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 Zachary Stevenson (the Arts Club’s Buddy Holly) stars in the stage adaptation
of Mark Leiren-Young’sNever Shoot A Stampede Queen -- winner of the Leacock Medal for humour. Stampede Queen 
follows the adventures of a big city (Vancouver) boy who arrives in the crime capital of BC (Williams Lake) 
and discovers stranger news, quirkier characters, and better friends than he ever could have imagined. 
Directed and dramaturged by TJ Dawe (hot off his acclaimed solo show Medicine), and adapted for the stage by 
Leiren-Young (known to Arts Club audiences for Easy Money and The Year in Revue). For more info visit

About the Book


The hilarious story of a 22-year-old journalist from Vancouver who takes a job as a reporter for the 
Williams Lake Tribune. His stint in the legendary Cariboo town is a wild ride to another world and another 
era. Adapted from the award-winning novel, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen is an unforgettable comic memoir of 
a city boy learning to love life in a cowboy town.

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TJ Dawe has performed at more than 100 festivals, done a TEDx talk, had five plays and a humour book 
published, co-written a play that's been made as a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe, directed a show that's 
still touring the world after a decade, and is adapting the award winning blog PostSecret as a stage show.

TJ Dawe was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. In the 90s he earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in 
Theatre from the University of Victoria. He toured the Canadian Fringe Circuit while still a student, and 
did his first solo show shortly thereafter. He’s been writing, performing and touring ever since. Directing 
and dramaturging came into the picture somewhere along the way. Later came podcasting and blogging.


ABOUT THE ACTOR:  Zachary Stevenson


Named one of the top ten talents to watch in the Vancouver Sun, Zachary Stevenson is an accomplished singer, 
songwriter, actor and multi-instrumentalist.  With a BFA in theatre, Zach has been featured both as an actor 
and musician in major theatres and concert venues across North America from Victoria to Halifax, from the 
Queen Charlotte Islands to New York City.

He shares a Toronto Virgin Radio songwriting award with fellow Human Statue, Jeff Bryant, for their song 
“The Man on Radio”.   Zachary has been nominated for “Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role” 
for the both the Jessie Richardson Awards and Ovation Awards in Vancouver.


Mark Leiren-Young is the author of Never Shoot a Stampede Queen, winner of the 2009 Leacock Medal for 
Humour. Mark Leiren-Young is a well-known screenwriter, playwright, journalist and filmmaker. His successful 
stage plays have been performed in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. Nominated for a 2007 
Canadian Screenwriting Award for his first feature film, The Green Chain (which he also directed), 
Leiren-Young has written for virtually every medium, in almost every genre. His TV credits include Blood 
Ties, The Collector, Psi Factor and the Earthvision Award-winning enviro-comedy Greenpieces. His stage plays 
include Shylock, Articles of Faith, and Blueprints from Space and have been performed in Canada, the United 
States, Europe and Australia. His newest book Free Magic Secrets Revealed is being released spring 2013 by 
Harbour Publishing.


Media Contact: Rebecca Coleman

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unless otherwise stated are to Tav Rayne (@open2om,
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Hashtag for the show and book: #stampedequeen,
Mark Leiren-Young: @leirenyoung
T.J. Dawe: @tj_dawe
Zach Stevenson: @stevensonzach
Tav Rayne (photos or media): @open2om, @greenestweb

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A witty, fast-paced tale of small-town journalism, First Nations poverty, Valdy and, yes, stampede queens. Leiren-Young’s tale won the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and, if the dialogue and anecdotes in the book are as sharp as those in director TJ Dawe’s play, it’s easy to see why. Stampede Queen is funny. Really funny.

Kamloops Daily News

A trifecta of awesomeness: the book won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 2009; star monologist TJ Dawe acts as dramaturge and director; and Zachary Stevenson, who was the geeky, sexy lead in the Arts Club’s The Buddy Holly Story, takes on the solo performance duties.

Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight