Welcome, visitor!   Register   Login


Post an Ad
Menu Post an Ad

Ivan and Me

    News & Events    April 23, 2014

The first time I saw Ivan Coyote perform, I shared a stage with her. It was over a decade ago at Casa del Popolo, a bar frequented by artists and creative types in Montreal’s Mile-End neighbourhood. I was one of the poets to read that night before Ivan headlined with her stories. I’d read Ivan’s work before and heard she was fantastic performer with a knack for telling stories that made you feel like you were sitting around a warm kitchen table while a blizzard rages outside. Makes sense. Ivan was raised in the Yukon. Ivan came on stage and captivated the packed bar with her tales about her family up north, tales about ordinary things like cars and dogs and friends, tales about what it is like to live on the edge of gender. The night was magical; I knew we’d meet again.

The next time I saw Ivan on stage, it was at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre for a reunion show of the performance group Taste This. Ten years prior, the four members – Ivan being one of them – released an incredible collection of fiction and photos published as a book called Boys Like Her: Transfictions. Everyone in my circle was reading it at the time and it was a ground-breaking account of pushing the boundaries of gender. To see the collective reunited on stage was magical. I knew Ivan and I would meet again.

Over the past couple years Ivan has been touring a show with Canadian folk singer Rae Spoon called Gender Failure, an exploration of their failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary and how the gender binary fails all of us. I missed seeing it at the recent Vancouver Push Festival, but I imagine one of these days I’ll see the explosive duo on stage.

Last year, when George Sipos, ArtSpring’s Executive Director, asked me if we should bring Ivan Coyote to ArtSpring as the final show in our 2013-14 season, I immediately said yes. I know that Salt Springers will appreciate the return of this award-winning writer, storyteller, and performer to ArtSpring.

Ivan, we meet again.

Over the years, Ivan has helped me realize the importance of telling stories: that they connect us, captivate us, cultivate understanding, and are a testament to lives lived. Ivan’s stories explore subjects of family, class, gender identity, and social justice, always in the language of a master storyteller. With humour and depth, Ivan skillfully explores what makes us all human.

On Wednesday, April 30th at 7:30 p.m. Ivan Coyote will be at ArtSpring telling stories to the guitar accompaniment of her long-time collaborator Jon Wood. I hope you’ll take the time to come and listen to her wonderful stories. They will certainly move you as they have me.

Tickets are available at the ArtSpring Box Office in person, or by calling 537-2102 or online. $23 Adults; $5 Youth.

(Article written by ArtSpring’s Marketing Manager, Cat Paquette)

Comments May Not Be Seen by the Author

No Tags

  

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Community News

  • Maracaibo Vessel Fire

    by on August 8, 2019

    Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue responded to a boat fire off Maracaibo on Salt Spring Island on August 7th, 2019. The initial call came in at 17:38 and crews completed the scene at 01:15 10 Firefighters responded with 4 fire trucks along with assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard and Eagle Eye Vessel Assist. On […]

  • Fire News: Chief’s Response Report – 201...

    by on August 6, 2019

    Vision: A responsive and sustainable fire-rescue service, effectively meeting community needs and valued by those we serve. Mission: Always learning, engaging and adapting to be response ready. Response Report Salt Spring Island Firefighters responded to 58 calls the month of June.   Operations We experienced a very dry June with below-normal precipitation.  Over the month […]

  • Thoughts on My Trial, Part 3: Sentencing...

    by on July 31, 2019

    On July 26th, the judge sentenced me to carry on with my volunteer work on Salt Spring — no fine, no probation officer, no jail. For six months, I’m to “keep the peace and be of good behaviour.” Apparently, this is the most lenient sentence he’s given to date for the 230+ convicted of contempt […]

  • Edit the Garden, August Planting

    by on July 30, 2019

    If your tomatoes are slow to ripen, you are not alone! Many people are wondering about it, but this cooler summer is the way our ‘normal’ summers used to be: for those that have forgotten how long it used to take tomatoes to ripen outdoors, this is a reminder. On the other hand, many other […]

  • Podcast: An Environmental Organization t...

    by on July 22, 2019

    Have you ever wondered who was behind the Electric Vehicle Recharge Stations, Car Stops, Eco Home Tours, solar panels on the high school’s roof, Rainbow Road Gardens on Salt Spring Island on the island? In this episode, I’m talking with an organization that is helping communities with reducing their dependence on fossil fuels & increasing […]

  • Salt Spring National Art Prize Announces...

    by on July 18, 2019

    Five Salt Spring artists have been named as finalists for the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP). They are among the fifty or so artists from across Canada to have their work eligible to win one of nine awards, six selected by jurors and three selected by public vote. Local artists are also in the […]

  • Notice to Bus Riders – Detours on ...

    by on July 18, 2019

    Effective July 22 to August 30, 2019 – Please be advised that Walker’s Hook Road will be closed for repairs between Fort Street and Hedger Road beginning July 22 until August 30, 2019. This closure will be in effect 24 hours a day during these dates. During this time period please note that routes 5 Fernwood and 6 […]

  • Podcast: The Tiny Home on Wheel’s ...

    by on July 8, 2019

    I’m on the Salt Spring Gulf Island Community Radio interviewing people near and far who are making good news on the planet by helping to shift the outcome of our future. These people and companies have created solutions to local and global issues we’re facing at the moment. Sharing the good news that’s happening on […]

  • Carrot Day

    by on July 5, 2019

    It is time for my annual reminder to sow lots of carrots for winter harvests in the next week or two. For me, July 1 is always Carrot Day as well as Canada Day (US readers: think 4th of July). As long as you sow before July 10, your carrots should have time to grow […]

  • Minister Seeking Input on Private Manage...

    by on July 3, 2019

    Minister wants your input on future of British Columbia forests – On May 28, 2019, the provincial government announced a review of the Private Managed Forest Land Program. They have invited British Columbians to add your voice to the program review. The province is accepting public comments until July 22, 2019. Over the past few […]

  • 2019 Eco Living and Home Tour: Ideas, In...

    by on July 3, 2019

    Headlines announcing biodiversity collapse and climate catastrophe can feel paralyzing. Even the most committed environmentalists may not know where to turn for solid information on the kinds of innovative — and dramatic — lifestyle changes that experts say will be need to weather the coming changes. Salt Spring’s Eco Living and Home Tour highlights what […]

Pin It on Pinterest