This Week & Next Week

Guys, I’m involved in two different events in the very near future and I’m doing something I rarely do; I’m NOT producing them. Did I just blow your mind?

Googled: single people and found this meme that’s totally going viral!


Thursday (aka tomorrow) I’m hosting (aka MCing) a singles event at HiVE Vancouver. It’s a little known fact that there’s no ring on my finger (except twice a week when I audition for mom parts in commercials) and I will be helping fellow solo acts navigate the awkwardness of an event where you publicly declare your dating status to the room. (Ok, no one is going to make you get up on stage and declare anything, you’ll just have to wear a sticker or something… I don’t know I’m not producing this, I’m only hosting.)

Hey, if I can get people to share their embarrassing old diaries and poetry at Teen Angst Night, I for sure can get you to talk to that cutie across the room.

Details about this Singles Mingle event can be found HERE. 

Oh you don’t want to click the link? Fine.

DATE AND TIME: Thu, October 27, 2016 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM PDT

LOCATION: Buzz #210, 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G9

$12 at door
$10 in advance**link above


Friday, November 4 I’m judging Literary Death Match at the Fox Cabaret.

This is literally one of my favourite events in the world. I first saw it in London waaaay back when I was living there. Then I WON the very first LDM in Vancouver. Then I was a judge in 2012 (I think) at the LDM Edinburgh Book Festival. AND THEN I hosted LDM Vancouver #2. I’m a triple threat at this show. There are only 2* other people in THE WORLD who can say that!

Check out all the awesome people involved.


DATE AND TIME: Fri, November 4, 2016 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM PDT

LOCATION: The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C9

Cost: $12 presale; $15 at the door

*I made up this fact but we can fact check this on November 4 at the show!


Edinburgh Fringe – FOAD

That’s right, this is happening. Really soon. Today I’m flying to the London. I’ll take the train up to Edinburgh to hang with my awesome friend Daniel-Ryan Spaulding and even hang with the Literary Death Match people on Monday night. It’s going to be a very exciting time!

Wish me luck and tell all your friends who might be in Edinburgh so I don’t have only one person in the audience. Well, with this image on the flyer I might scare a few people away. Thanks to Vincent Parker for the poster design!

Literary Immortality!!!

Did you miss the Literary Death Match? Read this update to find out what happened.

LDM100: Vancouver

October 8, 2010 — The LDM100 tour epically continued with the Literary Death Match’s Canadian debut at W2 Storyeum. The night of lit nerdistry to remember ended with performer/humorist Sara Bynoe outshining co-finalist/journalist Steve Burgess in a tightly contested LDM Songstravaganza by a final score of 7-5.

But before the LDM’s first Canadian crown was donned, the night began with Bynoe going story-to-excerpt against author/comedian Charles Demers. Bynoe masterfully performed a piece about drinking to the point of blackout, and Demers followed with a crowd-winning excerpt from his much-lauded novel, Vancouver Special.

LDM creator and the night’s host Todd Zuniga then turned the mic over to the cast of all-star judges that featured Vancouver is Awesome creator Bob Kronbauer, the hilarious and dazzling Diana Frances, and Talent Time host Paul Anthony. Frances was impressed by Bynoe’s ability to win the audience when there was a massive mural of a creepy old man handing a small child a crystal ball, while Kronbauer admitted he was swayed by his long-time fandom of Vancouver Special. After a deliberation, though, the judges decided — after first mistakenly announcing Demers the first-round champ — that Bynoe was to advance to the finals.

After an intermission, the second round started in a hot hurry, with Burgess leading off against Nikki Reimer. Burgess’ enthusiasm was contagious as he read for the first-time ever, from his soon-coming novel (with his 85-year old father in the audience, looking on). Next was Reimer, who won the crowd with an assortment of poems from her book [sic], highlighted by Next Top Model.

Again, the judges were handed the mic, and again they reeled off delighted critiques for both authors, with Anthony telling a story of eating a bagful of marijuana as a youth in Winnipeg, only to hilariously repeat the same, pared-down story in response to Reimer’s reading (intangibles!). After deliberation, Burgess named the night’s second finalist.

Then came an ridiculously fun finale, in which Zuniga split the audience in two, pairing each half with one of the night’s finalists, while LDM Vancouver co-producer Sean Cranbury (of Books on Radio) spun a mix of Canadian-or-’80s tunes. The goal was for the audience members to race forth and announce the name of the musical artist singing the song to win the challenge for their author. Bynoe’s team was feisty out of the gate, charging to a quick 5-1 lead, before Burgess’ half came to life, narrowing the gap to 6-5. But then Team Bynoe dropped the hammer, shouting out “Feist!” — winning Bynoe the LDM title, and literary immortality.

Literary Death Match

About a year and a half ago I had the good fortune of living in London and seeing some pretty inspiring literary events. One of them was Literary Death Match.

Now that I’ve been back in Vancouver for seven months, I have the incredible good luck to be participating in the Canadian premier of the show! Seriously I’m not worthy to be amongst the LDM alumni which include Michelle Tea, Tim Clare, Taylor Mali, Tao Lin and Moby (oh wait he was a judge).

OMFG!!! Why did I have to go and look that all up? I’m not worthy! I’m working on my first novel which no one but my MA class, professors and a few friends have seen and I host bad literary nights. Eeep! Or as Tao Lin might say Eee Eeee Eee!

Literary Death Match is a competitive, hilarious reading series created by Todd Zuniga. On Friday, October 8th at the W2 Storyeum (151 West Cordova) writers Nikki Reimer, Charlie Demers, Steve Burgess and little old me will battle each other in front of a panel of judges –  Talent Time host Paul Anthony, actor and comedienne Diana Frances, and Bob Kronbauer.

Doors open at 7 pm and you tickets are $10 at the door.

For more visit Books On The Radio and read this piece in the Vancouver Courier.

Please come out and support me. I really need your support. Really.