Mariam Zohra – Surrey Muse

A Canadian multi-disciplinary artist of Kashmiri and Punjabi descent, Mariam (aka Myrh), is a poet, vocalist, and a multi-disciplinary artist. In 2016, she began taRka, a multi-media collaboration project (with an inter-galactic scope!) where her latest album, ‘Water Print by MyrCurry’ is a collaboration with Enigma Curry. Mariam’s first album, ‘Dreamspeak’ with USA-based musician Unearth Noise, was launched by Amsterdam’s Lullabies for Insomniacs in 2018. Along with poems published in various literary collections and in a textbook for high school students, her first collection of poetry ‘Not To Understand’ was published in 1994. She joined Theatre in the Rough, a youth advocacy group in 1998, co-founded Surrey Muse in 2011, and by 2016, in combination with launching Purple Poppy Press, a digital publisher, she published a second collection of poems with lyrics and drawings titled ‘These Tales Are True’. After studying Philosophy and Creative Writing at Douglas College, Mariam works as the Media Producer and Art Director of Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS). .

Visit Mariam at Bandcamp
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Mariam’s Soundcloud page
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Contact Mariam
tariqat@gmail.com

At the February 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Mariam will be the Host. More about the event is here: february-26-2021

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Her Ra – Surrey Muse

Her Ra aka Sophie Zhamurely is a Tbilisi-based producer who has been making electronic music for more than five years and during this time, she has more than ten releases on labels such as: UNHEARD / Techno Vinyls Records / RED REC / Vumantra / W8RD and more. She`s also the co-founder of an experimental label ‘Borders Of Known’ created in 2020. Mainly focused on experimental, synthesis with Techno and Ambient sound, her current project ‘Saahiwa’ moves into ritual experimental music with elements of experimental techno. Her music is built more on mind trip than it is on dance rhythms- this applies to both her projects, but in different ways.

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sophie.zhamurely@gmail.com

At the February 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Her Ra will be the Featured Performer. More about the event is here: february-26-2021

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Maggie Tomaszewski – Surrey Muse

Maggie Tomaszewski is an actor, writer and media producer who insists on defining herself as a ‘writer who occasionally acts and directs’. She has made short comedic videos using multiple skills such as screenwriting, set design, wardrobe, direction, acting, and production. in addition, she’s ‘a friend to animals and yells at maskless people in stores’, and, she would ‘very much like to see the end of the white supremacist patriarchal capitalist military prison industrial entertainment complex in her lifetime.’

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At the February 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Maggie will be the Featured Open Mic Presenter. More about the event is here: february-26-2021

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Katherine Fawcett – Surrey Muse

Katherine Fawcett is a Montreal-born, Calgary-raised, Squamish-based writer, teacher, mentor, arts activist and musician. Her first short story collection The Little Washer of Sorrows (Thistledown Press, 2015) was a finalist for the ReLit Award and the Sunburst Award. Her most recent book The Swan Suit (Douglas & McIntyre, 2020) was released the day before Covid19 was declared a global pandemic. Katherine holds a BA from the University of Calgary and is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio program. She is a key organizer of the Whistler Writers Festival. When she isn’t working with words, she works with children, as a violin and piano teacher in Whistler and Squamish.

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At the February 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Katherine will be the Featured Author. More about the event is here: february-26-2021

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The 11th Virtual Gathering of Surrey Muse – Friday February 26 / 2021

101st Gathering

‘Breaking the vicious cycle’ (1962) by Remedios Varo.
Poster designed by Mariam Zohra

LIVE Watch Party
Friday, February 26, 2021
5:30 -7:30 PM (PT)
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Featured Guests
Author Katherine Fawcett
Poet Heidi Greco
Performer Her Ra
Open Mic Opener Maggie Tomaszewski
Featured Art by Remedios Varo
Host Mariam Zohra

Open Mic submissions
Submission guidelines
Send 3-5 minute video/audio recordings via email by February 15th

Free event
Donations welcome

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A Surrey Muse Featured Artist? You are Amazing!

‘Rainbow Lily’ by Ecaterina Leonte, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.
Finalist, IGPOTY Award 2020.
My Modern Met

Yes, you absolutely are!
Because of you, our first ever fundraising campaign achieved its goal of reaching over $2000 in 20 days- and, at the very first step.

This campaign that began on January 5, 2021, was to begin in the Spring of 2020 but it was almost ‘forgotten’ as we all re-positioned ourselves to respond to COVID by mid-March. Surrey Muse, with its featured guests for January-June 2020 session, took a sudden leap from the real life gatherings to virtual. As we know, this learning curve was the least of the problems presented by the year 2020 yet it was a continuity within a disruptive event that we began to experience together as a community of writers and artists, and we still are.

Surrey Muse virtual gatherings are video driven where each month a 1.5 hour program video is created from the video submissions provided by that month’s featured author, poet, artist/performer, an across-genre Open Mic Opener, and 3-5 open mic presentations. This reliance on videos brought forth accessibility issues, and during an email conversation with Dorothy Ellen Palmer, Disabled Writer and Activist, it became apparent that we needed to take steps to make our virtual gatherings more accessible. Dorothy pointed us to Closed Captioning (cc) Surrey Muse videos as a starting point. This was an important step that we could not accomplish without financial support.

We began working on our campaign in December 2020 with Fundraising Coordinator and Social Media Lead Vila Skyspeaks, and the goal to raise $1500-$2000. Since just-after-Christmas-and-New-Year is not exactly the best time of the year to seek donations, and, Surrey Muse Featured Artists are not a group of corporate executives or the most affluent community of artists in North America, we planned a two-step process: make requests from featured guests and close supporters, and then do a go-fund-me. From January 5 to January 25, we received over $2000 in donations ranging from $10-$600. We are elated because not only that this assures a solid start to the new year, the money came with passionate support. View our amazing benefactors here:
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We are grateful to those who sent donations, those who shared information with others, and those who wished us well.

Thank you.
Randeep Purewall, Fauzia Rafique, Vila Skyspeaks, Mariam Zohra