What: Group Therapy
When: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 8
Where: The Path Gallery
More exciting than Jerry
Springer and Oprah?
That’s a tall order
considering the amount of entertainment value the boob tube turns up on loser
boyfriends failing lie detector tests and thirteen years old who want to get
What is it about these human
spectacles that have millions upon millions clicking onto their shows?
The Vicious Circle, a.k.a.
the Whistler Writers’ Group, has fallen privy to the secret and intends to
exploit the love of watching people wear their lives on a screen, with the
sixth annual Literary Leanings storytelling event, aptly named Group Therapy on
Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Path Gallery.
“Lisa (Richardson) and I had
lunch one day,” organizer Stella Harvey began while mirthfully explaining the
inspiration behind this year’s event.
“We were talking about our
She laughs with the kind of
knowing chuckle that always accompanies the rolling of your eyes.
“And out of the blue, this
came from it.”
Mothers and therapy go hand
in hand like pen and paper. Writers often scribble from the dark caverns of
their subconscious, unleashing their childhood, their adulthood and their cat
scruffy all into one sentence.
“Writing often typifies your
life experiences,” says Harvey, who as an author understands the idea of ink purging
all too well.
So what are these Vicious
Circle guests going to purge all over audiences – anything but a dry read with
an author hiding behind the pages of a book.
Like Springer, this literary
event is all about performance and entertainment although Harvey promises there
will be no need for bouncers.
Who knows though? When you
are inviting Oni the Haitian Sensation a.k.a. The Godmother of Canadian Slam,
anything can happen. After receiving rave reviews at her Whistler debut
performance at the Whistler Writers Festival last September, organizers just
had to ask this internationally recognized poet back. This “shit-disturber” and
HIV advocate is the first black woman to have her poetry published in Ottawa.
The director of Canada’s first National Poetry Slam and the Canadian Spoken
Wordlympics has also performed for the Governor General.