Category Archives: Writing

Joe Davies - photo by Charlotte Dempsey

Joe Davies, The Queen of Biafra and other tales

Joe Davies and I go back a way to the days of the BamBoo Club on Toronto’s Queen Street West. Restaurants are one of the few economies that tolerate the unconventional nature of artists, if meagerly, and I suspect if

Joe Davies - photo by Charlotte Dempsey

Joe Davies, The Queen of Biafra and other tales

Joe Davies and I go back a way to the days of the BamBoo Club on Toronto’s Queen Street West. Restaurants are one of the few economies that tolerate the unconventional nature of artists, if meagerly, and I suspect if

Stories from the Union Theatre

Union Reunion

Once in a blue moon, a place becomes a magnet for artists and creative activity and galvanizes a community with remarkable spinoffs – think of Lapin Agile in Paris, The Riverboat Coffeehouse in Toronto, The Cedar Tavern in New York City.

Stories from the Union Theatre

Union Reunion

Once in a blue moon, a place becomes a magnet for artists and creative activity and galvanizes a community with remarkable spinoffs – think of Lapin Agile in Paris, The Riverboat Coffeehouse in Toronto, The Cedar Tavern in New York City.

The other faces of literacy

I remember the exact moment when I learned to read. It was in Mrs. Richardson’s grade 1 class and yes, the book was Dick and Jane. The penny dropped and my brain made the connection between the marks on the

The other faces of literacy

I remember the exact moment when I learned to read. It was in Mrs. Richardson’s grade 1 class and yes, the book was Dick and Jane. The penny dropped and my brain made the connection between the marks on the

The Highlands Sustainable Word Festival

Minden Hills Cultural Centre, August 6, 2012 Review by contributor Victoria Ward, Hotspur Studio Thankfully the suffocating heat had broken by the Monday of the long weekend making the Sustainable Word Fest which took place outdoors very comfortable. The Cultural

The Highlands Sustainable Word Festival

Minden Hills Cultural Centre, August 6, 2012 Review by contributor Victoria Ward, Hotspur Studio Thankfully the suffocating heat had broken by the Monday of the long weekend making the Sustainable Word Fest which took place outdoors very comfortable. The Cultural

Margaret Laurence

Lakefield Literary Festival

Canadian author Margaret Laurence lived in Lakefield for 13 years in a yellow brick house at 8 Regent Street across from St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. Since 1995, the Lakefield Literary Festival has celebrated the work  of Margaret Laurence

Margaret Laurence

Lakefield Literary Festival

Canadian author Margaret Laurence lived in Lakefield for 13 years in a yellow brick house at 8 Regent Street across from St. John the Baptist Anglican Church. Since 1995, the Lakefield Literary Festival has celebrated the work  of Margaret Laurence

Lakefield Station Bookshop

Lakefield Station Bookshop

The sign on the building simply says Books and Fine Prints. Don’t let the dilapidated exterior fool you – Lakefield Station Bookshop is not merely a store, it is an experience not to be missed. Both the restoration of the

Lakefield Station Bookshop

Lakefield Station Bookshop

The sign on the building simply says Books and Fine Prints. Don’t let the dilapidated exterior fool you – Lakefield Station Bookshop is not merely a store, it is an experience not to be missed. Both the restoration of the

A Tale of Two Painters

Recently I came across a painting of some drinking buddies at the Only Cafe posted on Facebook. My hopeless curiosity led me to the blogs of Bill Batten and Rocky Green, two local writers and painters with a profound friendship

A Tale of Two Painters

Recently I came across a painting of some drinking buddies at the Only Cafe posted on Facebook. My hopeless curiosity led me to the blogs of Bill Batten and Rocky Green, two local writers and painters with a profound friendship