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Nikki Reimer’s DOWNVERSE and ryan fitzpatrick’s Fortified Castles, both published by Talon in 2014, are reviewed together by Eric Schmaltz in Canadian Literature online. No doubt the below extract will intrigue you, so go ahead and read the full review.
Amid austerity, rampant racism, trans- and homophobia, economic precarity, and political failures, it is hard to suggest that our modern conditions are anything other than bleak. This review will briefly identify some of the ways that these two authors have developed immersive writing strategies that reflect and respond to this turbulent landscape, where despondence and cynicism reign amid a noise of hashtags, commentary, and inflated personalities.
The Price We Pay is a 2015 documentary by Harold Crooks, inspired by Brigitte Alepin’s book La Crise fiscale qui vient, that blows the lid off the dirty world of corporate malfeasance by documenting the dark history and dire present-day reality of big-business tax avoidance. Multinational corporations routinely deprive governments of trillions of dollars in tax revenues – which would ultimately benefit the citizens living under these governments – by harboring profits in offshore havens. Tax havens, originally created by London bankers in the 1950s, today put over half the world’s stock of money beyond reach of public treasuries.
In the film, crusading journalists, tax justice campaigners (including Alain Deneault), and former finance and technology industry insiders speak frankly about the accelerating trends carrying the Western world to an inequitable and unsustainable future.
Learn more on The Price We Pay website, or watch the trailer here:
Organizations interested in arranging screenings of this film are encouraged to do so, and should be aware that the screening fee can be as low as $200. The appropriate contact information is available from the film’s website.
Also see CBC’s coverage, on The National, of this new documentary and the implications of its content:
CBC has named Tomson Highway one of five nominees to watch at this year’s Indigenous Music Awards. Below is what CBC had to say about Highway, and you can read about the other four stand-out artists online.
Tomson Highway is a celebrated writer and an icon in the indigenous community. This Cree writer from northern Manitoba has written numerous plays, a novel and several children’s books.
But Highway is also a master pianist, musician and songwriter.
His latest offering is called The (Post) Mistress, a musical one-woman play. The multi-genre soundtrack includes songs in Cree, English and French — and, like Tomson, it defies category.
Tomson Highway will be playing his grand piano on the IMA stage this year, in what is sure to be an unforgettable performance.
The Indigenous Music Awards will be held on September 11, 2015, as part of the Manito Ahbee Festival in Winnipeg. The five-day gathering includes indigenous music, art, education, a marketplace, and a powwow. The awards show is broadcast live on APTN.
Quebec City, 1905. Two priests-to-be are ordered to deliver a letter to a controversial visitor to their city: the legendary French actress, Sarah Bernhardt.
Our first book of the Fall 2015 season is ready right on time; Michel Marc Bouchard’s The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt (translated by Linda Gaboriau) makes its debut concurrently with the Shaw Festival’s world premiere of the play.
As part of her long career, Sarah Bernhardt – known to her loyal fans as “The Divine” – visited Canada several times between 1880 and 1917, most often visiting Montreal, but once – just once – alighting in Quebec City. It is this singular historic visit, about which little is known, that Bouchard takes as the backdrop for his play, exploring conservative and progressive veins in competition through turn-of-the-century North America, with a focus on Quebec, that province on the verge of great change.
The Divine was commissioned for the 2015 Shaw Festival in honour of George Bernard Shaw and everyone who loves the theatre, and in memory of Sarah Bernhardt, “the woman who dares to say everything that should be left unsaid.” Extra fun fact: this play by a French-Canadian playwright will premiere in English before being produced in French, thanks to on-the-ground collaborations with translator Linda Gaboriau, newly minted Member of the Order of Canada for translation.
Pick up your copy of the play at the Shaw Festival bookstore when you see the live production, which runs until October 11, or order the book online today for $16.95.
Scrumpy Theatre from Victoria, BC, presents Boiler Room Suite by Rex Deverell in the summer of 2015, starring Naomi Simpson as Aggie, Mark Carins as Sprugg, and Julian Cervello as Pete.
About the play: Two Skid Row winos who have climbed into the boiler room of an abandoned hotel on the Prairies to seek refuge from winter – and from the world, until it turns kinder. Aggie Rose is a former actress, and Sprugg is a failed poet. Together, they act out their fantasies, trying to bring “a little warmth, a little human kindness to each other’s lives.” Boiler Room Suite won the 1977 Canadian Authors Association Award for Drama.
July 29 & 30
Clayoquot Sound Community
Lighthouse Community Hall
More dates to be announced.
Find more information on scrumpyproductions.com.
The last of our Spring 2015 books have arrived! Hot off the press, order your copy of Canada: A New Tax Haven today ($29.95).
In Canada: A New Tax Haven, Alain Deneault traces Canada’s relationship with Commonwealth Caribbean nations back through the last half of the twentieth century, arguing that the involvement of Canadian financiers in establishing and maintaining Caribbean tax havens has predisposed Canada to become a tax haven itself – a metamorphosis well under way. … Not only does Canada offer one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world, but a number of loopholes encourage companies to relocate to Canada as if it were Barbados or Bermuda. Canada: A New Tax Haven is an attempt to analyze the situation and address its implications for Canadians.
The Watershed is a new play by Annabel Soutar, author of the docudrama Seeds. Directed by Chris Abraham and co-produced by Porte Parole and Crow’s Theatre, The Watershed premiered yesterday, July 7, and runs until July 19, 2015.
The Watershed follows a documentary theatre artist as she leads her own family on a cross-country journey, investigating the forces that are shaping the future of our natural resources. Do we really have to choose between the environment and the economy?
The play is commissioned by PANAMANIA, Toronto’s PanAm/ParaPan Am Games’ cultural event, presented by CIBC as part of AQUACULTURE, a specially curated selection of art works about water. The cast includes Bruce Dinsmore, Alex Ivanovici, Tanja Jacobs, Tara Nicodemo, Ngozi Paul, Eric Peterson, Amelia Sargisson, and Kristen Thomson. Le Partage des eaux, the play’s French version by Fanny Britt, will debut at Usine C, in the Fall of 2015.
For her contributions as a translator who has brought French-Canadian theatre to a broader English audience, Linda Gaboriau has been named a member of the Order of Canada in 2015.
Linda Gaboriau is an award-winning literary translator based in Montreal. We are honoured to have her on the Talon list, and we are immensely proud of this appointment. Gaboriau most recently translated The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt by Michel Marc Bouchard, to be published this Fall.
The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society for outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. See the full list of 2015 appointments on the website of the office of Canada’s Governor General.
With heavy hearts and immense gratitude for his contributions to the literary landscape, we join the Canadian and British Columbian poetry communities in mourning the recent passing of Jamie Reid. Jamie Reid was born in Timmins, Ontario in 1941, and passed away in late June 2015.
At the University of British Columbia, Reid met Warren Tallman and together with George Bowering, Fred Wah, and several other writers, founded TISH in 1961; they would later become collectively known as the Tish poets. In the latter half of the 1960s, Reid organized Vancouver’s first Be-In, a gathering of activists following the example of a similar event in San Francisco. In 1967 he withdrew to the countryside of the Okanagan, where he wrote his first book of poems, The Man Whose Path Was on Fire (1969), which took the Canadian literary scene by storm. Reid then travelled to central Canada and, in his words, became a fierce communist for almost twenty years. Reid’s poetic work is fiercely intelligent, fearlessly incisive, and always politically charged. His recent work includes I. Another. The Space Between (Talon, 2004).
Read more about Reid on ABC Bookworld.
France Perras, Siona Gareau-Brennan, Julie Trepanier, and Joey Lesparance star in À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou. Photo credit: Emily Cooper
Winners of the 33rd Annual 2015 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards were announced early this week at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC. The Jessies recognize theatre achievements in three categories – large, small and young audiences – as well as numerous special categories.
Talon author, Province theatre reviewer, actor, and renowned Canadian theatre professor Jerry Wasserman was awarded the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) Career Achievement Award, and we wish him hearty congratulations!
In the Large Theatre category, Théâtre la Seizième cleaned up for its production of playwright Michel Tremblay’s À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou, which is published by Talon in English. It took in a total of six awards, for everything from direction and performance to set design and production. Congratulations to this company, which brings French theatre to the west coast.
In Canada: A New Tax Haven, Alain Deneault traces Canada’s relationship with Commonwealth Caribbean nations back through the last half of the twentieth century, arguing that the involvement of Canadian financiers in establishing and maintaining Caribbean tax havens has predisposed Canada to become a tax haven itself – a metamorphosis well under way.
Canada: A New Tax Haven is available from Talonbooks for $29.95. Read the bulk of the book’s introduction on Meta-Talon today.Thursday July 16, 2015 in Meta-Talon
This fall, follow the wind with Daniel Canty. Aboard the Blue Rider, a venerable midnight-blue Ford Ranger crested with a weathervane and a retractable windsock, Canty surrendered himself to the fluidity of air currents, driving in the direction of the wind for ten days in 2010. And soon, his accompanying musings may be found in a book.
To tease and tickle your fancy as you await with gooseflesh the arrival of The United States of Wind, we offer the windiest chapter of Canty’s previous book, Wigrum.Thursday July 9, 2015 in Meta-Talon
Poet-performer Adeena Karasick does a performance called Salomé: Woman of Valor. At this year’s performance of the work, multimedia and visual presentations by Jim Andrews will accompany the show, and will be available to audience members on their smartphones. Visit Salomé: Woman of Valor online.Friday July 3, 2015 in Meta-Talon
By Karl Siegler
April 10, 1941–June 25, 2015
Within our generation, one person deserves to be immortalized as a tireless, articulate, and unwavering champion of liberty, equality, and fraternity; a beacon anchored against the always seductively raging deep of the politically correct: Jamie Reid.
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