Friday, October 11, 2013

Cineview, on now!

NCR: Not Criminally Responsible has been rescheduled for October 16th.

New Season of Performers Cafe

Well it appears that our blog postings went on hiatus this summer.
My apologies!
Here are the dates for the 2013/2014 Performers Cafe season.
Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Larry Wilson Scholarship program for the Arts

Moose Jaw Arts in Motion is returning with the Larry Wilson Scholarship program again in 2013.

If you or someone you know is a student who is planning on studying drama, dance, musical theatre, instruments, vocals, or literature, head down to the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre box office to pick up an application or download a copy here. The deadline is June 30th.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Saskpower "Live Wires" Literary Trivia

The Saskpower "Live Waires" Literary Trivia night is back for 2013. It sells out every year, so don't sit on it if you want to be sure to participate. Returning from last year is the author auction - bid on the chance to have one of the authors attending the festival to join your trivia team!

Call 306-691-0557 to get a ticket.

Friday, April 26, 2013

2013 Festival Line-up Announced

17th Annual Saskatchewan Festival of Words
July 18th to 21st 2013


Angie Abdou (BC)
Began writing fiction in 2000 and has since published three books, with a fourth on its way. Her first novel, The Bone Cage, was a finalist in CBC's Canada Reads 2011. Her more recent novel, The Canterbury Trail, was a finalist for the Banff Mountain book of the year. Angie was born and raised in Moose Jaw and now lives in the Rocky Mountains.

Dawn Dumont (AB)
Is a comedian and comedy writer born and raised in Saskatchewan.  Nobody Cries at Bingo is her first book and was published in 2010.  Prior to that CBC radio produced four of her plays.  Dawn's excited to be presenting her workshop on Writing for Stand up Comedy at the Festival and looks forward to sharing some funny stories and hopefully collecting a few more.

Miranda Hill (ON)
Miranda Hill’s stories have appeared in The Globe & Mail, Reader’s Digest, The New Quarterly and The Dalhousie Review, and in 2011 she won The Writers’ Trust / McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize for “Petitions to Saint Chronic.” This story and eight others were published in her debut collection, Sleeping Funny which she’ll read from at the festival. Hill is also the founder and executive director of the Canadian literary charity Project Bookmark Canada.

Annabel Lyon (BC)
Is a novelist and short story writer who’s published two collections of short fiction, two young adult novels, and an adult historical novel, The Golden Mean which imagines the relationship between Alexander the Great and his teacher, Aristotle, was published in 2009. It held the distinction of being the only book nominated that year for all three of Canada's major fiction prizes: the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award for English language fiction and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. She’ll read from, The Sweet Girl, which explores the life of Aristotle's daughter, Pythias, published September 2012.

Rabindranath Maharaj (ON)
Rabindranath Maharaj was born in Trinidad and now lives and writes in Ajax, Ontario. His books have been nominated for several awards including The Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, The Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Rogers Fiction Prize. His latest book, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, was the winner of the 2011 Trillium Fiction Award and the 2011 City of Toronto Book Award.

CS Richardson (ON)
Was born in Regina and raised in Toronto, and his first novel, The End of the Alphabet, won the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book in 2008. It has since been published in fourteen countries and ten languages. At the festival he will be reading from his latest work, The Emperor of Paris, which was long-listed for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and will be published internationally in 2013. Richardson is also an award-winning book designer.

Melanie Schnell (SK)
Regina author Melanie Schnell's first book While the Sun is Above Us has been shortlisted for four Saskatchewan Book Awards.
 The author who grew up on a farm in southeastern Saskatchewan based her book in Sudan during a bloody civil war. "It is a story about two women," explained Schnell, "a Canadian woman who goes to Sudan to work for a non-profit and a Dinka woman from south Sudan who has been caught up in the atrocities of the war and has been taken as a slave for eight years."  The two characters in her story, Adut and Sandra, only meet for a moment but become connected for life.   "They are telling their stories to each other in their imaginations. They have met once, but that meeting changes their lives irrevocably."

Linda Spalding (ON)
In The Purchase, her Governor General winning novel for fiction, Linda Spalding takes readers back to pioneer-era America. Daniel Dickinson, a young Quaker, finds himself exiled from his devout community in Pennsylvania. With his family in tow, Daniel vows to start a new life in the Virginia frontier. But he quickly finds the wildly different environment and slave-owning culture tests his sense of morality, his character, and his religious conviction. Linda, says the inspiration for her award-winning novel, comes from her own family history.

Zoe Whittall (QB)
Zoe Whittall is the author of the lamda award winning novel Holding Still for as Long as Possible and her Bottle Rocket Hearts, was named one of the top ten novels of the decade by CBC Canada Reads, and top books of the year by The Globe & Mail. She has published three volumes of poetry, including the recent Precordial Thump. She will be reading from Holding Still for as Long as Possible. She was born on a sheep farm in South Durham, Quebec and now lives in Toronto. or


Searching for Sugar Man
Won Best Documentary at last years Academy Awards 2012

Searching for Sugar Man tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez.
The festival film will be screened at the Mae Wilson Theatre.


Wayne Arthurson (AB)
Wayne Arthurson is an aboriginal writer/musician, the author of Fall From Grace and A Killing Winter, the first two books in the bestselling Leo Desroches Mystery Series. Fall From Grace won the 2012 Alberta Readers Choice Award. He was born and still lives in Edmonton. He also plays drum in an indie-rock band called Beerbelly.


Carmen Aguirre (BC)
Carmen is an award-winning Vancouver-based theatre artist who has written and co-written twenty plays. Her first book, the bestselling Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, won CBC Canada Reads 2012. Carmen has over sixty film, tv, and stage acting credits, has directed over a dozen plays, and is an acting instructor at Vancouver Film School.

Dave Bidini (ON)
Author and musician Dave Bidini is the only person to have been nominated for a Gemini, Genie and Juno as well as CBC's Canada Reads. A founding member of Rheostatics, the Etobicoke-born Bidini has written 10 books, including On a Cold Road, Tropic of Hockey, Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs, and Home and Away. He has made two Gemini Award-nominated documentaries. In 2010, he won his third National Magazine Award, for "Travels in Narnia." He writes a weekly column for the Saturday Post and, in 2011, he published award-nominated Writing Gordon Lightfoot.

Greg Johnson (SK)
Greg Johnson, one of North America’s top professional storm-chasers and severe weather experts, is also an accomplished photographer, speaker, author, and workshop leader. A graduate from Canada’s renowned Acadia University, he  built a successful communications firm from the ground up, but then Greg decided it was time to devote himself full-time to pursuing his passion for capturing nature’s most beautiful and deadly displays of severe weather. Greg will be reading from Blown Away.

CJ Katz (SK)
CJ Katz is a food writer and documentary food photographer based in Saskatchewan. She has been actively involved in the local food scene for nearly ten years. Her focus is on telling the story behind the food: where it comes from, who grows it, and who cooks it. CJ is also the culinary host of The Wheatland Cafe on CTV and restaurant columnist for The Regina Leader Post. This is her first book.

Ross King (UK)
Was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Ross King is the author of six books on Italian, French and Canadian art. He has twice won the Governor General's Award for non-fiction. Ross will read from Leonardo and the Last Supper. Critics say,many of the myths that have grown up around the last supper are wrong, but its true story is even more compelling.’

Candace Savage (SK)
is the author of more than two dozen books, including Prairie: a Natural History and her recent A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape. Born in the Peace River Country of northern Alberta, she has lived  more than half her life in the City of Saskatoon. In addition to writing, she sings  and plays her squeezebox in the Saskatoon Fiddle Orchestra.


Catherine Banks (NS)  
For the very first time Catherine Banks will direct scenes from two of her award winning plays Bone Cage and It is Solved by Walking.  It is a brave actor who works with a first time director// braver still when she is directing her own work. Banks’ plays are characterized by black humour, and compelling dramatic metaphor, and have a language warning.

Visiting playwrights are always amazed at the caliber of local Moose Jaw actors we invite to do these dramatic readings here on stage. Brian Mikaluk and Cathy Sudom-Young are cast for this years’ readings.


Ken Babstock (ON)
Ken Babstock’s most recent collection, Methodist Hatchet won The Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry and was a finalist for The Trillium Book Award. His previous four collections of poetry were all named Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year. Ken Babstock was born in Newfoundland and now lives in Toronto.

Rosemary Griebel (AB)
Rosemary Griebel’s award-winning poetry has appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, as well as on CBC Radio, literary magazines, anthologies, chapbooks and on public buses. Her long awaited collection of poetry, Yes was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert and the Pat Lowther awards, as well as the Stephan G. Stephansson award. She lives in Calgary with her husband and two cats and is currently working on a project to build a bold, new Central Library.

Tom Wayman (BC)
TOM WAYMAN will be presenting from his two recent collections of poems.  Winter's Skin offers a suite of wintry poems written in response to Pablo Neruda's posthumous Winter Garden.  Wayman's Dirty Snow focuses on the effects that Canada's participation in the Afghan Civil War has on daily life in the Selkirk Mountains of southeastern B.C., where he lives.

Hyland Memorial Session - With Poet Robert Currie reading from his new book, Living with the Hawk and talking about his long-time friend, Gary Hyland.


Shayna Stock (SK)
Shayna Stock is a performance poet, facilitator, and community builder who grew up in Sarnia, Ontario. A vibrant new voice in the spoken word community both nationally and in Regina where she now lives, Shayna’s poetry explores themes such as social and environmental justice, her beloved bicycle, creativity, and heartbreak. She is founder and host of Regina’s Word Up Wednesday Poetry Sam and represented Regina at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in October 2012.

Sheri-D Wilson (AB)
Sheri-D Wilson has 8 collections of poetry, including her most recent, Goddess Gone Fishing for a Map of the Universe. Her collection, Re:Zoom  was shortlisted for the CanLit Award. In 2011 she edited, The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach,  an educational tool for teaching and writing Spoken Word.
She has 2 Spoken Word CDs, and 4 award-winning VideoPoems all produced for BravoFACT. In 2009 CBC called her one of the Top 10 Poets in Canada. In 2003 she won the USA Heavyweight title for poetry, and in 2006 The National Slam of Canada presented her with the Poet of Honour Award.  Of the beat tradition, in 1989 Sheri-D studied at Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, in Boulder, Colorado. She was presented at The National Slam of Canada as a, "Legend of Spoken Word."


Welsh-born Mary Balogh moved to Saskatchewan forty years ago on a two-year teaching contract. She stayed to marry and raise a family, to teach English and ultimately to write. She has written close to 100 novels and novellas, most of them set in Regency England, all of them love stories. They include the New York Times bestselling Slightly, Simply, and Huxtable Series and, the ongoing SURVIVORS' CLUB Septet, of which THE PROPOSAL is book one.

On Thursday July 18th at 2pm childrens’ author Marie-Louise Gay of Montreal will read to a younger group, age 4 and over, here in the Moose Jaw Art Museum Theatre. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are invited to bring the little ones down for afternoon story time based on some of Gay’s 60 children’s books. This is a free event and you’re all welcome to bring your with grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or children of your own.

Marie-Louise Gay (QB)
Marie-Louise Gay is a world-renowned author and illustrator of more than 60 children's books. She has won many prestigious awards, including the Governor General's Award and her books have been translated into more than fifteen languages.
An animated Television series, the Stella and Sam Show Is now based on her Stella and Sam book series, and, Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth is in nomination for the Blue Spruce Award. Last year, Caramba, the first book in the Caramba series, was chosen to be given to half a million first-graders. She lives in Montreal, Quebec with her husband David Homel who attended the festival last year.

Our Kids Ink Program this year will be guided by Marie Louise Gay and it will focus on creative writing. This program, sponsored by Rotary Club of Moose Jaw Wakamow, is designed for the 10-13 year old age group, and takes place during the festival from 9-noon on Thursday morning at the library. Please contact the office to register interested young writers. There is no fee to participate.

This is an intensive five-day program where teen writers aged 14 to 18 can work with a professional writer to develop their skills. This year’s instructor is Angie Abdou, and activities consist of writing exercises, talks, critiques and readings. Dawn Dumont will be this year’s guest speaker. This is a shared program with our partners at the Sage Hill Writing Experience. We thank new sponsors this year from CHAB Orange Benevolent Society Children’s Fund.

Teens can find application forms for the experience at the Sage Hill website, and please note the deadline for applications is May 30th.


Details for the Thursday workshops are on the festival website – watch for Performance Poetry with Sherri-D Wilson, a Great Big Book Club Discussion with Linda Spalding, Writing for Stand-up Comedy with Dawn Dumont and Navigating the Publishing Industry with Zoe Whittall. These sessions are a great opportunity to hone existing skills or adventure into a new genre.  Call the office and speak with Sarah for more details or to register.


As always, there are a wide variety of attractive individual events at the festival and this year we’re proud to present…

Please note we have major change as, this year’s Thursday night SASKWATER READCEPTION, with its short samplings of readings from 7 authors, will take place at a new venue, Mosaic Place. The Readception event is included in the full pass, or $10 at the door. Invite a friend to join you. It’s the ideal way to hear short readings and determine who you’d like to include in your schedule of readings starting the next morning at the festival. And a reminder at Mosaic Place, to be sure to enter on the main floor and use the elevator to get up to the Readception.

FRIDAY TRIBUTE LUNCH at St. Andrew’s Church once again, and the lunch entertainment will be Dave Bidini telling stories about the good guy in the black hat, Canada’s legendary Stompin’ Tom Connors.

The FRIDAY AFTERNOON PANEL will be called “Controversial Cover Stories” involving discussion on judging a book by its cover – Just what determines your reason for picking up a book? We’ll have authors tell stories about issues around book titles and jackets.

The SATURDAY AFTERNOON FEATURE will be Dave Bidini in conversation with Angie Abdou. This interview will take place in the Cultural Centre from 4-5pm. Audience questions are always lively at these sessions!

SASKPOWER “LIVE WIRES” TRIVIA has become a festival favorite event, and a chance to really get to know the authors who join in the fun. Come out for a couple of rounds of keen literary trivia with our newest trivia master, Darlene Wright. As a follow-up on last year’s successful fundraiser, your team will be able to bid in the author auction to have one of the festival authors join you for the “Live Wires” Trivia. Be warned! Competition is keen, and when they tally the answers, one team will get their name on the trivia trophy!

Performance poetry is back and we’re repeating the highly successful event we introduced last year, the CONEXUS POETRY SLAM COMPETITION on Friday night. Poets will be performing on the spot with no props or music allowed….it’s an all out sabre-rattling word competition starring poets this year from across the prairies  - on stage at the Mae Wilson Theatre. The action starts at 9:00pm just after Trivia.

SATURDAY COMMUNITY PICNIC - Load your family picnic baskets for lunch Saturday at noon with CJ Katz reading from her book Taste: Seasonal Dishes from A Prairie Table and talking about locally grown food. The picnic and reading take place at the Amphitheatre in Crescent Park.

And, ….we always have a BOOK LAUNCH at the festival…..
This year, the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery will launch their book, Hansen-Ross Pottery: Pioneering Fine Craft on the Canadian Prairies. This book is a groundbreaking exploration of the work of David Ross and Folmer Hansen, who operated their pottery studio in Fort Qu-Appelle, from the late 1950’s to 2005.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE ENTERTAINMENT with Wil! We’ve all just witnessed the Junos and Canada’s rich musical landscape. This year we’re pleased to present a singer/songwriter duo from Vancouver Island, Wil. After playing a season that included a 300+ dates with artists like Colin James, Matthew Good, The Tea Party, and Hawksley Workman, Wil and earned nominations at the 2005 Western Canadian Music Awards including nods for ‘Producer’ and ‘Entertainer of the Year’ You may remember Wil on the Travel Alberta's stunning tourism campaign, with the slow motion skiers, and then the Calgary Stampede selected his song ‘Ride’ as their official 100th anniversary theme song. WiL says “he feels his true passion is performing my music live, so this year’s concert promises to be a highly energetic and varied showcase… We’re pleased to have the concert sponsored by Casino Moose Jaw again this year.

On the final day of the festival, we present the SUNDAY FAREWELL LUNCH with Sweet Saturday. “'Sweet Saturday' is Karen MacNaughton and Jaimie Atkins, of Moose Jaw, and Mandy Canning, now of Watrous, SK. A choirgirl, a music teacher, and a gospel singer discovered that the blend of their voices was much richer than any one of their voices alone.  Their music includes vintage gospel, roots, folk and pop tunes, and they aspire to share the joy of a sunny Sunday made sweeter by music shared with friends." So, it’s Sweet Saturday on Sunday afternoon, sponsored by Julian’s Fitness.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

2013 Festival Launch TONIGHT

Final Reminder….

The Saskatchewan Festival of Words Launch is tonight (Thursday April 25th) at 7:00pm (earlier than last year) at the Moose Jaw Art Museum Theatre. 
Admission is FREE!
The full 2013 line-up will be announced and passes will be available for purchase at the early bird price of $175. 
See you there:)