22. The Great Readception: A Literary Cabaret - The FOLD

22. The Great Readception: A Literary Cabaret

In-Person with Livestream

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In our return to Brampton’s Rose Theatre, our first in-person event since 2019, a collection of festival writers read from their works accompanied by improvisational jazz musicians.

Whether you’re a regular FOLD attendee, a big reader or a lover of live entertainment, this event is designed to celebrate the power of storytelling from Canadian writers and musicians, in partnership with B-Jazzed.

Attend In-Person at The Rose Theatre in Brampton, ON or by Virtual Livestream

Date: May 6, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm ET

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How to Register

Guests can choose from three types of passes for FOLD 2022:

  • Virtual Events Only Passes ($35)
  • Virtual Plus In-Person Events Passes ($45)
  • In-Person Only Passes ($15)

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Secondary school educators can choose a special Educator pass (with the same virtual and in-person options), which allow them to create a Student Access Login which their students can use to log on to individual devices. Bundle passes are available for groups of five educators who wish to reduce the price of their pass by buying in bulk. School discounts and board discounts are available by request until early April.

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Featured Speaker(s)

A middle-aged Egyptian man with short grey hair and a small grey beard stanrds against a beige wall.
Kamal Al-Solaylee
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A young Black man with a shaved head and a small goatee. He wears a white t-shirt and is sitting outside. In the background is a lush green tree.
Kern Carter
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A white non-binary individual who is female-passing, with long brown hair gathered up in a knot, wearing a deep yellow blouse with a ruffled beck and dangling earrings.
Sydney Hegele
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Black and white photo of a young Tibetan-Canadian woman with shoulder-length dark hair, wearing a dark button-up shirt and standing against a white shelf filled with books.
Tsering Yangzom Lama
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Photo of author Omar Mouallem--a young Lebanese-Canadian man with short dark hair, a small beard, and glasses
Omar Mouallem
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A young Indian-Canadian woman with long dark hair, wearing a sleeveless dark green top and a gold pendant.
Sonya Singh
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A middle-aged Egyptian man with short grey hair and a small grey beard stanrds against a beige wall.

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of three books of nonfiction: Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (for Everyone), and Return: Why We Go Back to Where We Come From. He holds a PhD in English from Nottingham University and is the director of the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

A young Black man with a shaved head and a small goatee. He wears a white t-shirt and is sitting outside. In the background is a lush green tree.

Kern Carter

Kern Carter is a full-time freelance writer and author who has written and self-published two novels — Thoughts of a Fractured Soul (novella) and Beauty Scars. His latest book is Boys And Girls Screaming. When Kern isn’t penning novels, he curates stories through CRY Magazine, his online publication that creates space for artists to navigate through the emotions of their creative journey. He lives in downtown Toronto with his nineteen-year-old daughter.

A white non-binary individual who is female-passing, with long brown hair gathered up in a knot, wearing a deep yellow blouse with a ruffled beck and dangling earrings.

Sydney Hegele

Sydney Hegele (they/them) is the author of The Pump, published by Invisible Publishing in 2021. They live in Toronto, Canada with their fiancé and French bulldog. They are an alumnus of the Tin House Summer Workshop (2021) and the Lighthouse Summer Workshop under Sheila Heti (2021).

Black and white photo of a young Tibetan-Canadian woman with shoulder-length dark hair, wearing a dark button-up shirt and standing against a white shelf filled with books.

Tsering Yangzom Lama

Tsering Yangzom Lama is the author of We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and International Relations from the University of British Columbia, and an MFA from Columbia University. Born and raised in Nepal, Tsering has lived in Toronto, New York City, and Vancouver – where she now resides.

Photo of author Omar Mouallem--a young Lebanese-Canadian man with short dark hair, a small beard, and glasses

Omar Mouallem

Omar Mouallem is an author, filmmaker, and educator. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, WIRED, and NewYorker.com, and his latest book, Praying to the West, was named one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of 2021. His documentary The Last Baron, about the unlikely link between a Canadian fast-food institution and the Lebanese civil war, was hailed as “one of the best Canadian food documentaries” by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. Omar is also the “fake dean” of Pandemic University, a virtual school he founded in support of writers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his family.

A young Indian-Canadian woman with long dark hair, wearing a sleeveless dark green top and a gold pendant.

Sonya Singh

Sonya Singh is an author, writer, and storyteller who currently lives in Toronto, Canada. She’s a former entertainment reporter turned PR expert. Her debut novel Sari, Not Sari, slated for a spring release in ’22, is already generating serious advanced buzz (including being selected for the prestigious Debutante Ball). She also signed an international two book deal. Sonya wrote Sari, Not Sari, to laugh her way through some of her more disastrous breakups. In her spare time, you can find Sonya sipping on a matcha latte, enjoying a homemade pizza, or hanging out with her adorable dog, Moses Alexander.

The FOLD is a remarkable and wonderful event for authors and attendees alike. What an amazing community, dedicated to the vital need for inclusive stories and the critical role they play in building a better world.

Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her

Field Guide to the North American Teenager is my first novel and FOLD was my first Canadian literary festival. While American and Canadian culture overlap quite a bit, especially when it comes to bookshelves, Canadian literature is unique and I was very heartened by to be embraced by that community I consider home despite residing in the US. It was a homecoming I didn’t know I needed!

Ben Philippe, author of Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The Festival of Literary Diversity was an absolute joy–the organizers thought of *everything* and by anticipating authors’ needs, they freed us to focus on connecting with the audience and each other. There was no pretension, no posturing–just very genuine conversations with invested writers and engaged readers.

Zetta Elliott, author of Dragons in a Bag

I have been to a lot of writers festivals and the FOLD is definitely near the top of the list of those I want to be invited back to.

Harold Johnson, author of the memoirs Clifford and Firewater

Being part of such a clearly diverse, inclusive and mutually respectful group was thrilling and inspiring: a glimpse of a better world.

Kathy Page, author of Dear Evelyn, winner of the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Wherever I go in Canada and find another writer of colour, we eventually end up gushing about how great the FOLD is, how by normalizing diversity it liberates us to talk to audiences about craft. It’s hard to imagine the literary landscape returning to a prehistoric pre-FOLD era.

Ian Williams, Author of the Giller Prize-winning novel Reproduction

FOLD is a festival experience unlike any other I’ve had. The FOLD team strive to create a space that’s welcoming and engaging, while allowing for curiosity, ingenuity and the fostering of real community – and they succeed, every year.

Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out On The Ground

The FOLD is one of the most important literary events on this continent. By focusing on diverse voices and giving authors space to share their stories and speak their truths, it is revolutionizing the writing and storytelling realm as we know it.

Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon Of The Crusted Snow

Being part of the FOLD community has provided me with a strong sense of belonging. Sharing diverse stories and listening to different voices that broaden my understanding of the world has impacted me as a person and motivated me as a writer.

Ann Y.K. Choi, author of Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety

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