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February is Black History Month —and so much more

In Get Hats,Latest News,The Multi-Slouch on February 2, 2013 by sioso Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

MAMA is newly published, along side many many other talented voices of African descent.

Photo: The launching of The Great Black North book celebrates 2013 Black History Month.

City of Vancouver calendar of Black History Month happenings.

At Vancouver Public Library Feb 26th- The Untold Story of Joe Fortes

The Great Black North  anthology will launch across Canada in February, 2013 for Black History Month.

February 1st at 11am-1pm in a Vancouver city council chambers celebration

February 4th 5-7pm at the Vancouver Public Library                The Great Black North

Introduction by George Elliott Clarke
Preface by Karina Vernon

Edited by Valerie Mason-John and Kevan Anthony Cameron
The Great Black North is a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada. Told through the intertwining tapestry of poetic forms found on the page and stage, The Great Black North presents some missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that help fit together a poetic picture of the Black Canadian experience.
February’s SWEET DEAL- buy two & get a bottle as a present

In honour of FEBRUARY festivities Mama says: Put A Hat On! is offering a sweet deal. BUY a hat in combination with another Put A Hat On! product (hat, pouch, body-pouch) and receive a Wishmark card set. The custom Adinkra designs featured on the two hats above are Osram Ne Nsoromma “the moon the star” a symbol for love, faithfulness and harmony. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.

Happy New Year- Gung hay fat choy- Feliz Año Nuevo-Aide shoma mobarak- Bonne année – Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu- Xin nian yu kuai- Buon Capo d’Anno

AND…did you know that —FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is also Groundhog day, Valentine’s day, Ash Wednesday and last year marked the debut of a local a public art project called A SIGN FOR THE CITY  rebranding the nightly nine o’clock canon blast linking it to various BC history.



some of the stats in this video are significantly dated (i.e. population now 1,000,000 vs 500,000 quotes) put the spirit of the message rings true. For another look at African-Canadian History via government PSA: Proud of our History – Blacks in Canada 

Mama RENEWS the triple challenge as a collective NEW YEAR’s resolution.

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)

WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama says: Put A Hat On! and book a home Mad-Hatter-Party (performance and product showing) with a Valentine, Un-Valentine theme throughout February. You can find Mama storytelling at various community events in February.  Some are not open to the public so contact us at  putahaton@gmail.com for listings as there may be some near YOU.

Mama’s fabulousness has been featured in an article at www.thelunchkitnews.wordpress.com, as a Mama entrepreneur with Mama says:Put A Hat On! Thanks Katrina Boguski for the great write-up!

continuing in– WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Currently running children’s story & art programs ( drop-in and registration) for 1-5 year old’s at the Roundhouse Community Centre January -June 2013.

story pouches with Adinkra designs

  • West African Adinkra symbol chart. These symbols influences are part of my original designs

Mama says: Put A hat On! is open to taking NEW orders ready 1-2 weeks or less. Contact us via email: putahaton(at)gmail.com

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December… HOLIDAY chillin´; country-style (whatever your Country: whatever your Culture)

In Get Hats,Latest News,The Multi-Slouch on December 14, 2012 by sioso

Let’s NOT get caught up in crazy consumerism leading up to the Holidays.

Mama puts forth a triple challenge: THIS HOLIDAY (check this video out) and

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)

[AC] 2012 Promo – Basic from Advent Conspiracy on Vimeo.

WHERE TO FIND Mama…

ONLINE browsing and purchasing via Paypal or person-to-person visit. Home parties with a few choice friends and relatives.

 HOLIDAY CONTEST:

WIN an ORIGINAL Mama says; Put A Hat On! creation …

story pouches with Adinkra designs

SUBMIT a Story or Poem on what the Holidays mean for you.

Details: Write up to 500 words. Deadline December 29, 2012 midnight email submission to: putahaton@gmail.com

Mama says:Put A hat On! will be awarded to two lucky winners.

NEXT UP for Mama in 2013…newly published, along side many talented Canadian voices.

The Great Black North  anthology will launch across Canada in February, 2013 for Black History Month.

Introduction by George Elliott Clarke
Preface by Karina Vernon

Edited by Valerie Mason-John and Kevan Anthony Cameron
The Great Black North is a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada. Told through the intertwining tapestry of poetic forms found on the page and stage, The Great Black North presents some missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that help fit together a poetic picture of the Black Canadian experience.

 

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Spring is sprung —let’s celebrate mothers and mothering

In Get Hats,Latest News,The Multi-Slouch on April 30, 2012 by sioso Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pamper some mamas with Mama’s Bath Body-Pouches

Cotton ‘bath-body’ pouches

These versatile little 100% cotton pouches are perfect for face and body cleaning. This originally designed crocheted creation is a totally Eco-friendly product made with either unbleached cotton or a vibrant mix of recycled fibers as a cotton & loofah blend ($10 each).

Mama says: Put A Hat On! is offering a mama-knows-best deal!

BUY bath body-pouch and receive an all-natural organic soap from FRESH as a gift with purchase (limited quantities) and know that part of the money you spend helps Support and Inspire All Women And Girls To Reach Their Full Potential.

Buy any combination of Put A Hat On! products (hat, Adinkra pouch, bath body-pouch, Wishmark 3-cards set) and receive a delicious bottle of green apple Gewurztraminer  and a discount coupon from STEAM TEA HOUSE (aka Nolan the tea-guy).

Also, on May 12th, Mama lends support with raffle prizes to the HALF THE SKY awareness day being held at Park Royal South 10am-5pm. The book HALF THE SKY presents stories of worldwide abuse and exploitation of women and girls and how they can be empowered to overcome adversity. The event was brought together around advocacy for the marginalised.

Organisers say:

Anyone who reads of the unbelievable, ongoing abuse of girls and women, yet sees their courage and resilience to overcome, will want to be part of that fight. Everyone can play a part in helping them build lives free of abuse, poverty and sex trafficking.

Mothers’ Day weekend is a wake up call for us to remember women of all ages who suffer inequality, discrimination and abuse.

We invite you to join us on Saturday, May 12th, connect with these organizations and learn about their courageous work. There will be opportunities for you to be involved, ongoing entertainment, activities for children and great raffle prizes.

Discover how you, too, can be involved and make a difference! HALF THE SKY awareness day is on May 12th.

The month of May contains so many dates to celebrate. Sure there’s Mother’s day on 13th, Cinco de Mayo on 5th, National Nurses day on 6th and Victoria day on 21st  but here are a few other observances you may not have known about:

1. Loyalty Day — May 1

2. Mother Goose Day — May 1

3. Space Day — First Friday of Every May

4. International Migratory Bird Day — Second Saturday of May

5. National Chocolate Chip Day — May 15

6. National Bike to Work Day — May 15

7. International Museum Day — Always around May 18

8. Circus Day — May 19

9.National Tap Dance Day — May 25

10.World ‘No Tobacco’ Day — May 31

These two hats feature Mama’s custom Adinkra designs.

The hats are showcasing the symbols of Osram Ne Nsoromma “the moon the star” a symbol for love, faithfulness and harmony. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.

The 2012 triple challenge.

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)

WHERE TO FIND Mama…

contact Mama says: Put A Hat On! to book a private Mad-Hatter-Party (performance and product showing) with a ‘celebrate the woman’ theme throughout May. Contact us at  putahaton@gmail.com for this and other events.

Mama’s fabulousness has been featured, in a Mother’s day recap, at www.thelunchkitnews.wordpress.com, as a Mama entrepreneur with Mama says:Put A Hat On! Thanks Katrina Boguski for the great write-up!

continuing in– WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Hear ye hear ye- calling you to Kali trading Co. boutique on Commercial Drive where you can find a lovely supply of Mandala Wishmark card sets ($7.50 ea/ 3 for $20). Kali has a wonderful and eclectic collection of international and local treasures. FOR UNIQUE AND OFTEN HANDMADE GIFTS this is a must-shop-stop whatever season.

Mama says: Put A Hat On! Mandala Wishmark card sets ($7.50 ea/ 3 for $20) have landed at “LAND“. 110-243 Union St (between Main & Gore). Perfectly paired with Mama’s environmentally conscientious Mandala wishmark sets, LAND is all about creating a healthier, less stressful & wasteful world. LAND features recycled, re-loved materials like towel bars made from driftwood as well as Koo Koo Design’s organic loungewear, towels, blankets and other affordable green accessories and gifts.

story pouches with Adinkra designs

  • West African Adinkra symbol chart. These symbols influences are part of my original designs

Mama says: Put A hat On! is open to taking NEW orders (ready approx. 1 week or less). Contact us via email: putahaton(at)gmail.com

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February is Black History Month —and so much more

In Get Hats,Latest News,The Multi-Slouch on February 6, 2012 by sioso Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

February's SWEET DEAL- buy two & get a bottle as a present

In honour of FEBRUARY festivities Mama says: Put A Hat On! is offering a sweet deal. BUY a hat in combination with another Put A Hat On! product (hat, pouch, body-pouch, wishmark card set) and receive a delicious bottle of a mouth watering fruit-based liquid treat and a discount coupon from STEAM TEA HOUSE (aka Nolan the tea-guy). The custom Adinkra designs featured on the two hats above are Osram Ne Nsoromma “the moon the star” a symbol for love, faithfulness and harmony. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.

Happy New Year- Gung hay fat choy- Feliz Año Nuevo-Aide shoma mobarak- Bonne année – Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu- Xin nian yu kuai- Buon Capo d’Anno

AND…did you know that —FEBRUARY IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is also Groundhog day, Valentine’s day, Ash Wednesday and locally a public art project called A SIGN FOR THE CITY is rebranding the nightly nine o’clock canon blast linking it to various BC history.



some of the stats in this video are significantly dated (i.e. population now 1,000,000 vs 500,000 quotes) put the spirit of the message rings true. For another look at African-Canadian History via government PSA: Proud of our History – Blacks in Canada 

Mama RENEWS the triple challenge as a collective NEW YEAR’s resolution.

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)

WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama says: Put A Hat On! and book a home Mad-Hatter-Party (performance and product showing) with a Valentine, Un-Valentine theme throughout February. You can find Mama storytelling at various community events in February. Saturday February 18 between 12-2pm at Trout Lake Centre’s GRAND opening. Sunday Feb 19 at 1pm at Collingwood Neighbourhood house. Some are not open to the public so contact us at  putahaton@gmail.com for other listings as there may be some near YOU.

Mama’s fabulousness has been featured in an article at www.thelunchkitnews.wordpress.com, as a Mama entrepreneur with Mama says:Put A Hat On! Thanks Katrina Boguski for the great write-up!

continuing in– WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Hear ye hear ye- calling you to Kali trading Co. boutique on Commercial Drive where you can find a lovely supply of Mandala Wishmark card sets ($7.50 ea/ 3 for $20). Kali has a wonderful and eclectic collection of international and local treasures. FOR UNIQUE AND OFTEN HANDMADE GIFTS this is a must-shop-stop whatever season.

Mama says: Put A Hat On! Mandala Wishmark card sets ($7.50 ea/ 3 for $20) have landed at “LAND“. 110-243 Union St (between Main & Gore). Perfectly paired with Mama’s environmentally conscientious Mandala wishmark sets, LAND is all about creating a healthier, less stressful & wasteful world. LAND features recycled, re-loved materials like towel bars made from driftwood as well as Koo Koo Design’s organic loungewear, towels, blankets and other affordable green accessories and gifts.

story pouches with Adinkra designs

  • West African Adinkra symbol chart. These symbols influences are part of my original designs

Mama says: Put A hat On! is open to taking NEW orders ready 1-2 weeks or less. Contact us via email: putahaton(at)gmail.com

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November… Ain’t nothin but a ‘not-Spring’ thing

In Get Hats,Latest News,The Multi-Slouch on November 4, 2011 by sioso

November marks the beginning of sometimes crazy consumerism leading up to the Holidays.

Mama puts forth a triple challenge: THIS HOLIDAY (check this video out) and

  1. DO SOMETHING – random and kind for someone else (near or far)
  2. GO GREEN- reuse/ recycle /repurpose EVERYTHING POSSIBLE (incl. wrappings)
  3. BE MINDFUL- Make something or Buy something locally handmade (hint – hint)

WHERE TO FIND Mama…

Mama says: Put A Hat On! Mandala Wishmark card sets ($7.50 ea/ 3 for $20) have landed at “LAND“. 110-243 Union St (between Main & Gore). Perfectly paired with Mama’s environmentally conscientious Mandala wishmark sets, LAND is all about creating a healthier, less stressful & wasteful world. LAND features recycled, re-loved materials like towel bars made from driftwood as well as Koo Koo Design’s organic loungewear, towels, blankets and other affordable green accessories and gifts.

Mama says: Put A Hat On! is at at the North Vancouver Community Arts Council Gift Shop. There are a selection of holiday hats and Adinkra story pouch sets (with double for nottin’ NEW books, as gifts with purchase). They are available for purchase M-F 9-5 & Sat 12-5. West African Adinkra symbol influences are part of my original designs.

Also continuing are showings at Mis’cellany Finds Commercial Drive location. A wonderful local business and social enterprise Mis’cellany Finds  continues helping to turn make believe into reality for THIS local women (and many more) through their non-profit WOMEN WORKING WITH WOMEN (W4) . The Stores (advocating responsible reconsumption) will be FEATURING: a collection of Mama says: Put a Hat On!  adult & youth hats!!

AND…  The ship has not yet sailed for finding Put A Hat On! fall and holiday hats at OCEANA GLOBAL DESIGNS. located in the heart of the marine market area of Granville Island (near the giant propeller). They carry hand made embroidered boots, bags, clothing, jewelry and other decorative and functional objects from Turkey, the Silk Road and other regions. They showcase local artists’ and artisans’ work.

Two chances to WIN an ORIGINAL Mama says; Put A Hat On! creations …

story pouches with Adinkra designs

November 5th at Healthy, Happy Children: Brighter Futures” Autumn Family Fair sponsored by

Children Need Care Now CAPC Coalition – at Britannia Community Centre

FREE, but by registration only – Multilingual workshops on different topics for parents, a children’s program and a final performance in the auditorium ending with door prizes/lucky draw.  For information, call 604-802-4744. or email eastsidecapc@gmail.com

Mama (Siobhan) will be doing a workshop on Storytelling Tools Woven in Living Colours. Through a variety of fun, creative activities they’ll learn about and practice storytelling,  explore colour meanings and play with a beautiful array of coloured yarns, weaving a simple piece of art.

November 12th NEW PERSPECTIVES EVENT; Honouring Your Natural Brilliance and Move Your Thing, Energize Your Life

Mama says:Put A hat On! will be available on hand for future orders, off-site sales and have a door prize goodie available to be won by a lucky participant!!!

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October “Harvest and Howl” showings

In Get Hats,Latest News on October 3, 2011 by sioso

Who doesn’t love to dress up, strut about and bring some make believe into the everyday! Well this month a wonderful local business and social enterprise Mis’cellany Finds  continues helping to turn make believe into reality for THIS local women (and many more) through their non-profit WOMEN WORKING WITH WOMEN (W4) . The Stores (advocating responsible reconsumption) will be FEATURING: a collection of Mama says: Put a Hat On!  adult & youth hats!!

The Tide has turned and OCEANA GLOBAL DESIGNS is launching their store. Oceana is located in the heart of the marine market area of Granville Island (near the giant propeller).

Now carrying Mama says: Put A Hat On! fall and holiday hats

They carry hand made embroidered boots, bags, clothing, jewelry and other decorative and functional objects from Turkey, the Silk Road and other regions. They showcase local artists’ and artisans’ work and invite the public for opening events (Oct 15th) and artists’ talks.

in performance news…

  1. CANCELLED- Sunday October 16th, 6-7 pm at the Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way Vancouver BC Way- Siobhan presents harvest and halloween tales

Come see Mama says: Put a Hat on! New fall items (wish-mark card sets; the ‘Punkin-head’, Ghosties ans Spider-head Halloween hats and the ‘smile-on-this’ hats & more. (Shows will run approx. 40min each)

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As a published fiction and non-fiction author, Siobhan is an accomplished bilingual singer and storyteller of Folklore, World Issues and Culture. She incorporates the West African Adinkra symbols relating meanings and giving added significance to her designs and tellings. Textile arts, and their significance, feature prominently in so many Cultures, their stories, many myths and fables. Her Caribbean and African Canadian Heritage also make her a particularly wonderful teller with the many ‘Anansi and Aesop tales’. Her stories are about community living, creation-tales and honouring resources- but with Buffoonery and lots of laughs!

Contact me for further details: putahaton@gmail.com

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next step in… September Performances and New items for fall

In Get Hats,Latest News on September 19, 2011 by sioso

NEXT UP…

  1. Saturday September 24th, 12pm at the Hogan’s Alley Cafe,789 Gore— Siobhan presents her published article “Reigning Word; a history of BC’s Black playwrights”
  2. Sunday Sept 25th at 11;30am Word on the Street with the Vancouver Society of Storytelling, Vancouver BC
  3. Sunday Sept 25th at 3pm Hogan’s Alley Festival, at Hendrix Shrine 207 Union St (@Main)

MORE DETAILS BELOW….

 Mama’s Word on the Street PERFORMANCE: Sunday 25th 11:30-12 (Hamilton St; Raise A Reader tent)

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Word On The Street Vancouver is expanding to a three-day event. The 17th annual festival will take place from Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25, 2011 Enjoy a weekend jam-packed with author readings, exhibits, performances, and all-round literary mayhem.

Come see Mama says: Put a Hat on! New fall items (wish-mark card sets; the ‘Punkin-head’ Halloween hats and the ‘smile-on-this’ hats & more. (Shows will run approx. 40min each)

As a published fiction and non-fiction author, Siobhan is an accomplished bilingual singer and storyteller of Folklore, World Issues and Culture. She incorporates the West African Adinkra symbols relating meanings and giving added significance to her designs and tellings. Textile arts, and their significance, feature prominently in so many Cultures, their stories, many myths and fables. Her Caribbean and African Canadian Heritage also make her a particularly wonderful teller with the many ‘Anansi and Aesop tales’. Her stories are about community living, creation-tales and honouring resources- but with Buffoonery and lots of laughs!

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As part of the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary events:

The Hogan’s Alley Festival, Vancouver BC

Mama’s two Hogan’s Alley PERFORMANCEs :

  • 12-4pm Hogan’s Alley Cafe Chat event, Saturday Sept 24th, a Non-Fiction published article “Reigning Word; a history of BC’s Black playwrights”at 789 Gore (@Union) and
  • Stories & Songs,  3pm, Sunday Sept 25th, at Hendrix Shrine, 207 Union St (@Main)

Hogan’s Alley Poetry Festival is a celebration of diverse communities in Vancouver through Spoken Word, Storytelling, Music and Literary Performance For Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary.

The festival will run at various locations from September 23rd – 25th. – Click on the poster, above, for larger view of details.

The Black Dot Roots and Culture Collective with the support of the National Congress of Black Women are collaborating to pay tribute to the heritage and creative contributions of Vancouver’s East End community as a part of the city’s year-long 125th Anniversary activities.

Contact me for further details: putahaton@gmail.com

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