292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto
Featured poets: Meena Chopra & Casey Garcia
Host: *Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre
Casey Garcia is a rare breed if artist. A young but seasoned performer. He matches his lyrical skill with engaging, high-energy stage presence that could potentially raise people from the dead. A walking and talking masterpiece roams among the millennial drones that occupy the city of Toronto.
Meena Chopra is an internationally known award winning 'poet & visual artist' with an unbridled passion for words, space, colours and forms. Born and brought up in Nainital, a Himalayan hill city of Northern India, now lives in Mississauga, Canada. After having a career as a designer for seven years with a couple of leading garment firms in India, she later switched to fine arts and poetry, simultaneously pursuing her career in marketing and advertising as an entrepreneur. She is a qualified artist educator and a graduate in science. Primarily a self taught artist, she informally got trained and mentored under master artists of India. She has been professionally practising fine arts since 1985 and writing poetry since 1992. Meena writes both in English and her ethnic language Hindi and has three poetry collections published so far. She has also co-edited "RANG AUR NOOR"(Colour and Radiance) an anthology reflecting the Hindi and Urdu poetic talent of Canada. Her poetry has been translated into German and Urdu languages. Her latest book "SHE! The Restless Streak" has recently been released in Mississauga Central Library along with her thematic art exhibition on the same subject. This book is a coffee table edition and features her art and poetry both dealing with female abstract energy. Meena has exhibited her art widely in many countries and has been on the board of many art, culture and literary organizations. She has been also publishing a popular ethnic news weekly from GTA called StarBuzz and hosting a musical show at 1320 AM called Radio Shehnai for many years. She has also been running an after school tutoring centre till 2012 in Mississauga