On August 22, Historic Joy Kogawa House brings you Silk Road Music + two poets: Helen Gowans and Junie Désil, as a socially distanced way to support poets and musicians who have not been able to perform for a while.

Saturday, August 22,
4 to 5:30p.m.

This music and poetry event will be hosted live with an audience of fewer than 10 people as well as on Zoom.


About Silk Road

Silk Road Duo to perform at Historic Joy Kogawa House

For more than 20 years, Silk Road Music has been smashing stereotypes about Chinese music and taking Chinese instruments in new artistic directions. Its pioneering musical fusions have merged Chinese folk and classical music with Brazilian, jazz, Celtic, Spanish, Arabic, Aboriginal and blues music. Founded by Qiu Xia He (pr. Chu-sha Her) along with her partner, Andre Thibault, the ensemble has earned a Juno nomination, two West Coast Music Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations. For world music enthusiasts who delight in cross-cultural fertilization, Silk Road will excite your senses and gently challenge your musical sensibility.

Listen to them on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/silkroadmusic


About Helen Gowans

Helen Gowans won the Pandora’s Collective 2020 poetry prize for her poem, “Mackenzie Stone” and was shortlisted for the Magpie Award for Poetry 2020 for “Crete.” She is currently working on her first chapbook for release in December 2020.


About Junie Désil

Junie Désil to perform at Historic Joy Kogawa House

Junie Désil is of Haitian ancestry. Born of immigrant parents on the Traditional Territories of the Kanien’kehá꞉ka on the island known as Tiohtià꞉ke (Montréal) and raised in Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg), Junie has performed at various literary events and festivals. Her work has appeared in Room Magazine, PRISM International, The Capilano Review, and CV2. A recovering academic, a UBC alumnus, and most recently a participant in Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio.

Please join us!

Click here for Eventbrite page with details (including health protocols) and tickets (CA$21.51).