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April 25, 2008 - Politics, Poetry and Academics: This week, I’m doing it all!

Spring is here! Well, perhaps it doesn't feel like it for my family back in Edmonton who are fighting their way through 50 cm of snow. But spring has certainly sprung in the Ottawa Valley, which is our reward for surviving through one of the hardest winters I remember experiencing!

Things are getting to be very exciting as I've recently been invited to play a wide range of events, so diverse from one another, but somehow, managing to satisfy all facets of my political, creative and intellectual hunger!

The week started off with an information session / fundraiser for an anti-uranium mining protest group where young punk rockers skanked around to my music and made me feel like I was 15! I felt like I believed in something again. I felt like I could do something to help the world!

On Wednesday, I played a poetry event organized by Ottawa slam poet Free Will, where I got to share the stage with incredible local talent including Q the Romantic Revolutionary. Hearing her made me want to cry! It was an amazing experience to play in front of an audience who paid attention to every word I sang!

I met so many incredible people that night, ate wonderful East African food and was left so inspired by the venders, poets, writers, artists and dancers who just did their thing during this diverse event in celebration of Ottawa women.

This coming Sunday, April 27, I'm playing another poetry event at Chapters on Rideau. I will play a quick 15-minute set at 2 pm, will be followed by an hour of poets and then will finish off the event with another 15-minute set. Best of all, the event is free and open to the public.

Finally, on Tuesday, April 29 from noon until 1pm, I will play in the French Corridor of the Chateau Laurier, as part of the "Creative Construct: Building for Culture and Creativity" symposium taking place in Ottawa all of next week. I hope to take in a few lectures myself, as my soul and brain thirst for academic stimulation, especially since I finished my Master's Degree over five years ago...

Whatever your passion, whatever this past winter has left you craving, I'm certain that one of these upcoming events will suit your fancy!

I hope to see you soon!

Marie-Josée xx

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