Christ Church Cathedral presents “Re-Creating Home” – a benefit night of theatre, poetry, music supporting new Syrian family

Montreal, August 6th, 2018 — Christ Church Cathedral is sponsoring a musical and literary benefit soirée, Re-creating Home, with proceeds of the evening of words and music in support of a recently arrived Syrian family. People are invited to spend an evening in stunning surroundings enjoying a wide array of talented artists who represent the generosity and diversity of Montreal’s literary scene, along with internationally known musical entertainer, Edwin Orion Brownell. Themes explored through spoken word, poetry, song, story, film and theatre include war, displacement, colonization/decolonization, welcoming, safety and home. Admission includes a chapbook with works from participating authors and a reception with Mediterranean snacks.

While there are still so many people in the world displaced by violence, famine, and war, it is important to do whatever we can to respond to this global crisis by sponsoring a family, welcoming new residents, and advocating for others. Jan Jorgensen is the organizer of the benefit soiree Re-creating Home, “We at Christ Church Cathedral are grateful to be part of a network, including Action Réfugiés Montreal, which has worked together for over two years to support a family’s journey to safety and a new home,” she said.

Literary arts invited guests include (brief bios below):

* Bior Leek Ajak * Endre Farkas * Ehab Lotayef * Maude Paradis * Gina Roitman * Carolyn Marie Souaid * Marie-Josée Tremblay * H. Nigel Thomas * Edward Yankie *

When: Saturday, August 25, reception at 6:30pm; the program begins at 7pm at Christ Church Cathedral, 635 Ste-Catherine St. West, @ McGill Metro

Tickets: $20 (includes refreshments and chapbook)
Tickets for two: $35 (includes one chapbook)
For tickets or more information contact Jan Jorgensen:


Bior Leek Ajak, originally from Sudan, discovered spoken word while a student in Kenya. He currently studies Engineering at McGill University where he is also Vice-President of the McGill African Student Society.

Endre Farkas is a poet, novelist and playwright.

Ehab Lotayef is a poet and an engineer, writing in both Arabic and English.  His collection To Love a Palestinian Women was published in 2010.  Ehab is also a playwright and a short story writer and an activist who has worked for many causes over the years.  He is an Egyptian-Canadian who has called Montreal home for close to 3 decades.

A versatile artist, mezzo-soprano Maude Paradis, explores the lyrical art of music, sculpture and writing, which was her first form of artistic expression.

Gina Roitman is the author of Tell Me a Story, Tell Me the Truth.  Her work has appeared in Poetica, Wherever I Find Myself, The New Spice Box, carte-blanche, and Destinations, and has aired on CBC. She is also known for her film:  My Mother – The Nazi Midwife – and Me.

Carolyn Marie Souaid has authored seven poetry collections and the acclaimed novel Yasmeen Haddad Loves Joanasi Maqaittik. She has read at festivals in Canada, Europe and the U.S., and her work has been featured on CBC-Radio.

Born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and living in Quebec since 1968, H. Nigel Thomas is the author of four novels, three collections of short fiction, a collection of poems and two scholarly texts. His book Fate’s Instruments (Guernica), will be released in fall 2018.

Marie-Josée Tremblay is a Metis author-composer-performer, photographer, filmmaker, actress, and artist living in Montreal.

Actor and writer Edward Yankie will be sharing an excerpt of E. Y.’s R2, his one man show of Shakespeare’s Richard II.  While he has numerous TV and film credits, he finds performing on the stage most exhilarating.

Edward Orion Brownell is an international recording artist, composer, concert pianist, rocker and author with 12 albums to his credit. His original classical chamber music and his rock CDs are played on radio stations on every continent besides Antarctica, and he has performed solo across the world as well as with musicians from The Guess Who, April Wine, Offenbach, Mahogany Rush and Orchestra Metropolitaine.

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