Toronto Poetry Slam
Jun
16
8:00 PM20:00

Toronto Poetry Slam

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

If you like poetry, you don't want to miss our next slam, when we offer two rounds of powerful poetry action PLUS an open mic PLUS a feature poet coming to us from NYC.

Noel Quiñones is a Puerto Rican poet, actor, community organizer, and performance artist born and raised in the Bronx. He travels the country with his talk "Beyond the Black / White Binary: Exploring the Inner Ethnic Conflict of Latinidad", using his poetry to break open the binaries we impose on our identities. As a writer, he’s received fellowships from Poets House, the Poetry Foundation, CantoMundo, Candor Arts, and SAFTA (Sundress Academy for the Arts). As a performer, he’s featured at Lincoln Center, Harvard University, BAM, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and Jawdance in London to name a few. His performances have been showcased on Huffington Post, Tidal Music, Vibe, Latina Magazine, Medium, Remezcla, Univision, and elsewhere. Founder of Project X, a Bronx-based arts organization, Quiñones was recently named one of New York State’s "40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars" by The Hispanic Coalition and as a 2018 Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow.

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Drag Queen Story Time
Jun
16
to Jun 17

Drag Queen Story Time

  • 36 Wagstaff Drive Toronto, ON, M4L 3W9 Canada (map)
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Left Field Brewery

Join us for family-friendly story telling that promotes literacy and freedom of expression through inclusive, diverse and fun storytelling events.

Featuring: Baby Bel Bel

Grab a beer and watch the kiddos have the time of their lives!

This is a pay-what-you-can event and CASH ONLY. All proceeds will be donated to The Bill 7 Award Trust - a registered charitable trust that awards post-secondary scholarships to LGBTQ+ students who are in financial need.

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In Her Voice: Becky Blake & Nancy Jo Cullen
Jun
17
6:00 PM18:00

In Her Voice: Becky Blake & Nancy Jo Cullen

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

Please join us for a special In Her Voice event with Becky Blake and Nancy Jo Cullen! These two rising stars will be celebrating the release of their debut novels, Proof I Was Here and The Western Alienation Merit Badge, respectively. Becky and Nancy will both be reading from their novels.

A book signing will conclude the event.

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Jun
17
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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Brick 103 Summer Launch!
Jun
17
7:30 PM19:30

Brick 103 Summer Launch!

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

Please join us for a joyful night as we celebrate the launch of Brick 103!

Our Summer issue features new writing by Michael Ondaatje, Laurie Anderson, Sadiqa de Meijer, Amitava Kumar, Martha Baillie, Karen Solie, Hebe Uhart, Fanny Howe, Louise Bernice Halfe–Sky Dancer, and Michael Redhill.

Come get your copy of the new issue and enjoy readings by Martha Baillie and Sadiqa de Meijer and a special presentation from writer, illustrator, and ink-maker Jason Logan. The event will be hosted by CBC Writers & Company's Eleanor Wachtel.

MARTHA BAILLIE lives in Toronto. Her novels include The Incident Report, The Search for Heinrich Schögel, and If Clara. Sister Language, co-written with her sister, Christina Baillie, will be published by Pedlar Press in September 2019.

SADIQA DE MEIJER was born in the Netherlands and moved to Canada as a child. Her writing has appeared in the Malahat Review, the Walrus, and Poetry magazine. Her collection of essays on language transition will be published with Palimpsest Press in 2020.

About Brick Brick is an international literary journal published twice a year out of Toronto. Edited by Dionne Brand, David Chariandy, Laurie D. Graham, Michael Helm, Liz Johnston, Martha Sharpe, Rebecca Silver Slayter, and Madeleine Thien, Brick brings international voices to Canadian readers and Canadian voices to the world in the widest and most galvanizing exploration of the arts possible.

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Pen Cap Chew
Jun
17
8:00 PM20:00

Pen Cap Chew

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

Pen Cap Chew is back this month with our fourth installment! Turn up with your short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, uncreative non-fiction, creative grocery lists, theoretical court transcripts, Game of Thrones dragon erotica... basically anything you want to read, we'll listen.

There's no pressure to read, all pals and strangers are invited to listen, appreciate, clap and drink.

For those interested in reading, we suggest arriving around 8 pm to sign up. Readings begin around 8:45.

Wise Bar on Bloor is accessible at street level and features accessible washrooms. It's handily located between Ossington and Dufferin subway stations. Alternatively, there are bike locking stations nearby.

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Jun
18
8:00 AM08:00

Book Summit 2019

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

The speakers at Book Summit 19 are engaged in the crucial work of re-imagining publishing landscapes and empowering creative storytelling across platforms. Join us in facing a new decade of publishing driven by intention, innovation and imagination. Breaking new ground is just a beginning.

Visit http://booksummit.ca/ for more information and a list of sessions and speakers.

Presented by the Book and Periodical Council, the Association of Canadian Publishers and the Literary Press Group of Canada in association with the Toronto International Festival of Authors.

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Art Bar Reading Series
Jun
18
8:00 PM20:00

Art Bar Reading Series

  • 320 College Street Toronto, ON, M5T 1S3 Canada (map)
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Free Times Cafe,

Our Feature Readers:

Khashayar Mohammadi
KHASHAYAR MOHAMMADI is an Iranian-born writer/translator based in Toronto, currently an editor at Inspiritus Press.

David Silverberg
Dave Silverberg is a poet, producer, host, journalist, arts educator, workshop leader, professional egg nog drinker. His first book of poetry Bags of Wires was published by LyricalMyrical Press and his forthcoming book of poetry will be published by ChiZine. He has performed poetry across Canada and Europe, and his mom is real proud he did a TED Talk. Find him at davidsilverberg.ca

Jaclyn Piudik Jaclyn Piudik authored To Suture What Frays (Kelsay Books 2017) and two chapbooks, Of Gazelles Unheard (Beautiful Outlaw 2013) and The Tao of Loathliness (fooliar press 2005/8). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including New American Writing, Columbia Poetry Review, Burning House and CV2. She received a NY Times Fellowship for Creative Writing and the Academy of American Poets’ Sellers Award. Piudik edited three poetry collections for award-winning Canadian publisher Book*hug. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the City College of New York and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto.

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Chiaroscuro Reading Series
Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

Chiaroscuro Reading Series

  • 152a 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. Ukulele virtuosity by Kari Maaren!

Authors reading:

Elyse Friedman has written for screens large and small, radio, magazines and the stage. Her most recent novel, The Answer to Everything, was published by HarperCollins Canada. Elyse's books include Long Story Short; Waking Beauty; Then Again; and Know Your Monkey. Her work has been short-listed for the Trillium Book Award, the Toronto Book Award, the Relit Award and numerous National Magazine awards. Know Your Monkey was a winner of a Foreword Book of the Year award, and The Soother, won a gold National Magazine award for fiction. Elyse is a graduate of the CFC. She has had two feature films produced, one of which premiered at TIFF, the other at the Sundance Film Festival.

Robin Richardson is the author of three collections of poetry, including Sit How You Want (Finalist for the Trillium Book Award / named one of the best books of the year by CBC), and is Editor-in-Chief at Minola Review. Her work has appeared in Salon, POETRY, The American Poetry Review, The Walrus, Hazlitt, Best Canadian Poetry, and Tin House, among others. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, has won the Fortnight Poetry Prize in the U.K., The John B. Santorini Award, The Joan T. Baldwin Award, and has been shortlisted for the CBC, Walrus, and ARC Poetry Prizes, among others. Richardson's work has been adapted to song by Andrew Staniland through The Brooklyn Art Song Society.

Sarah Tolmie is a poet and speculative fiction writer. The Little Animals is her second novel with Aqueduct Press. Other fiction published with them includes The Stone Boatmen, a Crawford nominee in 2014, Two Travelers, and NoFood. 2019 has been a good year for her poetry, as The Art of Dying, her second collection, was nominated for the Griffin Prize, and her elegy for Ursula K. Le Guin is up for an Aurora and a Rhysling Award.

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

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

  • 157 Lakeshore Road West Mississauga, ON, L5H 1G3 Canada (map)
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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!
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
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Vocal Euphoria on the 3rd Floor

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.

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY! Limited Spots Available!

Student Performers - $35 each Audience members - $10 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/carolyn-thompson/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

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Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Durham Storytellers Gathering

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

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

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

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

Join us in the rhythm of this oral storytelling tradition.

Featured Tellers and an Open Mic at every Gathering!

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Burlington Slam Project
Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

Burlington Slam Project

  • 1295 North Service Road Burlington, ON, L7P 3A7 Canada (map)
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at NUVO Network

It’s been a DECADE in the making! Since July 2008 the Burlington Slam Project (BSP) has been providing a platform for writers and performers of all styles to find their own voice and earn bigger opportunities, while entertaining and interacting with our audience, fans and friends.

JUNE CONTINUES OUR 2018/19 COMPETITIVE SEASON!!! That means that for the next month of poetry slam EVERYONE who signs up for the slam, WILL EARN POINTS towards making our team finals next spring. The TOP THREE every month will win CASH PRIZES as well as additional points, giving the most consistent participants opportunity to earn an advantage at the SEASON FINALS in APRIL 2019.

This slam is for ANYONE wanting to have their performance scored by the randomly selected audience judges. For anyone who DOESN’T WANT TO BE JUDGED; there is ALWAYS an OPEN MIC (5 minutes of freedom). Got Something to Say?!

Every month we have an Open Mic (sign up and share anything for 5 minutes) and a poetry slam (a competition judged by the audience) where the top 3 win cash prizes, courtesy of our umbrella non-profit Open Minds Respect Events (www.omre.ca). You get all of this for ONLY $10! (PWYC) Slammers and Open Mic ONLY $5!!!

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ExPo Soc #6
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

ExPo Soc #6

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

We've made it to June, folks! Bring on the Summer rhythms and the Summer rhymes (if ya got 'em), and ExPo Soc awaits all the summery gems you have to share as we launch right into the season: June 21st – 1st – 1st day of summer!

And we have a couple of fantastic features you all in store this month:

NORMAN ALLAN – does six things with passion and most of them with some talent: he's a writer, a painter; a scientist, healer, and chiropractor (so go talk to him if any topic related to such professions are of your interest). He has been writing poetry (and prose) for years, when the muse moves him. Al Alvarez once said that his work lacked “fuck you!" and that's a fault Norman hopes he has corrected. Leonard Cohen said he thought that Norman “had not transcended his bourgeois up-bringing." (and to that he says "fuck you!") Norman is an active member of The Renaissance Revival, a poetry workshop he runs that meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 8 pm at The Pauper's Pub (Bloor and Bathurst area). He has flyers.

BÄNOO ZAN – a poet, librettist, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator with more than 180 published poems and poetry-related pieces under her belt, as well as three books: Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath, which was reprinted in Iran in 2010; Songs of Exile, her first poetry collection, released in 2016 in Canada by Guernica Editions, and shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award by the League of Canadian Poets in 2017; and Letters to My Father, her second poetry book, published in 2017 by Piquant Press in Canada. She is the founder of Shab-e She’r, which in her Persian language translates directly to "Poetry Night" (how apropos!), and has been Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series since November, 2012. It is a brave space that bridges the gap between communities of poets from different ethnicities, nationalities, religions (or lack thereof), ages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, poetic styles, voices and visions.

Unfortunately Emilio will not be able to master the ceremonies on this date due to schedule conflicts (odd but true), however, Clay will be in attendance, so they'll be running the night (treat them well).

So come on out June 21st and hang with (us) as we welcome Summer with our poetry. Spread the word, bring your friends, open mic slots are available as always (ask Clay for details).

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Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids
Jun
21
8:30 PM20:30

Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids

  • 608 College Street Toronto, ON, M6G 1B4 Canada (map)
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The Royal Cinema - Toronto

Travel back in time to remember the good, bad, and awkward parts of growing up. Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids is a live, open-mic storytelling event where courageous adults share their childhood and teenage writing on stage. Embarassing diary entries, angsty teenage poetry, bizarre short stories, letters from camp, and much more. Sign up in advance to read your own kid writing, or join the audience to be part of the fun.

Sign up to read: https://grownupsreadthingstheywroteaskids.com/event/toronto-2019-june/

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Oakville Poetry&Prose
Jun
22
1:30 PM13:30

Oakville Poetry&Prose

  • 67 Bronte Road Oakville, ON, L6L 3B7 Canada (map)
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Good news about this month's Poetry&Prose open mic event.

We'll have an author in town from Ottawa that weekend, and he's agreed to be in my guest reader slot. I "met" Ian Prattis on Facebook, and he writes prose and poetry on a variety of subjects. Ian is a retired professor who works hard for peace and justice. He is a Zen teacher and environmentalist.

As well as being the feature speaker, he has a SPECIAL OFFER! Buy his new book, Painting with Words: Poetry for a New Era for $20, and choose any one of his previous books or CDs for free. A 2-for-1 offer. His other books include environmental; a trilogy of sci-fi; Buddhism; and other topics. I can't wait to meet him in person! Check out his site:

http://ianprattis.com/

As always, we'll start with open mic for 3 minutes per person, so come early to sign up, grab your coffee and choose your seat. If you're new, come and meet new friends, we're a welcoming bunch. Taste of Colombia cafe also has delicious lunch items - check out their soups and salads.

Note: Do not park in the large parking lot at the back. You could be towed. Instead, park in the smaller lot directly behind the cafe, or else on the street.

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A Gallery of Stories: Storytelling and Musical Concert
Jun
23
1:00 PM13:00

A Gallery of Stories: Storytelling and Musical Concert

  • 65 Bagot Street Oshawa, ON, L1H 1N2 Canada (map)
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Oshawa Public Library

A tribute honouring the life and legacy of Dr. B. George Blake, founder of Durham Storytellers (formerly Durham Folklore Storytellers). This concert will include original Durham Storytellers elders, a performance from the AFIWI Groove drummers, and award-winning international fiddler, Emily Yarascavitch. Visit the City of Oshawa “Art and Culture in the Hall” exhibit about Dr. B. George Blake, running from June to November. In partnership with The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, The City of Oshawa, and Durham Storytellers. Artistic Director: Heather Whaley. Light refreshments, allergy alert.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery 72 Queen Street

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June HYP Slam ft. David Silverberg
Jun
23
5:00 PM17:00

June HYP Slam ft. David Silverberg

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

Calling all poets and all lovers of poetry!

OPEN MIC: There will be 5 spots in the open mic with a 5 min time limit.

SLAM: Slam Rules: no props, no costumes, no musical instruments, original work only, no racist, homophobic, gender bias or otherwise hateful speech allowed, memorization optional, team pieces welcome.

JUNE HYP SLAM FEATURE: David Silverberg

David Silverberg's new book of poetry As Close to the Edge Without Going Over (ChiZine) is now available. Fusing science fiction with horror and surrealism, As Close is a unique book that peeks into David's views of the future, while also becoming his most personal book he's ever written.

He is a poet, theatre artist, journalist, editor, event organizer and producer. He is the artistic director and founder of Toronto Poetry Slam, and was the director of two Canadian Festivals of Spoken Word in Toronto. He edited the Canadian spoken word anthology Mic Check (Quattro Books) and has performed his spoken word poetry across the world, including Vancouver, Montreal, London (UK) and Paris. His first solo theatre show Jewnique debuted in May 2018. His non-fiction work has appeared in The Washington Post, BBC News, The Globe & Mail, Vice, Broken Pencil, Quill & Quire, NOW Magazine and many more. Find him at DavidSilverberg.ca

WORKSHOP: How to host a show...any show! Facilitated by Toronto Poetry Slam founder David Silverberg. In this workshop, learn how to host any show (open mic, slam, panel, wedding, etc) with personality, flair, humour and professionalism. As the host for more than 200 shows and 15 years experience running events, David will reveal several tricks of the trade, including when to pepper banter into a show, how to deal with unruly audiences and mic etiquette. This workshop is for any level of host/producer.

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Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

The Best Of the Six Minute Memoir

  • 1014 King Street West Hamilton, ON, L8S 1L4 Canada (map)
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The Westdale

HOSTED BY ANNE BOKMA

The Six Minute Memoir is a delightful themed storytelling event Hosted by Anne Bokma with performances by local community members where storytellers spin their stories in 6 minutes or less.

Anne traces her writing career back to age 11 when her parents presented her with a portable Olivetti manual typewriter for her birthday. She’s been pounding at a keyboard ever since.

A full-time freelance writer, Anne has been a journalist for more than 25 years and has written for most of Canada’s major magazines and newspapers. Her work has been recognized with awards from both the American and Canadian Church Press, the Canadian Business Press, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors, The Canadian Association of Journalists and the North American Travel Journalists, the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Hamilton Independent Media Awards (Best Arts & Culture Journalist).

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Drag Queen Story Time
Jun
23
to Jun 24

Drag Queen Story Time

  • 36 Wagstaff Drive Toronto, ON, M4L 3W9 Canada (map)
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Left Field Brewery

Join us for family-friendly story telling that promotes literacy and freedom of expression through inclusive, diverse and fun storytelling events.

Featuring: Atmos Fierce

Grab a beer and watch the kiddos have the time of their lives!

This is a pay-what-you-can event and CASH ONLY. All proceeds will be donated to The Bill 7 Award Trust - a registered charitable trust that awards post-secondary scholarships to LGBTQ+ students who are in financial need.

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Jun
24
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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Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

Shab-e She'r- Poetry Night LXXV

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

Featured poets: Merle Nudelman & Reza Eslami
Host: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre

Merle Nudelman is a poet, educator, lawyer, and author of five books of poetry including Borrowed Light (Guernica Editions, 2003) which won the 2004 Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry and The Seeker Ascends (Inanna Publications, 2018). Merle's poems have been published in Canadian and American literary journals, anthologies, and zines. Her essays on poetic inquiry appear in Canadian academic publications.

Born on February 7th, 1972, Reza Eslami is a Canadian -Iranian award winning architect, a published poet and an exhibited photographer who is a long-term resident of Toronto, Canada, having immigrated to the city in 1996. Since the age of 15, Reza has been actively engaged with drawing, photography and writing poetry. The first edition of his book of poetry, Solitude, was published on June of 2017. Solitude is an enigmatic and mystical brevity on love, hate, hope, and despair through one’s life that is sometimes expressed in sarcastic form, with the bravery of attacking one’s own thoughts and actions. The author takes us on a journey through his feelings and emotions that oscillate between reality and dream. Solitude is a man’s story of living his life without fear of revealing his vices or affirming his virtues. Instagram my Photos: @r.e.z.a.e.s.l.a.m.i Instagram my poems: @mypoemsofsolitude Instagram my architecture: @iconarchitectstoronto

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.

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Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Book Party at Queen Books

  • 914 Queen Street East Toronto, ON, M4M 1J5 Canada (map)
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Queen Books

Queen Books is hosting four exciting authors this summer for an event you won't want to miss. Come in and check out new work from:

Myna Wallin, author of Anatomy of an Injury Tim Conley, author of Collapsible Victoria Hetherington, author of Mooncalves Dean Serravalle, author of Where I Fall Where She Rises

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be on sale -- get your signed.

For more information, please email hello@moorehype.com

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WordSpeak Jam Slam!
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
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Vocal Euphoria on the 3rd Floor

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.

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY! Limited Spots Available!

Student Performers - $35 each Audience members - $10 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/carolyn-thompson/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

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The Tartan Turban Secret Readings #18
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Tartan Turban Secret Readings #18

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

curated by Danila Botha

featuring Ann Choi, Doyali Islam, Priya Ramsingh, Bianca Marais, Deepa Rajagopalan and Emily Sanford.


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 #15 please contact Mark Sampson the evening's curator — beforehand as this will allow him to line up readers and manage the evening efficiently.

The ambience at our readings is intimate, extremely informal and very supportive. Readers are given 4 minutes in total including a brief introduction to themselves and their work which may be any form of creative writing (fiction/poetry/drama/screenplay) – or a work of reportage or creative non-fiction. This is not a lecture or motivational speaking series, so no academic or self-help works, please.

Open mic readers who have published works they would like to offer for sale are free to mention it on finishing their readings.


About The Tartan Turban Secret Readings: Barrett and Welsh hosts a (not so) “secret" reading series on its rather lovely open-air office rooftop deck while it's warm, and in its large open concept studio space in cooler weather.

The Tartan Turban Secret Readings feature poetry, drama and prose readings that celebrate Canadian multicultural writing created by multicultural, minority and BIPOC writers. The idea is to provide a platform for minority writers who have very few such platforms while welcoming all writers who want to celebrate Canada’s multiculturalism, diversity and indigenous heritage, and have talent to share.

Curators change from reading to reading. If you would like to read or curate, contact Gavin Barrett or Mayank Bhatt who are co-curators for the series. Readings may eventually be collected in an anthology, so ideally everyone reads some unpublished work.

The sessions are often photographed, filmed or streamed on FB/YouTube live. Please be aware that by attending this event, you agree to be photographed and/or filmed and give permission to use your likeness in promotional and/or marketing materials.


Seating: For those wishing to attend, please note that our indoor space can comfortably accommodate no more than 35 people (including our features).

Refreshments: Barrett and Welsh does provide complimentary refreshments and light snacks, but in keeping with the community-centric spirit of the series, we encourage attendees to bring and/or share their own beverages and snacks (and to carry their own drinking cups/glasses as we avoid the use of disposables unless they are biodegradable. Filtered water is available to all.

Entry: Please arrive before 7 and encourage your guests to do the same. if they arrive later, they may need to text one of us (contact info will be posted on the door) to let them in and we’ll swing by in 10 min intervals (sorry!)

Accessibility: Barrett and Welsh’s offices are at the top of an office building that was once a large townhouse, so there are a couple of steep flights of stairs to get in. If you (or any guests) have mobility challenges, please be aware that you may need a helping hand up the stairs, as there is no elevator. Please let us know if we can be of assistance.

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OUTwrites
Jun
27
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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Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

TRASH Magazine / Art Show / 2019

  • 1136 Dupont Street Toronto, ON, M6H 2A2 Canada (map)
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THE BRANDSCAPE

ART/// ANNA MAY HENRY / CURTIA WRIGHT / BEADSAGAINSTFASCISM / CHRISTINA ELIZEBETH / LALLAFRAL / ALEXANDER ROBINSON / LOUIS-ALEXANDRE BEAUREGARD / JONATHAN BAUERLE /

POETRY/// CHRISTINE H. TRAN / SOFT HONEY / HANA SHAFI /

PHOTOGRAPHY/// DASHIEL OLSON / IAN NAPIER

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: THE BRANDSCAPE IS NOT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE & HAS A FLIGHT OF STAIRS. WE APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE. BATHROOM IS SINGLE STALL & GENDER NEUTRAL. THIS IS A SAFE SPACE. LET ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY ISSUES. NO FASCISTS ALLOWED.

ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, POETRY, BEER, WATER, MUSIC

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OPEN MIC AT MAKE
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

OPEN MIC AT MAKE

  • 10220 Derry Road Milton, ON, L9T 7J3 Canada (map)
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Make Cafe & Catering. Unit 104

If you are a lover of poetry, spoken word, music, dance and would like to perform or simply be in good company with fellow artists and watch them perform then you don't want to miss the open mic at MAKE cafe & catering

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Jun
29
9:00 PM21:00

DEAD POET

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

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

THEME: "ALL STYLE"

The submission is open to all, no theme, no topic, but let it be powerful. We are looking for music submission that touches the soul and creates a great vibes.

*Early Bird Dead Poet Submissions:

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

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

Email: myblankpoet@gmail.com Deadline: Sunday June 23th, 2019

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

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

Admission: $10 General Admission | 19+

Hosted by: Cheffy

Blank Canvas does not tolerate any racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, or transphobic behaviour at our events, and those who do so will be removed.

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Mosaic Press Book Launch
Jul
6
7:00 PM19:00

Mosaic Press Book Launch

  • 720 Spadina Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 2T9 Canada (map)
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at the Workers' Action Centre

Join us for the launch of "Things Seen and Unseen", by Jeannine Marie Pitas

Hosted by Pat Connors

Also reading from their own works will be: Pat Connors, Ricardo Sternberg and Brandon Pitts; O Puck will offer a blessing to all who attend.

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Jul
8
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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OUTwrites
Jul
11
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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MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

  • 157 Lakeshore Road West Mississauga, ON, L5H 1G3 Canada (map)
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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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Burlington Slam Project
Jul
18
7:30 PM19:30

Burlington Slam Project

  • 1295 North Service Road Burlington, ON, L7P 3A7 Canada (map)
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at NUVO Network

It’s been a DECADE in the making! Since July 2008 the Burlington Slam Project (BSP) has been providing a platform for writers and performers of all styles to find their own voice and earn bigger opportunities, while entertaining and interacting with our audience, fans and friends.

JULY CONTINUES OUR 2018/19 COMPETITIVE SEASON!!! That means that for the next month of poetry slam EVERYONE who signs up for the slam, WILL EARN POINTS towards making our team finals next spring. The TOP THREE every month will win CASH PRIZES as well as additional points, giving the most consistent participants opportunity to earn an advantage at the SEASON FINALS in APRIL 2019.

This slam is for ANYONE wanting to have their performance scored by the randomly selected audience judges. For anyone who DOESN’T WANT TO BE JUDGED; there is ALWAYS an OPEN MIC (5 minutes of freedom). Got Something to Say?!

Every month we have an Open Mic (sign up and share anything for 5 minutes) and a poetry slam (a competition judged by the audience) where the top 3 win cash prizes, courtesy of our umbrella non-profit Open Minds Respect Events (www.omre.ca). You get all of this for ONLY $10! (PWYC) Slammers and Open Mic ONLY $5!!!

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Jul
22
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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OUTwrites
Jul
25
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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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Jul
29
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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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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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)
  • 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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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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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)
  • 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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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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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)
  • 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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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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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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OUTwrites
Sep
26
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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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.

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

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

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

Common Ground Cafe

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

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

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

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

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MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery
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.

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Vacant Nobodies
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Vacant Nobodies

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

Readers:

Silmy Abdullah was born in Bangladesh. When she was a toddler, she moved with her family to the Middle East. She immigrated to Canada in 1998 and since then, has considered Toronto her home.

Silmy is working on a collection of short stories that highlight the Bengali immigrant experience in Toronto, inspired by the lives of families she observed while growing up in Scarborough. One of the stories from the collection has been published in The New Quarterly, while another has received honourable mention in Glimmer Train Magazine‘s contest for new writers. She is an alumnus of Toronto’s Diaspora Dialogues Program for emerging writers. Silmy has been mentored by authors, Lawrence Hill and Cherie Dimaline and is currently represented by the Transatlantic Agency. She is also a lawyer by profession and works closely with the South Asian Immigrant community in Toronto, which helps her to find the seeds for incredible stories of courage, love, and resilience.

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Born in Hastings County, Hannah Brown currently lives in Toronto. She has two degrees in film and wrote screenplays—some of them prize-winning— for anyone who’d pay. More recently, her work has appeared in several North American literary magazines, such as Superstition Review, and her short story “The Happiness” was nominated for the 2016 Journey Prize. Her debut novel Look After Her arrives September 30, 2019 from Inanna Publications.

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Josh Edgar is a writer living in Toronto. His stories have appeared in The Malahat Review, The Puritan, untethered, and The Humber Literary Review. He is currently working on a novel and a book of stories.

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Fan Wu is the faint outline of a foulweather friend. Fond of mourning what's not yet lost, he cobbles a life together from hallucinated absence.

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MLA Chernoff (@citation_bb) thanks you for visiting their profile. They are a PhD candidate at The Neoliberal University of York University. MLA's first collection of pomes, delet this, was released by Bad Books in the spring of 2018. A second collection entitled TERSE THIRSTY is forthcoming with Gap Riot Press. Have a nice day and please stay hydrated best wishes you are valid xo xo.

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Entry is PWYC and proceeds will be split 50/50 between readers and a charitable organization. This month we will be donating 50% to Sheena's Place, a community-based charity offering hope and support programs to individuals, families and partners affected by eating disorders.

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OUTwrites
Jun
13
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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WordSpeak Jam Slam!
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
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Vocal Euphoria on the 3rd Floor

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.

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY! Limited Spots Available!

Student Performers - $35 each Audience members - $10 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/carolyn-thompson/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

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Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Annex Writing Circle

  • 720 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON, M5S 2R4 Canada (map)
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CSI Annex - 720 Bathurst Avenue, Toronto

Meeting Room 2 on the second floor

Members of Canadian Authors–Toronto: Please consider joining our new Annex Writing Circle!

The Annex Writing Circle takes over from the Regent Park Writing Circle. We'll continue to meet every second Thursday of the month until June 13, at which point we can decide whether to take a summer break or keep going.

Advance registration is required. Membership will be capped at 10 participants to ensure that everyone has a chance to give and receive feedback on each work-in-progress.

Please note that Authors–Toronto writing circles are open only to members of the Canadian Authors Association. To become a member, visit https://canadianauthors.org/national/join/

Members of the Annex Writing Circle will exchange drafts by email a few days before each meeting.

Email Canadian Authors – Toronto co-president Lee Parpart at TOpresident1@canadianauthors.org to register.

This is the first of several planned writing/critiquing circles to be hosted by Canadian Authors–Toronto across the GTA. But we (your new executive committee of six) can't do it all ourselves. We are looking for moderators to organize and run writing circles in other areas of the GTA. Please contact Lee Parpart with all inquiries and offers to moderate. Experience in a writing group is helpful but not essential; we will help you learn!

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OPEN MIC - Spoken Word | Music | Dance
Jun
13
6:30 PM18:30

OPEN MIC - Spoken Word | Music | Dance

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

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

To be added to our line-up, email workshops@commonpeopleshop.com with the subject line LINE UP with a short description of your performance.

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

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

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Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

2019 Trillium Book Award | Author Readings and Reception

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

Ontario Creates invites you to celebrate the finalists of the 2019 Trillium Book Award at a FREE public reading!

This year, five English books and five French titles have been shortlisted for the main awards. Three English-language poetry titles will compete for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language, and three French-language titles will vie for the Children's Literature in the French language prize.

English-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award: Tamara Faith Berger, Queen Solomon; Dionne Brand, The Blue Clerk; Claudia Dey, Heartbreaker; K.D. Miller, Late Breaking; Miriam Toews, Women Talking

French-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award: Alain Doom, Un quai entre deux mondes; Gilles Latour, À la merci de l'étoile; Lisa L'Heureux, Et si un soir; Yvon Malette, Entre le risque et le rêve; David Ménard, Poupée de rouille

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language: Gwen Benaway, Holy Wild; Stevie Howell, I left nothing inside on purpose; Robin Richardson, Sit How You Want

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Children's Literature in French language: Pierre-Luc Bélanger, L'Odyssée des neiges; Diya Lim, La marchande, la sorcière, la lune et moi; Daniel Marchildon, Otages de la nature

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Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Scugog Arts Literary Contest Awards Night & Readings

  • 279 Queen Street Port Perry, ON, L9L 1B9 Canada (map)
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Jester's Court

Literary Contest Awards Night & Readings. A free listening event where everyone is welcome to come listen or cheer on the family and friends who entered the Scugog Arts Literary Contest 2019. Many thanks to Brian Henderson and Edward Carson who were our jurors. Up to $3,000 will be awarded on this night!!!! Many thanks to supporters: The Writers' Union of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Karen Giles of Sunlife Financial in Port Perry, Canadian Tire Port Perry, Vos' Independent Port Perry, the Scugog Arts Cultural Hub Club and PineRidge Arts Council. If you want to have dinner before the festivities, make a reservation at Jester's, then come upstairs after.

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BAM! Toronto Youth Slam
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

BAM! Toronto Youth Slam

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

HOSTED BY: Scribe

Toronto's only monthly Youth Poetry Slam, BAM!, is back in full effect with the superstar Gavin Russell!

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

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

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

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

Featuring: GAVIN RUSSELL

Gavin Russell is a spoken word poet from Whitby, Ontario. After getting started on poetry in high school, Gavin discovered Capital Slam in Ottawa back in 2012, and he has never looked back. The 2014 Capital Slam champion, 2018 Toronto Poetry Slam Champion, and a member of 6 scene slam teams, Gavin has taken his work across Canada, and into the United States, and was a member of the 2018 National Champion Toronto Poetry Slam Team. Gavin uses his work to relish in the mundane, and find entertainment in the simple things of life.

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Art Bar Reading Series
Jun
11
8:00 PM20:00

Art Bar Reading Series

  • 320 College Street Toronto, ON, M5T 1S3 Canada (map)
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Free Times Cafe,

Our Feature Readers:

Doyali Islam DOYALI ISLAM’s second poetry book is heft (McClelland & Stewart, 2019). Her poems have been published in Kenyon Review Online, The Fiddlehead, and The Best Canadian Poetry in English, and they have won several national contests and prizes. Doyali serves as the poetry editor of Arc Poetry Magazine. In 2017, she was a guest on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition and was a poetry finalist for the National Magazine Awards. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Eric Schmaltz
Eric Schmaltz is the writer of Surfaces (Invisible 2018), a book of visual poetry and text-art that intervenes into the history of machine-based poetics to examine affect and subjectivity in the twenty-first century context of digital writing. Eric recently edited Knife Fork Book’s inaugural issue of Not Your Best. His work has appeared in periodicals such as The Berkeley Poetry Review, Jacket2, The Capilano Review, and Lemon Hound among other places. His work has also been exhibited in galleries in Buffalo, Toronto, Vancouver, Kitchener, and St. Catharines.

Matthew Tierney Matthew Tierney is the author of four books of poetry; the most recent is Midday at the Super-Kamiokande, a Fall 2018 release from Coach House Books. His previous book, Probably Inevitable, won the 2013 Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English. He is also a recipient of the K. M. Hunter Award and the P.K. Page Founders’ Award. He lives in the east end of Toronto with his wife and son.

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Jun
11
7:30 PM19:30

Voices from South Africa Salon

  • 35 Hazelton Avenue Toronto, ON, M5R 2E3 Canada (map)
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Heliconian Club

Join us for this season’s final salon featuring Bianca Marais, a burgeoning voice on the Canadian literary landscape.

Before moving to Toronto and turning to writing, Bianca Marais lived and worked in South Africa. For a time, she volunteered in Soweto, providing aid for HIV/AIDS orphans and their caregivers, an experience that left an indelible imprint on her psyche. Using words and images, Bianca will demonstrate “how women in South Africa stepped into the breach to mother the motherless children that the AIDS pandemic created, how they were in their twilight years when they were suddenly called upon to lay their own children to rest and raise their grandchildren; how they didn’t allow poverty or hardship to break them, and how they almost single handedly raised the born-free generation, those children born after Nelson Mandela became president in 1994.” She will also touch on how her writing helped her come to grips with her background, and how art is often cathartic and necessary.

Marais’ debut work of fiction, Hum If You Don’t Know the Words, was a massive success, and her greatly anticipated second novel, If You Want to Make God Laugh, due out in July, promises to be just as compelling. A representative from Ben McNally Books will be on hand to take preorders for it and to sell copies of her first book as well.

BONUS: All those who pre-order If You Want to Make God Laugh will be entered for an awesome gift basket raffle!

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Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

HLR Issue Launch

  • 937 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Toronto, Ontario M6H 1L5 (map)
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at the The Piston

Come and celebrate our 2019 Spring + Summer issue! The evening will be filled with many of the incredible contributors from our upcoming issue!

Admission is Free. The venue is accessible near Ossington Station.

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Jun
10
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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Gratitude Poetry Night
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Gratitude Poetry Night

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

Theme:

Are you gratitude of anything in your life or on your day? Are you thankful of having a good health? Having a sucessful job or business? Having a lovely family? Having a caring husband or wife? Having adorable kids? Having cheerful friends? Eating delicious food? Enjoying the weather? Meeting nice people? Living in a safe country or environment? Traveling for a vacation? Are you gratitude of God or life? Are you thankful of even drinking a cup of tea or coffee? Do you journal what you are gratitude of everyday?

Let's express our gratitude in a warm and calm environment where we can share and celebrate our blesses.

We can ejoy setting outside in the beautiful patio and observe the poetic sunset view togather 😍

Venue:

I got a generous invitation from Station Cafe & Kitchen to host our poetry nights there. I visited their space and it was lovely. I tried the butter chicken dish and it was yummy and I felt full.

You will get %10 discount on your order of any food or drinks yaaay 😊 You just need to inform the waiter that you are here for the poetry night meetup.

Accessibility:

The main floor is accessible by wheel chair, but the washroom is unfortunately not since it's in the basement level!

Admission fee:

$5 plus PWYC to support our poetry nights. Thanks!

About Ghadeer Elghafri:

Ghadeer Elghafri, a Palestinian-Canadian Poet from Gaza, born and raised in Dubai, living in Toronto, is a new immigrant, warrior, healer, feminist, activist and advocate. She completed her BSc. in Computer Science and MBA at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Ghadeer has published her poetry in newspapers, magazines and a chapbook, Poetry ReRooted: Decolonizing Our Tongues, has performed in dozens of poetry nights, reading her Arabic poetry with English translation, has organized multilingual open mic poetry nights in the Toronto area and received a grant from The Toronto Arts Council to start up a Multilingual Poetry Collective. She was elected as the Representative of the American University of Sharjah (AUS) Alumni in North America and started three on-line groups - Arab Cultural Cafe, The Toronto Poetry Club and Childhood Trauma Survivors. Ghadeer’s poetry inspires the community by conveying a message, changing narratives, breaking stigmas, reinforcing cultural heritage and creating awareness in the society. She performed in “Home Away From Home: An Art for Integration Event,” an interactive theatre performance by Mixed Company Theatre, opening the dialogue on the complexities and challenges Arab newcomers to Canada face, such as identity, loneliness, cross-cultural adaptation and homesickness. Recently, Ghadeer won the “Arab Women Excellence Awards” in North America in the community service category as a successful Community Leader and was invited to be a Speaker/Panelist in the 1st Arab Women Summit in North America. Ghadeer’s vision and mission in life is to stop, prevent and heal child sexual abuse, by working with adult/child survivors, creating awareness by educating care givers, children and schools and breaking the cycle of abuse. Presently, she is studying Expressive Arts Therapy and volunteering as a Crisis Line Counsellor at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape. Her dream is to open a clinic after pursuing her PhD in Psychotherapy.

We are all humans regardless of our differences. Let's embrace ourselves and each other.

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Guernica's June Book Launch
Jun
9
3:30 PM15:30

Guernica's June Book Launch

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

Join us on Sunday, June 9th, to celebrate our newest titles of the early Summer season! Meet with the authors and hear them read from their books of poetry, non-fiction, and literary fiction.

Free admission and refreshments will be served!

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HYP Saturday Writers Series
Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

HYP Saturday Writers Series

  • 123 King Street West Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8 Canada (map)
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Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton

Saturday Writers Series is a day-long exploration of writing through workshops rooted in the craft of poetry, hip-hop and journalism.

REGISTER NOW: https://goo.gl/forms/8Y8vfL3aPNe57STC2 If you have questions please email us: coordinator_hamiltonyouthpoets@gmail.com

Check The Method: 1:00pm – 2:30pm Meet a diverse group of writers and be immersed in a workshop that offers instruction in poetry, non-fiction creative writing, and verse journalism; get your story to the page and your choice of stage.

Emcee Wreckshop: 2:30pm – 4:00pm Emcee WreckShop is dedicated to the craft of writing, emceeing, and beat-making. WreckShop involves rigorous writing & studio time.

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WordSpeak Jam Slam!
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

WordSpeak Jam Slam!

  • 10 Dawes Road Toronto, ON, M4C 5A7 Canada (map)
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Vocal Euphoria on the 3rd Floor

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.

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY! Limited Spots Available!

Student Performers - $35 each Audience members - $10 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/carolyn-thompson/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

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Verses Out Loud - A Poetry & Spoken Word Open Mic
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Verses Out Loud - A Poetry & Spoken Word Open Mic

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

Mississauga Arts Council presents VERSES OUT LOUD, Mississauga's only current spoken word and poetry open mic series! Our third edition will be an open mic, from 7:00-10:00pm at the Common Grounds Cafe in the West Edge Community Church in Port Credit. Open mic slots are 5 minutes, but may vary depending on turnout. All voices are welcome, and we provide a safe, equitable, and respectful space for everyone. Whether you're starting out or have been writing for years, come on out; we aim to showcase amazing local poetry and spoken word in the city of Mississauga. Feel free to share this event page, invite friends/family/interested poets, and help this series grow =)

*There is free street parking on Peter Street South and Port Street West. Coffee, tea and baked goods are available for purchase at the cafe, and all the proceeds go to charity. This is an equitable, safe, and respectful space.

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Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

2019 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist readings

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

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

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Wild Writers
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Wild Writers

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

Two incredible features and 12 spots on the open mic: bring any 3 minute work of your own invention. $5 cover includes snacks.

Fira (he/him) is a spoken word artist currently residing in Toronto. His work focusses on the topics of mental health, queerness, and healing through art. He has competed at the national level on poetry teams for Guelph and Burlington, as well as helped organize the national youth poetry festival, Voices of Today.

Peter Jickling is a poet, playwright, and journalist born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. In the winter of 2016/17 he lived in Toronto and wrote poetry. The resulting manuscript has been accepted for publication with Guernica Editions and is due out in 2019. He is a Taurus.

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Rowers Reading Series
Jun
4
6:45 PM18:45

Rowers Reading Series

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

Join the Rowers team for a splendid June evening of poetry and prose featuring Cassandra Blanchard, Derek Mascarenhas, Anubha Mehta, and Judy Rebick (see bios below).

Glad Day Bookshop's entrance is wheelchair accessible. The washroom is partially accessible. The nearest TTC subway station is Wellesley and street parking is available. Admission is free. A jar is passed for voluntary donations.

Rowers acknowledges financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council. Individual features may be funded The League of Canadian Poets' Canada Poetry Tours or The Writers' Union of Canada's National Public Readings Program.

Cassandra Blanchard was born in Whitehorse, Yukon and is part of the Selkirk First Nation. She attended the University of British Columbia and received a Bachelor of Arts. Fresh Pack of Smokes is her first book. She currently lives on Vancouver Island.

Derek Mascarenhas is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Creative Writing Program, a finalist and runner up for the Penguin Random House of Canada Student Award for Fiction, and a nominee for the Marina Nemat Award. He has works published in places such as The Dalhousie Review, Switchback, The Fieldstone Review, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Rusty Toque, Joyland, and The Antigonish Review. Derek Mascarenhas is one of four children born to parents who emigrated from Goa, India, and settled in Burlington, Ontario. A backpacker who has traveled across six continents, Derek currently resides in Toronto.

Anubha Mehta is a Canadian writer and artist who was born in India. With a doctorate in Political Science, and two decades of Canadian public service experience, Anubha has been awarded for her leadership work with diverse communities. Her book, The Politics of Nation Building and Art Patronage (2012), was a culmination of years of her research in late 1990s. Her short stories and poems have been published in several Canadian magazines and journals and reflect her travels and life lived on both sides of the globe. She currently lives in Mississauga, Ontario. Peacock in the Snow is her debut novel. www.AnubhaMehta.com

Judy Rebick is a life-long feminist activist, journalist, and writer. She is the founder of rabble.ca, a former President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, a leader of the pro-choice movement and author of six books, most recently a memoir, Heroes in My Head (House of Anansi, 2018). Follow her on twitter @judyrebick

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Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

Legible Intelligibles

Trinity Bellwoods Park

For those of you who have forgotten, and to all newcomers: This reading operates a bit differently than others. Given that a lot of writers aren't in structured writing environments, writing can be a bit tough. Without deadlines, there isn't necessarily a rush to get work on paper/Microsoft® Word Documents. 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.

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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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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Jun
3
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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Jun
2
3:30 PM15:30

Stage Reading of “I No Longer Can”

  • 70 Berkeley Street Toronto, ON, M5A 2W6 Canada (map)
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in the Alumnae theatre lobby:

I No Longer Can is a musical, scripted by Donna Langevin and Kate Marshall-Flaherty; music composed and played by Anne Hurley and Jim Videto, script directed by Kate Marshall-Flaherty, musical direction by Anne Hurley.

Featured in the cast are Doug Tindal, Anne Shepherd, Cecily Smith, Ana Gonzalez, with stage directions read by Neila Lem.

The story:
A Shakespearean actor with dementia wreaks havoc, as his family begins to learn what they can, cannot and eventually must do, to survive.

Please join us for this musical exploration of an important theme and join in the discussion after the reading.

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