Ali Riley to perform at The Word On The Street
Ali Riley’s first book, Wayward, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She has since released another book of poetry Tear Down.
She was born in Calgary, and was the singer/songwriter of the seminal psycho-country band Sacred Heart of Elvis. In Toronto, she acted in several theatre productions, including The Lorca Play, for which the company won a Dora Mavor Moore award for best performance by a female. Her produced plays include dog dream, Philosophy in the Bedroom and Hole in my Heart the Size of My Heart. Her poetry has appeared in Geist, The nth Position Anthology, Matrix, This Magazine, Event and the Moosehead Review, and she has performed at festivals, schools, and hootennannies across the country. She currently lives on a farm between Nanton and Vulcan, Alberta.
A big shout out to Blaine Greenwood and Most Vocal Poets for bringing in some stellar performers for The Word On The Street Festival!
Elementary School students are getting excited about The Word On The Street Festival in September. Although it’s still months away they couldn’t sit still! They were a singin’, dancin’ and groovin’ to the smash “This Book’s Gonna Be A Good Book” adapted from the current Black Eyed Peas hit song “I Gotta Feeling”. St. Patrick’s Fine Arts
A big THANKS to all the students of St. Pat’s who took part, the musicians who played along, Val Lazzaretto and Shelley Baier for taking it on, and photographer Dave Rossiter from the Lethbridge Herald and Terry Vogt from CTV for helping spreading the word!
Just a quick note to share some of the amazing successes happening as we continue to organize and promote the Word On The Street Festival. Here are a few of the milestones so far…
- More than 80 authors have expressed an interest in taking part
- We are talking to 30-ish musicians and bands
- within the first few days of the article appearing in the Lethbridge Herald we had more than a dozen volunteers sign up
- 2 flash mob events happening next week… can’t tell you where but one will be Saturday June 11th and the second June 13th
- The WOTS blog has hit 700 page views in just over a month!! Yeah!
- The CKXU radio interviews have attracted many local personalities willing to share reading-themed memories and perspectives including Clint Dunford, Greg Weadick, and Jean Greer McCarthy
I’ve been involved in many Lethbridge projects but this is truly amazing! Thank you Lethbridge from the festival team and everyone at the Lethbridge Public Library.