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Fish Quill Poetry Boat

Fish Quill Poetry BoatA group of artists is setting out on their third annual, ten-day poetry and music tour by canoe down the Grand River. The group, calling itself Fish Quill Poetry Boat, will be paddling from Elora to the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and performing their work in cafés, arts centres, and heritage sites along the way.  On August 13th they will perform at Gallery on the Grand along with local group called the “Good Hearted Women Singers”.

Hear some fine work from Canadian poets. Hear some great music. And all thanks to the country’s oldest communication system: the river.

Most author tours bring writers to the big cities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Halifax. People in smaller towns have to drive into the city if they want to hear what Canada’s poets are up to.

This event brings contemporary Canadian poetry into small towns and rural communities. And they do it in a way that would make poetry feel like something people can relate to. And something that seems like fun.

For riverside towns, the water is a huge part of the life of the community. Traveling along the Grand River is an ideal way to get to know the region and connect with the communities.

The Grand is a beautiful river with herons, turtles, wildflowers, and spots to camp along its shores. It flows 300 kilometres from the highlands of Dufferin County to Port Maitland, where it empties into Lake Erie.  It’s also a river that connects a whole string of small and medium-sized towns that have fantastic local organizations willing to partner with Fish Quill Poets to set up some evenings for poetry and music.

Where: Gallery on the Grand, 580 Lancaster Street West, Kitchener

When: August 13, 2012

Time: 7:00-9:00pm

Cost: Free

For more information please visit website

365 things to do in Kitchener Waterloo is brought to you by Keith Marshall. Becoming a poet and paddling down the Grand River sounds almost as great as being a local Realtor.

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