Monday, January 30, 2017

A Story About Family, Figuring Out Where You Come From, And Finding Your Way

Award-Winning Author Ivan Coyote presents Kraft Singles for Everyone at Horizon Stage on February 22

Ivan Coyote’s Kraft Singles for Everyone is a heart-felt and heartbreaking performance about figuring out where you come from and finding your way. It touches on subjects such as being an ex-Catholic queer and the dynamics of small town big families, and leaves us asking ourselves what we truly inherit from the blood that runs in our veins. Horizon Stage is excited to present Kraft Singles for Everyone on Wednesday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m.
Born and raised in a large Irish Catholic family in Whitehorse, Ivan Coyote learned the craft of storytelling while gathering around their grandmother’s kitchen table on long northern winter nights. Ivan’s work tackles the difficult subjects of family, class, gender identity, and social justice with the silver tongue of a master storyteller, an eye for the beauty found in what makes us all human, and an ear for the hilarity of life and love. Ivan’s first love is telling stories to a live audience, and they have become an audience favourite at writers’, storytelling, poetry, spoken word, and music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam.

Ivan began performing spoken word in 1992. They are the award-winning author of nine collections of short stories, one novel, a collection of essays, three screenplays and three CDs including the 2007 ReLit Award winning Bow Grip, a short story collection for young adults called One In Every Crowd, and 2016’s Tomboy’s Guide to Survival.  Coyote regularly combines storytelling and music and has worked with a number of musicians including Veda Hille, Dan Mangan and Rae Spoon. Coyote has been a columnist for the gay magazines Xtra! and Xtra! West for a number of years and a writer-in-residence at numerous organizations.

In November 2015 Coyote did a TED talk in Vancouver entitled "We All Need a Safe Place to Pee," where they discussed the need for gender neutral bathrooms in all public places. In 2016, they delivered the Florence Bird Lecture at Carleton University titled "Neither, Nor: How to Circumnavigate the Gender Binary in Seven Thousand Easy Steps". Ivan also visits schools and has been doing so for fifteen years - telling stories that encourage talking and motivating students and staff to take action to foster safety and social justice in hallways, gymnasiums, and classrooms.

Spend an evening Up Close and Personal with Ivan Coyote on Wednesday, February 22. Seating is general admission with the lobby opening at 6:30 p.m., theatre doors at 7:15 p.m. and the performance starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $25 for all ages and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online at

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