March and April Events!

Lots of events and activities for you to enjoy- so keep scrolling down!  If you would like more information about any of these events, or, if you would like to volunteer, please contact: or 250-247-0117.

March 19 - April 26, 2015  Eating Your Words Can Be a Good Thing!  Wordie / Foodie potluck and live 'perFARMence'

In honour of National Poetry Month, Poetry Gabriola Society is happy to sponsor a day of live, poetic perFARMance! Poetry Gabriola Society is looking for ‘foodies’ – local food producers, farmers, growers, makers, bakers, cooks, consumers who would like to pair up with ‘wordies’ – local writers, poets, storytellers to come together for poetic inspiration. You can volunteer with your partner or let us help you find the perfect ‘pairing'. Deadline to sign up as a poet/farmer/food producer is: Thursday, March 19th when partnerships will be announced at the Open Mic night at the Old Crow Café(7 pm). After the ‘pairing’, from March 19th until April 26,  partners will collaborate under the National Poetry Month theme of “Poetry and Food”. Then, join us for the GRAND FINALE of their work at the Foodie / Wordie Potluck and live 'perFARMence': April 26 - 5:00 pm at the Commons. Come to eat, listen, and build community! (And don't worry, you should have time to see the Lulu performance later that evening!)

March 19 - Third Thursday Open Mic Night presents Jill Talbot reading from her inaugral book of poetry "Don't Fall in Love in Rehab and Other Life Lessons".  Jill studied pschology at Simon Fraser University until taking time off for life.  She now resides on Gabriola where she is following her passion, poetry.  She has been published in numerous journals and magazines - readers have said she has a "beautifully vulnerable voice" that is "fun, even as it takes you inside sorrow."  Doors 6:45 pm, open mic 7:00 pm, by donation.

March 21 - 2:00 - 5:00 pm  Poetry Playground and Yurt Open house - As part of the Commons 10th Anniversary Thank You Party, we are hosting an open house and a Poetry Playground at the Yurt.  There will be poetry for sale, henna tatoos by Ava Crabbe and actvities for all ages!

April 2 - Isle of the Arts Launch - Words & Wine: Poetry, Prose and Storytelling

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Hosted by Susan Yates 6:00 pm reception, 7:30 pm reading | $30 | Includes food | Cash bar | Co-sponsored by Poetry Gabriola Society | Books will be for sale

It’s an extravagant evening of literary delights at the magical Surf Lodge.  Come celebrate some of Canada’s finest writers who have traveled to Gabriola to share with you!

  • Rachel Rose, Vancouver's Poet Laureate, is a dual American/Canadian citizen whose work has appeared in various journals in Canada, the U.S., New Zealand and Japan.  Her most recent book, Song & Spectacle (2012), won several awards.  Rachel will also be hosting a two-hour workshop,  Feast Days:  Writing About Family and Food on Friday, April 3, 9:30 am -11:30 am - she will guide you to write poetry and memoir inspired by food. You will read the work of great writers and investigate how they develop and share their own personal memories about food, hunger, nourishment and longing. Group exercises will inspire participants to shape their own personal food histories, experiences, appetites and recipes into poems and memoir.
  • Susan Juby is the author of ten books, including the bestselling children’s novel Alice, I Think (made into a 13-part television series); memoir Nice Recovery; and novels for adults The Woefield Poultry Collective, and its sequel The Republic of Dirt.
  • Michael Kusugak grew up in Repulse Bay, NWT (now Nunavut), living a traditional Inuit lifestyle. He learned storytelling from his grandmother and his uncles, listening to their wonderful stories falling asleep in an igloo.  He continues to tell stories, write and travel across Canada and around the world.
  • Daniel Petersen may be seen by you working around the island, but have you heard him play guitar? If not, you’ve been missing out. Daniel is a graduate of Vancouver Island University’s Music Program.


 April 10, Friday -10:00 am - 2:00 pm Facing the Open Mic, with Lisa Webster-Gibson, an Isle of the Arts Festival Workshop


This lab is a look into the dynamics of an “open mic”. Participants will explore the live performance of one’s work: what works, what doesn’t and how to approach the open mic. Activities will include an introduction to various styles of performance; open mic etiquette; working with a microphone; exercises to bring out the natural performer in everyone; developing joint performance work; and a feedback session. Participants should be prepared to actively participate and perform/read one work of their own (or a favourite by another) during the session for feedback.  Required materials: Written or memorized works of poetry to read or perform.


April 11, Saturday - 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm Poetry Yurt - Spoken Word, with Brendan McLeod, an Isle of the Arts Festival Workshop

This workshop will deal with four aspects of spoken word: a) finding and focussing on your own unique voice; b) using metaphor and imagery effectively in live performance; c) how to achieve musicality in your writing/performance; d) performance tips and techniques.

Brendan McLeod is an author, a spoken word artist and a musician with The Fugitives. As a poet and oral storyteller, he has performed over 400 shows in the past 5 years, is a former Canadian SLAM poetry champion and World SLAM runner-up, has taught spoken word at Langara College and is an active youth literacy educator with a variety of organizations. He has served as a writer in residence at dozens of secondary schools across Canada and Europe, and is the host of the annual youth events for the Vancouver Writer’s Festival. He was the 2012 Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and is the upcoming Poet of Honour at the 2015 Victoria Spoken Word Festival.

Required materials: If you have previously written materials, please bring them.

***If you are not a youth but, would like to attend this workshop, please contact

$15 | 18-30 years | maximum 20 participantS