May 2017 Poetry & Music Salon Fundraiser.

We raised $1,142.55 at a fantastically beautiful Poetry and Music Salon on May 27, 2017 and with on-line donations for Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Not bad for a bunch of poets and Indie musicians wouldn't ya say?! We are a strong community of talented, caring people. I am so proud of everyone. ♥️

You can donate on-line - a tax receipt is issued instantly for any donations of $10. or above.

Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a medical relief organization who run medical projects in 70 countries worldwide and focus particularly on emergency medical and humanitarian relief. For 40 years, MSF has provided medical assistance to people affected by armed conflicts, natural disasters, disease epidemics, malnutrition crises and other emergencies. Of the donations, 82% go to a massive emergency relief fund used for projects in the field, 15% to fundraising and 3% to administration.

Thank you to all the features, who gave us everything, from their hearts, and to all those who came out to watch, enjoy, and to support a good cause. Many thanks to Janina for her help, Palmerston Library and to Bobby, our sound man.

Some photos:

A video of the whole, beautiful Salon:

Direct link to the May 2107 Poetry and Music Salon Fundraiser

In order of appearance:

1. Heather Babcock (poetry) 4:28
2. Neil Traynor (music) 11:29
3. Stanley Fefferman (poetry) 19:30
4. Jennifer Hosein (poetry) 25:53
5. Jeannine Pitas (poetry) 36:54
6. Tom Gannon Hamilton (poetry & music) 47:30
7. Michael Marian (music) 57:51
8. Jim McCuaig (music) 1:11:06
9. Tricia Postle (music) 1:20:17
10. Anna Gutmanis (music) 1:30:24
11. Karen Shenfeld (poetry) 1:36:47
12. Isabel Fryszberg (music) 1:42:39

Bios (and TBA):

ANNA GUTMANIS is an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and entwines her brave, edgy lyrics with deep, blues-style vocals. Her songs have charted on iTunes, The Independent Music Network Top 30, Roots Music Report Top 100, OutVoice, and 3 different Australian Indie charts. She can hardly wait to get back into the studio to record some new songs!

HEATHER BABCOCK has had short fiction published in various literary magazines and journals including Descant Magazine, Front&Centre Magazine and The Toronto Quarterly. Heather has performed as a feature at the Beautiful & the Damned, the Plasticine Poetry reading series, Lizzie Violet's Cabaret Noir and WonderFest, among others. She has been a guest on the spoken word radio show HOWL (CIUT 89.5FM). Heather's chapbook Of Being Underground and Moving Backwards was published by DevilHousePress in 2015. She is currently working on a novel.



JENNIFER HOSEIN is a writer, visual artist, and teacher. Her poems, short fiction and a play have been published in magazines and an anthology. Her artwork has appeared on book covers, in magazines and in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto.

Ex roady, ex theatre tech, ex subway driver, JIM McCUAIG is now finding joy fingerpicking East Coast Blues and some originals.


MICHAEL MARIAN, Toronto-based Singer/Songwriter with his new album Big Wide Sky. Festivals and show dates are in the works for summer 2017. Toronto-born but raised in the countrysides of Maple, King City, and Aurora. Performed for several years at Wonderland, Elmocambo, Rivoli, Horseshoe. Went solo in 1996. In 2001 he and poet Norman Cristofoli founded Coffeehouse Arts and Culture where they ran shows for 8 years.

NEIL TRAYNOR is a Toronto born singer/songwriter guitarist/multi-instrumentalist. The nephew of legendary Traynor Amplifiers/Yorkville Sound founder Peter Traynor, he has been a staple of the Toronto scene for many years, first with L.S.Tea, and then The Toppermost (a band which also featured Chris Cunnane a.k.a "Starboy" of Robin Black), and currently with his group Neil Traynor & The Emergency Broadcast System, and also as a solo acoustic performer and session musician. His solo album "August Sun" was released a few years back to great acclaim from folk-rock/power-pop fans and picked up for international distribution by Los Angeles label Not Lame Records - one prominent admirer being Ebbot Lundberg, the leader/lead singer of The Soundtrack Of Our Lives. Neil wrote, produced, and played virtually all the instruments on this album - guitars, bass, organ, drums, as well as engineering the recording. He has performed in festivals in Baltimore, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and has played on bills with The Gruesomes, Midge Ure, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, to name, well, three...Neil is currently working on a follow-up to "August Sun" which he hopes will be finished some time before the end of this century...

STANLEY FEFFERMAN is writer and educator. His publications include, Home Was Elsewhere (Quattro Books, 2017), Writing Space, Drugs and World Literature, The Healing Fiction, and My Andrea. CBC National Radio has aired his literary broadcasts. His essays on music appear in electronic media from Canada and the U.K. He taught at Naropa University’s Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and founded the Atkinson Creative Writing Program at York University where he is Professor Emeritus. Quattro Books will launch his first poetry collection, Home Was Elsewhere, in Spring, 2017. He preparing a collection of essays: My Resinous Heart.

THOMAS GANNON HAMILTON is a poet, violinist and producer. He wrote his Masters thesis on "dub poetry" (1985), before humanitarian work took him to Central America, where he joined the Salvadoran artist's cooperative "Tizon.” After relocating to Calgary, he completed a doctoral degree focused on the experiences and practices of high school poets. He has published two e-books of poetry, "Bellicose Veins" and "Deer Crossing.” He now lives in Toronto, where he performs regularly.

TRICIA POSTLE is a founding member of Pneuma Ensemble ( a trio focusing on 12th and 13th century music on period-appropriate instruments. She performs most regularly as a vocalist and on psalteries.

Recent career highlights include performing as an actor-musician in the Poculi Ludique Societas touring production of the medieval farce Mankind (including at the Cloisters Museum, NYC) and a performance with Pneuma Ensemble of Marie de France’s Lai de Bisclaveret (Tale of the Werewolf) at the Colloquium of the Société Internationale pour l’étude du Théâtre Médiéval in Durham Castle, UK. A song cycle based on her poetry, Ash Roses, was recorded in 2014 through the Canadian Art Song Project.

Since 2005 she has been developing the Majlis Art Garden in Toronto’s Queen West as a venue for the performing arts (


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