Oprah ain’t got nothing on Whistler 

The Vicious Circle aims to shock, rattle and read at the outlandish and over the top, Group Therapy storytelling event

click to enlarge Get Ready to Howl Author Ivan E. Coyote is not just a scribbler, but entertainer and one of the out-of-the-box performers who will join the Group Therapy showcase.
  • Get Ready to Howl Author Ivan E. Coyote is not just a scribbler, but entertainer and one of the out-of-the-box performers who will join the Group Therapy showcase.

What: Group Therapy

When: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m.

Where: The Path Gallery

Tickets: $10

More exciting than Jerry Springer and Oprah?

That’s a tall order considering the amount of entertainment value the boob tube turns up on loser boyfriends failing lie detector tests and thirteen years old who want to get pregnant.

What is it about these human spectacles that have millions upon millions clicking onto their shows?

The Vicious Circle, a.k.a. the Whistler Writers’ Group, has fallen privy to the secret and intends to exploit the love of watching people wear their lives on a screen, with the sixth annual Literary Leanings storytelling event, aptly named Group Therapy on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Path Gallery.

“Lisa (Richardson) and I had lunch one day,” organizer Stella Harvey began while mirthfully explaining the inspiration behind this year’s event.

“We were talking about our mothers.”

She laughs with the kind of knowing chuckle that always accompanies the rolling of your eyes.

“And out of the blue, this came from it.”

Mothers and therapy go hand in hand like pen and paper. Writers often scribble from the dark caverns of their subconscious, unleashing their childhood, their adulthood and their cat scruffy all into one sentence.

“Writing often typifies your life experiences,” says Harvey, who as an author understands the idea of ink purging all too well.

So what are these Vicious Circle guests going to purge all over audiences – anything but a dry read with an author hiding behind the pages of a book.

Like Springer, this literary event is all about performance and entertainment although Harvey promises there will be no need for bouncers.

Who knows though? When you are inviting Oni the Haitian Sensation a.k.a. The Godmother of Canadian Slam, anything can happen. After receiving rave reviews at her Whistler debut performance at the Whistler Writers Festival last September, organizers just had to ask this internationally recognized poet back. This “shit-disturber” and HIV advocate is the first black woman to have her poetry published in Ottawa. The director of Canada’s first National Poetry Slam and the Canadian Spoken Wordlympics has also performed for the Governor General.

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