The Laurel Packinghouse
1304 Ellis St.
Metamorphosis Cabaret II is a night out for a world quick to change.
World renowned performance poets Tanya Evanson and El Jones take the stage alongside local performers Michael V. Smith, Ari Cipes (of Oot n' Oots fame), and Cole Mash & Erin Scott.
Featuring poetry, interactive games, drag storytelling, and live music amidst IWC's particular brand of live-show antics, this night out is sure to entertain!
$12 presale via eventbrite/$15 at the door
Cash and Credit/Debit Bar
The space is wheelchair accessible. There is one all-user single stall washroom and multi-stalled gendered washrooms, each with accessibility stalls.
Born and based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, Tanya Evanson is an Antiguan-Canadian poet, performer, producer, arts educator and director of The Banff Centre Spoken Word residency.
Over a 20-year career in spoken word, she has performed at festivals in over a dozen countries; published six artist books, four studio albums and three videopoems including the award-winning Almost Forgot my Bones. In 2013, she was Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and received the Golden Beret Award for her contribution to the genre.
"Bothism" (2017 Ekstasis Editions) is her first published poetry collection and is performed as a live videopoem. Her sophomore collection "Nouveau Griot" (2018 Frontenac House), gathers the texts from four studio albums. She has published recently in Arc Poetry, WSQ-Feminist Press, Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine (Caitlin Press) and Resist Much/Obey Little (Dispatches Editions). She has work forthcoming in Fiddlehead and Changing Face of Canlit (Guernica Editions), and is at work on a bilingual novella. She moonlights as a whirling dervish.
El Jones is a spoken word poet, an educator, journalist, and a community activist living in African Nova Scotia. She was the fifth Poet Laureate of Halifax. In 2016, El was a recipient of the Burnley “Rocky” Jones human rights award for her community work and work in prison justice. She is a co-founder of the Black Power Hour, a live radio show with incarcerated people on CKDU that creates space for people inside to share their creative work and discuss contemporary social and political issues, and along with this work, she supports women in Nova Institution in writing and sharing their voices. El served as the 15th Nancy’s Chair of Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University for the 2017-2019 term. Her book of spoken word poetry, "Live from the Afrikan Resistance!" was published by Roseway Press in 2014. El writes a weekly column for the Halifax Examiner, and was an Atlantic Journalism Award winner in 2018. El would like to pay tribute to the many nameless and unrecognized women whose work makes it possible for her to be here today.
This event is sponsored in part by the City of Kelowna, the Central Okanagan Foundation, and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan. We thank them for their generous contribution.
We respectfully acknowledge that we live and work in the unceded, ancestral territory of the Syilx people. It is a privilege to be able to put on events as uninvited guests on their land.