Young Scholar – Surrey Muse

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Young Scholar is a RAP (Rhythm And Poetry) lyricist and a music producer whose debut album, ‘The Awakening’ encapsulates his two-pronged mandate that he calls his ‘mission’: ‘to get my audience to critically analyze different issues in society (hatred/jealousy, immigration/refugee crisis, credential racism, violence against women) through my lyrics, and to promote RAP in its most sophisticated and beautiful form because RAP must have meaning to connect to a large audience.’ The album will be available soon.

Young Scholar started rapping in 2013 when he was 20, to help his peers remember organic chemistry reactions, but soon he was using a set of very different themes. He continued to RAP because it allowed him ‘to easily express myself via poetry’.

Tupac Shakur is one of his favorite musicians in addition to Fort Minor’s Mike Shinoda.

Visit Young Scholar’s website
youngscholar.myfreesites.net
View his work
youtube.com/channel
Facebook page
facebook.com/Young-Scholar

At the August 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Young Scholar will present a selection of songs from his debut album. More information about the event is here:
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Raoul Fernandes – Surrey Muse

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Raoul Fernandes is a poet and editor who is involved in both online and offline writing communities. The first collection of his poems, ‘Transmitter and Receiver’ (Nightwood Editions, 2015) won various citations including the Dorothy Livesay Award and the 2016 Debut-lizter Award. Raoul’s poetry has been published in the Best Canadian Poetry 2015, and in numerous other literary journals and anthologies. He is an editor for the online poetry magazine The Maynard. His poem ‘After Lydia’ was adapted into a short film.

Raoul completed the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University in 2009. He was a finalist for the 2010 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and winner of the 2010 Sakura Award at the Vancouver International Cherry Blossom Festival.

Raoul lives in Vancouver with his wife and son.

Visit Raoul’s websit
raoulfernandes.com
Facebook page
facebook.com/raoulfernandes
Contact Raoul Fernandes
troubles@gmail.com

At the August 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Raoul will present a selection from his work. More information about the event is here:
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August 26 Gathering of Surrey Muse

52nd Gathering

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August 26
Author Julian Worker
Poet Raoul Fernandes
Performer Young Scholar
Open Mic Opener Kevin Taylor
Host Helga Parekh

Dr. Ambedkar Room 418 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Book Table
Refreshments
Free event
Donations welcome

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Imtiaz Popat – Surrey Muse

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Imtiaz Popat is a singer, song writer and media Producer working in film, radio, television, new media and event production. His films include ‘Hate Can Kill’, ‘Khar Ki Khani’, ‘Stolen Memories’ and ‘Breaking the Silence’. He also worked on ‘India Kingdom of the Tiger’ and ‘Getting Married’. Imtiaz hosts Bulland Awaaz, The Rational and Duniya Mix on Vancouver CO-OP Radio 100.5 FM, and he co-hosts Access TV on Shaw Cable 4. He is now working on a documentary called ‘Back to India’, story of an Anglo-Indian artist living in Downtown Eastside who wants to go back to India to reconnect with her roots. Imtiaz also is an activist and a politician.

Imtiaz started producing films and radio programs in 1998 but it was singing that got him into the arts. He began to sing from a young age, and became a ‘songwriter’ in 2014. Imtiaz’s songs include ‘Ye Sham’ (this evening), ‘Twendeny’, ‘Tere nal hogaya ae pyar’ (i have fallen in love with you), ‘Sare Jag Ma Gujratio’ (Gujrati in the whole world), ‘Kis Nazar se’ (with which eye), and ‘Homeless’.

View some of Imtiaz’s work
movingimages.ca
Links to Bulland Awaaz
coopradio.org
Contact Imtiaz
imtiaz.popat@gmail.com

At the July 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Imtiaz will present songs and a short film. More information about the event is here:
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Virginia Gillespie – Surrey Muse

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Virginia Gillespie is a writer, an arts advocate and a multi-media artist who is passionate about making performance an innovative tool for personal, societal and cultural transformation.

Virginia creates projects and events in the verbal arts at VG PlayRoom studio in Crescent Beach, her short play Hoarder was in a curated reading for the 2016 SHIFT Festival held in Vancouver in support of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. Her book of poetry and lyrics, Taoist Inner Tube Rider, includes a CD featuring the work of some of Virginia’s actor and musician colleagues, and her ‘Grandmothers: Agents of Transformation’ exhibit with fabric artist Elizabeth Carefoot at Douglas College, features poetry, an art book of fictional travel journal, and a soundscape narrative.

Virginia has toured in a rock musical in England, sang and acted at the Irish Sugawn Folk Kitchen in London, created an original piece for the Sechelt Storytelling Festival, devised and directed a youth against racism performance, and she has managed a Business Theatre program in Munich

Drawing from her global experience that is both experiential and cross-cultural, Virginia now explores new forms in theatre.

More about Virginia is here
linkedin.com/in/gillespievirginia
Contact Virginia
vgplayroom@gmail.com

At the July 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Virginia will present excerpts and narrative from an art book she created for the exhibit ‘Grandmothers: Agents of Transformation’. More information about the event is here:
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