Happy November everyone! Even though the nights are getting cold, we’ve got hot events and concerts all month at Books & Co, ArtSpace and Café Voltaire!
Wine Aficionado and celebrated Children’s Author Troy Towsin will be coming in to Books & Co to sign copies of A Moose in A Maple Tree, Canadian Jingle Bells and The Night Before a Canadian Christmas, on Thursday, November 3 at 4:00 pm. I know it’s early, but these are the perfect Christmas books for the young readers on Santa’s Nice List (or even the readers on his Naughty List).
Friday Night Mics this Friday, November 4 at 8:00 pm in Café Voltaire is pleased to announce a concert by Cliff Raphael. Come in for a spiritually uplifting night of guitar and song. As always this event is free!
On Saturday, November 5 at 11:00 am, local author Whisper Demoss is in to sign copies of her thrilling new book Escape from Manhattan. Drop by and learn about this death defying tale of mystery, adventure and one family’s travels from New York to Alberta after the towers fell on 9-11.
Starting on November 5 at 2:00 pm in ArtSpace (and continuing on every Saturday in November) Quesnel author and writing instructor Ed Zaruk is offering a series of writing workshops! Workshops are $15 each or $50 for all four ($10 each for students). Drop in for one or all! Topics include: Show Don’t Tell, How to Write Dialogue, Developing Characters with Emotion and Mistakes I’ve Made Along the Way. For more information please contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s BACK! Literary Karaoke makes its triumphant return to Café Voltaire at 7:00 pm on Monday, November 7. Come in for you chance to shine in 3 minutes at the microphone! Your reading can be a particularly stirring, funny, or maudlin passage from a novel, play, short story or poetry collection by an author who has international renown or is almost unknown. You’ve got 3 minutes, a mic and an audience to entertain! What Will You READ! This month’s theme is Winter Nights, but remember, you don’t have to read on the theme, you can read whatever you want!
AND Monday, November 7 at 7:00 pm in ArtSpace, we’ve got a great concert with Peter Katz, winner of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, Grand prize winner of Toronto’s IndieWeek, and nominated as the Emerging Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. The new live CD/DVD entitled “Peter Katz and Friends: Live at the Music Gallery” offers an incredibly intimate snapshot of Peter doing what he does best. Peter is joined by a host of remarkable performers for a magical evening at the Music Gallery in Toronto, captured beautifully on this album and accompanying DVD. From aching sadness to intense joy, viewers and listeners alike will be guided through a range of human experiences. In addition to the concert footage, the bonus DVD also contains several special features including video tutorials on how to play Peter’s songs and two short documentaries.
Poetry in the afternoon! Join us on Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 pm in Café Voltaire for an afternoon to warm the soul. What could be better than a cup of something warm and a reading by Okanagan poets Jake Kennedy and Kevin McPherson-Eckhoff? I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday.
And we’ve got tickets for Joanna Chapman-Smith, the Canadian Songstress that CBC’s Q called “The slinky-voiced Canadian whose arch acoustic musings and fondness for the accordion come laced with a hint of Parisian cafes and East European Klezmer music.” Tickets for her November 12 show in ArtSpace ($12 in advance, $15 at the door) are available NOW!
Bring in your little ones for a special storytime with BC Author Sheilagh Foster on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 pm in Café Voltaire! Sheilagh’s new children’s book Mr. Coyote Visits the Robson Valley is a delightful tale adapted from the old song The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night. Mr. Coyote’s attempt to outwit Farmer John Jack and feed his hungry family through cunning will delight your kids and the beautiful water colour illustrations evoke the natural beauty of our wonderful province.
And who could forget: Alex Cuba (seriously, Alex Cuba)! He’s going to be in ArtSpace on November 18th. Tickets are available NOW! Come in and pick them up so you don’t miss out on one of the most fantastic concerts of the fall!
Breaking News! Just Announced! Stop the Presses! Jill Barber is coming to ArtSpace on Sunday, November 27! Tickets are on sale now for this magnificent and intimate concert with one of the best voices in Canadian music! Come by early, ‘cause you don’t want to miss out!
And remember, if you’ve got a club, group or organization that needs a place to meet, Café Voltaire has the perfect atmosphere!
That’s it for this week, folks! Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook (we love your feedback), Twitter (140 characters or less), our blog and on our fantastic homepage!