Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

I Got You Babe: An Evening of Music and Poetry

  • 2050 Danforth Avenue Toronto, Ontario M4C 1J6 (map)
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Hirut Cafe

2050 Danforth Avenue, Toronto

Please join writer Heather Babcock and musician Neil Traynor for our annual show I Got You Babe: An Evening of Music, Poetry and Storytelling. Heather will be reading from her novel Filthy Sugar, forthcoming in Spring 2020 with Inanna Publications. The very talented folk/rock/pop singer-songwriter Neil might even break out his ukulele (and perhaps even his shiny new harmonica, if we're lucky!). Plus: trivia prizes!

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Feb
16
9:00 PM21:00

DEAD POET

  • 1214 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1J6 Canada (map)
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Gladstone Hotel - 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

Dead Poet keeps your energy charged with a vibrant space of artists,poets, musicians, DJs and performances. A community filled with diversity and a space to meet amazing creatives in a space that allows yourself to do you. Dead Poet is where you come alive!

THEME: SELF LOVE

The theme for this edition show will be about self love and this will be a treat for ourselves to embrace our own love. To be be apart of the Dead Poet list, the content have to relate to self love. We want send out a message to our audience to share may ways to show and teach self love.

*Early Bird Dead Poet Submissions:

MUSICIANS Musicians that wants to perform a track will have to send a ONE track with artist’s information, including artist name, mini bio, social media handles and how it relates to the theme to the email below. Also, musicians have to be available on Dead Poet's event day. 10 early birds will be selected, so not all early bird submissions will be accepted as we have create our short list.

Note: Attaching a video of you performing live strengthens your submission.

Email: myblankpoet@gmail.com Deadline: Sunday February 10th, 2019 Time: 11:59PM (SHARP)

POETS Poets will have to pre- perform their piece before signing on the open mic list to see if you are within the theme. Please arrive early when doors open to get your chance to get on the list. If you are not within the theme guidelines you will not be able to perform.

10 Poetry Performance Slots will be available at the door, so first to come, first serve.

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Feb
17
3:00 PM15:00

Draft Reading Series

  • 450 Broadview Avenue Toronto, ON, M4K 2N3 Canada (map)
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St. Matthew’s Clubhouse - 450 Broadview Ave, Toronto

We are changing up our usual format with new work by Shawn Syms and Carlyn Zwarenstein, as well as short readings by Draft alumni.

As always, our Draft publication will be available at the book table, along with publications from Draft readers. For more information on this event as well as other Draft news, be sure to check out our site, visit our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter @draftreadings.

We are grateful for the financial assistance of the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts through the Writers’ Union of Canada, as well as to East End Arts for their support of this reading.

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Feb
17
4:00 PM16:00

Oakville Literary Cafe

  • 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East Oakville, ON, L6H 7B2 Canada (map)
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Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East, Oakville

Join us on Sunday, February 17, from 4 to 6 pm, for our February 17 event of the Oakville Literary Cafe. Our two feature readers will be Linda Cassidy and Donna Langevin. Bring some of your own work to share at the open mic. You will have time for one to three pages. Parking and refreshments are free at Joshua Creek. We are asking for a $5.00 donation towards the venue, however, for kindly allowing us to use their art gallery for our readings.

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The Roots Lounge Open Mic & Poetry Slam
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Roots Lounge Open Mic & Poetry Slam

  • 866 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M6G 1M5 Canada (map)
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Station Cafe & Kitchen

866 Bloor street W, Toronto

After hearing what folks wanted more of from this show, The Roots Lounge Open Mic & Poetry Slam has moved to our new home at “Station On Bloor”. Come for food, drinks & to share stories as we come to the space for the first time!

Sign up for the Open Mic or compete in the Poetry Slam to represent Toronto at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word!

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Feb
18
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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at Burrows Hall Community Center, 1081 Progress Avenue (near Sheppard & Markham Road)

Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) is a community led by youth, comprised of artists, activists, free-thinkers and revolutionaries. Together, they help to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performance arts. Located primarily on the east-side of Scarborough, RISE is able to reach out, and draw youth from all corners of the GTA and beyond.

Join Us! Peace, Love and Unity, RISE Edutainment brings you a weekly dose of artivism, self-expression, and healing every monday! What better way is there to start off your week?

Registration for open mic opens up every week at 6:30pm! Arrive early to solidify a spot on the performance list. $5 at the door. DJ Lewy spinning tracks from our Community every week!

Great vibes, great food, community gathering.

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Feb
18
8:00 PM20:00

Pen Cap Chew, a monthly reading night

  • 1007 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M6H 1M1 Canada (map)
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Wise Bar - 1007 Bloor St W, Toronto

We're back, new name, same night. Pen Cap Chew.

You've all had almost a year to write your fiction, poetry, monologues, so no excuses.

Whether you're an experienced writer wanting to hone your reading skills or have a 'notes' section full of half baked ideas you've never looked at again, we want to hear from you.

There's no mucking about at Pen Cap Chew, just turn up, sign up, read. Maybe drink a ginger ale or two. No judgement, just an interested audience.

So see you at Wise Bar on February the 18th. Please try and arrive close to 8pm so we can get cracking. Yes it's family day but you might be ready for something other than family time by Monday evening.

let's face it, in North America the word 'Draft' places us, google-wise, a good 12 pages deep after all the sports stuff. And then there's the problem of the 'other' Draft night in Toronto. However, the group is still called 'Draft Toronto' for the time being. Apparently this is because Facebook is worried you're being misled by us drastically changing the name. I'm explaining all this tedium because, like Facebook*, we're bastions of radical transparency.

Wise Bar is reachable from Dufferin or Ossington subway stations. There are bike locks for the courageous. Features accessible washrooms and an array of beers plus other beverages.

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Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

2 Queer Brown Dudes Read from Their Work

  • 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)
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The 519 - 519 Church Street, Toronto

This event is taking place on the traditional ancestral territories of the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee peoples.

The full title of this event is actually "2 Queer Brown Dudes Challenge the White Supremacist Heteropatriarchy by Reading Their Work." But the hegemons that run Facebook have deemed that title too long for the "event name" field, so here we are.:-)

Please join us for a reading by two QTBIPOC authors: Toronto-based Lebanese-Canadian playwright Makram Ayache and Vancouver-based Filipinx-Canadian playwright and author C.E. Gatchalian.

Makram Ayache is a Lebanese-Canadian playwright, performer, educator and activist based in Tkaronto. His theatre work is currently concerned with amplifying historically marginalized voices. As a playwright, he creates culturally specific work that speaks in a Canadian context. His play, “Harun” was developed at the Banff Center’s Playwrights’ Lab in 2018 and was nominated for Best New Play (non-professional) by Broadway World Regional Awards. He will graduate with an MFA in theatre performance creation in April 2019.

Born, raised and based on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, C.E. Gatchalian is the son of mixed-race settlers from Imus, Cavite, Philippines and a queer-identified author, editor, theatre-maker and producer. A graduate of UBC’s Creative Writing program, his plays, which include Broken, Claire, Crossing, Motifs & Repetitions, People Like Vince and Falling In Time, have appeared on stages nationally and internationally. He has been Playwright-in-Residence at the Firehall Arts Centre and the Vancouver Playhouse, Writer-in-Residence at Berton House and the Joy Kogawa House, and Artist-in-Residence at UBC’s Faculty of Education. In 2013 he received the prestigious Dayne Ogilvie Prize, awarded annually by The Writers' Trust of Canada to an LGBT writer of merit. Formerly Artistic Producer of the frank theatre company (2011-2017), he is the recipient of two Jessie Richardson Awards for his work as a theatre artist and producer. His memoir, Double Melancholy (Arsenal Pulp Press), will be released in Spring 2019.

Hosted by dramaturge and academic Dalbir Singh.

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Feb
20
4:00 PM16:00

Rhymes & Reasons

  • 4226 Duke of York Boulevard Mississauga, ON, L5B 0G5 Canada (map)
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Sheridan Creative Campus Galleries

4226 Duke of York Blvd, Mississauga

How does a poetry slam sound?

We want you to take your rhymes to the next level. So we're hosting a poetry slam competition, for you to present your art to the crowd. You'll have the chance to speak your mind and win up to $75 worth of gift cards.

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Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

A Night of Poetry with Darrell Epp

  • 150 Central Park Drive Brampton, Ontario L6T1B4 (map)
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Chinguacousy Library

150 Central Park Dr, Brampton

Join poet Darrell Epp for a reading from his third poetry collection. Darrell Epp's poetry has appeared in over 100 magazines on 6 continents, and has been described as a blend of Lou Reed-style reportage and surrealist improvisation.

He is the author or 3 poetry collections; Imaginary Maps, After Hours and Sinners Dance.

He lives in Hamilton, ON, and is inspired by it daily.

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ChiSeries Toronto: Toronto 2033 vs You Ess Eh!
Feb
20
8:00 PM20:00

ChiSeries Toronto: Toronto 2033 vs You Ess Eh!

  • 152a Augusta Avenue Toronto, ON, M5T 2L5 Canada (map)
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ROUND venue - 152a Augusta Ave., Toronto

Celebrating SPACING Magazine's special "Toronto 2033" issue, edited by Jim Munroe, with contributors Madeline Ashby, Kristyn Dunnion and Elyse Friedman reading. Plus special guest Brian Kirk from south of the border! We can throw some health care at him!

MADELINE ASHBY is a science fiction writer, futurist, speaker, and immigrant living in Toronto. She is represented by CookeMcDermid and UTA. She has worked with Intel Labs, the Institute for the Future, SciFutures, Nesta, Data & Society, The Atlantic Council, the ASU Center for Science and the Imagination, Changeist, and others. Her essays have appeared at BoingBoing, io9, WorldChanging, Creators Project, Arcfinity, MISC Magazine, and FutureNow. She is the author of the Machine Dynasty novels. Her novel Company Town was a Canada Reads finalist.

KRISTYN DUNNION’s powerful Tarry This Night (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2017) is set during a new American war, about a polygamous cult leader and his followers. The Dirt Chronicles (2011), a queer punk kick in the pants, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and ALA Over the Rainbow Selection. Recent short fiction appears in many fine journals. A provocative performance artist and heavy metal bassist, Dunnion is also a committed arts educator to at-risk youth in Toronto.

ELYSE FRIEDMAN is a Toronto-based author and screenwriter. Her writing has been short-listed for the Trillium Book Award, The Toronto Book Award, the Relit Award and numerous National Magazine Awards. Elyse's short fiction has appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Anthology, and her story, The Soother, won the Gold National Magazine Award for fiction. She has written two feature films, one of which premiered at TIFF, the other at the Sundance Film Festival.

BRIAN KIRK is an author of psychological horror. His debut novel, We Are Monsters, was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award. And his short fiction has been published in many notable magazines and anthologies alongside several New York Times best selling authors. His latest novel Will Haunt You has been called one of the most anticipated horror novels of 2019, although reading it comes with a dire warning. Connect with him through his website at briankirkfiction.com. Don't worry, he only kills his characters.

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Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

OPEN MIC - Spoken Word | Music | Dance

  • 1694 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario M6R 1B3 (map)
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Common People Shop

1694 Queen Street West, Toronto

Join us for an evening of open mic/ performances at Common People Shop!

To sign-up for the line-up, please email workshops@commonpeopleshop.com with the subject line OPEN MIC LINEUP

$5 at the door for audience, free for performers. Please RSVP as there is limited seating.

NB* this is an unplugged event - there will be no amps or microphones but the acoustics in our space is incredible!

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Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Durham Storytellers Gathering

  • 150 Beatrice Street East Oshawa, ON, L1G 7T6 Canada (map)
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at the Northview Community Centre, 150 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa

Durham Storytellers are a dedicated group of avid storytellers, who love to continue the oral tradition of the spoken language.

Some storytellers learn stories from existing sources, and some write their own stories to tell. Many are strictly storytellers, and some are storyteller-musicians.

We tell traditional stories, such as legends, folktales, myths, and fairy tales. We also relay personal stories, inspirational pieces, family stories, historical accounts, song and music, anecdotes, poetry, and other recitations...without books or notes.

Join us in the rhythm of this oral storytelling tradition.

Featured Tellers and an Open Mic at every Gathering!

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MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

  • 157 Lakeshore Road West Mississauga, ON, L5H 1G3 Canada (map)
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Common Ground Cafe

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

Mississauga Arts Council is partnering with Common Ground Cafe in Port Credit for another year of MAC at West Edge!

Join us every third Thursday of the month to enjoy music by local talent, plus artwork on display by Mississauga's very own artists.

If you're a singer, musician or spoken word artist who would like to perform, send events@mississaugaartscouncil.com an email with your name, phone number, the type of performer you are, and the date you'd like to perform.

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Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry & Music Night

  • 382 Queen Street East Toronto, ON, M5A 1T1 Canada (map)
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Queen Gallery - 382 Queen Street East, Toronto

Join us every third Thursday of the month for an open mic night of music and poetry! Bring your poetry, songs, illustrations, music, friends, and enjoy a fun night out at our lovely gallery.

We welcome any style of poetry and music in any language. As long as it is acoustic music.

The entrance fee is $5 cash donation at the door.

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Friday Journalling Hour
Feb
22
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Journalling Hour

  • 149 Simcoe Street South Oshawa, ON, L1H 4G8 Canada (map)
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The Livingroom Community Art Studio

149 Simcoe St. South, Oshawa

Take some quiet time to journal alongside others at the LivingRoom each Friday afternoon from 2 pm - 3:00 pm. Durham College CICE student and creative writer Bree will be on hand to welcome you, and offer creative support and gentle guidance if needed!

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Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Y/Z Open Mic

  • 1355 Kingston Road Pickering, ON, L1V 1B8 Canada (map)
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Pickering Town Centre

1355 Kingston Road, Pickering

Swing by our open mic to get something off your chest, express yourself, meet new people, or just enjoy the environment. As February is Black History Month, we will be opening the floor to those voices.

Ages: 20 - 30 welcome

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café, 2 Sussex Avenue (corner of Sussex and St. George)

Every Friday night since 1978, storytellers and listeners have been gathering in downtown Toronto for an open evening of oral stories. Each Friday night is unique, and everyone is welcome to come and listen, come and tell.

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Feb
23
2:00 PM14:00

ReMixed in the Six Open Mic Coffee House

  • 22 Dovercourt Road Toronto, ON, M6J 3C3 Canada (map)
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The Freedom Factory Toronto

22 Dovercourt, Toronto

After many requests, Mixed in the Six is hosting our first ever coffee house. Come together to share music, poetry, story, speeches, comedy - original or covers. We encourage pieces to be inspired or focused on mixed-ness, although not mandatory. No need to be a pro!

Helping out our city is important to us, which is why we have partnered with our friends at Fix the 6ix (https://fixthe6ix.ca/). We invite you to bring any unused or unwanted giftcards to donate to support those in need.

We are excited to be hosting the event at the The Freedom Factory in Queen West. The space has hosted some of the city's most unique events this year. It doubles as an art gallery and creative event space.

Interested in performing? Please fill out a very short submission --> http://bit.ly/remixedinthe6

|Open Mic Guidelines|

  • The Open Mic will prioritize mixed voices. We are inviting mixed identified folks to perform covers, material by other artists, or original work related to experiences as a mixed race person.

  • Accompanying/supporting artists need not identify as mixed in order to accompany a mixed performer.

|Important| No material performed will include any homophobic, racist, sexist, ablist, transphobic etc. language. If you have questions about content and would like to chat about it, please email Michelle at michelle.alexandra.scott@gmail.com

  • Please note that each act will be invited to perform ONE piece. If there is more space on the bill, more performance time will be offered to performers on a first come first serve basis.
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Feb
23
3:00 PM15:00

InkWell Poetry Showcase

  • 244 Augusta Avenue Toronto, ON, M5T 2L7 Canada (map)
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Knife Fork Book at The Dark Side Studio

244 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

Join us at Knife Fork Book for a poetry showcase! Eight of our writers will take the stage at Toronto’s poetry-only bookstore to move, entertain, and inspire you. This is a free event.

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Toronto Poetry Slam Finals
Feb
23
to Feb 24

Toronto Poetry Slam Finals

  • 506 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y3 Canada (map)
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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema - 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Featuring:

Saul Williams

Our Super Bowl of spoken word is coming Feb 23 and wow are we excited for this show! Not only are we starring 8 Finalist poets to compete to be on the Toronto Poetry Slam Team but we also are featuring Saul Williams, a spoken word legend!

AND we're showcasing the incredible BAM! Youth Slam Team to open the show.

AND AND we are excited to announce co-hosts for Finals - Ian Keteku and Charlie C Petch!

Competing poets (in no particular order):

SPIN El Poeta, Gavin Russell, AG, d_tha_poet, Prince, Sulva, Nells, Michael McNeil

About our feature poet from NYC: Saul Williams has been breaking ground since his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, was released in 2001 and executive produced by Rick Rubin. After gaining global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, Williams has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to countless, villages, townships, community centers, and prisons across the world. The Newburgh, New York native gained a BA from Morehouse and an MFA from Tisch, and has gone on to record with Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsburg, as well as countless film and television appearances.

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Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Root Of It All: Poems on Black Love and Sexuality

  • 30 Kennedy Road South Brampton, ON, L6W 1W1 Canada (map)
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Xaymaca Restaurant

30 Kennedy Rd S, Brampton

Reckless Arts Collective Presents "The Root of it All: Poems on Black Love and Sexuality"

A night of powerful spoken word art, centered on celebrating the different facets of the Black experience.

Four poets will be sharing their poetic perspectives on the question "What does Black love look like?" With poems exploring such themes as self-love, Black pride, Black romantic relationships, gender, and sexuality; both erotic and non-erotic.

Hosted by Lamoi Music By DJ DiVibez

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Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Storytelling in Spanish

  • 310 Kerr Street Oakville, ON, L6K 3B5 Canada (map)
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Vereda Central Canada - 310 Kerr St., Oakville

FREE event hosted by VEREDA CENTRAL and MALETA BOOKS -STORYTELLING IN SPANISH- Come and have a great time in family learning Spanish through books while enjoying the best coffee in town.

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Feb
24
5:15 PM17:15

Junction Reads and Writes

  • 392 Pacific Avenue Toronto, ON, M6P 2R1 Canada (map)
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Famous Last Words Toronto

392 Pacific Ave, Toronto

Join us for some incredible diverse and wonderful readers!

Featuring:

Jen Chen with Super!

Aparna Kaji Shah with The Scent of Mogra and Other Stories

Jasmina Odor You Can’t Stay Here

Rebecca Higgins with The Colours of Birds

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Feb
24
6:00 PM18:00

Melanin Magic: Open Mic!

  • 1065 Canadian Place Mississauga, ON, L4W 0B8 Canada (map)
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Studio.89

1065 Canadian Place, Unit 104, Mississauga

To end off #BlackHistoryMonth/#BlackFuturesMonth, we're hosting a Melanin Magic: Open Mic, where Black and NBPOC artists, poets, musicians, etc. alike can share their talent in celebration of #BlackExcellence! Everyone is welcome to attend!

Interested in performing? Send an email to events@studio89.org with a brief description of your piece and your stage name.

For performers show up at 5:45pm thank you!

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Feb
25
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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at Burrows Hall Community Center, 1081 Progress Avenue (near Sheppard & Markham Road)

Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) is a community led by youth, comprised of artists, activists, free-thinkers and revolutionaries. Together, they help to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performance arts. Located primarily on the east-side of Scarborough, RISE is able to reach out, and draw youth from all corners of the GTA and beyond.

Join Us! Peace, Love and Unity, RISE Edutainment brings you a weekly dose of artivism, self-expression, and healing every monday! What better way is there to start off your week?

Registration for open mic opens up every week at 6:30pm! Arrive early to solidify a spot on the performance list. $5 at the door. DJ Lewy spinning tracks from our Community every week!

Great vibes, great food, community gathering.

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Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXI

  • 292 Brunswick Avenue Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2M7 (map)
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Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Main Hall

Featured poets: M. Nourbese Philip & Valentino Assenza

Hosts: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre

M. Nourbese Philip unembedded poet, essayist, novelist & playwright, 4 poetry books, winner of numerous awards & fellowships, writer-in-residence at universities & writers’ retreat guest

Valentino Assenza poet & spoken word artist, past board member of Art Bar Poetry Series, founding member of The Toronto Poetry Project, co-host & co-producer of Howl radio show

Tranzac Club is an accessible venue with no stairs (aside from the stage) and they have two accessible gender neutral washrooms.

Please refrain from wearing perfume.

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Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Black Writers Matter

  • 789 Yonge Street Toronto, ON, M4W 2G8 Canada (map)
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Toronto Public Library - 789 Yonge Street, Toronto

Black Writers Matter is a powerful new anthology of African-Canadian writing, edited by Whitney French. The stories in this collection offer a cross-section of established writers and newcomers to the literary world who tackle contemporary and pressing issues with beautiful, sometimes raw, prose.

Come to an evening discussion about the Black Canadian experience, as told through the stories of some of the writers in this collection.

Participants:

  • Whitney French: writer, storyteller, and multidisciplinary artist.
  • Angela Walcott: multidisciplinary artist and writer.
  • Sapphire Woods: queer nerd with a passion for Black education.

Moderated by Canisia Lubrin, award-winning writer, critic, teacher.

As David Chariandy says "Black Writers Matter is an extraordinary achievement [...]. Whitney French and the talented contributors to this book offer us vital new writings within a two-hundred-year legacy of yearning and truth-telling. Please read this book."

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Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

HHR - Winter Supplement Launch

  • 7 Hart House Circle Toronto, ON, M5S 3H3 Canada (map)
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Hart House Literary and Library Committee

7 Hart House Circle, Toronto

Please join us for the launch of the Hart House Review Winter Supplement on February 28th at 7:00PM in the East Common Room (first floor) at Hart House.

Readings by: Cody Caetano Emily Paquette-Leahy Harrison Wade Aley Waterman Sanna Wani

Admission is free and books are available by donation. Vegetarian snacks provided, cash bar!

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Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

RBC Taylor Prize Finalists in Conversation

  • 235 Queens Quay West Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8 (map)
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Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8

The Toronto International Festival of Authors presents the RBC Taylor Prize finalists in a FREE panel discussion with The Toronto Star Books Editor, Deborah Dundas.

The finalists are:

  • Just Let Me Look at You: On Fatherhood by Bill Gaston
  • Jan in 35 Pieces: A Memoir in Music by Ian Hampton
  • Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Roads by Kate Harris
  • All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir by Elizabeth Hay
  • Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age by Darrel McLeod
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OUTwrites - Spoken Word + Open Mouth Poetry
Feb
28
8:00 PM20:00

OUTwrites - Spoken Word + Open Mouth Poetry

  • 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)
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At the 519 Church Street Community Centre

Queer-friendly writing group supports and promotes writers from the LGBTQ community and their allies. Bring copies of your work to get critiqued, and don't forget some writing materials to participate in some of the most unique and inspiring exercises. Join one of the longest running writing groups in the city.

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Friday Journalling Hour
Mar
1
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Journalling Hour

  • 149 Simcoe Street South Oshawa, ON, L1H 4G8 Canada (map)
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The Livingroom Community Art Studio

149 Simcoe St. South, Oshawa

Take some quiet time to journal alongside others at the LivingRoom each Friday afternoon from 2 pm - 3:00 pm. Durham College CICE student and creative writer Bree will be on hand to welcome you, and offer creative support and gentle guidance if needed!

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Mar
1
6:00 PM18:00

Anstruther Press Winter 2019 Launch

  • 244 Augusta Avenue Toronto, ON, M5T 2L7 Canada (map)
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Knife Fork Book at The Dark Side Studio

244 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

Please join us for the launch of new Anstruther Press chapbooks from Manahil Bandukwala (Paper Doll), Jacqueline Bourque (The Dune as Bookmark), Jaclyn Desforges (Hello Nice Man), Oubah Osman (Hereditary Blue), and Eugenia Zuroski (Hovering, Seen).

Manahil Bandukwala is a Pakistani-Canadian writer and artist. She is the author of Pipe Rose (battleaxe press, 2018) and is on the editorial boards of Canthius and In/Words Magazine & Press. She was selected as a Tree 2018 Hot Ottawa Voice. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Puritan, Room, The Poetry Annals, Parentheses Journal, Coven Editions, among other places. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree in English and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Jacqueline Bourque grew up along the ocean shores of New Brunswick. She spent the better part of her career in Ottawa working as a communicator for a public sector organization. Her poems have appeared in a number of chapbooks, anthologies and journals, including The Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review, Queen’s Quarterly, and The Dalhousie Review.

Jaclyn Desforges is a writer, editor and writing workshop facilitator whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Contemporary Verse 2, Minola Review, untethered, Mortar Magazine, Cathexis Northwest Press, Literary Mama and Peregrine. Her first picture book, tentatively titled Why Are You So Quiet?, will be published by Annick Press and released in 2020. She's the winner of the 2018 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award for her short story “The Gall,” and is currently completing her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. She lives in Hamilton.

Oubah Osman is a Somali-Canadian writer from Toronto. She has been published in Room Magazine, The Puritan, and Unpublished City Volume II. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph.

Eugenia Zuroski is a teacher, researcher, editor, and writer. She works in the department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University and lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

HAG MAG Birthday Open Mic

  • 277 Front Street West Toronto, ON, M5V 2X4 Canada (map)
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The Pint Public House Toronto

277 Front street, Toronto

Half a Grapefruit Magazine is turning 2, making us the oldest magazine in Canada!

To celebrate we will be hosting a sweet lil open mic & everyone is invited! It will be held in the Breezeway space @ The Pint -- as always, we'll begin with featured readers & there will be a sign up list for the open mic! Come have a few drinks, eat some good food, enjoy good art & make new friends!

This is the ONLY birthday of 2019 so you will not want to miss it!

Featured Readers:

Lina Wu, Jon Babi, Terry Abrahams, Mla Chernoff, Clara Lynas, Nicholas Freer, Khashayar Mohammadi, Alice Yao

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café, 2 Sussex Avenue (corner of Sussex and St. George)

Every Friday night since 1978, storytellers and listeners have been gathering in downtown Toronto for an open evening of oral stories. Each Friday night is unique, and everyone is welcome to come and listen, come and tell.

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Mar
4
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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at Burrows Hall Community Center, 1081 Progress Avenue (near Sheppard & Markham Road)

Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) is a community led by youth, comprised of artists, activists, free-thinkers and revolutionaries. Together, they help to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performance arts. Located primarily on the east-side of Scarborough, RISE is able to reach out, and draw youth from all corners of the GTA and beyond.

Join Us! Peace, Love and Unity, RISE Edutainment brings you a weekly dose of artivism, self-expression, and healing every monday! What better way is there to start off your week?

Registration for open mic opens up every week at 6:30pm! Arrive early to solidify a spot on the performance list. $5 at the door. DJ Lewy spinning tracks from our Community every week!

Great vibes, great food, community gathering.

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Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Raising Her Voice

  • 300 Lonsdale Road Toronto, ON, M4V 1X4 Canada (map)
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Grace Church on-the-Hill

300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto

Celebrating Women in the Choral Art

A ground-breaking celebration of Canadian artistry, featuring an array of choral works by female composers, and the premiere of four commissioned Canadian works by Christine Donkin, Anika-France Forget, Katerina Gimon, and Tawnie Olson. Orpheus partners with Diaspora Dialogues in a unique mentoring of acclaimed female composers and poets with emerging female artists to highlight the very best of established and undiscovered Canadian talent. This evening honours the woman’s expressive and singular perspective in song!

Orpheus Chamber Ensemble

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café, 2 Sussex Avenue (corner of Sussex and St. George)

Every Friday night since 1978, storytellers and listeners have been gathering in downtown Toronto for an open evening of oral stories. Each Friday night is unique, and everyone is welcome to come and listen, come and tell.

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Mar
11
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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at Burrows Hall Community Center, 1081 Progress Avenue (near Sheppard & Markham Road)

Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) is a community led by youth, comprised of artists, activists, free-thinkers and revolutionaries. Together, they help to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performance arts. Located primarily on the east-side of Scarborough, RISE is able to reach out, and draw youth from all corners of the GTA and beyond.

Join Us! Peace, Love and Unity, RISE Edutainment brings you a weekly dose of artivism, self-expression, and healing every monday! What better way is there to start off your week?

Registration for open mic opens up every week at 6:30pm! Arrive early to solidify a spot on the performance list. $5 at the door. DJ Lewy spinning tracks from our Community every week!

Great vibes, great food, community gathering.

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Mar
12
5:00 PM17:00

Kin & Kool

  • 4040 Lawrence Avenue East Toronto, ON, M1E 2R5 Canada (map)
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East Scarborough Storefront

4040 Lawrence Ave E., Toronto

Our second part of "Love, Care and Survial" in Scarborough.

"Kin & Kool" invites you to eat delicious and warming kool and hear or share stories as told across many communities drawing from life near shores, seas, and oceans | all ages, accessible, free under 25, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds | must register due to limited space.

Part of Scarborough Arts Talks Suite.

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Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

M. NourbeSe Philip with Donna Bailey Nurse

  • 317 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON, M5T 1G4 Canada (map)
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AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario

317 Dundas Street West, Toronto

In recent decades Black Women’s writing has emerged as one of the most prominent and profound literatures in the world. From Chimamanda Adichie in Nigeria to Angie Thomas in the United States to Esi Edugyan in Canada to Zadie Smith in the U.K. – its reach is diasporic. And its stories – set everywhere – unfold at the fiery intersection of race, class and gender. Their writings contemplate the chief mystery of the human condition: Namely, how to liberate the human spirit.

M. NourbeSe Philip is a poet, essayist, novelist, playwright, and former lawyer who lives in Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Guggenheim and Rockefeller (Bellagio) Foundations, and the MacDowell Colony. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Casa de las Americas prize (Cuba). Among her best-known works are: She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks, Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence, and Zong!, a genre-breaking poem that engages with ideas of the law, history, and memory as they relate to the transatlantic slave trade. Her latest book is Bla_k: Essays and Interviews (2018, Book*hug Press).

Donna Bailey Nurse is a literary journalist living in Toronto. She is a columnist for CBC Radio's The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers and her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Hazlitt, The National Post, The Toronto Star. She has also contributed to Publishers Weekly and The Washington Post. She is editor of Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing (M&S) and the author of What's a Black Critic To Do? and What's a Black Critic to Do ll (insomniac Press).

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Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

Oh, The Horror Of It All

  • 235 Queens Quay West Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8 Canada (map)
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Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Join novelist Andrew Pyper (The Homecoming, The Demonologist), graphic novelist Emily Carroll (When I Arrived at the Castle, Through the Woods), historian W. Scott Poole (Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror), and Toronto Star horror books columnist James Grainger as they discuss the recent resurgence of horror film and literature, and the genre's enduring unique ability to speak across centuries and express our deepest anxieties.

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café, 2 Sussex Avenue (corner of Sussex and St. George)

Every Friday night since 1978, storytellers and listeners have been gathering in downtown Toronto for an open evening of oral stories. Each Friday night is unique, and everyone is welcome to come and listen, come and tell.

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Mar
18
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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at Burrows Hall Community Center, 1081 Progress Avenue (near Sheppard & Markham Road)

Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) is a community led by youth, comprised of artists, activists, free-thinkers and revolutionaries. Together, they help to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performance arts. Located primarily on the east-side of Scarborough, RISE is able to reach out, and draw youth from all corners of the GTA and beyond.

Join Us! Peace, Love and Unity, RISE Edutainment brings you a weekly dose of artivism, self-expression, and healing every monday! What better way is there to start off your week?

Registration for open mic opens up every week at 6:30pm! Arrive early to solidify a spot on the performance list. $5 at the door. DJ Lewy spinning tracks from our Community every week!

Great vibes, great food, community gathering.

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ChiSeries Toronto: The Incredible Ottawa/Jersey Invasion!
Mar
20
8:00 PM20:00

ChiSeries Toronto: The Incredible Ottawa/Jersey Invasion!

  • 152a Augusta Avenue Toronto, ON, M5T 2L5 Canada (map)
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ROUND venue - 152a Augusta Ave., Toronto

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series Toronto Branch hosts authors in the SF, fantasy and horror genres, every 3rd Wednesday of the month in the Round Venue in Kensington Market. Hosted by Sandra Kasturi. Ukelele by Kari Maaren.

This month's readers are invading from Ottawa and New Jersey!

LAUREN B. DAVIS is the author of Against a Darkening Sky; The Empty Room, one of the National Post’s “Best Books of the Year”; and Our Daily Bread, longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and a Globe & Mail “Best Books of the Year.” Her other books include the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels The Radiant City, a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and The Stubborn Season, as well as two short story collections, An Unrehearsed Desire and Rat Medicine & Other Unlikely Curatives. Lauren was born in Montreal and now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. For more information, please visit her website at www.laurenbdavis.com.

KATE HEARTFIELD

DEREK KUNSKEN

MATT MOORE

The ChiSeries is sponsored in part by grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, ChiZine Publications and donations from attendees. Bakka Phoenix Books is the official bookseller.

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MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

  • 157 Lakeshore Road West Mississauga, ON, L5H 1G3 Canada (map)
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Common Ground Cafe

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

Mississauga Arts Council is partnering with Common Ground Cafe in Port Credit for another year of MAC at West Edge!

Join us every third Thursday of the month to enjoy music by local talent, plus artwork on display by Mississauga's very own artists.

If you're a singer, musician or spoken word artist who would like to perform, send events@mississaugaartscouncil.com an email with your name, phone number, the type of performer you are, and the date you'd like to perform.

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Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Durham Storytellers Gathering

  • 150 Beatrice Street East Oshawa, ON, L1G 7T6 Canada (map)
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at the Northview Community Centre, 150 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa

Durham Storytellers are a dedicated group of avid storytellers, who love to continue the oral tradition of the spoken language.

Some storytellers learn stories from existing sources, and some write their own stories to tell. Many are strictly storytellers, and some are storyteller-musicians.

We tell traditional stories, such as legends, folktales, myths, and fairy tales. We also relay personal stories, inspirational pieces, family stories, historical accounts, song and music, anecdotes, poetry, and other recitations...without books or notes.

Join us in the rhythm of this oral storytelling tradition.

Featured Tellers and an Open Mic at every Gathering!

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Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry & Music Night

  • 382 Queen Street East Toronto, ON, M5A 1T1 Canada (map)
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Queen Gallery - 382 Queen Street East, Toronto

Join us every third Thursday of the month for an open mic night of music and poetry! Bring your poetry, songs, illustrations, music, friends, and enjoy a fun night out at our lovely gallery.

We welcome any style of poetry and music in any language. As long as it is acoustic music.

The entrance fee is $5 cash donation at the door.

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café, 2 Sussex Avenue (corner of Sussex and St. George)

Every Friday night since 1978, storytellers and listeners have been gathering in downtown Toronto for an open evening of oral stories. Each Friday night is unique, and everyone is welcome to come and listen, come and tell.

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Mar
24
4:00 PM16:00

Toronto Book Launch of This Country of Mine

  • 315 Roncesvalles Avenue Toronto, ON, M6R 2M6 Canada (map)
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Another Story Bookshop - 315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto

Welcome to the Toronto launch of This Country of Mine, a translation by Elaine Kennedy of Didier Leclair's novel, Ce pays qui est le mien. Didier Leclair is one of the most prominent francophone authors of African heritage in Canada. Born in Montreal to Rwandan parents, he now lives in Toronto. Didier is the author of eight novels and the recipient of the Trillium Book Award and the Christine Dimitriu Van Saanen Book Prize. Ce pays qui est le mien was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for French-language fiction in 2004.

This Country of Mine is Elaine Kennedy's first novel translation. Elaine studied English literature, French language and civilization as well as translation in North America and Europe. A native of Toronto, she presently lives in Montreal where she works as a freelance translator and editor. She has a long list of published translations to her credit, including works of fiction and non-fiction.

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Mar
25
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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at Burrows Hall Community Center, 1081 Progress Avenue (near Sheppard & Markham Road)

Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) is a community led by youth, comprised of artists, activists, free-thinkers and revolutionaries. Together, they help to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performance arts. Located primarily on the east-side of Scarborough, RISE is able to reach out, and draw youth from all corners of the GTA and beyond.

Join Us! Peace, Love and Unity, RISE Edutainment brings you a weekly dose of artivism, self-expression, and healing every monday! What better way is there to start off your week?

Registration for open mic opens up every week at 6:30pm! Arrive early to solidify a spot on the performance list. $5 at the door. DJ Lewy spinning tracks from our Community every week!

Great vibes, great food, community gathering.

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Mar
28
4:00 PM16:00

Speakers Idol 2019

Speakers Idol

902-5075 Yonge Street, Toronto

Changing the World - One Speech At A Time

Student from Grad 6 to grade 12 - Here's your chance to be heard.

Prepare a 3 minute speech sharing your thoughts while commenting on Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal's quote: "I believe in the the good in people"

Speeches are due February 1st, 2019 - Apply today!

contact education@fswc.ca for more information!

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Hart House Open Mic Night
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Hart House Open Mic Night

  • 7 Hart House Circle Toronto, ON, M5S 3H3 Canada (map)
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Music Room (2006), Hart House

7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto

Calling ALL musicians, singer/songwriters, poets, comedians, spoken word artists, and any other person out there with a (hidden) talent! This is your opportunity to have all eyes and the spotlight on you! Come out to Open Mic Night at Hart House to showcase any talent you may have, or if you’re looking for a place to meet new people on campus, while experiencing some great talent within our student body.

For those who’d like to participate in our Open Mic Night, sign up begins at 7:00pm in the Hart House Music Room and runs on a first come first serve basis. Each performer gets a maximum of 10 minutes on stage OR 2 songs/poems/acts/pieces.

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café, 2 Sussex Avenue (corner of Sussex and St. George)

Every Friday night since 1978, storytellers and listeners have been gathering in downtown Toronto for an open evening of oral stories. Each Friday night is unique, and everyone is welcome to come and listen, come and tell.

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Mar
31
5:15 PM17:15

Junction Reads and Writes

  • 392 Pacific Avenue Toronto, ON, M6P 2R1 Canada (map)
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Famous Last Words Toronto

392 Pacific Ave, Toronto

Join us for some incredible diverse and wonderful readers!

Featuring:

Catriona Wright with Table Manners

Mary Lou Dickinson with The White Ribbon Man

Loren Edizel with Days of Moonlight

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Apr
3
7:30 PM19:30

PoetryNOW: 11th Annual Battle of the Bards

  • 235 Queens Quay West Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8 Canada (map)
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Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Toronto’s popular poetry competition, PoetryNOW: The Battle of the Bards, is back for its 11th year to feature readings from 20 dynamic poets and showcase a diverse range of voices, themes and poetic genres. Each poet will be given three minutes to read their work, which can range from comical to contemplative.

The Prize: One poet will win an invitation to read at the 40th Anniversary edition of the Toronto International Festival of Authors (October 24 – November 3, 2019) and have their book and Festival event advertised in NOW Magazine.

The winner will be selected by a judging panel composed of Geoffrey E. Taylor, TIFA Director, and established poets Andy McGuire (Country Club) and Alison Pick (Strangers With The Same Dream). The live event will be hosted by Susan G. Cole.

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Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Day of the Poets 2

Orangeville Public Library

Featuring:

Lillian Allen, Valentino Assenza, Heather Cadsby, Degan Davis, Steve McOrmand, Penn Kemp, Day Merril, Scot Wicken, Croc E Moses

Music with Erin Bolton

Free Poetry Workshops with Gary Diggins at 10 am and Degan Davis at 11 am

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Durham Storytellers Gathering

  • 150 Beatrice Street East Oshawa, ON, L1G 7T6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at the Northview Community Centre, 150 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa

Durham Storytellers are a dedicated group of avid storytellers, who love to continue the oral tradition of the spoken language.

Some storytellers learn stories from existing sources, and some write their own stories to tell. Many are strictly storytellers, and some are storyteller-musicians.

We tell traditional stories, such as legends, folktales, myths, and fairy tales. We also relay personal stories, inspirational pieces, family stories, historical accounts, song and music, anecdotes, poetry, and other recitations...without books or notes.

Join us in the rhythm of this oral storytelling tradition.

Featured Tellers and an Open Mic at every Gathering!

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MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

  • 157 Lakeshore Road West Mississauga, ON, L5H 1G3 Canada (map)
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Common Ground Cafe

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

Mississauga Arts Council is partnering with Common Ground Cafe in Port Credit for another year of MAC at West Edge!

Join us every third Thursday of the month to enjoy music by local talent, plus artwork on display by Mississauga's very own artists.

If you're a singer, musician or spoken word artist who would like to perform, send events@mississaugaartscouncil.com an email with your name, phone number, the type of performer you are, and the date you'd like to perform.

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry & Music Night

  • 382 Queen Street East Toronto, ON, M5A 1T1 Canada (map)
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Queen Gallery - 382 Queen Street East, Toronto

Join us every third Thursday of the month for an open mic night of music and poetry! Bring your poetry, songs, illustrations, music, friends, and enjoy a fun night out at our lovely gallery.

We welcome any style of poetry and music in any language. As long as it is acoustic music.

The entrance fee is $5 cash donation at the door.

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Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

2SQTBIPoC Community Arts/Zine Fair!

  • 292 Brunswick Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 2M7 Canada (map)
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Tranzac Club - 292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto

Thanks to the support of Planned Parenthood's grant, the Non-Binary Colour Collective will be organizing the first ever zine fair for two-spirit, queer and trans folks that are black, indigenous, and/or people of colour! We encourage people to self-identify in their application (i.e. Indigenous, Black, disabled, trans-femme, etc). This project is entirely made up through volunteering our time to put this on.

Tabling is free! There will be free food served for tablers, but also food available for purchase for the folks attending the fair.

There will be a small amount of funds ($20) allocated for folks who need it for zine printing, table cloths, decorations. This will be determined based on how you self-identify - so feel free to let us know! If you don't feel comfortable stating them, email us!

If you'd like to be featured on our instagram and facebook, send us a short bio of yourself and your work!

Questions or concerns? Please feel free to reach out to us at 2sqtbipoczinefair@gmail.com or message the "Non-binary colour collective" facebook page.

Apply as a vendor: https://bit.ly/2ASRw7a

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MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

  • 157 Lakeshore Road West Mississauga, ON, L5H 1G3 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Common Ground Cafe

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

Mississauga Arts Council is partnering with Common Ground Cafe in Port Credit for another year of MAC at West Edge!

Join us every third Thursday of the month to enjoy music by local talent, plus artwork on display by Mississauga's very own artists.

If you're a singer, musician or spoken word artist who would like to perform, send events@mississaugaartscouncil.com an email with your name, phone number, the type of performer you are, and the date you'd like to perform.

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May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Durham Storytellers Gathering

  • 150 Beatrice Street East Oshawa, ON, L1G 7T6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at the Northview Community Centre, 150 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa

Durham Storytellers are a dedicated group of avid storytellers, who love to continue the oral tradition of the spoken language.

Some storytellers learn stories from existing sources, and some write their own stories to tell. Many are strictly storytellers, and some are storyteller-musicians.

We tell traditional stories, such as legends, folktales, myths, and fairy tales. We also relay personal stories, inspirational pieces, family stories, historical accounts, song and music, anecdotes, poetry, and other recitations...without books or notes.

Join us in the rhythm of this oral storytelling tradition.

Featured Tellers and an Open Mic at every Gathering!

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Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

2019 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings

  • 273 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1W2 Canada (map)
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at Koerner Hall 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Come and hear a selection of some of the best poetry in the world from the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlisted poets. This event will be updated with more information about the poets, tickets and more after the shortlist is announced on April 9, 2019.

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MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

  • 157 Lakeshore Road West Mississauga, ON, L5H 1G3 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Common Ground Cafe

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

Mississauga Arts Council is partnering with Common Ground Cafe in Port Credit for another year of MAC at West Edge!

Join us every third Thursday of the month to enjoy music by local talent, plus artwork on display by Mississauga's very own artists.

If you're a singer, musician or spoken word artist who would like to perform, send events@mississaugaartscouncil.com an email with your name, phone number, the type of performer you are, and the date you'd like to perform.

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Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Durham Storytellers Gathering

  • 150 Beatrice Street East Oshawa, ON, L1G 7T6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at the Northview Community Centre, 150 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa

Durham Storytellers are a dedicated group of avid storytellers, who love to continue the oral tradition of the spoken language.

Some storytellers learn stories from existing sources, and some write their own stories to tell. Many are strictly storytellers, and some are storyteller-musicians.

We tell traditional stories, such as legends, folktales, myths, and fairy tales. We also relay personal stories, inspirational pieces, family stories, historical accounts, song and music, anecdotes, poetry, and other recitations...without books or notes.

Join us in the rhythm of this oral storytelling tradition.

Featured Tellers and an Open Mic at every Gathering!

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MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

  • 157 Lakeshore Road West Mississauga, ON, L5H 1G3 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Common Ground Cafe

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

Mississauga Arts Council is partnering with Common Ground Cafe in Port Credit for another year of MAC at West Edge!

Join us every third Thursday of the month to enjoy music by local talent, plus artwork on display by Mississauga's very own artists.

If you're a singer, musician or spoken word artist who would like to perform, send events@mississaugaartscouncil.com an email with your name, phone number, the type of performer you are, and the date you'd like to perform.

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MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

  • 157 Lakeshore Road West Mississauga, ON, L5H 1G3 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Common Ground Cafe

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

Mississauga Arts Council is partnering with Common Ground Cafe in Port Credit for another year of MAC at West Edge!

Join us every third Thursday of the month to enjoy music by local talent, plus artwork on display by Mississauga's very own artists.

If you're a singer, musician or spoken word artist who would like to perform, send events@mississaugaartscouncil.com an email with your name, phone number, the type of performer you are, and the date you'd like to perform.

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MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

  • 157 Lakeshore Road West Mississauga, ON, L5H 1G3 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Common Ground Cafe

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

Mississauga Arts Council is partnering with Common Ground Cafe in Port Credit for another year of MAC at West Edge!

Join us every third Thursday of the month to enjoy music by local talent, plus artwork on display by Mississauga's very own artists.

If you're a singer, musician or spoken word artist who would like to perform, send events@mississaugaartscouncil.com an email with your name, phone number, the type of performer you are, and the date you'd like to perform.

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MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

  • 157 Lakeshore Road West Mississauga, ON, L5H 1G3 Canada (map)
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Common Ground Cafe

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

Mississauga Arts Council is partnering with Common Ground Cafe in Port Credit for another year of MAC at West Edge!

Join us every third Thursday of the month to enjoy music by local talent, plus artwork on display by Mississauga's very own artists.

If you're a singer, musician or spoken word artist who would like to perform, send events@mississaugaartscouncil.com an email with your name, phone number, the type of performer you are, and the date you'd like to perform.

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MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery
Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

  • 157 Lakeshore Road West Mississauga, ON, L5H 1G3 Canada (map)
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Common Ground Cafe

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

Mississauga Arts Council is partnering with Common Ground Cafe in Port Credit for another year of MAC at West Edge!

Join us every third Thursday of the month to enjoy music by local talent, plus artwork on display by Mississauga's very own artists.

If you're a singer, musician or spoken word artist who would like to perform, send events@mississaugaartscouncil.com an email with your name, phone number, the type of performer you are, and the date you'd like to perform.

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MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery
Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

  • 157 Lakeshore Road West Mississauga, ON, L5H 1G3 Canada (map)
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Common Ground Cafe

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

Mississauga Arts Council is partnering with Common Ground Cafe in Port Credit for another year of MAC at West Edge!

Join us every third Thursday of the month to enjoy music by local talent, plus artwork on display by Mississauga's very own artists.

If you're a singer, musician or spoken word artist who would like to perform, send events@mississaugaartscouncil.com an email with your name, phone number, the type of performer you are, and the date you'd like to perform.

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café, 2 Sussex Avenue (corner of Sussex and St. George)

Every Friday night since 1978, storytellers and listeners have been gathering in downtown Toronto for an open evening of oral stories. Each Friday night is unique, and everyone is welcome to come and listen, come and tell.

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Feb
15
6:30 PM18:30

Launch Party! TR131 Winter Journal

  • 44 Devonshire Place Toronto, ON, M5S 2E2 Canada (map)
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St. Hildas - 44 Devonshire Place, Toronto

Like a commuter in the rain going from cover to cover to minimize water contact, The Trinity Review has averted catastrophe once again. Like a commuter in the winter, our movement remains cumbersome. We long to be the commuter of summer- who despite his sweat-drenched back at least retains feeling in his face.

Ah! But what it is to dream- until then, we at The Trinity Review can offer a night of respite and revelry in stead (it will also be plenty warm so hey that's nice). Please join us in celebrating the launch of The Trinity Review 131 Winter Journal, which will be launching on Friday, February 15th in the Rigby Room at St. Hilda's on 55 Devonshire Place. There will be readings, good food and warm drinks! Anyone interested is welcome to participate in our open readings at the end of the night, do message us if you are interested!

The launch will include readings by ALESSIA DOWHANIUK, BEN GHAN, SANNA WANI, and HARRISON WADE among others.

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Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

ExPoSoc Poetry and Open Mic

  • 120 Church Street Toronto, ON, M5C 2G8 Canada (map)
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120 Church Street, Toronto

A society for poets who want to be heard. A community for writers with a want to share and support each other. A night for anyone who wants to experience the power of words.

ExPoSoc is having its second evening of poetry! Doors will open at 5:30 and that's when we'll start the sign-up for Open Mic. We have two amazing features. Both Cody Caetano and Andrey Khaitman-Shleifman will be sharing their work with us. We're so excited to help create a safe space in tandem with all the wonderful artists out there!

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Friday Journalling Hour
Feb
15
2:00 PM14:00

Friday Journalling Hour

  • 149 Simcoe Street South Oshawa, ON, L1H 4G8 Canada (map)
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The Livingroom Community Art Studio

149 Simcoe St. South, Oshawa

Take some quiet time to journal alongside others at the LivingRoom each Friday afternoon from 2 pm - 3:00 pm. Durham College CICE student and creative writer Bree will be on hand to welcome you, and offer creative support and gentle guidance if needed!

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OUTwrites - Spoken Word + Open Mouth Poetry
Feb
14
8:00 PM20:00

OUTwrites - Spoken Word + Open Mouth Poetry

  • 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)
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At the 519 Church Street Community Centre

Queer-friendly writing group supports and promotes writers from the LGBTQ community and their allies. Bring copies of your work to get critiqued, and don't forget some writing materials to participate in some of the most unique and inspiring exercises. Join one of the longest running writing groups in the city.

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Toronto Poetry Slam's CIPS Qualifier Slam
Feb
13
8:00 PM20:00

Toronto Poetry Slam's CIPS Qualifier Slam

  • 268 Augusta Avenue Toronto, ON, M5T 2L9 Canada (map)
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Supermarket - 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

Which talented Toronto poet will represent Toronto Poetry Slam at the annual Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS) Championships in Vancouver, aka Verses: Festival of Words? This is the qualifying slam to see who will make that trip to BC!

A UNIQUE FORMAT FOR THIS NIGHT'S SLAM:

4 poems: each 1 minute, 2 minute, 3 minute and 4 minute (with 10-second grace periods).

-Everyone does the 3-minute round, followed by a 1-minute round. -1/2 the poets will go on to the 2 min round (based on cumulative scores form 1st two rounds). -We will do one more cutoff (half) to find the final poets competing in the 4-minute round.

Scores are CUMULATIVE.

The poets competing in this slam, in no particular order: SPIN El Poeta AG d_tha_poet Prince Nells Michael McNeil Sulva

Winner of the slam will receive majority of the door money to help with their travels to Vancouver!

Hosted by: Alyssa Ginsburg

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BAM! Toronto Youth Slam
Feb
13
6:00 PM18:00

BAM! Toronto Youth Slam

  • 560 Palmerston Avenue Toronto, ON, M6G 2P7 Canada (map)
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Palmerston Library - 560 Palmerston Ave, Toronto

Toronto's only monthly Youth Poetry Slam, BAM!, is back in full effect with the AMAZING Faduma Mohamed!!!!

We are back at a NEW VENUE Palmerston Library !!!!

INTERESTED IN COMPETING? Rules of a BAM! Poetry Slam are quite simple. Bring 3 poems, just in case. There we will have 12 slots open for youth poets - 2-3 rounds (based on number of competitors), 3 minutes with a 10 second grace period for every poet to drop their fire, with a 0.5 penalty for every 10 seconds afterwards. No props, no instruments, etc.

There is an OPEN MIC available for ALL AGES for anyone that wants to share his or her works on stage!

INTERESTED IN QUALIFYING FOR THE BAM! TEAM? Basically, from now monthly to September, finishing 1st will get 5 points, 2nd place gets 3 points, 3rd place gets 2 points, and the remaining youth slammers gets 1 point. In October, the top 12 point leaders in descending order will be invited to our October semi finals to compete to be on the BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam Team! Priority will be given to those who have competed 2 months or more.

SO COME THRU AND BRING A FRIEND OR TWO! Let’s pack the house and have a great time! You will not regret it. There will be fire, blood and poetry! See you there!

WHO IS Faduma Mohamed?!

Faduma Mohamed is a spoken word poet, storyteller and artist educator. In 2016, she graduated from a two year residency at d'bi young's Watah Theatre where she produced her one-woman-play “OUGHTISM”. From 2015 - 2016, she carried a box from her play, every single day to challenge the stigma around autism. Through the #OughtTheBox campaign, she has raised over $8000 for racialized individuals and families of autism. She was awarded the Yinnergy Good Samaritan Award in 2016 for her work around autism awareness and autism fundraising. Above all, she believes in the power of dreams.

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Feb
13
5:45 PM17:45

UTSC Black History Month Poetry Slam

  • 1265 Military Trail SL- 157 Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4 (map)
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UTSC Department of Student Life and International Student Centre

1265 Military Trail SL- 157, Toronto

Celebrate Black History Month through the art of spoken word and slam poetry, and compete for a chance to win cash prices.

Location: HW 305, Humanities Wing, University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4 - https://goo.gl/maps/vVJNS7Vdf1Q2

WHAT IS A POETRY SLAM? A poetry slam is a competition in which poets perform spoken word poetry. The performances at a poetry slam are judged by a panel of judges, usually selected from the audience.

INTERESTED IN COMPETING? There will be 12 slots open for competing poets, all you need to do is prepare 2 poems and fill out the entry form prior to the event: https://goo.gl/forms/Y3KFnccSm889Zhgr2

Note: not all poems during the poetry slam portion need to be centered around black history/experience, but we encourage and are prioritizing black stories and black-identifying persons to slam. Open mic is open to all.

If you have any questions please contact Brian Millado, Community Engagement Coordinator, UTSC Student Life at brian.millado@utoronto.ca

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Feb
13
12:30 PM12:30

Poetry in Union: Railway Lines and Valentines

  • 65 Front Street West Toronto, ON, M5J 1E6 Canada (map)
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Union Station

65 Front St. W, Toronto

We are excited to present Poetry in Union: Railway Lines and Valentines, a public art experience in collabration with The League of Canadian Poets. Join us on Wednesday, February 13th in the West Wing for a truly romantic, enlightening and breathtaking experience.

Share your story with one of eight of Toronto’s strongest, most diverse and most talented poets who will provide you with a personalized poem. This is a unique opportunity to connect directly with an artist to create a romantic valentine’s gift, or to celebrate a friend, experience, or key moment from your life.

This Valentine’s Day–themed event is the perfect way to add a touch of art, poetry, and romance to the daily lives of commuters and travelers in Toronto. In addition to original poetry, commuters will have access to free treats and hot chocolate, romantic gifts, spoken word poetry performances and a live piano performance.

The eight poets who will be making Poetry in Union possible are Lesley Belleau, Dominique Bernier-Cormier, Ronna Bloom, Michael Fraser, Suparna Ghosh, Jessica Heimstra, Max Layton and Rajinderpal Pal. The event will also feature an introduction from Toronto’s Poet Laureate, Anne Michaels, and spoken word performances by SPIN El Poeta and Lara Bozabalian.

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Feb
12
8:00 PM20:00

Tinder Tales: Cupidity

  • 1214 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1J6 Canada (map)
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Gladstone Hotel - 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

Celebrate love or lack there of, PRE Valentine's Day with Tinder Tales annual "Cupidity". As seen at Just for Laughs, Tinder Tales is the show where comedians and storytellers share their real, ridiculous and x-rated dating experiences on stage for your pleasure. Sold out 3 years in a row this (anti) Valentine's show is one for everyone. Relationship or not, you'll walk out feeling a whole lot better about your love life. Host TBD with comedy and stories from:

James O'Hara, Liisa Ladouceur, Patrick Fishman, Katie Coseni, Marcus Gomes, Michelle Dominique, Dan Curtis Thompson

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Feb
12
6:00 PM18:00

Raising Our Voices - Sharing Black Canadian Stories

  • 273 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1W2 Canada (map)
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Koerner Hall

273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

This Black History Month, Historica Canada is proud to host a special evening of storytelling and music: Raising Our Voices - Sharing Black Canadian Stories. Join us as we celebrate the achievements of historical and contemporary Black Canadians who have made significant contributions to Canada.

Please note tickets are free but you must register through Eventbrite - follow the ticket link above

Speaker lineup includes Former NBA All-Star and Toronto Raptors Assistant Coach and Community Ambassador Jamaal D. Magloire, Chemist and CEO of Visions of Science Network for Learning Eugenia Duodu, Host of NBATV Canada's "The Hangout" Akil Augustine, Executive Director of Rainbow Railroad Kimahli Powell and Spoken Word Artist, Author and Activist MayaSpoken.

Historica Canada is thrilled to welcome back City News Anchor Tammie Sutherland as a host for this year's event, who will also be joined by Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Editor News Curation for Buzzfeed News and Social Media Editor for Buzzfeed Canada.

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Feb
11
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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at Burrows Hall Community Center, 1081 Progress Avenue (near Sheppard & Markham Road)

Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE) is a community led by youth, comprised of artists, activists, free-thinkers and revolutionaries. Together, they help to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performance arts. Located primarily on the east-side of Scarborough, RISE is able to reach out, and draw youth from all corners of the GTA and beyond.

Join Us! Peace, Love and Unity, RISE Edutainment brings you a weekly dose of artivism, self-expression, and healing every monday! What better way is there to start off your week?

Registration for open mic opens up every week at 6:30pm! Arrive early to solidify a spot on the performance list. $5 at the door. DJ Lewy spinning tracks from our Community every week!

Great vibes, great food, community gathering.

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Feb
10
5:00 PM17:00

MORE SONGS & POEMS

  • 292 Brunswick Ave. Toronto, Ontario M5S 2M7 (map)
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Tranzac Club - 292 Brunswick Ave., Toronto

Come hear the songs and poems of MAX LAYTON and experience the musical wizardry of co-host BOB COHEN, ED ROTH and MARY HANSON. There's beer on tap! and no cover but please PWYC..And this month our double feature will be MEG TENNANT and RON BAUMBER!

MEG TENNANT’s blend of folk and rootsy country will stir, challenge, uplift, and comfort. Meg will be singing songs from her soon to be released second solo CD, “Echoed Light.” About Meg’s first CD, “Driving With You,” Penguin Eggs said, "Her crystal clear and inviting voice shines on this collection of 10 original tunes." Meg has performed at festivals and showcases across the country and opened shows for the likes of Eliza Gilkyson and Tom Russell.
For more info: www.megtennantmusic.com

RON BAUMBER says he could tell you all sorts of things about himself, all of them true but irrelevant. Basically, he’s a singer-songwriter who rarely plays out anymore. Most recently, he has been working with producer Brian Gagnon (Shania Twain). Having recorded many tracks since the 70s, his music is available and streaming on literally every major service on the planet, including a release in China. Although Ron has worked on Multi-Platinum and Juno-winning projects, he says he is just a down to earth guy. For more info: www.ronbaumber.ca

MAX LAYTON'S most recent CD, TRUE THE NORTH, is an album of Max's original songs entirely devoted to Canadian stories and themes. About Max's previous album, LEONARD COHEN said: "This is a terrific record! Can't praise it highly enough!" Max also reads from LIKE, his latest book of poems. Dennis
Lee called Max’s first book of poetry “a genuine pleasure to read” while, according to Joe Rosenblatt, Max “is the wittiest and most experientially sublime poet around in Canadian poetry!” More about Max at www.maxlayton.com

BOB COHEN began his career as a professional musician in 1972 in London, U.K., where he learned his craft in recording studios and on stage. Before moving to Toronto, Bob worked mostly as a guitarist while recording and touring with major artists such as Tim Hardin, André Gagnon, and Jesse Winchester...

ED ROTH is a self-styled “musician” who likes to brag about his “Yorkville roots” and his years in LA. He claims to have worked with Rick James, Raffi and Daniel Lanois and is personally to blame for tons of jingles and TV music. He owns a digital accordion and will play it if provoked. Be warned: His playing only sounds like music.

MARY HANSON arrived in Toronto from Australia in the mid 1980s and debuted her keyboard skills with the Pukka Orchestra at the Bamboo. That's when she fell in with a gang of "Queen street" musicians including Robert Priest, with whom she still plays some thirty years later...

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Feb
10
1:30 PM13:30

Poetry & Prose - Oakville open mic

  • 67 Bronte Road Oakville, ON, L6L 3B7 Canada (map)
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Taste of Colombia - Fair Trade Cafe & El Salon "Events Room"

67 Bronte Road, Units #2 (Cafe) and #3 (El Salon), Oakville

Come listen in or sign up for the open mic (3 minutes per person for the first 15). Poetry, songs or prose.

Great coffee and food at this homey cafe. Come meet a friendly, creative bunch of people. We will have two guest poets - featurettes - one on for 10 minutes in the first half, and one after the break. We'll mix this up with contributions from you, or else just relax and listen. And have a look at Rosemary Hall Komori's photo exhibit, currently on the walls of the studio!

The event is free, but please buy some coffee and/or snacks, as the owners are very kind to let us have this space.

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Feb
8
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café, 2 Sussex Avenue (corner of Sussex and St. George)

Every Friday night since 1978, storytellers and listeners have been gathering in downtown Toronto for an open evening of oral stories. Each Friday night is unique, and everyone is welcome to come and listen, come and tell.

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Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Transitory Space # 9 by Leah Oates

  • 2186 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario M6R 1X3 (map)
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Black Cat Artspace

2186 Dundas Street West, Toronto

On view through Feb 20th - Hours: Thursday to Sunday, Noon-6 pm

The Transitory Space series deals with urban and natural locations that are transforming due to the passage of time, altered natural conditions, and a continual human imprint. In everyone and in everything there are daily changes and this series articulates fluctuation in the photographic image and captures movement through time and space.

Transitory spaces have a messy human energy that is perpetually in the present yet continually altering. They are endlessly interesting, alive places where there is a great deal of beauty and fragility. They are temporary monuments to the ephemeral nature of existence.

Artist Biography: Oates has B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Fulbright Fellow for study at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland.

Oates has had solo shows in the NYC area at Susan Eley Fine Art, The Central Park Arsenal Gallery, Sara Nightingale Gallery, The Center for Book Arts, Real Art Ways, Artemisia Gallery and at The Brooklyn Public Library. In 2017, this series was featured in the MTA Arts and Design Lightbox Project at 42nd Street in NYC.

Oates has been part of group shows in NYC at The Pen and Brush Gallery, Metaphor Contemporary Art, NYOC Gallery, 440 Gallery, Nurture Art Gallery, Momenta Art, Associated Gallery, Susan Eley Fine Art and at Denise Bibro Fine Art.

Works on paper by Oates are in numerous public collections including the Harvard University Libraries, The Brooklyn Museum Artists' Book Collection, The Walker Art Center Libraries, The Smithsonian Libraries and the Franklin Furnace Archive at MoMA, NYC.

For additional information and images please contact Leah Oates or Andrew Williamson @ leah.oates@gmail.com and at contact@theblackcat.to

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RISE Open Mic Poetry Thursdays
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

RISE Open Mic Poetry Thursdays

  • 779 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON, M5S 1Z5 Canada (map)
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A Different Booklist, 779 Bathurst St, Toronto

From our weekly open-mic showcases in Scarborough to our monthly curated showcases in the Annex, please join us in our cornerstone to Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE). Similar to our RISE Poetry Mondays, RISE Thursdays is an open mic event that will take place on the first Thursday of every month in partnership with A Different Booklist. Our mission is to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performance arts.

Our First RISE Thursday feature of 2019: AISHA FARAH

Aisha Farah is a 27 year old, born and raised in Toronto. She is of Kenyan descent and is currently studying Child and Youth Work. She began writing poetry at the age of 16 and started performing at 18. Aisha is a part-time spoken word poet who writes and shares experiences relating to daily life struggles, islamophobia, race/discrimination, and misconceptions. She hopes to use her voice through spoken word poetry to shed light on topics of importance.

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Feb
7
4:30 PM16:30

Ryerson - 2018-19 GRAD Contests Awards Reception

  • 122 Bond Street Toronto, ON, M5B 1E9 Canada (map)
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Ryerson University - IMA Commons, Image Arts Building

122 Bond Street, Main Floor, Toronto

Find out who won the 2018-19 GRAD Micropoem and T-shirt Contests on Feb. 7th when we announce the winners and showcase submissions!

Refreshments will be served and the first 40 people will receive winning T-shirts. Come support fellow grad students, see the winning entries and hear live poetry!

Featuring: Ivy Reiss

The Yeates School of Graduate Studies challenged graduate students to answer the question "How is your Ryerson graduate education helping you shape our future world?" for a chance to win cash prizes in two compelling contests:

1) Write a Micropoem

Graduate students were challenged to write a concise poem that answered the above question in 15 words or less. 2) Design the Grad Studies T-shirt

Individuals or teams were challenged to design the official YSGS T-shirt, based on the above question. The winning design will be produced and available for purchase in the RU Bookstore! Full contest details

This event qualifies for the Future Smart: Essential Professional Skills for Graduate Students Program certificate. Bring your passport to be signed.

All graduate students, faculty and staff are welcome. Refreshments and fun will be served to all!

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Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Vacant Nobodies #7

  • 61 Ossington Avenue Toronto, ON, M6J 2Y9 Canada (map)
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The Ossington - 61 Ossington Ave, Toronto

Readers: Téa Mutonji, Charlotte Joyce Kidd, Khalida Venus Hassan, David Bradford

Hosted by Fawn Parker & Sophie McCreesh

Email vacantnobodies@gmail.com with inquiries

This event is PWYC and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The Ossington is at street level with a step into the back room and the bathrooms are gendered and are located down a flight of stairs.

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Feb
5
8:30 PM20:30

Tell Me Something Good - Sexy Storytelling

  • 499 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C6 Canada (map)
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Glad Day Bookshop - 499 Church Street, Toronto

This month is an open theme in honour of our 5TH ANNIVERSARY! Yes, we've been telling sexy stories for 5 years. We're planning a few special treats so you won't want to miss it!

Peruse the books (etc) and buy something for yourself or someone else if you'd like! They also have food and a bar with alcohol and non-alcohol-based items, so you're welcome to order and enjoy snacks and beverages throughout the evening!

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Wild Writers
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

Wild Writers

  • 224 Augusta Avenue Toronto, ON, M5T 2L6 Canada (map)
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Poetry Jazz Café - 224 Augusta Ave, Toronto

Two exciting features; free snacks; $5 admission; 12 spots on the open mic! Hear awesome poetry, read a poem of your own invention; hawk your chapbook and enjoy a drink in the ambiance of one of TO's coolest jazz bars! Bios below:


Ivy Reiss is the founding publisher, editor-in-chief, and current art-director for The Artis magazine, and producer and host of The Artis with Ivy Reiss talk-show. The talk-show interview the biggest names in the GTA art scene about compelling topics on art and culture, airing out of ThatChannel.com. The Artis was nominated as a finalist at the 24th annual MARTY Award s in May 2018—just 13 months from the 2017 launch—in the “creative design—emerging” category.

Ivy has been a writer, spoken word performer, event host coordinator and keynote speaker for ten years. She organized and hosted the Oakville Lit Café reading series from 2012 – 2016, turning it into a go-to hub for poets and writers from all over the GTA, western Ontario, and as far as the USA and UK with a feature on Cogeco Cable’s Arts Matter TV show in April 2013 for being the biggest go-to-art-hob.

Ivy is currently writing on her experiences in the remote fly-in community of Naujaat, Nunavut (formerly Repulse Bay). In October 2016, she lived with the Inuit in their homes and investigated the education, healthcare, food, and housing conditions, while giving talks at the elementary and high-school, and the air-cadets on the importance of post-secondary education, their settled land claims, and how the future of Canada hinges on its youngest, and fully bilingual population; the Inuit.

Ivy’s anticipated collection of poetry, There is a Place, is launching Fall 2019. She will have a chap-book preview available in February 2019 for her audience.

Find out more about The Artis at www.TheArtisMagazine.com.

Ivy is sought after as a writer, editor, ghost writer, writing coach, and editor. Reach Ivy at ivy_reiss@hotmail.com and follow on Twitter at Ivy_Reiss


Jovan Shadd is a poet still new to the city who hones his craft on open mic stages where he finds them. He draws inspiration for his poems from such things as mental health, social justice, relationships and more.

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Feb
5
6:45 PM18:45

Rowers Reading Series

  • 499 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C6 Canada (map)
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Glad Day Bookshop - 499 Church Street, Toronto

Kath MacLean writes poetry, performance art, film, creative-nonfiction, drama, and prose. She is the author of For a Cappuccino on Bloor (1998), Kat Among the Tigers (2011), and Translating Air (McGill-Queen’s UP 2018). MacLean has won numerous awards across the country for her work in all genres including the Anne Green Award for best multi-genre artist in Canada, (2012), the New Muse Award, the Kalamalka Award (declined), the Bronwen Wallace Award (declined), Best of the Fest for her poetry video, Doo-Da-Doo-Da, and was runner-up for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She has served as WIR for the CAA, Kalamalka Press and the Mackie House, and the Purdy A-frame in Ameliasburgh, Ontario, and has performed in reading series and festivals across Canada and abroad. Previously a professor of English and creative writing in Edmonton, Kath recently returned to her roots in Toronto and has rediscovered the delights of teaching kindergarten where she gets to celebrate the world of pretend each and every day. In Translating Air, MacLean relives conversations H.D. might have had with Dr. Freud during her sessions with him in 1933-34.

Montrealer Leila Marshy is of Palestinian-Newfoundland heritage—she can tell a good joke, but it bombs. She has been a filmmaker, a baker, an app designer, a marketer, a farmer, and editor of online culture journal Rover Arts. She founded the Friends of Hutchison Street, a groundbreaking community group bringing Hasidic and non-Hasidic neighbours together in dialogue. She has published stories and poetry in Canadian and American journals and anthologies. The Philistine is her first novel.

John Miller’s third novel, Wild and Beautiful is the Night, (Cormorant: October 2018) is the story of an unusual friendship between two women struggling to find their way in Toronto’s sex trade. The Featherbed (Dundurn, 2002) received stellar reviews and earned a devoted readership upon its release and A Sharp Intake of Breath (Dundurn, 2007) won the Beatrice and Martin Fischer Award in Fiction for 2008. John grew up in Toronto and holds a B.A. from McGill University and an M.A. in International Development from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. In addition to writing, he is an organizational development consultant with non-profits.

Concetta Principe is a writer of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and academic scholarship. Her most recent project, titled This Real (2107), was long-listed for the League of Canadian Poet’s Raymond Souster Award. The other publication published by Pedlar Books, Hiroshima: A Love War Story, was used for the Humber College Theatre Department’s program, Performing Poetry, in the fall of 2017. She has several other publications, including a novella (Stained Glass, 1997) and an academic monograph (Secular Messiahs and the Return of Paul’s Real, 2015) and her creative work has appeared in The Malahat Review, Grain, Lemon Hound, Puritan, and Minola Review, and is forthcoming in the Capilano Review. She is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Trent University.

Aaron Tucker is the author of the novel Y: Oppenheimer, Horseman of Los Alamos (Coach House Books) as well as two books of poetry, Irresponsible Mediums: The Chess Games of Marcel Duchamp (Book*hug Press) and punchlines (Mansfield Press), and two scholarly cinema studies monographs on represetions of Internet use in Hollywood movies. His current collaborative project, Loss Sets, translates poems into sculptures which are then 3D printed; he is also the co-creator of The ChessBard, an app that transforms chess games into poems. Currently, he is a guest on the Dish with One Spoon Territory, where he is a lecturer in the English department at Ryerson University (Toronto). He began his doctorate as an Elia Scholarin the Cinema and Media Studies Department at York University in Fall of 2018.

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Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

Probably Poetry: An Evening of New Work

  • 1184 Bloor Street West Toronto, Ontario M6H 1N2 (map)
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Burdock - 1184 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Join us for the third instalment of “Probably Poetry,” an interdisciplinary reading series hosted by Probably Theatre Collective. Come and enjoy all new work inspired from a shared source: a secret prompt, to be revealed at the event.

We will be featuring the work of the three core collective members, Lou Campbell, Laura Gallagher-Doucette and Dylan Tate-Howarth, as well as the work of Alex Chouinard, Natalie Liconti, Khashayar Mohammadi, Cason Sharpe, Sanna Wani and Anne White

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