Category Archives: Upcoming Events

On March 10th, musica intima vocal ensemble will premiere a commission by Canadian composer Jennifer Butler, “Uta’s Escape,” based on a story of mine of the same title. “Uta’s Escape” follows the disappearance of a synchronized swimmer during a training session. You can read the story on The Guardian website.

The concert’s program highlights all aspects of the female voice, from its ethereal heights to its profound depths.

Composers Jennifer Butler, Katerina Gimon and I will give a pre-concert talk at 6:45pm, open to all ticket holders.

Friday, March 10th, 2017 (7:30pm)
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

Adults $25 | Students $15

Tickets can be purchased here.

The Lost Operas of Mozart


This past year I’ve had the pleasure of working with City Opera Vancouver on The Lost Operas of Mozart. I wrote a script tying together Mozart’s unfinished operas. The show opens October 25th, 2016, at Christ Church Cathedral (8pm).

“In his early twenties, Mozart started three operas he never completed. Two are Italian comedies, and the third is a German Romance. Each is a tantalizing hint of what might have been. Each is the voice of Mozart himself. City Opera Vancouver offers an event premiere: three forgotten operas in one evening of wonderful theatre, delightful music, and original exploration. This re-construction will be a Canadian first. In two acts and two hours, The Lost Operas of Mozart will delight, inform and enchant. Stage direction and production concept by Alan Corbishley, original script by Maria Reva, and set in our own time at the Gates of Limbo.”

Oct 27,28 and 29, 2016 at 8pm
Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver
Tickets: $48/$24, general admission, available at the door or online.

Robyn Driedger-Klassen, soprano
Elaina Moreau, soprano
Rose-Ellen Nichols, mezzo
Frédérik Robert, tenor
Samuel Chan, bari-tenor
Alan MacDonald, baritone
Michael MacKinnon, bass
Bramwell Tovey, impresario

Janet Lea, Nora Kelly, co-producers
Alan Corbishley, stage director
Charles Barber, music director and conductor
Maria Reva, original script
Ines Ortner, costume design
John Webber, lighting design
Jayson McLean, production manager

More info:
City Opera Vancouver website
The Georgia Straight

North Shore News interviewed me about the script here.

Photo: Rose-Ellen Nichols, Bramwell Tovey and Elaina Moreau in The Lost Operas of Mozart. Photographer: Emily Cooper.

“Selfie” receives U.S. premiere

“Selfie” (music by Shelley Marwood, text by me) will receive two more performances as part of the Crossing Borders: Realities Blurred tour.

March 13, 7:30pm : Philadelphia
March 20, 2:30pm: Toronto

“Featuring music by Anna Höstman, Brian Harman, Joseph Glaser, Leila Lustig, Rodney Sharman, Saman Shahi, Shelley Marwood, Dan Martin, Jenny Beck, Ross Crean, Tony Marasco.

Featuring texts/lyrics by E.D. Blodgett, V. Lok, Leila Lustig, Rodney Sharman, Forough Farrokhzad, Maria Reva, Michael Biello, Ross Crean, Billy Collins.

This year’s program focuses on questioning reality, gender and sexuality, and being in-the-moment. Each piece represents a reality that is blurred, a line that is crossed, a time that is both past and present.

**Early-bird tickets for Toronto are $15, available online until March 7 online at, and general admission is $20 (students/arts workers) and $25 at the door.”


Southbank Reading Series

What: Southbank Writers’ Program Reading Series (featuring Phinder Dulai)
When: Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
Where: City Centre Library (Room 120), 10350 University Drive, Surrey

Simon Fraser University’s creative writing community hosts regular readings in Surrey that allow local writers to share their work with the public.

Who reads:
Current members and alumni of The Southbank Writer’s Program, local emerging writers and authors, and authors on book tours.

This month’s featured reader:
Phinder Dulai is the Surrey-based author of dream / arteries (Talonbooks) and two previous books of poetry: Ragas from the Periphery (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1995) and Basmati Brown (Nightwood Editions, 2000). His most recent work has been published in Canadian Literature and Cue Books Anthology. Earlier work appeared in Ankur, Matrix, Memewar Magazine, Rungh, The Capilano Review, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Toronto South Asian Review, subTerrain, and West Coast LINE. Dulai is a co-founder of the Surrey-based interdisciplinary contemporary arts group The South of Fraser Inter Arts Collective (SOFIA/c). His most recent poems are published in Canada and Beyond, a Canadian Studies journal published in Vigo and Huelva, Spain.


I’ll be hosting the event with the fabulous Nikki Hillman!

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“Selfie” To Be Performed in Toronto

Shelley Marwood DMA Recital
Recent compositions, including three world premieres
Among several instrumental chamber works, the program includes the choral piece “These Fragile Snowflakes” based on a poem by Toronto poet Desi Di Nardo, art song “Selfie” with text by Maria Reva, and a second staging of the opera “Say No to the Dress” with libretto by Michael Albano.

January 25, 2015 (3:15PM)
Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building (Faculty of Music)
80 Queen’s Park, University of Toronto, Toronto ON, Canada
Check out Shelley Marwood’s website for details


Save the date!

The Southbank Program Reading Series resumes on Thursday, September 11. In line with the night’s garment theme, I will be reading a story called “The Fox Fur Coat”.

Come hear readings by other alumni of SFU’s Southbank Writers’ Program and The Writer’s Studio, with JJ Lee as headliner!

JJ Lee is the author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit. It was shortlisted for the 2011 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, and the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction. In 2012, he was awarded a GOLD for Best Short Feature by National Magazine Awards for his essay “ELLE First: You are beautiful.” Lee contributes to National Post and ELLE Canada.

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Surrey City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive
Admission: By Donation

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