Performer Bios - 2012

Barbara Adler & Fang headline at this year's Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival
arbara Adler & Fang
headline at this year's
 Summer Dreams Literary Arts Festival

Learn more about her here...

Khari McClelland

posted Aug 24, 2012, 12:52 PM by Pamela Bentley   [ updated Aug 24, 2012, 12:55 PM by Steve Duncan ]

Khari was born and raised on the streets of Detroit.  He came to Vancouver seven years ago and
over the last five years, has risen to prominence in the Canadian music scene. He currently sings in the Juno nominated Sojourners and has worked with prominent Canadian musicians such as Jim Byrnes, Steve Dawson, and Frazey Ford. This work has led to tours and major festivals across North America and into Europe. In the fall of 2009 he formed a new project, Khari and the Hastings, playing tunes penned by him.  He also works as a facilitator for youth Arts programs all over the Northwest U.S. and Canada.
Khari will be a panelist for "Poets as Storytellers: Stories as Poems" at 4:45 - 5:30 on the Granville Stage.

Sho Wiley

posted Aug 24, 2012, 12:41 PM by Pamela Bentley   [ updated Aug 24, 2012, 12:57 PM by Steve Duncan ]

Sho Wiley performs spoken word, telling stories and saying things she couldn't get a way with any other way! She has a degree in Creative Writing from UBC and is grateful for mentoring by many wonderful poets including Robin Skelton.
Sho writes speculative fiction under the name Sho Ray and is finishing a novel CE6:Connections. Concurrently, she's working on a collection of poems called Broke-itudes and another novel about the afterlife of Joan of Arc (Jehanne La Pucelle.)
Sho will be part of the Panel "Poets as Storytellers: Stories as Poems" at 4:45 - 5:30 on the Granville Stage.

Al Mader

posted Aug 22, 2012, 4:29 PM by Stephen Karr   [ updated Aug 23, 2012, 12:10 PM by Steve Duncan ]

Al Mader and "The Minimalist Jug Band" has opened for bands such as They Might Be Giants and Nick Cave. He has toured across Canada with pioneering indie artist, Petunia,and has been a member of several Vancouver Poetry Slam teams.

A musician, a story teller, a man with his heart on his scarf, Al Mader has stepped up to open the Granville Stage at 12:30 Saturday at Trout Lake.  This is a performance not to be missed!

Photo by Heather Watts.

Andy Cañete

posted Aug 21, 2012, 4:26 PM by Pamela Bentley   [ updated Aug 21, 2012, 4:38 PM by Steve Duncan ]

Andy Cañete is Chilean born and has been doing stand-up comedy since 2007. He is a storyteller by nature. He has won various Storyslam competitions in town and represented Vancouver in a World Storytelling competition in 2009. He has been headlining and middling shows doing stand-up, touring all over B.C., and to Edmonton and Calgary. He is also an actor, and has done a few tv shows (Psych, Human Target) and various commercials (Miller Lite, Dell Computers, Citizens Bank etc.)

Margaret Anne Hume

posted Aug 17, 2012, 1:18 PM by Pamela Bentley   [ updated Aug 17, 2012, 1:20 PM by Steve Duncan ]

Margaret Anne Hume is the author of the biography Just Mary: the Life of Mary Evelyn Grannan, and editor of the “Just Mary” Reader: Mary Grannan, Selected Stories, both published by the Dundurn Group in 2006.  In 2012, she and her father, Albert Mair MacLean, co-authored his memoirs, My Life: Adventures of an RCAF Flying Officer, Eaton’s Manager, and Family Man. Margaret is national vice-president of the Canadian Authors Association.

Robert W. Mackay

posted Aug 17, 2012, 1:15 PM by Pamela Bentley   [ updated Aug 17, 2012, 1:16 PM by Steve Duncan ]

Robert W. Mackay’s first novel, Soldier of the Horse, was published in 2011, winning a Gold Independent Publishers Medal (“IPPY”) for historical/wartime fiction. The story is based on the activities of his father in the Canadian cavalry in the First World War.

Robert is currently working on a novel set in a Canadian submarine, and is president of the Canadian Authors Association, Vancouver Branch.

Lee Edward Födi

posted Aug 14, 2012, 12:07 PM by Pamela Bentley   [ updated Aug 14, 2012, 12:07 PM by Steve Duncan ]

Known as the “Wizard of Words” or simply as “Mr. Wiz,” Lee Edward Födi is the author and illustrator of the award-winning Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar. As a co-founder of The Creative Writing for Children Society (CWC), he is well-known for his imaginative and magical workshops for young writers. He enjoys mythology, history, the mysteries of the universe—and especially visiting exotic places where he can explore tombs, mazes, castles, and crypts—not to mention tiny places tucked between the cracks of here and there. Find out more at and

Jacqueline Pearce

posted Aug 13, 2012, 4:19 PM by Stephen Karr   [ updated Aug 17, 2012, 1:22 PM by Steve Duncan ]

Jacqueline Pearce is a local author who writes contemporary and historical fiction for children and teens. Her stories take readers around the corner to Vancouver neighbourhoods, and across the ocean to Japan. In her newest book, Flood Warning (Orca 2012), a boy named Tom helps save his family's dairy cows from the Fraser River flood of 1948 (with a little help from his dog, Amos, and some inspiration from his hero, the Lone Ranger).

Christianne's Lyceum

posted Aug 13, 2012, 12:30 PM by Pamela Bentley   [ updated Aug 14, 2012, 12:12 PM by Steve Duncan ]

Reading from Christianne's Lyceum on the Main Stage are:

Elizabeth HannMy name is Elizabeth Hann. I am twenty-one years old. I live in Vancouver, B.C, and have lived there all my life. I have been telling stories since I first learned how to talk, writing stories since I was nine years old, and knowing I wanted to write for a living since I was ten. I feel honoured to be able to perform at the Summer Dreams Festival.

Jackie Amsden: Jackie Amsden enjoys Cheerios (but not the plain kind), any television program with the word 'house' in the title and is currently recovering from a very  destructive instagram addiction. She works as an editor at UBC.

Nell Libera: Nell Libera is a Grade 12 student who lives in Vancouver. In her spare time, she loves travelling, writing, reading and photography. She also enjoys listening to good music, watching tacky medical dramas, and especially basking in the summer sun.

Christianne's Lyceum on Children's Stage

posted Aug 13, 2012, 12:24 PM by Pamela Bentley   [ updated Aug 14, 2012, 12:12 PM by Steve Duncan ]

Reading for Christiane's Lyceum on the Kids' Stage at 1:45 p.m. will be:

1. Jolie Leung:  Jolie Leung likes writing, reading, ice cream, and jumping really high and touching the top of the doorjamb (or the ceiling!).

2. Isabella Battiston: Isabella R. Battiston is 9 years old, and in grade 3. She has a younger sister who is extremely funny. Her passion is dinosaurs and reading. Her family goes to Drumheller dinosaur museum in Alberta every summer. Isabella was born in Bermuda and still dreams of this heavenly island. She likes free-style writing and writes whenever she is not reading. Her favourite place to write is at the Lyceum because it’s an awesome place to get ideas.

3. Juliana Jaspar: Juliana appreciates fancy watches and tea. In her spare time, she holds British sci-fi marathons and plays bass guitar. She enjoys deducing like Sherlock, collecting old snow globes and finding old toys to relive parts of her childhood.

4. Hodge Leung: My name is Hodge Leung. I went to YouTube and searched "Hodge" and it said, "Hodge Twins."I only know one good joke, but it has a bad word in it. I like hockey and soccer, but I don't know too much about their rules.

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