So honored by the announcement of the 2013 MY PEOPLE AWARDS Celebrating African-Canadian and Caribbean Writers.
The 2013 Recipients are:
Motion (Poetry), George Elliott Clarke (Lifetime Achievement), Dr. George Sefa Dei (Academic), Adowa Badoe (Children & Young Adult) Keith Ellis (Translation) and Jael Ealey Richardson (New Writer).
My People Awards presentation takes place FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22, 7 – 9 pm, 918 Bathurst Street, TOronto at the THE BIG BOOK LAUNCH & RECEPTION.
Althea Prince, Jelani J Wyze Nias, Itah Sadu, Gayle Gonsalves, Christene Browne, Whitney French, Pooran Bridgelall, Jody Nyasha Warner, Natasha Henry, Yvonne Browne, Garfield Ellis, Richard Gaskin, Njacko Backo, Dirk McLean, Adwoa Badoe, Tammy Sutton-Brown, Salah Wilson, Christene Browne, Robert Vernon, Keith Ellis, Jennylynd James, Panman Pat and Special Guest Barbadian Writer Austin Yearwood.
The piece of mine theatre festival is a profound, imaginative and fresh production. Between September 13-15, 2013, you’ll witness 8 black playwrights present current work in development. This festival aims to stage upcoming plays with stories that boldly relay contemporary realities, while exposing overlooked history and insightful futures. With that said, many of the works will be weaved with elements of rhythm and movement such as hip-hop, spoken word, dance and live music. To end each evening, there will be an audience talkback dedicated to provide the artists with vital comments and questions to further develop their work. All of the action will take place at Palmerston Theatre (560 Palmerston Ave., 2 blocks west of Bathurst & Bloor, TOronto).
Friday September 13 ~ 7:30-10:00PM
OTHER SIDE OF THE GAME
, written by: Amanda Parris & Keisha MoniqueORALTORIO
, written by: Motion
Mixed and Performed by Motion and DJ L’Oqenz
Saturday September 14 ~ 7:30-10:00PM (+14)
BROTHERHOOD: THE HIP HOPERA, written and performed by: Sebastien Heins
Directed by: Adam Lazarus
HALF N’ HALF, written and performed by: Natasha Adiyana Morris
Directed by: Amanda Nicholls
Sunday September 15 ~ 6:30-9:00PM
LIL SARA/CLICKING VENUS, written and directed by: Meghan Swaby
Starring: Akosua Amo-Adem, Virgilia Griffith, & Peter Bailey
MADE IN CONGO, written and performed by: Sabrina Moella
Directed by: Dian Marie Bridge
INCOGNITO, written and performed by: Araya Mengesha
Be a part of building new black theatre in Toronto!
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago – August 2013 – Congrats to all the movers, artists and participants of the 1st Annual CASCADOO New Voices International Festival of Spoken Word, presented by the Poet Society of Trinidad and Tobago.
This year’s festival featured performances by international spoken word poets, lyricists and artists from the Caribbean, Canada and the USA, and showcases with top T&T talents. Venues included the historic Woordford Square, Pandemonium Panyard and the Normandie, as well as the well-received PANCHAYAT WORKSHOPS at the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago.
From North America, VOCAL (Voices of Canadian Artists Across Latitudes) mobilized international artists Anthony N’th Dgri Bansfield, Motion, Dwayne Morgan, Manchilde and Eddy DaOriginalOne.
For more information about CASCADOO 2014, contact Mtima Solwazi on Facebook and cascadoo.wordpress.com.
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Toronto, ON – A killer line-up of female artists including Zaki Ibrahim, Tanika Charles, Saidah Baba Talibah, Lal, Motion, and DJ’s Mel Boogie and L’Oqenz will be performing at Toronto’s Mod Club on June 3rd to raise funds for the 1st Time Project.
The 1st Time Project is a trans-media initiative about women’s sexuality. Drawing on real women’s 1st sexual experiences, the 1st Time Project ignites a conversation about what is really going on in women’s sex lives, reaching beyond generational and cultural divides. The 1st Time Project is thrilled to bring a stellar line-up of extraordinary women together to support this sexy-but-sensitive endeavor.
The 1st Time Project began when Director Ngozi Paul interviewed her mother and grandmother about their 1st sexual experiences as part of a TIFF talent lab assignment. On camera her grandmother confessed that she had been raped. Paul began to wonder why this had never been discussed before, and this question started The 1st Time. Several years later, she shot The 1st Time short, produced by Melinda Deines and Brianna Brown. The film has been broadcast on Bravo, and is having its theatrical premiere at the Encounters Film Festival in South Africa this June. With women’s 1st times as a starting point, the project explores the mythology around female sexuality, as well as historical, cultural and pop-cultural influences through an interactive website, feature documentary and live performance piece.
TIX Available in TOronto at::
Play De Record – 357 Yonge St.Kops Records – 229 Queen St WestSoundscapes – 572 College St.Cosmos – 607A Queen Street WestMoog Audio – 442 Queen Street West
June 3, 2013 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm
The Virgin Mobile Mod Club
722 College Street
Toronto,ON M6G 1C2
Zaki Ibrahim, Tanika Charles, Saidah Baba Talibah, Lal, Motion, and DJ’s Mel Boogie and L’Oqenz will be performing at Toronto’s Mod Club on June 3rd to raise $’s for the 1st Time Project! The show will be hosted by Garvia Bailey of CBC radio’s Big City, Small World.The 1st Time Project is a trans-media initiative about women’s sexuality. Drawing on real women’s 1st sexual experiences, the 1st Time Project ignites a conversation about what is really going on in women’s sex lives, reaching beyond generational and cultural divides.
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