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An inspirational and thought-provoking brunch with award-winning poet Heidi Sander as she fuses music and poetry to launch her poetry collection, The Forest Of My Mind. Joined by renowned pianist David Eliakis who has arranged music to each of her poems, they will be performing these pieces followed by a Q&A and author signing. This storytelling event with live music has limited seating so get your tickets early!

Along with this intimate onstage experience, guests will also be treated to a copy of Heidi’s poetry book The Forest Of My Mind ($20), and a meet-and-greet and book signing after brunch!

What can you expect from the event?

  • A musical performance of The Forest Of My Mind and the award-winning poem “How We Live On”
  • A scrumptious brunch
  • A copy of the poetry collection The Forest Of My Mind
  • Book signing and meet & greet with Heidi Sander following the meal and Q&A
  • Reflections on loss and hope and renewal

About the Book

The award-winning poem, “How We Live On” is part of The Forest of My Mind poetry collection, a journey of deep loss, love, healing, discovery, inner strength, and personal transformation. Comprising poems that feature themes of family, generational history, memory, loss, hope and nature, the poems touch upon various stages of loss while offering a sense of hope and renewal. The book is a source of comfort for anyone searching for solace, understanding, and meaning in a time of grief and loss.
“a heartfelt journey of recovery from grief…memorable and exquisitely crafted.”
– Bruce Meyer, award-winning poet and author Grace of Falling Stars and Toast Soldiers
“The language is fluid, impactful, and spare and the attention to sensory detail is divine.”
– Stacy R. Nigliazzo, award-winning poet, Sky the Oar and Scissored Moon

About the Author

Award-winning poet and best-selling author, Heidi Sander’s poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, film and artistic collaborations. She is the founder of “Pathways To Poetry”, an online program that helps poets develop their voice, publish their poetry, and promote their work.

Her award-winning poem, How We Live On, is being developed into a short film that will be touring film festivals in 2022. The poem is also included in her poetry collection, The Forest Of My Mind, which was already named a Hot New Release for Canadian poetry books. The poem will also be part of a multi-media production that she is currently collaborating with artists on.

As a writer, storytelling is at the heart of everything Heidi Sander does. Her greatest joy is to foster the love of writing and to encourage others to share their stories and writing. Her online program, “Pathways To Poetry” holds that passion and is part of her larger vision for the poetry and literary community.

Facebook & Instagram: @heidisanderwriter

About the Pianist

As a sought-after voice coach, host, and lecturer, pianist David Eliakis continues to expand his musical offerings both on the concert stage and the lecture hall.  His performances have taken him to the stages of Brazil, Switzerland (World Economic Forum), England (finalist in the Wigmore Hall Song Competition), Germany, and across Canada as pianist and musical director for Against The Grain Theatre’s national tour of La Bohème.

His collaborations include some of the country’s greatest singers: Isabel Bayrakdarian, Ben Heppner, Richard Margison, and Measha Brueggergosman. A recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Award, David had the honour of studying privately with Warren Jones (Manhattan School of Music) in New York City, as well as working with Julius Rudel, Sir Martin Isepp, Dalton Baldwin, Graham Johnson, and Roger Vignoles.

David shares his time between the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Against The Grain Theatre and has also collaborated with Tapestry Opera, Opera In Reach, and Amplified Opera in numerous performances of Teiya Kasahara’s “The Queen In Me”. He is also the host and curator of ATG’s monthly Opera Pub which has run for five years consecutively to sold-out audiences.

As a lecturer he speaks passionately about lesser-known composers and works, as well as singers of past generations both at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory School as part of their Music Appreciation series. He was also featured as a guest speaker at the Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of Maria by Callas.

*Cover protocols are in place and attendees must be double vaccinated.*
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