There’s a lot happening this coming Wednesday, and it’s all at the same time, so I’ll be brief.
At 8:00 PM, Winnipeg’s slam poetry community is hosting a qualifier. The top four poets from the contest (as judged by the AUDIENCE) will be able to compete in Winnipeg’s semi-finals in May. The top Winnipeg poets compete every year at a national competition. Literally ANYONE can show up to the slam and sign up to compete. In fact, I would encourage you to do so. In between rounds of poems, the Urban Indigenous Theatre Company will be performing. It’s described as a “multi-disciplinary, multi-generational project.”
A description of the production from UITC director, Columpa Bobb:
“The Indian Residential School history is not an “Indian problem” but rather, it is a Canadian wound, one that we must all heal from. Through this spoken-word-based piece, we witness our shared point in history and move to create a new future, one that speaks to the creation of a country that embraces us in all our perfect diversities.”
The sign-up for the slam is at 7:00 PM. The poems start at 8:00 PM. The event will be hosted at The King’s Head. The event is a sliding scale, between $5 – $10.
From director John Paskievich: “Not long after I began filming, a series of events led me to follow Ed down a series of conjoined rabbit holes where over the course of three years I received a special education in a host of disparate subjects that included, among others, spelling, mayoral and federal politics, winter camping, learning disabilities, urban backyard wells, human rights, the timeless delights and perils of love and marriage, homelessness, burdock sweaters, police malfeasance and cooking with pig tails.”
The film will be screened in room 4M31 at the University of Winnipeg. The doors open at 7:00 PM, the film starts at 7:30 PM. Q & A with director John Paskievich to follow. The event is FREE.
Finally, journalist and historian Gwynne Dyer will be speaking at the University of Winnipeg on the topic of peace in the Middle East. I’ve seen Gwynne Dyer speak once before, on climate change, and he’s a potent combination of erudite and engaging. This is where I’ll be, although I hope to catch the end of the poetry slam as well.
The event starts at 7:00 PM at Eckhardt-Grammate Hall, on the third floor in the University of Winnipeg. I expect it will fill up, so if you’re interested in this one, I would recommend arriving at least 15 minutes early. The event is FREE.
To all the good naysayers who disparage boring old Winnipeg… there’s lots going on, it’s up to us to go and find it.