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Event Archive - Waking the Bard: Yvonne Blomer , Ann-Bernice Thomas, Iain Higgins, Sonney L'Abbe, Anita Lahey, Troy Sebastian, Banquo Folk Ensemble

Sat. April 23rd 2016 @  City Hall, 1 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC (All Ages)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm doors at 7 pm
Hosted by Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer, Waking the Bard is a free evening of poetry, theatre and live music in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s life.

University of Victoria Fine Arts students will perform an original play inspired by Shakespeare’s works, and six guest poets will create and perform a response to Shakespearean sonnets. Elizabethan music will be performed by the Banquo Folk Ensemble.

The event will include complimentary cake, beverages and door prizes donated by local businesses. Registration is not required.


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Yvonne Blomer

Yvonne Blomer has published three collections of poetry and co-edited Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press) an anthology out of the Planet Earth Poetry reading series. Her poems have appeared in Forcefield: 77 BC Women Poets (Mother Tongue Press) as well as in The Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books) and A Crystal Though Which Love Pass... more info
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Ann-Bernice Thomas

Ann-Bernice Thomas At the January 14, 2016 City Council meeting, Ann-Bernice Thomas was announced as Victoria’s newest Youth Poet Laureate. Serving as a champion for youth and the literary arts, Victoria’s Youth Poet Laureate seeks to inspire and engage local youth to share their stories and artistic voice through both the written and spoken... more info
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Banquo Folk Ensemble (early folk)

Banquo Folk Ensemble is a group of five multi-instrumentalists who play mostly folk music and early music from all over Europe, from about the 12th century to present. Our zoo of instruments includes mandolin, mandola, cittern, flute, penny- and low whistle, recorders, Scottish and Northumbrian small pipes, dumbek and other assorted percussion, App... more info