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Blue Met project empowers women

photo.JPGA new project by Montreal's Blue Metropolis Foundation is helping empower women in several shelters across the city. It's called the Before and After project. The goal is to boost the confidence of vulnerable women, by helping them RE-WRITE the stories of their lives.

The women are asked to write about the challenging moments... or moments of change that they've experienced. And the strategies they've used to overcome those times.

Monique Polak is an author and teacher based in Montreal. She's helping the women find their voice and put the words to paper. Nathalie Robinson is a single mom and one of the project's participants. Both joined All in a Weekend guest host Elizabeth Robertson in studio.

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Spoken Word Festival

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The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word is on in Montreal.  This year, the festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary and the theme is Diverse Languages. Later today, the festival will wrap up and one of the events to watch out for features something new in spoken word performance.

Éliz Robert is poet and a spoken word artist and Sheri-D Wilson is a spoken word artist as well.
Together, they've come up with a new style of spoken word poetry called "Insta-translation".

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Thomas Hellman sings Roland Giguère

Thomas Hellman.jpgMontreal singer-songwriter Thomas Hellman has won prestigious awards for his songwriting in both Quebec and France.

But his latest album is a tribute to a Quebec poet.

All the lyrics come from poems by Roland Giguere.

Thomas Hellman joins Elizabeth Robertson in-studio to tell her about this latest project, Thomas Hellman chante Roland Giguère.





(Photo courtesy of Thomas Hellman)

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