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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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AJA, a Barbadian-born, Internationally Known Poet Coming to the Festival!


AJA @ Village TO

The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival welcomes the internationally known performance poet , filmmaker and musician AJA! This is an amazing one time opportunity to meet AJA in person and hear his great performances.  He will be coming in on the October 22nd and leaving on October 27th. If you want to meet him or invite him to perform, please contact Ariadne at 604-526-4729   Don’t miss seeing his film at our festival! All events are free.

He will be featured at The World Poetry Night Out Fifth Anniversary, October 22nd at 6:30  PM at the New Westminster Public Library and  his film The Journey at the World Poetry Peace and Human Rights Festival at the UBC Learning Centre Exchange on October 25th.  Opening at  10:30 am. (Film time coming soon)

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AJA poet is a Barbadian-born World Music & Jazz poet and musician based in New York. AJA blends Jazz and R&B with various Caribbean rhythms – including Reggae and Calypso, to create a unique sound.  This provides the platform for him to deliver his thought-provoking and engaging poetry. AJA has taken performance poetry to the international World Music, Jazz and Poetry Festivals stages; and his works have also been internationally published.

A feature of AJA is his intensity on stage. His work is captivating with heart-wrenching imagery that is engaging – “edutainment”. From his emergence as a poet, AJA has focused on global issues such as war, hunger and the abuse of women and children. But in 2003 he decided to do more and transformed his poems from the stage and the page into practical initiatives in Barbados, other Caribbean territories as well as in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

In 2003 he was made a UNDP Spokesperson on Peace and Poverty Eradication for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.  He is also a UN Women Caribbean Partner for Peace; and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders – promoting and mobilising activities for the “UNiTE: End Violence against Women” Campaign.      

Tel: 917-797-9173       Email:

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