February 24, 2024 | 3 pm
Christ First United Church
FEBRUARY GUEST ARTIST
DECEMBER 9, 2023 | 3 PM
ISLINGTON UNITED CHURCH
DECEMBER GUEST ARTIST
Passionate about chamber music, the Toronto-based Odin Quartet represents the diversity and the promise of youth in Canada. Named after the one-eyed Norse god, seeker of knowledge and holder of the wisdom of the world, the Odin Quartet explores the role of classical music in modern-day storytelling. The Odin Quartet has enjoyed multiple collaborations with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra as its ensemble-in-residence since 2018; most recently, the quartet premiered a new piece for string quartet and symphony orchestra by Samuel Bisson, under the baton of Maestro Ron Royer.
OCTOBER 28, 2023 | 3 PM
CHRIST FIRST UNITED CHURCH
A concert where music forges connections that celebrate the bonds between our community and home. Through song and spoken word with guest artist Lisa Shen, we will take you on a journey that resonates with the melodies of our lives and our homestead of Mississauga.
OCTOBER GUEST ARTIST
October Guest Artist, Lisa Shen
Lisa is a writer and spoken word artist, and the 2023-2025 Youth Poet Laureate of the City of Mississauga. Her work centers on feminism and girlhood, with secondary focuses on Chinese-Canadianism, disability, and queer identity. Lisa placed second in the country at the 2023 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. She is the winner of the 2021 Mississauga Poetry Slam, the 2022 Ink Movement Slam, and the May 2020 Open Drawer Poetry Contest. She is also a TEDxMcMasterU Speaker. She has performed at venues across North America, from California to Toronto. Her work has been featured on CBC Radio, Rattle, and Voicemail Poems.
December Guest Artists, The Odin Quartet
February Guest Artist, Ayomide Bayowa
Ayomide Bayowa is a Nigerian-Canadian poet, filmmaker and student of Theatre Studies and Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. His poetry has been honoured by various prizes, including being short-listed for both the 2018 Eriata Oribabhor Poetry Prize (EOPP) and the 2019 Christopher Okigbo Interuniversity Poetry Prize, being a top-10 gold entrant of the 9th Open Eurasian Literary Festival, London, England, winning the first-place prize of the June/July 2021 edition of the bi-monthly Brigitte Poirson Poetry Contest (BPPC) and placing as a semi-finalist of the 2021 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Bayowa is the editor-in-chief of the Echelon Review and is a poetry reader for Adroit Journal. His work has been published in Barren Magazine, Agbowo, African Writers, Kreative Diadem, Stone of Madness Press and Guesthouse among others. His first Chapbook, “Stream of Tongue; Watercourse of Voices,” was published by Poets in Nigeria in 2018.