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ABOUT THE SHOW Words, rhythm, and
ABOUT THE SHOW
Words, rhythm, and a whole lot of soul. Three of Vancouver best young poets come together for an hour of lively, contemplative, enriching and impactful storytelling. Experience the power of the word in one of its most lyrical, explorative, and complex forms.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
ANJALICA SOLOMON | Anjalica Solomon is a genderfluid bird watcher, tree hugger, astrology boyfriend and expansive lover. A multidisciplinary artist born in Chandigarh India and raised on what is colonially known as “Vancouver, BC” on the stolen and unsurrendered territories of the Coast Salish, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations.
They are an actor, vocalist, songwriter, lyricist, loop pedalist, poet, playwright, organiser and performer. There is a well of knowledge embedded in their voice as they explore the ragas and traditional hindustani musical approaches influenced by the spirit of the Pacific Ocean. Their music weaves together rap, hip hop, spoken word poetry, traditional Indian instrumentation and old bollywood styles. They aim to make art that forges a path for queer, South Asian futuristism.
In 2021 they toured a collaborative work of poetic-diasporic-dance theatre “Wings over Water” across the West Coast at Nanaimo and Vancouver Fringe. Anjalica is a leader in the arts and cultural scene, serving as an administrator for ogranizations such as: Indian Summer Festival, UBC Arts and Culture, Verses Festival of Words, the TD Coastal Jazz Festival and The Cultch Theatre and The Downtown East Side Response Center. They bring community together wherever they go. Currently they are most excited about the MAZA South Asian Canadian Arts Collective which they co-founded. Together they are currently co-creating a digital anthology of South Asian cine-poems with poets across turtle island.
As an arts educator, Anjalica has developed workshops to generate healing poetry, collage to classrooms across the lower mainland with Wordplay Vancouver. With deep roots in Vancouver’s poetry scene, Anjalica has served as an executive organiser and host of UBC Slam Poetry and as a frequent host and hug-giver at Vancouver Poetry Slam.
Their poetic work often seeks to proclaim the possibilities of love and resilience. Anjalica is a poet of startling emotional intellect and candour whose work testifies to a deep faith in beauty, the power of nature, and ultimately, the human capacity to salvage integrity, radiance and joy from moments of struggle. In this way, Anjalica Solomon’s poems and performances offer robust visions of hope, tenacity, and love.
Anjalica is currently working on their forthcoming collection of poetry with Write Bloody Publishing. Their debut full length collection will be available for purchase in the spring of 2023.
New music is on the way with their band Glow Motive, comprised of themselves and poly-queer partner Oceaan Pendharkar!
Find @Anjalicrush on Instagram to book them for your next event, learn more about upcoming poetry collections, short films, experimental fringe productions and upcoming poetry workshops and to be the first to know about their groovy forthcoming single “Speak Your Truth”
FRANCIS AREVALO | Francis Arevalo is a Filipino artist-producer from Vancouver known for his personal storytelling, thoughtful messages, and colourful production. As a hip-hop artist, Francis writes to uplift, inspire, and energize himself and his communities. His production highlights include co-producing Desirée Dawson’s JUNO-nominated EP Meet You At The Light (2021), producing and co-writing Mikey Jose’s Wait (2020), and his own artist catalogue. Francis released the Threes & Frees EP in November 2022, as a teaser for his upcoming debut album HEATCHECK! for release April 27, 2023.
LAURA FUKUMOTO | Laura Fukumoto is a performance poet, playwright, and costumed designer about town. She came to so-called Vancouver more than a decade ago from the Toronto area and has worn many hats in the theatre and film industries. She writes about her Japanese-Canadian heritage, queer joy, and hopes to more fully explore her love of mycology. Coming up is an apprenticeship as a creative writing mentor, and a small writing residency in the spring. BFA Theatre Production from UBC and The Writer’s Studio, SFU.
(Saturday) 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Evergreen Cultural Centre Rehearsal Hall
1205 Pinetree Way