Ft McMurray Fundraiser Poetry & Music Salon - May 2016

A wonderful, charming, warm, funny, serious, light, dramatic, brilliant evening of the generosities of talent and our caring for those in need. The Ft Murray Fundraiser Poetry and Music Salon raised over $400., and that is a gift that triples to $1200. since the Federal and Alberta Governments match donations to the Red Cross fund. Everyone who featured was terrific! Wow! Many thanks, in order of appearance, to Stedmond Pardy, Clara Blackwood, Tim Maxwell, Linda Stitt, Kirk Felix (and the band he created impromtu, Tom Hamilton, Sean Peever and Kevin Jeffrey), John Oughton, Mikel BC, Stanley Fefferman, Sonia Di Placido, and Steve-Paul Simms! I would like to thank Palmerston Library for a great venue and most especially Iana Georgieva and Misuk Hedman for their help and support, and Eric, the amazing sound technician. And, of course, many thanks to all those who came out to enjoy an early evening of wonderful entertainment and to support those in need in our country.

Here are the photos. To see everyone's names, please go to the Poetry and Music Salons album on G+.


Here is the video:

direct link: Ft. McMurray Fundraiser Poetry and Music Salon May 2016


1. Clara Blackwood 2:30

2. Brenda Clews 9:28
3. Tim Maxwell 17:24
4. Linda Stitt 24:36
5. Kirk Felix, accompanied by Tom Gannon Hamilton, Sean Peever and  Kevin Jeffrey 33:47
6. John Oughton 44:44
7. Mikel BC 49:08
8. Stanley Fefferman 54:07
9. Sonia Di Placido 1:05:19
10. Steve-Paul Simms, accompanied by Tom 1:13:33

Fundraiser organized and hosted by Brenda Clews, who videoed and edited the video: https://brendaclews.com


CLARA BLACKWOOD is a poet, visual artist and tarot reader. Her first poetry collection, Subway Medusa (2007), was the inaugural book in Guernica Editions’ First Poets Series, which features first books by poets thirty-five and under. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian and International journals. Forecast, her second book of poetry, was published by Guernica Editions in 2014. She is currently at work on a third collection of poems.

SONIA DI PLACIDO is a Canadian poet, playwright and writer. A graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School in Acting, Ryerson University (1996) and an Honors Bachelor of Arts, Humanities, York University. Sonia is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, Canadian Women In The Literary Arts and The Association of Italian-Canadian Writers. Featured in various journals, anthologies and reviews, online and print: Carousel Magazine, (Guelph, 2012) The Toronto Quarterly (2011) Puritan Magazine (2014), The White Wall Review (Ryerson, 2014) Canthius, A Journal for Women (2015), The California Journal of Women Writers (2014) and Jacket2 (2014). From September 2014 to May 2015, Sonia facilitated two Poetry Workshops on Canadian Modern Poets: Gwendolyn MacEwen and Patricia Louise Lowther. Her first book of poetry, Exaltation in Cadmium Red published by Guernica Editions in 2012. Her second book is forthcoming in 2018.

JOHN OUGHTON is the author of five poetry books, most recently Time Slip (Guernica Editions) and a mystery novel, Death by Triangulation. He is also a photographer and experimental guitar player. 

STEDMOND PARDY is a Left handed Poet, and  Proud high school dropout, His first chapbook, "Drugs," was self-published in 2013, and  His 2nd chapbook "Frisson" was published in March 2015....He has had two one man Shows held at Reg Hartt's, "The Cineforum," appeared on Howl 89.5 FM Thrice,, and has read his work at various venues around the city It was through Meeting the late Nik Beat, and  Brandon Pitts that He started Performing his work in public. He was born and raised in the Mimico/Lakeshore area. and  Currently lives in,on and  around the Cold streets of Tartarus, The quotes, "an Artist is an Instrument through which the Universe reveals itself" and "word poetry is for everyman, but Soul poetry, alas, is not heavily Distributed", are the words he TRIES to live by."

STANLEY FEFFERMAN is the author of WritingSpace, Captus Press, 1998. He has taught Poetics at York University and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. CBC National Radio has aired 30 broadcasts of his work. A past editor of Exile Literary Quarterly, Poetry Toronto, and Ayatana Press, since 2004 Stanley has published 500 reviews of Jazz, Folk, Classical, New Music and Opera in The Live Music Report, Showtime Magazine.ca, OpusOneReview.com, and Bachtrack.com.

STEVE PAUL SIMMS is learning to play the guitar, harmonica, mandolin, ukulele and piano. He has written over 300 songs and recorded about 40 of them. Worked as an actor for many years. Is a great film buff, keen student of history and geography, and enjoys studying languages online. Plays once a month at The Tranzac.

LINDA STITT has been versifying since she could talk.

In view of the fact that her poems sometimes rhyme, she considers herself an anachronism in her own time.

KIRK FELIX is a Richmond Hill-based singer/songwriter who considers himself an “Old Folkie.” He believes that a “good song” is one that has a catchy tune and sends a message many can relate to. He has always loved Folk Music. He’s performed at coffee houses throughout the US, Europe and the Far East in the early 70's and can now be found at many open mics in the GTA. He opened for John Denver in 1972. He recently performed at Winterfolk 2016 as part of “The Best of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show and last month as part of the “The Out of Towners” show at the Free Times CafĂ© on College St. Kirk appears regularly at many Open Mics in the GTA and York Region. He along with Tom Hamilton recently appeared on Rogers Daytime, in the York Region. Kirk released his only LP -“For My Friends” in 1972 and it has been re-released in April 2016 as “For My Friends-Kirk Felix 1972 Revisited.” Kirk is currently in the studio, recording an album of all original works, to be released later this year.

TIM MAXWELL writes and performs his original songs of Love and Other Struggles informed by his life experiences and his work in social justice movements. His music is best described as hot coffee house blues and folk.

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

BRENDA CLEWS is an African-Canadian multi-media poet, artist and videopoet whose approach broaches poetry, painting, theory, dance, recordings and video. Her oeuvre focuses on multiple callings, the obsessive muse. Brenda has had solo art shows at York University in 2001, Q Space in 2013 and at Urban Gallery in 2014, and been in a number of group art shows. She has two chapbooks, 'the luminist poems' 2013, and, 'the Performance Poems' 2016, and a forthcoming book of poetry this Fall with Guernica Editions, 'Tidal Fury,' and a novella next year, 'Fugue in Green,' with Quattro Books.



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