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Speakeasy Reading Series

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

at the Wise Bar

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





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

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

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


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

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

Earlier Event: April 28
YTGA Open Mic Series
Later Event: April 29
Minstrels & Bards Spring Soirée