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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Collaborators and Artist
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.
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 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.
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