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World Poetry Celebrates Lucy Ortiz and Project Cultural South!


Ariadne’s Notes: It was with great joy that the World Poetry Café CFRO, 100.5 FM with host and producer Ariadne Sawyer and co-host Neall Ryon, sound engineer Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe,  on July 21, 2010. welcomed Lucy Ortiz, the talented poet and head of Project Cultural South along with Frieda Marzolina, another good poet who has written 200 poems.  Poetry was shared in English and Spanish with music by Rene Hugo Sanchez and Leon Bibbs. E poet:Mona Rampersaud-Jones from Canada.



Lucy Ortiz, multi-award winning poet and author of many books and anthologies, she is the Director of Project Cultural South and travels frequently. She is also a World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Ambassador to El Salvador.

Lucy Ortiz, BIOGRAFÍA Salvadoreña Canadiense. En el año 1986 llegó al Canadá, país donde radica desde esa fecha.

En 1986 creó el grupo cultural educacional “Los Pipiles”,con niños hispanoamericanos de Vancouver.En el año 2001 publicó su primer poemario “Debajo de la Tormenta” en la Antología2001 del mundo de la poesía, en Vancouver.

En 1992 creó la “Brigada Juvenil de Apoyo a El salvador” en Vancouver.Recibió placa de reconocimiento del mundo de la poesía,por el aporte al trabajo literario en la publicación de la obra literaria antología 2001.

En 2001-2002 creó las bases para el Proyecto Cultural Sur Vancouver.En el año 2002 publicó “Una Gota en el Desierto”, en la Antología voces latinoamericanas de Vancouver, con la Asociación de Poetas y Escritores Latinoamericanos de British Columbia, donde se desempeñaba como secretaria.

En el año 2003 publicó el poemario Amores del río en AntologíaVoces Del Sur con el Proyecto Cultural Sur Internacional, donde se desempeña como Vice presidenta.

En 2005 ganó el primer lugar en el certamen de poesía: 25 años, Monseñor Romero. Celebrado por las comunidadesde base canadiense de Vancouver, premio entregado por el Padre Jon Cortina.

Preparó las bases para la creación de la Sopa Sur. Fue delegada al congreso de las artes en México y mucho mas.


Proyecto Cultural Sur Vancouver Celebra el tercer aniversario del monumento sopa sur. Invita a la comunidad a participar y compartir nuestra receta hecha realidad. El día 30 de julio a la 1:00 PM el Padre Francisco Jovel, visitante de Italia y el Padre Richard Zanotti oficiaran una misa de gracia y bendiciónal monumento: En Our Lady Of Sorrows ubicada en el 555 Slocan Street Vancouver BC, después de la misa, saldrá la caravana encabezada por los sacerdotes hacia el Seaforth Peace Park para hacer la bendiciónal Monumento. compartir la exquisita Sopa Sur y el acto cultural.La serenata musical con Macarena Cataldo y en el corazón de las memorias,la poesía de los poetas latinoamericanos de Vancouver en Seaforth Peace Park 1620 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC.

Con mucho cariño recibiremos a la asociación cultural salvadoreñaque pondrá una placa en el monumento la memoria de nuestro hermano Remberto Cuellar Ruiz, que nos prestó sus manos,su fuerza y su fe para dejar este ente a las futuras generaciones.

También se pondrá una placa con la memoria de Elba Espinoza, compañera que siempre fue una fortaleza y su hijo una mano fuerte en la construcciónde este elemento trascendental “El Monumento

Special Announcement!

Vancouver South Cultural Project Celebrates the third anniversary of the monument dedicated to  the special recipe Soup of the  South. they want to invite the  community to participate and share the soup at the event July 30 at 1 pm with a mass of grace and blessing for the monument  by Father Francisco Jovel, visiting from Italy and Father Richard Zanotti at Our Lady Of Sorrows located at 555 Slocan Street in Vancouver BC

After the Mass, 2,2:30 pm, the caravan, headed by the  priests will go to the Seaforth Peace Park,1620 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC to  bless the Monument. Project Cultural South will share the delicious soup which will also include a cultural event featuring the music of Macarena Cataldo and in the “heart of the memories “ a special  presentation of the poetry of Latin American poets in Vancouver.

Lovingly, the Salvadoran cultural association  will put a plaque on the monument in the memory of our brother Remberto Cuellar Ruiz, who lent us his hands,strength and faith to leave this monument to future generations. Another  plaque in memory of Elba Espinoza will also honor our companion who was always was a great strength and had a strong part in building the transcendental element “Monument.” All are welcome!



 Ariadne and Neal hosting.



World Poetry Celebrates First Nations Don Amero from Canada!

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Ariadne’s Notes:!

The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Wanda Kehewin and Ariadne Sawyer  welcomed the wonderful and inspiring Musician Don Amero on the show. He is a mentor and a great example to youth and others. One of his goals is to let people know that they can break the links in the chains that bind them and to be inspired to get out of dark places. He also spoke of the poisonous atmosphere that feeds an ego when dealing with awards and recognition and how important it is to be appreciative and focus on inspiring people. To hear this amazing show with live in the studio music CLICK HERE! We are now on mobile phone also.

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Don Amero remembers it well. It was the day that changed his life. On September 15, 2007, he walked off his job as a hardwood flooring installer and set out to pursue music fulltime. And
what a good day that turned out to be.

Since then, the Winnipeg singer/songwriter has toured coast‐to‐coast, headlined concerts, presented at festivals, performed with the symphony, played national television, showcased at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City, and played W. Brett Wilson’s The Garden Party. His music has generated eight awards and more than two dozen nominations. His talent and ambition receive ongoing acclaim, and his determination inspires countless youth. Today, Don is considered one of the hardest working ‘indie’ musicians in showbiz. No surprise, since hard work is second nature to him. Don’s Official website www.donamero.com
Free mobile app http://www.reverbnation.com/mobile‐app/240689/donamero
Live television performance – Love Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvcgOoTAC4Y
Live television performance – Life Gets Better http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMVqLzD6g60
Live performance – online house concert for Heart On My Sleeve CD release www.aptn.ca/webstagepass

While a lot has happened for Don in a short time, it actually was a long road for him to get where he is now. From the notoriously tough North End of Winnipeg, Don faced his share of adversity growing up. With poverty, gangs, drugs and violence all around, fortunately, his life was tempered by love, support, and faith in a Greater Power.

Shaped and molded by his own experiences, Don’s music carries the depth of hardship and luminosity of hope. His message is one of encouragement, positivity and beauty, despite the harshness of the world.

Don’s desire to take a shot at music was ignited with the surprise success of his debut album – fittingly called Change Your Life. Released in the fall of 2006, the single Freight Train reached #1 on the National Aboriginal Countdown, and the album received seven nominations at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA).

In 2009, Don’s second album Deepening saw two more singles, I’m Just Me and She, climb to #1 on the National Aboriginal Countdown. Deepening earned him Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Male Artist of the Year at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, and several more nominations. His professionalism and perseverance also caught the attention of a renowned CBC Radio host, who bestowed Don with the James Brown Hardest Working Musician Award – a playful prize which actually rings true.   In 2010, Don was honoured when selected to perform with the world‐renowned Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Three of his original songs were scored for symphony accompaniment, and his performance was featured as part of the Indigenous Festival. That same week, he was introduced to all of Canada as one of the headlining acts at APTN’s National Aboriginal Day concert, which broadcasts live from coast‐to‐coast‐to‐coast.

Don’s third album The Long Way Home was released in the fall of 2010, receiving rave reviews from media and fans alike. The country‐flavoured first single Right Where I Wanna Be was featured on radio stations across Canada, and became the chosen track for Don’s first music video.

In 2011, The Long Way Home was named Aboriginal Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, where he was also invited to perform at the awards show, and participate as opening keynote moderator. The album also won Best Folk Recording at the 2011 Native American Music Awards, and Best Country Single at the 2012 Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA) in Milwaukee. Most recently, Don Amero won Male Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA).

Don’s first Christmas album, Christmastime, was released in November 2011, and featured at his annual holiday concert ‘Amero Little Christmas’. His original song All I Need This Christmas was released to radio and played by 35 radio stations in Canada and the US, earning it the #5 Most Active Indie designation on DMDS.com.  The single Through The Storm from The Long Way Home was on the National Aboriginal Countdown for nine weeks in 2012 – capturing #1 for two of those weeks. Turn These Grey Skies Blue burst onto the scene as #3 on overall

DMDS downloads the day it was released, and a Top 10 Most Active Indie.

Heart On My Sleeve is Don’s fourth album, and a self‐produced labour of love. He proudly calls it his most personal album to date, and if you listen from beginning to end, it tells a story. Heart On My Sleeve was released in October

2012 at an “intimate and international” house concert streamed live on APTN.ca, and was nominated for

Aboriginal Album of the Year at the 2013 JUNO Awards. It won Aboriginal Album of the Year at the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards in Calgary, Best Country Single at the 2013 ISMA in Milwaukee, Best Folk/Acoustic Album at the 2013 APCMA, Male Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 APCMA, and Best Country Single at the 2012 ISMA.

The single Gonna Be A Good Day climbed to #4 on the National Aboriginal Countdown.

Don has experience many career highlights so far, including being nominated for the 2013 JUNO Awards, and being invited to perform at W. Brett Wilson’s private fundraiser, and Tom Jackson’s flood‐benefit concert Halo High Water. Another highlight happened in January 2013, when he was selected to showcase at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. The engagement was part of the APAP World Music Conference, and Don was pleased to be one of three Canadian Aboriginal musicians chosen to perform for a full‐house of New York music lovers and conference delegates. This was followed up in March by a special showcase performance at the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas.

Don’s albumsand singles can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and on Donamero.com. His albums are available at HMV in Winnipeg’s Portage Place mall. He also has a free mobile app that lets fans listen to his music, check out photos and videos, read blog posts, and more.

Deeply inspired by his life and surroundings, Don makes a point of going to the cabin as often as possible, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying the company of his wife Pam and adorable one‐year‐old son Oscar. Because no matter what else is going on, it’s the personal things that matter most to him.

Grateful for his success so far and eager to see what the future brings, Don’s decision to make music is proving to be a good one. And even though you could say it’s been a long road for him, that’s okay. Because he knows for certain he’s on the right one


Don Amero is considered a role model, and an inspiration to young people of all ages. Working with youth is something he is passionate about, believes in, and puts his heart into. Combining storytelling, songs and activities, Don presents workshops that are fun and interactive, keeping youth engaged and interested.

He has covered topics like Making Music, Songwriting and Recording, Pursuing Creative Careers, and Goal Setting. He has also been asked to present sessions that are more personal, and share his own story about overcoming the odds, bringing messages of hope and inspiration. He will customize workshops for specific groups and audiences, and tailor presentations to particular ages.

Don has performed and presented at several schools, and for youth gathering and organizations.”

Source: Don Amero’s Media Kit.

More World Poetry Café photos from the show, June 30th with Wanda,  Ariadne and Don.

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