Re-Reading the Riot Act

Re-Reading the Riot Act: Cycles One through Five by leannej

This book is an extension of a performance by leannej, originally presented at the Waldorf Hotel on the night of Vancouver’s 2011 Stanley Cup Riot. Five stories intertwine to present an account of protest and resistance on a personal, as well as historic scale. Co-published with UNIT/PITT Projects.

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Writing Experiment Number 1

I have been working on a project with another writer where we are trying to shape a performance for sometime in October. We are very different people and very different writers, so it will be an interesting assignment.

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Join us for a book launch

July 30 – book launch from 2 to 4 pm:

“Re-reading the Riot Act” a new book by leannej (the first in a series of Rereading The Riot Act books, co-published by Publication Studio and UNIT/PITT)

“Natural Progress” by Kate Noble, a new edition of “A User’s Guide to Demanding the Impossible” by the Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination.

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ReReading the Riot Act II-Performance Cabaret

The Waldorf Hotel

Wednesday, June 15 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm

An an ongoing interrogation of the historical events of April 23, 1935 — when Mayor Gerry McGeer read the Riot Act to the relief camp protesters, their families and supporters gathered at Victory Square — Rereading the Riot Act_ Performance Art Cabaret offers contemporary responses to Vancouver’s turbulent labour history.

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Upcoming Performance

One June 15th I will be performing in a cabaret at the Waldorf Hotel in Vancouver.  The theme for this event is “Reading the Riot Act.” It is an interesting subject which touches on some of the areas I have been working in.

I have been working on some new material for the show, but I must admit that I am struggling a little with the politic of it. If that makes sense? I think the work I do is political but it isn’t about politics. This show is about politics. And this is why I am struggling a little. Although, I like the challenge of it.


Leona thinks that anger is a white hot spring that lurks in the bottom of her stomach. Like an underground spring, it innocently lurks, unseen and unacknowledged until it burst. Like one of those hot springs at the Yellowstone Park. It just blows. At first, it is cleansing this eruption, like lancing a cyst. But later, it leaves you feeling unclean, exposed, and ugly.