World Poetry Proudly Presents guests from Japan, Afghanistan and Gambia!

The World Poetry Café Radio Show had a wonderful intercultural show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras , super  tech Israel Mota and guest, Yoshifumi Sakura, World Poetry Musical Ambassador to Japan. He has never missed a World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival! He was here for the opening on October 19th and returned to Japan today. He also brought the World Poetry Official Theme Song, Circle of Blue  that he composed and was recorded in a concert hall in Japan. Since we have so many countries involved in World Poetry, we felt that it was important to have a official song that represented the earth. So many great comments about the song have been coming in. I will post them soon .  Again thanks to Frederico Gordo for translating for Yoshifuma once again.

Also we were honoured with a visit to the studio by the producer of the film  Unknown  being shown on Saturday. Sayad Ali Mousavi “Azad” who was able to talk about the challenges in making films and some good statements to make. He is knowledgeable about radio programs also and we hope to have him come back on.

Finally, the incomparable Mutiu Olawuyi, World Poetry Cultural Ambassador to Gambia and guiding light for peace, woman’s rights  and the cultivating of young talent phoned in from Gambia. An interesting conversation between Ali and Mutiu occurred when Ali asked Mutiu about peace in Gambia.

 Due to so many guests waiting to come on, we have to have two to three guests per show if possible.

To hear this amazing show:  CLICK HERE!

Radio show 008
Ali, Ariadne Yoshifuma and Fred. Anita and Israel were in the control room and Mutiu was on the phone.



Last event of the festival! Peace thanks you.

Posted in Ariadne's Notes, General, Ongoing World Poetry Events, World Poetry Canada International Peace festival, World Poetry Special Events | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

World Poetry Proudly Proudly Presents Award Winner Yoshifumi Sakura!


The  Fourth World Poetry Canada International Festival Welcomes :
World Poetry Music Ambassador Yoshifumi Sakura from Japan .

He will be presenting his theme song Circle Of Blue  to the World Poetry Gala, October 19th at the SFU Harbour centre downtown, room 7000. Seating is limited so reserve a space.

Because we have participants form all over the world, it is important that we have a theme song that represents the world coming together in peace. We are grateful to the composer Yoshifumi for bringing us all together through music and peace.

We are delighted to welcome him back for our fourth festival. He will also be on the World Poetry Café Radio show on October 21 at 9 pm. 100.5 FM

Posted in Ariadne's Notes, Featured Poets, General, Ongoing World Poetry Events, World Poetry Canada International Peace festival | Tagged , | Leave a comment

World Poetry Proudly Presents Three Award Winning Filmmakers from VAFF!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras along with super tech, Israel Mota welcome two of the three award winning films, sponsored by our great partner  Vancouver Asian Film festival to be shown on October 25th at the World Poetry Canada International Film and Human Rights Festival 10:30-10:30 pm  at our wonderful partner, the UBC Learning Exchange, 612 Main Street, in Vancouver. To Listen CLICK HERE!


A fascinating conversation about the making of films, challenges and hope and plans for the future ensued with the talented filmmakers Theo Kim and Vulcan Siu . Also in the group was Grace Chin, Festival Director who spoke about the VAFF exciting upcoming festival and Regina. Also featured was Professor Bodhirupa Sinha from India who is doing a seminar in Vancouver on Tagore and education. She read a lovely poem that embodied  the philosophy of Tagore both for learning and women’s rights.

VAFF films to be shown at the the World Poetry Canada Peace and Human Rights Festival at 5:00 pm:

VAFF Three Short Films

Stick with You | Director/Writer, Vulcan Siu | Producer, Felix Chow & Vincent Tai After a heavy drinking party, a college student, Ian, decides to drive back to the dorm – with unforeseen consequences.

#YELLOWMAN | Director, Theo Kim | Producer, Phil Planta #YELLOWMAN is a superhero comedy about a brilliant scientist, who, after a life changing antimatter experiment, wants to make the world a better place by becoming the world’s first superhero. This becomes increasingly difficult because of power, money and instant fame from over exposure via social media.

Contaminant | Director, Kevin Justin Ang | Producer, Phil Plant

The story of two people discovering a town where a scientific experiment has gone horribly wrong.

 *The above films are part of a 24 hour video feed and display at the Irving Barber Learning Centre at UBC until October 27th.

Some of the filmmakers will be in attendance for Q & A.

Come to the free film festival!

Posted in Ariadne's Notes, Featured Poets, General, Ongoing World Poetry Events | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

World Poetry Proudly Presents Award Winner Ruth Kozak from Canada!


Ariadne’s Notes:

The World Poetry Canada International Peace and Film Festival is proud to present an Empowered Writers Award to the  marvelous writer  Ruth Kozak on October 19th, SFU Downtown, Harbor Center (1:30-4:30 PM) Room 7000. Please register in advance at since seating is limited.




Ruth Kozak is a Canadian travel journalist with a strong interest in history and archaeology. A frequent traveler Ruth lived for several years in Greece and instructs classes in travel journalist and creative writing. A travel writer since 1982, her publications include the Vancouver Province, The Vancouver Sun, 50 Plus, Senior Living, and various other newspapers and magazines in Canada, US and the United Kingdom as well as on-line publications, and Ruth also edits and publishes her own on-line travel zine at   She has been published in the APA Insight Guides 1994, Writer’s Abroad anthology “Foreign Flavours” as well as two poetry anthologies and was writer for The Vancouver Guide for Planet Eye Traveler.  Ruth was recently invited to Egypt by Egyptian Tourism and you can read her blogs about this trip a   She is currently working on an Athens Guide e-book for Hunter Publishing, US.



I love this one! Thank you, Ruth.

Ruth’s first historical fiction novel SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON (volume one) was recently published by  UK.  This is her first published literary work.  Volume Two BLOOD ON THE MOON: THE FIELDS OF HADES will be produced in 2016.  Ruth just returned from a successful book promo tour where she attended the Historical Novel Writer’s Conference in London, Eng. and was invited to three events in Greece including a reading at the Athens Centre, a presentation at the World Poetry Conference in Larissa and a reading for two grade nine classes at the Athens Community School.  SHADOW OF THE LION: BLOOD ON THE MOON is currently available on and in bookstores.

Signing the contract!

Posted in General | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

World Poetry Proudly Presents an a Award for One Great Year!

 Ariadne’s Notes:
World Poetry Canada International is pleased to announce an Empowered Writer’s Award to two amazing and creative writers , the writing team of Tamara Veitch, lifelong writer, artist and mother. and Rene DeFazio, accomplished actor, screenwriter and producer with numerous film and television roles and commercials and print ads to his credit  who combined their talents to create the fascinating book, One Great Year.  

They will be receiving their award on October 19th at the Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival at SFU Harbour centre , 1:30-4:30 pm. To join us, please e-mail since seating is limited. Event is free.


Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio  are the Vancouver-based powerhouse duo behind One Great Year, one of Canada’s most exciting contemporary fiction releases that brings adventure, ancient mystery and an epic love story together in an edge-of-your-seat ride.

With One Great Year won Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival Awards and the London Book Festival Awards and has been optioned for development in Hollywood. It has been heralded by early reviewers as “Indiana Jones meets Eckhart Tolle,” DeFazio and Veitch have been making appearances across Canada and the USA since One Great Year’s North American release in October 2013.

Rene DeFazio is an accomplished actor, screenwriter and producer with numerous film and television roles and commercials and print ads to his credit. Rene wrote, directed and produced a travel show that saw him immersed in exotic locations like Kenya, Egypt and the Seychelles. His adventures and experiences as a world traveler were instrumental in creating One Great Year, his continual and tireless research and firsthand knowledge of international locations, customs, sights and smells brought this epic story to life.

Tamara Veitch is a lifelong writer, artist and mother. She attended Simon Fraser University, where she studied English and Psychology, and is a strong public speaker. Tamara worked as a Special Education Assistant in a primary school before leaving to have children and launching her own mural painting business. She never stopped writing; always sure that the next great American novel was at the tip of her fingers, waiting to be released.

One Great Year is the culmination of a lifetime of learning, living and loving for them both and they are currently working on completing the second book in the Great Year Trilogy.

Find One Great Year on Twitter, Facebook and at


Posted in Ariadne's Notes, Featured Poets, General, Ongoing World Poetry Events, World Poetry Canada International Peace festival, World Poetry Lifetime Achievment Award Past and Present Winners., World Poetry Special Events | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment