WAIT, WHAT'S HAPPENING?
Many of you know I lost my eldest sister to suicide in January 2018. What you might not know is it was a cycling accident that led to her immobility which ultimately led to her taking her own life—movement was her greatest source of joy and without it she lost hope.
I wrote my book, grief & loss & love & sex, in the aftermath in my effort to reconcile the irreconcilable (which I’ve yet to do fully) and dedicated it to her memory. It was published on what should have been her 55th birthday. I'm touring it as a live storytelling and spoken word performance through Eastern Ontario April 24-29 as a fundraising effort and your minimum $25 donation is your ticket in!
BUT, WHAT'S IT FOR?
This August, I’m riding in the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation’s Friends for Life Bike Rally as a means of keeping alive inside of me the thing she most loved to do—be in motion. I suppose it’s my way of still feeling physically connected to her.
People living with HIV and AIDS understand grief and loss and love in a particular way most of us never will. They also understand what it means to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.
The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) is the largest direct support service agency of its kind for men, transmen, women, transwomen and children living with HIV/AIDS in Canada. Every year PWA provides over 30,000 unique services to more than 2,500 individuals. You can visit www.pwatoronto.org to find out more.
My sister cared deeply about using her assets to help others. She was passionately devoted in her philanthropic work. We both have had friends living with and lost to AIDS. I know this is something she would proudly get behind.
This is your invitation to join me for an evening of storytelling and spoken word performance in support of this incredible organization and the important work they’re doing.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT..
I’ll be sharing the stories and poems that have carried me through one of the darkest and most painful times of my life and back into the light. The idea is to unite us in community, to hold space for the universal experience of grief and overcoming, and to shine a light into dark places, restoring hope where it may be lost.
Each guest will receive as a gift one of my original poems printed on archival paper, suitable for framing.
I will also be drawing three names at each event and winners will receive a signed copy of grief & loss & love & sex when it is re-released later this year.
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT THE BOOK..
“It’s achingly beautiful.” -Heather Reisman, CEO, Indigo Books & Music
“The thoughts and feelings expressed so beautifully will connect those who have experienced tragic loss. The view forward, the motivation to respond and share is a lesson for all.” -Reader
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT MY PERFORMANCE..
“Her reading had a rhythm, a cadence, an eloquence that is only heard when a poet reads their own work. Add to this the fact that Lara has a gift for the dramatic and you have the making of a very moving performance.”
“It was obvious that many were moved to tears at times, empathizing with Lara’s words, making connections to their own personal family stories.”
Wednesday, April 24: Carbon Art & Design, Picton
Thursday, April 25: The Old Church Theatre, Trenton
Friday, April 26: The Escape Room (Private Residence), Kingston
Sunday, April 28: St. John's Anglican Church, Prescott
Monday, April 29: Coffee Public, Port Hope
Your minimum $25 donation is your ticket into the event (one date only) and is eligible for a charitable tax receipt, which will be generated via the donation portal. Remember to come prepared to show proof at the door.
To help us manage numbers at each venue, please make a note (when you make your donation) of which date you’ll be attending.
I so look forward to sharing this intimate evening with you.
ONE LAST THING.. If you live in one of the towns along my route, please help spread this news by sharing these dates with everyone you know. Together, let's blow the roof off this fundraising goal and build beautiful storytelling bridges within our communities.
“Life takes guts. I love your guts.” ~elemem