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Monday May 22nd, 7pm at Artesian

It’s time for the 2023 Vertigo Open Stage event at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival!
Our feature poet this year is the Saskatchewan Poet Laureate, Carol Rose Goldeneagle, and we have music from The Last Birds too. Come along to listen and enjoy, or bring your words and join us on stage!

Sorry everyone, but in light of the current awful weather we have decided to Postpone tonight’s Vertigo Event. New date TBC!

April 20th 2023, 7pm at The Mackenzie Art Gallery

This is our first Open Stage event of the year, and brought to you in partnership with the Mackenzie Art Gallery! Our feature performer is Iryn Tushabe, and music from Ryan Hicks. If you’d like to read, please email us at Writers of all genres and at all levels of experience are welcome. The Mackenzie Art Gallery is a fully accessible space, and as always, this event is free to attend.

For our March event, we are going online – in collaboration with Regina Public Library. Listen to our writers and even some music from the comfort of… well, anywhere you like really! Featuring Gavin Bradley, S. Portico Bowman and Rita Bouvier, with music from Dara Schindelka.

Thursday March 30th,


As with all our Vertigo Series performances, this event is free and open to add. Zoom link will be added shortly.

Vertigo’s Winter Stage is here, at a brand new venue!

Join our feature poet Mike Trussler, novelist Robyn Dansereau and storyteller James Park for a cosy evening of words and wisdom. Music comes from our special guest, Karley Parovsky.

Books by our performers will be available to purchase!

Join us at The Artesian for a summer stage event, featuring Katherine Lawrence, Sheryl Doherty, Anne Lazurko and music from Val Halla.

The Artesian is a fully licensed, all-ages, and wheel-chair accessible facility located in the heart of Regina’s Cathedral Neighbourhood.

Come share your words with us at Artesian! Join us for the first in-person Open Stage at Cathedral Village Arts Festival since 2019.

Monday May 23rd, 8pm at the Artesian.

Poet Raye Hendrickson is our feature performer, and readers can be accompanied by music from the Regina Transit Authority band!

All welcome – please email to register. 

Monday May 23rd, 4pm at Artesian

Are you feeling an urge, an itch, to share things about your life but aren’t sure why you should, or how to start? This workshop will help you gain confidence in telling your particular story.

Featuring Raye Hendrickson. Workshop in partnership with Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and the Cathedral Village Arts Festival.

Vertigo Series Performances

Date: Saturday December 18, 2021
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: The Studio at Cornwall
(2114 11th Ave. Regina, SK)

Annette Bower
dee Hobsbawn-Smith
Zachari Logan
Jay Semko

We’re thrilled to announce that The Vertigo Series is transitioning to new leadership – Annabel Townsend and Carla Harris are taking the reigns to lead Vertigo into the future! Tara Dawn Solheim is grateful to the community for the supporting the series over the past 10 years and is excited to move on to new adventures.

Join us on December 18 as we pass the torch with an event at The Studio, a new venue in the Cornwall Centre. There will be an all-day Local Book Market presented by Penny University Bookstore concluding with a festive Vertigo event at 4:00 pm.

The Vertigo Series is thrilled to co-present this event with New Dance Horizons as part of the Secret Garden Summer Stage sponsored by Sherwood Greenhouse.


The event will kick off with a book launch by Francine Merasty’s “Iskotew Iskwew: Poetry of a Northern Rez Girl”. There will be music by Joelle Fuller, E-Major & Joseph Ashong! And oh so much dancing!


Show # 3 will feature Anastasia Evsigneeva, Anna Protsiou, Chris Edwards (E-Major), Davida Monk, Francine Merasty, Jackie Latendresse, Joelle Fuller, Joseph Ashong, Marcus Merasty and Michèle Moss.


Join us for this live event!

Get tickets for Show #3 on the NDH website:

Vertigo Series
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
5:00 pm CST (SK Time)

featuring readings & conversation with

Ariel Gordon
Rayanne Haines
Cooper Skjeie
Leona Theis


reading/music by

Jessica Moore


Free Online via Zoom

Everyone is welcome!


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with link to join the event.


Writing Your Life: Adding Your Personal Touch
Monday, May 24, 2021, 4 – 6 pm CST (SK Time)
Online via Zoom
Register to attend for free

In this workshop, Nisha Patel will lead writers to focus on and mine their own experiences as a prime inspiration for writing compelling, meaningful work centering their own voice. Using writing prompts and a variety of storytelling techniques, writers will be encouraged to catalogue multiple ideas for new work and pursue them, with guidance. Examples of compelling personal writing will also be examined and studied as sources of research to pursue our own voice.

Register through Zoom:

This webinar is in partnership with the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and the Cathedral Village Arts Festival.

2021 CVAF Open Stage!
with feature performance by Nisha Patel

Monday, May 24, 2021, 7 pm CST (SK Time)
Online via Zoom
Register to attend for free

Presented by The Vertigo Series, Regina Word Up and Creative City Centre as part of Cathedral Village Arts Festival.

Perform your words, poems, songs, stories, spoken word at the online Open Stage! Open to writers, musicians, listeners & lovers of all ages. Come & share or come & listen!

Register in advance using the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join.…/tZYrfu…

Sign up to share when registering or by emailing You can also sign up at the event.

Performers will each have approx. 3 minutes to share. A second spot may be added if time allows.


Nisha Patel is an award-winning queer poet & artist. She is the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, and the 2019 Canadian Individual Slam Champion. She currently works as the 2021 Regional Writer in Residence. She is a recipient of the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Award and the University of Alberta Alumni Award of Excellence. Her debut collection COCONUT is available now at Glass Bookshop. You can find her at


Thursday, February 25th, 2021
6:00 pm CST
Online Event

Join us as artist Randell Adjei takes over the MacKenzie’s Instagram for special performances with Brad Bellegarde (InfoRed), ecoaborijanelle, and guest artists. 

Presented as a partnership between Mackenzie Art Gallery and The Vertigo Series.

Photo courtesy Tourism Regina of Randell’s 2020 performance at the MacKenzie in conjunction with the exhibition “RISE”

Randell Adjei Biography

Randell Adjei is an Author, Inspirational Speaker, Arts Educator and Community Leader who uses the spoken word to empower and transform through Edutainment. He is the founder of one of Toronto’s largest and longest running youth led initiatives; Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E Edutainment).

The beat of his art was found after years of being lost. He found himself by turning his struggles around to inspire others. His story is one of an Alchemist who truly transformed his life from rock to gold inspiring everyone he comes into contact to strive to unearth the pure potential within them.

Randell shares these messages on various stages as an emcee/host, performer and arts practitioner. Randell is also a MaRS DD – Studio Y Cohort 2 Fellow, 1 of 5 coaches involved in the Toronto Public Library’s (Poetry Saved Our Lives) project and a regularly sought after speaker and presenter with the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Catholic School Board.

A featured performer on TEDxUTSC and has shared stages with the likes of Jessie Reyez, Terry Crews, Paul Mooney, Maestro Fresh Wes and D’bi Young.

in Partnership with

A Rare Blue Moon Halloween Howl!
Enjoy a Halloween Adventure on Harvey Street. Visit NDH’s pumpkin patch with dance and music streaming live!
A Fellow Infinite Jest, 2010 Digital Photograph
The Skeleton Crew (Seema Goel, Robin Poitras, and Stephen Kirkland)
Performer: Robin Poitras
Blue moons occur every two and a half years, while full moons only occur on Halloween every 19 years. Halloween 2020’s rare blue moon is a Hunter’s Moon that will be appearing across all time zones at 10:49 EDT. The last time this phenomenon happened was in 1944!

Sponsored by: Corn Maiden Market at Lincoln Gardens.

What: See X O Skeleton (a video dance loop projection) by the Skeleton Crew (Seema Goel, Robin Poitras, and Stephen Kirkland). Live dance, music, and performances will be live streamed onto front of NDH building, featuring VIBES YQR (street dancers), Colby Nargang, Roderick T. Johnson, Krista Solheim, Gary Varro, and Tara Dawn Solheim.

Where: In front of New Dance Horizons building, 2207 Harvey Street. Don’t miss the Halloween themed yards by our neighbours across the street!

When: Saturday, October 31st from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

How: Drive, Bike or Walk! Wear a mask and maintain social distancing!

**Can’t make it in person? You can always watch the performances online! Check out New Dance Horizons home page on Halloween night (5pm – 7pm) for the live stream link!

Corn Maiden Market at Lincoln Gardens
Looking for fresh produce? Stop by Corn Maiden Market at Lincoln Gardens in Lumsden. This garden centre and country market offers fresh produce, herbs, locally made jams, honey, and baking! Gift shop onsite.
Visit the Pumpkin Patch and Haunted House through October 31st.

May 2020 Vertigo Poster

Vertigo Series Open Stage!
with feature reading by Micheline Maylor
Online via Zoom @ CVAF
Monday, May 18, 2020, 7-9 pm CST (Saskatchewan Time)
Free to attend

Perform your words, poems, songs, stories, spoken word at the online Open Stage!

Share your work or join us to listen. Open to writers, musicians, listeners & lovers of all ages.

Feature reading by Poet Laureate Emeritus of Calgary, Micheline Maylor.

Email to receive a Zoom invitation and to register to perform at the event.

Performers will each have 3 minutes to share. A second spot may be added if time allows.

Open Stage presented by The Vertigo Series as part of Cathedral Village Arts Festival with support from The League of Canadian Poets, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries.

May 18 2020 Workshop Image

This event is free to attend and is a partnership between the Vertigo Series and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. Presented as part of the Cathedral Village Arts Festival.

Writing Workshop
Mon. May 18, 2020, 4-6 pm

Language, Lines, and Leaping: the Art and Craft in Short Forms (Poetry and Prose)

In this seminar, workshop, you will be asked to consider the art of choosing “the best words in the best order” as Coleridge said. We will consider concrete language and lines as units of craft. We will consider enjambment or the sentence as an artful structure. We will consider how lines click together to create new and exciting connections in the readers’ mind. You will be asked to write drafts and follow writing exercises.

Dr. Micheline Maylor is the Poet Laureate Emeritus of Calgary (2016-18). She is a University of Calgary Senator, a Walrus talker, a TEDx talker, and she was the Calgary Public Library Author in Residence (2016). Micheline attained a Ph.D. at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in English Language and Literature with a specialization in Creative Writing and 20th Century Canadian Literature. She teaches creative writing at Mount Royal University where she won the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award, the 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award. She also teaches poetry short form at the University of Calgary. She was short-listed for the Robert Kroetsch award for experimental poetry. She serves as poetry acquisitions editor at Frontenac House Press since 2012. She is the co-founder of Freefall Literary Society and remains a consulting editor. Her most recent book Little Wildheart (U of A Press 2017) was long-listed for both the Pat Lowther and the Raymond Souster Awards. Her collection Whirr and Click was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award (2013). Her latest “How to be a Bad Wife” is due in 2021 with the University of Alberta Press.

How to watch:

Watch the launch from the comfort of your home or favourite wifi spot! Register and receive the Zoom link (recommended) or watch via CVAF Facebook Live, CVAF YouTube Live, or at

To watch via Zoom:
– Register for the event here
– In advance of the event, download Zoom
– At the time of the event, follow the emailed link or login to zoom and enter the meeting ID and password that were emailed to you.

To watch via Facebook Live:
– Navigate to the CVAF Facebook Page starting at 1 p.m. to find the Live video.
– On a computer, you can see the Live video on the Home tab or the Videos Tab.
– On the Facebook app, you can see the Live Video on the Home tab. (Just scroll down.)
– If you do not see a Live video it may not have started. Refresh your page to see updated posts.
– BONUS – Once the video is streaming, consider starting a “watch party” (under the share button) and invite your Facebook friends to watch with you.

To watch via YouTube Live:
– Navigate to the CVAF YouTube page from your browser or YouTube app starting at 1 p.m.
– On a computer or phone, find the Live video under “Home” or “Videos”.
– If you do not see a Live video it may not have started. Refresh your page to see updated posts.

InfoRed & Randell Adjei
Thursday, January 30th
7 to 9 PM
Craft Services Café
MacKenzie Art Gallery
3475 Albert St. Regina, SK

Presented as partnership between MacKenzie Art Gallery and Vertigo Series, join us Thursday, January 30 from 7 to 9 PM in the MAG café programming space for spoken word performances by Toronto-based poet, Randell Adjei and Regina-based poet and rapper InfoRed! Both artists will perform their own original work and then come together for a talk back conversation, exploring topics related to youth empowerment, spoken word and grassroots education.

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Vertigo Series
Monday, October 28, 2019 7:30pm
@ Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Ave, Regina, SK
Admission: Free
All ages. Cash bar.

Readings by:
Adam Pottle
Joanne Weber
Deaf Crows Collective members:
Mustafa Alabssi, Fatima Nafisa and Shayla Tanner

Music by:
Francois le Roux, the HA!Man from South Africa

The Vertigo Series is pleased to offer live ASL interpretation and real-time captioning for this event.

Reading from the Land

Readings From The Land

with Jan Zwicky and Randy Lundy
in conversation with Trevor Herriot

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
College Ave Building, Room 112 (CB 112)
2155 College Ave. Regina, SK
Free parking available at rear of building.

Event is free and all are welcome.

Please join us for a conversation with Jan Zwicky and Randy Lundy as they discuss their work and read from their books. Hosted by Trevor Herriot, author of Islands of Grass, Towards a Prairie Atonement, and River in a Dry Land.

Presented as a partnership between the Vertigo Series and University of Regina Press.

With support from: Humanities Research Institute, Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, U of R Faculty of Arts, U of R English Department.

Vertigo Series Open Stage
in partnership with
Cathedral Village Arts Festival

Monday, May 20, 2019 7:00pm
@ The Artesian on 13th, 2627 13th Ave. (Wheelchair accessible)
Admission: Free. All ages. Cash bar.

Feature Performer:
Fabrice Koffy

House Musicians:
Cynthia Wells & The Rabble

Bring your words, poems, songs, stories, spoken word to share at the Open Stage! Set your words to music with house musicians! Feature performance by Montreal poet, Fabrice Koffy.

E-mail or sign up at the door.

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Performance & Writing Workshop with Fabrice Koffy:
Slam to Animate Words / Le Slam pour Animer les Mots
Monday, May 20 3:30 – 5:30pm
The Artesian on 13th – 2627 13th Ave, Regina (Wheelchair accessible)
Cost: Free
Everyone welcome

Join the Vertigo Series and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild for a free afternoon performance and writing workshop with Montreal-based spoken word performer Fabrice Koffy at the Cathedral Village Arts Festival.

Square Authors Apr 2019
The Vertigo Series
in partnership with Saskatchewan Book Awards

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 7:30 pm
@ Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Ave, Regina, SK

Readings by 2019 SBA Shortlisted Authors:
Carol Rose GoldenEagle
gillian harding-russell
James Trettwer
Regina launch of Cassidy McFadzean’s new book, Drolleries

Admission: Free
All ages. Cash bar.

Many thanks to Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, League of Canadian Poets & Canada Council for the Arts for support!

Vertigo Poster Nov 2018

The Vertigo Series
Tues, Oct. 23, 2018 7:30pm
@ Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar, 1925 Victoria Ave, Regina, SK
Free Admission. All ages. Cash bar.

Readings by:
Robert Currie
Barbara Langhorst
Joanna Lilley
Kathleen Wall & Veronica Geminder

Music by:
Shannon Rae

Event presented with support from Saskatchewan Arts Board, League of Canadian Poets and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Vertigo Series Poster May 2018

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Vertigo Poster Feb 2018

Vertigo Series MAG Poster Nov 2017

Vertigo Series Open Stage

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 2017 7:00pm
@ MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert Street, Regina SK

Feature Reader: FRED WAH
Poet, novelist, scholar & former Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Fred Wah will share a reading of his work.

Feature Musician: DAVID L. MCINTYRE
Composer and pianist, David L. McIntyre, will share an original composition and join in the fun of the open stage by responding and collaborating on piano with his playful, witty and moving music.

Calling all writers, musicians, theatre artists, visual artists & movement artists! Bring something to share — a poem, song, story, spoken word piece, dance, the story behind an image, a monologue or scene! All are welcome on this open stage!

Each artist will begin with a 5 min. spot. A second spot may be added if time allows.

E-mail to sign up or sign up at the door.

Presented as part of Thursday Lates programming at the MacKenzie Art Gallery.

Join us in the afternoon for a free workshop…

Image/Text Workshop with Fred Wah
2:30-4:30 pm Thurs. Nov. 16th, 2017
@ MacKenzie Art Gallery

Free admission with pre-registration.
Space is limited to 10 participants.
Please register for workshop by emailing

Fred Wah will share insights and images from a collaborative visual art project he is involved with focused on the Columbia River. One of the outcomes of the project is a long poem, beholden: a poem as long as the river. Co-written with Vancouver poet Rita Wong, the poem is 114 feet long and typed on either side of a printout of the Columbia River. The poetic image installation is presently at Touchstones Gallery in Nelson, BC and will be at Emily Carr University in March. Along with the Columbia River project, Fred will briefly talk about a few other image/text projects he’s been involved with, mostly available in his book, Sentenced to Light.

Participants in this Image/Text Workshop are asked to bring a photograph of a nearby waterway (for ex. Wascana Creek or the South Saskatchewan River) along with a poetic text that somehow relates to the photo. During the workshop, there will be time to look at and listen to each person’s photo/poem and discuss.


Vertigo Poster Oct 2017