For the 3rd year running I’m chairing the Literary Arts sub-committee of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival which runs from Monday May 20 to Saturday May 25 in the Cathedral area of Regina. It’s so much fun working with a great collection of Cathedral area writers — Brenda Niskala, Bruce Rice, Coby Stephenson, Debra Bell and Tara Solheim — to bring together another great lineup of literary events at this year’s festival!
Check out the Kickoff Picnic on Monday and catch our very own Tara Dawn Solheim on the Les Sherman Park Stage (off Elphinstone St at 15th Ave). Later that night, we partner with the Vertigo Series for a featured reading by Greg “Ritallin” Frankson followed by an All Ages Open Stage at St Mary’s (3337 15th Ave) where you can sign up and share your words!
On Tuesday, it’s the Poetry Slam at the Mercury Cafe (13th Ave & Robinson St). We’ve snagged Jillian Bell, Co-Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Publishers Group, Joanne Crofford, of Boomtown Drums, and Warren McCall, MLA for Regina Elphinstone Centre as our celebrity judges for this year’s fun. Bring your toonie to enter the sweat/slam or stop in to watch the words fly!
We’ve dedicated Wednesday night’s event to young people. Over at the Unitarian Centre (College Ave & Angus St) is the Saskatchewan Writers Guild‘s launch of Windscript Magazine, Volume 29, featuring readings of original works by award-winning high school writers. For the younger crowd, stop by RPL Connaught Branch Library to hear stories and traditional First Nations Legends from storyteller, Hazel Dixon.
The 3rd Annual Get Lit Cabaret taking place on Thursday night at The Artesian features some local writers’ groups, including the Phantasts, the 2012 Regina Slam Team and Too Legit to Quit as well as Saskatchewan Book Awards First Book Prize winner, Melanie Schnell. We are very pleased to host the Premiere of a multidisciplinary collaboration by Flamenco guitarist Peter Dickoff, poet, Bruce Rice and dancer, Robin Poitris! And we’ll have a full performance by Greg “Ritallin” Frankson, spoken word artist, and to close out the night, ArtStarts & the Local Onlyz, a 4-piece HipHop group.
Needless to say, we take Friday off to recuperate! Then to end the week we take part in the Saturday Streetfair from our Literary Tent (empty lot, 13th Ave & Retallack). This year, we’re starting with a FlashMob Photo Op and invite everyone who loves to write to show up at the tent at 11 a.m. to be part of it. Bring a piece of writing or your book to wave at the camera! We’ll catch up with the Streetfair Parade as it passes by on 13th Ave, just after 11:30. After that, it’s back to the Literary Tent for author readings by Anne McDonald, June Mitchell, Jayne Whyte, Randy Lundy, Lynn Gidluck, Laurier Gareau, Cassidy McFadzean, Bridget Keating and Coby Stephenson! And, for the entire event, the Book Table so that you can purchase and take home books by the authors.
Like I said, it’s gonna be fun! And if literary’s not your thing, well, there are a lot of other events taking place throughout the week. It’s the best and busiest week of the year in my neighbourhood! Check it out!