This year, this century, we present you with a cool night full of groovy songs, blissful words and snappy acts. These artist, these young people of this world will get your head popping with images of images and cafes and you will hear smooth jazz music playing in the background. There will be hands, lots of hands and clapping, lots of clapping, but snapping is where it’s at if you want to get into the groove and the scene of word night.
Jacob Samuel is a stand-up comic and cartoonist. Last year, he published a book of cartoons and writings that Bite.ca ranked as one of the 25 funniest books of the year and was praised by Superbad co-writer Evan Goldberg. Jacob currently writes, cartoons, and edits for the popular comedy website nearlyrobots.com. Jacob has performed stand-up comedy for audiences in Vancouver, San Francisco, and Toronto. If his parents ask, he’s doing well.
Ever since the Unmaking of the World by a gigantic space-faring astro-crow, Tommy and Chak (AKA The Mock Turtle Society) have cowered in fear in an underground bunker of their own construction, with several imaginary pets of unknown origin, and enough canned peaches to ransom a king, or eventually offer in tribute to a leviathan space-crow. Their only future aspirations are escape, or failing that, massive financial success in the post-crow breadcrumb based economy.
Peggy is a young poet residing on Coast Salish territories Vancouver. She’ll be reciting some poems about her hopes and dreams and everything in between. This will be her second year taking part in IGNITE! and she’s so excited!
Savannah-Rain’s work explores healing through poetry and talking about the hard stuff. Writing and performing since the age of fourteen, she was a member of the championship winning high school slam team and was an Indies finalist at Hullabaloo in 2011. Her toes wiggle when she’s having a lot of feelings. She loves the smell of laundry, Arrested Development, and Dungeons and Dragons. True stories.
The April Fools Childrenhood is the product of a university student trying to create too much sound with only one person. Equipped only with a guitar, some stomp boxes, and an obsession with reverb, The April Fools Childrenhood is an attempt by one David Cowling to produce the sound of his mind.
Zephi Kramer is an (almost) 19 year old singer/songwriter hailing from Vancouver. She used a children’s intro book to teach herself guitar; four years and now she posts online covers to Youtube – her bedroom walls always give her a standing ovation. In cafe venues she has relayed her life experiences through songs of internal monsters and lost loves. Her guitar is her best friend and her music is an open book- real and completely honest.
My name is Roan, I’m 16 and in grade 11 at Vancouver Technical. I’ve only been playing the ukulele for about four months but I’ve fallen in love with it! I’ve been doing a lot of busking and it’s been refreshing to play such a sweet, portable little instrument instead of keyboards. My set list is a mix of 20s, 30s and 40s classics like “Mr. Sandman” and modern songs like “On The Bus Mall” from The Decemberists with the odd Beatles song – seems to work! I play a Luna Flora Concert Ukulele.
Angelica Poversky is a 15 year old poet who is passionate about music, writing and poetry. She won second place inRichmond’s Talent Show with her slam poetry and competes at the Vancouver Poetry Slams. She’s performed in numerous poetry events like the Hullaballoo as well as the World Poetry International Peace festival where she was awarded for having devotion to diversity and multicultural acceptance through poetry.
The Bank Dogs are a rock band made up of four musicians from East Van. At 17 and 18 years old, they have been playing together since November of 2007, and have played shows all over Vancouver. They have just finished recording their first album at Stone Canyon Studios, which will be released in 2013.
We are the Ladies and Gents of Templeton Improv. We Herp as much as we Derp and we make up all our shows on the spot. The past year we competed in the Canadian Improv Games, and came third in the country. We competed with 4 different events, Life, Character, Story, and Theme. Life; we show a moment in one’s life with honesty and sincerity, Character; we explore one specific character trait, Story; we tell you a story with setting, character, problem, stakes, a solution, and narration, Theme; we do a series of scenes all based off of one Theme. We are the Ladies and Gents, and we’ll see you at the show!