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3 Talon-Approved Events: October 13–20

Spoken Works Performance Night

Hosted by Spoken Works (formerly SPEND poetry), this event offers a platform for sharing poetry, music, and art in a non-competitive safe space. The event is organized within an anti-oppressive framework and will prioritize the voices of those who identify as queer, trans*, intersex, mixed, indigenous, and/or persyns of colour.

If you are interested in performing, email with your name, preferred pronoun(s), length of performance, and type of performance. There’ll also be 3 open mic spots open at the beginning of the event – arrive early to sign up for those. If you still need reason to come out for this, a couple of our Talon editorial collective members are part of the organizing team!

6:30pm – 10:30pm

Thursday, October 16

Heartwood Café, 317 E Broadway, Coast Salish Territories

Assert, Defend, Take Space: Aboriginal Youth on Identity, Activism, and Film

Artists with work featured in the “Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth” exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology (along with other Indigenous artists) will be leading a conference on identity, activism, and film this week. There’ll be short film screenings and panel discussions all day. Topics to be discussed include: “Youth Identity Politics and Sovereignty, Deconstructing the Objectification of Indigenous Women, and Environmental and Youth Activism.”

Moderators and participants: Matt Wildcat, Rose Stiffarm, Marja Bål Nango, Kelsey Sparrow, Salia Joseph, Ellena Neel, Kelli Clifton, Andrea Landry, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Anna McKenzie, Brigette DePape, Emilio Wawatie, and Cody Lecoy.

Saturday, October 18

10:00am – 4:30pm

Museum of Anthropology, 6393 N.W Marine Drive,  Coast Salish Territories

Book Launch: The Outer Harbour by Wayde Compton

Local writer Wayde Compton will give a reading of The Outer Harbour, a collection of short stories set in our rainy city “exploring themes of race, migration, home, colonialism, and gentrification.” Compton is known for his poetry and non-fictions – The Outer Harbour is his first dive into prose. He’s also the co-founder of western Canada’s first black literary press, Commodore Books. There’ll also be a DJ set and interview with Renee Saklikar (author of Children of Air India).

Sunday, October 19


Alice McKay Room, Lower Level, Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia St.),  Coast Salish Territories