Theatre

Blast off!

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“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.” — Ray Bradbury.

So here we are. The final day of the countdown. Months of numerical vague book entries.  The day I’ve been dreaming about since the first time I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I was ten years old and wanted to be just like Francie Nolan…

Alright! Alright! Stop yelling at me. I have to give you the long version of the story to make this worth your while. Right? No?

Ok.
Here goes.

I quit my job yesterday. Why? Why would I quit a job that paid my bills and kept me in food, clothes and off the streets. Why would I give up benefits, a pension and security? Why?

Let me tell you.
Let me explain.

For as long as I can remember I’ve written. I’ve done it part-time, full-time, as a contractor and as a freelancer. For the last several years I’ve written and edited for other people. I have done poetry and spoken word. I’ve had my writing published in literary magazines and short stories in anthologies. I’ve been a theatre reviewer and a columnist. I’ve fixed dialogue for movie scripts, written copy, done PR writing and business writing. I’ve won awards and contests. I have not written in the capacity I will be.

Full-time.
Fiction.
My own writing.

I have worked hard to get here. To get published in magazines and anthologies.
Applying for grants.
Performing my work in public.

Part-time was never enough.  There was always an ache. It always felt like something wasn’t being fulfilled. If I ever went days without writing, my soul hurt. I knew I needed fix this.

Time to sit down.
Finish my novel.
Send my short stories and poems to be published.
Finally finish all my writing projects.
Write.

Don’t worry. I’m not all starry-eyed about something that’s impossible.  Over a ten year period I worked in publishing and know what to expect and what not to expect. I know how much a writer makes and how hard they work to earn it. I know the ins and outs of what needs to be done to be seen, heard, published.  I’m not walking into this with my head in the clouds. I know reality and how to manage it.

I have paid off my debt.
Put aside some money.
Continually apply for grants.
I’ve prepared for this day.

The reason for doing this full-time; is to make money from my writing. To survive from it. It’s what I am waking up for. It’s my living. I don’t have a sugar daddy. Someone else won’t be supporting me. I will be working myself hard.  This is my career. My life.

I’ve already had many ask me how I could possibly survive doing this. Isn’t it just a hobby? That I’m unrealistic. Well folks, many people are full-time writers and they are doing ok. Cough JK Rowling Cough. (yes, we all want to be JK Rowling — even secretly) I have many friends who are full-time writers, musicians, artists, performers and guess what, they are able to survive doing it full-time as well. So you can now stop worrying. I’ll be fine.

Today is the beginning.
A new chapter.
I look outside. Low in the sky sits the Hunter’s Moon. Bright. Friday the 13th.
The perfect day.
The horror stories begin. Will the next chapter be werewolves, zombies or ghosts?

Actually, I really do need to get that next chapter written. Off I go. Laptop on my lap. Off to write the words.

Blast off!

 

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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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March Madness!

Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir

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Event Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/479104245532844/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Amsterdam Bicycle Club Presents: Lizzie Violet’s Open Mic!

March 17 is featuring Brenda Clews.

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Event Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/472852562840707/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

The Beautiful & The Damned featuring, Alec Butler, Lynn Rafter and Brent MacDonald!

(poster and invite coming soon)

OTHER AWESOME EVENTS!

March 6 – MWQ Returns

https://www.facebook.com/events/1391175384481711/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

March 8th – ABabe Saturdays!

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Circle of Jerks @ The Free Times Cafe

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I HATE TODD CD Launch Party @ The Horseshoe!

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Event Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1437643549802334/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

2013 Let’s Do This!

flapper2A new year and a new beginning!  I rang in my new year my way. Out with my ladies on the 30th and home writing on the eve.  2013 is going to be different, I can feel it in my gut.  13 has always been a positive, lucky number for me.  I know a lot of you made resolutions as you rang in the new year, I don’t do that.  Instead I make lists of the things I want to be part of my year and will make happen this year.  Here goes, no particular order.

 

 

Friends and the family I made – you made me smile and laugh and wish
Writing
Love – finding it, keeping it
Positivity
Health
The Last Single Girl – a dream and reality
Spoken Word – reading, creating, being
Music – seeing more of the artists I love, discovering new ones and relearn the guitar so I can make my own music
Happy heart and lighter soul
Silent Movie
California
Great Britain
Discovering something new every day
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Toronto’s Indie Scene – bigger, better, bolder
Novel – you are almost there
Vaudeville – you are on the verge
Branching out on my own – I got the knowledge, I got the power!
Learn
Perform
Love, Shortbread And A Woman Named Betty
Memorize
Publish
Naughty Haiku’s
Books
Dance. Laugh. Live!

Nuit Blanche is less than one week away! So is Lizzie Violet’s all horror set!

Nuit Blanche is less than one week away and you know what that means!  An all horror spoken word set read by ME at 3:30 am for Theatre Local.  Our venue is this amazing theatre space located at the Wychwood Barns.  I have posted the details below!  We are trying to raise funds for the event and one of things we are doing is selling buttons of the performers!  AND they are only $2 per button (I sold out the last batch so grab the new batch while they last).  I will have some on me for sale, but they will sell out fast.  Not to worry!  You can still buy them on the Esty site!

Theatre Local invites you to “Small Audiences” at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, a 12 hour season of performance, film, short words and sound art.Lizzie Violet will be performing an all horror themed set at Canada’s Smallest Theatre (sponsored by Theatre Local).  Lizzie Violet‘s set will be at 3:30 am. There will be lots of other Nuit Blanche events at Wychwood Barns and in the St. Clair West area, so make sure you set aside a bit of time to check everything out.

Theatre Local is a conceptual artwork and producing project which serves the city of Toronto and wider performing arts networks. “Small Audiences” is the second Scotiabank Nuit Blanche social sculpture presented at Canada’s Smallest Theatre and proffers traditional performer/spectator experiences within the intimacy of a small group setting.Mark us down. Of course we want to see you there in our annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festivities. Canada’s Smallest Theatre, Artscape Wychwood Barns 601 Christie St (look for the signs in Barn 2) IMPORTANT: BOX OFFICE is located in Barn 2, because it is Small Audience, arrive early to get your tickets, they will be gone fast!FOR MORE INFO:
info@theatrelocal.org
416-879-3416
http://theatrelocal.org/
FREE
For all the show times please check out www.theatrelocal.org

A new Lizzie Violet Feature and Raising Funds for Theatre Local for Nuit Blanche

Hey all!  As mentioned in previous posts I will be featuring at Nuit Blanche.  I am doing an all horror themed set at 3:30 am for Theatre Local.  Our venue is this amazing theatre space located at the Wychwood Barns.  I have posted the details below!  We are trying to raise funds for the event and one of things we are doing is selling buttons of the performers!  AND they are only $2 per button.  I will have some on me for sale, but they will sell out fast.  Not to worry!  You can still buy them on the Esty site!

Theatre Local invites you to “Small Audiences” at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, a 12 hour season of performance, film, short words and sound art.Lizzie Violet will be performing an all horror themed set at Canada’s Smallest Theatre (sponsored by Theatre Local).  Lizzie Violet‘s set will be at 3:30 am. There will be lots of other Nuit Blanche events at Wychwood Barns and in the St. Clair West area, so make sure you set aside a bit of time to check everything out.

Theatre Local is a conceptual artwork and producing project which serves the city of Toronto and wider performing arts networks. “Small Audiences” is the second Scotiabank Nuit Blanche social sculpture presented at Canada’s Smallest Theatreand proffers traditional performer/spectator experiences within the intimacy of a small group setting.Mark us down. Of course we want to see you there in our annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festivities.

Canada’s Smallest Theatre, Artscape Wychwood Barns 601 Christie St (look for the signs in Barn 2)

IMPORTANT: BOX OFFICE is located in Barn 2, because it is Small Audience, arrive early to get your tickets, they will be gone fast!

FOR MORE INFO:
info@theatrelocal.org
416-879-3416
http://theatrelocal.org/
FREE

For all the show times please check out www.theatrelocal.org

Wonder Women V begins today!

Today is the first part of some of the amazing events that are happening as part of Wonder Women V! I am posting a poster for all of the events. The details are below as well! Make sure you get out to one of the workshops and the FREE concert Wednesday night! And if I haven’t mentioned it before… I will be performing 🙂

Wonder Women – Artistic Self-Esteem Workshop
When: Friday, August 3rd, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Where: Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre
3650 Dixie Road, Mississauga
Ticket Price: free event

Description: Conducted by the Mississauga Arts Council, the workshop is for young female artists to showcase their creations.

Wonder Women Unite! – Networking/Workshop Event
When: Wednesday August 8th at 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Where: Boston Pizza Square One
35 Square One Drive, Mississauga
Ticket Price: free event

Description: How to promote yourself as an artist.

Wonder Women in Concert
When: Wednesday August 8th at 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Celebration Square – Amphitheatre
300 City Centre Drive Mississauga
Ticket Price: free event

Contacts:
Arlene Paculan
Executive Producer LMG Productions
(416) 458-9721~ imworthitinfo@yahoo.ca

Kat Leonard
Artistic Director LMG Productions
tokatleonard@yahoo.ca

Lizzie Violet
Press Representative LMG Productions
lizzieviolet13@gmail.com