Festival Schedule

Saturday, August 24, 2013


12:00 - 12:30 ♫♫ ♫♫ Music:  The Wanda Nowicki Quartet 

With Steve Bagnell on Sax , Chris Potter on piano, Mark Bender on bass.

12:30 - 1:00 Featured Reader: Joy Kogawa 

1:00 - 1:20 Group 1: Real Vancouver Writers' Series, Youth Slam, (Connor Dole), Word Whips (Jerimie Marion, Christy Hill)

1:20 - 1:40 Group 2: Poetic Justice (Sho Wiley), Poetry Around the World (Lucia Gorea, Lilija Valis) Thursday Writers (Anne Hopkinson) 

1:40 - 2:00 Featured Poet: Fiona Tinwei Lam 

2:00 - 2:15 Announcements 

2:15 - 2:30♫♫ ♫♫ Music and Spoken Word: Bohemian Caress Reading Series

2:30 -2:45 Original  Performance by Amanda Wardrop and Maria Dimas

Beauty and Beasts

A collaborative performance piece created by two theatre artists that explores the idea of beauty and what is revealed when we poke and prod the beasts of beauty and its counter. This work has its roots in play,  exploration and narrative.

2:45 - 3:05 Group 3: Vancouver Poetry Slam (Ruth Mason-Paul), Kwantlen Writers (Billeh Nickerson), Christianne’s Lyceum (Elizabeth Hann, Caitlin Harrigan, Juliana Jaspar)

3:05 - 3:25 Group 4: Vancouver Storytellers (Mary Gavin), Burnaby Writers (Eileen Kernaghan), Canadian Authors Association (Margo Bates)

3:25 - 3:45 Group 5: Surrey Muse (Mariam Zohra Durrani, Sana Janjua), Event (Elizabeth Bachinsky) , Writers International Network Canada

(Ashok Bhargava)

3:45 - 4:00 Featured Poet: Kevin Spenst

4:00 - 4:15 Announcements 

4:15 - 4:35 Group 6: Federation of BC Writers (Ben Nuttall-Smith), Writer's Studio (Tanja Bartel), Prism (Jorden Abel)

4:35 - 4:55 Group 7: Twisted Poets (Chelsea Comeau), Dead Poets (Diane Tucker), World Poetry Youth (Anita Aguirre-Nieveras  Angelica Poversky)

4:55 - 5:15 Group 8:  The Abundant Word and Music Festival (Eva Waldauf), Hogan’s Alley (Timothy Shay), Story Slam (Byrant Ross)

5:15 - 6 pm Close ♫♫ ♫♫ Lache Cercel and the Roma Swing Ensemble


1:00 - 1:30 Welcome and Opening Reading: David Day 

1:30 - 2:15  Panel Discussion: Moderator: Dennis E. Bolen

         Panelists: Kim Werker, Liisa Hannus and Maegan Thomas

         Topic: ‘Social Media and Art in the New Do-It-Yourself World’ Vancouver is Awesome  

         A panel of social media writer-experts discuss the current state of writing and promotion and             the fact most publishers are no longer in the author-advertising business. It now falls to artists          themselves to ensure they gain a public profile; a how, why and who-based, interactive                     session.

2:15 - 2:30 Open Mic: sign up on site at Community Stage 

2:30 - 2:45 Featured Poet: Jillian Christmas 

2:45 - 3:00 Announcements 

3:00 - 3:45 - Panel Discussion: Moderator: James McCann

        Panelists: Kyle Hawke, Ali Denno, Daniela Elza, Mary Duffy, Jabez Churchill 

        Topic: With the motto of Pandora’s Collective “Promoting the Arts That Inspire the World to                Take Notice of Itself,” how has Pandora’s Collective changed or affected what you do with your         writing? How do you see Pandora’s making a difference in the world?" A panel meant to inspire         the arts within you, by introducing you to the organization that inspires us.

3:45 - 4:00 Open Mic sign up on site at Community  Stage

4:00 - 4: 15 Featured Poet: Chris Gilpin  

4:15 - 5:00 Panel Discussion Moderator: Todd Wong    

        Panelists Kevin Chong, Russell Wallace, Kyla Bourgh and Glenn Deer.
        Topic: Putting the Canadian into Ethnic-Hyphenated poetry and literature. Scottish-French-First         Nations-Chinese-English-Metis-African-Italian-German-Japanese-Irish-Canadian-South Asian.             Putting the Ethnic Hyphen into Canadian lit & poetry. Identity & Politics, or Multicultural                    Mainstream - isn't that what Canada's always been about?

5:00 - 5:15 Closing Featured Poet: Jen Currin 



1:00 - 1:30 Opening Performer: ♫♫ and StoryTelling: Max Tell  

1:30 - 1:50 Story Teller: Jabez Churchill 

1:50 - 2:10: Christianne's Lycenumʼs Readers (Arjun Basra, Jolie Leung, Isabella Battiston, Yabi Davidoff, Samantha Chauvin)

2:10 - 2:30 Author: James McCann

2:30 - 2:50 ♫♫  and StoryTelling: Jaques Lalonde

2:50 - 3:10 Author: kc dyer 

3:10 - 3:30Author: Tiffany Stone  

3:30 - 4:00 Closing Performer: Magican The Great Smartini 

Chelsea Comeau, Jabez Churchill, Mary Duffy, Steven R. Duncan,  Lucia Gorea, Natasha Boskic, Todd Wong, kc dyer, Sylvia Taylor, Dennis E. Bolen, Wilhelmina Salmi, Daniela Elza. 

Wilhelmina Salmi, Natasha Boskic, Steven R. Duncan,Sylvia Taylor, Kyle Hawke, Lucia Gorea, Lyndsay Kwan, Pamela Bentley, Ruth W. Kozak, Mary Duffy.


Find out what’s happening in the literary arts community. Meet the people that make it all happen. Brochures and displays will be available from a variety of groups. Also this year the artists who bring you their work at the silent auction at the Gala will be on hand if you want to purchase more or get more information from them.  Blumin Warehouse featuring the Naked Poets, The Federation of BC Writers, Canadian Authors Association, Oh My Goodness Creations, Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art, The Grind Writers, Kindness is Key, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Leben, Lush Loops, Misfit Lit, Pandora’s Collective,  Poetry Around the World, Poetry Planet, Royal City Literary Arts Society, Real Vancouver Writers' Series, Surrey Muse, Vancouver Is Awesome, Van Documents, The Writer’s Studio (SFU), Writers International Network Canada.

 All of our Word Whips hosts will be available throughout the day to help you unleash those hidden words with writing prompts. Take the challenge.  All levels of writers welcome. Then read at our open mics at the community stage. 


Don’t forget that you can read your poems at the festival on the Granville Stage during the open mic sections. Please sign up with the host of the time just before the open mic. 

Host:  Wilhelmina Salmi  2:15 – 2:30 pm       Host: Sylvia Taylor  3:45 – 4:00 pm   


Blue Pencil Sessions

will be offered by qualified and experienced members of

The Federation of British Columbia Writers 

during The Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival

Saturday August 24th, 2013

Any prospective author may apply for one free session.

Submit TWO PAGES  – double spaced – Times New Roman 12 point

to   vp1@bcwriters.ca

no later than Saturday, August 10, 2013


Please state your preferred time between 12 – 2 pm  or  between 2 – 4 pm



Express your inner self! Free face painting and crafts. 


Andrew Bagoly



Bonnie Nish – Executive Director, Pandora’s Collective 

Taslim Jaffer: 


Steven R. Duncan: 


Natasha Boskic: 

Volunteer Coordinator

Lara Varesi: 

Admin Assistant

Kyla Bourgh: 

Day of Festival Assistant

Christy Hill: Graphic Designer

Kansept K Printers: Printer

Stephen Karr, Leanne Padgett, Pamela Bentley, Natasha Boskic: Website

Judith Atkinson: Awards Design


Dennis E. Bolen, Kyla Bourgh, Chelsea Comeau, Steven R. Duncan, Taslim Jaffer, Ruth Kozak, Lara Varesi, Mary Duffy, Pamela Bentley, Daniela Elza, Jason Morden, Natasha Boskic, Christy Hill, Kyle Hawke, Stephen Karr  


Andrew Bagoly, Phyllis Bassett,  Pamela Bentley, Dennis E. Bolen, Natasha Boskic, 

Kyla Bourgh,Fran Bourassa 

Sita Carboni, 

 Jabez Churchill, Chelsea Comeau,

 Ali Denno, Sebastian Denno, Steve Duncan,

 Mary Duffy, 

Daniela Elza, 

Amanda Hartley,

 Kyle Hawke, 

Christy Hill,

 Taslim Jaffer, 

Stephen Karr, 

W. Ruth Kozak, Lindsay Glauser Kwan, 

Bernice Lever,  

Suzy Malcolm, 

Jason Morden, 

 Leanne Averbach, 


Sharon Taylor, 


Lara Varesi, 

Eva Waldauf,  Leanne Padgett, Trina Ferguson.


John Hendry Park (Trout Lake)  is at 3300 Victoria Drive (@ E 15th Avenue)

For more information visit the Vancouver Parks Board Trout Lake website:


Concession stands, washrooms, playgrounds, a picnic and swimming area, free parking, and East Van’s Farmers Market are minutes away!  (vancouver.about.com)

You can bike, take the bus or use the SkyTrain; the park is just a short walk from the Broadway SkyTrain Station at E Broadway and Commercial Drive.

Translink Bus and SkyTrain Routes

The most common routes are listed below:

Take the #99 B-Line Bus to Broadway and Commercial.

Take the #20 from downtown along Hastings and 
up Commercial Drive until you reach Broadway.

Take the SkyTrain to Commercial and Broadway Station.

Once you’ve arrived at Commercial and Broadway, hop off and walk East until you reach Victoria Drive, go South until you reach East 14th at John Hendry Park (Trout Lake). Continue East and you’ll find the 9th Annual Summer Dreams Festival.

For rates, planning your route, and general service information visit: www.translink.ca

Detailed Transportation Options

Passengers rates: 1 Zone $2.50    2 Zone $3.75    3 Zone $5.00

Bus 99 B-Line along Broadway (to Trout Lake)
 -- The 99 B-Line is a rapid transit line in Metro Vancouver, BC. It travels along Broadway, a major east-west thoroughfare, and connects UBC to Commercial–Broadway Station on the SkyTrain system. It is the busiest bus route in North America, moving over 50,000 people per day.  Bus 9 also treks to Granville and Broadway and winds up at UBC, slowly. It is considered the milk-run.

 Bus 20 travels up Commercial  Drive.

You can hop on Bus 20 Downtown at Robson and Richard and wind up at Commercial and Broadway and take a brisk walk over to Trout Lake.

For Bus Schedules visit: http://tripplanning.translink.ca/

SkyTrain Station - Commercial & Broadway (7 minutes away) is a major transit hub, with the highest amount of boardings of any SkyTrain station
Commercial–Broadway Station is located just east of the intersection of Broadway and Commercial Drive in East Vancouver. Part of the station is elevated over East Broadway, while another part is located deep within Grandview Highway North. The two parts are connected via an elevator and skyway. 
For rates and schedules visit: www.translink.ca  

Driving to Trout Lake & John Hendry Park:

The 9th Annual Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival will be held at the NorthWest corner of the park.

Parking Lots -- 
The main entrance to the park is located at 3300 Victoria Drive and E 15th Avenue. There you’ll find a large, free parking lot (on the Northwest side of John Hendry Park) between Templeton and Lakewood, south of the 13th Avenue Alley. The parking lot runs along Victoria Drive, on the West side of the park.

There’s another parking lot, which is accessible from 19th Ave at the extreme South end of the park.


Main Stage:  12:00 – 12:30  The Wanda Nowicki Quartet 

     Originally from Vancouver Canada, Wanda began her  stage training at The Banff School Of Fine Arts, to which she was awarded a scholarship. After her summer in Banff, she continued her training for 4 years in Los Angeles, at The Strasberg Institute, where her training in both theatre and vocals were extensive. Private training under Seth Riggs and Elizabeth Sabine were included as well as her class studies at the institute. 

  Many theatre productions, voice over work and night club engagements have filled Ms. Nowicki's resume. Musically she has had a variety of bands that have included blues, cabaret, and more recently, jazz. She has had the opportunity to share the stage with all time sax great Big Jay McNeely, as well as a live radio performance with Richard Berry.  
   More recently, back in her home town of Vancouver, Ms. Nowicki has been working consistently with her own jazz quartet ,in a wide variety of venues,including 5 consecutive performances ,from 2005 to 2010, in The  TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The band has played in countless dining establishments,nightclubs, jazz festivals around the lower mainland, and private functions.
       In 2010 , Ms. Nowicki's 2009 cd, Prezactly Excisely, was played on CBC'S jazz program Tonic, with Katie Malloch.  She also was a featured vocalist in the film Every Other Tuesday and the clip can be viewed on youtube     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYpCU+2PaLc&hd=1

Main Stage:  5:15 – 6:00
Lache Cercel and the Roma Swing Ensemble

The flare and passion of traditional Eastern European melodies with swingin’ jazz harmonies… and a little egyptian percussion for good measure…

Lache Cercel and his Roma Swing Ensemble represent the latest chapter in an important movement in Canadian World Music – elite musicians from around the world who settle in Canada and create music that incorporates their own traditions with influences they find surrounding them here.

Before leaving his homeland, Lache Cercel was one of Romania’s premier musicians. From a musical family, he trained at the Academy of Arts in Bucharest, became a soloist with the Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and, in 1986, was awarded the “Artist of the People” Citation by the Romanian government.

Since settling in Canada in 1998, he has furthered his musical studies at Vancouver Community College and collaborated with musicians from a diverse range of backgrounds. Among them are renowned Egyptian percussionist Adel Awad, noted Vancouver jazz vocalist Laura Crema and Latin music virtuoso Sal Ferreras. Cercel’s music is firmly rooted in Roma tradition, styled with Doina Klezmer, Middle Eastern and European sounds, and held together with jazz improvisation. He calls his fusion Roma Jazz or Roma Swing. In the tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephen Grappelli, Cercel lays classical and improvisational jazz alongside traditional renderings, which makes for a phenomenal sound.

Cercel is a bandleader who lets every musician shine. He plays with the outrageous virtuosity found in contemporary European Roma recordings, and adds his own vision, relaxing the form somewhat. The musicians play with freedom and the listener feels the strong roots and hears the history of tragedy, struggle and ultimate survival that is part of Roma music.

Cercel spent his early years in Canada doing solo performances around BC and teaching Romanian style violin. For several summers, he made annual teaching trips to the Buffalo Gap International Music Camp in Washington, DC and Mendocino Balkan Camp in Mendocino, CA. His early performance highlights include The Victoria Jazz Festival, Mission Folk Festival, the Western Premiers Conference and Victoria First Night Celebrations. Cercel also performed with the Original Balkan Jam, appearing at The Winnipeg Folk Festival and Festival by the Sea in St. John, NB. He even performed at Disneyland with the Ukranian ensemble Vaselka.

In 1994, Cercel returned to Romania to continue his exploration of Romanian music. There, he recorded his debut CD, Rhapsody of Romania with well-known Romanian conductor, Paraschiv Oprea.

He came back to Canada in 1996, settled in Vancouver and has continued since then to build his reputation as a solo performer, session musician, and composer of music for film and TV.


A rising star on the Canadian world / classical / folk / electronica scenes, award-winning Aboriginal cellist Cris Derksen is known for building layers of sound into captivating performances. Her music braids the traditional and contemporary in multiple dimensions, weaving her traditional classical training and her aboriginal ancestry with new school electronics, creating genre defying music.

On her debut solo effort, The Cusp, the 13 tracks range from classically oriented, multitracked soundscapes (“We Danced Movement I & II”) to upbeat party bumps inspired by her half-Cree ancestry (“Pow.wow.wow”) and hybridized pieces that sound ready-made for climatic moments in art or cinema.

In 2011, The Cusp was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award, and won the 2011 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. She was honoured with funding from First Tracks, to make POW WOW WOW, an APTN Music Video, released in early 2012.

Pandora’s Collective Word Whips Writing Series

This is an on-going event that occurs on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 pm. Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten to fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Sita Carboni and many others. This month’s theme will be focused on Summer Dreams. Britannia Library, Gallery Room. 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC

For Workshops: Please go to workshop page

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