Inanna Publications Toronto Fall Book Launch
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

Inanna Publications Toronto Fall Book Launch

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

Join us for an evening of readings and revelry featuring:

A.S. Compton, author of A Grandmother Named Love

Jocelyn Cullity, author of The Envy of Paradise

Kate Kelly, author of A Harsh and Private Beauty

Linda Martin, author of The Colour of Clouds

Susan Ouriou, co-translator of Blue Bear Woman by Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau

Special guest jazz musician Patrick Hewan.

Refreshments. Free.

www.inanna.ca

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Toronto International Festival of Authors
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

Toronto International Festival of Authors

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

The 2019 Festival lineup and events are now on the site!

Angela Davis, John Irving, Cherie Dimaline, Un-su Kim, Guy Gavriel Kay, Joanne Ramos, Alicia Elliott and many more will be at this year’s Festival. You’ll find live podcast recordings, a theatrical performance, anniversary celebrations, engaging conversations, stimulating interviews and so much more.

Head to:

www.festivalofauthors.ca/festival

for the full schedule! Tickets are on sale now.

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Pivot Reading Series
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

Pivot Reading Series

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

It's another installment of Pivot Reading Series as we kick off our October shows with a three-reader night.

Abrahams, Bennett, Reimer

Same bat time, same bat place as always! More details coming closer to the date!

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OUTwrites
Oct
24
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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Speakeasy IV
Oct
24
8:00 PM20:00

Speakeasy IV

  • 1300 Gerrard Street East Toronto, ON, M4L 1Y7 Canada (map)
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Frolick Theatre

Poetry, music, art, circus, acts. Fun for all. Great show and great vibes. Come see what's happening in your community. Talent abounds, step right up and enjoy a great night of entertainment.

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The Artis with Ivy Reiss
Oct
25
1:00 PM13:00

The Artis with Ivy Reiss

Is Social Media making us Narcissistic? with special guest Carolyn Bennett

Carolyn Bennett is a comedian, television screen-writer, member of parliament, and her first full-length novel, Please Stand By (NON Publishing Press) just launched in Alberta, springing to #4 on the Edmonton best-seller list on Sept 29th, with Margaret Atwood's The Testaments at #5!

Join us as we talk about the role of Social Media, Narcissism, Canadian Broadcasting, and find out why Carolyn's novel: Please Stand By is already taking Canada by storm.

Watch us LIVE and unedited.

Tune into ThatChannel.com (on the homepage) at 1pm

Join over 18,800 subscrivers and watch the live-stream on ThatChannel's YouTube channel

or on their Facebook page @ThatChannel.

If you miss the live airing, find the event on https://www.theartismagazine.com/the-artis-show-episodes by Sept 31, 2019.

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Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

'Sauga Poetry Slam at the AGM

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

Happening monthly, the last Friday of the month.

Doors and sign-up 5:30 pm.

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

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

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

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

So go on, let the poet in you out!

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Baseline Press Toronto Chapbook Launch
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Baseline Press Toronto Chapbook Launch

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

Baseline Press will be launching a new roster of poetry chapbooks at knife|fork|book on Friday, Oct. 25th!

Readings by Terrence Abrahams (Toronto), Síle Englert (London), Emily Lu (London) & Nisa Malli (Toronto). With new collections by M.W. Jaeggle (Vancouver) & Isabella Wang (Vancouver) also available.

https://www.baselinepress.ca/

And while we have you here… please consider contributing to knife|fork|book’s 2019 membership drive! Celebrating its 3rd anniversary this October, it’s a one-of-a-kind poetry destination that deserves our support: https://knifeforkbook.com/2019/06/29/support-kfb-a-poetry-destination/

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The Tartan Turban Secret Readings
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Tartan Turban Secret Readings

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

You are invited to the 22nd session of The Tartan Turban Secret Readings curated by Hannah Brown and featuring Hannah herself, Faith Arkorful, Sofia Mostaghimi, Jess Taylor and Sanchari Sur.

Born in Hastings County, Hannah Brown currently lives in Toronto's Beach community. She has two degrees in film from York University and won awards for her screenplays. After happily teaching English and film at the college and collegiate levels, she recently returned to writing full time, with work published in several North American literary journals. Her short story "On Any Windy Day" published in Superstition Review is used by translator Emily Wilson's grad students, and her short story "The Happiness" was (parenthetical) magazine's entry for the 2016 Journey Awards. Her debut novel Look After Her had its launch at the Ben McNally bookstore, and will be available soon online and in stores. She will be reading for the Pivot, Bright Lit, Big City, and Draft series in Toronto, and in November be reading in Halifax at the Central Library. She has accepted an invitation to participate in the Leeds UK International Festival.

Sofia Mostaghimi is a Toronto-based fiction writer, teacher, and editor. Her work has appeared in The Fiddlehead (forthcoming), Journey Prize Stories 30, The Unpublished City Anthology, The Puritan, Joyland Magazine, and as a digital short for Platypus Press, among others. She is currently working on completing her first novel.

Faith Arkorful has had her work published in GUTS Magazine, Peach Magazine, PRISM International, Hobart, without/pretend The Puritan, and Canthius Magazine, amongst other places. She was a semi-finalist in the 2019 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest. Faith was born in Toronto, where she still resides.

Jess Taylor is a Toronto writer and poet. Her second collection Just Pervs was released by Book*hug in Canada this Fall. Recently a short story from that collection Two Sex Addicts Fall in Love was long-listed for The Journey Prize and included in The Journey Prize Anthology 30. The title story from her first collection Pauls (BookThug, 2015) Paul, received the 2013 Gold Fiction National Magazine Award. Jess believes that collaboration and helping other writers is an important part of her writing practice and continues to organize events in the community. She is currently working on a novel Play and a continuation of her life poem Never Stop.

Sanchari Sur (she/they) was a 2018 Lambda Literary Fellow, and a 2019 recipient of a Banff Centre residency (with Electric Literature). Their work can be found in The Unpublished City (2017), PRISM international, Humber Literary Review, Room, Arc Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a doctoral candidate in English at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the curator/co-founder of Balderdash Reading Series (est. Jan 2017).

To book a seat (it's free), visit our Eventbrite page at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tartan-turban-secret-readings-22-tickets-75760729381

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


Open mic:

Anyone attending is welcome to read or perform (if you are a musician) in our open mic sessions. If you are a writer or musician who would like to perform in the open mic session, we ask that you listen in to at least one session to get the flavour of the evening and join in on your next visit. To participate in TTSR #22, please contact Hannah Brown, the evening's curator, beforehand. This allows her to line up readers and manage the evening efficiently. You may also contact series curators Gavin or Mayank.

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

There are detailed open mic guidelines posted here in our FB group.

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


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

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

Curators change from reading to reading. If you would like to read or curate, contact Gavin Barrett or Mayank Bhatt, who are co-curators for the series.

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


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

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

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

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

Want to receive updates on the next reading? Follow our FB group for updates on the next session and the link to the Eventbrite registration page for each reading. (we do ask that you register if you plan to attend). You can also sign up for our email list here.

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

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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

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Toronto Poetry Slam
Oct
25
9:00 PM21:00

Toronto Poetry Slam

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

Back for the third time at the International Festival of Authors, this high-energy poetry showcase features some of the city’s most engaging spoken word artists. Presented in partnership with Toronto Poetry Project, this hit poetry slam is a competition in two rounds, judged by members of the audience. Anyone is welcome to get up and perform for prizes, with the winner earning an invitation to participate in next year’s Festival.

This event is expected to reach capacity. Registered attendees are encouraged to arrive by 8:45pm to guarantee admittance.

Anyone is welcome to participate and perform for prizes, with the winner invited to read in next year’s Festival. If you wish to perform, please arrive at 8:30pm to sign-up.

This event will be hosted by David Silverberg.

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Golden Brick Road Publishing House
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Golden Brick Road Publishing House

  • 106 Mutual Street Toronto, ON, M5B 2R7 Canada (map)
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at Page One Bar and Cafe

Multi book release party!

We are at it again! Releasing our fall catalog of books, early, and celebrating in style. Come get your copies before the official release, and signed by authors.

7 - 8:30pm appetizers + open bar, book shopping

8:15pm GBR welcome speech and door prizes

8:30 - 8:40pm “Fitness to Freedom” book signing

8:45 - 8:55pm “Dear Love, I’m Ready for You” book signing

9:00 - 9:10pm “Unleashing Her Wild” book signing

9:15 - 9:25pm “Her Art of Surrender” book signing

Mingle Connect Meet authors and super nice people Photos Dress up: urban, cocktail, to gala (however you are comfortable)


MORE INFO:

Copies of the new book “Naturally Inspired” will also be available, and special prices on last seasons award-winning books!

The venue: private booking for our event, platters of food, and open bar, make sure to get a ticket for you and friends! Trendy spot with awesome coffee, cocktails, and food. Small, intimate space that is close to the GBR heart, it’s where we started! Minimalist design with vintage typewriters and author quotes on the bathroom stalls (done with taste)!

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The Stories We Don't Tell: Eye for One
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Stories We Don't Tell: Eye for One

  • 659 Lansdowne Avenue Toronto, ON, M6H 3Y2 Canada (map)
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Hello Friends and Future Friends,

Join us for our October show! It shall be hosted in a haunted Ice Cream parlour, so it's guaranteed to be a chill(ing) time.

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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Canadian Jewish Literary Awards
Oct
27
2:00 PM14:00

Canadian Jewish Literary Awards

  • 4700 Keele Street Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3 Canada (map)
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Accolade East Building

You are invited to attend the 2019 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards!

Awards Winners: Anne Dublin, Leonard H. and Edith Ehrlich (Carl S. Ehrlich ed.), Matti Friedman, Michael Kater, Alexandra Popoff, Jennifer Robson, Chava Rosenfarb (Goldie Morgentaler ed.), and Ayelet Tsabari.

Please join us for a meet-the-author reception and book signing after the ceremony.

Passes to the Student Services Parking Structure will be available on site.

The venue is located just outside the York University subway station (TTC Line 1).

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Oct
27
3:30 PM15:30

Guernica's October Launch

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

Join us in launching the next batch of our Fall 2019 titles!

Featuring:

Telescope by Allan Weiss

Bewilderness by Catherine Black

Traveling the Lost Highway by James Deahl

Footprints of Dark Energy by Henry Beissel

Colours to the Chameleon by Keith Garebian

Gauguin's Moon by Laura Marello

Sleepless Nights and Days of Glory by Helene Rioux trans. Jonathan Kaplansky

Melba's Wash by Reesa Steinman Brotherton

Help Me, Rhonda & Other Stories by P. David Hornik

Free admission. Refreshments. Door prizes!

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October HYP Slam
Oct
28
5:00 PM17:00

October HYP Slam

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

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

Slam Rules: Team pieces welcome, no props, no costumes, no nudity, no hate speech, original work only, memorization optional. Prize: $50 for 1st place and surprise prize for 2nd and 3rd place

SLAM: There will a 14 poet cap on the slam signup. Slam signup goes up at 6:15. If the list exceeds 14 poets at 6:45, we will randomly select 14 poets to compete by drawing their names out of a hat. If you aren’t drawn, you will have 2 names in November slam’s draw. If you don’t get drawn that slam, you automatically will be slamming the December slam.

Round 1 will be in random order. Round 2 will takes the top 6 poets from Round 1 and have them go in reverse order. Round 3 will take the top 3 poets in random order. Each round is “clean slate” scoring. The first place winner will be determined from the Round 3 slammers.

The time limit for poems in the slam is 3:00. There is a 10 second grace period. So poems under 3:10 will not be penalized. Poems will be penalized (.5) for every ten seconds over time. The time starts at the first contact with the audience; this can be a word or action.

Your overall scores for the season go towards rankings for the year. At the end of the season if you have slammed at least three times and ranked (or won) you will be contacted to be in the semi-finals to compete to be on the HYP Slam Team. (The top 16 poets of the season are eligible to go on to semi-finals.)


OCTOBER HYP SLAM FEATURE: Nisha Patel

Nisha is an Indo-Canadian poet, artist, and public speaker in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the current Poet Laureate for the City of Edmonton. She is also the 2019 Canadian Individual Slam Champion, the 2019 Edmonton Slam Champion, and the Executive Director of the Edmonton Poetry Festival.

She is the author of "Limited Success" and co-author of "Water". She is the 2016 Edmonton Indie Slam Champion and a four-time member of the Edmonton Slam Team. She is a finalist of the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She is the former Artist-in-Residence at The Nook Cafe and The Sewing Machine Factory.

Her work has also been published in The Glass Buffalo Vol. 2 No. 3 & The City Series: Number Four - Edmonton, as well as The Polyglot Issue 3: Curating our Canons.

Nisha holds a Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Alberta school of Business with a major in Business Economics and Law, a minor in Political Science, and a Certificate in Leadership.

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Bards & Minstrels Soirée
Oct
28
5:30 PM17:30

Bards & Minstrels Soirée

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

Hosted by Brenda Clews

Halloween is nigh upon us and magic is astir! As the veils begin to thin, becoming fully transparent on the Hallow'd Eve, expect a show of Spooktacular bards & minstrels to cast spells over you. I am hosting as Medusa! Witchy, vamp magical spirits, Clara Blackwood, Kat Leonard & Maggie Fraser will siren you into the night. David Clink, Philip Cairns & Luciano Iacobelli, strong transformational Merlins, will leave you dizzy with wonder. Yes! 13min features! Come dressed in costume for a group photo that will become the banner for our Minstrels & Bards group page.

Bios of the Features

PHILIP CAIRNS is an actor/writer/visual artist. He has had plays produced at Hamilton Fringe, The Toronto Queer Theatre Festival, The Rhubarb Festival, The Hamilton Festival, The University of Toronto, The Theatre Centre and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. He has performed his poetry and monologues at Glad Day Books, A Space, The Art Bar, Toronto Pride and Lab Cab Festival. www.philipcairns.com

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. David’s fifth poetry collection will be The Lighthouse (CZP, 2021).

MAGGIE FRASER is a Folk Singer and Songwriter. She likes to explore the mysteries of the human soul and write about characters who live close to the edges of what passes for normal in our culture. She is not as serious as this sounds.

LUCIANO IACOBELLI is a Toronto poet and publisher. He is the author of six full length books of poetry. Dolor Midinight, his latest collection, was published by Quattro books in December 2018. He has just completed Noctograms, his 7th full length collection.

KAT LEAONARD is a musical comedian, host and speaker. For videos and more about her projects, land on KatLeonard.com and follow her memes and shenanigans at @katbandoo on Insta, Twitter and Snap.

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Toronto International Festival of Authors
Oct
28
6:00 PM18:00

Toronto International Festival of Authors

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

The 2019 Festival lineup and events are now on the site!

Angela Davis, John Irving, Cherie Dimaline, Un-su Kim, Guy Gavriel Kay, Joanne Ramos, Alicia Elliott and many more will be at this year’s Festival. You’ll find live podcast recordings, a theatrical performance, anniversary celebrations, engaging conversations, stimulating interviews and so much more.

Head to:

www.festivalofauthors.ca/festival

for the full schedule! Tickets are on sale now.

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

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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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 Middle of Nowhere
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

The Middle of Nowhere

  • 890 College Street Toronto, ON, M6H 1A3 Canada (map)
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Alchemy Food & Drink

The Middle of Nowhere has moved!

The most original, fun, and inspiring open-mic in Toronto has a new home at Alchemy Food and Drink.

Come be a part of history. TMoN is the only open-mic in the world that records their two-hour shows with a omni-binaural microphone, then puts the entire, un-edited experience on YouTube as a podcast.

The food and drinks are excellent at Alchemy, and the classy, intimate setting helps make everyone feel comfortable and connected to the performances. The vibe is unlike anything you've ever experienced. You will want to come back week after week.

If you are a performer looking for a place to play, reach out to Mitchell Anton MacEachern on Facebook to ask for a spot. We do comedy, poetry, spoken-word, and music. Everyone is welcome, but shows fill up in advance, so get in touch as soon as possible to book a spot for a future show.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM TMoN:

Performances by Indie Musicians and Comedians: Some of whom have never performed live before and are just doing it for fun, while others are established artists looking to grow their fan-base. There is everything from simple and well-known cover songs played on the acoustic guitar, to original compositions played on a piano, to beat-boxers, to backing-tracks played underneath live vocals. There is also comedy. One of the best parts about having comedians follow musicians is that it usually makes the comedians more self-conscious, which seems to make them funnier. There is new talent every week, which makes each episode unique.

Performances by Spoken-Word Artists and Poets: Something that is not heard very much in today’s world are stories performed live. Spoken-Word artists bring their essays, fiction,and non-fiction tales to TMoN, and read them aloud. This brings a fireside vibe to the bar, and is a truly beautiful experience. The poets who come and perform are given the space to enunciate their whimsical words, while also physically embodying their tone, demonstrating that poetry is just as happy living out loud than in the mind. There are also jester-type performers who parody things like politics and Super Mario Bros. You never know what you'll get at TMoN.

'Unpack That with Jack': As the host of The Middle of Nowhere, Jack Charles's role includes facilitating the evening, introducing the acts, as well as giving prizes away to the audience. But the beautifully unique part about Jack is his genuine journalistic curiosity. Between acts, he talks directly to the audience, asking them questions about where they’ve come from, why they came, and what they like to do. This brings a humanity to the show, reminding everyone that, although there are performers demonstrating their talent on stage, the show is also about the audience, who are just as interesting as the artists.

The Middle of Nowhere House Band: Peter and Tara, who are brother and sister, and both very talented musicians, jam on stage all night long. They jazz up the evening by improvising music between performances, they add colour to the words of the storytellers and poets, and sometimes they play alongside other artists, turning solo acts into a full band performance.

The Symposium: Mitchell Anton MacEachern, who created TMoN, wanted to create a space where people could come to have a great time, feel comfortable, to express themselves honestly, and to grow. His Symposium is where he brings his ideas to the stage, developing dialogues with the audience about deep topics like love, fear, trust, suffering, and modern culture. At its heart, the Symposium attempts to take philosophy outside the classroom and put it into the open air so it can breathe. It is a refreshingly fun exploration into the human condition.

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Common Readings Series
Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

Common Readings Series

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

It Happened again! The date for this month's reading fell just a few days before Halloween. Come dressed up if you wish! Or not--it's all up to you. Whatever you do, be sure to come down to Campbell House on the 28th because we have three amazing writers to share: Robin Blackburn McBride is travelling all the way from Ottawa to join us! M. L. Gamboa and Banoo Zan will each be sharing their new work at Common Readings for the first time! There's no cozier atmosphere than the Campbell House Museum in the autumn, so Come for the Words and the Wine!

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

ROBIN BLACKBURN MCBRIDE is an author, speaker, and coach in human potential. She grew up in Toronto, and for over twenty years Robin worked as a teacher in the city. She has a passion for Toronto’s history, intergenerational family stories, and the hero’s journey in its myriad forms. In 2002, Guernica published a collection of her poems, In Green. Her self-help eBook, Birdlight: Freeing Your Authentic Creativity, became an Amazon Best Seller in 2016, and has since been released in paperback and as an audio book. Recognized by the Historical Novel Society as an Editors’ Choice book, The Shining Fragments is her first novel. Robin is currently writing the sequel.

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

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Oct
28
7:30 PM19:30

True Stories Told Live

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

Beloved True Stories Family!

This is literally ONE OF MY FAVOURITE NIGHTS OF THE ENTIRE YEAR, so it's on! If you've been before, you'll know why — wonderful storytellers (both professionals and first-timers) telling true (and some not-so-true) Ghost and Halloween-related stories, plus we do a big singalong to the Ghostbusters' Theme Tune, and the song of whichever 80s pop star I'm dressed as.

Want to grab your tickets before they sell out? Here's the link:

https://ti.to/true-stories-told-live/ghost2019

Almost all the shows we put on are free, put on by me, along with some help from a small handful of wonderful volunteers. I run the show at a loss, for reasons that are too boring to go into (but I have thought about them!). And once a year, I take the opportunity to charge, so I can throw some money in the direction of the volunteers, and make a tiny dent in the financial hit I willingly take for the rest of the shows.

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Shab-e She'r Poetry Night LXXVIII
Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

Shab-e She'r Poetry Night LXXVIII

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

Featured poets: Adebe DeRango-Adem & Paul Edward Costa

Hosts: Bänoo Zan & Terese Pierre

Adebe DeRango-Adem is a writer and former attendee of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics (Naropa University), where she mentored with poets Anne Waldman and Amiri Baraka. She is the author of three full-length poetry books to date: Ex Nihilo (Frontenac House, 2010), Terra Incognita (Inanna Publications, 2015), and The Unmooring (Mansfield Press, 2018).

Paul Edward Costa is a writer, teacher, spoken word artist, and the 2019-202 Poet Laureate for the City of Mississauga. He has published over sixty stories, articles, and poems in literary journals and fiction magazines worldwide. His novella “Dark Magic on the Edge of Town” was put out by Paperback-Press, and his poetry collection “The Long Train of Chaos” comes out in August 2019 from Kung Fu Treachery Press. He co-organizes the Verses Out Loud Poetry and Spoken Word Open Mic with Michelle Hillyard and the Mississauga Arts Council, and hosts/curates the YTGA Open Mic Series with Studio.89. Tranzac Club is an accessible venue with no stairs (aside from the stage) and they have two accessible gender neutral washrooms. Please refrain from using perfume. Twitter: @BanooZan & @ShabeSherTO Instagram: @banoo.zan

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Goose Lane Celebration
Oct
29
9:00 PM21:00

Goose Lane Celebration

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

Sixty-five years after a group of curious idealists began this little company, Goose Lane Editions is still here, still curious and still feeding the minds of readers — one book at a time.

Join us in celebrating the company that has become Canada’s oldest independent publisher, with readings from special guests Rebecca Fisseha, J.R. McConvey, Amy Spurway, Douglas Walbourne-Gough and Patricia Young.

Reception to follow.

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HOWL Radio Show
Oct
29
10:00 PM22:00

HOWL Radio Show

Please tune in to Howl on CIUT 89.5FM with hosts Valentino Assenza and Nancy Bullis.

Val and Nancy interview a variety of authors and musicians about their latest work, and with the people who organize arts events throughout the city.

You can listen online at http://www.ciut.fm, Rogers Cable Channel 946, Bell Fibe TV Channel 970 and Star Satellite Channel 826

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Indigenous Poets Reading Series
Oct
30
1:30 PM13:30

Indigenous Poets Reading Series

  • 55 Thornton Road South Oshawa, ON, L1J 5Y1 Canada (map)
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Trent University Durham GTA

Indigenous Poets Reading Series

Featuring:

Lesley Belleau, winner of the Pat Lowther Award in 2018 for Indianland (October 30 at 1:30 p.m.)

and

Liz Howard, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2016 for Infinite Citizen of a Shaking Tent (November 6 at 6 p.m.)

West Atrium

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Hallows Eve QT and BIPOC Story Telling
Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

Hallows Eve QT and BIPOC Story Telling

  • 563 Spadina Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 2J7 Canada (map)
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Centre for Women and Trans People at the University of Toronto - Room 100

After a long process of revitalization, the Dr. Chun Resource Library was resurrected from the grave (muahahaha!) earlier this year. The Dr. Chun Resource Library exists as a space for community members and students to access factual, critical, and alternative materials that facilitate resistance to oppression among and between communities that have traditionally been left out of mainstream spaces. We are committed to supporting people with identities and lived experiences that are under-served by conventional libraries and strive to provide a safer space where such individuals are not only visible, but celebrated in various forms of media and programming.

We want to celebrate the new life of the Library by hosting Halloween storytelling night centering the storytelling traditions of BIPOC and 2SLGBTQQIAA communities at the Library. This is an eeeeexcellent opportunity for you to sign your soul away and become a new member of the library allowing you access to dust off volumes of rare and locally produced books and zines in your quest to find that perfect feminist horror story or spooky BIPOC centred film!

This event prioritizes QT and BIPOC communities so while we encourage folks to dress up and flaunt their Halloween fashion, we ask folks to be mindful, remember, cultures aren't costumes! There will be light food and snacks, and ample popcorn. We will have several very special guests, more details will be posted as things are confirmed!

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HYP Halloween Story Slam!
Oct
31
6:00 PM18:00

HYP Halloween Story Slam!

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

Returning for the scare season is HYP's Halloween Story Slam! This month, we challenge you to bring forth your best Halloween stories. Tell us about past mishaps, ghostly encounters, Ouija board, and nights gone terrifyingly wrong. A story slam is not slam poetry! A story slam is the art of competitive storytelling. On this night, we plead you leave the politics in your pocket, and bars in your bedroom. You must craft an original story based on an event in your life, and present it to an audience. Some methods of retelling stories include but are not limited to first-person narrative, second person, “a dear diary” narrative and others.

Storytellers have four minutes and ten seconds to present their best stories based around the night’s theme and may use a variety literary and theatrical devices necessary to sway a panel of five judges. You will be judged by a panel of five judges, on a scale from 0-10, based on presentation and content of the story. All works must be original. PS, The evening will be recorded as a take-home treat!

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Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Poetics/Ethics: New Work by Queer Poets

  • 15 Devonshire Place Toronto, ON, M5S 2C8 Canada (map)
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Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto

This is the first of three readings that will showcase contemporary queer poets working in Canada, based on the notion that ethics should be conceived as encompassing not just academic research but also literary writing. Each of these poets crafts new languages to describe and confront the interplay of lived experience and political critique. By bringing them together, we hope not only to foster a conversation between the authors of some of the most exciting poetry being written today, but also some of the most complex and subtle thinking about gender and sexuality and their intersections with race, indigeneity, migration, and colonialism. (Further editions will take place during the winter and spring, and will feature poets including Gwen Benaway, Sina Queyras, and others.)

Prathna Lor is a living poet.

Trish Salah lives and writes in Toronto and is associate professor of Gender Studies at Queen’s University, Kingston. Her books are Wanting in Arabic and Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1 and she co-edited TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 1.4 on Trans Cultural Production. Her writing appears in recent issues of Angelaki, Anomaly, The Medium, Prism International and in the collections Women of Resistance and Meanwhile Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers.

A. Light Zachary is a trans/bigender writer who lives between Toronto and Cap-de-Cocagne, New Brunswick. Their novella The End, by Anna was published by Metatron Press in 2016. Also an editor of The Puritan, Zachary is currently at work on their first collection of poems: I’m scared, too.

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

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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

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Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

AbleHamilton & Lit Live Poetry Showcase

  • 27 Dundurn Street North Hamilton, ON, L8R 3C9 Canada (map)
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Staircase Cafe Theatre

The AbleHamilton Festival has teamed up with the amazing Lit Live Reading Series to bring you an evening of disability poetics in Hamilton.

Featuring:

CONCETTA PRINCIPE is a writer of poetry, non- fiction, and fiction. She has published scholarship on Lacan, trauma and culture. Her latest publication is a chapbook of poems with Frog Hollow Press titled Conversion- or a Theory (2019). Her most recent book-length collection of poems This Real (Pedlar Press) was long-listed for the League of Canadian Poet’s Raymond Souster Award in 2018. She has three other books of poetry, the first of which won the Bressani Award for poetry in 2001, a book of fiction, and an academic monograph. Her creative work has appeared in a variety of literary journals including The Malahat Review, Matrix, Grain, The Capilano Review and is forthcoming in Hamilton Arts and Literature Review. She lives with depression and anxiety and currently teaches literature, theory and creative writing at Trent University.

MATT RADER is the author of several collections of poems, a book of stories, and most recently, Visual Inspection (Nightwood 2019), a book-length lyric essay on poetry, access, and our embodied-lives. Rader’s work has appeared in journals, magazines, websites, and anthologies across North America, Europe, and Australia. Core faculty in the Department of Creative Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, he lives in Kelowna, BC.

ELIZABETH TESSIER is from Hamilton, Ontario. She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Religious Studies, both from McMaster University. Her work is also informed by her 30 years working in Hamilton museums and her current life with early onset Parkinson’s. She has previously published in Hamilton Arts & Letters and in Evenings on Paisley Avenue: Seven Hamilton Poets. Her self- published collection, inspired by her years at Dundurn Castle, The Words They Cannot Say, was edited by her friend and mentor Marilyn Gear- Pilling and includes photos taken for the work by Jeff Tessier, her very supportive husband. Together they have four wonderful kids.

TOM PRIME is attending Western University for his PhD in English. He has an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Victoria (Specializing in Poetry). He has a BA at Western University. He has been published in Carousel, Ditch, Fjords Review, The Northern Testicle, The Rusty Toque, and Vallum. His first chapbook, A Strange Hospital, was published on Proper Tales Press. His latest chapbook, Gravitynipplemilkplanet Anthroposcenesters, was published on above/ground press. His debut full-length collection of poetry is a collaboration with Ontario poet Gary Barwin, entitled A Cemetery for Holes, forthcoming from Gordon Hill Press in Fall 2019.

The Staircase is wheelchair accessible.

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

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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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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Take The Mic
Nov
4
8:00 PM20:00

Take The Mic

  • 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, ON, L8S 4M6 Canada (map)
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Bridges Cafe - Refectory Building

Calling all poetry lovers! For the first time, Incite is collaborating with McMaster Unspoken and The Muse to bring you the Take the Mic open mic event!

Join us at Bridges Cafe for a night of slam poetry and other spoken word performances, while also enjoying the publications of Incite Magazine, McMaster Unspoken, and The Muse. There will be lots of free food and warm drinks, all in good company.

If you're interested in performing, please register through the following link: https://forms.gle/Ye2gndgV6Bsefej58

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Rowers Pub Reading Series
Nov
5
6:30 PM18:30

Rowers Pub Reading Series

Glad Day Bookshop

Join the Rowers team as we kick off our 13th season with a spectacular evening of poetry and prose featuring Lauren Carter, Dwayne Morgan and Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall.

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

Lauren Carter is the author of four books: most recently the, novel This Has Nothing to Do with You and her debut novel Swarm, which was longlisted for CBC Canada Reads, as well as the poetry collections Following Sea and Lichen Bright. Her work has also appeared in anthologies, including Best Canadian Stories (edited by John Metcalf) and the forthcoming Voicing Suicide (Ekstasis Editions). She lives outside of Winnipeg, MB, and has been longlisted multiple times for the CBC literary awards in both fiction and poetry.

Dwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. In 1994, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists. Morgan is the author of ten books and is the 2018 winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Spoken Word. In 2016, Morgan was a finalist for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2013, Morgan was inducted in to the Scarborough Walk of Fame. In 2008 his contribution to the Arts and Canadian society were recognized on the Legacy Black History Month poster.

Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including Maclean's, Utne Reader, The National Post, and The Globe and Mail. His first book, Down to This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-City Shantytown, was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the Trillium Book Award, and the Toronto Book Award. In 2005, he was awarded the Knowlton Nash Journalism Fellowship at Massey College. His first novel, Ghosted, was shortlisted for the 2011 Amazon First Novel Award. He teaches creative writing the University of Toronto and his most recent book is Hungover: The Morning After and One Man's Quest for a Cure (Harper Collins, 2018).

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HOWL Radio Show
Nov
5
10:00 PM22:00

HOWL Radio Show

Please tune in to Howl on CIUT 89.5FM with hosts Valentino Assenza and Nancy Bullis.

Val and Nancy interview a variety of authors and musicians about their latest work, and with the people who organize arts events throughout the city.

You can listen online at http://www.ciut.fm, Rogers Cable Channel 946, Bell Fibe TV Channel 970 and Star Satellite Channel 826

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Book*hug Epic Fall 2019 Launch Party
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Book*hug Epic Fall 2019 Launch Party

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

Join Book*hug for our Epic Fall 2019 Launch Party!

There is much to celebrate! This year marks our 15th anniversary of adventures in literary publishing and this fall we are launching our biggest season of books ever! Seriously. It's epic.

Join us for an evening of brief (for real! we promise!) readings by Jess Taylor (Just Pervs), Rune Christiansen (Fanny and the Mystery in the Grieving Forest), Chris Eaton (Symphony No. 3), Aimee Wall (Drama Queens), Moez Surani (Are the Rivers in Your Poems Real), Alessandra Naccarato (Re-Origin of Species), Tanis MacDonald (Mobile), Alex Leslie (Vancouver for Beginners), Robin Richardson (Try Not to Get Too Attached), Emmalea Russo (Wave Archive) and Ken Hunt (The Odyssey).

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Ephemera 01: Beginnings
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Ephemera 01: Beginnings

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

The launch of a new Toronto reading series. ephemera explores speculative fiction. Through reading and performance, we wander new worlds, half-forgotten byways, and things yet undreamed.

We welcome you to our first reading, "beginnings." Join renowned authors Kelly Robson, Rati Mehrotra, and Madeline Ashby, featuring a performance by Titus Androgynous. Lose yourself in stories, revel in fine company, and enjoy this month's ephemera....

This is an inclusive, accessible event. Please email ephemeraseries@gmail.com with any questions.

We gratefully acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council.

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WordSpell Spoken Word Showcase
Nov
6
8:00 PM20:00

WordSpell Spoken Word Showcase

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

The WordSpell Collective invites you to a showcase of two phenomenal poets: LaMoi and AG.

This is a not to miss show!

We've been showcasing women and gender non-binary spoken word poets in Toronto since 2012!

Open mic time limit = 4 minutes. (Bring your poetry, comedy, music or whatever you'd like! Memorization isn't necessary.)

FEATURE'S BIOS:

Award winning spoken word artist, published poet, arts educator, curator and performance coach LAMOI continues to be a force to reckoned with in the GTA. A Change Agent to art and culture she has been an active spoken word artist since 2008, performing on various stages, and facilitating workshops throughout Toronto, and the Peel Region.

Recognized as one of 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada for 2015, and winning the 2016 Brampton Citizen’s Award for Arts Acclaim, Lamoi is the Founder and Artistic Director of Reckless Arts Collective, she also serves as the poetry coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity and is the Talent Manager for the Toronto Nollywood International Film Festival.

The artist par excellence is determined to create new paradigms — and in the process, encourages others to be and do the same. Twitter/FB: @queenlamoi Instagram: _queen_lamoi

AG is an Armenian-Canadian spoken word poet and a member of the 2019 Toronto Poetry Slam Team and has competed in the 2019 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.

Her culture and identity have molded her perspective and worldview and therefore carry an immense impact on her poetry. She discusses belonging within the diaspora and pressures that women face. AG often uses a comical approach to tackle stereotypes and cultural expectations. She's featured at Toronto's Art Bar series and continues to share her poetry at various stages across the GTA . AG hopes that her words are uplifting, relatable but most importantly humorous. Instagram - @a.g.poet

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R.I.S.E. Thursdays
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

R.I.S.E. Thursdays

  • 918 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON, M5R 3G5 Canada (map)
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From our weekly open-mic showcases in Scarborough to our monthly curated showcases in the Annex, please join us in our cornerstone to Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (RISE). Similar to our RISE Poetry Mondays, RISE Thursdays is an open mic event that will take place on the first Thursday of every month in partnership with 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education. Our mission is to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performance arts. We are honoured to have Ezra Jordan as our November feature.

EZRA JORDAN:

Ezra Jordan is a singer/songwriter drawing inspiration from genres including Modern Pop & R&B/Funk, creating a soulful, refreshing and authentic sound. Independently, Ezra has accumulated over 3.5 Million Streams on Spotify, was a finalist on CTV’s The Launch (S1,E4) supported Dennis DeYoung from Styx on opening night at CNE: The Exhibition, and just recently performed at TD’s Green Room at The 2019 Juno’s Awards.

Ezra was fortunate enough to be born into a musical household. As the son of Marc Jordan (Rod Stewart, Cher) and Amy Sky (Heart, Olivia-Newton John), Ezra has been surrounded by music since his earliest days taking up piano at the age of 4 and learning guitar and drums while growing up.

At the age of 18, Ezra suffered a life-threatening injury to his leg that ruptured his femoral artery. He required emergency surgery to save his life and avoid amputation. It was an 18-month recovery process, that disabled him to properly sit at a piano. Seeking a different musical outlet, Ezra turned to singing and writing songs, which led him to performing with Scott Helman as his keyboardist and back up vocalist.

Following his time with Helman, Ezra moved to Los Angeles for a short period of time to focus on his solo career. He then returned to Toronto to officially launch his career in 2017. With deep musical bloodlines and a fresh take on pop music, Ezra Jordan is only just scratching the surface of his musical potential.

Open Mic Slots: 10 Admission: $5

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Housewarming Storytelling Experience
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Housewarming Storytelling Experience

  • 720 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON, J4Y 0K7 Canada (map)
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Centre for Social Innovation (Annex)

Housewarming is a storytelling experience where Women of Color (WOC) welcome you into our space, our lives, and share our stories with you.

A new group of six Women of Color - new and experienced Storytellers - will each share a personal story with all; stories usually underrepresented in the media.

All are welcome in this transformative, supportive, safe space free of judgement.

It’s often said that "home is where the heart is". And it's in this spirit, we welcome all to Housewarming.

EARLY BIRD tickets - $25 available until Mon. Oct. 21, 12 a.m.

REGULAR tickets - $30

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Palimpsest Press Fall Launch
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Palimpsest Press Fall Launch

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

Join Another Story and Palimpsest Press to celebrate the launch of Ceilidh Michelle's butterflies, zebras, moonbeams and Shane Neilson's Constructive Negativity: Prize Culture, Evaluation, and Disability in Canadian Poetry

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

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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

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In Flanders Fields - multicultural poetry
Nov
9
5:00 PM17:00

In Flanders Fields - multicultural poetry

  • 250 Fort York Boulevard Toronto, ON, M5V 3K9 Canada (map)
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Fort York National Historic Site

Poets and readers from various ethnic communities present the poem "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae, translated to their respective native languages. The event will also include potluck ethnic food and musical performances.

Free admission

The event is hosted by the EtCetera - arts and science club Translations of the poem are published on the "In Flanders Fields" section of the EtCetera website: https://www.clubetcetera.ca/in-flanders-fields

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

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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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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Sandbox Sessions
Nov
12
6:00 PM18:00

Sandbox Sessions

  • 1684 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M6R 1B3 Canada (map)
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at the Margin of Eras Gallery

Back by popular demand, the creative writing drop-in SANDBOX SESSIONS returns for a three month run at the Margin of Eras Gallery this fall. All sessions facilitated by Whitney French

BE PART OF A UNIQUE LITERARY COMMUNITY

Stop by to:

  • Connect with other writers
  • Experiment with new writing techniques and styles
  • Receive feedback on your work
  • Read, share or write on your own

Drop-in sessional informal and organic — anything goes!

FREE to attend // No registration required // Snacks provided!

Whitney French is a storyteller and a multidisciplinary artist. She is the editor of Black Writers Matter, a critically acclaimed anthology published by University of Regina Press in 2019. Her writing has been published in Geist Magazine, Canthius Journal and The Quill and Quire and anthologized in Black Notes: Young Black Voices (2017) and The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (2010). She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Art Bar Reading Series
Nov
12
8:00 PM20:00

Art Bar Reading Series

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

Our Feature Readers:

Catherine Graham Catherine Graham is an award-winning novelist and poet. Her sixth poetry collection, The Celery Forest, was named a CBC Best Book of the Year and was a finalist for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry. Her debut novel Quarry won an Independent Publisher Book Awards gold medal for fiction, “The Very Best!” Book Awards for Best Fiction and was a finalist for the Sarton Women’s Book Award for Contemporary Fiction and Fred Kerner Book Award. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto. Æther: an out-of-body lyric will appear in 2020 with Wolsak and Wynn. www.catherinegraham.com @catgrahampoet

Kelly Norah Drukker Kelly Norah Drukker was born in Montreal, and grew up in the Laurentian region of Quebec. Her first collection of poems, Small Fires (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016) won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the Concordia University First Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal. Petits feux, translated into French by Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné, was published by Le lézard amoureux in 2018. Kelly currently lives in Montreal, where she is pursuing her interests in creative writing, oral history, and Irish studies through the interdisciplinary Humanities PhD program at Concordia University.

Tunchai Redvers Tunchai Redvers is a two-spirit social justice warrior, writer, and wanderer belonging to Deninu K’ue First Nation. Born and raised in Treaty 8 territory, Northwest Territories, she is now living in Toronto. With a Master of Indigenous Social work, she is the co-founder of We Matter, a national organization dedicated to Indigenous youth hope and life promotion. Recognized nationally and internationally for her work, her advocacy and writing centers the reclamation and indigenization of identity, mental health and healing. She published her debut book, Fireweed, in 2019 with Kegedonce Press at the young age of 25.

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HOWL Radio Show
Nov
12
10:00 PM22:00

HOWL Radio Show

Please tune in to Howl on CIUT 89.5FM with hosts Valentino Assenza and Nancy Bullis.

Val and Nancy interview a variety of authors and musicians about their latest work, and with the people who organize arts events throughout the city.

You can listen online at http://www.ciut.fm, Rogers Cable Channel 946, Bell Fibe TV Channel 970 and Star Satellite Channel 826

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Border Crossings
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Border Crossings

  • 300 City Centre Drive Mississauga, ON, L5B 2G6 Canada (map)
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Check out Border Crossings at the Art Gallery of Mississauga!

No experience necessary, no fees and all materials will be provided.

A two-hour workshop, led by artists Sharada Eswar and Sid Sharp, welcomes the community to share their stories and experiences with crossing borders (geographical, linguistic, spiritual and personal.) They’ll be using drawings, prompts, collage and non-traditional storytelling in a relaxed and conversational workshop.

Please email them for accessibility needs (at least 2 weeks in advance!) at: wapahkesis@gmail.com / sharada.eswar@mississauga.ca

For more information on this event check out: http://ow.ly/OYNY50wsv17

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OUTwrites
Nov
14
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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Poetry inPrint Reception
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Poetry inPrint Reception

  • 58 Wade Avenue Toronto, ON, M6H 1P5 Canada (map)
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The InPrint Collective

From June 1st to October 31st, inPrint has been hosting 16 artists to create original, hand printed and bound books, taking a decolonial, intersectional feminist lens to their work. For the month of November, we get to reveal the fruits of our labour in an exhibition in our studio space!

Join us in celebration of our residency exhibition!

Books available for sale at the FAC Made By Feminists Maker's Fair at the Gladstone Hotel on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 from 10am to 4pm.

Poetry inPrint resident artists and poets:

**Jacqueline Valencia + Jennifer Chin

Elyse Friedman + Shannon Moynagh

Andrea Thompson + Catherine Tammaro

Leah Sandals + Shirley Mpagi

Vanessa Vigneswaramoorthy + Amye St John

Bijal Prajapati + Angela Fedele

Arma Malik + Maureen Da Silva

Dominique Russell + Maaike Bouhuyzen-Wenger**

This program is generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and Speedball Art Supplies.

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Raw Storytelling Toronto
Nov
15
7:30 PM19:30

Raw Storytelling Toronto

  • 390 Dupont Street Toronto, ON, M5R 1V9 Canada (map)
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Creeds Coffee Bar (Annex - Dupont)

Open for pitches! Stories should be told without notes and told in 7 mins or less. Email your full story to rachel@rawstorytellingtoronto.com

Raw Storytelling is back at our new, fully accessible venue! Creeds serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and has a great food menu.

For this show we will have 5 storytellers each sharing true stories with a central theme of vulnerability.

We are also bringing back the wildcard round where you can throw your name in the hat on the night and have the chance of telling a story in under 5 mins. Think of it like an open mic spot.

Feel free to come when doors open to have dinner and drinks before the show starts.

Interested in pitching to us for future events or want to learn more about us? Shoot us a message on Facebook, Instagram (Raw Storytelling Toronto) or head on over to our website at: www.rawstorytellingtoronto.com

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

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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

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Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market
Nov
16
11:00 AM11:00

Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market

  • 427 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1X6 Canada (map)
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Trinity-St Paul's United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts

Meet some of the most exciting indie publishers & magazines around! Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction! Books, chapbooks, broadsides, recordings! And plenty of stuff you’ll NEVER find in stores! And learn who won the bpNichol Chapbook Award!

This year's line up includes:

above/ground press, Anstruther Press, Apt. 9 Press, Augur Magazine, Baseline Press, Book*hug, Brick Books, Canthius Magazine, Coach House Press, Doublecross Press, Gap Riot Press, Gordon Hill Press, Imago/Red Iron, IMPULSEb, k|f|b, learn/yeats, Noir:z, Old Growth Press, Pedlar Press, Penrose Press, Porcupine's Quill, Proper Tales Press (40th Anniversary!!), Puddles of Sky, Rampike, Underwhich Editions, Wolsak & Wynn/Buckrider Books, ZED Press.

Plus new presses are being added every day!

And don't forget: the announcement of the winner of the $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award happens at 2:00 pm!

See you there, book lovers, wordsmiths, and friends!

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Take your life up a notch
Nov
18
5:30 PM17:30

Take your life up a notch

  • 423 College Street Toronto, ON, M5T 1T1 Canada (map)
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momondays Toronto

Put story-telling into a blender. Add a dash of personal growth & transformation. Then drop in a load of laughs. Mix in real, live music, and great conversation with some of the nicest people on the planet, then push the ‘high’ setting… and out comes momondays®!

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

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

MOMONDAYS TORONTO is at The HIDEOUT!!

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

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

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

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

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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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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Giller Light Bash 2019
Nov
18
7:00 PM19:00

Giller Light Bash 2019

  • 789 Yonge Street Toronto, ON, M4W 2G8 Canada (map)
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We are proud to celebrate this year's Giller Light Bash hosted by Anne T. Donahue at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

The 18th annual Giller Light Bash promises to be the best party of the year! Rub shoulders with publishers and authors, watch the live broadcast of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, catch up with colleagues and friends, and bid on some amazing raffle prizes!

This year, our theme is The Good, The Bad, and The Literary! Come dressed as your favourite literary character protagonist or antagonist for a chance to win a Kobo and dance the night away with us!

With your ticket purchase, you will also receive one entry to the Guess the Giller contest! You could also win a signed set of the Giller Prize shortlisted books. Funds raised at the event support Frontier College, Canada's original literacy organization.

What first began as a house party by a group of friends 18 years ago has now grown to become a full-scaled event known today as the Giller Light Bash, thanks to the dedicated committee of volunteers from the publishing industry. Each year, over 1,800 people support literacy and celebrate Canadian literature at this party taking place the same night as the Giller Prize Gala.

This event is not to be missed! Not only does it support a great cause, but often guests from the formal awards ceremony drop by for a post-Gala cocktail, including authors Margaret Atwood; CBC host Shelagh Rogers; and singer Chantal Kreviazuk.

For group ticket sales of 6 or more, please contact Jennifer Chow, Events Manager at Frontier College at 416-923-3591 ext. 242 or jchow@frontiercollege.ca to receive $5 off the ticket price.

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Poetry&Prose Open Mic
Nov
19
12:00 PM12:00

Poetry&Prose Open Mic

  • 67 Bronte Road Oakville, ON, L6L 3B7 Canada (map)
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A Taste of Colombia Cafe studio

Poetry&Prose open mic is back! Looking forward to seeing/hearing old friends and meeting new. Try to arrive 11:30-ish, to sign up (if you wish to read), have a bit to eat or a coffee, and choose your chair.

Theme: not necessary, but if you have related poems/flash texts, is Remembrance Day - so, brave soldiers, war, memorial topics, etc

Guest speaker is Mugabe Byenka, a well known author of a very successful book. He'll be on for 20 minutes plus a Q&A.

Poetry&Prose is FREE, but please support the cafe by getting a coffee or snack. They are very kind to support the arts by letting us have this space. And their homemade soup and salad is delicious! So are their scones.

Note: Do not park in the Denninger's (large) parking lot. They have a tendency to tow. You can park in the smaller one directly behind the cafe, or else on the street.

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SONG OF SILENCE – EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS
Nov
19
5:30 PM17:30

SONG OF SILENCE – EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS

  • 1921 Dundas Street West Mississauga, ON, L5K 1R2 Canada (map)
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SONG OF SILENCE – EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS

by Sangeeta Gupta

Opening Reception of the work of visiting Artist & Poet from India

at HERITAGE MISSISSAUGA (The Grange)

The visit of the artist and poet Sangeeta Gupta to Canada is co-sponsored by INDIAN COUNCIL FOR CULTURAL RELATIONS along with CROSS CURRENTS - Indo canadian International Arts and Heritage Mississauga (Mississauga Heritage Foundation

-Exhibition is curated by Meena Chopra - Artist, Author & Poet and Nain Amyn- Lalji

"CROSS CURRENTS - Indo Canadian international Arts"

Hosted by Heritage Mississauga"

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 Read for the Cure- Toronto
Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

Read for the Cure- Toronto

  • 508 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M5V 2B3 Canada (map)
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Liberty Grand

Read for the Cure is an inspiring annual literary event where book lovers come together with bestselling authors for an incredible evening to support cancer research.

This year, you will enjoy three amazing authors:

Michael Crummey, Catherine Gildiner, Paula McLain

The author presentations always turn into amazing storytelling and you will get to take home the authors’ latest books (and even get them autographed!)

So grab your book-loving friends, and clear your schedule on November 19th for a unique event in support of cancer research.

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Art Bar Reading Series
Nov
19
8:00 PM20:00

Art Bar Reading Series

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

Our Feature Readers:

Keith Garebian Having first made his reputation as a freelance literary and theatre critic, Keith Garebian of Mississauga turned seriously to writing poetry only after publishing his postmodernist memoir, Pain: Journeys Around My Parents (2000), about his Armenian father, Anglo-Indian mother, and Bombay background. He now has 26 books to date, eight of which are poetry collections, such as Frida: Paint Me as a Volcano (Buschek, 2004), Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems (Signature, 2008), Children of Ararat (Frontenac, 2010) Poetry is Blood (Guernica 2018), and his latest, Against Forgetting (Frontenac, 2019). Several of his poems have been anthologized in Canada and the U.S., and one of his Jarman poems was set to music last year for choir and instruments by Gregory Spears, in the company of a poem each by Thomas Merton and Denise Levertov. Garebian has been shortlisted for the grit/Lit Freefall magazine, and the Gwendolyn MacEwen/Exile poetry awards, and some of his poems have been translated into French, Armenian, Hebrew, Bulgarian, and Romanian.

Laura Cok t.b.a.

Stan Rogul Stan Rogal was born in Vancouver and now lives and writes in Toronto. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies in Canada, the US and Europe. He is the author of 25 books: 6 novels, 7 story and 12 poetry. In a former life, he organized and hosted the popular Idler Pub Reading Series in Toronto. He is retired from UofT where he worked with students and health professionals, teaching and assessing communication skills.

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HOWL Radio Show
Nov
19
10:00 PM22:00

HOWL Radio Show

Please tune in to Howl on CIUT 89.5FM with hosts Valentino Assenza and Nancy Bullis.

Val and Nancy interview a variety of authors and musicians about their latest work, and with the people who organize arts events throughout the city.

You can listen online at http://www.ciut.fm, Rogers Cable Channel 946, Bell Fibe TV Channel 970 and Star Satellite Channel 826

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ChiSeries Toronto
Nov
20
8:00 PM20:00

ChiSeries Toronto

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

Hosted by Sandra Kasturi

Featuring authors from Amazing Stories Magazine (edited by Ira Nayman):

Jen Frankel, Sandra Kasturi, Paul Levinson, Shirley Meier, Lena Ng, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm

Music:

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

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

Music:

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

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

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British Invasion Masquerade Ball!
Nov
21
6:00 PM18:00

British Invasion Masquerade Ball!

  • 75 Derry Road West Mississauga, ON, L5W 1G3 Canada (map)
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Have an unforgettable night out with the Arts at the Mississauga Arts Council’s “British Invasion Masquerade Ball!”

“The friendliest, most fun gala I've ever been to!” Mayor Bonnie Crombie, 2018. Bonnie’s back as Host/DJ.

Come with us as we travel back to Liverpool's Cavern Club, the birthplace of the Beatles, and join our guests dressed formally or in the colourful fashions of Austin Powers, dance to The Dreamboats playing the Beatles and The Tom Barlow Band playing the Rolling Stones, with special guest DJs spinning fun. A night of great food and fellowship, super dancing, valuable auctions and recognition of the importance of Arts for Health. The second annual Arts for Health Award will be presented to Anna Silgardo, founder of Artists in Momentum. Congratulations Anna!

This is a fundraising party for the arts you do not want to miss.

Where: Mississauga Convention Centre, 75 Derry Road West.

What: Delicious dinner with wine, musical tributes to the 60s era, and dancing.

Dress: Retro 60’s night club, semi-formal. Masks provided at the door.

Plus: Exciting live & silent auctions.

Cost: Individual tickets - $150, table for 10 - $1250

Event page: http://bit.ly/MACGala2019

Tickets: http://bit.ly/MACGala2019TIX

Tables: http://bit.ly/MACGala2019Table

2019 British Invasion Promo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOUvRwF2KpY

2018 Gala Recap Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7lJHbI9CXc&t=

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Pivot Reading Series
Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

Pivot Reading Series

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

Maybe it'll be freezing cold, maybe it'll be unseasonably warm. Who knows, really.

What we do know is we've got a killer four-person line-up for Pivot episode six!

We continue our run of featuring BC-based writers as Adèle Barclay joins us once again. We've got our first playwright of the season in Diane Flacks! We've got Christine Ottoni and her debut Cracker Jacks for Misfits, and finally, Jess Taylor returns to the Pivot stage. It's gonna be an amazing night, so don't miss it!

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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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Speakeasy
Nov
21
7:30 PM19:30

Speakeasy

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

The Speakeasy Reading Series is back! Don’t know what Speakeasy is? It’s a monthly event hosted by the Guelph Creative Writing MFA Program, featuring readings from students and alumni, as well as local (or visiting) writers!

ALL are welcome at this community event! **

November's featured readers are:

TBA

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  • Glad Day Bookshop has an accessibility ramp at its entrance, and a gender neutral, wheelchair accessible washroom. The venue sells tea and coffee as well as alcoholic beverages, and BOOKS! It is also the world's oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore and Tkaronto's oldest surviving bookstore! We are SO EXCITED and honoured to be hosting Speakeasy here this year!
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SONG OF SILENCE – EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS
Nov
22
10:00 AM10:00

SONG OF SILENCE – EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS

  • 1921 Dundas Street West Mississauga, ON, L5K 1R2 Canada (map)
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SONG OF SILENCE – EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS

by Sangeeta Gupta

Visiting Artist & Poet from India

at HERITAGE MISSISSAUGA (The Grange)

Tuesday to Friday - 10:am to 5:00 pm

The visit of the artist and poet Sangeeta Gupta to Canada is co-sponsored by INDIAN COUNCIL FOR CULTURAL RELATIONS along with CROSS CURRENTS - Indo canadian International Arts and Heritage Mississauga (Mississauga Heritage Foundation

-Exhibition is curated by Meena Chopra - Artist, Author & Poet and Nain Amyn- Lalji

"CROSS CURRENTS - Indo Canadian international Arts"

Hosted by Heritage Mississauga"

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

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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

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The Soap Box Annual Launch
Nov
24
6:00 PM18:00

The Soap Box Annual Launch

  • 390 Dupont Street Toronto, ON, M5R 1V9 Canada (map)
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Creeds Coffee Bar

We have new books and we're ready to celebrate! Join The Soap Box Press for our annual book launch at Creed's Coffee Bar.

We'll be launching our Light Anthology and "The Gunshot Before the Marathon," a poetry chapbook by Michael Deibert.

We'll also be celebrating our 2019 chapbooks "tired, but not spectacularly" by Hadiyyah Kuma and "The Aftertaste" by Zahra Tootonsab.

Enjoy readings by...

Hadiyyah Kuma , Michael Deibert, Catherine Graham , Nichole Acosta, Shaieree Cottar, Karisa Bili , Michael Karpati , Kaila Gallacher and more!

As always, we'll have plenty of books, a line up of incredible readings, and lots of time to mingle with our community of incredible writers and creatives. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the venue.

Come for the books, and stay for the party. We can't wait to see you there!

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SONG OF SILENCE – EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS
Nov
25
10:00 AM10:00

SONG OF SILENCE – EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS

  • 1921 Dundas Street West Mississauga, ON, L5K 1R2 Canada (map)
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SONG OF SILENCE – EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS

by Sangeeta Gupta

Visiting Artist & Poet from India

at HERITAGE MISSISSAUGA (The Grange)

Tuesday to Friday - 10:am to 5:00 pm

The visit of the artist and poet Sangeeta Gupta to Canada is co-sponsored by INDIAN COUNCIL FOR CULTURAL RELATIONS along with CROSS CURRENTS - Indo canadian International Arts and Heritage Mississauga (Mississauga Heritage Foundation

-Exhibition is curated by Meena Chopra - Artist, Author & Poet and Nain Amyn- Lalji

"CROSS CURRENTS - Indo Canadian international Arts"

Hosted by Heritage Mississauga"

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

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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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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A Mosaic Press 2019 Celebration
Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

A Mosaic Press 2019 Celebration

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

Come and have dinner at this wonderful Ethiopian Cafe at 6:00: https://www.hirut.ca/

Then, enjoy equally scinitllating readings of poetry titles released by Mosaic Press in 2019.

Schedule

7:10 - Opening remarks by Hirut Cafe proprietor Tibebe Woldemichael

7:15 - Greetings from First Nations activist O Puck

7:20 - Jeannine Marie Pitas reads from her debut manuscript, "Things Seen and Unseen"

7:50 - Fraser Sutherland reads from his latest work, "Bad Habits"

8:20 - John B. Lee reads from "Into a Land of Strangers".

There will be short breaks between each reader.

Admission is free. Please bring money to buy books, and support the establishment.

Evening Host: Pat Connors

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HOWL Radio Show
Nov
26
10:00 PM22:00

HOWL Radio Show

Please tune in to Howl on CIUT 89.5FM with hosts Valentino Assenza and Nancy Bullis.

Val and Nancy interview a variety of authors and musicians about their latest work, and with the people who organize arts events throughout the city.

You can listen online at http://www.ciut.fm, Rogers Cable Channel 946, Bell Fibe TV Channel 970 and Star Satellite Channel 826

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SONG OF SILENCE – EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS
Nov
28
10:00 AM10:00

SONG OF SILENCE – EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS

  • 1921 Dundas Street West Mississauga, ON, L5K 1R2 Canada (map)
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SONG OF SILENCE – EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS

by Sangeeta Gupta

Visiting Artist & Poet from India

at HERITAGE MISSISSAUGA (The Grange)

Tuesday to Friday - 10:am to 5:00 pm

The visit of the artist and poet Sangeeta Gupta to Canada is co-sponsored by INDIAN COUNCIL FOR CULTURAL RELATIONS along with CROSS CURRENTS - Indo canadian International Arts and Heritage Mississauga (Mississauga Heritage Foundation

-Exhibition is curated by Meena Chopra - Artist, Author & Poet and Nain Amyn- Lalji

"CROSS CURRENTS - Indo Canadian international Arts"

Hosted by Heritage Mississauga"

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OUTwrites
Nov
28
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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Nov
29
5:30 PM17:30

Life and works of late Sri KESHAV MALIK

  • 1921 Dundas Street West Mississauga, ON, L5K 1R2 Canada (map)
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A presentation:

Life and works of late Sri KESHAV MALIK

followed by an open mic session in collaboration with Courtney Park Writers' Group

ABOUT KESHAV MALIK:

Keshav Malik (5 November 1924 – 11 June 2014) was an Indian poet, art and literary critic, arts scholar, and curator. He remained art critic for the Hindustan Times (1960–1972) and The Times of India (1975–2000). He published eighteen volumes of poetry and edited six anthologies of English translations of Indian poetry.

He was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, for his contribution to literature. In 2004, the Lalit Kala Akademi, India's National Academy of Art, made him a Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi for lifetime contribution, which is its highest award).

CROSS CURRENTS - Indo Canadian International Arts' believes in going 'BEYOND BOUNDARIES' both in 'thought and action', 'within and without'

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

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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

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

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

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

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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

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

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

Great vibes, great food, community gathering.

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HOWL Radio Show
Dec
3
10:00 PM22:00

HOWL Radio Show

Please tune in to Howl on CIUT 89.5FM with hosts Valentino Assenza and Nancy Bullis.

Val and Nancy interview a variety of authors and musicians about their latest work, and with the people who organize arts events throughout the city.

You can listen online at http://www.ciut.fm, Rogers Cable Channel 946, Bell Fibe TV Channel 970 and Star Satellite Channel 826

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Dec
6
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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

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

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

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

at Burrows Hall Community Center

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

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

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

Great vibes, great food, community gathering.

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Hamilton Literary Awards 2019
Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

Hamilton Literary Awards 2019

  • 190 King William Street Hamilton, ON, L8R 1A8 Canada (map)
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Theatre Aquarius

The Hamilton Arts Council Literary Awards recognizes published books of literary excellence, written by authors residing in Hamilton. This year, we're celebrating the 26th Anniversary of our Hamilton Literary Awards!

Prizes will be awarded in all four of the following categories: Poetry, Non-fiction, Fiction and the Kerry Schooley Book Award for the book that is the most evocative of Hamilton.

We are excited to be welcomed back to Theatre Aquarius as our generous host for the event.

Nominees & lots of exciting details to be announced ...

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HOWL Radio Show
Dec
10
10:00 PM22:00

HOWL Radio Show

Please tune in to Howl on CIUT 89.5FM with hosts Valentino Assenza and Nancy Bullis.

Val and Nancy interview a variety of authors and musicians about their latest work, and with the people who organize arts events throughout the city.

You can listen online at http://www.ciut.fm, Rogers Cable Channel 946, Bell Fibe TV Channel 970 and Star Satellite Channel 826

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OUTwrites
Dec
12
8:00 PM20:00

OUTwrites

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

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

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1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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

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

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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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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HOWL Radio Show
Dec
17
10:00 PM22:00

HOWL Radio Show

Please tune in to Howl on CIUT 89.5FM with hosts Valentino Assenza and Nancy Bullis.

Val and Nancy interview a variety of authors and musicians about their latest work, and with the people who organize arts events throughout the city.

You can listen online at http://www.ciut.fm, Rogers Cable Channel 946, Bell Fibe TV Channel 970 and Star Satellite Channel 826

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

MAC at West Edge - Open Mic and Art Gallery

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

157 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga

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

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

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

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

1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling

  • 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto, ON, M5S 1J5 Canada (map)
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Innis College Café 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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

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

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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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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R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays
Dec
25
6:30 PM18:30

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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at Burrows Hall Community Center

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

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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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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Speakeasy
Jan
20
7:30 PM19:30

Speakeasy

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

The Speakeasy Reading Series is back! Don’t know what Speakeasy is? It’s a monthly event hosted by the Guelph Creative Writing MFA Program, featuring readings from students and alumni, as well as local (or visiting) writers!

ALL are welcome at this community event! **

January's featured readers are:

TBA

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  • Glad Day Bookshop has an accessibility ramp at its entrance, and a gender neutral, wheelchair accessible washroom. The venue sells tea and coffee as well as alcoholic beverages, and BOOKS! It is also the world's oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore and Tkaronto's oldest surviving bookstore! We are SO EXCITED and honoured to be hosting Speakeasy here this year!
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Speakeasy
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

Speakeasy

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

The Speakeasy Reading Series is back! Don’t know what Speakeasy is? It’s a monthly event hosted by the Guelph Creative Writing MFA Program, featuring readings from students and alumni, as well as local (or visiting) writers!

ALL are welcome at this community event! **

March's featured readers are:

TBA

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  • Glad Day Bookshop has an accessibility ramp at its entrance, and a gender neutral, wheelchair accessible washroom. The venue sells tea and coffee as well as alcoholic beverages, and BOOKS! It is also the world's oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore and Tkaronto's oldest surviving bookstore! We are SO EXCITED and honoured to be hosting Speakeasy here this year!
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HOWL Radio Show
Oct
22
10:00 PM22:00

HOWL Radio Show

Please tune in to Howl on CIUT 89.5FM with hosts Valentino Assenza and Nancy Bullis.

Val and Nancy interview a variety of authors and musicians about their latest work, and with the people who organize arts events throughout the city.

You can listen online at http://www.ciut.fm, Rogers Cable Channel 946, Bell Fibe TV Channel 970 and Star Satellite Channel 826

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Annette Street Writers Event
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Annette Street Writers Event

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

Open Mic with special guest James Bow

Join us for an evening of open mic performances, plus a reading from special guest James Bow, Young Adult author of novels Night Girl, Icarus Down, and others. All are welcome!

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Speakeasy
Oct
21
7:30 PM19:30

Speakeasy

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

The Speakeasy Reading Series is back! Don’t know what Speakeasy is? It’s a monthly event hosted by the Guelph Creative Writing MFA Program, featuring readings from students and alumni, as well as local (or visiting) writers!

ALL are welcome at this community event! **

October's featured readers are:

TBA

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  • Glad Day Bookshop has an accessibility ramp at its entrance, and a gender neutral, wheelchair accessible washroom. The venue sells tea and coffee as well as alcoholic beverages, and BOOKS! It is also the world's oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore and Tkaronto's oldest surviving bookstore! We are SO EXCITED and honoured to be hosting Speakeasy here this year!
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The Middle of Nowhere
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

The Middle of Nowhere

  • 890 College Street Toronto, ON, M6H 1A3 Canada (map)
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Alchemy Food & Drink

The Middle of Nowhere has moved!

The most original, fun, and inspiring open-mic in Toronto has a new home at Alchemy Food and Drink.

Come be a part of history. TMoN is the only open-mic in the world that records their two-hour shows with a omni-binaural microphone, then puts the entire, un-edited experience on YouTube as a podcast.

The food and drinks are excellent at Alchemy, and the classy, intimate setting helps make everyone feel comfortable and connected to the performances. The vibe is unlike anything you've ever experienced. You will want to come back week after week.

If you are a performer looking for a place to play, reach out to Mitchell Anton MacEachern on Facebook to ask for a spot. We do comedy, poetry, spoken-word, and music. Everyone is welcome, but shows fill up in advance, so get in touch as soon as possible to book a spot for a future show.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM TMoN:

Performances by Indie Musicians and Comedians: Some of whom have never performed live before and are just doing it for fun, while others are established artists looking to grow their fan-base. There is everything from simple and well-known cover songs played on the acoustic guitar, to original compositions played on a piano, to beat-boxers, to backing-tracks played underneath live vocals. There is also comedy. One of the best parts about having comedians follow musicians is that it usually makes the comedians more self-conscious, which seems to make them funnier. There is new talent every week, which makes each episode unique.

Performances by Spoken-Word Artists and Poets: Something that is not heard very much in today’s world are stories performed live. Spoken-Word artists bring their essays, fiction,and non-fiction tales to TMoN, and read them aloud. This brings a fireside vibe to the bar, and is a truly beautiful experience. The poets who come and perform are given the space to enunciate their whimsical words, while also physically embodying their tone, demonstrating that poetry is just as happy living out loud than in the mind. There are also jester-type performers who parody things like politics and Super Mario Bros. You never know what you'll get at TMoN.

'Unpack That with Jack': As the host of The Middle of Nowhere, Jack Charles's role includes facilitating the evening, introducing the acts, as well as giving prizes away to the audience. But the beautifully unique part about Jack is his genuine journalistic curiosity. Between acts, he talks directly to the audience, asking them questions about where they’ve come from, why they came, and what they like to do. This brings a humanity to the show, reminding everyone that, although there are performers demonstrating their talent on stage, the show is also about the audience, who are just as interesting as the artists.

The Middle of Nowhere House Band: Peter and Tara, who are brother and sister, and both very talented musicians, jam on stage all night long. They jazz up the evening by improvising music between performances, they add colour to the words of the storytellers and poets, and sometimes they play alongside other artists, turning solo acts into a full band performance.

The Symposium: Mitchell Anton MacEachern, who created TMoN, wanted to create a space where people could come to have a great time, feel comfortable, to express themselves honestly, and to grow. His Symposium is where he brings his ideas to the stage, developing dialogues with the audience about deep topics like love, fear, trust, suffering, and modern culture. At its heart, the Symposium attempts to take philosophy outside the classroom and put it into the open air so it can breathe. It is a refreshingly fun exploration into the human condition.

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

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

  • 1081 Progress Avenue Scarborough, ON, M1B 5Z6 Canada (map)
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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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Draft Reading Series
Oct
20
3:00 PM15:00

Draft Reading Series

  • 450 Broadview Avenue Toronto, ON, M4K 2N9 Canada (map)
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East End Arts

Our new Draft Season approaches in just a few short weeks!

We’ll be featuring new work by Maheen Hyder and Emily Sanford, along with brief readings from friends of Draft … new and old. Stay tuned for more information on who will be presenting brief readings.

Meantime, here’s some information on our feature readers. We hope to see you October 20th for a wonderful afternoon of readings.

Maheen Hyder is a mental health therapist and poet who has been raised between various cities in the Middle East and South Asia. She writes about identity and displacement and being from everywhere and nowhere all at once.

Emily Sanford was born in Nova Scotia and has an MA in Literature and Performance from Guelph. She is the winner of the 2016 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Award for Poetry, the 2018 Janice Colbert Award, and was listed in The 10 Best Poems of 2016, by Vancouver Poetry House. Her work appears in Canthius, Grain Magazine, Minola Review, newpoetry.ca, Plenitude Magazine and the Applebeard Editions anthology of flash fiction, release any words stuck inside of you. One of her poems, You Wave, was recently set to music for four-part choir, by Canadian composer EKR Hammell, and premiered in Toronto in May 2019. Emily co-curates and hosts the Brockton Writers Series.

We are grateful for the financial assistance of the League of Canadian Poets, The Writers’ Union of Canada, The Playwrights’ Guild of Canada, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council in presenting this season’s readings.

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Oct
19
5:00 PM17:00

Celebration and Readings

  • 180 Shaw Street Toronto, ON, M6J 2W5 Canada (map)
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Knife Fork Book at Artscape Youngplace

Now we enter year four in brand new, fully accessible space with a cafe all our own. And Hoa Nguyen returns with a stunning new KFB chapbook. ASK ABOUT LANGUAGE AS IF IT FORGETS

100% OF THE CHAPBOOK’S SALES GOES DIRECTLY IN SUPPORT OF KFB’S NEW HOME.*

The cover, like Hoa herself, gold.

Come celebrate at KFB's 3RD ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE LAUNCH

5-7 drop-in reception

Readings starting at 7PM

NOT YOUR BEST No.1 PREMIERE ISSUE ed. ERIC SCHMALTZ KERRY MANDERS + brandy ryan AFTER PULSE HOA NGUYEN ASK ABOUT LANGUAGE AS IF IT FORGETS

Book signing after readings

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Indie Author Day
Oct
19
11:30 AM11:30

Indie Author Day

  • 7150 Montrose Road Niagara Falls, ON, L2H 3N3 Canada (map)
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In honour of the fourth annual Indie Author Day, the Niagara Falls Writer's Festival picks up where the library's 2018 Festival of Writing event left off. This year's event is spreading out to the Community Centre branch at MacBain Community Centre and the Stamford Centre at 3643 Portage Rd. as well.

At MacBain Community Centre at 11:30 a.m., Hamilton-based poet Darrell Epp, whose poetry has appeared in over 100 publications on six continents, leads a workshop on everything you need to know to write a poem and get published.

At 11:30 a.m., Jordan Fry, editor of Grey Borders Books, leads an intimate open readers workshop, with readings from local writers F. J. Doucett, Nancy Tabor, Charlie Schott, Sharon Frayne, Brent Thomas and Karen Gansel.

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Stories About Women
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

Stories About Women

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

Storytellers Erin Kang, Marsha Shandur, and Sage Tyrtle tell true stories about their experiences.

Erin Kang: Fifteen, dating a twenty-one year old, standing at the crossroads.

Marsha Shandur: 50,000 people were meant to show up. She was the only one who did.

Sage Tyrtle: On the planet Zablotz, bookish loner Sage would fit right in. Too bad she's stuck in California.

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Koyama Press FALL 2019 Launch Party
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Koyama Press FALL 2019 Launch Party

  • 319 College Street Toronto, ON, M5T 1S2 Canada (map)
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The Beguiling Books & Art

THIS IS IT FOLKS, the big one! The showstopper! The, uh, very nice time!

The Beguiling welcomes a plethora of guests to the store for a huge KOYAMA PRESS book launch event!

FEATURING:

"Bradley of Him" by CONNOR WILLUMSEN

"Sports is Hell" by BEN PASSMORE

"The Death of The Master" by PATRICK KYLE

"Stunt" by MICHAEL DEFORGE

plus a chance to get advance copies of GG's "Constantly" and "Rat Time" by Keiler Roberts!

Everything's going to kick off at 7PM and just keep going-- it's gonna be a heck of a time with so many of our favourite creators and our favourite publisher celebrating the final wave of books from Koyama Press in-store! We'll see you there!!

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ExPo Soc #10
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

ExPo Soc #10

  • 12 Kensington Avenue Toronto, ON, M5T 2J7 Canada (map)
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Last Temptation

It's October, and not only is Halloween around the corner, but another ExPo Soc is imminent with another lineup of powerhouse poets:

TERRY TROWBRIDGE is from Beamsville, Ontario. His essays, poetry, short stories and book reviews have appeared in over 60 journals, magazines, zines, and chapbooks. He cannot play a musical instrument. He has not completed a console video game without the word "Kart" in the title. He did not progress beyond Green in his Red Cross swimming lessons. The one time he performed on stage at Second City, he wasn't doing comedy, but people laughed anyhow. He goes to karaoke but does not sing. He once went to a dance club; he left half an hour later. Terry's Erdős number is 5.

PAUL EDWARD COSTA is a writer, spoken word artist, teacher, and the 2019-2021 Poet Laureate for the City of Mississauga. He has featured at many poetry reading series in the GTA and has published over 60 poems, stories, and articles in literary journals such as Bewildering Stories, Lucent Dreaming Magazine, Entropy Magazine, POST-, and the Gyroscope Review. His novella, "Dark Magic on the Edge of Town", was put out in 2017 with the hybrid publisher Paperback-Press and his first full length book of poetry "The Long Train of Chaos" will be released soon by Kung Fu Treachery Press. He curates/hosts the YTGA Open Mic Series at Studio.89, has co-organized/hosted the Mississauga Arts Council’s Verses Out Loud Poetry Series, and has won the Mississauga Arts Council's 2019 MARTY Award for Emerging Literary Arts.

As always, open mic will be available to all those crazy and brave enough to strut their stuff for the public. So come on out, spread the word, and we hope to see you there.

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Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

GritLIT Presents M.G. Vassanji

  • 40 Bay Street South Hamilton, ON, L8P 1H6 Canada (map)
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Event take place at the Homewood Suites by Hilton

gritLIT: Hamilton's Readers and Writers Festival is pleased to announce our Fall Reading Series. Spend your Thursdays with us this fall, with this incredible author:

M.G. Vassanji

Series Pass: $30.00 (Regular Ticket Price: $15.00 per event)

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Stories We Don't Tell: Book Launch
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Stories We Don't Tell: Book Launch

  • 720 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON, J4Y 0K7 Canada (map)
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Join us in celebrating the publishing of Stories We Don't Tell: The Book! It will be a wild night of performances, music, and good cheer! Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 8:00 pm.

Tickets: there are two types of tickets - 1. General Admission ($10); and 2. Ticket + Book Special ($30). This second ticket not only gets you a ticket to the event, but reserves your very own copy of the book, which will be waiting for you upon entry.

Profits from the event & book sales will be spread across three charities:

Native Women & the Arts: http://www.nwia.ca

Red Door Family Shelter: https://www.reddoorshelter.ca/about-us

Storyplanet: http://storyplanet.ca

Stories We Don’t Tell is a live storytelling event held in living rooms across Toronto. For five years, hosts have warmly welcomed us and our audiences into their home where a lineup of performers share personal stories about their lives. Some stories are sad, or a little weird, or intimate, and others funny. The book includes 61 stories that were all told in front of a live audience at one of our shows. The authors of these stories have generously contributed these pieces of their lives to be included in this book. Each story created a memorable moment in front of a roomful of people. Moving through this anthology is an experience where these many moments complement and reflect each other, contradict and draw parallels, have profound wisdom and absurdity.

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Border Crossings
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Border Crossings

  • 300 City Centre Drive Mississauga, ON, L5B 2G6 Canada (map)
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Check out Border Crossings at the Art Gallery of Mississauga!

No experience necessary, no fees and all materials will be provided.

A two-hour workshop, led by artists Sharada Eswar and Sid Sharp, welcomes the community to share their stories and experiences with crossing borders (geographical, linguistic, spiritual and personal.) They’ll be using drawings, prompts, collage and non-traditional storytelling in a relaxed and conversational workshop.

Please email them for accessibility needs (at least 2 weeks in advance!) at: wapahkesis@gmail.com / sharada.eswar@mississauga.ca

For more information on this event check out: http://ow.ly/OYNY50wsv17

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Oct
17
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 DAVID WOODHEAD and TERRY JONES!

DAVID WOODHEAD’S instrumental and production work has appeared on over 250 albums in the contemporary folk field and he has worked with countless artists including Perth County Conspiracy, Garnet and Stan Rogers, Oliver Schroer, Gil Scott-Heron, and James Keelaghan. In addition, David has been playing imaginative and fanciful music with his own Confabulation band and the Oriana Quartet. More info: http://www.davidwoodhead.com/

TERRY JONES began writing poetry in his teens, and his love of words was an asset when he was in The Perth County Conspiracy -- a lyric-focused folk group which included Cedric Smith and Milton Acorn. A Columbia Records recording artist, Terry Jones still reaches for the poetry in his songs...

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

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

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

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

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ChiSeries Toronto
Oct
16
8:00 PM20:00

ChiSeries Toronto

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

Hosted by Sandra Kasturi

Authors reading:

Chadwick Ginther is the Prix Aurora Award-nominated author of Graveyard Mind (ChiZine Publications) and the Thunder Road Trilogy (Ravenstone Books). His short fiction has appeared recently in Earth: Giants, Golems, & Gargoyles, Over the Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margins, and Abyss & Apex. He lives and writes in Winnipeg, Canada, spinning sagas set in the wild spaces of Canada’s western wilderness where surely monsters must exist.

Armed with an English degree from Ripon College and an MBA from Chicago’s Stuart School of Business, Blake Hausladen has thrived for over two decades in the shadowed back-office realms of the financial industry. After gradate school and a seven year run as Chief Compliance Officer for a Chicago-based hedge fund, Blake was a founding member of two high-tech startup firms that specialized in the surveillance and investigation of electronic communication and trade order records for leading banks and energy trading firms. He can most easily be found at literary conventions, hand-selling hardcovers to strangers, hosting writing workshops and Beer and Books parties. He currently solves financial crimes in Chicago during the day and gives life to wild fantasies during the blackest hours of night.

Michael Rowe was born in Ottawa, and has lived in Beirut, Havana, and Paris. He is the author of the novels Enter, Night (2011), Wild Fell (2013), and October (2019), all from ChiZine Publications. A French edition of Wild Fell was published by Editions Bragelonne in Paris in 2016. An award-winning journalist and essayist, he is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Below the Belt (1995), Looking For Brothers (1999), and Other Men's Sons (2004). He has won the Lambda Literary Award, the Queer Horror Award, and the Randy Shilts Award for Nonfiction. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award, the International Horror Guild Award, the Sunburst Award, and the Shirley Jackson Award. He was for 17 years a first-tier correspondent for the legendary horror film magazine Fangoria, which he credits as the best job he ever had. As the creator and editor of the anthologies Queer Fear (2000) and Queer Fear 2 (2002), Clive Barker hailed him in as having "changed forever the shape of horror fiction."

Deanna Sjolander graduated in 2004 with a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and has been writing and editing since. She is an active (and past) committee member for several Science-fiction/Fantasy conventions and Committee Lead/Fundraising Chair for In Your Write Mind Workshop in partnership with Seton Hill University. She does both freelance editing and voice work in her spare time. Deanna is outlining and researching several writing and podcasts projects.

Music:

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

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

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Hustling Verse Toronto launch
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Hustling Verse Toronto launch

  • 1585 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON, M6K 1T9 Canada (map)
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Lula Lounge

Another Story Bookshop and Arsenal Pulp Press present the Toronto launch of

Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers' Poetry

*Please note that reservations guarantee seating so book early and enjoy the show while exploring Lula’s delicious tropical fusion dinner, cocktail, wine and beer menu. Visit lula.ca, or call 416-588-0307 to reserve. https://calendar.lula.ca/lulalounge/detail/1458/1571263200000

Hosted by editors Amber Dawn and Justin Ducharme

Featuring readings by contributors:

Jaene F. Castrillon, AK Saini, Naomi Sayers, Amber Dawn Pullin, Alec Butler , Jasbina Justice, Irene Wilder

Co-sponsored by The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto

In this trailblazing anthology, more than fifty self-identified sex workers from all walks of the industry (survival and trade, past and present) explore their lived experience through the expressive nuance and beauty of poetry. In a variety of forms ranging from lyrics to list poems to found poetry to hybrid works, these authors express themselves with the complexity, agency, and honesty that sex workers are rarely afforded. Contributors from Canada, the US, Europe, and Asia include Gregory Scofield, Tracy Quan, Summer Wright, and Akira the Hustler. As an antidote to the invasive and often biased media depictions of sex workers, Hustling Verse is a fiercely groundbreaking exploration of intimacy, transactional sex, identity, healing, and resilience.

Amber Dawn is the author of the novels Sodom Road Exit (2018) and Sub Rosa (winner of a Lambda Literary Award, 2010), the Vancouver Book Award-winning memoir How Poetry Saved My Life (2013), the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize-nominated poetry collection Where the words end and my body begins (2015). She is also editor of Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire and co-editor of With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn. She teaches creative writing at d the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and also leads several low-barrier community writing classes.

Justin Ducharme is a filmmaker, writer, dancer and curator from the small Métis community of St. Ambroise on Treaty 1 Territory. He is a graduate from Vancouver Film School, and the writer/director of three short narrative films. He has been jigging since the age of 7, performing with The St. Ambroise Youth Steppers and the Louis Riel Métis Dancers. His poetry has been featured in Sex Worker Wisdom and PRISM International magazine. He currently lives and works on Unceded Coast Salish Territory.

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Sandbox Sessions
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Sandbox Sessions

  • 1684 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M6R 1B3 Canada (map)
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at the Margin of Eras Gallery

Back by popular demand, the creative writing drop-in SANDBOX SESSIONS returns for a three month run at the Margin of Eras Gallery this fall. All sessions facilitated by Whitney French

BE PART OF A UNIQUE LITERARY COMMUNITY

Stop by to:

  • Connect with other writers
  • Experiment with new writing techniques and styles
  • Receive feedback on your work
  • Read, share or write on your own

Drop-in sessional informal and organic — anything goes!

FREE to attend // No registration required // Snacks provided!

Whitney French is a storyteller and a multidisciplinary artist. She is the editor of Black Writers Matter, a critically acclaimed anthology published by University of Regina Press in 2019. Her writing has been published in Geist Magazine, Canthius Journal and The Quill and Quire and anthologized in Black Notes: Young Black Voices (2017) and The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (2010). She lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Fireside Tales: Season Finale!
Oct
15
8:00 PM20:00

Fireside Tales: Season Finale!

  • 875 Dufferin Street Toronto, ON, M6H 3K8 Canada (map)
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Dufferin Grove Park

Come join hosts Helder Brum & Dan Galea around the fire as they bring together some of the best storytellers in the city for the SEASON FINALE OF Fireside Tales! It's the last show of the year, DON'T MISS IT!

BRING BLANKETS, SNACKS, AND FRIENDS!

We'll bring the marshmallows and hot chocolate!

On the show this month:

Chris Locke, Anasimone George, Dylan Gott, Evany Rosen

Come for 7:45 to get a cozy seat(log) by the fire

Show at 8:00 pm SHARP!

FREE! PWYC!

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Oct
15
7:30 PM19:30

Dare: True Stories

  • 582 College Street Toronto, ON, M6G 1B3 Canada (map)
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The Peacock Public House

The dare collective is back - Joel West, Brian Finch and Anto Chan have resurrected the storytelling show that encourages stories you thought you never tell.

Come out and support us on our first show at our new venue.

Our performers for the evening are:

Jared Laxer - Producer: Outlaugh, Outwit, Outplay

Rhapsody Blue - Burlesque dancer and Bon Vivant

Helder Brum - Storyteller and comedian

Christel Bartelse - Clown, actress, yogini

Matt Mclaren - Director and chum

Dakota Ray Williamson - Actress, comedian, teacher.

Plus a few tales from the dare collective

This is a pay what you can event.

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The EW Reading Series
Oct
14
7:00 PM19:00

The EW Reading Series

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

We are celebrating OUTRAGEOUS OCTOBER with this outstanding lineup:

Tamara Jong is a Montreal-born mixed-race writer of Chinese and European ancestry. Her work has appeared in Ricepaper, Room, carte blanche, The New Quarterly, Invisible Publishing, and Body & Soul.

Michael Russell is a queer poet with BPD, Bipolar Disorder and massive jolts of anxiety. He’s working on a chapbook called Grindr Opera. Keep an eye out for it!

Carly Rosalie Vandergriendt's writing has appeared in Journey Prize Stories 30, Maisonneuve, THIS, Humber Literary Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Montreal, where she is at work on her first novel.

Maša Torbica is a Serbian-Canadian writer and scholar. Her recent work has appeared in The New Quarterly, The Puritan, FreeFall, Versal (Netherlands), and Qu Literary Magazine (USA).

Ana Rodriguez Machado lives and writes in Toronto. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, The Puritan Town Crier, and elsewhere.

Glad Day Bookshop is the world's oldest surviving LGBTQ bookstore and also Toronto's oldest surviving bookstore. It is a wheelchair accessible bookstore, coffee shop, cocktail bar, event space and dance club. It is a flexible, inclusive space that is being used by the diverse LGBTQ communities of Toronto to amplify creativity, story, sexuality, liberation and love.

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

R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays

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