Charles Demers, 27, is a writer, comedian and activist based in Vancouver, B.C. One of the founding editors of Seven Oaks magazine, his humour essays, book and film reviews, editorials and short stories have appeared in such print and online publications as Vancouver Magazine, The Georgia Straight, Only Magazine, Rabble.ca, The Westender The Tyee, This Magazine, Monthly Review’s MRZine.org, and others. A former rank-and-file organizer with the Canadian Auto Workers’ union, long-time member of Stopwar.ca and a founding member of Vancouver’s Palestine Solidarity Group, he has also performed at Vancouver’s international Comedy Festival, as well as in other comedy festivals on both sides of the border. Charles’s comedy has been featured nationally on CBC Radio. A regular host of the Vancouver Fringe Festival gala and Neworldtheatre’s popular Bite of the Underground events, Charles has worked with such comics as Brent Butt, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk and Sean Cullen, and his sketch comedy project, Bucket – a collaboration between he and Vancouver stand-up comic Paul Bae – has received outstanding reviews from critics and was called “the future of comedy” by Robin Williams. Charles lives in East Vancouver with his partner Cara Ng – an anti-racist, feminist community activist, researcher and organizer – and is currently working on a novel.
Charlie Demers, Membership Secretary