Slam Poetry

Stay The Fuck Home The Livestream Edition

Social distancing is preventing us from going to events. Since we can’t go to them, events are coming to us via livestreams! YouTube, Instagram and Facebook are generally the chosen platform, however, theatre and opera are also streaming from venues. I’ve provided a list below.

Berlin’s Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz
https://www.timeout.com/news/the-worlds-coolest-theatre-is-streaming-a-play-every-night-for-free-032320?fbclid=IwAR2B-54x6w9jkdkCtRFWq02ZQdaXcTL7K-JuRHqJKqKd0H92HL_JQVT2FQY

RIOT at the Movies is an awesome Toronto group that posts b-movie events as well as listing movie recommendations and commentary. Adam has been doing livestreams via FB.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1690165747926557/

Billboard has a great list of music live streams
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9335531/coronavirus-quarantine-music-events-online-streams

A great article on What theatres are performing online this week across Canada
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/article-what-theatres-are-performing-online-this-week-across-canada/?utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_source=Nestruck%20on%20Theatre&utm_type=text&utm_content=Theatre&utm_campaign=2020-3-24_16&cu_id=z3ZUmFNE9CRbWhZmqo2LpPff5R6jzfNA

Slow Fizz Soul Brunch
https://www.facebook.com/events/585558542171548/

Write Bloody North
https://www.facebook.com/events/2548626035378780/?event_time_id=2549783858596331

Toronto Poetry Slam (Apr 3)
https://www.facebook.com/TorontoPoetrySlam/?hc_location=ufi

National Arts Centre. https://nac-cna.ca/fr/canadaperforms/apply?fbclid=IwAR2qOFN_BqwxCYqb-h3ahtGq9zo21WpUc7koEz8SceCeGXUp2DTRHK3vViU

Redheads Writing in Cafes #4 and Why I Support Local Indie Artists

Just to warn you. There may be swears.

The last few days have been lovely. Wednesday, I hung out with my sister from a whole other family, October. Thursday, live music at C’est What with Neil Traynor and band. Had another productive cafe writing session with Heather Babcock and John Oughton on Thursday, Saturday, my fella and I crammed in watching Street Poetry in High Park, a second viewing of the cherry blossoms and then dinner and live music in The Junction. After an amazing few days of enjoying local independent art, music, and poetry with the people I love, fellow creatives, why do I not feel content? Why instead am I feeling contempt? Here’s why.

This has been nagging at me, scratching at my gray matter for some time now It’s been bubbling just below the surface, pulling at me, like that song, that sits on the tip of your tongue and it’s driving me mad. I have talked to others about it. I’ve occasionally posted status messages about it and tried to get people’s attention and their consideration for it. Now… now I’m at my wit’s end and I’m pissed. No, I’m fucking angry. It’s time to make a change.

Ok.

Ok…

Those were the swears. I can’t promise those were the last.

What initially pushed me to the brink was a group of four women who were in their early twenties. As we were having our writing session at a local Mom and Pop run cafe Thursday, these young women were standing in line waiting to be served. A long line. The cafe was busier than normal due to the cherry blossoms in High Park. When they were about three people away from being served, one of the young women loudly exclaimed, “I want to support local, but they are too slow here. Let’s go to Starf*cks.” (she didn’t call it that and used the proper name, I did. Guess who will never be sponsoring me.).  Did these women not notice the cherry blossom festival chaos across the street and consider it might be affecting the businesses in the hood? If you really wanted to support local, wouldn’t you be patient? Wouldn’t you take how busy the shop was into consideration?  I did.

This, however, isn’t what I want to talk about. It was what triggered everything.  Thursday night, a good friend was playing with his band at a popular downtown venue. When it came time to pass the tip jar, we went around to everyone who was, what we thought, enjoying the music. We asked everyone to throw in a loonie or toonie to help support local music. Some put money in funds (mostly other artists), while the corporate types (I have another name for them, but won’t write it) declined — very rudely in most cases. This really bothered me.

I’ve put on many events and attended an even greater number of them. I’ve observed when the tip jar is being passed around, for the most part, artists will always put money in, even if it is whatever loose changed they have in their pockets. Artists will go out to other artists events without batting an eye. We support each other, promote each other, help out at each others gigs, artist supporting artists. This, sadly, does not help us grow, help us get noticed outside of our community and when we try to get others to come to events or if they are at an event, put a few dollars in the tip jar, they don’t or rather won’t and they make you feel awful for asking.  On Thursday night, we received snarky comments and evil stares when we asked. I felt that we were asking for their first born (no thanks) or for a donation of blood. (again no thanks) It was frustrating.

Once upon a time, artists were revered. If this was the 1920s or 1930s we would be looked upon at a higher level, would make a nice living from our art and be respected. Why is it, in 2017, we are looked down upon, brushed off and disrespected? We are asked to work for free and when we do get paid, it’s for way less than minimum wage.  We struggle to get anyone, who isn’t an artist to come out to events (when was the last time our families, workmates or other acquaintances came to see us).  We work hard to promote our events, prepare for the events and then put on the show.  How do we get people to start supporting local artists? How do we get them out to events? How do we get them to respect us?

This city is full of performers, writers, playwrights, theaters, bands, songwriters, singers, visual artists, photographers, poets, spoken word artists, designers, painters, sculptors, magicians, burlesque, comic artists, comedians — the list goes on. How do we get the average Joe to support us? How do we get the city and venues to support us?  And speaking of venues, how to we keep the supportive ones going?  I see my fellow artist struggling every day to get their art out there and to survive financially. I see musicians like Cynthia Gould trying to get awareness out there through her TO Rock Cult Facebook page. Yesterday I witnessed Street Poetry trying to raise awareness. I applaud these artists and all the others that are making an effort, but my question, the thing that is bothering me, nagging at me is how do we as one huge collective, make this happen on a bigger scale? How do we get the populous to once again respect and revere artists?

I will keep promoting, supporting and helping my fellow artists. I will continue to walk around venues asking everyone to put some money in a tip jar. I will keep posting and voicing out how much we need to support independent artists, but I need help. Cynthia needs help. Every person who is fighting to survive as an artist needs help!  Here is where you can help. Everyone who reads this, please share it. If you see an artist’s having an event, go to it, buy their art, books, CDs, merch. Post about their events, tell your friends. Better yet, gather your friends and bring the to events. If you are an artist, keep promoting your fellow artists. Let’s, as one huge collective get the rest of the world to see us!

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SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS!

It’s my birthday month and things are about to heat up!

July is HOT HOT HOT and is about to sizzle even more!  This month’s Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir has some of Toronto’s hottest talent gracing the stage at The Central AND it’s my birthday month!

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Marcy Rogers is a Dora nominated playwright and published writer. Her short story IMHO is included in the Foreward nominated anthology Friend. Follow. Text which she is excited to say can be borrowed from any Toronto library. She can be seen in Paul Bellini’s Liar Liar a monthly show at The Flying Beaver Pubaret or in her one woman show Lesbians Who Wear Lipstick: The Middle Ages.

Brandon Pitts Prolific novelist, poet, lyricist, and playwright, BRANDON PITTS is the author of the poetry collection, Pressure to Sing (IOWI), the novel, Puzzle of Murders (Bookland Press) and the play, Killcreek (IOWI – 2013 Toronto Fringe). He served as editor and contributor to the anthology The Courtney Park Connection (IOWI). In 2011, he was selected for inclusion in the prestigious Diaspora Dialogues as an Emerging Voice and has been widely anthologized.

For a complete list of publications and performed plays, please visit: http://brandonpitts.com/Publications.html 

Four Winds Collective is a songstorm of musical forces intertwined for the greater good. The diverse creative forces involved are: Arlene Paculan (ArlenePaculan.com) soulful jazzy pop; Heather Hill (HeatherHill.ca) piano pop rock; Kat Leonard (KatLeonard.com) feisty comedic pop; and Meghan Morrison (MeghanMorrison.com) Celtic groove music. The Winds travel together with their unique and charming shows aimed to illuminate life’s joy, heartbreak, inspiration and encouragement through their music and storytelling. They are available for booking traditional venues as well as house concerts and corporate events.

Upcoming for August

I will be featuring a few times in August, please come see me at Jennifer Hosein’s gallery show opening (August 15th/poster below), The Plasticine Poetry  Phanatics (August 17th) and The Beautiful & The Damned’s final show (August 28th).  More info to come…

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Fantastico February

I’m a wee bit behind in getting this post up.  I’m still working through the aftermath of how busy January was.  I’m not complaining, just need to get all my ducks back in a row! Here is what is coming up!

Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir featuring Heather Babcock, Regina Denata & blueVenus!

https://www.facebook.com/events/203401849864508/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming lvcnfeb2014.indd

Amsterdam Bicycle Club presents: Lizzie Violet’s open mic featuring Philip Cairns (Feb 17th)

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The Beautiful & The Damned featuring Vanessa Smythe, DM Moore and the Four Winds! Hosted by Lizzie Violet.

https://www.facebook.com/events/521797327937203/?context=create&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming# February 27th at 7 pm. (poster to be added soon)

Other amazing events to check out!

Circle of Jerks – February 13th – https://www.facebook.com/events/517038755081153/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming Arlene Paculan – February 13th –  https://www.facebook.com/events/469252466513376/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming I HATE TODD – February 15th – https://www.facebook.com/events/492444387531740/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming Racket the Rocket – February 21st – https://www.facebook.com/events/818441091515505/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming David Hustler and the Trustworthy’s final show – February 27th – Lee’s Palace Every Tuesday of the month at the Axis Bar and Grill is Derek Downham’s Jam (location https://www.facebook.com/pages/Axis-Gallery-Grill/133995006619131?fref=ts) I HATE TODD – residency on the last Sunday of every month at Amsterdam Bicycle Club.

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/

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)

RockTober!

October is just a few days away!  Everyone who knows me, knows it’s my favourite month AND the month of Halloween.  A month that is chock-full of AWESOME and a whole lotta spooktacular events!

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I’m especially looking forward to October 15 and I HATE TODD‘s release of Zombie Love AND the premiere of the music video.
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My poem “Freedom and Choice” was accepted in The Quilliad magazine! They are having their launch on October 16th at Tequila Bookworm. I hope to see many of your beautiful faces there! Come out to support the arts, buy a magazine and see me read!  https://www.facebook.com/events/165885766948879/

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October 20th is Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir, featuring Monica S. Kuebler, Pandora La Glamme and Supertash!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1417045665182340/

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October 21st, I am featuring at Loose Leaf Poets and Writers.
https://www.facebook.com/events/624464360927258/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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October 31st, I am hosting The Beautiful & The Damned for our Scream Queen’s Halloween Spooktacular!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1419484514930255/

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Other rockable events that my favourite people are putting on.

Big Name Actors at Horseshoe – Oct 3 – https://www.facebook.com/events/212312635601645/

Circle of Jerks – Oct 10 – https://www.facebook.com/events/172738849582922/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

I Hate Todd at Amsterdam Bicycle Club – Oct 14

Big Name Actors annivesary – Oct 25 @ Measure  https://www.facebook.com/events/658753184137502/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

I Hate Todd at Amsterdam Bicycle Club – Oct 31

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 for July!

Hello all you sexy people!  July is gearing up to be another hot and sizzling month of Awesome!  Check out these events I am involved in!

July 3

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The WordSpell Collective, in conjunction with Cytopoetics, presents the July 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. This edition is extra special as it comes right after PRIDE month, so we give a loving shout out to our LGBTTQII2S friends.

We select our features from within Toronto because this city has deep pockets of talent! Come hang out with your poetry fam at the 5th and FINAL show of the FIRST season featuring the wonderfully talented voices of Krystle Mullin and Barbara Erochina.

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

Free Times Cafe | 320 College Street
Doors open at 7:30pm | Open Mic sign up at 8| Show at 8:30
Tickets at door: $6 and up
ALL ages & genders welcome in the audience!

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

About the poets:

KRYSTLE MULLIN is a veteran of the Toronto spoken word scene and has been performing her energetic and enigmatic poetry for almost a decade. In 2009 she had the distinct honour of representing Ontario in the CBC ‘s National Poetry Face-Off. She is a 3-time member of the Toronto Slam Team and has been a feature performer at esteemed festivals such as Hillside, The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival and The Words Aloud Festival of Authors.

BARBARA EROCHINA is a queer artist, pastor and community organizer. Grounded in formal training both in creative writing and theatre, she is interested in using Spoken Word as a platform for the weaving together of the broken and the beautiful. Her poetry explores themes of meaning, love, personal and community empowerment, sex, faith(lessness), and family, all through the lens of personal narrative. Though she has been up on stage with the Toronto Poetry Slam, Bill Brown and the Women of the World Slam Qualifier, this is Barbara’s first feature in her journey with Spoken Word. She lives in Toronto with her partner Tanya, and their street-cat George.

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

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July 12 – Prelims
Open Minds Respect Events and Cytopoetics present two preliminary bouts on the road to crowning the 2013 Ontario Poetry Slam Champions.

Measure | 290 Brunswick
DOORS 6PM | BOUT 1 @ 7PM | BOUT 2 @ 9PM
AFTERPARTY WITH DJ SOUL CHILD
$10 SLAM & PARTY | $5 AFTER 11PM ONLY

July 13 – Finals
Open Minds Respect Events and Cytopoetics present the slam that will crown the 2013 Ontario Poetry Slam Champions.

Measure | 290 Brunswick
DOORS AT 7PM | SHOW AT 8PM
FEATURE PERFORMANCE BY WHITNEY “WITNESS” GREENAWAY
FINAL SLAM AT 9PM | $500 PRIZE FOR THE WINNER
AFTERPARTY WITH DJ MANIFEST
$20 FEATURE, SLAM & PARTY | $10 AFTER 11PM ONLY

July 14

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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)

~Trasharella is a Toronto-based actor/writer/visual artist. He has had work published in Resistance Poetry 2, Labour of Love, Excalibur Monthly, Xtra! & The Body Politic. She has featured at Plasticine Poetry, A Space, The Beautiful and the Damned, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto Pride, Lula Lounge, The Gladstone Hotel & the Theatre Centre. She won the Best Actor award at the London One Act Festival for “The Judy Monologues”.

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~Toronto-based writer Greg “Ritallin” Frankson is a respected poet, arts educator and media personality. In 2012, Ritallin won the national team poetry slam championship with Toronto Up From The Roots and placed second at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. Greg’s debut collection Cerebral Stimulation was published in 2006, and his words have appeared in numerous anthologies, compilation CDs, chapbooks and musical collaborations. Greg is the resident poet for CBC Toronto’s afternoon radio show Here and Now, and appeared on CBC TV’s Canada’s Smartest Person in 2012. Through his creative services consultancy Cytopoetics, Greg works with youth in schools and community as a presenter and performer, and with businesses and social services agencies as a facilitator, speaker and creative services consultant.

http://www.cytopoetics.ca/

~Toronto based musician Marcus Walker is an exceptional singer-songwriter and a captivating artist. He has earned a reputation for engaging and energetic performances that range from sensitive ballads to all out rock and/or roll. His infectious style reflects a dynamicism unlike any other, making it difficult to define his overall sound but the music is grounded in his compelling lyrics and spirited performances.

http://www.myspace.com/marcusdeluxe

http://www.youtube.com/stringerland

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For more information, email lizzieviolet13@gmail.com

https://lizzieviolet.wordpress.com/lizzie-violets-noir-cabaret/

Wonder Women V and Smashwords!

I’m performing at two events this week!  First up, tomorrow’s Wonder Women V.  This show is going to rock the socks off Mississauga!  Not only that, I get to perform along with Meghan Morrison, Iman Wain, Ellie Anderson, Heather Pirie, Kat Leonard, Arlene Paculan, Cindy Aston, Shannon Butcher, Sophia Radisch, Lily Cheng, Patrizia Dioguardi Pomeroy, Keesha Brownie, Joanna Chapman-Smith, Dorothy Weiss, Roveena, Heather Schiller and abecdarians.  Please come out and see amazing Wonder Women perform at Celebration Square Amphitheatre in Mississauga and it’s FREE!

https://www.facebook.com/events/414638295242268/

Then on Sunday am performing at Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival – 2nd Annual Smash Words (at the Press Club) along with Kat Leonard, David Bateman, Philip Cairns, Kirk DeMatas, Brock Hessel, Frank Hull, DM Moore!

https://www.facebook.com/events/332449876838124/