Schedule: Dates of Appearance from Future to Least Recent
Performances 2017 Salt Spring Island Public Library Reading Series, February 2, 2017 Fairwinds Book Club, March 23,2017 at 1:30 National Poetry Month Reading: TIME Nanaimo North Regional Library, Saturday April 1, 2017 at 1:00 Nanaimo Culture Awards Ceremony, Port Theatre, April 6, 2017 Around Town Story Tellers Performance, Friday, April 14, The First Unitarian Fellowship Hall, Nanaimo at 7:00 Brown Bag Lunch Poetry Reading, Spring Writes Festival, Nanaimo, April 27, 2017 12:00 t0 12:30 15 Minutes of Infamy, The Nanaimo Bar, May 17, 2017 at 7:00
Performances 2016 Words On Fire, Port Alberni, Char's Landing, August 25 at 7:00 Hazelwood Poetry Festival, Cedar, The Hazelwood Herb Farm, August 14, 2016 from 1 - 3:30 Guest Appearance with Ian Ferrier and Alessandra Naccarato in Nanaimo at the Vault Cafe, July 16, 2016 from 1 - 3 Planet Earth Poetry, Victoria BC at the Moca, June 10, 2016 from 7:30 - 9:30 Harbour City Theatre, 15 Minutes of Infamy, May 19, 2016 at 7:00 After All the Scissor Work is Done Launch, May 14 1-3 Nanaimo North Public Library 15 Minutes of Infamy at the First Unitarian Fellowship Hall, Nanaimo, April 22, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:30 "The Road" National Poetry Month Reading at VIRLibrary Nanaimo North April 16 from 1-3 WordStorm Open Mic First Unitarian Fellowship Hall, Nanaimo, March 29, 2016
Performances 2015 Hazelwood Poetry Festival August 9, 2015 WordStorm Reading Series 7:00 May 26, 2015 Launch of Maybe We Could Dance with Pat Smekal at The Fat Oyster Reading Series in Fanny Bay 7:00 April 29, 2015 Nanaimo City Council Reading with Naomi Beth Wakan and Ursula Vaira April 20, 2015 WordStorm Spoken-Word Night March 31, 2015 The Vault Cafe, Nanaimo
Launch of Maybe We Could Dance with Pat Smekal at Qualicum Manor 3:00 October 24, 2014 Launch of Maybe We Could Dance with Pat Smekal in the Qualicum Beach Public Library 2:00 October 18, 2014 Launch of Maybe We Could Dance with Pat Smekal in thr Harborufront Public Library 1:30 - 2:30 Room A October 11, 2014 Nanaimo Culture Days, September 27, 2014 11-3 Open Mic Readings in Nanaimo Harbourfront Library, The Atrium The Fifth Annual Hazelwood Writers' Festival, Cedar. August 10, 2014, Hazelwood Herb Farm, with, Bob Carson, M. C. Warrior and other local writers The Cascadia Poetry Festival, Seattle May 1 - 4 Qualicum Beach House Concert Spoken Word April, 2014 The Harbourfront Poetry Gallery Reading April 6th Roaming Poets in Nanaimo April 5th National Poetry Month Reading Sponsored by The League of Canadian Poets WordStorm Open Mic Spoken Word Evening March 28th, Nanaimo at the Vault Cafe
The Fourth Annual Hazelwood Writers' Festival, Cedar. August 11, 2013, Hazelwood Herb Farm, with Kim Goldberg, Kirsten Emmott, M. C. Warrior and other local writers Paper Boats by David Fraser, Words On Fire, June 26th, Port Alberni Honeymoon Bay Chapbook Launch, June 11 Demeter's Coffee Vault Planet Earth Poetry Anthology Launch, Nanaimo, Demeter's Coffee Vault, May 14, 7:00 Roaming Poets National Poetry Month Reading Harbourfront, Maffeo Park, April 21 1:00 Sponsored by the Canadian League of Poets Planet Earth Poetry Anthology Launch, Moka Cafe, Victoria April 12 Harbourfront Library Gallery Launch 1:10 April 7th Stones Anthology Reading, Port Alberni, March 27th Words on Fire Paper Boats and Caught in My Throat Reading March 26, 2013, WordStorm, Demeter's Coffee Vault, Nanaimo, BC 7:00 pm Paper Boats and Caught in My Throat Reading March 15, 2013, Planet Earth Poetry, Moka House, Victoria, BC Stones Anthology Launch March 1, 2013, Qualicum Acoustic Cafe, Qualicum Beach BC 7:00 pm Poetry Planet Earth Anthology Launch January 18, 2013, Planet Earth Poetry, Moka House, Victoria, BC
Open Mic Dezart Gallery, Palm Springs, California, December 2th, 2012 Stones Anthology Launch August 24, 2012, Planet Earth Poetry, Moka House, Victoria, BC The Third Annual Hazelwood Writers' Festival, Cedar. August 12, 2012, Hazelwood Herb Farm, with Kate Braid, Tom Wayman, M. C. Warrior and other local writers Royal Niagara Golf Club, June 2, 2012 Honeymoon Bay Retreat Reading, April 23, 2012, Nanaimo, BC, 7:00 P.M. at the Diners Rendezvous Harbourfornt Library Poetry Gallery Reading, April 15th, 2012, Nanaimo, BC, 1:00 P.M. at the Harbourfront Library Poetry Aloud National Poetry Month Reading, April 5th, 2012, Nanaimo, BC, 7:00 P.M. at the Wellington Library, 3032 Barons Rd.
Open Mic Dezart Gallery, Palm Springs, California, December 4th, 2011 Book Launch for Signpost - A Prairie Town, The Quality Inn, Parksville, BC, November 8th, 2011, 7:00 pm. Acoustic Cafe, Qualicum Beach, BC, November 4th, 2011, 7:00 pm. WordStorm Open Mic, October 24th, 2011, 7:00 pm Nanaimo, BC. Covert Poverts, October 14th, 2011, 2:00 pm Nanaimo, BC. Roaming Poets, BC, Oct. 1st, 2011, Qualicum Beach 1:00 pm. WordStorm Featured Performer, BC, September 26th, 2011, Nanaimo BC , 7:00 pm. Hazelwood Writers' Festival, Cedar. August 7, 2011, Hazelwood Herb Farm, with Kate Braid, Mona Fertig, Sheri-D Wilson and M. C. Warrior and other local writers Hazelwood Writers' Festival Hazelwood Herb Farm Poetry in the Park, New Westminster, BC, July 20th, 2011, 7:00 pm. Coffee Culture Cafe, Brantford, Ontario. June 10th, 2011, 7:00 pm. Brantford Coffee Culture Reading Cambridge Arts Festival, Cambridge, Ontario. June 4th, 2011. Cambridge Arts Festival MayWorks, Nanaimo, May 7 and 21, 2011, The Nanaimo Museum, Nanaimo with Kim Goldberg, Kate Braid, and Wendy Morton MayWorks Poetry Festival WordStorm AGM April 25, 2011 at Acme Food Co., Nanaimo WordStorm, Down on the Farm Off the Page Program for the Federation of BC Writers April 11, 12, 14, 2011 at Pass/Woodwinds Alternative School, Parksville Federation of BC Writers National Poetry Month Reading: Readings from the Wall of Poems April 10, 2011 at the Harbourfront Library, Nanaimo National Poetry Month Reading April 7, 2011 at the Wellington Library,Nanaimo with Kim Goldberg and Leanne McIntosh League of Canadian Poets WordStorm March 28, 2011 at Acme Food Co., Nanaimo. Reading from Walking Myself Home Anthology WordStorm Acoustic Cafe, Qualicum Beach, February 4th 2011 Acoustic Cafe Tongues of Fire, Solstice Cafe, Victoria, January 27th 2011 Tongues of Fire
Glenairley/Oceanside Wilderness Poets Chapbook Launch Planet Earth Poetry, January 14, 2010 The Black Stilt Cafe, Victoria, BC Planet Earth Poetry No Way Easy, David Fraser's Third Collection of Poetry, Launch, Planet Earth Poetry, November 19, 2010 The Black Stilt Cafe, Victoria, BC Planet Earth Poetry Random Acts of Poetry, October 4-9, 2010 David will be randomly poeming in Oceanside, Vancouver Island, BC. Look for him and listen to a poem and receive a signed book. Random Acts of Poetry Blog One Sweet Ride Switzerland Tour September 20, 21, 22, 2010 Aarau, Basil, Zurich Reading at Hazelwood Herb Farm, August 8th 2010 Cedar, BC No Way Easy Launch Thursday, August 5th, 2010 at the Wellington Library Branch, 3032 Barons Rd., Nanaimo, at 7 p.m. No Way Easy Launch Thursday, July 29th, 2010 at Back Page Books, Nanaimo, at 7 p.m. MayWorksMay 29, 2010 Oceanside Arts Council, Parksville, BC One Sweet Ride Performance May 17th, 2010 The Red Martini Lounge, Nanaimo Bellenas Secondary School Class Poetry Reading May 14th, 2010 Bellenas S.S., Parksville WordStorm Erotica Night April 26, 2010 The Red Martini Grill, Nanaimo Poets on the Wall April 18, 2010 Harbourfront Public Library, Nanaimo Poets in the MarshApril 10th, 2010 at Buttertubs Marsh, Nanaimo One Sweet Ride Launch April 2th, 2010 Acoustic Cafe, Qualicum Beach Reading at the Wellington Library Branch, Thursday, April 1st, 2010 3032 Barons Rd., Nanaimo, at 7 p.m. One Sweet Ride Launch Friday,March 5th, 2010 Planet Earth Poetry, The Black Stilt Cafe, Victoria Reading Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at the Wellington Library Branch, 3032 Barons Rd., Nanaimo, at 7 p.m. "Squeezing through the cracks, searching for the sunlight, the artist manages to blossom."
Reading at Planet Earth Poetry at the Black Stilt Cafe, Victoria, BC, 7:00 pm November 6, 2009 Chapbook launch featuring Glenairley Poets.
Random Acts of Poetry, October 2009 David will be randomly poeming at the following locations on the following days. Look for him at these places, listen to a poem and receive a signed book. Monday October 5th: Fairwinds Golf Course (AM), Red Gap Plaza, Petro Can at Northwest Bay Road and Hwy 19 (PM) Tueday October 6th: Oceanside Community Arts Council Gallery, SOS, Quality Foods, Thirfy Foods Parksville, and Nanoose Edibles (PM) Wednesday October 7th: Pacific Brim, Starbucks, Stanford's Auto Parksville (PM) Thursday october 8th: Coombs Goats on the Roof Market and the Parksville Bottle Depot Friday October 9th An Errington Sheep Farm, and the Parksville Career Centre ESL Classes 2:15 to 3:00 Random Acts of Poetry Blog
WordStorm September 17th, 2009 NANAIMO CENTRE STAGE the city's newest arts & performance centre 25 Victoria Road, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 4N9 Nanaimo Centre Stage Web
Oceanside Arts Council AGM September 16th, 2009 The Oceanside Community Arts Council Gallery 133 McMillan Street, Parksville
Sheri-D and Company July 11, 2009 Vancouver Island University
Nanaimo Arts Council Writing Workshop,Creative Currents, June 27th Harbourfront Library, Nanaimo 1-3 pm.
MayWorks, Parksville May 30th, 2009 The Oceanside Community Arts Council Gallery 133 McMillan Street, Parksville
Qualicum Acoustic Cafe, Qualicum Beach, 7:00 pm May 1st, 2009
"Poets in the Underpass", Nanaimo, 1- 3 pm April 17th, 2009
"Poets on the Wall, Nanaimo Harbourfront Library 1-3 pm, Nanaimo March 21th, 2009
Oceanside WordWorx, 7:00 pm March 14th, 2009 An evening of Poetry, Story Telling, Music and Song The Oceanside Community Arts Council Gallery 133 McMillan Street, Parksville
Revolutions, March 3, 2009
Leaf Press is having a Nanaimo party for Calgary’s Joan Shillington. She’ll read from her book Revolutions and perhaps tell us how she came to be inspired to write about the Romanovs. Ursual Varia has also invited her Glenairley pals to read a poem or two: David Fraser, Cindy Shantz, Mary Ann Moore, and Pat Smekal. There will be apple cake and coffee and three door prizes of everything Leaf publishes in 2009. It would be lovely to see you there! Ursula Vaira, Publisher, Leaf Press Vancouver Island Regional Library, Harbourfront 90 Commercial Street, Nanaimo Tuesday March 3 at 6:30
Richard Harrison: " ... Images of glass and crystal the windows of the Romanov’s country prison that reflect their hopeful faces in the night; the antiseptic walls in the Fabergé factory to keep the Master from the dirt of his own making; the jewels the royals sewed into their garments to keep them from theft but which became the failed body-armour that only prolonged their dying ... written through such images from history as these, Joan Shillington gives us a delicate and sadly sympathetic study of the way in which any family cut off from its society is forever cut off from knowing itself." Joan Shillington has been published in Room of One's Own, Grain, Freefall, Prairie Journal and University of Calgary's Writing the Terrain. She is a member of the Alberta Writer's Guild and Alexandra Writers Centre. At home in Calgary, there is a loft overlooking the Rocky Mountains with a desk and rocking chair where her husband, five children and two grandchildren often sit and visit.
Poetry by Joan Shillington ISBN 978-0-9783879-6-9 5.5 by 8.5 Trade Paperback Full colour cover 84 pages $16.95
Reading at Planet Earth Poetry at the Black Stilt Cafe, Victoria, BC, 7:00 pm November 21, 2008 HOW LIGHT NEEDS TO BEND, a chapbook launch featuring Glenairley Poets.
"Light needs to bend and so do we. A bamboo mind, that is what we must have. We must bow our heads to the wind and then rise again to watch its passing. Not the passive, but the accepting, not the weakness aggression springs from, but the strength that resides in surrender. We give ourselves to words, and they accept us. Paper birches wear the scroll we write upon. A child in a church, a toll taker on the Coquihalla, the little nuns and the grocer, all of them arrive where the fawn lilies grow. We search for the names of things, and our breath is the sound a poem makes, rising as it does from the fecund ground of faith. Poems arrive from silence and return to it. Ah, such bending here on this journey, and such joy in our return." - Patrick Lane
Readers are as follows:Mary Ann Moore – "The Names of Things", Wendy Morton – "For the Journey", Richard Osler – "Yellow Loveseat", Dvora Levin – "The Dangers of a Large Library", Martha Royea – "The Little Nuns………", Rhonda Ganz – "Dianne Odell, 61 Years Old…………", Leslie McBain – "Toll Taker…………", Cindy Shantz – "Child in Church", Linda Crosfield – "The Grocer and…………" ,Heidi Garnet – "Blind Faith", Ray McGinnis – "Breakfast for One", David Fraser – "Do You Know Where Fawn Lilies…", Susan Gee - "Aluminum Plant", Isa Milman – "Paper Birch", Pat Smekal – "Below Ground", Joan Shillington – "Alpine Waltzing".
Reading at Launch of Rocksalt, An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poets, November 2, 2008 at 1:00 pm Harbourfront Library, Nanaimo BC
Lightning Reader, WordStorm September 18th, 2008 Mermaid's Mug, 7:00 357 Wesley Street, Nanaimo, BC
October 25th, 2007 WordStorm, The Bombay Lounge at The Acme Food Co., 14 Commercial St., Nanaimo BC, 7:00 - 9:00 - Storm Reader November 29th, 2007 WordStorm, The Bombay Lounge at The Acme Food Co., 14 Commercial St., Nanaimo BC, 7:00 - 9:00 - Host/Organizer January 31th, 2008 WordStorm, Erotica Night The Bombay Lounge at The Acme Food Co., 14 Commercial St., Nanaimo BC, 7:00 - 9:00 - Host/Reader
David Fraser read with Glen Sorestad, Saturday March 31, 2007 at the Hills Native Art in Nanaimo.
David Fraser is the editor of the acclaimed literary, dark fiction, poetry magazine, Ascent Aspirations Magazine. David belongs to the Canadian Poetry Association and is the regional director for the BC islands for the Federation of BC Writers. Along with other writers and poets on Vancouver Island he plans in the future to establish an on-going print and spoken word reading series. David's short fiction and poetry have been published in a number of journals and magazines in print and on the internet. Samples of his writing can be found through the personal link as well as via the poetry and fiction links. David's first collection of poetry, Going to the Well is available through Ascent Aspirations Publishing.