Time: 7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Organization: Saskatchewan Writers' Guild
Location: Amigos Cantina - 806 Dufferin Ave, Saskatoon
Time: Doors 7:30 p.m., Event 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free event, 19+ venue
The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan are pleased to partner with Tonight it's Poetry and the Indigenous Poets Society to present, “Stories Under a Living Sky” in celebration of Canadian Multiculturalism Day in June.
Spoken word poetry and a music performance will contribute to this dynamic and entertaining event, while highlighting and celebrating some of the diverse cultural voices in our province.
This is a special event that starts with an open mic community stage from 8-9pm, presented by Tonight it’s Poetry, followed by featured poets, Julio Torres-Recinos, ecoaborijanelle, and musical guest Yellowsky and Rodolfo Pino-Robles. ecoaborijanelle of Indigenous Poets Society will be the Event MC.
About the Community Stage: (8:00 - 8:45 p.m.)
There will be a maximum of 8 poets for the community stage. Poets need to sign up before the show and will receive 5 minutes to share their work. Poets need to be respectful of the time, other poets and the audience.
About our Featured Performers: (9:00 - 10:00 p.m.)
|Ecoaborijanelle aka Janelle Pewapsconias (she/her) is a Nehīyaw spoken word poet and the board president of the Saskatoon Indigenous Poets Society. She is based on the lands now known as Little Pine First Nation in Treaty 6 Territory. |
She believes in ahkamemowin (“ahh-gkaa-mey-moo-win”) – meaning resilience and never giving up. Living in the rez, Janelle creates, writes and shares work that reflects pride in her culture but also brings stories that celebrates our resilience and strength.
|Julio Torres-Recinos (El Salvador, 1962) writes poetry and short stories. He has published ten books of poetry and a book of short stories. He has given poetry recitals in several countries such as the United States, Spain, Germany, Italy, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico, Australia, Romania and Canada. His poetry and short stories have appeared in magazines, newspapers and anthologies, as well as in many Internet sites, and have been translated into French, English, Romanian and Italian. In 1992, he won the First Poetry Prize in a competition organized by the Spanish Cultural Celebration in Toronto, Ontario, and has been finalist in several poetry contests. He lives in Saskatoon.|
|Rodolfo Pino-Robles is an Indigenous Aymara who came to Canada as a political refugee. Rodolfo’s music is his own unique blend of Indigenous melodies and Latin strings. |
Rodolfo has performed at the Saskatoon Fringe Festival and Saskatoon Folkfest. In his long and fertile career as a musician, he has performed throughout Latin America and in most major cities of Canada. His compositions include incidental music for two (CTV) films. He also has performed for the Council of the Federation, Canada, August 5, 2009, Regina, Saskatchewan and the Gala Performance on the occasion of the Farewell Visit to Saskatchewan of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada (2010).
|Hailing from the Sweetgrass First Nation (Treaty 6 Territory) & representing Chilean bloodlines, Yellowsky (Born Roberto Andres Pooyak) is arguably one of the most prominent, important Indigenous rappers rocking in Canada right now. His flow to massive, bottom end-heavy beats pay homage to the grimy city life of the most classic of hip-hop music while his elastic, malleable delivery harken to the traditions of both classic Jamaican deejaying and more modern MC styles. There's a real rebellious nature that fuels his music. “I was raised by residential school survivors – my late mother and all my aunties. That's where I get my rebel side,” remarks Yellowsky. He currently resides in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Since 2008, he is Canada’s first ever Indigenous Reggae artist. Performing across Canada, he has opened up for the likes of legendary reggae artist, Clinton Fearon to Hawaii’s reggae mystic Mike love, Australia’s Saritah, Jamaica’s Tony Matterhorn. Rap/Hip-Hop’s Madchild, Hopsin, Riff Raff, Machine Gun Kelly, and his cousin/co-manager, Joey Stylez, among others. And it’s only just the start.|
Registration is not required for this event. Please note that this venue is 19+. Wheelchair accessible.
For more information, please contact:
Cat Abenstein, Program Coordinator
T: 306.791.7746 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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