Cathy Petch

Kicking off the New Year, Lizzie Style!

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After an exciting and fulfilling 2013, I am looking forward to an even bigger and crazier 2014!  I ended the year and am starting the year Lizzie style.  I spent all day yesterday and will be spending today working on the second draft of a play I wrote. I’m looking forward to many more projects like this in 2014, including finishing scripts!

So… let’s get this party started and with some amazing events!

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January 6 – The Amsterdam Bicycle Club presents: Lizzie Violet’s Poetry Open Mic featuring Andrea Thompson
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/512585858854340/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 20 – The Amsterdam Bicycle Club presents: Lizzie Violet‘s Poetry Open Mic featuring Greg ‘Ritallin’ Frankson.
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/257656151064135/

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January 8 – WordSpell Spoken Word featuring Cathy Petch and Sabrina
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/699046796795293/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 12 – Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir featuring Brock Hessel, David Bateman and Cap & Kev
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1433756150176415/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 22nd – Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery – I will be featuring along with Duncan Armstrong, Vanessa McGowan, Brock Hessel and many other amazing Queer poets!
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/792356567447501/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 30th – The Beautiful and the Damned featuring Jill Battson, Brenda Clews and Neil Traynor. At The Central. (more details to come)

Other Amazing Events to check out!

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Every Monday at The Amsterdam Bicycle Club is Lynne Rafter’s Music Open mic.

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January 4 – Silver Hearts at Tranzac Club
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/231901116987749/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 4  – Facebook Event – Red Falcon/White Lightning at Global Village Backpackers
https://www.facebook.com/events/1403283439914408/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

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January 8th – Open Mic at Not My Dog, hosted by Mike Tharin
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/195982480606677/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 9 – Songwriters Circle of Jerks featuring Kat Leonard and the MP3’s
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/619553521415775/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 11, 2014 – Nelson Sobral and Hugh Wilson acousticmania at Relish!  9:30 pm

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January 16 – Big Name Actors at Lee’s Palace
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/236258666533653/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 18 – I HATE TODD at Global Village Backpackers
Facebook Event- https://www.facebook.com/events/1449120628643130/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 23, 2014 – BeatleJerks and I HATE TODD at Amsterdam Bicycle Club

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January 26 – I HATE TODD at The Amsterdam Bicycle Club
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1441868266026876/

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November, November, NOVEMBER!

Now that we have gotten through the awesomeness of ROCKtober… are you ready for the rustlings of November?  I hope so, cause it’s crammed with just as much awesome!!!

Here is some of the amazing stuff going on!

November 6Wordspell | Featuring Tanya Neuymeyer and Lamoi.

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Doors open at 7pm | Open Mic sign up at 7:30| Show at 8|Free Times Cafe (320 College Street)

Tickets at door: $6 and up

ALL ages & genders welcome in the audience!

Open mic is open to those who identify as women, is held after the feature performances and is limited to 4 minutes per poet.

Find out more about the series at:
Group page: www.facebook.com/groups/WordSpellTO
Website: http://cytopoeticsevents.com/wordspell
Follow on Twitter: WordSpellTO
Email: WordSpellTO@gmail.com

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November 10 – LizzieViolet’s Cabaret Noir | Featuring Dom Pare, Imogene Quest and Giraffe

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Doors open at 7 pm

The Central is at 603 Markham Street.

We will have limited open mic spots (for poets, performers and musicians). Sign up starts at 7.

This is a PWYC event. (the door suggested price $5 and up)

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November 14 – Songwriters Circle of Jerks 13 …and the ladies who love them.

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Doors open at 8:30pm |Free Times Cafe (320 College Street)

Featured act is Lizzie Violet, Cathy Petch & Vanessa McGowan

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November 18th – Poetry Open Mic | Details TBA

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November 28 – The Beautiful and the Damned | hosted by DM Moore | featuring | Shawn Symms | Lillian Allen | Mark Martyre

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Doors open at 7 pm

The Central is at 603 Markham Street.We will have limited open mic spots (for poets, performers and musicians). Sign up starts at 7.

This is a PWYC event. (the door suggested price $5 and up)

August will be sizzling with amazing!

Hello all you beautiful people!  August is going to sizzle with so much amazing stuff I can hardly wait!  There are a couple amazing shows, I’m featuring in or hosting and we are gearing up to shoot a music video for a little ole script I wrote.

Anyone interested in being part of the crew OR being a Zombie contact me at lizzieviolet13 [at] gmail [dot] com.  The music video is for the the killer song ‘Zombie Love’ by Toronto’s most hated band I Hate Todd!  Check out their page or message me for more info.  We also have an invite set up on Facebook if you would like to be notified.
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Now onto the Shows!

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On August 8th I will be hosting:

The Beautiful and The Damned
Q Space 7 pm
382 College Street

https://www.facebook.com/events/172515529594916/?ref=2

Featuring Brenda Clews, Adam Abbas, Andrea Machette!

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August 11 I will be hosting Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir:

Q Space 7 pm
382 College Street

Featuring sol knots, andraya and Tania Joy!

https://www.facebook.com/events/549748458405723/

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Plasticine Poetry
Paupers Pub – 2nd Floor

https://www.facebook.com/events/209248939199191/

Upcoming in MAY and June!

Lots of awesomeness coming up for the months of May and June!!!  Here are just a couple to wet your literary whistle!   These are three shows I’m part of and two publications my poems will be in.  I will be announcing features soon!

SHOWS!

May 1

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The WordSpell Collective, in conjunction with Cytopoetics, presents the May edition of WordSpell showcase and open mic. The series brings together talented established and emerging female spoken word artists.

We are back with our bi-monthly showcase that features some of the hottest female voices in spoken word.

We select our features from within Toronto because this city has deep pockets of talent! Come hang out with your poetry fam at the fourth show of the season featuring the wonderfully talented voices of Sheniz Janmohamed and beluga!

About the poets:

SHENIZ JANMOHAMED has performed at over a hundred events, including the TedXYouth Conference in Toronto (2010) and the Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver (2012). Her book, Bleeding Light (TSAR, 2010), a collection of ghazals in English, has been taught in courses at several Canadian universities, including York University and the University of Toronto. She has more than eight years’ experience in the art of spoken word and teaches it in schools across Toronto. Her initiative, Ignite Poets, has traveled as far as Kenya to develop the international spoken word scene and to give a voice to new young talent. In January 2013, she traveled to India to read at the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival.
http://shenizjanmohamed.com/

BELUGA is a queer, gender non-conforming person of color, who celebrates their roots in Africa and the Cherokee Nation as the journey continues in learning the complexities of those inter-sectionalities. Melisse has been writing for 9 years, and began performing spoken word 3 years ago at the Buddies and Bad Times Queer Cab Open mic. As a multidisciplinary artist he continues her passion for writing and storytelling by introducing the art of movement through dance and the visual of illustration and art installation. Melisse is a strong advocate for restorative and transformative justice and is working to ever grow mindful and further develop their art as a tool to connect art making with sustaining the health of community relationships, increase understanding and re-connect the fallen-through.

There will also be an OPEN MIC, open to women, after the feature sets.

Doors open at 7:30pm | Open Mic sign up at 8| Show at 8:30
Tickets at door: $6 and up
All Ages

Find out more about the series at:
Group page: www.facebook.com/groups/WordSpellTO
Website: http://cytopoeticsevents.com/wordspell
Follow on Twitter @WordSpellTO
Email: WordSpellTO@gmail.com

** Everyone is encouraged to patronize Free Times before, during and after the show! www.freetimescafe.com **

May 9

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The May edition will be hosted by the incredibly sassy Philip Cairns!

Philip Cairns is a Toronto-based actor/writer/visual artist. He began going to auditions at age 11. Philip started acting classes in Toronto with Jack Medhurst at age 13 then began acting in children’s theatre. After studying Theatre Arts in high school and doing school shows, Philip became a professional actor at age 21. He’s been doing small theatre (in Toronto, Peterborough and Hamilton), independent films, TV commercials and TV shows, ever since.

Philip writes poetry, performance-pieces, plays and short stories. His work has been published in Excalibur Monthly, Xtra! and The Body Politic. In Toronto, Philip has performed his own writing at “Plasticine Poetry” at The Central, “Oral Stage” at Paddy’s Playhouse, A Space, the Gladstone Hotel & the Theatre Centre. He was MC for “Sexy Words” at Lula Lounge and “Bent Expressions” at Press Club. He recently performed in “Hard and Able #2” at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, on the TV series “William Shatner’s Weird or What” and in “The Judy Monologues” (winning the Best Actor award at the London One-Act Festival) in an Ontario tour. Philip has exhibited his acrylic paintings, watercolours and coloured pencil drawings in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Toronto and Edmonton, most recently at The Secret Handshake Art Gallery in Toronto.

Our features are!

Edward Nixon has been in and about Toronto for far too long. So long that has a pack of matches from the place the Rivoli used to be. He curates and hosts livewords, a Toronto reading series. He’s published four chapbooks in the past 8 years. His first full length collection will be forthcoming from Guernica Editions in 2014.

Peter Lynch is a writer/performer/actor who has worked extensively with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, DNA Theatre, Platform Nine and other companies. He has performed his solo/ensemble plays at Rhubarb! and QueerCulture Festivals, the Theatre Centre and Paddy’s Playhouse. Most notable plays are The Magic Key to Colourful Conversation, Night Terrors of the Longshoreman and Ten Thousand Hells. His video The Narcoleptic Sex-Slave is available on YouTube.

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Ori Dagan is the recent winner of the CBC Radio competition “Canada’s Next Top Crooner” and his budding jazz career continues to build exciting momentum. Dagan spent nearly a decade studying jazz formally before launching his debut album ‘S’Cat Got My Tongue’ which garnered critical acclaim. He’s played at music & jazz festivals across Ontario and his latest album, ‘Less Than Three’ includes sexy originals and re-imagined familiar pop songs and jazz standards. Peter Goddard of The Toronto Star says Dagan’s new album is “serving notice that a major talent is on the scene.”

Sign up for open Mic is at 7:00 pm. Spots are limited, sign up early.

https://www.facebook.com/events/476909905726292/?fref=ts

May 12

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Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir is a monthly event that brings you an evening of indie artistry and cabaret. The mistress of ceremonies, Lizzie Violet will introduce cabaret stylings such as poetry, Spoken Word, music, Burlesque, comedy and a variety of other vaudeville style acts. Inspired by Vaudeville of the early 1900’s, it will be an evening of pure entertainment.

Each monthly event will have three features that consist of one part poetry (spoken word and slam as well), one part music and one part vaudeville (burlesque/magic/comedy). A night of frivolity and entertainment for all. Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir will be the second Sunday of every month at the intimate Q Space on College (382 College Street) from 7 pm to 10 pm. Keeping with the theme of cabaret’s roots, music will be unplugged, poetry will be edgy and the vaudeville will be sassy!

We will have limited open mic spots (for poets, performers and musicians). Sign up starts at 7.

This is a PWYC event. (suggested price $5)

Location: Q Space on College (382 College Street)

This months cabaret performers!

L’Rock’s music is a pedal to the metal, roll down your windows; don’t get a speeding ticket musical ride!

Singer song-writer Laura L’Rock’s CD “Law of Attraction” has been drawing just that! Her music is raw, honest, & real with her ability to marry a hard rocking sound that rises like a phoenix from the embers of the likes of Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Cure….Her low slung vocals resonate as if she has a right ear on Joan Osborne and the left on Nancy Wilson of Heart, and sings in a voice that evokes Lita Ford. This native Newfoundlander, who now lives in Ontario, is destined to move the next generation of rockers to a new level.
Laura will remind you what is meant by the term “front person.” Her innate Newfy hospitality and genuine love for what she does translate well to the stage. She recently opened for Canada’s sensation, artist Andrew Cole and has been nominated again this year, for the HMMA’s (Hollywood Music Media Awards, Los Angeles). Her music can be heard coast to coast in Canada, as well as on internet stations in both the United States & the UK.

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Cathy Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, performer, musician and lighting designer. She hosts the Plasticine Poetry Series. Petch’s work can be found online and in print. Her book “Late Night Knife Fights” by Lyricalmyrical press. She is a member of both the 2011 and 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam Teams and finished 5th in Canada at this year’s individual poetry slam competition. The next day she won the Haiku Deathmatch. Petch is happiest onstage.

For more information, email lizzieviolet13@gmail.com

https://lizzieviolet.wordpress.com/lizzie-violets-noir-cabaret/
Invite – https://www.facebook.com/events/584334861584354/?fref=ts

Poems published!

May 16th launch of Big Art Book Launch Party

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May 16, 2013
6 pm to 10 pm
AccessPoint, 3079 Danforth Ave, Toronto
Come celebrate the launch of the 2013 Big Art Book. Over 130 artists featured in this online digital anthology of written and visual art.
https://www.facebook.com/events/426604867433886/?fref=ts

NorthWord June edition (literary magazine)

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https://www.facebook.com/NorthWord

My last show for 2012 and upcoming features in 2013

Hello all!

2012 is winding down and 2013 is revving up and I already have 3 features lined up.  BUT!  2012 isn’t quite over just yet 🙂

My final show for 2012 is…… drum roll please!!!  On December 16th at the Plasticine Poetry Fanatics.  Please come check myself and 3 other features out.  All the deets are below as well as the shows I currently have booked for 2013.  Looking forward to a brand new year.  Not to mention 13 is my favourite number 🙂

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Plasticine Poetry Fanatics
https://www.facebook.com/events/525378757475355/
6 pm – 9 pm
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Paupers Pub
539 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1Y6

Featuring

DAVID CLINK
David Clink is the former Board President and Artistic Director of the Rowers Pub Reading Series, and former Artistic Director of the Art Bar Poetry Series. David co-organizes, along with Sandra Kasturi, a one-day poetry workshop, entitled “A Fistful of Poems” which has run 7 times. He has two collections of poetry published by Tightrope Books: Eating Fruit Out of Season (2008) and Monster (2010). He edited an anthology of environmental poetry called: A Verdant Green (The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 2010). The same publisher has recently released David’s third collection, Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu, a book of humorous poems.

LISA DE NIKOLITS
Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits has been a Canadian citizen since 2003. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy and has lived in the U.S.A., Australia and Britain.Her first novel, The Hungry Mirror, won the 2011 IPPY Awards Gold Medal for Women’s Issues Fiction and was long-listed for a ReLit Award. Her second novel, West of Wawa won the 2012 IPPY Silver Medal Winner for Popular Fiction and was one of Chatelaine’s four Editor’s Picks. West of Wawa is available in bookstores and online.

Her third novel, A Glittering Chaos, will be launched in Spring 2013. All books published by Inanna Publications. www.lisadenikolitswriter.com

CATHY PETCH
Cathy Petch www.cathypetch.com is a playwrite, spoken word artist, performer, musician and lighting designer. She hosts the Plasticine Poetry Series, which turned 5 this year. Petch was recently published in Toronto Quarterly Magazine and Ascent Aspirations Magazine. Her book “Late Night Knife Fights” has just been published by Lyricalmyrical press. She is a member of both the 2011 and 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam Teams and of the Collaborative group PENTA. Petch is happiest onstage.

LIZZIE VIOLET
Writer, editor, poet, literary reviewer, horror know-it-all, Lizzie Violet is the dark little girl, with a crooked smile. A lover of all things creepy, including horror silent movies, she is also a well known Zombiephile. She is currently working on a novel, a poetry manuscript and the latest books she edited, Best New Werewolf Tales, Volume One from Books of the Dead Press and Fatty Goes to China by Royston Tester, can be found at Amazon.ca.

Since returning to the world of performance, she has featured at Tumultuous Tuesdays, The Beautiful & The Damned, Get Your Groove On and Wonder Women IV and V, Free Times Best of Open Stage, Pride and Nuit Blanche. Her poetry can be found various anthologies and magazines including the upcoming issue of Carousel.
For more information about Lizzie Violet, ironic anecdotes and upcoming listings please check out her blog, lizzieviolet.wordpress.com.

KickOffWonder Women Fundraiser
The Central
Markham Street, Toronto
January 12, 2013
doors open at 7:30 pm

$10Featuring
Matt Gerber, Supertash, Candice Sand, Linda Inthahack, Asleep in the Machine, Lizzie Violet, Dread Eye, Miquelon Rodriquez and Ellie Anderson and hosting by Arlene Paculan and Kat Leonard.

Invite to come soon.


q_space_collegeGaddist Poetry Series at Q Space

Hosted by Nik Beat
Q Space
382 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
January 27, 2013
7 pm

Features information and invite information to come soon.

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Secret Handshake Gallery
189 Mutual St
upstairs
February 24, 2013
Features information and invite information to come soon.

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!