Bobby Musgrave – Surrey Muse

Bobby Musgrave is a musician, singer, songwriter, and producer based out of Portland, Oregon. He began songwriting around age 16 as a high school student in Texas, composing primarily for electric bass and voice. During his college years he started to explore electronic music production, and at age 23 finally began writing for acoustic guitar and voice. His most recent album is an experimental electronic collection called Metaphysical Mustard, released under the stage name Batfaith Bolshet. Bobby’s music has been published on Spotify, Tidal, YouTube, and Bandcamp.

Find Bobby’s music at Bandcamp
bobbymusgrave.bandcamp.com
Contact Bobby
aminorerror@gmail.com

At the May 27, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Bobby will be the Featured Musician. More about the event is here: friday-may-27

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Tawahum Bige – Surrey Muse

Tawahum Bige is a Łutselkʼe Dene, Plains Cree poet, musician and spoken word artist from unceded Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territory (Vancouver). Their Scorpio-moon-ass poems expose growth, resistance & persistence as a hopeless Two Spirit Nonbinary sadboy on occupied Turtle Island. With a BA in Creative Writing from KPU, Tawahum has performed at countless festivals with poems featured in numerous publications. His land protection work versus Trans Mountain pipeline expansion had him face incarceration in 2020. Check Tawahum’s debut collection of poetry, Cut to Fortress in March 2022, published by Nightwood Editions along with his debut EP set to release in May 2022.

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At the March 25, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Tawahum will be the Featured Musician. More about the event is here: friday-march-25

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Lillian Allen – Surrey Muse

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Lillian Allen is a Jamaican Canadian poet, spoken word artist, media producer and an educator who has published four books of poetry, ‘Make the World New’, ‘Rhythm An’ Hardtimes’ (a Canadian best seller), ‘Psychic Unrest’, and ‘Women Do This Everyday’. Her work for young people includes ‘Why Me’ and ‘If You See Truth’. Lillian is a two-time Juno award winner, for her first album Revolutionary Tea Party that was also proclaimed a Landmark Album by Ms. Magazine in 1991, and for Conditions Critical. Her other albums include Freedom & Dance, ANXIETY, and a recording for children and young people Nothing But a Hero. A pioneer of dub lyricism, rap, and spoken word poetry, Lillian is recognized for inculcating a feminist voice in the literary dub art form. She is the founder of Toronto International Dub Poetry Festival and a variety of cultural organizations such as youth empowering Fresh Arts. As a playwright Lillian has produced One Bedroom With Dignity, Love & Other Strange Things, and a radio play Marketplace. She also co-produced and co-directed Blak Wi Blak, a film documentary on Jamaican dub poet Mutabaruka. Lillian is a professor of creative writing at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD) in Toronto. 

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lillianallen.ca
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At the March 25, 2022 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lillian will be the Featured Poet. More about the event is here: friday-march-25

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Surrey Muse Art and Literature Awards

Press Release, November 16, 2021

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To celebrate our 10th Anniversary this month, Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) is introducing five art and literature awards in the areas of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, music, and visual arts. Beginning November 2022, these country-wide annual Awards will be open to Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, permanent residents, refugees, and international students. Submissions will begin in June 2022 with a $10 Anniversary-Special entry fee. Prize Money will be $1,000 each. Winners will be selected by independent judges. Submission Guidelines and other details will be made available in the Spring of 2022.

The awards are as follows:
Vera Manuel Award for Poetry
Joy Kogawa Award for Fiction
Susan Crean Award for Nonfiction
Faith Nolan Award for Music
Norval Morrisseau Award for Visual Arts

In naming these awards, we pay tribute to Vera Manuel, Joy Kogawa, Susan Crean, Faith Nolan and Norval Morrisseau for their talents, skills, understandings, and struggles. Each one, through their art, has pointed to historic injustices and inequalities in our society, and in that, they are miracle makers creating art, at once, of resistance and healing. As well, for us, naming Surrey Muse Awards in honour of such unique artists brings forth the diversity and scope of Canadian art and literature- giving us a wonderful opportunity to fulfill our mandate of nurturing art and literature by encouraging an inclusive, fair, and equal cultural environment.

Vera Manuel

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Vera Manuel (1948 – 2010), Butterfly Woman (Kulilu Paⱡki), a poet, playwright, and drama therapist in British Columbia, worked through the inter-generational trauma of Residential Schools and its impact on individuals and communities using her poetry, drama, stage craft, spoken word, and storytelling. ‘For years’, Vera said, ‘I used my poetry as a tool to help people to heal and never thought to publish it or to use it for any other purpose.’ Her play ‘The Strength of Indian Women’ was published in ‘Two Plays about Indian Residential Schools’ (1998/2018). Her writings were anthologized and published in magazines, however, most of her work was published posthumously in ‘Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry – Vera Manuel’ (University of Manitoba Press, 2019). We dedicate the Poetry Award to Vera Manuel to express our gratitude for her undying, healing, and passionate poetic voice.
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Joy Kogawa

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Joy Kogawa is a novelist, YA writer and poet born in 1935 to Japanese Canadian parents in Vancouver. During WWII, in 1942, young Joy and her family were evicted from their home and forced to move to an internment camp, an aggression suffered at the time by some 22,000 Japanese Canadians. Years later, Joy challenged this historic injustice in a profound and masterful exposition: her 1981 novel, Obasan. Her art compelled a public recognition of this issue highlighting the power of written word. Later, her ancestral home was developed as a writers residence titled the Historic Joy Kogawa House. Joy was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1986, a Member of the Order of British Columbia in 2006, and in 2010, she received the Order of the Rising Sun from Japan. We dedicate the Fiction Award to Joy Kogawa to express our awe for her disarmingly simple yet utterly profound art of storytelling.
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Susan Crean

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Susan Crean is a cultural critic, author, and activist working in British Columbia and Ontario for over 30 years. A pioneer of creative non-fiction in Canada, Susan’s expertise in Canadian history, art, and culture is evident in her essays, biographies, and memoir. She is the author of seven books, the first, Who’s Afraid of Canadian Culture, appeared in 1976 while her next major work, The Laughing One – A Journey to Emily Carr, was nominated for a Governor General’s award and won a BC Book Prize in 2001. Susan published her memoir, Finding Mr. Wong, in 2018, a work that recreates the life of her family’s cook, Wong Dong Wong. It reached the top 10 list of Best Canadian History books by Canada`s History magazine. We dedicate the Nonfiction Award to Susan Crean for her artistic expression that gives a warm and passionate voice to her factual narrative.
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Faith Nolan

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Faith Nolan is a singer/songwriter, filmmaker and an arts activist of Black Mi’kmaq Irish heritage who was born in Africville, Nova Scotia, settling in Toronto, Ontario. A self-taught musician, she has recorded 16 CDs exploring themes of human rights and social change. Her music has been described as a mix of blues, folk and jazz, with a taste of funk and reggae. To Faith, her music is her political work, and her politics is firmly rooted in her perspectives as a coal miner’s daughter, working-class, mixed-race Queer. Faith has founded various choirs, music groups and organizations in Ontario including CUPE Freedom Singers, Voices of Freedom Vanier Women Prisoner Singers, and, the Singing Elementary Teachers of Toronto to create music for children from various cultures. We dedicate the Music Award to Faith Nolan for her compelling musicality that holds the rhythms and lyrics of her revolutionary songs.
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Norval Morrisseau

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Norval Morrisseau (1932 – 2007), Copper Thunderbird, who founded the Woodland School of Art, is also called the grandfather of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada. In the 1960s, Morrisseau shattered societal, sexual, and commonly held stereotypes and prejudices, and in the face of intense discrimination, he created a style that was all his own, an artistic vocabulary that inspired a new art movement. A prominent member of the Indian Group of Seven, in 1978, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts where he was given a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He is the only Indigenous artist to have had a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. We dedicate the Visual Arts Award to Norval Morrisseau to express our gratitude for the color, the shapes, and the tremendous depth he gave to Canadian visual art.
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Surrey Muse is an interdisciplinary art and literature presentation group that was founded by four artists of Color in Surrey in November 2011. Mandated to inclusivity and equality, it held 3-hour salon-style monthly gatherings featuring authors, poets and artist/performers, with discussions and open mic sessions. In 2016, for its fifth anniversary, two additional programs were introduced: Surrey Muse At Large and Surrey Muse Writers. The group registered itself as Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) in 2019.

‘This is great news. I love that the awards program supports the interdisciplinary spirit and legacy of Surrey Muse. Congratulations on launching these awards.’
Jordan Strom, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections, Surrey Art Gallery

‘Surrey Muse has done an amazing job over the past 10 years. It has built a community where none existed before. Its success is evident both in the fact that it has been taking place month to month for the past 10 years with a positive response from and participation by its community. Its community has continued to grow which only speaks to its importance.’
Randeep, Co-Founder & Secretary/Treasurer, Surrey Muse Arts Society 

‘The estate of Norval Morrisseau wishes to congratulate Surrey Muse Arts Society (SMAS) for presenting the first ever Norval Morrisseau Award for Visual Arts. We look forward to following this program, and we thank the Surrey Muse Awards for their hard work and dedication to young artists.’
Cory Dingle, CEO, The Estate of Norval Morrisseau

View a feature by Tom Zillich at Surrey Now-Leader
Surrey Muse celebrates 10th year with arts awards honouring 5 Canadian ‘miracle makers’

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Missy D – Surrey Muse

Missy D is a bilingual Hip Hop, Rap & Soul Artist who has released two music albums ‘When Music Hits You Feel No Pain’, and ‘Yes Mama’. Coming from the three corners of the motherland: Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Missy has been rapping since she was 11 years old in both French and English. She calls it Rap & Soul as it is a fusion of sounds of her childhood from French melodies to r&b, soul, jazz, hip hop and rap legends. As a black cis-women, Missy represents a visible minority that at times is invisible to the world. You will hear the sounds of MC Solaar, Diams, Erykah Badu, India Arie, J.Cole, Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill echoing through her voice. Her second album was published in March 2020, and its release party was cancelled due to COVID pandemic restrictions, so Missy dropped a music video for her song ‘Yes Mama’, and it is now available on YouTube.

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At the November 26, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Missy D will be the Featured Musician. More about the event is here: friday-nov-26

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