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Hooked on a line of poetry

Lorraine Graves   Sep-14-2017

Wilfred Wilson at last year’s Fisher Poets event at the Cannery Museum.

Photo by Odette Wilson, courtesy Gulf of Georgia Cannery

Perhaps you have heard of Cowboy Poetry but in a fishing village like Steveston, it is Fisher Poets. You can hear and see them Saturday Sept. 23 from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.

Funded with a grant from the City of Richmond for Canada 150, the fourth and final part of of the Cannery speakers’ series, the River’s End Fisher Poets, commercial fishers and others with connections to the fishing industry, will share poetry, prose, and songs, celebrating the commercial fishing lifestyle.



According to Mimi Horita of the Cannery Museum, the lead poet and event organizer is Wilfred Wilson. He was inspired by the Astoria Fisher Poets Gathering in Oregon on the mouth of the Columbia River.

Wilson is a commercial fisher and poet of Musqueam descent who has been fishing for over 55 years. He has been writing poetry for nearly as long.

“His works share the excitement of a great catch, the disappointment of an empty net, the allure of the sea, and the longing for home experienced during his fishing career,” Horita says.

The museum is open daily, year round from 10 a.m. until the cannery whistle blows at 5 p.m. Admission is free at all national historic sites for Canada 150+. Seating is limited for this event so you might want to find a seat when the doors to the theatre open at 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

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