Voicing the City In/verse: Reading Surrey and the Super-Suburb

Surrey Art Gallery, in partnership with South of Fraser Inter Arts Collective (SOFIA/c) and Simon Fraser University’s English Department, present the Sound Thinking symposium—Voicing the City In/verse: Reading Surrey and the Super-Suburb on November 28-29, 2015.

This two-day symposium (in two different locations) features the work of poets, fiction writers, spoken word artists, sound artists, and storytellers who read, speak, and voice the experiences of the “super-suburb” (a term used to describe suburbs with populations that exceed 250,000).

The region South of the Fraser River is the quintessential super-suburb . Once known only as a suburb on the edge of Vancouver, the communities of Surrey, Langley, Delta, and White Rock are now recognized as cities in their own right. Urban theorists are observing this city-suburb inversion across Canada, which also results in a rapid increase of cultural production in the visual arts, music, theatre, and literature.

Convened by Phinder Dulai and Jordan Strom, Voicing the City In/verse is presented in conjunction with Surrey Art Gallery’s 40th anniversary show, Views from the Southbank, a three-part series of exhibitions of art from and about the South of Fraser region.

The two events are a Literary Cabaret on Saturday, November 28, 2015 and a conference-style gathering on Sunday, November 29, 2015 with keynote speaker M.G. Vassanji, two-time winner of the Giller Prize.

Sunday panel participants include John Armstrong, Sadhu Binning, Roxanne Charles, Joseph A. Dandurand, Veeno Dewan, Connor Doyle, Lakshmi Gill, Heidi Greco, Leona Gom, Heather Haley, Taryn Hubbard, Tom Konyves, Judy MacInnes Jr., Cecily Nicholson, Fauzia Rafique, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Kevin Spenst, and Rup Sidhu.

This event is sponsored by Surrey Public Libraries and Geist magazine.