Help us Pay Writers/Musicians and Support Riverbed Reading Series: iteration two
Finding community can be hard at any time, but the arts allow us the opportunity to reach across barriers and come together through creativity and curiosity. The first iteration of Riverbed Reading Series was a fantastic event and we were honoured that many of your could support us to help pay our artists and to keep the series going. As we continue operating in a world of social distancing and isolation, we are continuing with our series online and are hoping that you can help us keep going once again.
When we started our series we had intended to make up extra costs through community sponsorships, partnerships, and a PWYC cover charge at the door.
Though some of these options are no longer available to us, we are hoping that those of you who hope to attend or those of you who simply want to help us foster this new reading series, will chip in what you can for our second iteration.
With your help, we can ensure all our performers are paid and continue forward with organizing iteration three (in November) and four (in February 2021) from a financially stable place. We are excited to bring you carefully curated iterations on a quarterly basis and iteration two – for which we are crowdfunding – will feature:
- Live writing competition & storytelling performances between Nathan Adler, IAN MART1N & Set L. Shuter.
- Live music from Melody McKiver.
Riverbed Reading Series is co-founded & co-curated by Ellen Chang-Richardson & nina jane drystek. We are driven by the belief that the artistic spheres are connected; and aim to be an inclusive, experimental gathering space at the very intersection of literature, music and performance.
When we set out to start Riverbed Reading Series in Fall 2019, we hoped to bring the literary cabaret to life in Ottawa through the curation of events that met at the intersection of literature, music and performance. We imagined Club SAW (our venue partner for 2020) alive with conversation, community exchanges and the brilliance of our performers. We looked forward to welcoming everyone to our contemporary cabaret. Now with COVID-19 health restrictions on social gatherings keeping us apart, we can continue to gather in a different way to share in the arts and their power to help us carry through.
For this fundraiser we are asking our communities to contribute whatever they can, be it a few dollars or a few dozen! We believe that artists deserve to be paid for their work and it is our hope to break even on our costs for running and organizing this event. Artists and organizers across Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Turtle Island and the world are helping us through this stressful time, and will continue to do so as we reshape our world.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about Riverbed and for contributing if you are able. No matter where you go after this webpage, we hope you continue to support artists and organizers wherever you may be.
For more information, please feel free to visit us at https://riverbedreads.ca.
- Rachelle L Gendron
- Kevin Wilson
- Rachel Weldon