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Conference 2008 banquet

The banquet (cocktails at 6:00 p.m.; dinner at 7:00 p.m.) will be held in the Wedgwood Room of The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, with guests Edmonton Poet Laureate, Ted Blodgett, and award-winning stand-up comic and writer for national television and radio, Barbara North.

And the highlight of the evening is, of course, the presentation of the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence.

Ted Blodgett

EAC Prairie Provinces branch is pleased to announce the presence of a special guest at the Saturday night banquet: Edmonton's poet laureate and Governor General's Award–winning poet, Ted Blodgett.

E.D. (Ted) Blodgett, FRSC, is University Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. He is currently teaching at MacEwan College and the U of A's Campus Saint-Jean, where he is professeur auxiliaire in Études canadiennes. His research has varied from mediaeval European romance to Canadian comparative literature. His publications include Five-Part Invention: A History of Literary History in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2003) and Elegy (University of Alberta Press, 2005). He has published seventeen books of poetry, two of which were awarded the Governor General's Award. A bilingual edition of his French poems, Le poème invisible, will be published in 2008.

Barbara North

Barbara North's high-energy stand-up comedy has been making audiences laugh right across Canada for over ten years. Catch Barbara's award-winning comedy on radio, television and stage, from Just For Laughs to her own CBC TV comedy special, Army Brats.

Check out her brand new comedy TV series, A Total Write-Off! Barb created and stars in this quirky 13-episode show that airs across Canada on CHUM TV stations. 
Barbara also starred in her own national CBC TV comedy special, Army Brats—the show she created and wrote about her "big, fat military family!" Her director for this uproarious comedy TV special is Royal Canadian Air Farce director Perry Rosemond.

Barb has also been known to appear as roving comic reporter, Barb Wired, on CHUM stations and on CBC Radio.

She's recently been nominated for Best Narration Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association (AMPIA) for narrating the CBC documentary, Bosses, which was performed entirely in a BBC announcer's accent.

Barbara's wacky voices have been featured everyday on Teletoon for seven years. She's been Canada's female character announcer, with a thousand cartoon voices, announcing, "Teletoon—it's unreal!" Audiences may also know her voice as the announcer for CityTV, Access: The Education Station, Canadian Learning Television and Book Television.

Barb's recent stage comedies include "Journey to the Centre of the Girth" (January 2008) and a provincial election comedy, "This Province Has 22 Mullets" (March 2008).

Resumé highlights:

  • National Conference Speaker – Comedic speaker at the Military Deployment Symposium
  • CBC's "Foreplay" – wrote comedic play, Creased Lightning, satirizing lawyers and set to Grease tunes
  • Host / Creator / Writer – A Total Write-Off – CHUM TV stations – airing on CHUM stations across Canada
  • Army Brats – CBC TV stand-up comedy—creator, star, head writer—one-off special about Barb's military family
  • Winner: Best Female Host – Alberta Film and Television Awards 2005
  • Award-winning stand-up comedian, performing on stages and clubs across Canada
  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts – Writing Grant Recipient 2006 – to develop TV sitcom
  • Voice announcer for Teletoon
  • Voice announcer for CHUM TV stations: CityTV, Canadian Learning Television, Access: The Education Station, Book Television
  • Freelance comedy article writer – Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, San Diego Writers Monthly, Tampa Bay Gazette, Edmonton SEE Magazine, Western Sentinel, Edmonton Woman, Wainwright Review and more
  • Studied scriptwriting with Fox TV scriptwriter and producer Steve Blackman, in Los Angeles
  • Nominated for Best Female Host (A Total Write-Off!) at the 2007 AMPIA Awards
  • Nominated for Best Narrator (CBC documentary, Bosses) at the 2007 AMPIA Awards
  • AMPIA award-winning narrator – Global Change documentary
  • Voice actor – video games – BioWare's Baldur's Gate II, Jade Empire, Never Winter Nights and other video games
  • Voice actor – Chinook Animation – voicing for several animated TV series characters
  • Actor, For the Love of the Children, starring Peri Gilpin (Roz, on Fraser)
  • The Geek Show – Canadian Learning Television TV show – guest comedian
  • Co-host – 2004 Alberta Film and Television Awards
  • Featured stand-up comedy on W Network's She's So Funny
  • Featured stand-up comedy on Just for Laughs
  • Comic reporter, Barb Wired, appearing on CBC Radio
  • Barbara co-wrote and co-starred in the stage hit, This Budget Has $22 Dollars
  • Barb wrote and hosted the humorous and informative half-hour kid's program, When Kids Call 9-1-1
  • Barbara was an AMPIA nominated writer for When Kids Call 9-1-1
  • Writer, host, Being a Witness – kids taking the witness stand
  • Barb has a Bachelor of Arts degree, English major, from the University of Victoria

Strange but true – Barbara has a Guinness World Record! She appeared in the longest stand-up comedy show in history (she swears this is different from her comedy show dragging on forever!)