Cate McKim

Sexy and Sassy! It must be September!

Dates you should all have on your calendars!

September is revving up to be a super hot and sexy month!  Please come out to one or all of these events!

September 11th I will be doing double duty featuring and hosting at The Wonderfest Poetry reading series. https://www.facebook.com/events/320162071490800/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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September 12th for Supertash Birthday Bash! I will be reading a few poems for the very talenter Superstar and birthday girl Natasha Jolly! https://www.facebook.com/events/351322938358812/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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September 14th for Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir https://www.facebook.com/events/290105594509224/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
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September 24th come out to the very first The Redhead Revue https://www.facebook.com/events/1495752997332971/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
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September 27th I will be performing at 100,000 Poets For Change at the Smiling Buddha. (more details to come)

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September 15th Please come out to see the very funny Cate McKim perform her stand-up at DAWN PATROL – 8:30 pm at The Comedy Bar (945 Bloor St. West, a bit west of Ossington on the south side of Bloor) in the cabaret space (to the right of the bar, ask for Dawn Patrol at the box office) – $7 cover It’s an intimate (read: small) space, so I’d recommend getting there by 8 p.m.  https://www.facebook.com/DAWNPATR0L?fref=ts

September 20th please come out to The Smiling Buddha for The Wonderfest Comedy Series to see Cate McKim for more amazing stand-up comedy and to see Toronto’s LOUDEST lounge punk band Conflicting Plaid! https://www.facebook.com/events/342165199273326/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

The Next Big Thing Interview

I was asked by my friend and fellow scribe Heather Wood to participate in “The Next Big Thing” project. TNBT is a way for wordsmiths to promote upcoming work. Basically, a writer answers ten questions about a new work and then get other writers to do the same. However, I’ve added a bit of a twist to my list.  I think that playwrights, bloggers and songwriters should be part of this as well, so… here are my Next Big Thing Q & A’s:


Ten Interview Questions for the Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?  The Treadle

Where did the idea come from for the book? I was I was around 5 or 6 my Mom inherited her Grandma Brown’s Treadle sewing machine (made in 1889).  I became obsessed with it.  I would actually play games where I would open the drawers and pretend there were magical creatures hidden in them.  As I got older, my obsession turned to designing doll clothes, then eventually my own clothes.  I learned how to sew on it.  As I sat there running the petal with my foot I would come up with stories about the kinds of women who might have also used it.

What genre does your book fall under?  Literary Fiction.  Though there will be a bit of historical fiction in it as well, as it spans time from the early 1900’s to mid 1980’s.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? 
Though they aren’t Scottish (Elizabeth is Scottish), I picture a young Elizabeth played by Kate Winslet and older Elizabeth would be Helen Mirren.  The book itself has 3 female protagonists.  Elizabeth, Carrie and Lizzie. Grandmother, Mother, Daughter.  I’m not sure who I’d cast for the rest of the characters.  Knowing me, it would be a mix of quirky Canadian and British actors.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Three women, three generations, with one very powerful object that ties them all together.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Once the manuscript is done, I will be sending it off to a publisher.  I’ve already lived through the world of self-publishing and feel this novel deserves so much more.


How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? The story has been with me since I was a kid. I finally sat down and started working on it between other projects over the last 2 years.


What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  I don’t like comparing what I’m writing to other books, because they all stand on their own, although I am inspired by many writers.  Just too many to list here.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?  A few people inspired this book.  My Great Grandma Brown, whose Treadle sewing machine I inherited, my Grandma Betty, My Grandma Carrie and my mother.  All strong women who have had a lot of influence on the woman and writer I have become.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?  Strong female characters.

And now check out The Next Big Things of these wonderful writers.
Kat Leonard
Cathy McKim
Monica S. Kuebler
Brandon Pitts
Marcy Rogers

My Great Big Pride Love In

I’m not even sure how to start this blog.  I have so much swimming around inside my head right now.  I have had one of the best weekends in a very long time, all starting Friday night with a last minute decision to go see some live music.  This entire weekend has been about being with people I love, adore and respect, about celebrating a community I’m so effing PROUD to be part of and about being on stage with some absolutely amazing talent. In 3 days I managed to see live music, The Dyke March, celebrate my dear friend Cate McKim’s birthday (she lost track of how my times she celebrated 😉 ), PRIDE, reading at PRIDE and see a lot of my favourite people and friends perform.  Yesterday actually felt like a great big party with all my friends and family, without the drunken uncle trying to start a fight.  It was about celebrating the freedom to express who you are without judgement, about showing your true colours without fear.  We live in a city where you can be Queer without fear!

Below are some photo’s from the weekend and a link to Cate McKim’s blog about the events.  http://lifewithmorecowbell.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/friends-words-music-toronto-pride-2012/.  So many amazing performances and friends in these pictures.  (Cate McKim, Kat Leonard, Arlene Paculan, Laurie Fredheim, Leah Walker, Duncan Armstrong, Philip Cairns, David Bateman, DM Moore, Harrsion Fine, Brandon Pitts, Janis Tipping, Iman Wain, Rex Baunsit, Dan McClean Jr., Meghan Morrison, Evan Le Blanc, Stuart Everitt, Myke Mazzei, Jaime Alexandra, Adrienne Smith, Alissa Vox Raw)

Dyke March and Pride

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WWIV Awesomeness!

A photo of the features and Beverly Webb.

(from right to left – Arlene Paculan, Lizzie Violet, Kat Leonard, Beverly Webb, Cathy Petch)

Wonder Women IV

Tonight was beyond amazing! Thank you to everyone who came out! Everyone who donated raffle prizes, The Central, Red Door Family Shelter, Cate McKim for being our awesome merch girl, Myke Mazzei for doing our sound, our features Cathy Petch, Arlene Paculan, and Kat Leonard. I was honoured to be on the same stage as these kick-ass women and so very thankful for places like The Red Door Family Shelter! Looking forward to Wonder Women V!