and Daphne Marlatt; and poets who reside in the United States, including Michael Palmer and Norma Cole (who was born in Canada, subsequently migrating to San Francisco).

Read the full Wikipedia article here>>>

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Miriam Davidson

Miriam Davidson is a versatile singer/songwriter and educator on the Vancouver music scene. Her experience in jazz, pop and classical genres has given her music a distinctive sound. She released her sophomore album Second Take in May 2005.

In 1998 she recorded and produced her debut CD Subtexts featuring Jon Roper and Marc Rogers. All but three of the songs on the album were written by Miriam. She also sang background vocals for Rob Best's World Jive Big Band's CD "Motsola" in 1999. Miriam sang alto on the Laudate Singers CD releases Christmas Journey and Songs Of Heaven And Earth, A Baroque Christmas and a soon to be recorded release of Celtic music as well as on the Elektra Women’s Choir's CD A Child Of Grace. She continues to be a principal member of the Laudate Singers. In 2002, she toured Germany, Austria and Italy with the Capilano College Singers. In August 2003, she sang alto in the Festival Vancouver Chorus Gala Opening concert featuring world renowned conductor Helmuth Rilling conducting Schubert's Mass in A Flat. During the Christmas season, she sings in and manages an a cappella vocal ensemble Caminando as well as a seasonal solo voice & piano act.

Her new CD is much different than the jazz of her debut album. Second Take appeals to a wide range of musical tastes but it especially appeals to fans of Sarah Harmer's and Beth Orton's modern takes on the female singer songwriter genre.

Miriam performs her unique style of music all over the Vancouver area. She performs as solo voice and piano act as well as with her four piece band. Recently, she added harmony vocalists to her live show. This has produced beautiful and vocally lush sound. Her music is perfect for intimate settings, concerts and festivals.

Bookings & Contact Information:
Bak Ground Music
P.O. Box 21525, 1424 Commercial Dr.,
Vancouver, BC V5L 5G2
tel: 604-258-0440 cell: 778-862-5691

Monday, May 4, 2009

About Town: Poetry Workshop w/ Joy Russell

Re-Verse, Re-Vise
An intensive day-long workshop for poets on creating new poems and re-shaping and re-thinking old ones. This workshop will focus on techniques and exercises to push poems into new territory, explore ways to re-see material and work creatively with the challenges of editing. Bring a notebook and 2 draft poems: 1 copy of one and 10 copies of another to workshop with the group.
For Adults (18 +).
1 Session.
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Cost - $70
Location: False Creek Community Centre
1318 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
To Register:
False Creek Community Centre: www.FalseCreekCC.ca
Tel: (604) 257-8195 1318
Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
* Please register early to avoid disappointment in workshop being cancelled.
Instructor - Joy Russell Poet, playwright and writer, Joy Russell’s work has appeared in a number of publications including The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2008, The Fire People, The Capilano Review, IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain and Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature .

Saturday, April 18, 2009

April 18 ~ Wanda Nowicki

Hailing from Vancouver Canada, singer Wanda Nowicki received most of her training and experience in Los Angeles, California.

After a summer scholarship at THE BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS, she was accepted to the LEE STRASBERG THEATRE INSTITUTE in Hollywood where she studied voice and stage performance for four years. She continued with private lessons with SETH RIGGS and ELIZABETH SABINE.

She has performed cabaret, rock, blues, and most notably jazz, in every possible venue. She's had the pleasure of sharing the stage with BIG JAY MCNEELY and RICHARD BERRY, as well as fronting her own band in Los Angeles for twenty years.

Besides her singing career, Wanda has also worked steadily in the voice over and animation industry on a variety of projects.

Her singing style has been compared to JUNE CHRISTY, but her influences are more along the lines of ABBY LINCOLN, RICKIE LEE JONES, and DELLA REESE, to name a few!

Joining forces with Steve Bagnell, Mark Bender, and Chris Potter, the WANDA NOWICKI GROUP has been playing regularly throughout the Vancouver area for over 4 years. "I've played with a lot of player's in a lot of different circumstances, but these boys are by far the most fun and professional players I have had ever had the pleasure of working with."

Wanda is also the co-host of Vancouver's hippest and most popular open mike nights - THUNDERING WORD. It takes place the 1st, 3rd, and 5th (if there is one) Sunday of every month at Cafe Montmartre on Main St.

Besides singing and hosting in Vancouver, Wanda also has extensive experience in the voice over industry. She has done commercials, animation, and looping for a variety of Japanese anime productions.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Big "Thank You" to Smell This! Aromatherapy Products For Sponsoring Our Fundraiser!

On behalf of all of us at Wax Poetic, we would like to thank Arline and Leonora at Smell This! Aromatherapy for helping us out by donating a lovely take out basket of aromatherapy products for our recent fundraiser. Proceeds for the night have gone a long way to keeping us on the air and spreading the spoken word!
Take some time to check out the Smell This! website:
Tell them Wax Poetic sent you!

Smell This! Aromatherapy is dedicated to offering the
highest quality essential oils, synergy blends, carrier oils,
pure-fumes and our own line of natural skin and body
care products, to enable you to truly experience
aromatherapy at its best.

Smell This! Commitment
Every product is formulated by our Certified Aromatherapist who uses pure essential therapeutic grade oils as well as pure and natural base oils. No chemicals or harmful preservatives are used. With the increased use of cosmetic chemicals in the market, we realize the importance of insuring that our oils are pure and unadulterated. We deal only with ethical, environmentally conscious growers. All of our products are labeled with ingredients, directions and health warnings.

Our Certified Aromatherapist
Arline Trividic, R.A.H.P. a certified aromatherapist, is the owner of Smell This! Aromatherapy Inc., a company dedicated to promoting and educating clients in the use of high quality essential oils and aromatherapy products.

The Biz
Smell This! Aromatherapy products are becoming popular across Canada because of their commitment to using top quality ingredients from sustainable, enviro-ethical resources and avoiding the use of parabens, sodium laurel sulfates, mineral oils and other harmful ingredients.
In addition, all Smell This! products contain only natural preservatives. Smell This! has been in business since 2002 and has seen consistent growth allowing for an expansion into larger facilities in 2007. Members of the Leading Spas of Canada, BCAOA and BCAPA.

We Make Scents for your Lifestyle.
Included in the Take-Out Box is:
Naughty Nights - Body Lotion
Chocolate Mousse Body Scrub
Tropical Tease Pure-fume Roll-On
Masseuse in a Bottle Aromatherapy Blend Roll-On
Chill Out Pure Aromatherapy Blend for Diffuser
Vanilla - 100% Soya Candle
Peppermint Pure Essential Oil (10ml Boxed)
Inner Smile Collection: Ajna “third eye” Chakra Aromatherapy Solid Stick
“Hooked-On” Bubblegum Lip Balm

Smell This! Aromatherapy Inc. | tel. 604.957.9984 | toll free. 1.877.645.2873 | fax. 604.957.987

Special Event: Wax Poetic/Co-op Radio Fundraiser