Festival Fierté Montréal - The Violet Hour
An evening of short readings and performances by LGBTQ writers and artists. Featuring Christian Baines, Dayna McLeod, Clementine Morrigan, Ahmad Danny Ramadan and Sherwin Tija. Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo.
Location: Stock Bar (1171 St Catherine St E.)
Time: 6 PM – 7:30 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM)
ABOUT THE WRITERS / PERFORMERS ///
Christian Baines has written on travel, theatre, film, television, and various aspects of gay life, factual and fictional. Some of his stranger thoughts have spawned novels, including queer urban fantasy series The Arcadia Trust, the horror novella Skin, and Puppet Boy, which was a finalist for the 2016 Saints and Sinners Emerging Writer Award. Born in Australia, he now travels the world whenever possible, living, writing, and shivering in Toronto, Canada on those odd occasions he can't find his passport.
Dayna McLeod is a performance and video artist. Her work uses humour, and capitalizes on exploiting the body’s social and material conditions using performance-based practices for cabaret and video. She approaches pop culture, queerness, age, and feminism and with a unique and quirky sensibility. In 2012, Dayna embarked on a one-year durational performance piece that investigated and lived the stereotypes of a ‘cougar,’ a woman over-40 who aggressively demonstrates her sexuality, by wearing nothing but animal print clothing, 24/7 (archived at: CougarThis.com). Her latest project, “Intimate Karaoke, Live at Uterine Concert Hall” is a sound-based, vaginal media project where audiences are invited to sing their favourite karaoke song into her uterus while other audience members listen via stethoscope through the very flesh of her body.
Clementine Morrigan is a writer, poet, rebel scholar, teacher, and working witch. She writes the zine Fucking Magic. They are the author of three books: You Can’t Own the Fucking Stars (2018), The Size of a Bird(2017), and Rupture (2012). Her writing has appeared in GUTS Magazine, Shameless Magazine, Prose & Lore, Soliloquies, Somatechnics, The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, and Knots. They design and facilitate workshops on a number of topics, including the popular workshop Trauma Informed Polyamory. All of their work aims to obliterate shame, cultivate compassion, promote healing, and encourage enchantment. She is a white settler of Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry living in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. To stay in touch become visit clementinemorrigan.com
Ahmad Danny Ramadan is an award-winning Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker and LGBTQ-refugees activist. Since his arrival to Canada as a refugee, Ramadan published his debut novel, The Clothesline Swing. He is currently working on his next novel, The Foghorn Echoes, and a collection of short fiction, The Syrian Survival Notebook. His children book, Salma the Syrian Chef, published by Annick Press, is to be released in 2020. He was named among the Top Immigrants to Canada 2017, won the Social Activist StandOut Award, and the Independent Publishers Book Award for LGBTQ fiction among others. He is currently finishing his Masters in Fine Arts - Creative Writing at UBC and lives with his husband-in-training in Vancouver.
Sherwin Tjia is a Montreal-based writer, illustrator and event-planner who has written many odd and eclectic award-winning books, including the You Are A Cat! Trilogy, a series of choose-your-own-adventure style books told from the POV of a housecat named Holden Catfield. Their latest is PLUMMET, a graphic novel about a woman who finds herself falling forever, out with Conundrum Press this autumn.
ABOUT THE HOST ///
Christopher DiRaddo is the author of The Geography of Pluto. He has also published four short stories in anthologies by Arsenal Pulp Press, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning First Person Queer. He is the winner of a National Magazine Award and the founder and host of The Violet Hour reading series.
Hosted by Fierté Montréal Pride
Thu, August 15, 2019 from 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm
QC H2L 2G8 Montreal CA