Been thinking a lot about gifts lately. The festival has been a gift in so many ways. Stories are gifts. A recent video on social media got us thinking about gifts. We’d already arranged for our children’s activities to include abandoned art — a gift back to the community. The kids will make bookmarks — one to keep and one to give away; we’re encouraging them to give away — or abandon — their artwork in the park over the weekend. If you stumble upon an envelope marked as a gift, take it home. It’s yours.
The other gift we’ve been thinking about takes the form of a magnetic board covered in $5 bills. The message: Take what you need. Leave what you can. No questions. Stories welcome.
This gift will mean different things to different people. In a way, if we can allow ourselves to part with $5, with no strings attached, then we can also listen to each others’ stories, no strings attached.
Maybe someone’s story will change that day. We can’t wait to find out.
Anyway, here’s that video.
The KW POETRY SLAM is a series of community-building spoken word poetry events in Kitchener-Waterloo. They are held on the first Saturday of the month, at Queen Street Commons Cafe and Cafe Pyrus. They also offer free spoken word workshops throughout the year facilitated by talented poets. www.kwpoetryslam.com
STAND UP FOR MENTAL HEALTH looks at the stand-up comedy side of mental health, mental illness, recovery, and surviving the mental health system. In Stand Up For Mental Health, created by David Granirer, mental health consumers turn their problems into stand-up comedy, then perform their acts at conferences, treatment centers, psych wards, for various mental health organizations, corporations, government agencies, on college and university campuses, and most importantly for the general public. http://standupformentalhealth.com/
Latitudes Storytelling Festival presents Brad Woods and Kevin Morse at Summer Lights Festival this weekend! Look for him in the old Walper Tobacco Shop in downtown Kitchener on Saturday night at 8:30 and 11 p.m.
Brad tells folk tales, literary classics and personal stories all over North America and the UK, for all ages and in every type of venue imaginable.
In 2008 he released his first full-length CD of original material. In 2009, Brad released a follow up CD and kicked off the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia with a story from the main stage. In 2010, he had his first telling and listening tour of the UK, and in 2011 had stories featured on CBC Radio One and in the Globe and Mail.
Brad’s style is laidback, and he’s joined by a band member of his other gig, Great Wooden Trio. For more on Summer Lights Festival, take a look here: http://summerlightsfestival.com/
Join Sarah Granskou, Amy Scott and their original puppets for TROLLDOM, a musical journey into the hidden world of magical fiddles, sensitive trolls, elves and tree spirits. Drawing on tradition and the depths of a child’s imagination, Trolldom invites audiences to be part of the story, as puppeteers, sound effects, musicians and actors.
Saturday, July 11 — With her infectiously catchy and whimsical melodies, JoJo WORTHINGTON is an award-winning independent experimental folk artist from Waterloo known for her avid songwriting and dynamic use of the ukulele. By using loops, reverbs, delays and even distortion, JoJo creates a euphoric atmosphere that can win the heart of any audience. www.jojoworthington.com
And in the children and youth tent . . .We’re so glad these two are coming back! They’re great! The CAMPFIRE CREW sings their hearts out bringing old favourites to life while creating original kids’ music that inspires silliness and singing. Multiple award-winning children’s recording artist, Andrew Queen, and his songwriting partner, Karen Stille, craft an interactive musical storytelling performance sure to invoke the magic and memories of summer camp. Their albums have been recognized by the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Parents’ Choice Foundation and Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
So, who is Candy Royalle? Well, we’d like you to come July 11-12 to find out. Candy comes to us all the way from Australia — our very first international performer!
Suffice it to say, she is a performance artist and poet who fuses cinematic storytelling, poetry and unique vocal rhythms with confronting, political and heart thumping content. Her performance content is for adults. Take a peek at her Stories by Starlight performance.
And there’s more. Send good thoughts for great weather July 11-12!
Well, we’ve been working hard to bring some new and exciting performers to our 10th anniversary. Just so you know, we are holding our festival — it’s still free — on a new date: July 11-12. We’re excited about the partnership with Neruda Arts and Kultrún.
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect at Latitudes this year . . .