Umi's Prayer: An Evening of Poetry, Music & Connection

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Umi's Prayer: An Evening of Poetry, Music & Connection

Join Fanny & her friends, Ana Santos, D Fretter, Keenan Marchand and KP Dennis for an evening of poetry, music & connection.

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Performance Works 1218 Cartwright Street Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8 Canada

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  • 2 hours
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Join Fanny and her friends, Ana Santos, D Fretter, Keenan Marchand and KP Dennis for an evening of poetry, music & connection.

The evening will showcase collaborations with Fanny and her friends as well as individual sets from each artist! Special poetry readings will be shared by formidable youth poets, Kavita Basi and Sophie Choong.

Feature Artists:

Ana Santos | Singer, Songwriter

Born in the Dominican Republic, Ana Santos brings a fierce sound that forces her audiences to stand and listen. Her roots began with country and rock, but as her style developed she created a mashup of her Caribbean roots blended with soulful vocals. Ana wows audiences in any arena that she walks into; whether that is a local performance in British Columbia or competing in and placing third at the Coast to Coast Live Music Showcase (Miami, 2022). A cannabis enthusiast, visionary, and believer, she aims to share her message of peace and love one city at a time.

D Fretter | Poet

D Fretter’s mother likes to say he’s had a way with words since before he could talk. He began his writing journey at a very young age, coming up with his own lyrics to songs from old vinyl records. At age 17, D stole his older sister’s guitar and began writing his own songs. Throughout his music career he made a name for himself for his wordplay and lyricism. In 2020 D put down his guitar and held onto his pen and discovered some truths sound more beautiful without a melody. Since then, he’s stepped into the poetry scene and reinvented himself as an artist. A self-reflective, deeply emotional writer and a charismatic performer D Fretter writes from an optimistic point of view with the intention to encourage and empower his audience.

Keenan Marchand | Multimedia Artist

Keenan Marchand is a Syilx, Secwépemc and Mixed European multimedia artist, gardener and writer currently based in so-called vancouver as an uninvited guest on the traditional, ancestral and stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) & səĺilwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Their visual art work tends to explore Syilx Okanagan culture and spirituality, indigenous cultural revival and resistance, imagination, darkness, storytelling, the land, the supernatural and identity. Their music explores folk, indie alternative, spoken word genres. They extend a special thank you to Vines Art Festival and to artist, Edzi’u for their support in helping them grow as an artist. Lim limpt slaxts!

KP Dennis | Multi-hyphenate

K.P Dennis a Black, non-binary, inter-disciplinary artist, director, producer, and dramaturg based on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. They were the 2016 Youth Poet Laureate of Victoria, the 2017 recipient of the VACCS Community recognition Award, and in 2020 they received the Witness Legacy Award for Social Purpose and Responsibility Through Art. Their work explores future building through a queer afro-surrealist lens, using magic and fantasy to explore what we will have to do and who we have to become, to liberate our futures.

Fanny Kearse| Poet & Storyteller

In an act of courageous rebellion, Fanny walked away from nearly a decade as a social worker and headed west to pursue lifelong dreams of being a poet and disrupting the system to be more diverse, inclusive and equitable. Fanny fuses her experience as a social worker and lived experiences as a justice seeking human to express her artivism through means of poetry and storytelling. In 2021 Fanny won the Harold Green Theatre Monologue competition for her poem, 'Black & Jewish'. She is participating in Sum Theatre's 'First Monday' program for emerging playwrights in May 2023. Fanny’s first book of poetry & prose is set to be released December 2022.

Umi's Prayer:

ground down

listen to the silence

open your heart to another

play with your inner child

trust the truth

rise in righteous rebellion

cultivate community

practice radical empathy

say, thank you

-fanny kearse