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Pandora's Collective is pleased to help promote the literary arts in Metro Vancouver.

Please see below for Press Releases (listed by date) followed by Ongoing Events (listed by the day of the week)
To get the most up to date news read our e-news letter.
To view events in calendar format visit our Community Calendar.

PRESS RELEASES

Tues March 14th
Vancouver Public Library and Pandora’s Collective Present 
Word Whips Vancouver East 
6:30-8:30
Bring yourself, your imagination, something to write on and with
and we'll bring the prompts to get you write write writing. 
2nd Tuesday, every other month (Jan, March, May, etc)
Location: Vancouver Library--Hastings Branch
2674 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K 1Z6

Hosts: Bonnie Nish & Jami Macarty
Supported by the Writers Union of Canada and The League of Canadian Poets.
Contact: blnish@pandorascollective.com



Wednesday March 15th
Word Whips in The Gallery
Music, Art, Poetry
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Host: Timothy Shay
Poets: Una Bruhns, Angela Rebrec, Fran Bourassa, Byrant Ross, Sita Carboni, Heidi Greco, Bonnie Nish
Music: Mike Peacock
There will be an open mic time when members of the audience will be given an opportunity to write and then read poems that they have written that relate to the exhibition.
Exhibit: The Intersection of Science & Art
Joanne Emerman: "I’m a biomedical scientist specializing in cancer. My research is primarily focused on stem cells which can renew themselves, generate the different types of mature cells and have the potential to become malignant. Just as cells can escape the normal control mechanisms of the body and form tumors, animals with adaptations suited to their environments will live long enough to breed and pass down those traits to their offspring. In contrast, animals that don’t adapt will die off. This is known as natural selection or “survival of the fittest”.This exhibit displays photographs taken in the Galapagos & South African Game Reserves; the animals living in these areas are solely the result of natural selection." - Joanne Emerman
Mike Cohene: 
Steveston resident Mike Cohene exhibits his award winning woodcarvings at the Gertrude Zack Gallery. Mike’s inspiration comes from the sea and the sky with fish and wildlife being his primary interests. He is self-taught although inspired by world master fish carver Dale Barrett of Redmond, Oregon. A sport fisherman himself, Mike pays particular attention to the anatomy of the fish so as to recreate the sculpture’s integrity.
“I have learned how to paint with an airbrush so as to bring out the most realistic colours and details.” He won two “Best in Show” at the Canadian Fish Carving Competitions.
Mike’s exhibition features indigenous freshwater and saltwater fish as well as birds of British Columbia.
All evenings are presented by the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery in collaboration with Pandora’s Collective and the Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library. Made possible by the Yosef Wosk Poetry Initiative Grant
Address: Zack Gallery, Jewish Community Center 
950 41st Ave W, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
Contact: blnish@pandorascollective.com


Sunday March 19th
Avenue for the Arts - 
Opening Reception 
Exhibit: 
The Drawing of The Cards 
Havana Gallery, 1212 Commercial Drive! (
4 - 7 pm)

Avenue for the Arts artists (and their guest artists) have collectively created 54 original art pieces to make up a 54 card, deck of cards. For this exhibit the cards will be organized by suit, and some original art pieces will be interspersed with the digital reproductions. 
Original art pieces and decks of cards will be for sale. This is great way to be able to take all 54 pieces of art home with you!
The art the exhibit will run from March 16th - 29th
Contact: Jane Stanier, jstanier@hotmail.com


Tuesday, March 21st , 2017
Pandora’s Collective and Britannia Library Present
Poetic Pairings 7
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Britannia Library, Galllery Room, 1661 Napier St. Free!
Join us for delightful pairings of poetic voices. Voices become differently engaged when set against another writer’s work. Listen as couplets bounce words off one another, relate their stories and rejoice in the collaboration of expression. Question period to follow.
Host: Jami Macarty

Pairs:
Ariadne Sawyer and Mary Duffy
Jude Neale and Andrew Warner
Adele Barclay and Zoe Dagneault
JC Cortens and John Swanson
Raoul Fernandes and David Shewell
Contact:



PRESS RELEASE - March 21st
Pandora's Collective Presents
WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES
(There will be no Word Whips on March 21st. Instead please join us for Poetic pairings 7. Details above. Word Whips will be back at Britannia Library on April 18th)
Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. 10 -15 minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. (3rd Tuesday of each month except December)
Hosts: Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room,
1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC
Contact:
 blnish@pandorascollective.com
www.pandorascollective.com



Wed March 22nd

BOOK TALKS - BOOK CLUB

Presented by Pandora’s Collective and Britannia Branch

Bring your favourite passages, points of interest, and share your reading experiences with us. Admission is free. Registration not required. Each person is responsible for either borrowing or buying their own copy to read. (4th Wednesday of each month except December) 
Upcoming 2017 Dates:
Mar 22nd: Blood: The Stuff of Life by Lawrence Hill 
"Lawrence Hill offers a provocative examination of the scientific and social history of blood, and on the ways that it unites and divides us today......Blood: The Stuff of Life is a bold meditation on blood as an historical and contemporary marker of identity, belonging, gender, race, class, citizenship, athletic superiority, and nationhood." - Amazon.ca
Apr 26th: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
May 24th: Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan
June 28th: Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
July 26th: Mexican Hooker #1: And My Other Roles Since the Revolution by Carmen Aguirre
Aug 23rd: The Japanese Lover; A Novel by Isabel Allende 
Sept 27th: Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life by Brian Brett
Oct 25th: If I Fall; If I Die by Michael Christie 
Nov 22nd: Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound By Grant Lawrence 
Dec - Closed for the holidays 
2018 Dates:
Jan 24th: One Hundred years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
Feb 28th: City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence 
Mar 28th: Book Recommendation Night
Apr 25th: Laughing All The Way To The Mosque By Zarqa Nawaz 
May 23rd: Beloved by Tony Morrison
June 27th: A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada by John Ralston Saul
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC 
Hosts: Mary Duffy and Sita Carboni
Contact: booktalks@pandorascollective.com
www.pandorascollective.com 


Thursday March 23rd
Pandora's Collective Presents 
TWISTED POETS LITERARY SALON 

Location: Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main St, Vancouver, BCTime: 7:00 - 9:30 pm
Open Mic sign up at 7 pm. Readings begin at 7:30
March 23: Poets 25 and under: Katie Stobbart, Abrielle Ing, Ali Denno, Andrew Warner, Everett Montinola 
Upcoming Features:
April 27:
Michelle Barker Kids & youth night schools
May 25: 
Anvil press: Celebration of Jamie Reid’s book launch of 'A Temporary Stranger'.
Supported by the Writers Union of Canada and The League of Canadian Poets.
Contact: blnish@pandorascollective.com
www.pandorascollective.com 



March 28th

Pandora's Collective Presents

WORD WHIPS - THE NORTH SHORE EDITION 

A warm environment, writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Great for beginners or seasoned writers. Get past the inner critic by writing ten to fifteen minutes on each prompt. See what you can whip up. 4th Tuesday of every month

Host: Fran Bourassa

Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm

Location: The Silk Purse Arts Centre

1570 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, V7V 1A1

Contact: Fran at fbourassa@hotmail.com

www.pandorascollective.com



Wednesday April 5th
Pandora's Collective Presents 
WORD WHIPS BY THE WATER 

We provide writing prompts and encourage people to take the challenge. Emphasis is on exercising the right brain in a safe environment – sharing is optional.
Host: Karen Shaw, Taslim Jaffer 
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm 
Location: White Rock Library on Buena Vista Avenue.
15342 Buena Vista Ave, White Rock, BC V4B 1Y6
(604) 541-2201
Contact: pcwhiterock@yahoo.ca
www.pandorascollective.com
Karen Shaw, chezshaw2013@gmail.com


World Poetry
Bringing the World Together in Peace Through Poetry


PRESS RELEASE:
Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest 
Entry fee: $10 per poem 
Cash Prizes: $1600: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $75, 8 judge’s choice of $50 complimentary anthology, trophy, and award ceremony during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. 
Final received submissions deadline: Friday March 31, 2017 
Visit www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com for further info and rules. 
Enquires: Send to David Brydges mybrydges@yahoo.ca



PRESS RELEASE:
Grind Writers Group, Vancouver - Main St.
Meets every 2 weeks on weekends 
10am - 12:30pm
alternating on Saturdays & Sundays.
All levels, genres, outlooks, orientations, ages.
**Please email grindwriters@gmail.com and introduce 
yourself before you attend the first time – we sometimes 
have out-trips and meet at various places.
Blog: http://grindwriters.blogspot.ca/
Grind News: http://issuu.com/home/publications



PRESS RELEASE
Concussion and Mild Brain Injury: Not Just Another Headline
Bonnie Nish, Editor
Buy the book (or e-book) online, directly from the publisher. 
http://www.lapublishing.com/search.php?mode=search&page=1
Bonnie Nish has compiled a collection of personal experiences of recovery by survivors of mild traumatic brain injury. Imagine being a single mom about to take your children on a family vacation. Suddenly, the van door swings shut and hits you in the head. You think, "Wow!! That hurt, but it's nothing an ice pack can’t solve." A few months after this happened to Meg Stainsby, she was sitting at her family’s Thanksgiving dinner table when she suddenly recalled signing papers to sell the home she shared with her two daughters and dog in order to move into a small two-bedroom condominium.
Concussion and Mild Brain Injury: Not Just Another Headline gives clear insight into how the lives of those suffering from concussion and mild brain injury (MBI) are impacted. The individual stories of injury, recovery and discovery document the effect of the survivor's MBI on immediate and extended family members, and social and work communities.
These first-hand accounts of survivors of MBI in many facets of the community will bring tears, laughter and increased understanding, restoring hope that the ongoing challenges faced by the survivors in all walks of life can and will improve. Each story shows that MBI touches the lives of individuals from all strata of society, from the media famous to the relatively unknown.
The Contributors:
Writers: Ali Denno, Vera Kinach, Meg Stainsby, Luanne Armstrong, Barbara Stahura, Dawn Metcaffe, Alastair Larwill, Ashley as told to her friend, Karen Kristjanson, Myna Wallin, Heather Williams, Julie Reaper, Kim Seary, Kim Fink-Jenson, Jenny Callaghan, Kyle McKillop, Susan Cormier, Jude Neale, Jeff Corness. Bonnie Nish
Images: Teresa McGill, Julie Reaper, Candice James
Concussion and Mild Brain Injury: Not Just Another Headline
Editors: Bonnie Nish: MA Arts Education. Phyllis Basset: Educator. Nicole Nozick: Executive Director Vancouver International Writers Fest. Chelsea Comeau, Writer, Artist, Photographer
Publisher: Lash and Associates Publishing an Training Inc.
http://www.lapublishing.com/search.php?mode=search&page=



PRESS RELEASE:
WANTED: Submissions from the local poetry community for a curated weekly poetry column in the Westender newspaper. 
DETAILS: There are no restrictions on subject matter, but reactions to/comments on local issues and current events are encouraged. The poems would be supplied free of charge for the purposes of publication, however the artist would retain full rights to the work and it would be a single-use agreement for print and online.
TO SUBMIT: Email editor@westender.com with Poetry Column in the subject line. Please include the title of the piece, a brief bio, your full name and contact details, and any other information you find relevant to the piece. If you would like your social media handles to be included with the piece, please also supply. 
START DATE: TBD


Vallum 
* The Vallum Chapbook Award 2017 *
DEADLINE MARCH 31, 2017 (postmarked)
1st Prize: 
PUBLICATION

+ $125
(Selections from the chapbook will also appear in the print and digital magazine)
http://www.vallummag.com/chapbookrules.html


PoetsCare
Presents Fire and Sky: A Canadian Anthology of Poetry dedicated to those affected by of the Great Fire of Fort McMurray. Open to all Canadian Poets—poems wanted on the themes of loss/recovery, renewal/hope, adversity/triumph, poems related to the fire and its aftermath. All profits from this fundraiser will be donated to Wood Buffalo Regional Library Fort McMurray. Please contact David Brydges atmybrydges@yahoo.ca with the subject line “Fort Mac Anthology” for further details in regards to submission guidelines.
 

FLASH FICTION & POETRY CONTEST
West End Writers Club

Deadline: October 15, 2016
WORD COUNT                                           ENTRY FEES
Short stories: maximum 500 words             $10 per submission or
Poetry: maximum 150 words                       $15 for two submissions
$5 for each additional submission
NB: Judging for the shortlist is made "blind" to ensure fairness. Be sure to put the title of your piece on each page. Please do not put your name and contact information on the manuscript you are submitting. Instead include a cover sheet that lists the titles of your submissions, with your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number so that we can contact you. Submissions should be one sided, in 12pt font and prose double spaced.
PAYMENT OPTIONS
Please pay in Canadian dollars by cash, cheque or money order, payable to West End Writers - or by PayPal at westendwriters@gmail.com
We welcome submissions by regular post or by email.
Please mail submissions to:
West End Writers Club
#301 – 1535 Nelson St.
Vancouver, BC
V6G 1M2
Please email submissions to:westendwriters@gmail.com
PRIZES
Short stories: $50 for First Prize, $25 for Second Prize
Poetry: $50 for First Prize, $25 for Second Prize.
PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY
Wednesday, November 16, 7:00 - 9:30 pm.atBarclay Manor,
1447 Barclay Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
 
Room Two Contests
Our 2016 Cover Art Contest is now open! Submit your visual art to us before November 30, 2016, and it could be on a cover of Room in 2017.
2016 Judges: Jillian Tamaki, and Hangama Amiri
FIRST PRIZE: $500 + publication on the cover of issue 40.2 of Room
SECOND PRIZE: $50 + publication in issue 40.2 of Room
HONOURABLE MENTION: publication on Room's website
All winners will be published with an artist statement and profiled on Room magazine’s blog. Winners will have the option to submit additional artwork for the issue, which, if selected for publication, will be compensated for at our usual rates.
Short Forms Contest
Our first annual Short Forms Contest opens in October 2016, with an entry deadline of January 15, 2017.
Each entry consists of one or two prose poems, flash fictions, or flash creative non-fictions of up to 500 words. Authors are not required to clarify which genre(s) they are writing in, as long as both works are 500 words or less. All submissions, regardless of genre, will be judged in a single category, and two prizes of $500 will be awarded. Winners will be published in our December 2017 issue.
Judge: Jen Sookfong Lee
FIRST PRIZE: $500 + publication (2 prizes)
HONOURABLE MENTION: $50 publication on Room's website
https://roommagazine.com/contests

Saints & Sinners Short Fiction Contest
Entries are invited for the annual Saints & Sinners Short Fiction Contest. Theme: LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” First prize: $500. Top stories published in an anthology (book release party/reading at 14th annual Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival March 22-26, 2017). Length: 4000-7000 words. Open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: October 3, 2016.

PRISM Magazine (BC) invites entires for the the inaugural Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction. First prize: $1500 grand prize; $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up. Max. word count: 6000. Entry fees: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: January 15, 2017.
PRISM International invites entries for the inaugural Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. First prize: $1500 grand prize ($600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up). Up to three poems per entry (100 lines max per poem). Entry fees: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: October 15, 2016.
http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/
 
The Round Up Zine is currently looking for shorts, poems and art for their fall edition. Prefers work that is edgy, dark and transgressive, gritty, or off-the-beaten-path. Deadline: September 30, 2016.
http://www.roundupzine.com/submit
 
Long Exposure Magazine (UK) is seeking submissions of poetry and flash fiction under 700 words for their fourth issue. Accepts writing on any theme or subject. Of particular interest: work in the Ekphrastic genre or that engages in some way with the visual arts. Deadline: September 30, 2016.
https://longexposuremagazine.com/submissions/
 
SickNotWeak is looking for writers in the following areas: current issues, LGTBQIA topics, Aboriginal mental health, holistic and self-care, & student mental health. Accepts freelance pieces, but are looking to expand their roster of regular writers (bi-weekly/monthly articles). Also interested in mental health video blogs and podcasts. Deadline: Ongoing. Note: Positions are currently unpaid.
https://www.sicknotweak.com/tell-your-story/
 
Quarterly online magazine The Mackinac(Canada/US) seeks poetry that “bridges the strait between nostalgia and the immediate, the wilds seen and unseen, the best of emerging and established voices.” Submit up to 5 poems. Deadline: Ongoing.
http://www.themackinacmagazine.com/submit.html

The Chaos is a new journal of personal narrative, publishing true stories of personal growth, lessons learned, life-changing events, and milestones from emerging and established writers. From the editor: “We’re looking for the stories you are afraid to tell, but know you must” — unique perspectives on familiar experiences, writing that ventures into the mind of the writer or the scene of the story. Deadline: Rolling.
http://thechaos.life/

WILDNESS (UK) wants work that evokes the unknown. Now seeking poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for their fourth, fifth and sixth issues. Deadline: Rolling.
http://readwildness.com/submit


PRESS RELEASE
Greenboathouse Press - Call for Submissions
After more than five years of planned projects, it’s now time to throw open the mailbox. We’re currently looking for a poetry manuscript to produce during the summer months of 2017, for release later in the year.
What we’re looking for is a text that fits into the aesthetic of our backlist (so you should have a look at and be familiar with our backlist): work that is gritty, sharp, lacking pretention and sentimentality, poems that push and pull apart, that tear into while also slipping quietly under the skin. Poems that are well-crafted yet avoid being too pretty, that growl and grind yet sing.
Speaking practically, submissions should follow these guidelines:
no digital submissions
no cover letter, just send the manuscript
manuscripts should include the author's name and email address in a footer on every page, along with a page number
manuscripts should use only one font (say, Constantia or Georgia) and all text should be in 12pt type
space the manuscript as you intend it (line spacing, indents, etc.)
no more than 20 pages of poetry
no previously published manuscripts, although individual poems may have been published in journals, etc.
no return envelopes (all manuscripts will be recycled after a project has been selected, with the result announced via email)
submission deadline is August 15, 2016 (submissions must be post-marked by this date)
Please read carefully and follow these guidelines. Seriously.
Send manuscripts to:
Greenboathouse Press
105 Blackcomb Court
Vernon, BC, V1T 4E1


PRESS RELEASES...
The 2016 edition of the Bressani literary prize is approaching and the Italian Cultural Center is looking for volunteers to read and evaluate manuscripts that have been submitted. Categories include poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Please contact Luca for more information if you would like to be one of the readers. luca@iccvancouver.ca


PRESS RELEASES...
If you haven’t registered for the CV2 writing contest yet you still have time.
http://www.contemporaryverse2.ca/en/contests/2-day-poem-contest
 
Subterrain has a contest you should look at as well.
http://subterrain.ca/about/103/lush-2014-awards-open+for+entries
 
And the Royal City Literary Arts Society Contest deadline is coming up soon as well.
http://rclas.com/awards-contests/write-on-contest/write-on-2016-contest/
 

PRESS RELEASE
Ink Bottle Press & The Ontario Poetry Society Present: Memory and Loss ~ a Canadian Anthology of Poetry, Dedicated to the victims of Alzheimer’s.
Editor & Compiler is I.B. Iskov. Open to all poets living in Canada. Poems wanted on the themes of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. This is not blind judging and this is not a contest. Submission fee $15. to help cover the cost of printing & postage. All profits from this project will be donated to The Alzheimer Society of Ontario. Submission Deadline is June 15, 2016, postmark date. Send your submission, complete with cheque or money order payable to Mark Clement, & mail to Attn: I.B. Iskov, Anthology Editor, #710 – 65 Spring Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. M2N 6H9. Full details and guidelines at: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Anthology_Memory%20&%20Loss.htm



PRESS RELEASE
Hi Pandora’s writers,
My name’s Bridget and I’m a storyteller based in Vancouver, BC.
I’m reaching out to you because I’m seeking writers who might want to contribute to a unique creative writing project.
Late last year I launched birdytoldme.com. It’s a website that encourages writers to respond to a monthly topic any way they like.
Birdy’s got the potential to be something really special. At the moment I’m on the hunt for new writers to contribute strong and interesting content. There’s no pressure to submit a story every month, writers can participate as often or as little as they like. It’s an encouraging forum for serious authors or people who like to write for fun.
I’ve got writers from all over the world, but I’d really like to increase the number of Canadian and PNW writers. Later this year, I’ll be running live Birdy storytelling events.
Check out birdytoldme.com and let me know if I can add you to my mailing list.
Or keep up with Birdy...
facebook.com/birdytoldmeblog/
twitter.com/birdytoldmeblog
@birdytoldmestories
I’d absolutely love it if you could share birdytoldme.com with other writers, friends and family who might be interested in being a part of Birdy.
Hope to hear from you soon,
Bridget


PRESS RELEASE
Vallum Chapbook Award 2016
Entries are invited for the Vallum Chapbook Award 2016. Submit original and previously unpublished poetry chapbook submissions of 12-20 pages. Theme: Open. Prize: $125 plus publication. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: March 31, 2016.
http://www.vallummag.com/chapbookrules.html
 

PRESS RELEASE
Scrivener Creative Review is open for submissions for their annual print journal. Looking for prose, poetry, art/photography, and reviews. Submit prose and book reviews (2500 words max.) and up to six poems. Deadline: March 7, 2016.
http://scrivenercreativereview.com/submit/
 

PRESS RELEASE
Entries are invited for the Craigleigh Press Poetry Contest. Three categories: Free verse, traditional verse, haiku. First prize in each category: $50. Entry fees: $5-$15. Deadline: April 30, 2016.
http://panthergpss.wix.com/craigleighpress
 

PRESS RELEASE
Understorey Magazine seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and spoken word for special issue on women and justice (Women and Justice in Canada). Welcomes diversity of voice, experience and perspective. Length: 1500 words or 5 poems. Open to Canadians (including residents) who self-identify as women. Honorarium available for accepted pieces. Deadline: May 1, 2016.
http://understoreymagazine.ca/2015/12/call-for-submissions-springsummer-2016/


PRESS RELEASE
Poetry Breakfast seeks submissions on an ongoing basis. Seeking poems and poetry-related creative non-fiction (letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, etc.). Submit 3-10 poems or creative nonfiction (150-1000 words).
http://poetrybreakfast.com/submission-guidelines-2/


PRESS RELEASE
Harper Collins is accepting Manuscripts right now every Wednesday. Check it out.
http://www.wednesdaypost.com.au/



Pandora's Collective - SPUD.ca Fundraiser
We are partnering with SPUD.ca to reach our fundraising goals. You can help us out by ordering a box (or 10) of local organic produce. 
Support our fundraiser with healthy, sustainable food!
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2. Choose the organic produce boxes you want to order and add them to your cart.
The boxes are listed on the SPUD Fund raising page under the Home tab.
3. At checkout, enter the promo code FUNDRAISING and select Pandora’s
Collective from the drop-down menu.
4. Complete your order. Your order will be delivered to your home or office.
5. 25% is donated to our fundraiser!
www.spud.ca/fundraising 
info@spudfundraising.com



EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY - EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES!!!
Facilitator- Bonnie Nish
  
If you or anyone you know would like a session I am offering special starting and referral rates so please inquire. If you have any questions about Expressive Arts Therapy please ask away. facilitate group work for conflict resolution, management support and community growth as well. Please pass this on. With gratitude. Bonnie 
http://www.bonnienishexpressivearts.ca/index.html

Event Reading Service for Writers
Are you a new or seasoned writer challenged by a difficult or troublesome manuscript?
Every year EVENT receives hundreds of manuscripts. Many are good, but since we can’t publish them all, we send many of them back, sometimes with a brief note, and sometimes with only a stock rejection form.
Since 1993, EVENT’s Reading Service for Writers has provided writers with in-depth commentary and feedback on their manuscripts.
How Will EVENT’s Reading Service Help Me?
EVENT’s editors provide you with a 700 to 1,000 word assessment of your manuscript, focusing on such aspects of craft as voice, style, structure, point of view, rhythm, credibility and characterization.
The assessment details the strengths and weaknesses of the writing, with specific recommendations on how to proceed.
You will also receive an edited copy of your manuscript.
Hear what experienced, professional editors have to say about your work.
What Genres Can You Help Me With?
Poetry — up to a maximum of eight poems.
Short fiction and creative non-fiction under 5,000 words.
How Much Does the Service Cost?
EVENT’s Reading Service for Writers costs $100 (includes taxes and comes with a a one-year subscription or renewal so you can check out EVENT’s award-winning mix of writing).
Pay the fee on our Buy page and email your manuscript to event@douglascollege.ca (subject line: Reading Service Submission); or attach a cheque or money order, payable to EVENT, for each manuscript and mail the submission to:
EVENT
Attn: Reading Service Editor
PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC
V3L 5B2 Canada
http://www.eventmagazine.ca/reading-service/


Urban Farmhouse Press Looking for Submissions: 
While we plan on accepting written manuscripts in the future we are currently unable to do so.
Currently we are accepting submissions via Submittable.
We are looking for book length manuscripts meeting the following general guidelines:
Poetry: minimum 50-60 pages of poetry,single spaced, and one poem per page.
Fiction: minimum 150 pages of prose, 12 pt font, double-spaced.
Novellas: 60-145 pages of prose, 12 pt font, double-spaced.
All manuscripts chosen for publication will receive a book contract and 8% royalties on all print copies sold.
We are currently charging submission fees. We want to be sure that your manuscripts receive the time and energy that you have put into them. This small fee helps to pay the bills. All fees are payable by credit card and paypal. We will be able to accept checks and money orders when our mailing address is up.
 
 
Submit to Nat. Brut
Nat. Brut is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews (books, film, and other media), satire/humor pieces, short screenplays and theater scripts, and creative nonfiction/literary journalism. Please submit though Submittable by using the above link.
We are also accepting visual art, comics, short films, and audio content. To submit in those mediums, please email editors@natbrut.com.

  
Press Release
https://theimpressmentgang.squarespace.com/submit/
Submit to the Impressment Gang! We accept submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and writing in general. The Impressment Gang prints four times a year: May, August, November, February. To get the best idea of what we are looking for, read our publication.
TIPS / GUIDELINES
For poetry we recommend sending up to 6 poems. We like our poems smart, original, and heart felt.
For fiction, non-fiction and other writing we won't set a word limit. But submissions really should knock our socks off. We accept multiple submissions.
If you are a publisher, or have work published that you want to submit for review? Send details toreview@theimpressmentgang.ca.
Expect to hear back within three months of submitting. If considered for publication, we will send along editorial suggestions. We like working together.
We are proud to announce that we have started to pay our contributors the sum of $25. We are working hard to increase this drastically to what we think they should deserve. But right now, it's all we got.
REQUIREMENTS
Previously unpublished, original work.
We accept simultaneous submissions – but keep us informed.
Send:
A Cover Letter with your name, address, email, titles of each piece of work, word count, and brief bio in one .pdf
Your work, paginated, in 12 pt readable font, well written in another .pdf
submissions@theimpressmentgang.ca

 


ONGOING EVENTS:

SUNDAY:

Every Sunday
POETIC JUSTICE READING SERIES
HERITAGE GRILL, BACK ROOM
Every Sunday (except holiday weekends and the month of December).
Come early & sign up for Open Mic.
Time: 3PM -5 PM, FEATURED POETS START at 4 pm
Location: HERITAGE GRILL, 447 Columbia Street New Westminster, BC
For upcoming features you can check their page:
www.poeticjustice.ca
CO-FOUNDER & BOOKING MANAGER—Franci Louann, flouann@telus.net 
Website & Facebook Manager, Photographer—Janet Kvammen, janetkvammen@rclas.com 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/poeticjusticenewwest/ 
Renaissance Books offers a large collection of fine used books, including out-of-print & hard-to-find copies, & new books by local authors.


Every Sunday
SONGWRITERS OPEN MIC NIGHT for New & Emerging Songwriters  
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
Join hosts Enrico Renz and Lawren Nemeth at Renaissance Bookstore, 43 – 6th Street, New Westminster. Write it! Bring it! Sing it! Find them on their Facebook group “RCLAS New Westminster Songwriter Open Mic” to see the Weekly Word Challenge.


Alternating on Saturdays & Sundays (every 2nd week)
Grind Writers Group, Vancouver - Main St.
Meets every 2 weeks on weekends 
10am - 12:30pm
alternating on Saturdays & Sundays.
All levels, genres, outlooks, orientations, ages.
**Please email grindwriters@gmail.com and introduce 
yourself before you attend the first time – we sometimes 
have out-trips and meet at various places.
Blog: http://grindwriters.blogspot.ca/
Grind News: http://issuu.com/home/publications


2nd Sundays of the odd months of the year
(Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov)
DEAD POETS READING SERIES
from 3-5 pm at Project Space, 222 East Georgia St. in Vancouver.
Suggested donation of $5 but no one turned away www.deadpoetslive.ca


2nd Sunday of each month (with some exceptions)
RENAISSANCE BOOKS READING SERIES
Open Mic with Features
1 - 3 pm
Location: #43-6th St, New Westminster
Host: Amy Girard or Janene White
Contact: Lavana La Brey, 604-525-4566, renbooks@telus.ent
Cost: Free
Format: Features (authors, poets, musicians) followed by an Open mic (Singer Song Writers, Poets and Authors)


MONDAY:

Every Monday of the month
VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM

Featured readers, poetry open mic and poetry slam
4th Monday of each month is the YOUTH POETRY SLAM
Occasional Wednesday themed slams.

Location: Café Deux Soleils on Commercial Drive
Jessica Masson-Paul is the slammaster touchmeirock@gmail.com
RC Weslowski looks after the youth slam rcarcee@yahoo.ca
Email for info about featuring at the slam. @vanposlam on Twitter



1st Monday of every month
HOGAN’S ALLEY OPEN POETRY READINGS
Hogan's Alley Cafe, 789 Gore Ave, Vancouver, BC
(The corner of Gore and Union in Chinatown)
Host: Timothy Shay 
Time: 6PM - 8PM No Cover
Featured reader and 6 minute Open Mic sets. Sign up at the event.
Or contact Timothy to be on mailing list: tshay1952@gmail.com


Last Monday of the Month
WORDSTORMS
(Sept to Nov. & Jan. to May)
WordStorm focuses on all types of the spoken word: poetry, short fiction, storytelling, improv, music, song. There are two components of WordStorm – a prearranged reading series, and an excitingly competitive spoken word competition. (Reserve a ticket and ask to be an open mike reader or sign up at the door.) The sign-up for WordStorm Open Mike can be in advance, by email, and also between 6:30 and 7:00 at the door. Everyone is welcome!
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm (arrive at 6:30 or earlier for reserved seating)
Location: Acme Food Co, 14 Commercial St., Nanaimo, BC
Charge at the door: $5.00 (Money collected go entirely to prize winners and towards minimal operating costs.) Host/s: David Fraser/ Fran Thiessen EmCee
For inquiries and reservations: ascentaspirations (at) shaw (dot)ca



TUESDAY:


1st Tuesday of every month
KITSILANO POETRY GROUP

Explore your creative side by joining us the 1st Tuesday of every month for a FREE community poetry group!
6:30 pm 
Arbutus Coffee (@ 6th)
Contact: Sarah at kitspoetry@gmail.com


2nd Tues, every other month 
Vancouver Public Library and Pandora’s Collective Present 
Word Whips Vancouver East 
6:30-8:30
Bring yourself, your imagination, something to write on and with
and we'll bring the prompts to get you write write writing. 
2nd Tuesday, every ohter month (Jan, March, May, etc)
Location: Vancouver Library--Hastings Branch
2674 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K 1Z6

Hosts: Bonnie Nish & JJami Macarty
Supported by the Writers Union of Canada and The League of Canadian Poets.
Contact: blnish@pandorascollective.com


2nd Tuesday of every month
VANCOUVER STORY SLAM
8 pm
Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main Street, Vancouver
In this short-story-telling show, ten talented wordsmiths share their original wise, witty, or weird writings. Audience members vote on their favourites. Top monthly storytellers are invited to participate in the annual championship finals in December.
Organized and hosted by Susan Cormier and Bryant Ross
$5 cover includes a ballot to vote for your favorite stories! At least $150 in cash prizes are given away each month.
Facebook link:
https://www.facebook.com/VancouverStorySlam


2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month
SLAM UBC
Where: 2505 West Broadway, Benny's Cafe, Vancouver
When: 2nd (Standard Poetry Slam) and 4th (Anarchy Slam) Tuesday of every month; Sign-up at 7:30 Open-Mic/Slam at 8
Cover: Entrance by Donation poetryslam.ubc@gmail.com 
Twitter: @ubcslam Facebook: Slam UBC


3rd Tuesday of every month
Pandora's Collective Presents
WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES
Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. 10 -15 minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. 
Hosts: Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room,
1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC
http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/branches/details/britannia_branch
Contact: blnish@pandorascollective.com
www.pandorascollective.com


3rd Tuesday of every month (except July/August)
SPOKEN INK READING SERIES
Burnaby Writers' Society/Spoken INK
Deer Lake Gallery 6584 Deer Lake Ave from 8-9:30
The Burnaby Writers' Society workshop is held from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. for members of the BWS, but others are welcome to participate as time allows. (No pre-registration required.) The workshop is followed by Spoken INK, BWS's monthly reading series, at 8:00 p.m. Both events are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, except July and August.
Info: bwscafe@gmail.com


4th Tuesday of every month

Pandora's Collective Presents

WORD WHIPS - THE NORTH SHORE EDITION 

A warm environment, writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Great for beginners or seasoned writers. Get past the inner critic by writing ten to fifteen minutes on each prompt. See what you can whip up. 

Host: Fran Bourassa

Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm

Location: The Silk Purse Arts Centre

1570 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver, BC, V7V 1A1

Contact: Fran at fbourassa@hotmail.com

www.pandorascollective.com



Last Tuesday of the month
WORDSTORM! Nanaimo
WordStorm - Nanaimo's popular Spoken Word and Open Mike event now takes place at Demeter's Coffee Vault, 499 Wallace Street, Nanaimo on the last Tuesday of the month.
Consider coming early for dinner or a snack at Demeter's Coffee Vault 250-591-0776. For WordStorm itself, doors open at 6:30 and the program begins at 7:00.
To reserve for WordStorm, email David at ascentaspirations@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY:


1st Wednesday of every month
Pandora's Collective Presents
WORD WHIPS BY THE WATER
We provide writing prompts and encourage people to take the challenge. Emphasis is on exercising the right brain in a safe environment – sharing is optional.
Host: Karen Shaw,  Taslim Jaffer (on Maternity leave till June)
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm 
Location: White Rock Library on Buena Vista Avenue.
15342 Buena Vista Ave, White Rock, BC V4B 1Y6


Wednesdays
The West End Writers Workshop provides a group atmosphere for beginning, emerging and published writers to critique works-in-progress by reading and receiving feedback, to run an annual writing contest, and to occasionally host guest speakers.
WEWW meets from 7pm to 9:30 pm EVERY Wednesday from September to June at Barclay Manor in Vancouver's West End. Prospective members are welcome to attend three meetings for free. After that, we will request that you pay the membership dues.
Details at http://www.wewriters.org/



1st Wednesday of each month
The North Shore Writers' Association
Presents…

”Dare to be heard!”
an Open Mike Night
Location: Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver, BC.
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy a fireside coffee then step up to the mike to read your poetry, short fiction or non-fiction.
No cover charge.
http://www.nswriters.bc.ca/DareToBeHeard



2nd Wednesday of every month
SHORT STORY OPEN MIC NIGHT - Host Margo Prentice – every Second Wednesday of each month. 7:00 to 9 pm.  Renaissance Bookstore, 43 – 6th Street, New Westminster.Bring your short stories. Read from your book, journal, essays.  Story tellers welcome. Come to listen, bring a friend. Enjoy the beverages and snacks from the Renaissance Coffee Bar. http://www.renaissancebookstore.com/   604-525-4566


2nd Wednesday (Sept - June)
Canadian Authors Association

We meet monthly on the second Wednesday, September through June, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.). Our meetings are open to the general public and are held at the Alliance for Arts and Culture, Suite 100, 938 Howe Street in downtown Vancouver. Meetings include Vancouver Branch announcements and guest speakers (or events). There will be time for socializing (and book signing) at the end of the evening. We charge a nominal fee to non-members.
www.canauthorsvancouver.org/meetings.htm


3rd Wednesday of every month
LUNCH POEMS @SFU
12:00 -1:00pm
@ Teck Gallery, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W. Hastings, Vancouver, BC
Lunch poems @ SFU hosts well-known and up-and-coming poets on the third Wednesday of every month. For more information visit www.facebook.com/LunchPoemsAtSFU.
Free admission, no registration required. 


4th Wednesday of every month

BOOK TALKS - BOOK CLUB

Presented by Pandora’s Collective and Britannia Branch

Bring your favourite passages, points of interest, and share your reading experiences with us. Admission is free. Registration not required. Each person is responsible for either borrowing or buying their own copy to read. (4th Wednesday of each month except December) 
Upcoming 2017 Dates:
Mar 22nd: Blood: The Stuff of Life by Lawrence Hill 
"Lawrence Hill offers a provocative examination of the scientific and social history of blood, and on the ways that it unites and divides us today......Blood: The Stuff of Life is a bold meditation on blood as an historical and contemporary marker of identity, belonging, gender, race, class, citizenship, athletic superiority, and nationhood." - Amazon.ca
Apr 26th: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
May 24th: Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan
June 28th: Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
July 26th: Mexican Hooker #1: And My Other Roles Since the Revolution by Carmen Aguirre
Aug 23rd: The Japanese Lover; A Novel by Isabel Allende 
Sept 27th: Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life by Brian Brett
Oct 25th: If I Fall; If I Die by Michael Christie 
Nov 22nd: Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound By Grant Lawrence 
Dec - Closed for the holidays 
2018 Dates:
Jan 24th: One Hundred years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 
Feb 28th: City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence 
Mar 28th: Book Recommendation Night
Apr 25th: Laughing All The Way To The Mosque By Zarqa Nawaz 
May 23rd: Beloved by Tony Morrison
June 27th: A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada by John Ralston Saul
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Britannia Library, Gallery Room, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC 
Hosts: Mary Duffy and Sita Carboni
Contact: booktalks@pandorascollective.com
www.pandorascollective.com 



Wednesdays
WAX POETIC - RADIO SHOW
Listen on CFRO 100.5FM at:
Wednesday 2-2:30pm
Genre: Arts
Homepage URL: https://www.facebook.com/waxpoeticradio
Join hosts RC Weslowski and Pamela Bentley live every week as we visit with: poet laureates from across the country, the latest up and coming poetry slammers, the most seasoned touring spoken word artists, and poets with new books hot off the presses! We let each poem guide us in conversation to see how the words and the world inspire. Who knows what we’ll talk about?


THURSDAY:


1st Thursday of every month
The Regional Assembly of Text
Letter Writing Club 
The Letter Writing Club has been gathering at our flagship store in Vancouver to write letters to their loved ones since September of 2005. This monthly event is open to everyone, especially those of us who love writing letters as much as we love receiving them.
Join us in Vancouver the first Thursday of every month at 7 pm. 
No need to sign up ahead of time. Everyone welcome. No cost. Supplies provided.
Time: 7 pm
Location: The Regional Assembly of Text
3934 Main Street 
Vancouver BC, V5V 3P2


1st Thursday of every month
TWS READING SERIES
If you get on their mailing list the call for readers goes out the month before and then about eight or nine readers are scheduled with 10 min each. There is usually one feature. No open mic.
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main Street (at East 29th), Vancouver
Hosts: Ivan and Karen
*Cottage Bistro takes cash or debit cards only


2nd Thursday of every month (except July and August)
SPOKEN INK READING SERIES
Burnaby Writers' Society/Spoken INK
8:00 PM -- 2nd Thursday of the Month
@ Wings Pub & Grill, 6879 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC
The Burnaby Writers' Society workshop is held from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. for members of the BWS, but others are welcome to participate as time allows. (No pre-registration required.) The workshop is followed by Spoken INK, BWS's monthly reading series, at 8:00 p.m. Both events are held on the second Thursday of each month, except July and August.
Info: bwscafe@gmail.com


2nd Thursday of every month
(though not December, July, August)

ZERO to 360
Sign-up for open mic spots at 7 pm; readings begin at 7:30. 
Pelican Rouge Coffee House, SW corner of 16th Avenue and 152nd Street, White Rock.
All readers have Zero – 360 seconds (6 min) to read their poems a timer goes off if you go over.
Accessible via 351 bus which stops at the corner or, easy free parking as it's in a mini-mall. Melissa melissa@semiahmooarts.com
Sponsored by Pelican Rouge and Semiahmoo Arts Council


2nd Thursday of every month

OPEN MIC On Bowen

Join host Lorraine Ashdown for a mix of music and voice for poems, chants, stories.
Time: 7 - 9pm
Location: Happy Isle Cafe, Bowen Island
(One long block uphill from ferry, a 5 minute walk.)
Contact: lorraineashdown@shaw.ca


4th Thursday of every month

Pandora's Collective Presents 
TWISTED POETS LITERARY SALON 

Location: Cottage Bistro, 4468 Main St, Vancouver, BCTime: 7:00 - 9:30 pm
Open Mic sign up at 7 pm. Readings begin at 7:30
February 23: Jane Byers & Robert Martens
Hosts: Mary Duffy & Leanne Boschman
Nelson poet Jane Byers launches her second book of poetry Acquired Community! Published this fall by Caitlin Press, the collection investigates seminal moments in North American lesbian and gay history and celebrates community resilience.
Jane’s first book was Steeling Effects. She has had poems, essays and short fiction published in a number of books and literary magazines in Canada, and is a recipient of the Richard Carver Award for Emerging Writers.
Robert Martens grew up in a village founded by Mennonite refugees from the Soviet Union. Still in his teens, he leapfrogged several centuries into the postmodern milieu of student politics at Simon Fraser University. Robert subsequently settled in Abbotsford, BC, where he writes poems and enjoys the spoiled existence of the wealthy West. He has co-written and co-edited histories, anthologies, and periodicals. His most recent book is entitled hush. Robert is grateful for poetry, music, movies, friends and family, and for his cat, who sleeps soundly through the injustices of this world.
Upcoming Features:
March 23: Poets 25 and under: Katie Stobbart, Abrielle Ing, Ali Denno, Andrew Warner, Everett Montinola 
April 27: Michelle Barker Kids & youth night schools
May 25: Anvil press: Celebration of Jamie Reid’s book launch of 'A Temporary Stranger'.
Supported by the Writers Union of Canada and The League of Canadian Poets.
Contact: blnish@pandorascollective.com
www.pandorascollective.com 



FRIDAY:

Every Friday
PLANET EARTH READING SERIES, Victoria

Fridays at 7:30pm.
@The Moka House, #103-1633 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, B.C., Canada, V8T 2C4 (250) 370-2077
$3 at the door.
Planet Earth Reading Series is a launching pad for the energies of writers and poets established and not. It is a place where words are most important. A venue in which all manner of poets and writers are welcome; a place for excellence, innovation, collaboration, diverse projects and experiments. The format includes an open mike and a featured artist. Visiting writers are encouraged to contact Yvonne Blomer at planetearthpoetry@gmail.com to arrange a reading.
4th Friday of every month



4th Friday of every month

FUSE

Art.Music.Performance.
Every fourth Friday, Vancouver's leading visual arts destination will take on an entirely new light - at night.
Location: The Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC
Contact: 604.662.4700 or visit www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/public_always.cfm



4th Friday of every month
(except Dec.)
Surrey Muse

Presenters (Guest Author, Featured Poet, Featured Artist/Performer), Book Signing, Refreshments, Book Table, Open Mic (5min).
5:30-8:30 pm
@Room 418 – City Centre branch, Surrey Public Library
Events are free
Donations are welcome.
More Information: http://surreymuse.wordpress.com/meetings/


SATURDAY:

1st Saturday of every month
Cosmos Cafe
for the weird, the wonderful, and the rest of us
2950 Laurel St. @ 14th Ave.
(2 blocks south of VGH)
7:30 - 9:30 sign-up at 7
Bring your acoustic instruments, poetry, stories...
This is a relaxed, warm and intimate setting, Kim Seary is MC.
Contact her at 604-739-7663
Tea and treats by donation


1st Saturday of every month
THE EASTSIDE WRITERS

Features with open mic to follow.
Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Location: #20 West Hastings (Main & Hastings)
Vancouver, B.C.


2nd Saturday of every month
POETRY AROUND THE WORLD READING SERIES

6:30pm – 8:30pm
(Poets and Writers of the New Millennium)
An evening of poetry and spoken-word readings with a number of features and OPEN MIC.
Host: Lucia Monica Gorea
Admission is free. Refreshments.
Location: Renfrew Public Library, 2969 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver
Info: 604-441-0169


3rd Saturday of every month
THE POETRY WARS: a study group – host Carol Shillibeer - 4:00 to 6:00PM. Third Saturdays of the month at Renaissance Bookstore, 43 – 6th Street, New Westminster..  Not for the faint at heart, the poetic arts in Canada roil with snark and tendentious commentary. What this study group will do is explore our literary environment (aka the poetry wars), read poems, reviews, texts, commentary.  Think about it. Discuss it at the once-a-month study-group meetings. There will be a closed-group blog to enable us to comment out of meeting times and to post links and reading material discovered in our private study.   The goal: to understand; to be better poets.   Your investment: the group is free of monetary expectation, but investment can also be in mental anguish and sweat. Expect both of the last two.  Inquiries: shillibeer@tailfeather.ca   www.rclas.com



If you would like to submit your event please email web@pandorascollective.com and enews@pandorascollective.com.