Slam Side of The City

A free show with spectacular poets in the Frederic Wood Theater, was not something I thought I could help bring to life in my first year but I did.

Despite communication troubles and intense levels of identity shuffling and re imagining- the event turned out well and blew all the minds of the people in the audience. I think it was one of those things that UBC lacked, which is why we did it. UBC needs more whimsy, more fire, more burning, more poetry and more people inspiring  and teaching other people at no cost. Coming together to be safe, imaginative and ready to explore the boundlessness of words.

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.

Writing Pieces

I’ve been writing pieces to further the old mission of writing about everything that happens in the Arts and Culture District at UBC.

Here are a few new ones that I thought I’d post on here if anybody’s interested in taking a read:

A piece about general human art stuff as a first year student.ubc fyi 2

A piece about a new exhibition that started at MOA!

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And then also in addition to doing some UBC FYI stuff I wrote up a couple of doo-dads for the Campus Resident. The local UNA paper.

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Check out the MOA article here. The Theater article here.

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Verses 2017

So pleased to become a part of the team of the Verses gang. I love the festival and have attended for the past four years. It was hugely pivotal in my becoming of a poet. 16998185_381026758925760_4560251410508387392_n.jpg

Now I get to work together with some of the folks that have inspired me most. I’ve been brought up onto the team as the volunteer coordinator. Volunteering at Verses, is a sweet deal. Not only do you get free passes and swag, you get to be immersed in a community of some of the best folks you will ever encounter.  There are over 30 events happening at Verses this year, spanning from April 20-30th, including Hullabaloo, CIPS, Mashed Poetics, Chicken Sessions and other spectacular feature shows and workshops through the ten days.

Andrew and I are working together. Andrew is my love for ever and ever. It’s really interesting to come into the VPH office and see all the boxes of tiny dreams being stored around the room.

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More updates to come about how the process goes. But if you are feeling like being amazing and hanging out with me and being a part of one of the biggest spoken word festivals in Canada, sign up to volunteer here.

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MCing Children’s Festival

Had a pretty sweet time on Monday night MCing the Children’s Art Festival in Richmond. Though I was pretty sleep deprived, it was nice to relive the child hood memories and have some hot dogs and hamburgers and be a part of Canada’s biggest little birthday party for family day. I do wish I had an opportunity to share the stage with my long time hero Charlotte Diamond or Robert Munch, but maybe they’ll come out next year.

Anyways, nothing like having a day filled with thanking sponsors, eating cupcakes and looking at disco people on stilts all day!

Photos by my favourite special news photographer Gorde Glob.