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Get Lit! Festival at the Empress Theatre celebrates all things literary 

Fort Macleod, AB (Oct. 31, 2019) – The Empress Theatre is excited to introduce our first ever Get Lit! Festival on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

If you love books, and authors, and talking about books and authors...well, then this is an event for you.

Five exciting Canadian writers will converge on Fort Macleod to read from their works, discuss their writing, and participate in panel discussions hosted by CBC Daybreak Alberta's Russell Bowers. 

Angie Abdou, Fran Kimmel, Ali Bryan, Kevin Allen, and Sid Marty are collectively Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize winners, CBC Canada Reads finalists, Alberta Literary Award finalists, and Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Award winners. 

Join us for a literary evening celebrating reading, writing, and Canadian fiction and non-fiction. Tickets for the Get Lit! Festival are $20 each and available at MacleodEmpress.com, by calling 403-553-4404 (toll-free at 1-800-540-9229), or at the Box Office on Main Street. 

About the Authors

Angie Abdou

Abdou is a Canadian author who has published seven books, including The Bone Cage, a CBC Canada Reads finalist in 2011. Chatelaine magazine named Angie’s novel, In Case I Go, one of the most-riveting mysteries of 2017. It was also a finalist for the Banff Mountain Book Award, in the fiction and poetry category. Her most recent book, Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom, chronicles the year in the life of a busy sport family. Abdou is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University.

Fran Kimmel

Kimmel’s work has appeared in literary journals across Canada. Her debut novel, The Shore Girl, won the 2013 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award and was selected as a Canada Reads Top 40 book. Her second book, No Good Asking, has become a book club favourite and is being published internationally.

Kimmel’s portfolio includes fiction, internet writing, newspaper and magazine features, teen magazine columns, radio drama, educational videos, and corporate writing. She is currently working on her third novel from her home in Lacombe, AB.

Ali Bryan 

An award-winning novelist and creative non-fiction writer based in Calgary, Bryan’s first novel, Roost (2013) won the Alberta Literary Awards Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was the official selection of One Book Nova Scotia 2014. Her second novel, The Figgs, was shortlisted for the 2019 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. She twice long-listed for the CBC Canada Writes Creative Non-Fiction prize for her essays. Her essay, “Mints After the Meal”, was also shortlisted for the Alberta Literary Awards Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award in 2015. “Let’s Talk” was nominated for the same prize in 2016.

She was the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards 2018 Emerging Artist.

Kevin Allen

Allen is a historian turned writer in Fernie, BC. His book, Our Past Matters: Stories of Gay Calgary, is a collection of 70 vignettes that document the stories and history of Calgary’s queer past, delving into the lives of those who were instrumental in the formation and preservation of the city’s LGBTQ community. His literary debut was on the Calgary Herald’s non-fiction bestsellers list earlier in 2019.

Sid Marty

Based in Pincher Creek, AB, Marty has written five non-fiction books and five books of poetry about natural history and western life. Many of his works are based on his formative experiences as a Parks Canada warden. His book Leaning on the Wind: Under the Spell of the Great Chinook was a finalist for the 1996 Governor General’s Award for Literature and won the Mountain Environment and Culture Award at the 1996 Banff Mountain Book Festival. His 2008 non-fiction book, The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek, made the Globe and Mail's Top 100 list and was short-listed for the Governor General's Award. Switchbacks won the Jon Whyte Award for Mountain Literature at the 1999 Banff Mountain Book Festival.

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About the Empress Theatre

The Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod is a rare gem: one of the oldest operating theatres in the country. Built in 1912, the elegant Empress hosts movies, musicals and musicians throughout the year. From the neon tulip lights that grace the theatre’s pressed tin ceiling, to the original ticket wicket and dressing rooms (not to mention our resident ghost, Ed), the Empress is a special place where neighbours gather to celebrate and nurture local, Albertan and Canadian performers. We look forward to having you join us. 

Sept. 21 2019.  Waterton Wildlife Weekend, Waterton Opera House,  September 21, 4 PM. See details here: 

Sept 27 2019> Solo House Concert, Beatty Heritage House, Rimbey, Alberta. Doors at 7.30 PM. Details Here:  SOLD OUT 

 May 3 2019 Leaning on the Wind and falling off the Mountain, with Wailback: Joe Cunningham on hand drums, James Van Leeuwen on acoustic guitar and vocals, Sid on six string, mandolin, harmonica and slide guitar.  Songs and stories from my published books and CDs. At Windsor Heritage Centre, Lundbreck, Alberta.  May 3 at 8PM. Right across from the Oldman River Brewery. 


Bridging the 49th at 2019 Elko National Cowboy Poetry Festival

One of a number of my performances at Elko will be this one: Feb 2, 8:00pm – 9:30pm Elko Convention Center Auditorium$40 / $30 / $25Next Generation Discount Available!

"A border by cartography standards, the 49th parallel north distinguishes Canada from the United States. On maps, anyway. But, try telling these musicians that as they sing themselves from side to side and back again. Jamie Fox and Alex Kusturok's fiddling heals a formerly-fading Métis fiddle tradition. Sid Marty's poetry, storytelling and songwriting travels like the Albertan wind. Corb Lund's musical diplomacy bridges the country and the city. And Colter Wall's songwriting blends the real and the magical. Making beauty out of coexistence, proving that lines are never quite what they seem, these five bards of the borderlands epitomize the artist as ambassador."(IAN TYSON was a last minute addition to this show; very memorable indeed.


 Max Bell Theater, Banff Centre. An evening of story and song with Sid Marty and friends. Public event as part of the Thinking Mountains conference, October 2 to 5th.

See my poem A Graph of the Wind in the latest online edition of The Goose

June 17th. Waterton Flower Festival June 17 1.30PM. Solo performance honouring Charlie Russell

June 24th.  Flathead Rendezvous in Waterton Park, Waterton Opera House June 24 at 2PM.I will be playing a set of my original songs as part of Wailback. 

April 27

Songs, Poems and Stories with Sid Marty

Author and Musician Sid Marty will perform readings and songs selected from his
books and CDs with guest musician James Van Leeuwen, at Lineham
House Galleries, 33 Elma St., Okotoks at 7 PM , April 27. Admission includes a
complimentary drink and desert Buffet.  For more information, info@linehamhouse.com
or reserve at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/house-concert-w-sid-marty-company-tickets-45052867339
or call (403) 917-1445

FEB. 2018 Read my poem The Eau Claire Log Drivers on The Goose online
magazine at this link http://scholars.wlu.ca/thegoose/vol16/iss2/37   I write poems that people can understand; hope you like it.

I will be offering a house concert of my songs with recitals from my published books in Calgary at Asylum for Art,March 10th, 8 pm. 1807 33 Ave S.W.
I only play Calgary about once every ten years, so I hope you can make it.
Admission details at https://www.asylumforart.ca/product/180310sidshow/?v=3e8d115eb4b3

Next event, a reading with other Mount Royal University Authors on April 5. Info at this link:http://ow.ly/R2Dk30j9VXn  Thu, 5 April 2018

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM MDT

LOCATION SPACE King EdwardStudio Theatre 1721 29 Ave SW Calgary, AB T2T 6T7 



Wed. March 29, 2017. 7.30pm. CBC Daybreak Alberta show with host Russell Bowers comes to Frank Slide Historical Site Theatre, Frank, Alberta.   Songs and stories of the mountains featuring Sid Marty. Book reviews by novelist Angie Abdou. Evening Performance; watch this page for more information.  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/events/daybreak-alberta-frank-slide-1.4022586

February 20, Fire Valley Concert Series, Edgewood Legion Hall, on Granby Drive, 8PM. Info. phone Ray at 250.269.7691



Single Onion – Writing the Wild
March 17, 2016
Time: 19:00-21:00

Shelf Life Books
100 – 1302 4th Street SW, Calgary, T2R 0X8

Overview: Writing the Wild
Do words have the power to protect the wild? Can poetry and story create safe and engaging pathways into the wild for urban people? Does naming the beauty and the vulnerability of the wilderness help us value it? Five writers share insights into their relationship with the wild. A little profane, a smattering of profound, and quite possibly provocative!


September 25th. Alberta Culture Days, Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Frank, Alberta. 7-8.30 PM.  Free Admission. An Evening With Sid Marty; Songs and stories of the Canadian Rockies. Appearing with James Van Leeuwen  (guitar, vocals) and Joe Cunningham (percussion) of Wailback,  App. 1/2 spoken word, 1/2 music presentation from my published books and CDs of original songs.

October 17, 12.30 PM. Canmore "Wild", a new festival. Appearing with James Van Leeuwen and Joe Cunningham of Wailback,  App. 1/2 spoken word, 1/2 music presentation from my published books and CDs of original songs. (More details will be added here soon.)

2015 Wailback

October 23, Friday. Rocky Mountain Folk Club, Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Hall, 1320 5th Ave,. N.W. (403) 283-4525. Doors 7.30PM, Concert at 8PM.


October 24,Saturday.  "Out Loud" Concert Series, Sheep River Library, 129 Main St.Turner Valley, Alberta. 7PM. Phone 403.933.3278.


posted Jul 30, 2012, 9:59 PM by Sid Marty   [ updated Sep 5, 2012, 4:51 PM ]

Black Bear Diplomacy

posted Jul 22, 2012, 9:44 PM by Sid Marty

Here is a link to a "modest proposal" explaining why Comrade Harper should trade black bear bile for Giant Pandas in a spirit of Black Bear Diplomacy so as not to lose face with our Chinese Communist Benefactors.

posted Jul 9, 2012, 9:46 PM by Sid Marty   [ updated Mar 25, 2013, 6:08 PM ]


posted Aug 18, 2010, 3:18 PM by Sid Marty   [ updated Jun 6, 2011, 6:17 PM ]

 In the fall of 2010, Frontenac House of Calgary published a reprint of Sky Humour (poems, Black Moss, l999) which came out originally in a very small edition that few people are aware of. The book  features a cover image by renowned photographer Gordon Petersen.

In January 2011, Frontenac published a selection of poems from my previous poetry books with the addition of some new verses, all sharing a western theme, entitled The Rider With Good Hands.

posted Feb 12, 2010, 12:30 PM by John Readwin   [ updated Jul 7, 2010, 8:42 AM by Sid Marty ]

2008 Governor General's Literary Award

posted Feb 12, 2010, 12:29 PM by John Readwin

The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek was shortlisted(finalist) for the 2008 Governor General's Literary Award in Nonfiction

Grand Prize Winner

posted Feb 12, 2010, 12:09 PM by John Readwin   [ updated Feb 14, 2010, 8:59 PM by Sid Marty ]

The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek was a joint winner, along with Robert Macfarlane's book Wild Places, of the 2008 Grand Prize at the Banff Festival of Mountain Books. Black Grizzly  also won the Canadian Rockies Award.  The grand prize is chosen by an international jury while the Rockies award is decided by a jury of Alberta residents.

In November 2009, I was very honoured to be awarded  the Banff Mountain Festival's Summit of Excellence award for distinguished achievement.

Also in 2009, Mount Royal University awarded me the Legacy Award for distinguished achievement.

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