WRITERS FÊTE 2021
Writers Fête 2021 is proud to present the world premieres of new works commissioned for the Festival from seven Canadian artists. Each creation enables the Festival’s new mandate, to connect audiences to pressing social justice issues using our creative process. We are delighted to support:
- Ottawa singer songwriter Lynn Miles with a new song about homelessness, for first performance at Viral Songs
- Edmonton singer songwriter Maria Dunn with a new song about homelessness, for first performance at Viral Songs
- Poet Laureate of Ottawa Albert Dumont with two new poems: The Sky, The Pavement - dedicated to good human beings, living on the city's streets; and The Trees of the Forest Mourn
- La Pêche poet Julie Le Gal and cellist Fanny Bray Marks (together as Corti Duo) with two pieces for voice and cello: It’s in my mourning coffee, and Fire bones, about "the macro impact of micro actions and the journey of it"
- La Pêche visual artist Spencer Hanna-Haworth with two new sketches for his project "I am always here," which documents the lives of homeless people in Ottawa
- Saskatoon playwright Joel Bernbaum with a reworking of his verbatim theatre piece Home is a Beautiful Word, read by Theatre Wakefield and directed by Peter James Haworth. The original work was commissioned for and performed in the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, BC