BiG THANKS to CRYSTAL KOLT, FLiN FLON ARTS COUNCiL & all those involved in making Flin Flon’s CULTURE DAYS so amazing. The weekend is almost nearing an end, & there has been no shortage of fun & interesting arts & cultural events for people to participate in. 2012 has been a stellar year for CULTURE DAYS & I am very happy to have been a part of it in any way. Upon arriving home at the end of summer I had no idea there would be such a welcoming, such an opportunity to re-connect with my community.
Friday night I took part in The Flin Flon Public Libraries ‘HUMAN LiBRARY EVENT‘; a wine & cheese evening where “people become the books & are borrowed for conversation”. The premise: DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY iTS COVER – everyone has an interesting story to tell & this event provided a stellar opportunity for people to challenge any pre-conceived notions about people in their community. Take a look at the variety of HUMAN STORiES included in Friday nights event; I was proud to represent the GLBTTQ community here, as a member of the community who is openly gay & certainly has a story for anyone willing to lend an ear. I looked at it two-fold: Flin Flon never had anything this progressive while I was growing up, that is, an opportunity to converse in a safe environment about people with alternative lifestyles, be it orientation, religion, what have you. I was proud to be amongst these folks with unique stories of their own & I felt in great company. Second, it was an equal opportunity for me to re-connect with my community, who may or may not have had preconceived ideas about who I am. Those from smaller communities understand how difficult it can be ‘different’ often times, yet this experience has me inclined to believe that things really can & do change. I thank CiNDY MCLEAN for extending me the invitation to be a part of this movement, as well to all those who came out & talked to us. I met some new faces as well as some older familiar ones & it meant a great deal to me when they would sit down with me & just talk. <3
Secondly, last night I performed among some very talented local acts (including LELCERC & PABiANEK, UKES AHOY, WiNDJACK & iMRiE just to name just a few, pictured below) at The DOGHOUSE, located out at Bakers Narrows. It was a relaxing, intimate night of music, & it was a packed house of people there to enjoy the ambience of a down-home night of music. For me it was surreal: in all my years in Ottawa never did I feel the sense of community as much as I did last night at Culture Days. Perhaps its all part of being ‘home’ again; but I felt so welcomed & in warm & talented hands. It was a real treat to hear the other local talents, & a special thanks again to CRYSTAL KOLT & SUSAN LETHBRiDGE for not only inviting me, but making me feel so special. Also special thanks to my family & the friends & community for being there to support all of us as we stand up there & do what we love to do. You are all AMAZiNG.
Check out some selected images from both my experiences on Friday & Saturday night: I look forward to more arts & culture in this fantastic town. CONGRATS to the Arts Council for making this a phenomenal year of culture.