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Event Archive - Camas Books New Location grand Re-Opening Party!: Without A Net, Janet Rogers, Paper Cut Pony, Serina Zapf, Comrade Black

Fri. October 12th 2012 Camas Book and Infoshop (All Ages)
6:30 - 10pm
Camas Books 2620 Quadra St, Victoria BC, Unceded Lekwungen territories V8R4E3

Join us for an evening of celebration, with poetry, music, and shadow puppets at our BRAND NEW LOCATION 2620 Quadra St (1/2 a block down from the old Camas Books). Camas has always been about community, so we want you there to celebrate our new beginning with us.

The evening will be hosted by CBC radio host
Janet Rogers (Mohawk) the Poet Laureate of Victoria

and will include poetry performances by Serina Zapz & Comrade Black, as well as music by Klezmer musicians Without A Net
As well as a live shadow puppet performance by Paper Cut Pony

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Janet Rogers is a Mohawk author, spoken word and media poet. She is from the Six Nations territory now living on traditional Lekwungen territory for the past 18 years. Janet hosts the Native Waves Radio show on CFUV 101.9fm on Tuesdays and Tribal Clefs music column on CBC Radio One in Victoria. She is Victoria’s current poet laureate and has three books and 2 CDs of poetry.

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Paper Cut Pony casts shadows of your dreams before you can dream them! Cut-outs, masks, ink shadows and live instrumentation weave together to create lyrical shadow art. Born at the Jubilee Hospital, raised in the sedated 'burbs of Sydney Australia,
Janet Walker ( AKA Paper Cut Pony) discovered storytelling and art at a young age as a powerful antidote to internal calamity and paralysing fear. She then discovered that puppetry was a universal language used in many cultures and has the power to unite,heal and give birth to small revolutions of mind and emotion.
For a recent project, Janet ( in collaboration with Vancouver's Mind of A Snail Puppet Co.) created a shadow puppet film to support the fight for freedom in West Papua. She also created an intimate art-experiment in which she invited a group of people into her bedroom, tucked them into her bed , sang them lullabies and projected live shadow drawings for them on the ceiling. Janet also works as a illustrator, a playwright and a curriculum designer for first nations youth programs. Paper Cut Pony can be found on the interweb at or you can contact [email protected] for more info or to book a show.


Camas Books & Infoshop is a not-for-profit, collectively-run bookstore and autonomous space located on Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Camas opened its doors in September 2007 to provide a voice for anti-authoritarian and Indigenous perspectives, and to foster a spirit of education and openness within social struggles locally, regionally and globally. Since its founding, the store has hosted alternative learning forums, book launches, poetry readings, and other cultural events. In addition to serving as an organizational hub for various activist campaigns, Camas enjoys the support of Victoria’s queer community and has a well-deserved reputation as a place where people can get in touch with contemporary movements for social change.

“Camas is a place where people educate themselves, gather and organize, make stuff like patches, and have fun being activists” says Jon, one of the store’s younger collective members.


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Janet Rogers

Janet is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, BC) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music and script w... more info

Comrade Black (spoken word and political performance style poetry)

Green anarcho-feminist queer-edge spoken word artist and community organizer. There Is No Environment by Comrade Black Maybe we've got to start at the start? Maybe this began when the first womyn or man put their hand on the cave wall to leave a painted hand print? The first act of humans imprinting their will upon mother nature... more info