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Well I am embarrassed to say that I have never seen Heather Haley perform. Unfortunately I have to work tomorrow night so I can’t make her launch but I have no doubt it will be tremendous. If you get a change to go do!!! Other than that in the next few days I will be sending out requests for Summer Dream for volunteers. Think about whether or not you can spare a few hours(or the whole day) We need you. We definitely can’t put this on alone. Until next time.. Bonnie
P u N k P o E t P r I n C e S s AURAL Heather releases “P R I N C E S S N U T” C D Vancouver, BC, April 11, 2008—Old School and proud of it, Heather Haley and RPW Records are gearing up for a spring release of her groundbreaking AURAL Heather cd of spoken word songs, “Princess Nut.” Come celebrate at the official AURAL Heather, “Princess Nut” CD launch, Thursday, May 29, 8 PM at the Media Club in Vancouver with AURAL Heather and special guests Kate Newman, Susan Cormier, Beth Southwell and her band, Tony Bardach (of the Pointed Sticks), Kedrick James and emcee Kyle Hawke. Poet and publisher Warren Dean Fulton will be selling pooka press wares including one of Heather ‘s poems featured as part of their photo booth broadside series. AURAL Heather are touring in July with dates in Ontario, Montreal and the eastern US. View the tour schedule and listen to AURAL Heather at: Heather has videopoems and lots of other information and features at her website including her Anvil Press book of poetry. “Sideways”: AURAL Heather are available for interviews and personal appearaces. Please contact pam@rpwrecords. AURAL Heather is Heather Haley, Roderick Shoolbraid and ‘a unique, sublime fusion of song and spoken word.’ Shoolbraid is a dazzling guitarist, composer, sound designer and DJ. Haley is a maverick poet, singer, author and media artist often found pushing boundaries and always on the vanguard. ‘A Canadian national treasure,’ Haley started writing verse in high school influenced by poets like bp Nichol, ee cummings and Susan Musgrave. Her life as a bona fide artist began on the stage of the infamous Smilin’ Buddha fronting the all-girl punk band the Zellots. She was a member of The 45s with Randy Rampage and Brad Kent of DOA and the Avengers. Later she formed HHZ-Heather Haley & the Zellots-praised by music critic Craig Lee as one of ‘Ten Great LA Bands’. She has made a commitment to honesty, feeling, craft and a sense of the absurd. ‘Supple and unusual’, her work asks all the questions a nice girl’s not supposed to ask. Haley is a gutsy and compelling performer who enjoyed a stint as an official BC Transit busker and has appeared at the Vancouver International Writers Festival, Crush Champagne Lounge, the Lamplighter Pub, Rime, Thundering Word Heard, the Art Bar in Toronto, Words & Music in Montreal, the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, Red Sky Poetry Theatre in Seattle, Shakespeare & Sons in Prague, the Roar Lit Crawl with Edmonton’s Raving Poets band and on CBC and Book Television. In 2004, she teamed up with Roderick Shoolbraid to produce a series of live shows and their first cd, Surfing Season. As Haley returns to her roots, their sound has evolved into the spoken word songs of AURAL Heather . This is ‘brawny, uncompromising language from a voice that demands to be reckoned with’ and there is nothing precious or flowery about the poetry on ‘Princess Nut.’ It rocks, in more ways than one! Praise for Surfing Season: “Beautiful. A credit to the genre.”-Ian Ferrier, Wired on Words “Great job! An auspicious disc. One of the best albums of its kind.”-Kurt Heintz, e-poets “Important work.”-Poseybeat RPW Records is an independent label in British Columbia, Canada that showcases, promotes and sells independent music. They produce the compilation albums Violent Femmes and Coffee Music for Coffee Beings. Further information on AURAL Heather and Heather Haley is available through her website, as well as four tracks from 3Princess Nut2 _________________________________________ Dear Friends and Supporters of Grab News, I am pleased to support a play mounted by one of our featured artists, Jessi Nicholson, and her friend and co-creator, Terri Lyn Storey, with Grade 5 to 7 students at Grandview Elementary School this Friday evening, May 30th. If you have the time, please take it in. Read more about it below. And, if you missed the article about Jessi that ran in Grab News a few weeks ago, please go to with your web browser. You won’t be disappointed. Regards, Rod Drown Grab News _______________________________ IRAQI ART UNDER SIEGE A READING AND EXHIBIT AT THE YALETOWN GALLERY SATURDAY MAY 31st, 7PM, 123 -1208 Homer Street (work by Iraqi artist Hana Malallah) Hadani Ditmars reads from Dancing in the No Fly Zone: a Woman’s Journey Through Iraq and discusses Iraqi culture under siege. Her critically acclaimed book documents the old secular culture in Iraq that survived sanctions and Saddam, but not invasion and occupation. Iraqi visual artists Riad Hashim, Nbil Ali and Jabbar al Janabi will also discuss their work. Not just another batch of war stories, Ditmars’ fine reports from Iraq reveal aspects of the country – both pre- and post-invasion – that the battlefield junkies overlook. From the comic actor who adores Mr. Bean and the conductor who brings Berlioz to Baghdad to the artists and cabaret stars, she seeks out Iraq’s dogged creative spirits, and touches places in the nation’s soul that horrorheadlines never reach. Boyd Tonkin London Independent Review Media Inquiries: 604 733 8593 ________________________________________________________ Attention all fans and participants of Vancouver’s Finest Open Mic…………. Special Attention upcoming Features—- Jess Hill… Ms. Spelt… Blackberry Wood & Brendan McLeod …… —–Thundering Word—– At the Cafe` Montmartre, 4362 Main street, Vancouver, B.C. ( at 28th ave. ) Beginning on June 15th Thundering Word will be starting at our new “Summer Hours” As you all know the original Signup time was 7:30 and the show began at 8pm sharp From June 15th to sometime in the September that will be changed to: —–Signups at 8:30—Show at 9pm sharp!!—– The reason for this is simple. It’s just silly to try and compete with the Summer Sunshine! No kidding, folks, the people of this city are starved for the sun and we understand! But good food, good drinks and great Entertaiment are still required So to accomodate both needs we are starting an hour later. Nothing else will change. We are still on the 1st, 3rd and, if there is one, 5th Sunday every month This Sunday we will have our last 7:30 signup/8pm start ( until the Fall ) Our featured performer will be, from Toronto: ====Electric John==== We are not 100% sure what he does or will do…. But we have been assured that he IS electrifying! This might just be one of those things that you’d best turn out for!! And not just the feature… as usual we’ll have some terrific Open Mic We are wide open to Music, Comedy, Poetry and what ever else you have… You never know what you’re going to get at Thundering Word!! Hosted By: Wanda-Sue Nowicki & Bill McNamara T-Paul lives!! __________________________________ Kwantlen University College presents CHRISTOPHER DEWDNEY Monday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m. Room G1205 (Conference Centre) Kwantlen University College 12666 – 72nd Ave. Surrey A FREE EVENT – All Welcome CHRISTOPHER DEWDNEY is a poet who has also written extensively about science, technology, language, culture, and media. Winner of the 2007 Harbourfront Festival Prize, he is the author of four books of non-fiction and eleven books of poetry. A four-time nominee for the Governor-General’s Award, he has won first prize in the CBC Literary Competition for poetry. In 2005 his book _Acquainted with the Night: Excursions Through the World After Dark_ was nominated for both a Governor-General’s Award and the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction, and was published in seven countries. Dewdney lives in Toronto, where he teaches writing at York University. This spring HarperCollins published his newest non-fiction title, _Soul of the World: Unlocking the Secrets of Time_. Mr. Dewdney will read selections from both his poetry and his non-fiction prose works. _______________________________ Top of Form Bottom of Form RC invited you to “Lipsmacker Crackerjack Youth Slam #6 featuring Jessica Lohafer” on Monday, June 23 at 8:00pm. Event: Lipsmacker Crackerjack Youth Slam #6 featuring Jessica Lohafer Bring the noize girlz and boyzzz you could win MONEY!” What: Performance Host: RC Weslowski When: Monday, June 23 at 8:00pm Where: Cafe Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive ____________________________ PRESS RELEASE Volunteer/Intern Needed Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine Responsibilities will include data entry and contest sorting.
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