The Tartan Turban Secret Readings
Aug
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Tartan Turban Secret Readings

  • 577 Kingston Road Toronto, ON, M4E 1R3 Canada (map)
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Barrett and Welsh, unit 301

You are invited to the 20th session of The Tartan Turban Secret Readings curated by author Arif Anwar at Barrett and Welsh on Friday, August 23rd, 2019, from 7 pm to about 10 pm, featuring Arif himself, Uzma Jalaluddin, Anar Ali, Siobhan Jamison, Kateri Lanthier, Justine Mazin and Kirby. More features will be posted shortly.

Arif Anwar, our curator, is an author and public policy professional. He was born in Bangladesh and has worked for BRAC and UNICEF Myanmar on public health issues. After moving to Toronto, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in education from the University of Toronto. Arif’s first novel, The Storm, was published in 2018 by HarperCollins and has been translated into multiple languages. The Storm, received immediate international acclaim and was praised for an ambitious narrative that plays out over several decades, and the impact of one major storm on five different love stories. Visit https://arifanwar.com/ to learn more about Arif and his work.

Anar Ali’s short story collection, Baby Khaki's Wings, was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, the Trillium Book Award, and the Danuta Gleed Literary Prize. She is a screenwriter and works in film and television, most recently, for a new medical drama from CTV/NBCUniversal. Ali lives in Toronto. Her novel Night of Power (Penguin Canada, 2019) was released on August 19th and is a heart-wrenching story of a family in crisis. Gripping and unforgettable, Anar Ali's debut novel vividly illuminates the injustices of displacement and the nuances of identity--of losing a home and coming home again.

Uzma Jalaluddin, a high school teacher, writes Samosas and Maple Syrup, a regular column about modern Muslim life for the Toronto Star. She’s also been a guest on the TV show Cityline, speaking on the Muslim experience. Her first novel, Ayesha At Last (HarperCollins 2018) is a modern Pride and Prejudice set in a close-knit Toronto Muslim community. The book was named the 2019 Cosmopolitan UK Book of the Year, long-listed for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour (Canada) and the Toronto Book Awards, and short-listed for the Kobo Emerging Writer Award. It was also one of The Globe and Mail's 100 Favourite Books of 2018.

Siobhan Jamison is the author of Maternity and Other Corsets - a novel inspired by 10 years in Europe as a wife to a French painter and then as a single parent to their daughter. She was longlisted for the 2017 CBC poetry prize for her poem Godot. She was born in Manchester and holds a degree in English from the University of Toronto. She has been teaching at Seneca College for almost 20 years and currently resides in downtown Toronto with her partner and son.

Kirby’s earlier chapbooks include Simple Enough, Cock & Soul, Bob’s boy, The world is fucked and sometimes beautiful, and SHE'S HAVING A DORIS DAY (knife | fork | book, 2017). They appear in Matrix Magazine, Dusie, Canthius, Carousel, Burning House, The Rusty Toque (Pushcart Nominee) and can be heard on bandcamp. A collection of essays, Poetry Is Queer, from Kirby’s ongoing class/ workshop is forthcoming, along with their new chapbook, She Ascended Into Heaven (Anstruther Press, 2020). Their full-length debut, THIS IS WHERE I GET OFF is out now from Permanent Sleep Press. Kirby is the owner/publisher of knife | fork | book, Toronto.

Kateri Lanthier’s poems have been published in many journals, including The Fiddlehead, Event, Hazlitt, Green Mountains Review, Arc, Best Canadian Poetry 2014, Halibut Haiku, The Walrus, and the Literary Review of Canada. She won the 2013 Walrus Poetry Prize. She is an Adjunct Professor, MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing, University of Toronto. Her books are Reporting from Night (Iguana, 2011) and Siren (Signal Editions, Véhicule Press, 2017), which was longlisted for the 2018 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her first creative non-fiction essay is forthcoming in the anthology Against Death (Anvil Press, 2019). Poems from Siren have been included in four print anthologies.

Justine Mazin is a writer and screenwriter from Toronto. Her short story, “Packing Snow”, was a finalist for the 2016 CBC Short Story Prize. She has completed a novel which is currently being considered by publishers and is working on a TV series, a dramedy, set in Toronto. Whenever she has an idea she can’t shake she turns it into short fiction; one day she hopes to publish a collection of her stories.

To book a seat (it's free), visit our Eventbrite page at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tartan-turban-secret-readings-20-tickets-67829448707

For updated information and for author headshots, follow this Facebook group and Facebook event page.


Open mic: Anyone attending is welcome to read or perform (if you are a musician) in our open mic sessions. If you are a writer or musician who would like to perform in the open mic session, we ask that you listen in to at least one session to get the flavour of the evening and join in on your next visit. To participate in TTSR #20 please contact Arif Anwar (or series curators, Gavin Barrett or Mayank Bhatt) — beforehand as this will allow Arif to line up readers and manage the evening efficiently. There are detailed open mic guidelines posted in our FB group. Open mic readers who have published works they would like to offer for sale are free to mention it on finishing their readings.

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Last Chance Slam
Aug
20
8:00 PM20:00

Last Chance Slam

  • 32 Lisgar Street Toronto, ON, M6J 0C7 Canada (map)
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Toronto Media Arts Centre

Voices of Today is a four day festival with workshops, open mics, and showcases run by youth for youth. It is the newest addition to the set of festivals run by Spoken Word Canada, and its goal is to bring together youth poets from all across this colonial nation to learn from community leaders and each other.

Voices of Today is scheduled to take place August 20th - 24th, 2019 in the Dish with One Spoon, or Many (Toronto). This festival takes place on the traditional territories of the original caretakers, who on this land are the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Petun, and Huron-Wendat. This land is governed by the Toronto Purchase between the Mississaugas of New Credit and the federal government. It is also governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Convenant between the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee.

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The top 5 poets from this slam will form the final team competing in the festival. Slam is open to humans aged 22 and under. Sign up at 7:30, show at 8

Information about our feature coming soon!

Thank you to our funders, the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council for making Voices of Today possible.

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Aug
21
1:00 PM13:00

Poetry as Knowledge Translation with Inali Barger

  • 32 Lisgar Street Toronto, ON, M6J 0C7 Canada (map)
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Toronto Media Arts Centre

Voices of Today is a four day festival with workshops, open mics, and showcases run by youth for youth. It is the newest addition to the set of festivals run by Spoken Word Canada, and its goal is to bring together youth poets from all across this colonial nation to learn from community leaders and each other.

Voices of Today is scheduled to take place August 20th - 24th, 2019 in the Dish with One Spoon, or Many (Toronto). This festival takes place on the traditional territories of the original caretakers, who on this land are the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Petun, and Huron-Wendat. This land is governed by the Toronto Purchase between the Mississaugas of New Credit and the federal government. It is also governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Convenant between the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee.

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Poetry as Knowledge Translation: This workshop will focus on writing poetry with the goals of clarity and translating emotions and events across many contexts and experiences. We will briefly discuss accessibility in writing as it relates to self- and world-awareness, participate in a few writing exercises, and spend some time at the end to edit if time allows. Please bring writing materials (if you have extra, consider bringing some for your neighbour, as they might not have any). All ages and levels of experience are welcome.

Inali Barger is a spoken word artist, educator, community advocate, activist, and has a habit of turning false dichotomies into biodegradable confetti. He has coached individuals and teams of poets to help them breathe into their own truths, locate their own experiences, and edit (self/others/the world, through words). Inali addresses intersectionality through the context of addiction, poverty, homelessness, mental illness, physical illness, queerness, research for advocacy on behalf of himself and others, and his nearly 11 years of dedication to the London Poetry Slam and Canadian spoken word community. He has competed nationally five times, placing 2nd nationally on the London Poetry Slam team in 2016, and was Underground Indies champ in 2017. He has performed, offered workshops, and spoken on panels at international and national conferences, universities, high schools, public schools, libraries, drop-in centres, living rooms and in conversations with strangers.

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ChiSeries Toronto
Aug
21
8:00 PM20:00

ChiSeries Toronto

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

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series Toronto Branch hosts authors in the SF, fantasy and horror genres. Hosted by Sandra Kasturi.

Authors reading:

REBECCA DIEM is an author and poet of smart, hopeful speculative fiction. Her work includes the steampunk novella series Tales of the Captain Duke, following a defiant young aristocrat who saves a band of airship pirates from certain peril and talks her way into joining their crew. Rebecca now calls Toronto home and is on a never-ending quest to find the perfect café and writing spot. You can follow her adventures online @kthnxbex or visit rebeccadiem.com for more stories.

TIMOTHY S. JOHNSTON is an award-winning writer of science fiction mystery/thrillers. He was born in 1970 and has experienced firsthand the explosion of computer technology, the evolution of science fiction in film and television, the birth of action blockbusters, and the exponential growth of the video game industry. He reads as much Crichton, Asimov, and Christie as time permits, and he holds these three writers as his greatest creative influences. Johnston’s science fiction murder mystery The Furnace won the 2015 CYGNUS Award in the Science Fiction Thriller category; all three books in his Tanner Sequence won the 2015 CLUE Award for Thriller / Suspense Novels in the Blended Genre category; The Freezer won the 2016 Science Fiction Epic Award; and The War Beneath won First Place in the 2018 GLOBAL THRILLER Awards in the Action / Adventure category, was a Semi-Finalist in the 2018 CLUE Awards for Suspense / Thriller, and is currently Finalist in the 2019 Silver Falchion Awards in the Thriller category and is Longlisted in the 2019 CYGNUS Science Fiction Awards. His second novel with ChiZine Publications, THE SAVAGE DEEPS, comes out in November 2019.

RAQUEL RICH is a full-time sci-fi author and occasional blogger. She loves to travel, suntan, walk her dog, and is obsessed with all things Beauty & the Beast. She despises cold weather, balloons, and writing about herself in the third person but noticed all the real authors do that. Raquel left (ok, got let go from) a career in the travel industry and rather than looking for a real job, she wrote her first book, Hamartia. Married to the guy she’s been with since she was fifteen (her baby daddy), her superpowers include being a mom to their two awesome grown-ass boys and one fur baby. She was born and raised in Canada to Brazilian parents and lives in the Toronto area with her family. Raquel is a proud member of Broad Universe: an international, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging, honoring, and celebrating women writers and editors in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other speculative genres.

Music:

KARI MAAREN is as the sparrow's flight through the mead hall, metaphorically speaking. The author of Copper Cylinder-winning Weave a Circle Round, the composer of songs about terrible elves and problematic movie trailers, the creator of time-travel comics that are read by almost six people, Kari is nearly always trying not to mark. She probably doesn't like your shoes.

NOTE that the Round Venue is not currently accessible--it is on the second floor, up a flight of stairs.

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Aug
21
10:00 PM22:00

Dub Poetry's Interventing Aesthetic with Clifton Joseph

  • 32 Lisgar Street Toronto, ON, M6J 0C7 Canada (map)
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Toronto Media Arts Centre

Voices of Today is a four day festival with workshops, open mics, and showcases run by youth for youth. It is the newest addition to the set of festivals run by Spoken Word Canada, and its goal is to bring together youth poets from all across this colonial nation to learn from community leaders and each other.

Featuring Clifton Joseph

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Dub poetry’s interventing aesthetic: showing the history of the movement in Canada, it’s poetics and politics, publishing moves, independent productions and interfacing with the Canadian poetry, publishing art and political industries.

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WordSpeak Jam Slam!
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
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Vocal Euphoria

WordSpeak Jam Slam! is an awesome fun Storytelling, Spoken Word & Public Speaking Performance Workshop! Students learn the art of presenting stories, poems, monologues and speeches in a warm and friendly environment. This is a safe space where you get to make mistakes, be yourself, fumble, stutter and fall, warts and all, without judgment. Just be willing to learn and grow! You will see results very quickly if you keep an open mind and be teachable. With the help of Instructor/Vocal Sensei Carolyn Thompson of Vocal Euphoria, you will improve stage presence and conquer stage fright.

Student Performers - $35 each Discount Packages available!

This class is for Teens and Adults 13+

Beginner or Advanced No experience necessary

For more info, go to: vocaleuphoria.com/word-speak

Instructor: Carolyn Thompson - Vocalist, Entertainer, Actor, TED Talks Speaker, Voice and Performance Coach Specializing in singing and public speaking for teens and adults 13+ Owner and Founder of Vocal Euphoria

Contact info: (647) 948-8994 Ext #1 (no texts pls) carolyn@vocaleuphoria.com The Silver Mill Dawes and Danforth

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OUTwrites
Aug
22
8:00 PM20:00

OUTwrites

  • 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)
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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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RISK! Live at Toronto's Great Hall!
Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

RISK! Live at Toronto's Great Hall!

  • 1087 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1H3 Canada (map)
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The Great Hall Toronto

Laura Kucenty, Karle Norman, Duchess, Kelly O'Donovan

RISK! is a live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public, hosted by Kevin Allison of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe, The State. The award-winning live show has featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz and more, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. Slate.com called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.”

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Aug
23
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, Toronto, Ontario

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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Toronto Poetry Slam
Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Toronto Poetry Slam

  • 1150 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1J3 Canada (map)
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The Drake Hotel

TPS is back with another hot slam and this time we're featuring the hilarious Brendan Flaherty!

He's a writer, spoken word poet, and occasional comic originally from Saskatoon on Treaty 6 Territory. He has represented his hometown at CFSW (once), CIPS at Verses (also once), and had a syndicated political humor column on CBC radio during the last federal election. He’s the founder and festival director of the Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival (SPAF). He hosts a live talk show called Please Explain Toronto To Me, which is a follow-up podcast to his previous show This Night Will Change Your Life (which he’s still paying web hosting fees on, so go ahead and download those episodes). He’s been named a CBC Future 40 winner, which is like the 40 Under 40 except the trophy is etched with ‘recipient’. He’s happy to be here.

As always doors at 7 signup for slam + open mic at 730 and show at 8pm. Limited seating so if you arrive late you'll likely be standing.

$7 cover. All ages.

And if you can't make it to this slam, our next show at the Drake is Sept 13.

Accessibility info: The Drake Hotel has 1 step at the front door on Queen St. W. There are no steps and a button to open the door on Beaconsfield (west side of the building). To get from the lobby to the Underground, there are 19 steps to the doors/bar level, then 4 steps leading from the bar area to where the chairs are setup. Bathrooms are back on the same level as the bar in the Underground. A wheelchair accessible, gender neutral washroom is on the main lobby level.

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Our Stories: Show & Tell
Aug
24
12:00 PM12:00

Our Stories: Show & Tell

  • 333 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1W7 Canada (map)
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Alternity

This one-day workshop will help participants experience the power of sharing their personal story. We will work on opening up to others, speaking emotionally in front of the group and relive personal experiences in a candid, present, entertaining way. The brought items for Show & Tell will act as a catalyst for participants to dig a deeper, building a connection to a past moment that moves them.

This workshop is a sample of the Personal Experience Performance Series, an 8-part series that supports participants to share their personal stories through poetry, comedy and storytelling. This series will begin in the fall, feel free to reach out for more information.

About Anto Chan

Anto creates moments of connection by speaking candidly with audiences through multiple spoken word mediums including poetry, storytelling and comedy. Recently, Anto has combined all his talents into a one-person show called “Love So Far,” which debuted at the Montreal Fringe Festival 2019. After the success and reception of his show, he will be bringing it to Toronto for a 2nd run in the fall.

For the past 12 years, Anto has been performing for a variety of audiences. He has toured across Asia and Canada as a stand-up comedian, travelled as a motivational speaker, produced storytelling shows such as Dare Storytelling, and featured on Poetry Shows Shab’e’Sher, Wild Writers, Rise Poetry and Guelph Poetry Slam. He was featured on the front page of Reddit and has won multiple awards for his work as a performance artist.

Anto’s most moving experience running this type of workshop was on a trip to Rajasthan and Udaipur India. He helped participants create personal stories that they would share with the rest of the group. Highlighting why they chose to visit India, they shared stories of raising funds, relatable challenges and why they decided to contribute to the community’s education project. Through deeper understanding of storytelling, humour, and emotional candidness, the participants provided incredible insight into their unique lives.

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Unicorn Medicine: Creative Writing for Queer and Trans Folks
Aug
24
2:00 PM14:00

Unicorn Medicine: Creative Writing for Queer and Trans Folks

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

Unicorn Medicine is a creative writing workshop for queer and trans folks. Each workshop is a stand-alone session.

Cost: $15-40 sliding scale*

Registration recommended as space is limited--register at cicadalex@gmail.com

Creative writing enables us to kvetch, share stories, start revolutions, and heal. As queer and trans folks with a wide array of backgrounds, our voices often feel silenced by the sexuality-/gender-restrictive environments which surround us. Writing is one way to check back in with our embodied self. With a strong commitment to confidentiality and craft, these workshops generate creative writing which spans genres—from memoir to poetry to short stories, from science fiction to playwriting to novels. The Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) workshop method values every writing voice using a clear structure which creates non-hierarchical safer space for all participants. In this hands-on workshop for new and seasoned writers, we will tap into our authentic writing voices, past the critic, and into the stories our hearts wish to tell.

Alex Cafarelli is a genderqueer femme Jewish Witch based in Toronto. A lifetime writer and performer, she has performed with Body Heat Femme Tour, Heels on Wheels Roadshow, Sins Invalid, The Brockton Writers Series and Naked Heart: The LGBTQ Festival of Words. Her work has been featured at theatres, conferences and universities across North America on themes of sexuality, chronic illness, survivorship, anti-oppression and queer femme identity. Certified to lead workshops in the Amherst Writers and Artists workshop method, Alex has been facilitating creative writing workshops since 2010. She is published in the Lambda award winning anthology, Glitter & Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Femme Galaxy.

For more information on the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, visit https://amherstwriters.org

*a limited number of scholarships are available—if cost is a barrier, contact Alex at cicadalex@gmail.com

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Shut Up and Write, Toronto
Aug
24
2:00 PM14:00

Shut Up and Write, Toronto

  • 175 Bloor Street East Toronto, ON, J4Y 0K7 Canada (map)
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Bishop and Belcher

On August 24 and 31, we are running Shut Up and Write, Toronto as part of the festival Bricks & Glitter. Our events are open to all, as always—and in line with the focus of Bricks & Glitter, we especially welcome two-spirit, trans, and queer people. This in part speaks to the roots of our group, which has always had strong involvement by queer and/or gender non-conforming people––as organisers and participants.

THE DRILL: We gather together with our laptops and/or notebooks and pens. We each have something we need to write, whether it be a poem, essay, grant application, part of a novel or a script or a dissertation or a zine, etc. We write for 25 mins at a time, with social breaks in between.

Shut Up and Write meet ups place the typically solitary activity of writing into a more social space. Here, everyone writes and there are no audiences. We’re all practicing peers, regardless of our credentials, our genres, and whether we self-identify as writers.

To learn about our weekly meet ups (or promote your own!), join Shut Up and Write, Toronto and GTA. For FAQs, visit https://shutupandwritetoronto.wordpress.com/faqs/. Feel free to post questions to this Facebook event too :)

BRICKS AND GLITTER: "We are a trouble of queers who believe in creativity and collectivity, in imagining together a world worth living in. Intersectional by default and critical by necessity, we are trying to create a space for us all of us, to world build together, and to practice the future in the now. Bricks & Glitter is a community arts festival, celebrating two-spirit, trans and queer talent, ingenuity, caring, anger, and abundance." https://bricks-glitter.com/

VENUE: The Bishop and Belcher is at the corner of Church and Hayden Streets (but enter off Hayden Street). We will meet in the back area (near the kitchen doors), which has various seating booths. The venue is a pub with breakfast and lunch menus. Wifi is available. There are electrical outlets (but if you're using a laptop, it's still best to charge it beforehand). You may wish to bring headphones in case you find any background noise distracting.

ACCESSIBILITY: — The venue has been included as an accessible venue on the blog AccessTO. Details, including some measurements, are here: http://www.accessto.ca/home/2014/04/27/the-bishop-and-belcher. In the past, we have seen a wheelchair user and a walker user at the venue — This event is free. You can order food or beverages but this isn't essential — Please refrain from wearing scents — The nearest subway is Bloor-Yonge and Green P parking is available on Church Street.

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Chapbook Release Party ft. Zoey Roy, El Jones, & More!
Aug
24
7:30 PM19:30

Chapbook Release Party ft. Zoey Roy, El Jones, & More!

  • 32 Lisgar Street Toronto, ON, M6J 0C7 Canada (map)
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Toronto Media Arts Centre

Voices of Today is a four day festival with workshops, open mics, and showcases run by youth for youth. It is the newest addition to the set of festivals run by Spoken Word Canada, and its goal is to bring together youth poets from all across this colonial nation to learn from community leaders and each other.

Voices of Today is scheduled to take place August 20th - 24th, 2019 in the Dish with One Spoon, or Many (Toronto). This festival takes place on the traditional territories of the original caretakers, who on this land are the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Petun, and Huron-Wendat. This land is governed by the Toronto Purchase between the Mississaugas of New Credit and the federal government. It is also governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Convenant between the Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee.

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Throughout the festival participants will create a chapbook of their work under the facilitation of Zoey Roy. Come get a copy of the book for yourself, and hear performances from Zoey Roy, El Jones, Clifton Joseph, and Gabriel Ramirez, as well as youth from each competing team.

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August HYP Slam: Anything Goes!
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

August HYP Slam: Anything Goes!

  • 121 Hughson Street North Hamilton, ON, L8R 1G7 Canada (map)
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The Spice Factory

Bring all your summertime memories, costumes, musical accompaniment, props, covers, and anything you need to change the stage and transcend this slam into a monumental event!!

Doors At: 6:00 pm

Open Mic: 6:30 pm

Slam Start: 7:00 pm

Price: $5 dollars or PWYC (Pay What You Can)

OPEN MIC: There will be 5 spots in the open mic, we will do a draw if more than 5 people sign up. There is a 4 min time limit for the open mic.

SLAM: Slam Rules: As we would love to have complete anarchy and let loose, the abstract concept that currently controls our life being time restricts how long we have to preform. Therefore, we will be extending our time limit to 4 minutes, passing the time limit of 4 minutes will result in being cut off by the host.

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Unruly Bodies 3
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Unruly Bodies 3

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

It's our THIRD TIME hosting this event and we're so excited to invite 10 more storytellers to the stage!

“All of us live in unruly bodies that we’re all trying to take care of as best we can.” —Roxane Gay

In her pop-up magazine for Medium, Roxane Gay asked writers to respond to the question: “What does it mean to live in an unruly body?” In this night of stories, writers and storytellers will share a story about their relationship with a body that refuses to act “as it should.”

In a world that works so hard to control, discipline, and punish the bodies of women, and especially trans women, femmes, BIPOC women, non-binary folks, and sick and disabled women, how can we begin to celebrate our unruly bodies?

Featuring:

Sachiko Murakami, Renee Dumaresque, Jill Andrew, Nisa Malli, Lauren Ramsay, Jodi Chan, Faith, Erica Louise, Jess Goldson, Loretta Jean


Curated by Margeaux Feldman

*We gratefully recognize the support of the Toronto Arts Council.


Access Note:

There are no steps leading up to the entrance There are no e-doors, but there will be volunteers will be at the doors for easy access The event space is all on one level, including bathrooms Bathrooms are gender neutral and doors will remain open, as there are no e-doors Bathrooms each include a wheelchair accessible stall and sinks, taps, towels, and hand dryers can be reached from a wheelchair Accessible seating will be reserved for those in mobility devices as well as those who need to sit All aisles will have clearance for wheelchairs and other mobility devices We will have pillows and cushions available and can reserve one for you at your request We request that attendees come low-scent or scent-free We are in the process of trying to confirm ASL interpreters for this event. If you are an audience member requiring ASL please reach out to us at hello@withoutpretend.com to let us know and we can update you on our progress.

If you have any questions about access or access needs not mentioned here, please feel free to contact us at ameema@withoutpretend.com with the subject line: "Access Request for Unruly Bodies event".

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Aug
26
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

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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WordSpeak Jam Slam!
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
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Vocal Euphoria

WordSpeak Jam Slam! is an awesome fun Storytelling, Spoken Word & Public Speaking Performance Workshop! Students learn the art of presenting stories, poems, monologues and speeches in a warm and friendly environment. This is a safe space where you get to make mistakes, be yourself, fumble, stutter and fall, warts and all, without judgment. Just be willing to learn and grow! You will see results very quickly if you keep an open mind and be teachable. With the help of Instructor/Vocal Sensei Carolyn Thompson of Vocal Euphoria, you will improve stage presence and conquer stage fright.

Student Performers - $35 each Discount Packages available!

This class is for Teens and Adults 13+

Beginner or Advanced No experience necessary

For more info, go to: vocaleuphoria.com/word-speak

Instructor: Carolyn Thompson - Vocalist, Entertainer, Actor, TED Talks Speaker, Voice and Performance Coach Specializing in singing and public speaking for teens and adults 13+ Owner and Founder of Vocal Euphoria

Contact info: (647) 948-8994 Ext #1 (no texts pls) carolyn@vocaleuphoria.com The Silver Mill Dawes and Danforth

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WonderFest Sauga Series: Spreading Empowerment Through Art
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

WonderFest Sauga Series: Spreading Empowerment Through Art

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

Let's Make Good Productions presents

WONDERFEST Sauga Series: Spreading Empowerment Through Art!!

This month we have incredible talents to showcase their original work.

Music by: Nate Graham, Brianna Corona

Spoken Word by: Frostalino DaCosta

Visual art displayed by: Kim-Lee Kho

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Aug
30
5:30 PM17:30

'Sauga Poetry Slam at the AGM

  • 300 City Centre Drive Mississauga, ON, L5B 2G6 Canada (map)
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Art Gallery of Mississauga

Happening monthly, the last Friday of the month.

Doors and sign-up 5:30 pm.

A once-a-month evening of poetry, spoken word and friendly competition. Curated by Qurat Dar and Hamzah Amin

There will be an open mic component, where you can sign up for a 5-minute timeslot to perform, as well as a slam that will be judged and scored. The rules of the slam are as follows:

• no hate speech • original work only • no props/costumes • no musical accompaniment • 3 minutes per poem with a 10 second grace period • have 2 potential poems ready as it is a 2-round slam • poems do not have to be memorized

Spaces are limited so sign up early. If you’d rather not perform, we’re always looking for audience members and judges!

So go on, let the poet in you out!

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Aug
30
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, Toronto, Ontario

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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Shut Up and Write, Toronto
Aug
31
2:00 PM14:00

Shut Up and Write, Toronto

  • 175 Bloor Street East Toronto, ON, J4Y 0K7 Canada (map)
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Bishop and Belcher

On August 24 and 31, we are running Shut Up and Write, Toronto as part of the festival Bricks & Glitter. Our events are open to all, as always—and in line with the focus of Bricks & Glitter, we especially welcome two-spirit, trans, and queer people. This in part speaks to the roots of our group, which has always had strong involvement by queer and/or gender non-conforming people––as organisers and participants.

THE DRILL: We gather together with our laptops and/or notebooks and pens. We each have something we need to write, whether it be a poem, essay, grant application, part of a novel or a script or a dissertation or a zine, etc. We write for 25 mins at a time, with social breaks in between.

Shut Up and Write meet ups place the typically solitary activity of writing into a more social space. Here, everyone writes and there are no audiences. We’re all practicing peers, regardless of our credentials, our genres, and whether we self-identify as writers.

To learn about our weekly meet ups (or promote your own!), join Shut Up and Write, Toronto and GTA. For FAQs, visit https://shutupandwritetoronto.wordpress.com/faqs/. Feel free to post questions to this Facebook event too :)

BRICKS AND GLITTER: "We are a trouble of queers who believe in creativity and collectivity, in imagining together a world worth living in. Intersectional by default and critical by necessity, we are trying to create a space for us all of us, to world build together, and to practice the future in the now. Bricks & Glitter is a community arts festival, celebrating two-spirit, trans and queer talent, ingenuity, caring, anger, and abundance." https://bricks-glitter.com/

VENUE: The Bishop and Belcher is at the corner of Church and Hayden Streets (but enter off Hayden Street). We will meet in the back area (near the kitchen doors), which has various seating booths. The venue is a pub with breakfast and lunch menus. Wifi is available. There are electrical outlets (but if you're using a laptop, it's still best to charge it beforehand). You may wish to bring headphones in case you find any background noise distracting.

ACCESSIBILITY: — The venue has been included as an accessible venue on the blog AccessTO. Details, including some measurements, are here: http://www.accessto.ca/home/2014/04/27/the-bishop-and-belcher. In the past, we have seen a wheelchair user and a walker user at the venue — This event is free. You can order food or beverages but this isn't essential — Please refrain from wearing scents — The nearest subway is Bloor-Yonge and Green P parking is available on Church Street.

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SPEAKout Open Mic
Aug
31
7:00 PM19:00

SPEAKout Open Mic

  • 1065 Canadian Place Mississauga, ON, L4W 0B8 Canada (map)
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Studio.89, Unit 104

We are celebrating 10 years of Speakout and you're invited!

This Open Mic Night, part of a revival of our storytelling tradition will be a special anniversary edition. It will be a night of poetry, music and storytelling. Featuring award winning spoken word artist and our alumni, Ian Keteku!

Admission: ONLY $10! (Includes in-house catered menu)

Artists will be performing, on a first come first serve basis. Please note, this is not a competition but a platform for new and established talent to SPEAKout! So, bring your songs, poems, comedies and stories, all are welcome :)

All performances must adhere to SPEAKout's values:

1- No profanity 2- No explicit sexual content or performance 3- Respects the diversity of the SPEAKout audience in terms of age and cultural/religious backgrounds.

100% of proceeds from ticket sales will go towards supporting our venue partner, feature artist and sustaining free future programming for youth in the community.

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The Annual Coach House Wayzgoose
Sep
5
5:00 PM17:00

The Annual Coach House Wayzgoose

  • 80 bpNichol Lane Toronto, ON, M5S Canada (map)
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Coach House Books

Ding! Ding! Ding! Get set for the annual Coach House Books Wayzgoose, 2019 edition, the Soirée in the Alléy: Goose vs. Squirrel.

What's that you say? What's a Wayzgoose? A Wayzgoose is the traditional party given by a master printer to his employees at the summer's end, when the season of working by candlelight began. Our annual Wayzgoose is more of a bookish get-together when friends, authors, and readers can visit the Coach House, and tour the premises before you throw in the towel for the night.

This blow-by-blow with feature beer, wine, and hotdogs (and veggie dogs) for all and a free drink ticket with every book purchase. And a goose will box a squirrel. Maybe.

The Wayzegoose is intended to be welcoming and respectful to all. If you feel uncomfortable or need assistance please let a Coach House staff member know.

(Oh, and please avoid including the Wayzgoose in any event listings or public forums or else we'll get burnt (technically, the conditions of our liquor license won't allow us to advertise in this manner).

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WordSpeak Jam Slam!
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
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Vocal Euphoria

WordSpeak Jam Slam! is an awesome fun Storytelling, Spoken Word & Public Speaking Performance Workshop! Students learn the art of presenting stories, poems, monologues and speeches in a warm and friendly environment. This is a safe space where you get to make mistakes, be yourself, fumble, stutter and fall, warts and all, without judgment. Just be willing to learn and grow! You will see results very quickly if you keep an open mind and be teachable. With the help of Instructor/Vocal Sensei Carolyn Thompson of Vocal Euphoria, you will improve stage presence and conquer stage fright.

Student Performers - $35 each Discount Packages available!

This class is for Teens and Adults 13+

Beginner or Advanced No experience necessary

For more info, go to: vocaleuphoria.com/word-speak

Instructor: Carolyn Thompson - Vocalist, Entertainer, Actor, TED Talks Speaker, Voice and Performance Coach Specializing in singing and public speaking for teens and adults 13+ Owner and Founder of Vocal Euphoria

Contact info: (647) 948-8994 Ext #1 (no texts pls) carolyn@vocaleuphoria.com The Silver Mill Dawes and Danforth

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Sep
6
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, Toronto, Ontario

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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Sep
7
10:30 AM10:30

Fisher Small and Fine Press Fair

  • 120 Saint George Street Toronto, ON, M5S 1A5 Canada (map)
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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

Please join us on Saturday September 7 when the Fisher holds its fourth small and fine press fair. Held every two years, it showcases the work of some of this country's finest book makers. This year's will be first to have coast-to-coast representation with the addition of Vancouver's Heavenly Monkey and Walking Bird Press from St. John's. It promises to be a special day, so please join us.

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Poetry in the Woods
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry in the Woods

  • 159223 7th Line Meaford, ON, N4L 1W5 Canada (map)
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Music and Poetry, Poetry and Music

Doug Tielli and Heather Saumer will rock and entertain us with a variety of instruments, music and song

Daniel Kolos will read both tender and raunchy poems from his upcoming autobiographical poetry book, then switch to a series of poems, a conversation between Daniel and Rumi: Inspired by the master. CDs of Doug's music and Daniel's poetry books will be on sale!

Our hosts will be Marylin Leischnig and Johannes Langedijk

Light refreshments will be available. BYOB

Recommended donation for the artists: $20.00 per person

Bring your own law chairs, blankets

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Sep
9
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

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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WordSpeak Jam Slam!
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
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Vocal Euphoria

WordSpeak Jam Slam! is an awesome fun Storytelling, Spoken Word & Public Speaking Performance Workshop! Students learn the art of presenting stories, poems, monologues and speeches in a warm and friendly environment. This is a safe space where you get to make mistakes, be yourself, fumble, stutter and fall, warts and all, without judgment. Just be willing to learn and grow! You will see results very quickly if you keep an open mind and be teachable. With the help of Instructor/Vocal Sensei Carolyn Thompson of Vocal Euphoria, you will improve stage presence and conquer stage fright.

Student Performers - $35 each Discount Packages available!

This class is for Teens and Adults 13+

Beginner or Advanced No experience necessary

For more info, go to: vocaleuphoria.com/word-speak

Instructor: Carolyn Thompson - Vocalist, Entertainer, Actor, TED Talks Speaker, Voice and Performance Coach Specializing in singing and public speaking for teens and adults 13+ Owner and Founder of Vocal Euphoria

Contact info: (647) 948-8994 Ext #1 (no texts pls) carolyn@vocaleuphoria.com The Silver Mill Dawes and Danforth

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OUTwrites
Sep
12
8:00 PM20:00

OUTwrites

  • 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)
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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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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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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Sep
14
1:00 PM13:00

Canzine Toronto 2019

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

The festival of zine culture and independent arts!

Join fellow zinesters, artists, and supporters at the first stop of Canada's biggest zine festival! We've got tons of cool events planned, announcing the BP Zine Awards winners, and overall fun!

To learn more about the event, how to promote, volunteer, or table, then visit www.canzine.ca

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Sep
16
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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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The Word On The Street Toronto
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Word On The Street Toronto

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

It’s a festival 30 years in the making—The Word On The Street Toronto has championed literacy and excellent Canadian writing since 1989, delighting audiences of all ages with author readings and featured programming alongside Canada’s largest open-air book fair.

This September we're throwing a #WOTS30 birthday party like no other, celebrating the past and future of Canadian literature with an exciting lineup of debut authors alongside perennial favourites.

The 2019 festival will kick off September 17 with a special inaugural keynote address: THE CITY IMAGINES, delivered by TORONTO REBORN author KEN GREENBERG, followed by a panel discussion on urbanism and the arts.

The Word On The Street Toronto also continues to expand and diversify its lineup with the return of WOTS Plus, a full day of additional programming on Saturday, September 21 presented in partnership with the TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY and DIASPORA DIALOGUES.

This annual, FREE event has grown to include more than 140 readings, panels, workshops, and other entertainment—it is truly a celebration of the written word.

Everyone loves a good story. Thanks for being part of ours.

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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)
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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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WordSpeak Jam Slam!
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
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Vocal Euphoria

WordSpeak Jam Slam! is an awesome fun Storytelling, Spoken Word & Public Speaking Performance Workshop! Students learn the art of presenting stories, poems, monologues and speeches in a warm and friendly environment. This is a safe space where you get to make mistakes, be yourself, fumble, stutter and fall, warts and all, without judgment. Just be willing to learn and grow! You will see results very quickly if you keep an open mind and be teachable. With the help of Instructor/Vocal Sensei Carolyn Thompson of Vocal Euphoria, you will improve stage presence and conquer stage fright.

Student Performers - $35 each Discount Packages available!

This class is for Teens and Adults 13+

Beginner or Advanced No experience necessary

For more info, go to: vocaleuphoria.com/word-speak

Instructor: Carolyn Thompson - Vocalist, Entertainer, Actor, TED Talks Speaker, Voice and Performance Coach Specializing in singing and public speaking for teens and adults 13+ Owner and Founder of Vocal Euphoria

Contact info: (647) 948-8994 Ext #1 (no texts pls) carolyn@vocaleuphoria.com The Silver Mill Dawes and Danforth

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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
Sep
23
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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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Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

Shab-e She’r Poetry Night LXXVII

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

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXVII

Toronto’s most diverse and brave poetry reading and open mic series

At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen: we actively invite it.

Featured poets: Giovanna Riccio & Alvin Wong Hosts: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre

Admission: $7-10

Giovanna Riccio immigrated from Calabria, Italy to Canada at the age of 6. A graduate of the University of Toronto, she majored in philosophy. She is the author of Vittorio (Lyricalmyrical, 2010), Strong Bread (Quattro Books, 2011) and Plastic’s Republic (Guernica Editions, 2019). Her poems have appeared in numerous national and international publications as well as various anthologies, the most recent being Dis(s)sent, Heartwood and A Filo Doppio, (Donzelli Editore, Rome). Translations of her work have been published in Italian, Spanish, French and Romanian. She regularly participates in literary events and has performed at Blue Met, The Edinburgh Fringe and the University of Calabria Italian Diaspora Conference to name a few.

Alvin Wong is the senior editor of Inspiritus Press. He has poems published in Half a Grapefruit Magazine and Temz Review along with a short story in Ricepaper magazine. He co-authoured a chapbook with Stanford Cheung, We Could be Anything from Crevasse Press in Ibaraki, Japan. His website is https://caraparcel.neocities.org/

Tranzac Club is an accessible venue with no stairs (aside from the stage) and they have two accessible gender neutral washrooms. Please refrain from using perfume. Twitter: @BanooZan & @ShabeSherTO Instagram: @banoo.zan

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WordSpeak Jam Slam!
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Vocal Euphoria

WordSpeak Jam Slam! is an awesome fun Storytelling, Spoken Word & Public Speaking Performance Workshop! Students learn the art of presenting stories, poems, monologues and speeches in a warm and friendly environment. This is a safe space where you get to make mistakes, be yourself, fumble, stutter and fall, warts and all, without judgment. Just be willing to learn and grow! You will see results very quickly if you keep an open mind and be teachable. With the help of Instructor/Vocal Sensei Carolyn Thompson of Vocal Euphoria, you will improve stage presence and conquer stage fright.

Student Performers - $35 each Discount Packages available!

This class is for Teens and Adults 13+

Beginner or Advanced No experience necessary

For more info, go to: vocaleuphoria.com/word-speak

Instructor: Carolyn Thompson - Vocalist, Entertainer, Actor, TED Talks Speaker, Voice and Performance Coach Specializing in singing and public speaking for teens and adults 13+ Owner and Founder of Vocal Euphoria

Contact info: (647) 948-8994 Ext #1 (no texts pls) carolyn@vocaleuphoria.com The Silver Mill Dawes and Danforth

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OUTwrites
Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

OUTwrites

  • 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

'Sauga Poetry Slam at the AGM

  • 300 City Centre Drive Mississauga, ON, L5B 2G6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Art Gallery of Mississauga

Happening monthly, the last Friday of the month.

Doors and sign-up 5:30 pm.

A once-a-month evening of poetry, spoken word and friendly competition. Curated by Qurat Dar and Hamzah Amin

There will be an open mic component, where you can sign up for a 5-minute timeslot to perform, as well as a slam that will be judged and scored. The rules of the slam are as follows:

• no hate speech • original work only • no props/costumes • no musical accompaniment • 3 minutes per poem with a 10 second grace period • have 2 potential poems ready as it is a 2-round slam • poems do not have to be memorized

Spaces are limited so sign up early. If you’d rather not perform, we’re always looking for audience members and judges!

So go on, let the poet in you out!

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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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Toronto Anarchist Bookfair
Sep
28
10:30 AM10:30

Toronto Anarchist Bookfair

  • 720 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON, M5S 2R4 Canada (map)
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The Toronto Anarchist Bookfair will take place at CSI Annex

The Bookfair is a place for anarchists and those curious about anarchy to share space, exchange ideas, and build community. The Bookfair will include workshops, presentations, info tables, book sellers and social events. By creating a space to meet each other, share ideas and skills, and have conversations about anarchism and how it applies to our struggles, we hope to build a more connected, resilient movement in so-called Southern Ontario and beyond. The Bookfair collective aims to prioritize marginalized communities’ access to the space and make this event as accessible as possible.

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100,000 Poets for Change - Oakville
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

100,000 Poets for Change - Oakville

  • 7 West River Street Oakville, ON, L6L 6N9 Canada (map)
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Sovereign House

You're invited to the combined event of Oakville's first 100,000 Poets for Change and the launch of Josie DiSciascio Andrews collection of poetry about Oakville and Bronte, entitled "Sunrise Over Lake Ontario.

Bring your poetry or prose for the open mic. Parking, entrance and refreshments are on the house. Anything with a social theme would be best, but any topic is welcome.

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Sep
30
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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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WordSpeak Jam Slam!
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Vocal Euphoria

WordSpeak Jam Slam! is an awesome fun Storytelling, Spoken Word & Public Speaking Performance Workshop! Students learn the art of presenting stories, poems, monologues and speeches in a warm and friendly environment. This is a safe space where you get to make mistakes, be yourself, fumble, stutter and fall, warts and all, without judgment. Just be willing to learn and grow! You will see results very quickly if you keep an open mind and be teachable. With the help of Instructor/Vocal Sensei Carolyn Thompson of Vocal Euphoria, you will improve stage presence and conquer stage fright.

Student Performers - $35 each Discount Packages available!

This class is for Teens and Adults 13+

Beginner or Advanced No experience necessary

For more info, go to: vocaleuphoria.com/word-speak

Instructor: Carolyn Thompson - Vocalist, Entertainer, Actor, TED Talks Speaker, Voice and Performance Coach Specializing in singing and public speaking for teens and adults 13+ Owner and Founder of Vocal Euphoria

Contact info: (647) 948-8994 Ext #1 (no texts pls) carolyn@vocaleuphoria.com The Silver Mill Dawes and Danforth

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Oct
4
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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.

View Event →
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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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WordSpeak Jam Slam!
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Vocal Euphoria

WordSpeak Jam Slam! is an awesome fun Storytelling, Spoken Word & Public Speaking Performance Workshop! Students learn the art of presenting stories, poems, monologues and speeches in a warm and friendly environment. This is a safe space where you get to make mistakes, be yourself, fumble, stutter and fall, warts and all, without judgment. Just be willing to learn and grow! You will see results very quickly if you keep an open mind and be teachable. With the help of Instructor/Vocal Sensei Carolyn Thompson of Vocal Euphoria, you will improve stage presence and conquer stage fright.

Student Performers - $35 each Discount Packages available!

This class is for Teens and Adults 13+

Beginner or Advanced No experience necessary

For more info, go to: vocaleuphoria.com/word-speak

Instructor: Carolyn Thompson - Vocalist, Entertainer, Actor, TED Talks Speaker, Voice and Performance Coach Specializing in singing and public speaking for teens and adults 13+ Owner and Founder of Vocal Euphoria

Contact info: (647) 948-8994 Ext #1 (no texts pls) carolyn@vocaleuphoria.com The Silver Mill Dawes and Danforth

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OUTwrites
Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

OUTwrites

  • 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

View Event →
1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Oct
11
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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.

View Event →
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Oct
14
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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.

View Event →
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)
  • 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.

View Event →
WordSpeak Jam Slam!
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Vocal Euphoria

WordSpeak Jam Slam! is an awesome fun Storytelling, Spoken Word & Public Speaking Performance Workshop! Students learn the art of presenting stories, poems, monologues and speeches in a warm and friendly environment. This is a safe space where you get to make mistakes, be yourself, fumble, stutter and fall, warts and all, without judgment. Just be willing to learn and grow! You will see results very quickly if you keep an open mind and be teachable. With the help of Instructor/Vocal Sensei Carolyn Thompson of Vocal Euphoria, you will improve stage presence and conquer stage fright.

Student Performers - $35 each Discount Packages available!

This class is for Teens and Adults 13+

Beginner or Advanced No experience necessary

For more info, go to: vocaleuphoria.com/word-speak

Instructor: Carolyn Thompson - Vocalist, Entertainer, Actor, TED Talks Speaker, Voice and Performance Coach Specializing in singing and public speaking for teens and adults 13+ Owner and Founder of Vocal Euphoria

Contact info: (647) 948-8994 Ext #1 (no texts pls) carolyn@vocaleuphoria.com The Silver Mill Dawes and Danforth

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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.

View Event →
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Oct
21
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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.

View Event →
WordSpeak Jam Slam!
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Vocal Euphoria

WordSpeak Jam Slam! is an awesome fun Storytelling, Spoken Word & Public Speaking Performance Workshop! Students learn the art of presenting stories, poems, monologues and speeches in a warm and friendly environment. This is a safe space where you get to make mistakes, be yourself, fumble, stutter and fall, warts and all, without judgment. Just be willing to learn and grow! You will see results very quickly if you keep an open mind and be teachable. With the help of Instructor/Vocal Sensei Carolyn Thompson of Vocal Euphoria, you will improve stage presence and conquer stage fright.

Student Performers - $35 each Discount Packages available!

This class is for Teens and Adults 13+

Beginner or Advanced No experience necessary

For more info, go to: vocaleuphoria.com/word-speak

Instructor: Carolyn Thompson - Vocalist, Entertainer, Actor, TED Talks Speaker, Voice and Performance Coach Specializing in singing and public speaking for teens and adults 13+ Owner and Founder of Vocal Euphoria

Contact info: (647) 948-8994 Ext #1 (no texts pls) carolyn@vocaleuphoria.com The Silver Mill Dawes and Danforth

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OUTwrites
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

OUTwrites

  • 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

'Sauga Poetry Slam at the AGM

  • 300 City Centre Drive Mississauga, ON, L5B 2G6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Art Gallery of Mississauga

Happening monthly, the last Friday of the month.

Doors and sign-up 5:30 pm.

A once-a-month evening of poetry, spoken word and friendly competition. Curated by Qurat Dar and Hamzah Amin

There will be an open mic component, where you can sign up for a 5-minute timeslot to perform, as well as a slam that will be judged and scored. The rules of the slam are as follows:

• no hate speech • original work only • no props/costumes • no musical accompaniment • 3 minutes per poem with a 10 second grace period • have 2 potential poems ready as it is a 2-round slam • poems do not have to be memorized

Spaces are limited so sign up early. If you’d rather not perform, we’re always looking for audience members and judges!

So go on, let the poet in you out!

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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.

View Event →
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Oct
28
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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.

View Event →
WordSpeak Jam Slam!
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Vocal Euphoria

WordSpeak Jam Slam! is an awesome fun Storytelling, Spoken Word & Public Speaking Performance Workshop! Students learn the art of presenting stories, poems, monologues and speeches in a warm and friendly environment. This is a safe space where you get to make mistakes, be yourself, fumble, stutter and fall, warts and all, without judgment. Just be willing to learn and grow! You will see results very quickly if you keep an open mind and be teachable. With the help of Instructor/Vocal Sensei Carolyn Thompson of Vocal Euphoria, you will improve stage presence and conquer stage fright.

Student Performers - $35 each Discount Packages available!

This class is for Teens and Adults 13+

Beginner or Advanced No experience necessary

For more info, go to: vocaleuphoria.com/word-speak

Instructor: Carolyn Thompson - Vocalist, Entertainer, Actor, TED Talks Speaker, Voice and Performance Coach Specializing in singing and public speaking for teens and adults 13+ Owner and Founder of Vocal Euphoria

Contact info: (647) 948-8994 Ext #1 (no texts pls) carolyn@vocaleuphoria.com The Silver Mill Dawes and Danforth

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

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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.

View Event →
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Nov
4
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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.

View Event →
1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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.

View Event →
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Nov
11
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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.

View Event →
OUTwrites
Nov
14
8:00 PM20:00

OUTwrites

  • 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

View Event →
1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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.

View Event →
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Nov
18
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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.

View Event →
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)
  • 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.

View Event →
1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Nov
22
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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.

View Event →
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Nov
25
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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.

View Event →
OUTwrites
Nov
28
8:00 PM20:00

OUTwrites

  • 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

View Event →
1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Nov
29
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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.

View Event →
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Dec
2
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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.

View Event →
1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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.

View Event →
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Dec
9
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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.

View Event →
OUTwrites
Dec
12
8:00 PM20:00

OUTwrites

  • 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

View Event →
1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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.

View Event →
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Dec
16
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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.

View Event →
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)
  • 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.

View Event →
1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Dec
20
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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.

View Event →
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Dec
23
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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.

View Event →
OUTwrites
Dec
26
8:00 PM20:00

OUTwrites

  • 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

View Event →
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Dec
30
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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.

View Event →

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Aug
19
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

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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Aug
19
5:30 PM17:30

momondays Toronto

  • 423 College Street Toronto, ON, M5T 1T1 Canada (map)
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Put story-telling into a blender. Add a dash of personal growth & transformation. Then drop in a load of laughs. Mix in real, live music, and great conversation with some of the nicest people on the planet, then push the ‘high’ setting… and out comes momondays®!

Think of momondays as a variety show bouncing off the walls of personal story-telling...

So put in your speaker application to speak… or grab some friends and get your fix of heart, humour and happiness.

MOMONDAYS TORONTO is at The HIDEOUT!!

Located at 423 College Street, next to bar/venue Sneaky Dee’s and directly underneath club Nest, the Hideout is a 'new' Toronto institution -- with one of the best stages in the city and a well-earned reputation of great music featuring local artists.

Save your seat (and a few bucks) by getting advance online tickets for just $15+hst — available online until the Friday before the show. Or get a VIP table of 7! Tickets at the door are $25. Doors open for advance ticket holders at 5:30 pm for socializing, networking and merry-making. Music and general admission at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 pm sharp.

Stay for the after-party at no extra charge and enjoy some great live music all night!

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SpokenSoul Festival - Toronto International Poetry SLAM
Aug
18
8:00 PM20:00

SpokenSoul Festival - Toronto International Poetry SLAM

  • 918 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON, M5R 3G5 Canada (map)
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After discontinuing it several years ago, Dwayne Morgan is bringing back the Toronto International Poetry Slam as part of the first annual SpokenSoul Festival.

Join us on Sunday August 18th and watch 25 poets battle it out for the chance to win the $1500 (USD) prize.

Come for the poetry battle and stay for the after party which will official close out the SpokenSoul Festival with music provided by DJ Randy 'Manifest' Reid and DJ DJ-Elegance

Get your tickets now at www.spokensoulfest.com or click the event link.

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Spokensoul FEST - Womyn of the Word
Aug
17
8:30 PM20:30

Spokensoul FEST - Womyn of the Word

  • 918 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON, M5R 3G5 Canada (map)
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SpokenSoul Fest is proud to present Womyn of the Word, a showcase that platforms the voices of Black Womyn from across Canada through spoken word poetry and music.

Featuring an amazing line up of poets including:

Ifrah Hussein, LaMoi Simmonds, Jayda Marley, Truth IS, Ellipsis Harrison , Amani Live, Shauntay Grant

And Headlined by the incredible and powerful TIKA

Music provided by the amazing DJ Afroditee

Get your tickets and support Black Womyn's voices. Tickets are available at www.spokensoulfest.com or by clicking the link.

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Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

MWC Toronto Open Mic: The Apology

Majlis Art Garden

This MWC is inspired by the Apology Project and Carly Rae Jepsen's song, "Right Words Wrong Time." We're asking you to write, sing, joke and rap about experiences with apologies or the lack thereof. We want your best and your worst. The cringiest and the heart expanding. What have been some of the right words for you? Does time heal all wounds? And does love really mean never having to say you're sorry? We'll bring the tissues, you bring the laughter. Let's get ready to apologize!

About the Apology Project:

The Apology Project is a collaboration between the Tessellate Institute and Arij Elmi, social worker/psychotherapist and PhD candidate at OISE. The study is examining the use of an emotion focused family therapy mechanism called the apology with young Muslim women. interviews involve writing a letter from the perspective of a parent/parental figure who has emotionally injured you. Interested participants will have segments of their interview featured in a 4-episode podcast series.

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Aug
17
3:00 PM15:00

SpokenSoul Fest - Performance Psychology Workshop

  • 918 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON, M5R 3G5 Canada (map)
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Are you an artist looking to level up on your performance techniques or stage presence?

Join Spoken Soul and Luther Mallory as we present the Stage Psychology Workshop.

Artists who take part are pushed out of their comfort zones and challenged to look deeply at self-doubt, judgment, nerves, fear, and accessing “the moment” in performance.

After a brief discussion focused on Artist mental health, and the struggles and victories of being an Artist, “The Circle” is formed which becomes the stage. Each Artist (Luther included) performs in the middle of “The Circle”, with no musical accompaniment, surrounded by the others. Luther then works to identify each Artist’s mental/emotional barriers and coaches them on how to push past their limiting beliefs and into the connected, present moment. It is in this mental space where Artists feel the most freedom to express themselves.

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ExPo Soc #8
Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

ExPo Soc #8

  • 1138 Davenport Road Toronto, ON, M6G 2C6 Canada (map)
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Salto Restaurant & Bar

Summer is reaching its zenith and that means it would be time for another ExPo Soc. This month's line up includes:

SUZANNA DEREWICZ: a writer and psychotherapist-in-training based in Toronto. She has been published in CV2, PRISM international, Arc Poetry Magazine, on Metatron's OMEGA blog, in Peach Mag, the Minola Review, and various other literary journals and magazines. Her first chapbook, Maggie Monologues – based on her play entitled "Getting There"– was published with words(on)pages press in October of 2016.

and

LEAH LIORA COHEN (aka Mayim Oceans): a multilingual writer, poet, artist, and philosopher of Canadian, American, and Israeli descent. Leah was born to roam, though she's currently Toronto-based, studying for a master’s in philosophy at York University. Her research areas include the ethics of both sexual consent and artificial intelligence. New to poetry, her work has appeared in Rose Quartz Magazine, and Bad Dog Review, and has completed her collection of poems "Found Poems and Found Objects" which blends the line between poetry and art, celebrating the bits and pieces of life we tend to throw away.

So dust off the stuff you'd like to strut and come on down (or up) for some fun among poets. Open Mic is open to those who'd like to share the stage with our features.

Hope to see you there.

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Aug
16
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, Toronto, Ontario

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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Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Markham Reads: In Conversation with Missy Marston

  • 6031 Highway 7 Markham, ON, L3P 3A7 Canada (map)
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Markham Village Library, Fireside Lounge

Missy Marston is coming to Markham Public Library! Join us for a lively evening of conversation with Missy Marston, author of our Markham Reads 2019 selection: Bad Ideas. The conversation and Q&A will be facilitated by Toronto author Kerry Clare, and you'll have a chance to get your very own copy of Bad Ideas (and more!) at the Blue Heron Books booth.

Light refreshments provided.

About the author: Missy Marston's favourite Elvis Costello album is Armed Forces and her favourite Elvis Costello song is Accidents will happen. Marston's first novel, The Love Monster, was the winner of the 2013 Ottawa Book Award, a finalist for the CBC Bookie Awards and the Scotiabank Giller Prize Readers’ Choice. Her newest novel, Bad Ideas is published by ECW Press. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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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)
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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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Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Legible Intelligibles

Trinity Bellwoods Park

This reading series is meant to be a deadline to write new poetry. There are no feature readers -- this is strictly an open mic reading. The one rule I have for this reading series is this: you have to read new writing. Anything read at this event must be new or recent and I can't have heard it before. Repeats of poems are not allowed.

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Given that we'll be in the park, bring yr own alcohol and snacks!!! Also, when we get closer to the date, I'll be posting a map of the park with the specific section we'll meet at. The weather is supposed to be good this day, but (of course), since this event will be held outside, it will be weather-dependent. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

We're running from ~7PM-9PM. There will be a break from 7:45-8:00 to allow for people to leave early or join late or find the public washrooms scattered around the park.

If you want to read, you must sign up. It's better to message me ahead of time to reserve a slot for yourself, but you can also approach me at the event. Slots will be a maximum of FIVE minutes each.

All poetry and short fiction is welcome. If you aren't comfortable reading your own work (yet), and just want to get a feel for the event, you are more than welcome to sign up for a slot and read a piece of writing you enjoy and would like to share with others.

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Be aware that this is a safe space. Poetry can be very personal, so subject matter may be sensitive. Negativity is not acceptable and will not be tolerated whatsoever. Just as well, racist/transphobic/sexist/misogynist/homophobic themes and any derogatory terms will not be allowed and thus, neither will you be allowed to come to future readings.

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Aug
13
6:00 PM18:00

In Her Voice: Summer Readings

  • 366 Bay Street Toronto, ON, M5H 4B2 Canada (map)
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Ben McNally Books

Please join us at store to hear from two cutting-edge authors presenting their debut novellas. Both Sara Peters (I Become a Delight to My Enemies), and Bindu Suresh (26 Knots) will be reading from their work and talking about their books.

Books will be for sale and authors will be available to sign.

About the Books and Their Authors

I Become a Delight to My Enemies

Dark, cutting, and coursed through with bright flashes of humour, crystalline imagery, and razor-sharp detail, I Become a Delight to My Enemies is a gut-wrenchingly powerful, breathtakingly beautiful meditation on the violence and shame inflicted on the female body and psyche.

An experimental fiction, I Become a Delight to My Enemies uses many different voices and forms to tell the stories of the women who live in an uncanny Town, uncovering their experiences of shame, fear, cruelty, and transcendence. Sara Peters combines poetry and short prose vignettes to create a singular, unflinching portrait of a Town in which the lives of girls and women are shaped by the brutality meted upon them and by their acts of defiance and yearning towards places of safety and belonging. Through lucid detail, sparkling imagery and illumination, Peters' individual characters and the collective of The Town leap vividly, fully formed off the page. A hybrid in form, I Become a Delight to My Enemies is an awe-inspiring example of the exquisite force of words to shock and to move, from a writer of exceptional talent and potential.

Sara Peters

Sara Peters was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and lives in Toronto. She completed an MFA at Boston University, and was a Stegner fellow at Stanford. Her work has appeared in Slate, The Threepenny Review, and Poetry magazine. Her first book is 1996.

26 Knots

A crackling debut novel, 26 Knots starts with a fire and never stops smouldering.

Grand in scope, spare in execution, and lush in language, 26 Knots is a fable-like tale of love, obsession, and everything in between. Araceli loves Adrien. Adrien loves Pénélope. Pénélope marries Gabriel, who is tormented by the search for the father he never knew. Set in Montreal, but spiralling out across Canada, Bindu Suresh’s debut novel deftly reveals the devastating consequences of betrayal and commitment, of grief and hope.

Bindu Suresh

A former journalist and current paediatrician, Bindu Suresh is the author of short stories that have appeared in various literary publications. She studied literature at Columbia University and medicine at McGill University. Born in Wales, she grew up in Canada and has spent equal parts of her life in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. She currently lives in Montreal.

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Speakeasy Summer
Aug
12
7:30 PM19:30

Speakeasy Summer

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

Speakeasy has never done a summer reading before... until now! This Speakeasy will also be the last one hosted by M.L. Gamboa so come out for an extra special evening with a sweet sweet lineup ~

JULIE MANNELL is an author of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph where she received the HarperCollins and Constance Rooke scholarships. She has won the Lionel Shapiro Award for excellence in creative writing (fiction) and the Mona Adilman Prize in Poetry. In 2017, she was named one of the top 30 poets under 30 by In/Words Magazine. Her work has been featured in various publications. Mannell grew up in Fonthill, Ont., and spent nearly a decade in Montreal. She currently lives in Toronto.

CHRISTINE H. TRAN reifies! Born to Vietnamese refugees in Scarborough, she has put her SSHRC-funded M.A. in English to use by churnalizing reviews, poetry, and clickable content for places such as untethered, alt. theatre magazine, Train, Half A Grapefruit, and more. This fall, Christine will be starting her PhD in Information at University of Toronto, where she will also be a Massey College Resident Junior Fellow. Christine also an Honorary Helper Elf at Brick: A Literary Journal and dreams of finally calming down.

DENIZ KARAMAN is the founder and member of Trash, an anti-fascist art and culture magazine and collective. They were published once and spoke on a panel once, and then thought better of it. Deniz was part of the longest post-secondary strike in colonial canadian history. Deniz also went viral on the Internet for tipping off a racist's MAGA hat.

M.L. GAMBOA (LEAN) is a Filipinx writer from Baliuag, Bulacan. They are an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph and currently host Speakeasy Reading Series. They are also part of Pluma Collective, a group of Filipinx writers in Canada. Their writing can be found in Living Hyphen, Sewer Lid, Hart House Review, PRUDEmag, and elsewhere. They are at work on their first poetry chapbook and a novel about competitive gaming subcultures.

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Speakeasy is a PWYC reading. All proceeds will go towards the readers and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. However, the venue has a capacity of 40 people.

Wise Bar has an accessibility ramp at its entrance and one wheelchair accessible washroom.

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Aug
12
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

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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Aug
12
6:00 PM18:00

KYLETPOETRY PRESENTS: Coffee,Tea And Poetry CHAPTER IV

  • 5100 Erin Mills Parkway Mississauga, ON, L5M 4Z5 Canada (map)
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Erin Mills Town Centre

Starbucks has always been a home for the artists of the world, a space where the invisible talents within us all can thrive...

whether it's the baristas you've met who moonlight as musicians or the heartfelt moment paired with your coffee,

art, lives, here...

to honour this history and the light of the human spirit... be here... with me... at Coffee, Tea and Poetry.

If you're interested in performing, feel free to message Kyle Sean Thompson/KyleTPoetry and let him know what you wish to share. as long as they're appropriate for a family setting, your poetry has a place here.

UNTIL THEN, peace and blessings.

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Toronto Poetry Slam
Aug
11
8:00 PM20:00

Toronto Poetry Slam

  • 1150 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1J3 Canada (map)
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The Drake Hotel

Know how we showcase a single poet at most slams, in the guest-feature spot? This time, we got a FULL TEAM for the Aug 11 team and it's the incredible BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam Team!

BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam is a platform and community that consists of some of the top youth spoken word poets in Toronto and the GTA. With varying storytelling styles and powerful narratives, these individual voices create a unparalleled poetic chorus of truth, struggle and healing when they hit the stage. You can catch the 2019 team (Akil Elijah, Fey Sky, Michelle Lin, Marvel and Lin Lune) on multiple venues across the city, facilitating mentorship programs or preparing for their annual trips to different international poetry conferences. Find out more here: www.BamYouthSlam.com

Hosted by Patrick de Belen

As always, doors 7 signup 730 and show at 8pm $7 cover. All ages. If you want to rock the open mic, remember you can do poetry, comedy, prose, music, dance, anything!

Accessibility info: The Drake Hotel has 1 step at the front door on Queen St. W. There are no steps and a button to open the door on Beaconsfield (west side of the building). To get from the lobby to the Underground, there are 19 steps to the doors/bar level, then 4 steps leading from the bar area to where the chairs are setup. Bathrooms are back on the same level as the bar in the Underground. A wheelchair accessible, gender neutral washroom is on the main lobby level.

See you at the Drake, slam fans!

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SONG & POETRY SALON
Aug
11
1:00 PM13:00

SONG & POETRY SALON

  • 292 Brunswick Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 2M7 Canada (map)
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At the Tranzac Club in the Tiki Room.

Featuring the incomparable LINDA STITT reading from her newest book of poetry; plus poets NORMAN ALLAN and AUGUST HENRY; plus wonderful songwriters, BRIAN GLADSTONE, ROGER ZURAW, and MARK YAN.

It's going to be a great show - PWYC - hope to see you all there.

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One-Shot Writing Anthology
Aug
11
1:00 PM13:00

One-Shot Writing Anthology

  • 54 Dundas Street East Toronto, ON, M5B 1C7 Canada (map)
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The Imperial Pub

Join Speculative Fiction writers all across the GTA for a marathon writing session. We'll pick a theme and write on that theme (to be chosen). Your story--if you're content with it--will be published in the anthology later that night.

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One-Shot Writing Anthology
Aug
11
1:00 PM13:00

One-Shot Writing Anthology

  • 54 Dundas Street East Toronto, ON, M5B 1C7 Canada (map)
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The Imperial Pub

Join Speculative Fiction #writers all across the GTA for a marathon writing session. We'll pick a theme and write on that theme (to be chosen). Your story--if you're content with it--will be published in the anthology later that night.

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MA|DE Chapbook Launch
Aug
10
1:30 PM13:30

MA|DE Chapbook Launch

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

MA|DE (Mark Laliberte and Jade Wallace) are launching our first chapbook, Test Centre (ZED Press, 2019), before we leave Toronto in September. Please join us in the Tiki Room of the Tranzac Club for readings by MA|DE, Jim Johnstone, Terese Pierre, and others TBA, music by Emily Williams, and snacks.

Doors: 1:30 p.m., Readings: 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Cover is PWYC ($5 suggested), with all proceeds to cover the cost of the room and pay performers. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Chapbooks will be for sale for $10.

Accessibility: The Tranzac (including washrooms) is wheelchair-accessible but does not have electronic doors. The washrooms are gender-neutral. Snacks will be vegan and gluten-free. For any other accommodation concerns, please contact Jade D. Salinger.

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Aug
9
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, Toronto, Ontario

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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Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

Pressing the Issue, pt. 2: Critical Arts Publishing Canada

  • 180 Shaw Street Toronto, ON, M6J 2W5 Canada (map)
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Small World Music Centre

Continuing the conversation on the state of independent critical arts publishing across Canada with Anthea Black and Jessica Lynn Whitbread from The HIV Howler, Adrienne Crossman from Off Centre, Lauren Lavery from Peripheral Review, and Niki Little from imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, moderated by Maxine Proctor.

There will be refreshments (it's a Friday!) and all are welcome. Location is Artscape Youngplace, on the first floor at Unit 101, Small World Music Centre. Building is wheelchair accessible.

This is a FREE event but please RSVP to rsvp@criticaldistance.ca as this helps us plan for enough space and refreshments.

This event follows Happy Hour with The HIV Howler, a presentation by Anthea Black and Jessica Whitbread in conversation with Danielle St. Amour (SBC galerie d'art contemporain - Gallery of Contemporary Art).

Pressing the Issue is held in conjunction with Publishing Against Grain, co-presented with iCI (Independent Curators International). Critical Distance would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario for support in making this exhibition and related events possible.
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Biographies

Anthea Black is a Canadian artist, writer, and cultural worker based in San Francisco and Toronto. Her studio work addresses feminist and queer history, collaboration, materiality, and labour and has been exhibited in Canada, the US, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Norway. Black is co-editor of HANDBOOK: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design Education with Shamina Chherawala and The New Politics of the Handmade: Craft, Art and Design with Nicole Burisch, and publisher of The HIV Howler: Transmitting Art and Activism with Jessica Whitbread. She is an Assistant Professor in Printmedia and Graduate Fine Arts at California College of the Arts.

Jessica Whitbread is a graduate of the York University Masters of Environmental Studies program, she has a degree in Building Communities to Ignite Social Change. She is a queer activist and artist that has been working in the HIV movement since shortly after her diagnosis in 2002. Her work includes LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN, Tea Time, No Pants No Problem and she is a co-curator of POSTERVirus. Jessica published Tea Time: Mapping Informal Networks of Women Living with HIV in 2015. She was the Wesley Mancini Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation, and a recipient of the Premier’s Award from the Government of Ontario, and the Visual AIDS Vanguard Award. In 2016, she gave birth to twins and advocated to openly breastfeed them in a Canadian context.

Adrienne Crossman (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and curator working in Hamilton, Ontario. They hold an MFA in Visual Art from the University of Windsor (2018), and a BFA in Integrated Media with a Minor in Digital and Media Studies from OCAD University (2012). Their practice investigates the liminality between the digital and the physical while highlighting queer sensibilities in the everyday. Crossman is interested in how the terms trans* and non-binary apply to media as well as gender, and she creates queer interventions through the manipulation of digital media and popular culture with a focus on the queer potentiality of the non-human. Adrienne is a co-founder and co-runs the online arts publication off centre with collaborator Luke Maddaford.

Lauren Lavery is a Toronto-based visual artist, writer and editor of the exhibition review magazine Peripheral Review. Her writing has been published by LUMA Quarterly, Public Parking, Peripheral Review, and has written texts for Y+ Contemporary and Xpace Cultural Centre in Toronto. She has exhibited in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Cambridge, ON. She holds a BFA with honours from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver.

Niki Little | Wabiska Maengun is a mother, softball coach, artist/observer/community-curator and arts administrator. Little is a founding member of The Ephemerals art collective with Jaimie Isaac and Jenny Western who are long-listed for the 2019 Sobey Arts Award. She is of Anishininew / English descent from Kistiganwacheeng (Garden Hill, FN). Her interests lay in Indigenous community-based artistic and curatorial strategies that investigate cultural consumerism, Indigenous women, and Indigenous economies. Little recently started as Artistic Director at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Before imagineNATIVE, she was the Director for the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition.

Maxine Proctor demonstrates an ongoing commitment to creating meaningful connections between audiences and contemporary art through her curatorial projects, educational programs, and community outreach initiatives. A former resident of Saskatoon, Maxine completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan prior to pursuing a Master of Arts, Art History and Curatorial Studies at York University in Toronto. As director and co-founder of the Toronto Art Book Fair, and the managing editor of Black Flash Magazine, Maxine deeply values printed matter and understands the unique challenges and opportunities for print publishing.

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Love Speech | Toronto Launch & Reading
Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

Love Speech | Toronto Launch & Reading

  • 883 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1G5 Canada (map)
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at Type Books

"Poetry might be the material from which we can render a new kind of theory, whose interest depends on thinking hard about something hard."

READINGS:

Xiaoxuan / Sherry Huang, Catherine Fatima, Lily Wang, Sierra Riley

Hosted by Ashley Obscura

Please join us for the Toronto launch of LOVE SPEECH (Metatron Press) by Xiaoxuan / Sherry Huang. Copies of the book will be available for purchase for the very first time! Please note this event takes place at Type Books new Junction location at 2887 Dundas Street West

LOVE SPEECH is an auto-theoretical book that reads both like poetry and an epistle; a textile of literary mothers shot through with cultural-political feelings, threads of conversation, and moments from queer life. LOVE SPEECH takes it titles from an ethics of addressability that Judith Butler originally raises to examine what makes language such as hate speech hurtful. “Our very being exposes us to the address of another,” she says (via Claudia Rankine’s account in Citizen: An American Lyric.) Butler considers the inverse in several conversations, and Huang, too, is more devoted to theorizing and enacting love speech further.

Xiaoxuan / Sherry Huang is a queer writer who experiments across disciplines. Tenderness, gender, utopia, and aesthetics are important considerations in her work. She is an immigrant-settler to Canada, and was born in Shanghai.

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OUTwrites
Aug
8
8:00 PM20:00

OUTwrites

  • 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)
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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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Battle at the Border Poetry Slam
Aug
3
6:30 PM18:30

Battle at the Border Poetry Slam

  • 4990 Walnut Street Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 3N3 Canada (map)
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Firehall Theatre

It's happening right at the Border between the US and Canada. A showdown, a team poetry Battle Royale between slam teams hailing from Buffalo, Jamestown, Albany, Rochester, Burlington, Toronto, St Catherines, Hamilton and more.

This is one of the only times this year that you will get to see these incredible teams together on one stage battling for International Slam Supremacy.

If you're looking for a great night of literary art, combined with the Niagara Falls experience with a great crowd, then look no further than the Battle at the Border.

Hosted by the amazing Mona Mousa, these poets have a lot to share, and this stage will bear it all.

Tickets are $20.00 in advance on eventbrite / $25.00 at the door There are only 93 seats in this Theatre so get your tickets before they sell out.

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