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    The Department of Forgotten Histories

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    A very exciting call for submissions has been announced...


    Knock on Any Door: A Century of “Art and Social Engagement” is a publication that documents historical non-art activities that have occurred in Calgary, Alberta throughout the last century and re-interprets them as if they were contemporary art projects!

    A collection of twelve essays edited by Eric Moschopedis, Mia Rushton, and Sharon Stevens, Knock on Any Door is the inaugural project of the Department of Forgotten Histories (DoFH). Founded by Rushton and Moschopedis, the purpose of DoFH is to recover and chronicle historical community collaborations, social activities, or acts of generosity that were never intended to be creative acts, but when viewed through the prism of contemporary art, are...

    The essays in Knock on Any Door will no doubt be playful and critical, anecdotal and specific...

    Letter of Interest Submission Deadline - April 20, 2012



    Need help coming up with an idea?

    The Community Heritage and Family History Digital Library is one perfect place to start.

    Or visit the Local History Room on the 4th floor of Castell Central library, where you'll find a massive archive of newspaper clippings, historic phonebooks, and even random miscellanea of Calgary's past.

    Or try the award-winning Community Heritage and Family History blog, which has been extracting stories from Calgary's past since 2008.

    With only twenty days to submit our letters of interest, it is time to get to work. Now.

    Calgary Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor at the Library!

    by Janice - 0 Comment(s)

    Photo: Adina Currie Calling all artists, poets, writers!

    We are thrilled that our new poet laureate, Kris Demeanor, will be performing this Friday at the Central Library at the ArtsVote Calgary Election Forum.

    Will Kris be reading a poem? Peforming with a guitar? You'll have to join us on Friday, March 30 at 12:00 p.m. to find out!

    Anyone interested in the arts will want to come out to this forum to get a better understanding of the various candidates views on arts issues (which includes issues directly affecting writer-types!) and funding. Come join us to listen, ask questions, and enjoy a performance by Kris Demeanor.

    From the ArtsVote website:

    ArtsVote Calgary and the Calgary Public Library present a Provincial Election Forum, hosted by Russell Bowers of CBC’s Daybreak Alberta. The forum will take place at 12:00 pm on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the central branch of the Calgary Public Library (616 Macleod Tr SE).

    Confirmed participants:

    Alberta Party – Kevin Woron
    EverGreen Party – William Hamilton
    Liberal Party – David Swann
    Progressive Conservative Party – Sandra Jansen

    [**Nook update: 7 political parties will now be present:

    Progressive Conservative Party – Sandra Jansen
    Social Credit Party – Len Skowronski
    Wildrose Party – Mike Blanchard ]

    Performance by Calgary’s Poet Laureate, Kris Demeanor

    During the celebration of Calgary as a Cultural Capital of Canada, and heading into a provincial election, there’s no better time than now to engage candidates for the Alberta Legislature in an arts forum. While there is a vibrant and thriving arts community in Alberta, there are issues affecting this creative sector that threaten the viability of many arts organizations and the livelihood of individual artists.

    Building on the public support of ArtsVote Calgary activities during the 2010 Calgary municipal election, ArtsVote Calgary is once again hosting an all-party forum. This opportunity for the arts community and the candidates to come together and engage in conversation will bring forward significant arts related issues. The arts community has been asked to submit the questions to be put to the candidates. This will make for a relevant and topical discussion. Leaders of each of the provincial parties or their designates will be in attendance for the debate.

    We are honoured to have radio personality Russell Bowers, host of CBC’s Daybreak Alberta, as the forum’s moderator.

    ArtsVote Calgary is pleased to be partnering with the Calgary Public Library for this event. This new relationship demonstrates the strength of community collaboration.

    Source: Artsvote website

    Come join us from 12:00 to 1:00 on Friday, March 30 to have your voice heard!

    ArtsVote Calgary Election Forum at the Central Library.


    Kris Demeanor—Poet Laureate of Calgary

    by Janice - 0 Comment(s)

    Congratulations to Calgary's first poet laureate!

    From fourteen nominations in January to six shortlisted poets performing at the Poet Laureate Showcase to one:

    Kris Demeanor is Poet Laureate of Calgary.

    So now that we have a poet laureate: what exactly does that mean?

    Calgary Arts Development defined the poet laureate's role in their backgrounder:

    • On July 26, 2011 City Council approved a motion to establish the position of Poet Laureate for Calgary, funded by Poet Laureate Ambassadors from the private sector. The Poet Laureate will be appointed to a two-year term.
    • Calgary’s Poet Laureate will compose and present poetry for official City of Calgary occasions, raise awareness of local issues through commissioned works and act as an ambassador for the arts in Calgary.
    • The Poet Laureate position was created to be an advocate for Calgary artists to the citizens of Calgary.
    • The Poet Laureate produces literary work that is reflective of Calgary’s citizen’s landscape and/or civic identity and can raise awareness of local issues through their work.
    • The Calgary Poet Laureate will receive an annual honorarium of $10,000 over a two-year term.

    Other Canadian cities have had poet laureates; Toronto since 2001, Vancouver since 2006 and Edmonton since 2005.

    We look forward to experiencing Kris's future work in his poet laureate role. In the meantime, you can check out some of his CDs from the library (click on the album cover) and learn more about him on his website: Kris Demeanor

    Kris Demeanor Announced as Calgary Poet Laureate Calgary Arts Development

    Kris Demeanor named Calgary’s first poet laureate Calgary Herald

    Calgary's first poet laureate chosen CBC

    It's a Script Frenzy

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    There are no prizes, no fees, and absolutely nothing to lose by participating in the worldwide challenge to write 100 pages of original scripted material in the 30 days of April. It's Script Frenzy!

    This includes: screenplays, stage plays, web series, TV shows, short films, and graphic novels. For complete information visit the Script Frenzy website.

    If you’re full of ideas but can never find the time to sit yourself down and actually create the movie, tv show, play, or graphic novel bouncing around your brain, April might be the month to quash all the excuses and simply get it done. Need a place to work? Calgary’s got 18 libraries that all offer a wonderful selection of chairs, tables, wi-fi and plug-ins for your laptop. We’ve also got friendly reference staff to guide you through any writer’s block you might encounter.

    Here’s a small sample of our favorite script-writing books available at the library. Click cover to place a hold.

    See you in April!

    Man & Other Natural Disasters

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    Man & Other Natural Disasters, Nerys Parry reading at Central, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., March 16

    Simon Peters, a recluse full of half-cocked theories on every subject from heart-broken shrimp to the Jungian consciousness of DNA, spends his days hiding from his horrific past in the basement of the Calgary City Library. Enter Minerva, a twenty-two year-old business major whose ghostly resemblance to Simon’s dead sister compels him to reveal his shocking past: a sister who died of spontaneous human combustion, a father crushed in a rock blast, a mother who disappeared in a tornado—all during one hot prairie summer.

    But parts of Simon’s story do not add up. When he finds Minerva passed out and bleeding on his bathroom floor, he must conquer the tyranny of his own memory and confront what really happened that summer of 1962. But the truth, when uncovered, proves no less astonishing than the original tale.

    Based on real events recounted during the Sons of Freedom movement of the 60s, Man & Other Natural Disasters is a testament to the power of story in a world too often shaken by forces outside our control: nature, terrorism, death—even love. Of all the planet has yet to throw at us, the question remains: can we recover from the worst natural disaster yet—ourselves?

    Synopsis lifted from author website—

    Man & Other Natural Disasters

    Place a hold on Man & Other Natural Disasters.

    At noon, Friday March 16, join us at the Central Library as author Nerys Parry returns to the setting of her novel to talk about the 11 year journey to get her remarkable debut novel into print. Learn what it takes to get published in today's market from a "powerful and emerging talent" in Canadian literature.

    After the presentation, you are invited for a "behind the scenes" tour of the library's basement. See for yourself the location that inspired the novel's protagonist, Simon Peters.

    This event takes place Friday, March 16 on the Main Floor from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Register here.

    Hot, Red Hot Lineup at Flywheel this Thursday

    by Phil - 0 Comment(s)

    Flywheel Reading Series

    Did you know that once a month Pages Books and filling Station magazine join forces to bring you the Flywheel Reading Series, featuring local emerging talent as well as some of Canada's best poets?

    They do!

    What is a flywheel, you ask?

    According to Oxford it is a "wheel with a heavy rim, attached to a revolving shaft, in order either to regulate the motion of the machinery, or to accumulate power."

    This month they've put together a very exciting lineup of poets. Here are the motion regulators and power accumulators:

    Christian Drake, Kirk Ramdath, Sandy Pool, and Jason Christie

    Thursday, March 8
    Pages Books on Kensington
    1135 Kensington Road NW


    Jason Christie's

    Exploding Into Night

    Sandy Pool's
    Exploding Into Night

    Love in a Handful of Dust

    Kirk Ramdath's
    Love in a Handful of Dust