Simply Hilarious

Simply Hilarious

The aim of this multi-faceted project is to raise awareness among Quebec’s anglophone seniors of the positive effects of humour on our general well-being. The project includes writing and storytelling workshops that will be offered free of charge in Greater Montreal; a stage show involving three to five workshop participants, to take place during the 2019 Blue Metropolis Festival; in addition, the participants’ video clips will be posted online. The participant whose video clip receives the most views will be awarded a $500 prize. Tutorial versions of these workshops will be posted online, along with suggestions of novels, graphic novels and videos by anglophone Quebecers and others, and all of which take a humorous approach to the topics of aging, loss of autonomy, illness, children who live far from their parents and more.

Simply Hilarious… The contest!

Have the chance to win $500!

The Blue Metropolis Literary Festival
is looking for seniors with a sense of
humour and stories to tell!

To register :


Collaborators and Artist

Monique Polak

Monique Polak is the author of 19 novels for young adults, as well as one non-fiction book for kids. Monique is a two-time winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s
and Young Adult Literature. Monique has been teaching at Marianopolis College for 31 years years. She is also a freelance journalist whose stories appear regularly in the Montreal Gazette and in Postmedia publications across the country. Monique is the CBC/QWF’s inaugural writer-in-residence.


Ellayne Kaplan

With a background in anthropology, she has extensive experience in real estate and construction, senior housing management and the design industry. As president of Congregation Dorshei Emet, she was a key player in its redesign and reconstruction.



Fanny Lacroix

Fanny is an actor and writer currently based in Montreal. She has developed several television treatments, including the half-hour Comedy, The List and the one-hour Drama, A New Normal, both developed with writing partner Alexandria Haber. In addition to writing, Fanny is a Canadian actress with numerous films, television and theatre credits to her name. Some highlights include her performance as terrorist Louise Lanctôt, in the CBC mini-series, October 1970 which was hailed by The Globe and Mail’s John Doyle as “Truly outstanding”; the role garnered Fanny an Actra Award Nomination for Best Actress. In 2008, Fanny was also a part of Todd Hayne’s critically acclaimed film I’m Not There, playing opposite Heath Ledger. Most recently, Fanny lent her voice to Andrea Dorfman’s Emmy-winning, NFB animated short, Flawed.


Shelley Pomerance

From 1981 to 2003, Shelley Pomerance was a presence on CBC Radio as an arts journalist and host of the programmes ArtTalks and All in a Weekend. Currently, she writes and does translation for a number of organizations, including Blue Metropolis Festival and the Douglas Mental Health Institute.She writes profiles and the English books column for Montréal Centre-Ville magazine, and hosts the pre-show talks for the Grand Ballets Canadiens. She also does the occasional radio and television commercial.




Thanks to our partners supporting this project


Thanks to our partners of the educational and social programs