East&West Dialogue: The Healing Creativity

This will be the last East&West Dialogue in the year 2021.  A monthly program (except for the winter and summer breaks) at the East and West Learning Connections, the Dialogue promotes life experience sharing among people of different heritages.  In this session, Urban Hero Honey Novick, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medalist Ruth (Ruth) Stackhouse will tell their life stories, the ups and downs, achievements, challenges, and their passion about the Mad creativity!

Time: Friday, November 26, 2021, at 7:30 – 9 P.M. (Eastern Time)

Venue: Online

Cost: Free

Language: English

Zoom registration link:


Floor will open at 7:15 P.M.

For inquiries, please email us at info@eawlc.org.  Thanks!


About the Guest Speakers


A 2021 Urban Hero, People’s Choice Award winner in the Arts, Honey Novick is a singer, poet, songwriter, and voice teacher.  She grew up in a Jewish family in Toronto and is practicing Buddhism after some life-changing experience related to the Japanese culture later on.  Her song and poems have been translated into French, Japanese, Spanish, Greek, and Urdu. She has published 11 books, 8 CDs and numerous articles in magazines and anthologies. Her latest chapter book is “Bob Dylan, My Rabbi”.  Honey is also the editor of “POEMDEMIC”, a project of the Friendly Spike Theatre Band for which she has been a supportive volunteer for over 20 years.




Ruth (Ruth) Stackhouse bears a unique name that stands for ‘double mercy’.  As the founder and director of The Friendly Spike Theatre Band, Ruth has helped  create and present many productions throughout the course of the company’s thirty year plus trajectory, helping people with mental health issues and other disabilities in acting and play creation.  She holds an Associates Degree from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, an Honours BA from The School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University,  and a Master’s degree from The School of Critical Disability Studies at York University .  Her work toward a Mad/Disability Culture is recognized by the City of Toronto Access Award, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.



Everyone is welcome to join our guest speakers in the dialogue, and spend a winter Friday evening in warmth, eye-opening and uplifting spirits!

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