This isn’t what I signed up for

This Really Happened is back at the Blue Metropolis Literary festival with an evening of true stories on the theme: This isn’t what I signed up for.

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Join us on April 27th at 9 pm at Hotel 10 to hear stories from:

Francisco Goldman Francisco Goldman is the author of Say Her Name (2011), winner of the Prix Femina Etranger, and of The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle (2014) and three other award-winning novels and a nonfiction book. He has received a Cullman Center Fellowship, a Guggenheim, and a Berlin Prize, and is the 2017 winner of the Premio Metropolis Azul. His work has appeared The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, and numerous other publications. Every year he teaches one semester at Trinity College in Hartford, Ct., and then hightails it back to Mexico City.


Sabawi_SamahSamah Sabawi is an award winning poet and playwright. Her play Tales Of A City By The Sea had a sold-out premiere season at La Mama in 2014, a sold out remount season in 2016, followed by a national Australian tour and an international season in Kuala Lumpur in 2017. Her poems have been featured in various publications including With Our Eyes Wide Open and Gaza Unsilenced. Her poetry anthology I Remember My Name won the 2016 Palestine Book Awards. Sabawi is a policy advisor for the Palestine policy network Al-Shabaka and a former director of the National Council on Canada Arab Relations. She is winner of the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards for Creative Artist of the year, and was recently named Cultural Ambassador for the Melbourne Theatre Company and Multicultural Arts Victoria.


Novakovich_JossipJosip Novakovich emigrated from Croatia to the United States at the age of 20. He has published a dozen books, including a novel, April Fool’s Day, five story collections, three collections of narrative essays, and two books of practical criticism. His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, the Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Prize Stories. He has received the Whiting Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award and an American Book Award, and in 2013 he was a Man Booker International Award finalist. He teaches creative writing at Concordia University in Montreal.


Coleman_NishaNisha Coleman is a writer, actor, storyteller, and musician based in Montreal. Her solo show, Self-Exile, was featured at the Centaur Theatre for the 2017 Wildside Festival. Her memoir, Busker: Stories from the Streets of Paris, recounts her adventures living as a street musician in Paris. Her work has appeared on WireTap, PBS, MAtv, Risk!, and No More Radio. Nisha is a co-producer for Confabulation and a regular performer at storytelling events in Montreal and Toronto.


Gandell_JeffJeff Gandell is a Montreal writer, storyteller, actor, musician, and teacher. Jeff frequently tells true life stories at events such as Confabulation, Risk, and This Really Happened. He is the co-producer of Yarn, a monthly storytelling show at Le Cagibi in Montreal. He has written and performed in several one-man shows and plays, including The Balding, Danger Unit, and Atomic City. In summer 2017, he will be performing alongside Nisha Coleman in their storytelling show, Things Drugs Taught Me, at the Montreal and Toronto Fringe Festivals.


Panko_MaggieMaggie Panko was fired from McDonald’s and almost kicked out of the Army Reserves, but has been employed as a high school English teacher for 13 years. She’s performed for The Violet Hour queer reading series and works with Verdun’s Rainbow Umbrella LGBTQ+ Youth Initiative.


 

 

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Send us your stories for Blue Met 2017!

Illustration by Edward Lear
Illustration by Edward Lear

TRH will be presenting at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 in Montreal

We are looking for true, personal stories on the theme This isn’t what I signed up for. As Robert Burns famously said, “The best laid plans of mice and men go oft awry.”

We want to hear stories about the detours, diversions, and derailments that changed your day or changed your life: from discovering at the very last minute that the baby boy you were expecting was actually twins, to the 200 teenagers who showed up at your house after a vaguely-worded Facebook party invite, or the entry-level job where you ended up doing the work of a CEO.

Keep in mind that the stories must be YOUR STORY not your best friend’s or your stepmother’s.

All stories are told without notes and are meant to be told in an intimate and casual way.

To submit, please send us a summary of the story you wish to tell as well as a brief description of who you are. The summaries are for selection purposes only and not intended for the audience, so don’t keep any surprises to yourself! You do not need to be a seasoned performer—you just need to have a good story to tell.

Selections lean heavily towards well-developed narrative with insight—it’s called This Really Happened because something should have happened. We also want to know: What was the story ultimately about? What is the meaning of what happened? Were you transformed in any way? Stories do not need to be funny (though funny is good), but keep in mind this is for a live audience.

Stories should be a maximum of 6 minutes long.

If you are interested in telling a story, please submit your story summary to info@thisreallyhappened.ca by March 6, 2017.

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Call for Submissions: We Want Your Stories for Blue Met

Family With Car
Family With Car

TRH will be presenting at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival on Saturday April 16th in Montreal

We are looking for TRUE personal stories on the theme We Are Family: stories about soul sisters, blood brothers, and those pesky people who are actually related to you. We want to hear about the stepmother who made your life hell, finding out that your best friend was part of a famous mob family, or the moment of crisis when you realized your real family was not who you thought they were.

Keep in mind that the stories must be YOUR STORY not your best friend’s or your stepmother’s.

All stories are told without notes and are meant to be told in an intimate and casual way.

To submit, please send us a summary of the story you wish to tell as well as a brief description of who you are. The summaries are for selection purposes only and not intended for the audience, so don’t keep any surprises to yourself! You do not need to be a seasoned performer—you just need to have a good story to tell.

Selections lean heavily towards well-developed narrative with insight—it’s called This Really Happened because something should have happened. We also want to know: What was the story ultimately about? What is the meaning of what happened? Were you transformed in any way? Stories do not need to be funny (though funny is good), but keep in mind this is for a live audience.

Stories should be a maximum of 6 minutes long.

If you are interested in telling a story, please submit your story summary to info@thisreallyhappened.ca by February 22, 2016.

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TRH Arrives at the Vancouver Writers Fest!

Kevin Chong at the Vancouver Writers Fest 2015 Photo by Chris Cameron
Kevin Chong at the Vancouver Writers Fest 2015
Photo by Chris Cameron

This Really Happened made its first appearance at the Vancouver Writers Fest in October 2015.

Storytellers Kevin Chong, order Trevor Cole, TJ Dawe, Charles Demers, Susan Juby, and Rachel Wyatt told stories on the theme “Secrets and Lies” to a packed audience at the Improv Centre.

Listen to select stories from the show.

 

 

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