Summertime- now performances (at home!)

I had a lot of great performances over the summer in Vancouver, between the Greek performances and the American performances, I enjoyed . I want share some highlights with you folks!

Vines Art Festival – By far, such a gem where I got to meet so many awesome people. Including the person behind the FORM film festival, my art film Can I interview You? was showcased at. Such an electric setting with so many electric people. The festival takes place inside trout lake park and has numerous stages among the trees at once. So much weird fringe art forms, that I completely adore. Artists being themselves and authentic. It reminded me a lot of Elevate the Arts, nothing pretentious just artists, community and weird clownship going on that everybody can appreciate.

 

Verses Festival of Words– Had a really nice time performing on Mighty Mike McGee and Friends night as one of his friends. The guy is a total inspiration and was pretty hyped to share the stage with him at the Wise Hall.

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Maritime Festival –  Always a good time. This year I was Crookie Can’d Craig. Honestly, probably my favourite character to date. Crookie Can’d Craig was the old operations manager of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and wants you to talk to him to hear some stories about the good old days. He can get you a job on the slime line for up to 10 cents an hour if yer nice. He’s pretty old but still kicking the can.

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Pride Picnic – Had lots of fun at campus and community planning’s Pride Picnic. Big congrats to my buddy Mustafa for organizing a sweet show like that at UBC. Also set the precedent for the next day…

Pride! Sunset Beach Festival and Davie Street Block Party:

Honestly performing at Pride was such a dream! Great audience at the Davie Street Block Party and ran into so many friends that day. A wild and loving night with sadly only Emma as my other wheel, but we propelled and premiered our team piece version of That’s What She Said.

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And just right now to end off the summer season in my psyche:

Harvest Festival– I had a lovely time playing the role of Harvest Moon Hannah at the Harvest Festival. Look, I’m the person with the half moon and stars on their face. Did some retelling of my annual Harvest Moon poem and played in the rain.Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 12.39.39 PM.png

Overall, a total solid season filled with wonderful performances. Excited for the fall to bring it all sorts of new avenues for adventure.

UBC Slam Takes Voices of Today (Overdo reflection)

At the end of August, the UBC Slam Team travelled to Toronto, Ontario to compete in Voices of Today, a spoken word championship that takes in youth teams from across Canada and puts them head to head against each other.

It was a magical week with my good friends on the UBC slam team, staying in a surprisingly great hostel (our own bathroom and a fridge that kinda worked!) and then glamping over at the Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam’s teams really nice hotel room (overlooking all of Downtown Toronto, everybody had their own bed- there are 6 of them).

We spent a lot of time goofing off, but also practicing our poems. We worked on our new iKEA Furniture poem, written by Anjalica, reconfigured the Tricycle Version of The NewSS, 100%- which I don’t feel guilty about because Emma and Andrew reconfigured I comma Robot for the Youth Slam Team. We had a more experimental poem called Stretch and all in all just had a really good time.

We chanted on the streets, got ourselves hyped up, I made a bad impression at Good Life by faking that I wanted a membership to get a free week trial which is totally legal and real but now they are out to get me- the usual stuff.

I ended up getting knocked out before reaching third round in the indies competition, Emma beat me coming in fourth. But I don’t get that get to me, I still have won the title of Bacon Slam Champion back during Elevate the Arts.

Our team ended up coming in third place, with the Vancouver youth team in second place and Hamilton (HYP) in first. An awesome week long journey of friendship and extreme energy levels!

What Poets are like on tour (Overdo Reflections on PNW Tricycle Tour)

This is a much overdo post about our tour that happened this summer. And boy oh man oh girl, was it a magical time.

Our adventure began in Elevate the Arts, and we set off for our journey in Cumberland/ Courtney BC. It was a beautiful place, which started with some basic clownery and ferry time and ended with an alien dance party in fishnets.

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Here is a vlog about our journey there. We fkn’ poet’d.

 

Next up we had a performance on Quadra Island at Heriot bay, they treated us too nicely.  We stayed in a lovely room with a view of the bay, and had a great performance and led an open mic for folks to get their feet in the game as well.

 

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Then we had the last leg of our tour, the most intense one, knocking off 5 cities in 10 days. We made our way to Spokane, to Portland, to Seattle, to Bellingham and finally back to Olympia. Like a fever dream, we clowned our way through all of our shows.

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In Seattle we led our folks through a nice stretch whilst singing O’ Canada. In Olympia we popped and buzzed. In Portland we screamed tiny at the tips of our esophogushes.

Here is a video of our time there:

 

 

 

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Many more videos to come of all of our performances- I promise I’ll get those bad boys up on the Youtubes by next weekend. But we are really excited about the future of Tiny Tricycle Poets, spreading play, weirdness and magic. We are hoping to start hosting a monthly “Between Three Wheels” show where we interview local poets in our TTP manner, and then all do some improv/poetry/clowning together.

We are already planning our next tour, full of drive and ambition, love and compassion and wheels set on continuous motion.18699926_1584698554875699_1370387665173708674_n.jpg

UBC Arts & Culture Night @ MOA

The Museum of Anthropology holds remarkable ethnographic objects right outside the doorstep of UBC Students. However, my job is to find more ways for students to become familiar with the cultural spaces on campus and gain some feelings of ownership and discovery. I believe that we should all be taking advantage of the most beautiful resources on campus. Dive into UBC, The Calendar and us at the UBC Arts and Culture District came together for a second annual Arts and Culture Night at the Museum of Anthropology attracting around 350 students.


UBC Improv, and UBC Slam, and other performers like my friends Rebecca, SheldonCole and new friends like Alex Lim, brought this night to life with creation, artistry bouncing through the walls of Canada’s most renowned museums. Check out the video to see how it all went down, you might even seen a little flickr of my performance.

And now, we plan for next year! I hope to bring brilliance and imagination up in into all the corners and cracks of our easily distracted minds.

VFS cafe tricycle show + Twisted Poets + Lets talk about mental health

Bloooop. Back to catching up on all the things I have sadly forgotten to mention.

For one, had such a killer time at the VFS Cafe Show we told the audience ‘If you’re lost, just go to the Gastown Scientology building and the VFS Café is diagonally across the street’.

Though Emma was sadly sick and fighting internal worms, Andrew and I came together and make caterpillars out of our voices for the crowd and soon Emma woke up as a butterfly. Tiny Tricycle Poetry keeps my heart pumping and our audiences playing. I remember the show as a true delight of fire and thickness of everything I wanted and what I thought I couldn’t quite attain.

Sometimes I perform and I’m so there every word aches off my tongue and becomes a canvas for mourning, power and then rebirth. This is also how I felt during my first time reading at Twisted Poets Reading Series. Though my voice was kind of melting out of me, it’s been a good time feeling like I can perform with the power I imagine.

I hope to spend the rest of this year, pushing myself to be more playful and excited, wondering and amusing, creating and breathing. I also had a lovely time performing at Let’s Talk about Mental Health show in my residence at UBC, but there is not too much more to say than it was eye-opening to see folks share their stories, so bravely, and have myself always masking metaphors. I’m going to write a poem about that… stay tuned.

Accelerating impact

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I was really happy to come out and perform at my friend Theo’s baby, the Accelerating Impact: UBC Social Enterprise Conference. I had a pleasure working side by side with my new friend Rebecca Hope and speaking poetry to a room full of UBC business folk. That’s what I like to do best- shake things around. I think they liked me, I saw some laughs and chuckles behind the suits.

I mean what are we dong anyways if not sparking fire in our business apparel.

 

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Expressions Cafe

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I’m back! And have so much updating to do. Hello word again.
I would love to zoom back to many a months ago, when I had an excellent show at the Expressions Cafe. I had a wonderful time with Everett Montionla side by side. Honestly, perhaps one of my favorite performances to date. I  did He Said he Wanted to Pluck Me, The News, and Fireflies. Each poem I felt power and light.
I love performing for youth and high school kids and trying to ignite a slice of the passion I feel for the work in them. A happy time.
YMHA is a ‘coalition of youth in the Lower Mainland which aims to promote youth involvement in the mental health conversation’. This event was all about getting the conversation going about Mental Health. Which I can deeply appreciate. Onward and upwards.

 

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