Business audio vol. 1 at Williams Lake brought audiences into the fall – Williams Lake Tribune


An intimate evening of poetry and music brought downtown to life on October 6 for the premiere of a new series called “Audio Affairs” by the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake.

Enter Raven/Tell of Time was the October 6 event, which began with poetry read by author Heather Haley from her book, Skookum Raven.

Haley, a Vancouver-based poet, got her best crowd reaction when she read a poem made up of excerpts from a long-running section of the Georgia Straight Newspaper that readers send in as “I Saw You.”

The column is made up of people writing about someone they’ve seen and may be hoping to hook up with – for those who regret a missed opportunity to ask for a phone number, date or another chance to meet .

It includes details of when and where and a small snippet of context or description – it’s an often vague, romantic and sometimes scary section but fun to read and made for natural poetry.

The column was a popular section for many readers, although I think it may only appear online now, and provided great content for a fun and entertaining poem.

Haley prefaced most of her poems with an anecdote or story, and it felt like she was letting us in, with both poetry and personality.

It was the perfect warm-up for a warm date downtown.

Shannon O’Donovan then took to the stage for some music, mostly playing from her new album Pockets of Time, but adding a few different songs, including one that, again, was warmly personal and gave us a little window into his life. She told the story of the song that came from a text exchange with her songwriter friend about her eldest son and his horse.

Shannon O’Donovan’s soft, confidential vocals and songwriting complemented the evening perfectly.

O’Donovan was joined by Cole Patenaude on guitar, Tanja Iwan on fiddle, and Pharis Romero on vocals. Dena Baumann also joined them on stage for a wonderful harmonization.

Donovan’s personal manner and friendly onstage banter brought the small audience in and felt like a house gig in the artist’s living room — with a stage style that included houseplants on stands.

It was a smooth introduction to the Audio Affairs live event series and we look forward to many more enjoyable evenings at the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Center this season and winter.

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