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Celebration of Women


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  • Farah Heron
  • The Chai Factor Book Cover
  • Kathryn Edgecombe
  • Bella Marie

Veronica, Queen’s Square | October 21, 2019

Celebration of Women is a partnership with Idea Exchange and the City of Cambridge to celebrate Persons Day. On October 18, 1929, Canada’s highest court of appeal ruled that women would be included in the legal definition of “persons”. This court decision cleared the way for women to serve in the Senate of Canada and to also have greater role in Canadian politics.

Join us at the Old Post Office from 2:00-4:00 pm on Saturday, October 19, 2019.   There will be musical performances by Bella Marie and the Blue Sky Singers and a poetry reading from Kathryn Edgecombe.  Kayleigh Platz will be also be interviewing Farah Heron author of The Chai Factor and a book signing will follow.  During the event, journals will be displayed from the collection 100 Notebook WomenIdea Exchange would like to thank community partners Pat the Dog Theatre Creation and Phidon Pens for bringing in this collection.  Book Express will also be onsite selling Farah’s book.

Event Schedule:

2:00pm – Opening comments

2:15pm – Poetry reading by Kathryn Edgecombe

2:30pm – Blue Sky Singers performance

2:45pm – Author Farah Heron in discussion with Kayleigh Platz

3:15pm – Book signing and performance by Bella Marie

100 Notebook Women is a grassroots story collection initiative dedicated to Women in Waterloo Region.  Over a period of three months, 100 women identified and presenting from across our region wrote, reflected and expressed themselves in notebooks provided by Phidon Pens.  It is our intent at Pat the Dog Theatre Creation that who we are as women+ and where we are at this present point of time will be reflected in these notebooks. The expressions are solely the property of the authors who trust that the notebooks are held in good faith by the good people at Phidon Pens for the future citizens of our Region to share, acknowledge and learn.

Kathryn Edgecombe is a poet who lives in the country outside Hanover.  She has published: Not the First Waltz, an autobiography in verse; Ourselves, poems about women over sixty, a chapbook; I, LUNA, love poems.  One of the poems won first prize in the Open Heart 10 contest, The Ontario Poetry Society. A collection of her poems won, Honourable Mention, Eden Mills Writers’ Festival.  Her poems have appeared in a number of literary magazines and poetry anthologies.  In 2015 she was short listed for Poet Laureate of Owen Sound, Grey/Bruce. Kathryn is a member of the League of Canadian Poets.

The Blue Sky Singers are a group of strong, creative Onkwehonwe and Anishinaabe women whose beautiful music tells stories that celebrate the resurgence of their respective cultures from the constraints of colonialism.  They sing traditional and community songs, covers of songs by Indigenous artists, as well as their own original music.  All of these women are urban Indigenous sisters and are (or have been) single mothers who are active in the Indigenous community.

Farah Heron is an unapologetic, outspoken feminist, Farah Heron tells stories that reflect the diversity in her own life and explores how women thrive in an uncertain world. Farah was born in Toronto, where she currently lives.  Her varied career history ranges from selling yarn to selling bikinis, and from hiring in the high-end fashion industry to counseling high-risk youth.  Her book The Chai Factor was released earlier this year by Harper Collins.

Bella Marie has performing music since she was 6 years old. She writes pop/r&b music and will coming out with an album soon. Music has always been her passion and this is what she would love to do for the rest of her career.

A special thank you to community partners Pat the Dog Theatre Creation and Phidon Pens.