Friday, August 29, 2008

Artist Tilya Helfield's New Exhibit Raises Money for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

Toronto artist Tilya Helfield is pleased to announce her upcoming exhibit of 46 paintings, at Royal LePage, Central Toronto Branch, 55 St. Clair Avenue West (half a block west of Yonge). The exhibit will continue from September 15 until the end of November, and will include recent oil paintings, individual and group portraits, still lifes and landscapes. Hours are Mon to Fri 9 am to 9 pm; Sat 9 am to 5 pm; Sun 11 am to 4 pm. Half of Royal LePage's percentage from sales of her paintings will go to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, which supports shelters for women and children fleeing abuse. For more information on the exhibit, please contact Aniko Kiss, 905-339-3338,

Please note that Tilya will exhibit some of her Polaroid transfer prints at the upcoming Memoir Writers Social, hosted by Days Road Writers' Workshops, on September 17. Click link at the top of this page for details.

Born in Ottawa, Tilya Helfield is a multi-media artist who has lived and worked in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. She earned her MFA from Concordia University, and completed post-graduate art courses at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her work is included in 26 public collections, as well as numerous private collections, in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Pictured above is "Lakeside," Oil on Canvas, 20" x 28".

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Car Pool Message Board for Memoir Writers Social, September 17

If you can offer a ride to the event, or need a lift there, please click "Comment" below this post and indicate your location and any other pertinent information, including a contact e-mail address or phone number through which you can be reached to firm up a plan. Days Road Writers' Workshops will not be organizing the car pooling; this is the responsibility of individual guests. But we hope this post will help.

Car pooling is good for the environment, and can be fun as well!

Memoir Writers Social and Fundraiser to Take Place September 17, 5 p.m.

Event: Memoir Writers Social and Fundraiser for the Alzheimer Society of Toronto

Host: Allyson Latta & Days Road Writers' Workshops

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 17, 2008, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Blacksmiths Bistro, 166 Main Street (Unionville), Markham, L3R 2G6 (near Hwy. 7 & Warden Avenue)

Come on out to charming Blacksmiths Bistro to meet and mingle with other memoir writers and workshop leader Allyson Latta, and to raise funds for the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.

All proceeds above costs go to the Society, and Allyson will personally donate an additional amount equivalent to 10% of ticket sales.

Please RSVP to by September 14, 2008 (new deadline). Cost is $30 per person. You can request in your e-mail to be billed via PayPal, or simply mail your cheque, made out to ALLYSON LATTA, to

Days Road Writers' Workshops
Memoir Writers Social and Fundraiser
12-16715 Yonge Street, Suite 207
Newmarket, ON, L3X 1X4

You're welcome to bring along friends or family, but spaces must be reserved. Arrive earlier in the afternoon to explore the shops and galleries of historic Unionville, or stroll around Toogood Pond. At the social, Kristen den Hartog, co-author of The Occupied Garden, will speak and sign copies of the family memoir she wrote with her sister, Tracy Kasaboski. Event includes hors d'oeuvres, coffee, tea, and cash bar. Enjoy an art exhibit, prize draws, speakers, music, discussion, announcement of "Summer Days" Memoir Writing Contest winners, and more.

PRIZES include a $500 gift certificate for Cosmedicare Spa, and books and other surprises thanks to HarperCollins Canada Ltd.; Thomas Allen Publishers; Varley Art Gallery; The Paper Place; Brick Literary Journal; FrogHairs Art Studio; Writers' Circle of Durham Region; authors Lawrence Hill, and Blanche and Allison Howard; and Cineplex Entertainment.

Car pooling. If you can offer a ride, or need a ride, leave a comment after the post on this blog titled "Car Pool for Memoir Writers Social."

Dinner anyone? A couple of tables will be reserved at the Bistro for anyone who wishes to stay for dinner and order from the menu. Space is limited, so let us know early!!

Between August 11 and 22, please direct any queries about the event to Cheryl Andrews at