R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Apr
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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The ArtBar
Apr
23
8:00 PM20:00

The ArtBar

Free Times Cafe

Featuring:

Jade Wallace Jade Wallace is a writer from the Niagara Fruit Belt currently working in law and trying to be a good Draft Reading Series collective member in Toronto, Ontario. Jade’s short fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in Canada, India, the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Sweden, and New Zealand, including in Studies in Social Justice, The Dalhousie Review, The Nashwaak Review, Feathertale, A New Ulster, Acumen, The Chaffey Review, The Town Crier, Pac’n Heat: A Noir Homage To Ms. Pac-Man from AGP Books, Breakfast in a Day from Death Cookie Soup, as well as in chapbooks from Grey Borders Books. Rituals of Parsing (2018), a collection of poems, is available now from Anstruther Press. Jade plays ukulele in The Leafy Greens, a band that has been incorrectly described as “psychedelic stoner metal.”

Susan Glickman Susan Glickman is a lapsed academic who teaches creative writing and works as a freelance editor, primarily of academic books. Yes, she loves punctuation. For the last three years she has also been a full-time art student at Central Technical School in Toronto, which gave her the confidence she needed to illustrate her last novel, The Discovery of Flight. Her hobbies are gardening, walking the dog, and making soup.

D.M. Marchand-Lafortune DM Marchand-Lafortune is an actor, advocate, educator, photographer, poet, singer-songwriter, actor, videographer and visual artist. She is a smart, powerful woman who can command any stage. She was born to a single Cree–Métis mother and Jewish father in downtown Toronto in 1950s. Her paternal grandparents, holocaust survivor, refused to accept the relationship. When she was born her mother and her were homeless. As an orphan she has lived Fanon’s claim: “I must understand everything because I belong nowhere.” This understanding informs all her work and has meant she has a finely tuned sense of communication for inclusion. She is working on her first book of poetry – Orphans and The Other Little Things That Matter.

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Poetry in Motion Flow
Apr
23
8:30 PM20:30

Poetry in Motion Flow

  • 93 King Street West Bowmanville, ON, L1C 1R2 Canada (map)
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The Collective - Offices - 93 King Street West, Bowmanville

Love poetry? Love Yoga? Both!? Then this class is made for you! A vinyasa style flow infused with poetry. Allow the words to flow through your body & mind in every class and reconnect with your own creativity through a relaxing and releasing yoga flow. Feel free to bring your own poetry or a poem that resonates with you to share at the end of each class, where you can express yourself freely without judgement. Channel and fully express your creative side to bring yourself closer to what is truly meaningful and powerful, one word at a time.

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Apr
24
7:00 AM07:00

Véhicule Press Toronto Spring 2019 Launch

  • 12 Clinton Street Toronto, ON, M6J 2N8 Canada (map)
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Monarch Tavern

We're celebrating two novels in our Esplanade Books imprint, as well as two Signal Editions poetry titles. The evening will be hosted by Carmine Starnino, editor of Signal Editions.

From Esplanade Books: Aphelia, by Mikella Nicol (translated by Lesley Trites) “Like a summer heatwave, Aphelia is short and intense. Mikella Nicol is incredibly skilled at capturing precise feelings and impulses, often showing the tortuous, perverse logic we come up with to explain our desires to ourselves.” --Guillaume Morissette, author of The Original Face and New Tab

Lesley Trites is the author of the story collection, A Three-Tiered Pastel Dream

The Teardown, by David Homel “For all its candor, The Teardown moves towards a place of quiet wisdom and deep truth about the joys and sorrows of mid-life. Fiction this bold is rare, and a welcome reminder of the novel’s power as a humble witness to human complexity. David Homel has never written better.” --Charles Foran, author of Mordecai and Planet Lolita

From Signal Editions: What We Carry, by Susan Glickman "The respect paid to nature in this book is palpable and the sadness at its destruction is equally strong. The technical dexterity is as powerful as the emotions and shows a poet at the peak of her creativity." Quill & Quire starred review

The Suicide's Son by James Arthur “Arthur works his magic in lines that are tightly formed yet sculpted to flow and break for maximum effect. He summons the richness of everyday detail ... as a foundation from which the broader contexts of human experience take flight.” –The American Poetry Review

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Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Slam hosted by Charlie Petch

  • 1 Front Street East Toronto, ON, M5E 1B2 Canada (map)
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Sony Centre

This event is free and open to the public! All ages welcome. Come out and participate as a performer or as an audience member! Cash bar will be open (19+ must show ID).

Performer Sign-up will begin at 5:30pm and there will be 15 spots available. For more information and to RSVP to attend, visit our Eventbrite Page! >> http://bit.ly/2GgolxQ

WHAT IS A POETRY SLAM? A poetry slam is a high energy competition of spoken word poetry. Poetry slams were invented by a construction worker from Chicago named Marc Smith in the 1980s as a way to bring life back into poetry readings and make the audience engaged in the show!

Questions: Contact us by email at education@tolive.com or call us at 416-368-6161 ext. 8242

ACCESSIBILITY INFO The Sony Centre Poetry Slam is taking place in our Lower Lobby. The entrance for the event is located at our Yonge Street Entrance (south of Front St W towards the Esplanade) and there are no steps to enter through this door. To get from the entrance to the Lower Lobby, there is an elevator located directly the entrance or 1 flight of stairs. The bar is located in the Lower Lobby and a wheelchair accessible washroom is located on the same level.

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO PERFORM? Performer sign-up will start 5:30pm and there will be 15 spots available. There will be limited spots available. Feel free to bring two poems! If not enough performers sign up, we will have a lottery for those who brought two poems. You may be able to perform twice! The winner of the slam wins two tickets to a very awesome TO Live event!

ABOUT YOUR HOST: Charlie C Petch is an award winning playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch is touring two spoken word theatre pieces, their multimedia piece "Daughter Of Geppetto and their vaudeville play "Mel Malarkey Gets the Bum's Rush" which got "Best of 2017" from Electric City Magazine for the radio play accompanying album "Odes & Acts". They have published books with Wordpress and LyricalMyrical and poems with Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and Oratorealis journals. Petch is the creative director of "Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam" a multi-city touring poetry slam series.

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Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Workshop

  • 128 Sterling Road Toronto, ON, M6P 0A1 Canada (map)
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House of Anansi Press

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, we are hosting two poetry workshops at the Anansi Bookshop.

The workshops are for writers of all levels, from first-timers to seasoned artists. We will work with prompts to produce poetry to be shared and taken home. All supplies will be provided.

The participation fee is $16 per person, with a capacity of 20 attendees per workshop. You are welcome to attend one or both!

Washrooms are gendered with accessible stalls. The Anansi Bookshop is down three stairs. It can be accessed by a ramp and elevators at the back of the building. If this route is needed, please contact us so that we can provide an escort.

Additionally, please contact the host, Vannessa Barnier, if the workshop fee is a barrier to your participation.

These events will be hosted by local community organizer, Vannessa Barnier. Vannessa is a poetry instigator and facilitator, the host of the summer open mic reading series Legible Intelligibles, a bookseller at House of Anansi, and an attendee of the 2019 Juniper Summer Writing Institute intensive.

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Poetry Readings at ‘The Poet’
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Readings at ‘The Poet’

  • 1170 Queen Street East Toronto, ON, M4M 1L4 Canada (map)
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Location: The Poet Condominums Sales Centre

Come and join East End Arts and Fieldgate Urban for an intimate evening of poetry!

Featuring and hosted by Toronto’s new Poet Laureate A. F. Moritz, alongside three incredible local poets – mercedes killeen, Peter Norman and Lily Wang

Come and celebrate the appointment of Toronto’s newest Poet Laureate, literary excellence in our communities, and National Poetry Month!

Accessibility Note: Although the Poet Condominiums Sales Centre is physically accessible on the main floor, washrooms are located downstairs.

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Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Return Trip Issue 01 Launch

  • 960 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1G8 Canada (map)
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Antikka Cafe & Vinyl Shop

JOIN US for an evening to celebrate the launch of Return Trip’s first issue!

RETURN TRIP is a magazine that explores how travel makes us feel. It’s a publication by and for people who believe travel is an undeniable part of their identity, whether it’s through living abroad, diaspora, migration, or their own travel experiences.

OUR FIRST ISSUE includes art, photography, stories, journals, poetry, essays and reflections from 19 contributors living in Canada and around the world, including Singapore and Germany.

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1st Annual Mississauga Poetry Slam
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

1st Annual Mississauga Poetry Slam

  • 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West Mississauga, ON, L5B 3Y3 Canada (map)
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Central Library - 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga

Come watch young poets leave it all on the stage at the first ever Poetry Slam hosted by the City of Mississauga.

Moderated by 2017-2019 Poet Laureate. Wali Shah, and Youth Poet Laureate, Pujita Verma, join us for this FREE event as we celebrate the art of spoken word with the City’s most engaging young artists!

FEATURED ARTIST: Youssef A-R

JUDGING PANEL:

Pujita Verma – Mississauga Youth Poet Laureate

Maxwell Tran – Founder, Ink Movement

Youssef A-R – Poet, Feature Artist

CALL FOR SLAM SUBMISSIONS: Participate in the Poetry Slam for a chance to win prizes (up to $500 value). Ages 12-24.

Deadline for Poetry Slam participation: April 15, 2019

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WonderFest Sauga Series:
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

WonderFest Sauga Series:

  • 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!!

Monthly event every last Thursday at West Edge/Common Ground Cafe!

This month we have incredible talents to showcase their original work. Music by: Heartbreak Sonata and Olivia DeMarco

Spoken Word by: Paul Edward Costa

Visual art displayed by: Nisreen Art

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OUTwrites
Apr
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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The Artis with Ivy Reiss
Apr
26
1:00 PM13:00

The Artis with Ivy Reiss

Watch us LIVE and UNEDITED at 1pm (ETA) on ThatChannel.com

Hosted by Ivy Reiss

With Special Guests:

Journalist and Founder of the Toronto Poetry SLAM at the Drake: David Silverberg (1:00pm)

and Renowned Poet and Fringe Playwright: Brandon Pitts (1:30pm)

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Vacant Nobodies # 8
Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

Vacant Nobodies # 8

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

Hosted by Fawn Parker & Sophie McCreesh

Pieces to Pathways (P2P) is a peer-led alcohol and drug use support program for LGBTQ people 16 to 29 years old located at Breakaway Addiction Services in the Parkdale area of Toronto. The program was started by two friends, Faith and Tim, who met in recovery over 10 years ago and had the desire to create a space where queer and trans youth seeking support for their substance use would have their experiences affirmed, not denied. P2P offers individual counselling, facilitates three drop-in community nights, hosts a monthly harm reduction kit making event and regularly does harm reduction outreach at drop-ins and queer parties in the community. P2P is a program that is unique to Canada.

This event is PWYC and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The front door and backroom of The Ossington are accessible via ramp. The bathrooms are gendered and are located down a flight of stairs.

Feel free to email vacantnobodies@gmail.com with inquiries

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Sanchari Sur is a 2018 Lambda Literary Fellow in fiction. Her work can be found in Room, Toronto Book Award Shortlisted The Unpublished City (Book*hug, 2017), Arc Poetry Magazine, Humber Literary Review, Prism International, and elsewhere. She is a PhD candidate in English at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the curator/co-founder of Balderdash Reading Series, and blogs at sursanchari.wordpress.com.

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Rhiannon Collett (they/them) is a playwright and performer based in Tkaronto. Selected playwriting credits include Miranda & Dave Begin Again (RBC Emerging Playwright Award); Wasp (commissioned by Nightswimming, Rhubarb Festival 2019); The Kissing Game (commissioned by Youtheatre and Young People's Theatre as part of the Leaps and Bounds program, developed at the Banff Playwrights Lab); Tragic Queens (commissioned and devised with CABAL Theatre, nominated for 7 METAs, presented at the Wildside Festival) and There are No Rats in Alberta (Buddies in Bad Times Emerging Creators Unit). Most recently, Rhiannon was a guest artist at the LungA festival in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland.

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Caitlin Galway is a Canadian writer and editor. Her novel Bonavere Howl is forthcoming from Guernica Editions in May of this year. Her short fiction has appeared in House of Anansi’s The Broken Social Scene Story Project, Exile Editions and Gloria Vanderbilt’s Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Anthology: Volume Six, and Riddle Fence as the 2011 Short Story Contest winner. An excerpt from her novella Blackbird won CBC’s Stranger than Fiction Contest and was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s 2011 Fiction Open Contest. She has also been the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. She's currently finishing a new novel and working on a collection of short stories.

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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 suffers from CPTSD and severe sleep apnea––everything hurts and blurts and is, in a sense, quite curt. Their 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. Everything's going to be fine. Thank you for checking in, they really appreciate it xo xo.

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The Tartan Turban Secret Readings
Apr
26
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, #301

You are invited to the 16th session of The Tartan Turban Secret Readings curated by Michael Fraser featuring Adebe D.A., Andrea Thompson, Charles Smith, Georgia Wilder, Jim Johnstone, Phoebe Wang and Ruth Roach Pierson.


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 #16 please contact Michael Fraser the evening's curator — beforehand as this will allow him to line up readers and manage the evening efficiently.

Open mic readers are given 4 minutes in total — you may read a work 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.

It doesn’t matter if it’s not in English or French - one of our open mic readers read a stunning series of poems in Spanish based on interviews with jailed murderers in Mexico. Simply accompany your readings with an explanation of the context and a brief translation in English.

If you are reading at an open mic please read no more than: 4 pages of poetry or, 2 single pages of double-spaced prose, or 3 pages of a screenplay or play,

  • up to a 4 minute maximum for any creative material, including a brief introduction to yourself and your work.
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Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Vallum Issue 16:1 & A.F. Moritz Chapbook Launch

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

Come celebrate National Poetry Month with the joint launch of Vallum 16:1 "Connections" and A. F. Moritz's new chapbook, Art of Surgery!

The evening will feature readings by: A. F. Moritz, Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes, Ashley Hynd, MA l DE, John Reibetanz, Meg Freer & more!

This event is free with $5 suggested donation. Pay $10 for entry and get a copy of issue 16:1! All proceeds go towards Vallum's community outreach program.

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Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

2SQTBIPoC Community Arts/Zine Fair!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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HYP Saturday Writers Series
Apr
27
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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416 RISE: 7 year Anniversary
Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

416 RISE: 7 year Anniversary

  • 130 Queens Quay East Toronto, ON, M5A 3Y5 Canada (map)
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Artscape Daniels Launchpad

Celebrating the accomplishments and growth of youth and artists in our community. RISE hopes that the annual celebration of 416RISE will mark an important day of recognizing the arts and culture in the city, and one day, throughout the world.

This will be our biggest event yet! You can expect amazing performances, a very special guest and very special announcements from some very big people in the city.

This year, we are honored to present Mumu Fresh, live in Toronto!

Thanks to an NPR Tiny Desk Concert that has so far garnered over 440k views and counting, Maimouna Youssef, aka Mumu Fresh, Global citizen, musical healer, singer, and hip hop artist, demands attention and rightfully gets it. She‘s shared stages and collaborated with music giants such as Sting, Nas, Common, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, The Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff and many more!

Her powerful fusion of jazz, soul, hip-hop, and R&B with fearless social commentary and life lessons on love and growth is well needed for a magical moment in our city in Toronto.

Other performances will include TRP.P, ADL, Matt Muse, JAYD INK and a very special guest!

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Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

RAC: The Anniversary Show

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

Join us as we celebrate 7 years of creating space for emerging artists in Brampton with good food + good art + good music!

Spoken word by the Reckless Arts Collective Team

Lamoi, Poetic Emcee, Vanessa Thompson, Raymond Anderson

6 OPEN MIC spots available

FREE ADMISSION

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Apr
28
5:15 PM17:15

Junction Reads and Writes

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

392 Pacific Ave, Toronto

Join us for some incredible diverse and wonderful readers!

Featuring:

SK Dyment with Steel Animals

Tim Conley with Collapsible

Alex Boyd with Army of the Brave and Accidental

Tim Conley with Collapsible from New Star Books.

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Apr
28
6:00 PM18:00

YTGA Open Mic Series

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

The YTGA Open Mic series returns for another diverse display of amazing local talent in Mississauga. Open mic slots are about 5 minutes long, and anyone interested in performing can email programming@studio89.org to sign up, though there may be some spots available the night of the event. All styles are welcome (spoken word, music, magic, comedy, dance etc), provided acts are mindful of others. Feel free to invite friends and share this event to help spread the word!

FEATURED ARTIST BIO:

Paul Edward Costa is a writer, teacher, spoken word artist, organizer, and the current Poet Laureate for the City of Mississauga. He has published over sixty stories, poems, and articles in literary journals such as "Alt-Minds Literary Magazine", "Peacock Journal", "Entropy Magazine," "Gyroscope Review", "Lucent Dreaming Magazine", "Aphelion Webzine" and he performs spoken word at a variety of poetry events as an open mic or featured artist. His novella “Dark Magic on the Edge of Town” was published in 2016 with Paperback Press, and his book of poetry “The Long Train of Chaos” will be published in August 2019 by Kung Fu Treachery Press. Paul regularly gives talks at meetings of The Mississauga Writers Group, hosts and curates The YTGA Open Mic Series at Studio.89, and is co-organizer of the Mississauga Arts Council’s series Verses Out Loud: A Spoken Word and Poetry Open Mic. Paul earned a Specialized Honors BA in History and a BA in Education at York University. He teaches high school English and History with the Peel District School Board

This event is a safe space open to all people where everyone will be treated with dignity and respect. There is NO cover charge, though it would be awesome if you grabbed a drink or some food from the awesome vegan options available at the cafe.

There will be two microphones, two microphone stands, a PA system, and a two-input Fender acoustic amp available for use. Please bring any backing music on a phone with a jack that can connect to the mixing board.

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Speakeasy Reading Series
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

Speakeasy Reading Series

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

happy Poetry Month! happy end of the school year! happy spring! we're alive! we made it! we're featuring three wonderful poets!! we're really excited!!!

**CASSIDY MCFADZEAN

SHENIZ JANMOHAMED

EVELYNA EKOKO-KAY**

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CASSIDY MCFADZEAN was born in Regina, graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and currently lives in Toronto. She is the author of two poetry collections: Drolleries (McClelland & Stewart 2019), and Hacker Packer (M&S 2015), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.

SHENIZ JANMOHAMED (MFA) is a firm believer in fostering community through collaboration, compassion and creativity. In her own practice, she strives to embody words through performance, land art and writing in the ghazal form. A poet, artist educator and land artist, Sheniz’s work has been featured at venues around the world, including the Jaipur Literature Festival, Alliance Française de Nairobi and the Aga Khan Museum. She is also the author of two collections of poetry: Bleeding Light (Mawenzi House, 2010) and Firesmoke (Mawenzi House, 2014).

EVELYNA EKOKO-KAY is a queer, black-mixed, cop-hating poet and activist from Hamilton Ontario. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph, as well as a Real Nuisance. Her writing has been featured in Tenderness Lit, Voicemail Poems, Pinapples Against Patriarchy Zine, The Undergraduate Review, and Collective reflections.

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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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Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Open Mic at the Library!

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

Are you a singer, musician, poet, comic, or storyteller?

If so, you are invited to share your talents at the Reference Library Open Mic!

Acoustic guitar, digital piano, microphones, and sound system are provided. Please be mindful of the volume.

For adults, teens, and seniors. No registration required.

Sign-up at 5:30pm in the Beeton Hall.

For more information, contact the Arts Department at 416-393-7157.

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Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Poetry Workshop

  • 128 Sterling Road Toronto, ON, M6P 0A1 Canada (map)
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House of Anansi Press

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, we are hosting two poetry workshops at the Anansi Bookshop.

The workshops are for writers of all levels, from first-timers to seasoned artists. We will work with prompts to produce poetry to be shared and taken home. All supplies will be provided.

The participation fee is $16 per person, with a capacity of 20 attendees per workshop. You are welcome to attend one or both!

Washrooms are gendered with accessible stalls. The Anansi Bookshop is down three stairs. It can be accessed by a ramp and elevators at the back of the building. If this route is needed, please contact us so that we can provide an escort.

Additionally, please contact the host, Vannessa Barnier, if the workshop fee is a barrier to your participation.

These events will be hosted by local community organizer, Vannessa Barnier. Vannessa is a poetry instigator and facilitator, the host of the summer open mic reading series Legible Intelligibles, a bookseller at House of Anansi, and an attendee of the 2019 Juniper Summer Writing Institute intensive.

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Apr
29
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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Apr
29
6:30 PM18:30

Pub Night with a Literary Agent

  • 720 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON, M5S 2R4 Canada (map)
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Centre for Social Innovation (Annex)

Last month we asked editor Jessica de Bruyn demystify the world of editing your book and she nailed it!

This month we welcome back our first ever speaker (and one of our most popular), Literary Agent Ali McDonald!

With 10 years in publishing, Ali is well-versed in all parts of the industry, but specializes in YA (Young Adult) and children's literature.

Are you writing a book for readers between the ages of 0 and 18? Well then join us for Pub Night #21 on Monday, April 29th for a beverage with the "So You Want to Write?" family (even if you're not, you'll learn a bunch & have some fun).

Ali will talk to us about how to write and publish YA and children's fiction, and answer your questions after. We may even convince her to listen so some of your YA fiction and provide live feedback!

Pub Night is a great opportunity to get to know our group's resident literary agents, chinwag with your fellow writers, and learn something about your craft.

Our events are always welcoming and inclusive, and writers of all experience levels and genres will find a home here.

See you there!

Michael, Organizer

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Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

Common Readings

  • 160 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M5H 3H3 Canada (map)
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at the Campbell House

ALL POETRY EVENT!!! This year, for the most officially recognized poetry month across our galaxy and yours, April come she will, Common Readings will host a very special event that's chock-full of pockets of poesy!

We're welcoming GG-winner JULIE BRUCK all the way from San Francisco. And who better to complement a visiting guest than one of Toronto's own finest poets and workshop mentors, KATHRYN MOCKLER, along with hotshot emerging writer, MARY GERMAINE from the U of T Creative Writing MA!

Come for Poetry Month! Come for the Words and the Wine!

MARY GERMAINE studied philosophy at Memorial University of Newfoundland before moving back to Toronto for an MA in Creative Writing at U of T. Her thesis, Congratulations, Rhododendrons, is about love. Her poems on this and other matters can be found in Riddle Fence, Augur, and the Walrus. Mary also maintains a wildly popular instagram account, @ecigarefills, which you can check out.

KATHRYN MOCKLER is the author of four books of poetry and six short films. She has a collection of stories forthcoming with Book*hug in 2021. She is the Canada Editor of Joyland: a hub for short fiction, and she teaches creative writing at Western University and runs private creative writing workshops.

JULIE BRUCK is a Canadian poet and writer who has lived in San Francisco since 1997. Her newest collection of poems is How to Avoid Huge Ships (Brick Books, 2018). Her third book, Monkey Ranch (Brick Books, 2012) received Canada’s Governor General’s Award for poetry. Recent work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Southampton Review, Plume Poetry, Poetry Daily, and The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, and The Malahat Review. Julie teaches at The Writing Salon in San Francisco, and also offers private workshops. She can often be found in Golden Gate Park, watching one lone wild turkey chase his own reflection in the wheel rims of parked luxury cars. http://www.juliebruck.com/

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Pen Cap Chew
Apr
29
8:00 PM20:00

Pen Cap Chew

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

Turn up with your fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, memoirs, book extracts, old notes from your iPhone... 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.

Superfans will notice we're not in our usual spot on the 3rd Monday of the month. The reasons for this are so long and hidden in boring lawyer-type jargon that we've instead opted for a Mueller Report level redaction of events: (...)

So, we'll see you all on a rare-sighted FIFTH Monday of the month, the 29th, from 8pm at the ever accommodating Wise Bar.

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The Salon of the Collective Creative
Apr
30
6:30 PM18:30

The Salon of the Collective Creative

  • 145 Annette Street Toronto, ON, M6P 1P3 Canada (map)
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Annette Street Public Library

145 Annette St, Toronto

Welcome to an evening of poetry, prose, music and art at the wonderful Annette Street Library! There will be magic! There will be snacks! We really hope to see you there! Thank you, Toronto Public Libraries, for being such amazing supporters of the arts!

Featuring: Terri Favro, Stedmond Pardy, ruth Zuchter, Peter Graham, Nancy Ceneviva.

Hosted by: Lisa de Nikolits

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The ArtBar
Apr
30
8:00 PM20:00

The ArtBar

Free Times Cafe

Featuring:

Phoebe Wang PHOEBE WANG is a writer and educator based in Toronto, Canada and a first-generation Chinese-Canadian. Her work has recently appeared in BRICK Magazine, the Copenhagen-based Sindroms Magazine and in the REFUSE: Canlit in Ruins anthology. She is the author of two chapbooks and her debut collection of poetry, Admission Requirements (McClelland and Stewart, 2017) was shortlisted for the Gerald Lambert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and nominated for the Trillium Book Award. Her work has been included in The Unpublished City, shortlisted for a Toronto Book Award, and she co-edited The Unpublished City: Volume II, The Lived City. Currently she works with the organization Poetry In Voice and as a Writing and Learning Consultant for ELL students at OCADU. More of her work can be found at www.alittleprint.com.

Manahil Bandukwala Manahil Bandukwala is a poet and artist. She is the author of two chapbooks, Paper Doll (Anstruther Press, 2019) and Pipe Rose (battleaxe press, 2018). Her literary and visual work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Puritan, Room, Existere, Coven Editions, and others. She was the 2019 winner of Room magazine's Emerging Writer Award, and was a Tree Reading Series' Hot Ottawa Voice for 2018. See her work on her website, http://manahils.com.

Chuqiao (Teresa) Yang Chuqiao (Teresa) Yang was born in Beijing, China and currently resides in Toronto. She has a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa and a Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor. Her writing has appeared in The Unpublished City, 30 under 30: an anthology of Canadian millennial poets, The Puritan, Ricepaper, Arc, Prism, Filling Station, Grain, CV2, Room, and on CBC. In 2011, she was the recipient of two Western Magazine Awards for a non-fiction piece, Beijing Notes. In 2015, she was a finalist for the Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Her chapbook, Reunions in the Year of the Sheep, published by Baseline Press, won the 2018 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Follow her on Twitter @chuqiaoyang.

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Poetry in Motion Flow
Apr
30
8:30 PM20:30

Poetry in Motion Flow

  • 93 King Street West Bowmanville, ON, L1C 1R2 Canada (map)
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The Collective - Offices - 93 King Street West, Bowmanville

Love poetry? Love Yoga? Both!? Then this class is made for you! A vinyasa style flow infused with poetry. Allow the words to flow through your body & mind in every class and reconnect with your own creativity through a relaxing and releasing yoga flow. Feel free to bring your own poetry or a poem that resonates with you to share at the end of each class, where you can express yourself freely without judgement. Channel and fully express your creative side to bring yourself closer to what is truly meaningful and powerful, one word at a time.

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May
1
6:30 PM18:30

A Spring Evening of Readings

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

Join us at Heliconian Hall in Yorkville for an evening of evocative poetry and prose. Free for Club members, $10 for non-members. No ticket or reservation required. Refreshments will be served; cash bar.

 According to Kate Hawkins, drawings are alive, and sometimes the characters in them find their voice. Kate was fortunate enough to overhear and record a few comments from the figures in her drawing Addio Michelangelo. She will be reading four short poems that resulted from her eavesdropping.

Kate Marshall Flaherty will read her poems to the wonderful music and movement collaboration of dancer Meiko Ando and cellist Kye Marshall. Three poems will be explored: “Ode to my Breath” will encompass the inspiration and exhalation of breath in music, word and dance; “Poplar Grove” will take the audience on a journey back to roots, the past, first love and our hidden inter-connections with trees; “Moon Bird” will play with shape, sound, and sensation in art responding to art.

Bianca Lakoseljac will read excerpts from her two novels, Stone Woman and Summer of the Dancing Bear. A published author of four books, Bianca is currently working on another novel set in Toronto.

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May
1
7:30 PM19:30

Book*hug Spring 2019 Launch Party

  • 1197 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1X3 Canada (map)
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The Garrison

There is much to celebrate! This year marks our 15th anniversary—15 years of adventures in literary publishing!—and we have a stellar line-up of books coming your way, this season and next. Please join us in Toronto on Wednesday, May 1st, as we launch our spring titles.

Featuring short readings by:

Lee Maracle, co-author with Columpa Bobb and Tania Carter, of Hope Matters

Derek Mascarenhas, author of Coconut Dreams

Adrienne Gruber, author of Q & A

Hasan Namir, author of War/Torn

Shannon Webb-Campbell, author of I am a Body of Land

Amy Fung, author of Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being

Juliet Sutcliffe, translator of Worst Case, We Get Married by Sophie Bienvenu

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May
1
7:30 PM19:30

Spring Debut: Fragmented Narratives

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

This spring, celebrate the budding voices of three Canadian debut authors: Tea Mutonji (Shut Up You’re Pretty, Arsenal Pulp Press), Derek Mascarenhas (Coconut Dreams, Bookhug) and Bindu Suresh (26 Knots, Invisible Publishing). The writers will join author Catherine Hernandez (Scarborough, Arsenal Pulp Press) in conversation about the experience of writing and releasing a first book, and explore commonalities in their work, including multiple narratives in short form writing.*

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Verses Out Loud: Spoken Word and Poetry Open Mic
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Verses Out Loud: Spoken Word and Poetry Open Mic

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

Mississauga Arts Council presents VERSES OUT LOUD, Mississauga's only current spoken word and poetry open mic series! Our second edition will add featured performer ROBYN KAUR SIDHU, as well as an open mic. 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 =)

FEATURED ARTIST BIO: Robyn Kaur Sidhu (she/her/they/them) is a Queer, Punjabi-Canadian spoken word poet based in what is colonially known as Hamilton, Ontario. She is currently enrolled at McMaster, University, where she pretends to know what she wants to do with her life. She is the Burlington Slam Project's 2018 Grand Slam Champion, and 2018 American National Poetry Slam Rookie of the year. She has had feelings publically, and has performed them on national and international stages in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She is the volunteer coordinator for the 2019 Voices of Today Festival, as well a member of the Spoken Word Canada board of directors. She is trying to be gentle with herself. You can find Robyn in vintage cardigans and also on the internet if that’s your thing @Robyn_Sidhu

*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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Librissimi 2019 - Toronto Italian Book Fair
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Librissimi 2019 - Toronto Italian Book Fair

  • 901 Lawrence Avenue West Toronto, ON, M6A 1C3 Canada (map)
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Columbus Centre Athletic Club

Librissimi – Toronto Italian Book Festival is an event entirely dedicated to Italian Canadian books organized by ComItEs Committee of Italians Abroad, in the spirit of community service and cooperation.

The goal of Librissimi is to shine a spotlight on our writers no matter what language or dialect they write in, and to give as many readers as possible the opportunity to meet them and read their work. Librissimi is intended as a real celebration of Italian Canadian books as well as Italian Canadian culture in all its literary expression.

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HYP Saturday Writers Series
May
4
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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May
4
8:00 PM20:00

The Stories We Don't Tell

  • 270 Saint Clarens Avenue Toronto, ON, M6H 3W3 Canada (map)
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Hello Friends and Future Friends,

Join us May 4th for our last event of the season! This is a BYOB event and it would be awesome if you brought snacks to share!

Stories will be from ~8:30-10:30.

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About the event:

There are some stories that we get really good at telling. We tell them to our friends, our coworkers, and even strangers at parties. We tell them because they are a part of us, and in doing so they build up our sense of self.

There are also stories we don’t tell, maybe because they’re sad, or weird, or just a little too intimate. These truths are just as much a part of who we are, despite being erased from our day-to-day conversation.

The Stories We Don’t Tell is a monthly live storytelling event and podcast that gives you a window into experiences that are so often left unseen.

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
May
6
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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May
7
6:30 PM18:30

Refuse: CanLit in Ruins

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

Why has Canadian Literature been at the heart of public controversies recently?

That's the question that editors Hannah McGregor, Julie Rak, and Erin Wunker address in their illuminating collection of essays, Refuse: CanLit in Ruins.

Join us for an evening of discussions about what is happening with the world of CanLit. Come learn about the injustices and issues that sparked the current controversies, and hear from Canadian writers whose perspectives are changing the conversation about what CanLit is and what it could be.

The evening will feature discussions with:

  • Editors Hannah McGregor, Julie Rak, Erin Wunker
  • Writers Phoebe Wang, Gwen Benaway, Dorothy Ellen Palmer

Location: Beeton Hall @ Toronto Reference Library

Accessibility: this event will have live captioning for the hearing impaired. Beeton Hall is wheelchair accessible, and we will have dedicated spaces for motorized scooters.

This event is part of the eh List series at the TPL, where we present conversations on Canadian literature and culture with award-winning authors, poets, journalists and exciting new voices. See tpl.ca/ehlist for the full lineup.

This event is FREE, and no registration is needed to attend.

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Poetry in Motion Flow
May
7
8:30 PM20:30

Poetry in Motion Flow

  • 93 King Street West Bowmanville, ON, L1C 1R2 Canada (map)
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The Collective - Offices - 93 King Street West, Bowmanville

Love poetry? Love Yoga? Both!? Then this class is made for you! A vinyasa style flow infused with poetry. Allow the words to flow through your body & mind in every class and reconnect with your own creativity through a relaxing and releasing yoga flow. Feel free to bring your own poetry or a poem that resonates with you to share at the end of each class, where you can express yourself freely without judgement. Channel and fully express your creative side to bring yourself closer to what is truly meaningful and powerful, one word at a time.

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May
8
6:30 PM18:30

Brockton Writers Series

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

Guest Talk - Yilin Wang - Submitting to Literary Magazines

Readers:

Doyali Islam, Andrew Gurza, Andrea Bain, Paul Vermeersch

The event is PWYC (suggested $5) and features a Q&A with the writers afterward. Books and refreshments are available for sale.

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May
9
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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ChiZine Publications Spring Launchy Launch!
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

ChiZine Publications Spring Launchy Launch!

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

The launchiest spring launch ever! Join us at Supermarket for ChiZine's annual event as we celebrate our spring titles! Including imprints KQP, ChiGraphic and ChiTeen! Featuring:

CASTING SHADOWS by Troy Harkin

BROKEN SUN, BROKEN MOON by Brent Hayward

SKIDDING INTO OBLIVION by Brian Hodge

MY FAVOURITE GIRL THAT I NEVER SEE by Courtney Løberg

AS CLOSE TO THE EDGE WITHOUT GOING OVER by Dave Silverberg

ANTILIA: SEER AND SACRIFICE by Kate Story

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OUTwrites
May
9
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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HYP Saturday Writers Series
May
11
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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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
May
13
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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Poetry in Motion Flow
May
14
8:30 PM20:30

Poetry in Motion Flow

  • 93 King Street West Bowmanville, ON, L1C 1R2 Canada (map)
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The Collective - Offices - 93 King Street West, Bowmanville

Love poetry? Love Yoga? Both!? Then this class is made for you! A vinyasa style flow infused with poetry. Allow the words to flow through your body & mind in every class and reconnect with your own creativity through a relaxing and releasing yoga flow. Feel free to bring your own poetry or a poem that resonates with you to share at the end of each class, where you can express yourself freely without judgement. Channel and fully express your creative side to bring yourself closer to what is truly meaningful and powerful, one word at a time.

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

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

  • 157 Lakeshore Road West Mississauga, ON, L5H 1G3 Canada (map)
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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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May
16
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
May
16
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.

May 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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Poetry Night: Spring Forward
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry Night: Spring Forward

  • 663 Greenwood Avenue Toronto, ON, M4J 4B3 Canada (map)
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Lucsculpture School & Studios

Poetry Night: Spring Forward Join the evening with poetry & music and celebrate the spring together!

  • Musical Features: Kent Bowman, Tom Gannon Hamilton, Ray Valentine
  • With Readings by: Wesley Gittens, Heather Babcock, Nancy Bullis, Georgia Wilder, Clifton Joseph.
  • Greeting by: O Puck.

Also, enjoy the beautiful artworks in the LucSculpture Gallery !

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HYP Saturday Writers Series
May
18
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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The BAM JAM: Open Mic Night
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

The BAM JAM: Open Mic Night

  • 201 Harbord Street Toronto, ON, M5S 1H6 Canada (map)
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Bampot Bohemian House of Tea & Board Games

201 Harbord St, Toronto

The Bam Jam Bampot is happy to open our back room to musicians, storytellers, poets, and performers. Come and share your art with us at our Open Mic Nights!

Names will be placed into a hat and drawn at random to determine the order for the night. Each artist gets to present two different pieces, or ten minutes of their material. The Bam Jam will also have a performance from a featured artist in between the open mic performances.

7:30pm- 8:00pm is sign up and get comfy time! Put your name in the hat, and grab some tea or some grub to eat.

8:00pm- 8:30pm (ish): The open mic performances start!

8:30pm Feature Artist Perform their set.

9:00pm The open mic performances recommence.

We will be getting wrapped up around 10/10:30pm.

$5.00 cover, or completely FREE with the purchase of any of our delightful teas, delicious food, or item from our menu.

If you're a storyteller, musician, poet, spoken word performer, juggler, comedian, singer, songwriter, artist, or creative dreamer with a vision, get in touch with us if you'd like to be our featured performer.

See you all there and be ready to enjoy the show!

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
May
20
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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Pen Cap Chew
May
20
8:00 PM20:00

Pen Cap Chew

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

Turn up with your fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, memoirs, book extracts, old notes from your iPhone... 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.

Superfans will notice we're not in our usual spot on the 3rd Monday of the month. The reasons for this are so long and hidden in boring lawyer-type jargon that we've instead opted for a Mueller Report level redaction of events: (...)

So, we'll see you all on a rare-sighted FIFTH Monday of the month, the 29th, from 8pm at the ever accommodating Wise Bar.

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Poetry in Motion Flow
May
21
8:30 PM20:30

Poetry in Motion Flow

  • 93 King Street West Bowmanville, ON, L1C 1R2 Canada (map)
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The Collective - Offices - 93 King Street West, Bowmanville

Love poetry? Love Yoga? Both!? Then this class is made for you! A vinyasa style flow infused with poetry. Allow the words to flow through your body & mind in every class and reconnect with your own creativity through a relaxing and releasing yoga flow. Feel free to bring your own poetry or a poem that resonates with you to share at the end of each class, where you can express yourself freely without judgement. Channel and fully express your creative side to bring yourself closer to what is truly meaningful and powerful, one word at a time.

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OUTwrites
May
23
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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HYP Saturday Writers Series
May
25
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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May
26
5:15 PM17:15

Junction Reads and Writes

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

392 Pacific Ave, Toronto

Join us for some incredible diverse and wonderful readers!

Featuring:

Victoria Hetherington with Mooncalves

Erika Rummel with The Painting on Auerperger’s Wall

Lisa de Nikolits with Rotten Peaches

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
May
27
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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May
28
6:00 PM18:00

Inanna's Spring Releases

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

Join Inanna Publications and the Toronto International Festival of Authors in celebrating the release of Zoë S. Roy's Spinster Kang, Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes' Any Waking Morning & Mehri Yalfani's A Palace in Paradise.

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May
28
6:00 PM18:00

Inanna's Spring Releases

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

oin Inanna Publications and the Toronto International Festival of Authors in celebrating the release of Zoë S. Roy's Spinster Kang, Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes' Any Waking Morning & Mehri Yalfani's A Palace in Paradise

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Poetry in Motion Flow
May
28
8:30 PM20:30

Poetry in Motion Flow

  • 93 King Street West Bowmanville, ON, L1C 1R2 Canada (map)
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The Collective - Offices - 93 King Street West, Bowmanville

Love poetry? Love Yoga? Both!? Then this class is made for you! A vinyasa style flow infused with poetry. Allow the words to flow through your body & mind in every class and reconnect with your own creativity through a relaxing and releasing yoga flow. Feel free to bring your own poetry or a poem that resonates with you to share at the end of each class, where you can express yourself freely without judgement. Channel and fully express your creative side to bring yourself closer to what is truly meaningful and powerful, one word at a time.

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May
29
7:30 PM19:30

When Women Write

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

Join this unique and frank conversation between four diverse Canadian women writers — Loren Edizel, Susan Glickman, C. Fong Hsiung and Tehmina Khan — whose latest novels involve powerful female characters struggling with oppression in the world around them. Relating to their books, these authors will reflect on what it means to be a “woman writer” – a label that is warmly embraced by some authors yet strongly rejected by others. Is this label, in our contemporary context, a valid categorization, or does it pigeon-hole, maybe even marginalize, women writers? And how does the “woman writer” label intersect with cultural, ethnic, and other diversities?

Hosted and moderated by Nora Gold, a writer herself and the organizer of the “Wonderful Women Writers” reading series (where all four authors have read), this will be a riveting conversation on a topic rarely explored in depth.

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May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry & Spoken Word Night

  • 918 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON, M5R 3G5 Canada (map)
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918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education

As part of HAPPENING Multicultural Festival and in partnership with Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) We are very honoured to bring to you POETRY & SPOKEN WORD NIGHT curated by Bänoo Zan

Featuring poets:

Ayesha Chatterjee

Charles C. Smith

Diana Manole

Khashayar Mohammadi

Yecid Ortega

Bänoo Zan

Event Host & Curator : Bänoo Zan

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Jun
1
9:30 AM09:30

Story Telling, Community , Indigenous Art & Knowledge Sharing

  • 918 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON, M5R 3G5 Canada (map)
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918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education

We are honoured to work in solidarity with Indigenous artist Isaac Murdoch! Read bio below:

"My name is Bomgiizhik (Revolving Sky) and am from Serpent River First Nation. I am fish clan and live in a small Ansihinabek Village called Nimkii Aazhibikoong. Having spent many years active in securing indigenous rights for our future generations in the north, I felt a strong need to help our relatives in the south achieve the same equality and human rights that we are striving for. We are connected and have strong ties.

There is a prophecy of when the condor meets the eagle. They say this has happened already and are in a time of great change. They say Indigenous ppl will rise up and help protect the planet in a time of great sorrow. I believe this is our calling.

We all come from these lands and are in solidarity.

One Land, One People “

Isaac Murdoch

Any donation you give during this event ,will support the work done by Muse Arts and One Land One People. You can donate at the door. *

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

HYP Saturday Writers Series

  • 123 King Street West Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

HYP Saturday Writers Series

  • 123 King Street West Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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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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)
  • 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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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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OUTwrites
Jun
13
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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OUTwrites
Jun
13
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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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)
  • 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
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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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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Jun
23
5:15 PM17:15

Junction Reads and Writes

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

392 Pacific Ave, Toronto

Our final readings of the season! An Open Mic with a special guest to be announced!!

Contact Alison today to get on this bill with your new unpublished work!

Alison can be reached at junctionwrites@gmail.com

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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)
  • 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
Jun
27
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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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)
  • 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
Jul
11
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 →
MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

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

Common Ground Cafe

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

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

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

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

View Event →
Burlington Slam Project
Jul
18
7:30 PM19:30

Burlington Slam Project

  • 1295 North Service Road Burlington, ON, L7P 3A7 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!!!

View Event →
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)
  • 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
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)
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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
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)
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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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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)
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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
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)
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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
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)
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Common Ground Cafe

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

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

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

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

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

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

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

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

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

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

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

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

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

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

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

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

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

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

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The BAM JAM: Open Mic Night
Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

The BAM JAM: Open Mic Night

  • 201 Harbord Street Toronto, ON, M5S 1H6 Canada (map)
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Bampot Bohemian House of Tea & Board Games

201 Harbord St, Toronto

The Bam Jam Bampot is happy to open our back room to musicians, storytellers, poets, and performers. Come and share your art with us at our Open Mic Nights!

Names will be placed into a hat and drawn at random to determine the order for the night. Each artist gets to present two different pieces, or ten minutes of their material. The Bam Jam will also have a performance from a featured artist in between the open mic performances.

7:30pm- 8:00pm is sign up and get comfy time! Put your name in the hat, and grab some tea or some grub to eat.

8:00pm- 8:30pm (ish): The open mic performances start!

8:30pm Feature Artist Perform their set.

9:00pm The open mic performances recommence.

We will be getting wrapped up around 10/10:30pm.

$5.00 cover, or completely FREE with the purchase of any of our delightful teas, delicious food, or item from our menu.

If you're a storyteller, musician, poet, spoken word performer, juggler, comedian, singer, songwriter, artist, or creative dreamer with a vision, get in touch with us if you'd like to be our featured performer.

See you all there and be ready to enjoy the show!

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Apr
21
12:00 PM12:00

Write Bloody North Launch Party

  • 584 College Street Toronto, ON, M6G 1B3 Canada (map)
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Super Wonder Gallery

Write Bloody North is excited to announce the release of "This Is How We Disappear" by Titilope Sonuga (2019) and "Black Abacus" by Ian Keteku (2019), debut collections of poetry by internationally-renowned authors.

Featuring a pop-up retail front selling national and international poetry collections and live shows running all weekend!

Ticket prices run at: $10 per event, $20 per day, or $30 all-inclusive weekend pass.

Further schedule details to be announced.

Write Bloody North is the new kid on the Canadian literary block, publishing groundbreaking voices and legends of spoken word to create innovative, fresh poetry books. We are an independent imprint of the trail-blazing Write Bloody Publishing (Los Angeles).


Titilope Sonuga is an award-winning poet, writer, and performer who renders both in verse and in performance, a remarkable elegance of craft, a quality of rootedness and an unflinching womanhood that has made her an internationally celebrated artistic voice. She has graced stages across Canada and the globe and is the first poet to perform at a Nigerian presidential inauguration, performing an inaugural poem in May 2015.

She was a speaker at TedxEdmonton in 2014 and served as the 2015 - 2016 ambassador for Intel Corporation’s She Will Connect Program in Nigeria, advocating for women and girls in the STEM fields. She has published two collections of poetry, a spoken word album and had her work translated into Italian, German and Slovak. Her next collection, This Is How We Disappear, is forthcoming in 2019.

Ian Keteku is a poet, multi-media artist and educator. Keteku is also the 2010 World Poetry Slam Champion and is committed to using words as both an interpretation and cure for the human condition. He conducts poetry, writing and performance workshops for students of all ages, inspiring people to accept the power of their own voice.

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Toronto Poetry Slam
Apr
20
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 our two-round slam + open mic + special guest feature.

We're excited to feature a poetry pillar in Toronto, VALENTINO ASSENZA!

Valentino Assenza has been a published poet and performing spoken word artist for over the last two decades. He was a member of the Toronto poetry slam team in 2009 and 2010. Since then he has released four chapbooks, has had numerous pieces published in such journals as Labour Of Love, Mic Check, and Descant and performed all over Canada and the US. He has also helped to organize some of the largest literary events in the city as he has been on the committees for both the Art Bar Poetry Series and is a founding member of The Toronto Poetry Project. His first full length collection of poetry "Through Painted Eyes" (Piquant Press) was released January 2019. Valentino is currently the co-host and co-producer for a literary radio show on CIUT 89.5FM called HOWL, where he has interviewed names such as George Elliott Clarke, Anne Michaels, Denise Donlon, Sook-Yin Lee Ron Sexsmith, and Margaret Atwood.

As always, doors at 7 signup 730 show at 8 $7 cover

Open mic and slam sign up at 730 sharp.

5 spots max for open mic .12 spots max for slam.

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Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Trinity Review 131: Spring Journal Launch

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

Darkness encroaches, and you find yourself at yet another life defining crossroads- "do I trek it all the way to Yonge-Dundas Square from Trinity College/The Annex/Scarborough/timbuktu to attend the launch of the new Trinity Review?". And the answer is "yes", as 80% of Canadian doctors* recommend.

Please join the Trinity Review in celebrating the launch of our 131st Spring issue. Copies of this issue of The Trinity Review are, as always, free. We will also be opening our hearts (or rather, the wallets of of our student body) to provide plenty of ~free~ food as well.

Please note we will not be in the Imperial Pub proper, but rather in the back-room opposite to the pub door (don't hesitate to message us if you need additional directions/guidance!). Readings will begin at 7:30PM! Please let us know if you would like to read, we always appreciate our audiences lending their voices!

This tome of a journal was conceived in th' heat**, proudly a platform for over 100 pages of prose, poetry, visual art and photography by some very talented folk. Some of our contributors this go-around include:

GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE

BRUCE MEYER

HARRISON WADE

HEATHER J. WOOD

JADE WALLACE

TOKO HOSOYA

CHAD NORMAN

MEENA CHOPRA

GIOVANNA RICCIO

LILY WANG

ALESSIA OLIVA

ANTONIA FACCIPONTE

JOYCE ZHU

ADAM ZIVO

ALEXANDER MCKEEVER

KATE MARSHALL FLAHERTY

KATRINA AGBAYANI

YILIN ZHU

  • Many more!

So please, dear reader, consider entertaining The Trinity Review once again in our endeavour to uphold the literary tradition at Trinity College. We hope to see you many of you there!

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HYP Saturday Writers Series
Apr
20
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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Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

Write Bloody North Launch Party

  • 584 College Street Toronto, ON, M6G 1B3 Canada (map)
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Super Wonder Gallery

Write Bloody North is excited to announce the release of "This Is How We Disappear" by Titilope Sonuga (2019) and "Black Abacus" by Ian Keteku (2019), debut collections of poetry by internationally-renowned authors.

Featuring a pop-up retail front selling national and international poetry collections and live shows running all weekend!

Ticket prices run at: $10 per event, $20 per day, or $30 all-inclusive weekend pass.

Further schedule details to be announced.

Write Bloody North is the new kid on the Canadian literary block, publishing groundbreaking voices and legends of spoken word to create innovative, fresh poetry books. We are an independent imprint of the trail-blazing Write Bloody Publishing (Los Angeles).


Titilope Sonuga is an award-winning poet, writer, and performer who renders both in verse and in performance, a remarkable elegance of craft, a quality of rootedness and an unflinching womanhood that has made her an internationally celebrated artistic voice. She has graced stages across Canada and the globe and is the first poet to perform at a Nigerian presidential inauguration, performing an inaugural poem in May 2015.

She was a speaker at TedxEdmonton in 2014 and served as the 2015 - 2016 ambassador for Intel Corporation’s She Will Connect Program in Nigeria, advocating for women and girls in the STEM fields. She has published two collections of poetry, a spoken word album and had her work translated into Italian, German and Slovak. Her next collection, This Is How We Disappear, is forthcoming in 2019.

Ian Keteku is a poet, multi-media artist and educator. Keteku is also the 2010 World Poetry Slam Champion and is committed to using words as both an interpretation and cure for the human condition. He conducts poetry, writing and performance workshops for students of all ages, inspiring people to accept the power of their own voice.

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ExPo Soc #4
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

ExPo Soc #4

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

CALLING ALL WRITERS!!

We have unfortunately been ousted form 120 Diner due to poor attendance, but we will now be at Salto (Ossington and Danvenport).

No features this month due to Poetry Month – every poet gets an equal share of the stage. So come on out! Strut your stuff! and celebrate the month of poetic power!

All are welcome, so spread the word, too.

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Burlington Slam Project
Apr
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.

MARCH 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!!!

MARCH's FEATURE ARTIST IS: MONA MOUSA

Mona is a spoken word poet and motivational speaker. Having toured actively over the course of her 11 year poetry career. She has had the pleasure in Having taught in such places as the University of Hawaii, Yellowknife, and Louder Than a Bomb's home office Young Chicago Authors. When she is at home Mona is heavily active in all facets of her community as founder and director of Feather & Anchor, a talent management agency serving performance artists from the countries BIPOC Communities. Over the past 11 years Mona's mission has been to work to empower communities to engage in discussion. Her Work audaciously & unapologetically centres around themes of identity and race politics, Gender and sexual diversity, and femme visibility. She’ll often say “it’s a political statement just to leave home some days”, but if her written and performance work is indicative of anything, it’s of a person who has seen a world of pain love and growth, who writes, performs and navigates the world in a way that is compassionate towards humanities search for truth and justice.

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry & Music Night

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

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

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

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

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

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

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

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

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

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

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

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Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

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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Apr
18
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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Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

UTSC CW Launch

  • 1265 Military Trail Toronto, ON, M1C 1A5 Canada (map)
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University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) 1265 Military Trail, Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4

We'll have free food, well-priced drinks, brilliant books, and a room full of love for these talented writers. Bring a friend and spread the word.

This excellent event will be hosted and moderated by the gracious Daniel Tysdal.

Téa Mutonji is a writer and poet in Scarborough. She has been awarded and published by The Scarborough Fair in fiction and nonfiction and by the Ontario Book Publishers as Scarborough's emerging writer. Mutonji has been published or is forthcoming in Joyland Magazine, The Puritan, Bad Nudes, Minola Review, Temz Review and Train Poetry Journal. She was the recipient of the Jasun Singh Memorial Award in Creative Writing from The University of Toronto Scarborough. Téa’s essay, “Street by street, anecdotes to my mother” was featured in Unpublished Cities II. She was awarded the inaugural mentorship and publication opportunity with VS. Books; SHUT UP YOU’RE PRETTY is her first book.

Oubah Osman is a Somali-Canadian writer from Scarborough, Toronto. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto Scarborough and she is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Guelph. She has been featured or is forthcoming in Room Magazine, The Puritan, and Unpublished City Volume II. Her chapbook titled Hereditary Blue was published by Anstruther Press in 2019.

Zahra Tootonsab’s poetry is fragmented and broken like her Maman’s English. As a kid, she wrote poems to help her cope with new places, faces, and emotions while traveling back and forth between Tehran and Toronto. If you ask her about her poetry, she would tell you it’s everything and nothing like the ones you see in The Aftertaste.

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ChiSeries Toronto
Apr
17
8:00 PM20:00

ChiSeries Toronto

  • 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, every 3rd Wednesday of the month in the ROUND venue in Kensington Market. Hosted by Sandra Kasturi. Ukelele by Kari Maaren.

It's National Poetry Month! And to celebrate, we have a great line-up of three poets with new books! Plus a special appearance by Nebula Award-winner Sarah Pinsker!

Troy Harkin's first poetry book, Casting Shadows is out this April from KQP/ ChiZine Publications.

Dominik Parisien is a writer, editor, and poet. He is the author of the chapbook We, Old Young Ones (Frog Hollow Press) and his recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, The Humber Literary Review, Riddle Fence, Arc Poetry Magazine, and various other journals. He is also the co-editor, with Navah Wolfe, of The Mythic Dream, Robots vs Fairies, and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which won the Shirley Jackson Award. His latest project is Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry. Dominik is a disabled, bisexual, French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.

Sarah Pinsker's fiction has won the Nebula & Sturgeon Awards, and she has been a finalist for the Hugo and other awards. Her first collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea (Small Beer Press) comes out March 19, 2019, and her first novel, Song For A New Day (Berkley), will be published in September 2019. She grew up in Toronto and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dave Silverberg's new book of poetry As Close to the Edge Without Going Over will be published by KQP/ChiZine in 2019, his first collection of sci-fi and speculative poetry. David 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.

The ChiSeries is sponsored in part by grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, ChiZine Publications and donations from attendees. Bakka-Phoenix Books is the official bookseller.

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Poetry in Motion Flow
Apr
16
8:30 PM20:30

Poetry in Motion Flow

  • 93 King Street West Bowmanville, ON, L1C 1R2 Canada (map)
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The Collective - Offices - 93 King Street West, Bowmanville

Love poetry? Love Yoga? Both!? Then this class is made for you! A vinyasa style flow infused with poetry. Allow the words to flow through your body & mind in every class and reconnect with your own creativity through a relaxing and releasing yoga flow. Feel free to bring your own poetry or a poem that resonates with you to share at the end of each class, where you can express yourself freely without judgement. Channel and fully express your creative side to bring yourself closer to what is truly meaningful and powerful, one word at a time.

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The ArtBar
Apr
16
8:00 PM20:00

The ArtBar

Free Times Cafe

Featuring:

Dorothy Sjoholm Dorothy Sjöholm is the author of a self-published collection of poems and stories called Holding the Mirror and a poetry chapbook, Wait for the Final Explosion. Her works have appeared in journals and anthologies in Canada, England and U.S.A., including The Antigonish Review, The Adirondack Review, Airforce, Cede, lichen, Jones Ave, and Outlook Springs. In 2015 she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC where she studied under Susan Musgrave and Gary Geddes. Since then she has been facilitating poetry readings and leading weekly study and workshopping sessions in her home in Barrie.

Anda Zeng
Anda’s art is word, song, and the symbolic cutting of her dark hair. She likes her words sharp, her songs dreamy, her hair long, and her bios short. Her first EP will be released this summer. She also plays in the all-female band/angelic lovefest Tiger Bomb.

pj johnson On Canada Day July 1st 1994 pj johnson the daughter of a Yukon trapper was formally invested and given the title Poet Laureate of the Yukon during a ceremony in Whitehorse and became the first officially-invested poet laureate in Canada. Her latest book “it’s howlin’ time!” is a veritable cornucopia of creative works composed in a variety of styles and genres chronicling the life and times of a northern Canadian poet laureate. Also known as The Yukon Raven Lady, ms. johnson is a passionate animal advocate currently campaigning to protect northern sled dogs. On Canada Day July 1st 2019 she will celebrate her 25th anniversary as Poet Laureate of the Yukon. She is Canada's longest serving Poet Laureate in Canada.

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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Apr
15
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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Apr
14
5:00 PM17:00

MORE SONGS & POEMS

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

Come hear the songs and poems of MAX LAYTON and experience the musical wizardry of BOB COHEN, ED ROTH and MARY HANSON. There's beer on tap and no cover but please PWYC..This month our special guests will be FRASER & GIRARD and, DANIEL KIRZNER-PRIEST!

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Apr
14
4:00 PM16:00

Pitch Like a Pro: A workshop on getting published

  • 720 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON, M5S 2R4 Canada (map)
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Centre for Social Innovation (Annex)

720 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Hosted by David Silverberg

Pitch Like a Pro: A Workshop on Getting Published in Print and Online is a comprehensive guide on how freelance writers can get their queries noticed by editors in print and online. Pitching story ideas can be difficult work for journalists, especially if they're new to freelance, and in this workshop I'll help writers learn how to craft the perfect pitch.

This is an in-person seminar and workshop taking place on two dates, since I wanted to offer options to interested folks. You can select the Thursday March 28 session at 720 Bathurst, 2nd floor, taking place at 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m, or the Sunday April 14 workshop running from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., also at 720 Bathurst. The same content will be covered in each session so there's no need to attend both.

The venue is fully accessible thanks to elevators in the building, which is the Centre for Social Innovation, otherwise known as CSI Annex.

The cost for each session is $30 and can be paid via PayPal (davidsilverberg@rogers.com) or via e-transfer to my other email address of davidsilverberg@gmail.com

A cheque can also be mailed to me so please contact me for those details. Please note you will only be refunded the session fees until 24 hours before the workshop begins. If you cancel within 24 hours of the session, there will be no refunds.

Please email me once you've sent the payment with a note on which date (March 28 or April 14) you'll be attending.

Note I will cap each session at 10 participants, and will offer a waiting list for March 28 and April 14. Refreshments will be provided.

You MUST register in advance because I won't be accepting in-person day-of registrants, unless otherwise noted on this Event page.

There won't be any live-tweeting or live-video filming taking place, although that will be considered for summer sessions of Pitch Like a Pro.

What you'll learn in the workshop will be advice and tips I've never shared with anyone before, revealing the process I go through from idea generation to research to pitch, offering real examples of queries that editors accepted. Questions to be answered will include: "What makes a strong pitch? How long should it be? What kind of publications would be perfect for this or that idea? Should I submit simultaneous queries? What common mistakes should I avoid?"

Attendees can also expect to write their own pitches based on ideas I will share with the class, but if you have your own pitches (that haven't been accepted by publishers) than please bring them along.

Attendees should also bring pen, paper, laptops, etc for that writing portion of the workshop.

What are my qualifications to run this workshop? I've been freelance writing for more than 15 years, and I've gone full-time as a freelance in the past three years. I've been published in The Washington Post, BBC News, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Buzzfeed, Ars Technica, Vice, NOW Magazine, Canadian Jewish News, Canadian Business, Rue Morgue, Princeton Alumni Magazine, Ryerson Alumni Magazine and many more.

Between 2016 and today, I've published more than 250 articles in various print and online outlets. I also worked as an editor, who fielded dozens of pitches weekly, when I helped run the online news network Digital Journal.

Questions? Let me know via davidsilverberg@gmail.com

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Apr
14
4:00 PM16:00

The Oakville Literary Cafe

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

It promises to be stellar, with special readings by our open mic readers, a brief sampling of new poems from my upcoming manuscript “A Nomenclature for Light” and poetry by our feature author Terry Trowbridge. Terry is a PhD candidate in Socio-Legal Studies at York University, where he focuses on law and literature, legal consciousness, and spends time observing bail court at Old City Hall. His academic writing includes publications in Computer Science and literary criticism. He is also part of Toronto’s Art Bar Poetry Series organizing team. His poetry has been published in over 50 journals and zines and some chapbooks, too.

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Apr
14
3:30 PM15:30

Draft Reading Series

  • 600 Gerrard Street East Toronto, ON, M4M 1Y3 Canada (map)
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at the Farside

We’ll be featuring new work by Seika Boye, Jael Richardson and Georgia Wilder, along with brief readings by Draft alumni. There’s more information about the feature readers below.

Seika Boye is a scholar, writer, educator and artist whose practices revolve around dance and movement. She is a Lecturer in the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Director of the Institute for Dance Studies, and Adjunct Curator at The Art Museum, University of Toronto. Seika also works as an advocate and consultant for dance across the arts sector. From 1995-2010 Seika performed and presented her choreography across Canada and more recently, has worked as a movement dramaturg and outside eye.

Jael Richardson is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The Stone Thrower was adapted into a children’s book in 2016 and was shortlisted for a Canadian picture book award. Richardson is a book columnist and guest host on CBC’s q. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and lives in Brampton, Ontario where she founded and serves as the Artistic Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). Jael and FOLD recently received the Writers’ Union Freedom to Read Award. Her debut novel, Gutter Child, is coming Fall 2020 with HarperCollins Canada.

Georgia Wilder hosts Wild Writers, a monthly poetry salon at the Poetry Jazz Cafe. She is a winner of Quattro Books “Best New Poets in Canada” for her collection “Atom Bomb Nostalgia.” She has previously been nominated for the Journey Prize. Her poems and short stories have appeared in several literary journals. She teaches writing at the University of Toronto

We are grateful for the financial assistance of the Toronto Arts Council for its support of this reading.

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Apr
14
3:30 PM15:30

Guernica's April Book Launch

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

Join us on Sunday, April 14, to celebrate our newest titles of the Spring season! Meet with the authors and hear them read from their books of poetry, non-fiction, plays, and literary fiction.

Free admission and refreshments will be served!

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Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Green Fire: Ecology of Poetry

  • 450 Broadview Avenue Toronto, ON, M4K 2N3 Canada (map)
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St Matthew's Clubhouse

450 Broadview Avenue, Toronto

Annual National Poetry Month reading by the Long Dash Writing Group:

Clara Blackwood, Brenda Clews, Kath MacLean, Merle Nudelman, John Oughton, Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes, Sheila Stewart, Elana Wolff.

Admission free!

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Apr
13
1:00 PM13:00

Breaking into Print - The Genre Edition

  • 5110 Yonge Street North York, ON, M2N 5W4 Canada (map)
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A group of editors, writers and publishers will help you with tips and advice on breaking into genre markets, whether it is poetry, short stories, or novels. Not just for the beginner, the panel will also discuss what makes a poem, short story, and novel great, and help those who are already published to improve their craft. There will also be very short readings by the panelists.

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Charlene Challenger is a writer and graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. She has written two novels: the young adult fantasies The Voices in Between (Tightrope Books) and its sequel, The Myth in Distance (Tightrope Books). She lives in Pickering, Ontario with her family and two adorable house-wolves, Omi and Muffin.

David Clink’s latest poetry collection is The Role of Lightning in Evolution (Chizine Publications, 2016). His poem, “A sea monster tells his story” won the Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song, in 2013. “My Response to Your Mayday Call,” a collaborative poem with Herb Kauderer, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Troy Harkin is a playwright and poet, and his poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals. He currently lives north of Toronto. His novels The Dark Stars of Morning and Red Rover are forthcoming from ChiZine Publications, who will also be publishing Casting Shadows, his first poetry collection.

Sandra Kasturi is the publisher of ChiZine Publications, winner of the World and British Fantasy Awards. She is an award-winning poet and writer, with many credits, including 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin. She recently won the Sunburst Award for her story, "The Beautiful Gears of Dying.”

A Toronto Writer and Artist, Shirley Meier’s latest book is Shadow of a Soul On Fire. She’s a columnist for Amazing Stories Magazine and since 2009 has produced over a million words in the blogosphere. She rides horses and has just taken up horse archery as her latest martial art.

Ira Nayman is a humour writer who has worked in science fiction for over a decade. His sixth novel, Good Intentions, was published on April 1st by Elsewhen Press. His current hobby is editing Amazing Stories magazine. Yes, that Amazing Stories magazine.

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HYP Saturday Writers Series
Apr
13
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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Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Day of the Poets 2

Orangeville Public Library

Featuring:

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

Music with Erin Bolton

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

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