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Ariadne’s Notes will update readers and participants on the World Poetry Site, special events, help needed and our goals for the future.

World Poetry Celebrates CR Avery from Canada!

  Ariadne’s Notes: A fun World Poetry Café Show with a look into the past and future! On September 22, 1:30-2 PM PST, CFRO, 100.5 FM, we welcomed the amazing CR Avery featuring  his 15th Album, Angels Didn’t Scare Me and talking about his extensive touring schedule.

Many years ago when Coop Radio was at Pigeon Park in Vancouver and the World Poetry Show was just beginning, CR Avery was one of our first interviews.He brought his band up the winding circular staircase with all their instruments and I think, a  small piano.  Alejandro Mujica Olea was  the host and I translated the conversation  from English to Spanish . CR spoke in hip hop or something  similar and I was hard pressed to do the translation. To top it off, we had our resident audience of three mice who would come out of their hole  for the duration and entertainment of the show. We had a lot of adventures at Pigeon Park! CR Avery also remembered the interview and asked me to speak a bit in Spanish so he could hear the language again-so much fun. Unfortunately,  the poet  on tour, Henry Beissel  was not able to attend but we read his bio and played a song from Susan Cogan’s CD Fields of Friendship and music from CR Avery’s wonderful new album.   Thanks to all our World Poetry Team, Neal Ryon, Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe. E-poet Vani Pradeep from India had her poem: Cry of The Roses was read on the air for World Peace Day.

To hear the show with the preview of the brand new album, CLICK HERE!

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Publicist Heather Kitching writes:  “CR probably needs no introduction, being as he’s rather an icon of music, poetry, spoken word and beatboxing in Vancouver….but he’s completely outdone himself on this record.  Gorgeously bleak (at times) portraits of life among the forgotten classes and incredibly production by Ben Mink and Steve Dawson.  The news releases on this artist is on my web site at www.heatherkitching.com 

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 C.R. Avery: Outlaw Hip-Hop Harmonica Player, Beatbox Poet, Punk Piano Player, String Quartet Raconteur, Rock & Roll Matador, Playwright

Whether performing to thousands at the Royal Albert Hall or the lucky few who made it inside the packed past capacity speakeasy, C.R. Avery is a unique, raw and dynamic performer. His genius lies in many genres – blues, hip-hop, spoken word and rock & roll. He is a one-man band, but one for this generation; with the rare ability to sing poetic verse while beatboxing simultaneously while pounding the piano and adding harmonica like a plot twist. A multi-talented front man for his Legal Tender String Quartet; a crazed lead singer/harp player for his rock & roll band The Special Interest Group; a lyrical dynamo & the musical backbone of the spoken word trio Tons of Fun University.

From musical beginnings in his late teens, C.R. Avery has recorded over fifteen albums as well as writing & directing six hip-hop operas, which were mounted and performed from New York’s Bowery to L.A.’s South Central.  He has toured throughout Canada (including almost every major folk festival) the USA and Europe (headlining or opening for Billy Bragg, Buck 65, and Sage Francis) and garnered the attention of music peers the likes of Tom Waits (“…he’s blowin’ my mind”); blues harp trail blazer Charlie Musselwhite (“…no one plays harmonica like him… no one…”); and folk legend Utah Phillips (“…raw talent”).

His incredible live performances have been described as Bob Dylan in the body of Iggy Pop; colliding with Little Walter, the Beastie Boys and Allen Ginsberg.  Every show is all or nothing and his fearless approach to all genres of music both on stage and in the studio proves the longevity of this talented, astonishing creator has so much more to come. Source: http://www.cravery.com/index.php/site/bio/

Tour dates: A shout out to Salt Spring Island! CR is beginning his tour at the Harbour House Hotel! The new album, All the Angels Didn’t Scare Me features flawlessly detailed portraits of the anti-heroes of everyday life.

Album release date:  September 30, 2016
Sept. 29 – Harbour House Hotel, Salt Spring Island. 

 Sept . 30 – Victoria Event Center, Victoria, BC
 Oct. 1 – Cobalt, Vancouver, BC
Oct. 5 – TBC, Vernon, BC

Oct. 6 – Dream Café, Penticton, BC

Oct. 7 – Spirit Bar, Nelson, BC

 Oct. 8 – Ironwood Stage, Calgary, AB

 Oct. 9 – Stagger Studio, Lethbridge, AB

 Oct. 12 – The Almanac, Edmonton, AB

 Oct . 13 – TBC, Moose Jaw, SK

Oct. 14 – Vangelis, Saskatoon, SK

 Oct. 15 – Creative City Centre, Regina, SK

For more information – http://www.cravery.com

 

 

 

WP Peaceathon Partner Vani Pradeep from India!

 Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Canada International Peaceathon  welcomes another wonderful partner from India! Vani Pradeep. Peace is in good hands with her.

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She writes: “I have been into content writing and poetry crafting since 2001. I love the works of Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, John Keats and several other poets. My first English poem ‘Mother’ was published in www.poetry.com. My writing took the major international platform in 2013. Recognition came from a Jamaican fine artist – the Editor-in-Chief of ‘Lucienne Lovelette The Arts Magazine Collection International’ (LLTAMCI) – The introduction poem for their edition went from me apart from few other poems. Now, My works are with the magazine for their hardcopy launch in The US in the name: ‘BIAM’. Opportunities from World Poetry Canada in recognition of my ’emotions based poetry’ are having me go the next steps in my poetry work. My peace poetry was on Display for World Peaceathon Exhibit at UBC. I was recently on a couple of weekly radio shows for the ‘National Poetry Month’ on ‘World Poetry Open Mic’ and was also the phone guest on World Poetry Cafe Radio streaming @ 100.5 FM.”

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CRY OF THE ROSES…

As we sway smothered in blood shed,

Neither men nor nature know the pains of red.

Midst reign of terror, guns and smoke,

We lay like the extinct.

 

‘I’ – A symbol of love to this world –

the color of bloodshed, I do have.

I am a weeping rose;

Weeping to the depths of my heart

to see the unearthly, eerie

turn of ‘shoot to death’.

 

Earth: ‘mother to all’

is pained and wounded.

To see her children perishing in pain.

 

If Love be your core and

Peace be within you,

Lying somewhere unheard to, within the self;

Stamp down that gun,

to turn smoke into love.

Be a symbol of LOVE!

 

Love Can turn Ashes to Flourishing Soil.

Love Can Heal.

Love Can Cherish Peace.

Love can build an EARTH.

Vani Pradeep (C)

World Poetry Celebrates Kiyano John Nguyen!

 The World Poetry Café Radio Show on September 15, 1-2 pm CFRO 100.5 FM, with host and producer, Ariadne Sawyer, host Neall Ryon, engineer Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the talented youth poet Kiyano John Nguyen and his  wonderful mother Wanda John-Kehewin.  It was a fascinating show with a welcome poem by World Poetry Life Time Achievement Award Winner Vera Manuel, read by Ariadne Sawyer and music by Don Amero. Kiyano’s poetry was profound and well read. World Poetry is so proud of the youth of the world!

LISTEN TO THE SHOW NOW!

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Kiyano is a high school student who writes to express himself. He has been published in Quills poetry as well as Ricepaper Magazine under the name Kiyano John -Kehewin. He is of Cree and Vietnamese decent. He loves using his creative side through painting, drawing, and writing. His writing, he says comes from a place where he can see both the light and dark of the state of the wor