September Poetry & Music Soirée at Charlotte's Gallery in Markham Village

On Saturday afternoon, September 26th, 3-5pm, I am hosting a Poetry & Music Soirée at a beautiful art gallery: Charlotte Hale and Associates Fine Art, Photography & Design (588 Markham St -across from Victory Café). This month features a wonderful musician/composer, Waleed Abdulhamid and poet, Milel BC. There are 8-10 open mic spots of 5 min each. All forms of writing are welcome, as well as music. The Soirée is free, but we do pass-the-hat for the features. Our soirées are always a warm, convivial, supportive and very talented afternoon and I would love you to come out and enjoy a marvellous afternoon and perhaps share a poem, short story or song of your own.

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer and film maker, WALEED ABDULHAMID was born in Sudan. He began performing at the age of 6. In Sudan, Waleed was known for bringing traditional rhythms into popular music. When he left Sudan at age 18, he performed, recorded and toured extensively, appearing at major music festivals in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Frankfurt and Oslo as well as in Finland and Iceland. He demonstrates his versatility on guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, kirin, darabhuka, marimba, congas, djembe, dumbek and tama and has been invited to perform in festivals and conduct workshops (merging music and movement) in Spain, France, the UK and Portugal. Waleed is one of the 12 resident artists at Soulpepper Theatre . He has also played and recorded with David Clayton Thomas, the Motown Legend Band “The Drifters”, Doug Riley, Jackie Richardson, Julie Black, Deborah Cox and Zaki Ibrahim. Waleed is the film director of the awards winning documentary "Let’s Find A Way" and has been music director of a series of shows at the Caliban Arts Theatre (Freedom Live), Inner Stage as well as with various dance companies. He has also composed and produced music for several TV shows as well some main stream movies and is the winner of a "Canada New Pioneer Award" in 2011.

MIKEL BC might have lived part of his childhood in Zambia, might have studied art & philosophy at OCA & U of T, might actually still write pomes with pen and paper.

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