Haytham Alhamaydeh – Surrey Muse

I am always inspired by my own old self who passed
though the toughest times to help me reach where i am today
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Haytham Alhamaydeh is a dancer, singer and a calligrapher who also excels in public speaking and storytelling. He is the leader and founder of the dabkeh/zaffeh performance team, Canadabkeh, since 2014. Canadabkeh showcases the culture of Palestine’s dabke- a dance traditionally performed to build roofs of houses, and now, to ‘bring joy to newly married couples by hyping their wedding ceremonies with the chants of zaffeh and the stomps of dabkeh.’ Haytham also launched the Arab Students Association at UBC, supported his mother to establish her catering service Mansaf Zaman Catering, and he was a major contributor to the BC Newcomers Camp. Haytham has danced for half his life as he began to perform dabke When he was 12 years old. As an artist, he wants to mentor the young to grow into creative individuals, spread the culture of dabkeh to tell the world about the existence and the persistence of the indigenous people of Palestine, and to make the dabke an international practiced dance like tango or salsa. Haytham comes from Palestine Nablus, and he now lives and works in Vancouver.

Visit Haytham on Instagram
Canadabkeh
Canadabkeh on YouTube
youtube.com/channel/UCFmSmVZXd3rfcf51rE_cCQQ
Contact Haytham
haytham.alhamaydeh@gmail.com

At the Third virtual Gathering of Surrey Muse, Haytham will be the featured performer. More about the Gathering: third-virtual-gathering

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Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
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March 27-2020 Gathering of Surrey Muse

91st Gathering

‘Reversal’ by Shehan Madawela, poster design by Mariam Zohra

Surrey Muse will hold its first virtual Gathering #COVID-19
Information to participate will be made available soon.
Check this post and the Program page for updates.

March 27, 2020
Author Lakshmi Gill
Poet Ian Cognito
Performer Enrico Renz
Open Mic Opener Rhiannon Marshall
Featured Art by Shehan Madawela
Host Mariam Zohra D

5:30 – 8:30 PM
Room 405 – City Centre branch
Surrey Public Library
Phone: (604) 598-7420
(Surrey Central skytrain)

Open Mic
Book Table
Refreshments

Accessible Free event
Donations welcome

Updates will be posted here
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More about the gatherings
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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen,
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Winston Le – Surrey Muse

Winston Le is a Vietnamese-Canadian poet and an arts organizer living in Langley, BC. His debut chapbook, translanguaging was shortlisted for the 2018 Broken Pencil Zine Awards. His poems have been featured in both Filling Station and Seagery Zine. He was the Events Coordinator for Asians on Edge, an Asian-Canadian diasporic literary event. He most recently collaborated with multi-instrumentalist composer Cameron Catalano in composing a song as part of Art Song Lab 2019, performed at Pyatt Hall by soprano singer Robyn Driedger-Klassen and pianist Rachel Iwaasa. Winston is now working on his next collection of poems.

Visit Winston on Facebook
facebook.com/winston.le.3
Contact Winston
winstonladdle@gmail.com

At the November 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Winston will begin the Open Mic Session. More information about the event is here: november-22-2019-gathering

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Bill Arnott – Surrey Muse

Bill Arnott is an author, poet and songwriter based in Vancouver where he has produced a collection of his songs as an Indie Folk CD titled Studio 6. His poetry and prose have appeared in various countries, and he performs across Canada and overseas. Bill has published Gone Viking: A Travel Saga, Dromomania and Wonderful Magical Words, and he presents Bill’s Artist Showcase on regular basis. Bill is the recipient of a 2019 poetry prize from Pandora’s Collective, a national qualifier citation from the RYGA songwriting challenge, and he is a finalist for the Whistler Independent Book Awards with his travelogue Gone Viking: A Travel Saga.

Visit Bill’s Amazon page
amazon.com/Bill-Arnott
Follow on Twitter
@billarnott_aps
Contact Bill Arnott
billyarnott@hotmail.com

At the October 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Bill will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here: october-25-gathering

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Jovian Radheshwar – Surrey Muse


Jovian Radheshwar is a rapper, poet and an educator now based in Vancouver. Having grown up in New York listening to rap during an increasingly racialized America in the mid-1990s, Jovian began to practice rap as a medium for his artistic expression. In 2012, he collaborated as MC Bitter Buffalo with Bobby Musgrave (Pensive Blue Polar Bear) and Ed Keenan (DJ California Condor) in exploring the endangered nature of existence in a technologized modern world for the album ‘No Hooks’, and since then they have performed in Canada and the USA as the Endangered Species. Jovian’s poetry explores history, difference, drugs, science, knowledge, and the globalization of race. His music inspirations include Outkast, Nas and Pink Floyd where Hunter S. Thompson, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Frantz Fanon are among his literary influences. Jovian was born in Bombay and raised in New York, later he taught Black Studies, Global Studies, and Political Science in California for over ten years. Jovian lives in Burnaby and works as a professor of Political Science at Douglas College in New Westminster.

Visit Jovian’s SoundCloud profile
soundcloud.com/endangeredspecies
Contact Jovian
jovian.radheshwar@protonmail.com

At the April 24 virtual gathering of Surrey Muse, Jovian will be the Host. More about the event is here: april-24-2020

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen,
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Roger Berkowitz – Surrey Muse

Roger Berkowitz is an experimental musician from New Jersey who founded Unearth Noise, a project that aims to create an alternate universe in sound – an audible representation of a reality beyond the everyday veil. Roger seeks to remove himself from the compositional process, or rather to collaborate with the forces that make themselves present during a recording session, as if it was a ritual or seance. Roger sees his task in bringing these forces into focus, and presenting them, respectfully, in a musical form. The resulting ‘compositions’ may at times be non-linear, atonal, and/or arhythmic. Remnants of his own aesthetic drawn primarily from early experimental music, ritual and world music, and more familiar musics that inspired him in his youth may also be present. ‘Ultimately,’ he says, ‘my hope is that the music I produce in collaboration with these otherworldly forces resonates within the soul / consciousness of the listener, revealing something infinite and intangible, beyond the confines of time and space.’

Visit Roger’s Soundcloud profile
soundcloud.com/unearth-noise
Listen to his recent LP
lullabiesforinsomniacslabel.bandcamp.com
Contact Roger
unearthnoise1@gmail.com

At the March 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Roger will be our Featured Performer via Skype from New Jersey. More information about the event is here: march-22-2019-gathering

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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
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Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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Endangered Species – Surrey Muse

Endangered Species is a rap group that has performed shows in Santa Barbara, Isla Vista, Goleta, and Los Angeles. We interviewed Rapper/Poet/Professor Jovian Radheshwar who collaborated as MC Bitter Buffalo with Bobby Musgrave (Pensive Blue Polar Bear) and Ed Keenan (DJ California Condor) in exploring the endangered nature of existence in a technologized modern world for the album ‘No Hooks’ (2012). Having grown up listening to rap during an increasingly racialized America in the mid-1990s, Jovian finds rap to be a powerful medium for making a statement both personal and political. His poetry explores life, politics, history, difference, drugs, science, knowledge, and the globalization of race. Jovian was born in Bombay and raised in New York, later he taught Black Studies, Global Studies, and Political Science in California for over ten years. His music inspirations include Outkast, Nas and Pink Floyd where Hunter S. Thompson, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Frantz Fanon are among his literary influences. Jovian lives in Burnaby and works as a professor of Political Science at Douglas College in New Westminster.

Endangered Species
soundcloud.com/endangeredspecies
Contact Jovian
jovian.radheshwar@protonmail.com

At the September 28 gathering of Surrey Muse, Jovian will be the Featured Performer. More information about the event is here:
september-28-gathering-of-surrey-muse

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Support our Projects
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Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie,
Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

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