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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Surrey Muse Program July – November 2016

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July – Nov 2016
Session 10

July 22
Author Virginia Gillespie
Poet Joanne Arnott (uc)
Performer Imtiaz Popat
Open Mic Opener Ghia Aweida
Host Sana Janjua

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

September 23
Author Trudy M. Davies
Poet Edward Blodgett
Performer Zee & Louw
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
Host Fauzia Rafique

October 28
Author Lydia Kwa
Poet Kyle McKillop
Performer Celeste Snowber
Open Mic Opener Janene White
Host Sonja Grgar

November 25
Author Farah Tejani
Poet Betsy Warland
Performer Metro Nomad
Open Mic Opener Nayden Pollasari (uc)
Host Mariam Zohra D

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Pasi Gungowo – Surrey Muse

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Pasi Gunguwo is a musician, creative producer/director, and teacher who has worked in the entertainment and cultural industries in several countries including Zimbabwe, Canada, Cuba, Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, Israel and the USA. He co-founded an award winning community program ‘Britannia World Music’ in 2003, offering East Van children opportunities to learn and play African music as an after-school activity. In 2004, Pasi created Feso, a fusion band that rocked major Canadian music festivals in 2006-2007; and in 2008, he directed a play ‘Super Patriots and Morons’ produced by Amnesty International.

After graduating from film school in 2009, he has initiated various literary, film and video projects to tell stories of his homeland to an international audience.

Pasi has a deep passion for bringing out voices and images that celebrate diversity while being rooted in their cultures, ‘so that we can understand one another through art.’

Pasi’s web page
mixedblood.ca
Facebook
pasi.gunguwo
Contact Pasi
pasigunguwo@gmail.com

At the April 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Pasi will have us view and listen to some of his work. More about the event is here: april-22-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Surrey Muse 6-Month Program – January to June 2015

We are excited to have this amazing lineup for the 7th Session of Surrey Muse.

Surrey Muse Session 7
January 2015 – June 2015

January 23
Author Sylvia Taylor
Poet Lorna Goodison
Performer Tom Oleman
Open Mic Opener Randeep Purewall
Host Sonja Grgar

February 27
Author Dennis E. Bolen
Poet Phinder Dulai
Performer Carol Sawyer
Open Mic Opener Summer Pervez
Host Mariam Zohra

March 27
Author Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Poet Ibrahim Honjo
Performer Poul Bech
Open Mic Opener Nefertiti
Host Randeep Purewall

April 24
Author Christine Grimard
Poet Alan Girling
Performer Hasham Nasir
Open Mic Opener Rita Wong
Host Helga Parekh

May 22
Author Larry Nicholson
Poet Carol Shillibeer
Performer Tim Mar
Open Mic Opener Idrian Burgos
Host Sana Janjua

June 26
Author Juliane Okot Bitel
Poet Pamela Bentley
Performer Let It Pass (DVD)
Open Mic Opener TBA
Host David Macilwain

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Storma Sire – Surrey Muse

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Storma Sire is an award winning African-Canadian artist, author, poet, illustrator and film writer of West African Akan heritage.

As a film writer, Storma has co-written two independent feature films, two television pilots and one documentary on the homeless in the Vancouver downtown east side called Goin’ Home (2007). She co-wrote Barbara James (2003), Winnipeg’s first black, full length independent feature film. The film won honours at several international film festivals (including London, Los Angeles and Sicily), won best picture and best actress at the National Film Board of Canada and was nominated for best screenplay at the Toronto Black Film and Video Network.

As a writer, Storma’s children’s novel Lessons in Magic won for Best Emerging Author/Illustrator in Children’s Literature in 2006 from the Canada Council for the Arts. She has also illustrated for the University of British Columbia’s Journal of Writing for Children. Her poetry has featured in the anthology Black Canadian North: Contemporary African Canada Poetry (2013) and she is currently writing a book of poetry entitled Red Cap. Her paintings on stone and canvass focus on abstract, indigenous and subjective narratives can be seen here: www.thewindowartshop.com.

Storma has also been teaching art, creative writing and creativity classes at Langara College and for the City of Burnaby for nearly a decade. She has worked at the Vancouver Art Gallery for 6 years, and has co-curated a number of independent art shows. She is a social activist and co-founded the Sickle Cell Association of BC in 2012.

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Kagan Goh – Surrey Muse

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Kagan Goh is an award-winning documentary film-maker, writer, poet, journalist and mental-health activist. Born in Singapore, Kagan studied film in Toronto at Ryerson Polytechnical University. He currently lives in Vancouver.

Kagan’s poetry has been published in Alive at the Centre, Strike the Wok: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Fiction and Henry Chow and Other Stories. He is a recognized spoken word poet and has participated in poetry readings at the Asian Heritage Month, Word on the Street and as a featured poet on CBC Radio’s “Poetry Face Off.” He can be heard frequently on Co-Op Radio and CBC.

Kagan’s poems speak to mental health, an issue which he strives to educate others about. As an actor, Kagan was part of the “Now Who’s talking Recovery Theatre” troupe which wrote and produced humorous plays on the otherwise serious subject of fighting stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness.

Kagan’s book Who Let in the Sky?, published in Singapore, is a memoir on the relationship between a son and his father, Kagan’s own father, Goh Poh Seng who in the last 15 years of his life battled Parkinsons disease with an undiminished love of life. A poet, writer and dramatist in his own right, Goh Poh Seng remains one of Kagan’s major artistic influences.

As a film-maker, Kagan’s made the award-winning documentary film on the phone sex industry, Mind Fuck. Kagan also wrote, directed and co-produced the documentaries Stolen Memories and Breaking the Silence both which look at the impact and legacy of the internment of Japanese-Canadians. Breaking the Silence premiered at the Roundhouse Community Centre on March 25, 2012 and both documentaries were screened as part of the Asian-Heritage Month in 2012 at the University of British Columbia. Kagan also has his own film-making company, Monkeyking Motion Pictures.

Link to Stolen Memories film website: stolenmemoriesmovie.com

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Sam Migliore – Surrey Muse

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Sam Migliore is a film-maker, writer and a professor of visual and medical anthropology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Surrey). Sam completed his PhD in Anthropology at McMaster University.

Sam’s work in anthropology inspired him to make films. He has made four ethnographic films, looking at culture, community and well-being among other themes: The Feast of the Madonna Del Monte: A Twin City Celebration (1992), Truth in Wine: Well-Being Among Italians in Cape Breton (1994), Gruppo Preghiera (‘The Prayer Group: An Ethic of Well-being’) (2005), and; La Sagra della Marrocca (‘The Corn Festival’) (2005). While his films remain visually and artistically appealing, Sam says their goal is to stay true to the conceptions of reality shared by the people he works with.

Sam has also published numerous articles and two books. He is currently serving as an investigator for a research project addressing culture, well-being and ethnicity in Cape Breton, southern Ontario and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Sam is also currently working with Italian-Canadians across Canada including performing research in Italy. He is planning to write a book about a particular Italian religious feast (celebrated in Italy and Canada), with an accompanying film.

In recognition of his contributions to the Italian-Canadian community, Sam was inducted into the Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre’s Hall of Fame in the categories of Art and Culture in September 2013.

For a list of Sam’s films and publications, please visit
kwantlen.ca/arts/anthropology/faculty/sam_migliore.html

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