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Mother's Day Concert

Performances of poetry and music, by poet Robert Priest, Tongues of Fire Slam Poets, Carol Ann Sokoloff, Miles Lowry, and the band Light Sweet Crude playing songs based on poetry, will be held in Centennial Square Sunday May 10 from 2-4 in the afternoon. This is a Poet Laureate sponsored Mother’s Day concert and families are welcome to enjoy free music, poetry and refreshments. Bring a chair or blanket.

Robert Priest

Robert PreistRobert Priest is the author of fifteen books of poetry. His most recent book is Reading the Bible Backwards. He won the Acorn People’s Poetry Award for his now classic Mad Hand (1988). In his alias as Dr. Poetry he wrote and performed thirteen segments for CBC radio’s spoken-word show Wordbeat. As a songwriter, he co-wrote the number one hit, "Song Instead of a Kiss," for Alannah Myles. His Aphorisms have already appeared in The Farmer’s Almanac, and Colombo’s Canadian Quotations. His musical play Minibugs and Microchips received a $25,000.00 Chalmer’s Award. Both of his books of poems for children, Daysongs Nightsongs and The Secret Invasion of Bananas are on the CBC’s recommended reading list. As a teacher/workshop leader he has been described as “Ontario’s most popular poet in the schools” by Today’s Parent Magazine. He is also a highly respected journalist for Toronto’s weekly Now magazine.
Check out: http://www.poempainter.com/

Carol Ann Sokoloff

Carol SokoloffCarol Ann Sokoloff is a writer, editor and songwriter and performer. As a composer she has created theme songs for CBC radio, choral pieces, music for theatrical productions and the words and music to dozens of songs in the pop, children's and jazz genre. She currently performs as a vocalist with the jazz trio Trio Espresso. She is also a performer and instructor of middle eastern belly dance and founder of the Oasis Dance studio and ensemble. She is the author of Eternal Lake O'Hara, poetry and history of the Canadian Rockies; New Sufi Songs and Dances, an exploration of Sufism through original songs and meditative circle dances; Colours Everywhere You Go, a picture book (Tineke Visser, illustration) for the kindergarten set and a forthcoming picture book, Anything You Want to Be, for children 6-9 years of age. She has edited fiction, non-fiction, poetry, metaphysical and children's titles in her work with Ekstasis Editions, a Victoria, BC based publisher now entering its 25th year.

Miles Lowry

Miles LowryMiles Lowry lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada where he is Artistic Co-Director for Suddenly Dance Theatre. Lowry’s cinematic poem Opium, based on French poet Jean Cocteau, was produced for Canadian television and selected for the 2007 Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City. A short film, Aisling - We Saw a Vision, was recently produced for Bravo!fact. Author of five previous books of poetry, he is also known as a painter, sculptor, photographer and theatrical designer. His work is seen in a wide variety of exhibitions, performances and publications.
Check out: http://www.mileslowry.ca/

Light Sweet Crude

Light Sweet CrudeLight Sweet Crude is a folk rock band who perform songs written by Canadian poets Leonard Cohen and Linda Rogers. Their new album Ruin and Beauty features songs with lyrics by Linda Rogers, music by Chris Trygg. Band members are Chris Trygg, vocals, Jake Glabraith, bass and pedal steel, Rick van Krugel, mandolin, Andy Graffiti, drums, and Richard Baker, lead guitar.

Tongues of Fire

Tongues of Fire is a Victoria-based poetry collective committed to the art of spoken word/performance poetry among other forms of literature. They are diverse in background, writing style and lifestyle. As a collective they strive to make poetry more accessible, inclusive and entertaining. Check out http://www.tonguesoffire.ca/index.html

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