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Minstrels & Bards Summer Soirée

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

Tranzac Club in the Southern Cross Lounge

We have a soirée of über-talented beauties!! Bianca Lakoseljac, our Bard, will be sharing excerpts from her award-winning writing. Glen Hornblast is our amazing strumming Minstrel. Highlights TBA. A brilliant evening! Organized & hosted by Brenda Clews. The soirée is free, but we do pass-the-jug for the features, and a $5. donation is recommended.

The Southern Cross Lounge has a bar with reasonably priced drinks. The sound system is excellent. The Tranzac is fully accessible. It is a great location, just south of Bloor St, on Brunswick Ave (south of Future Bakery), half-way between two full service subway stations, Spadina and Bathurst. There is Municipal parking adjacent to the building, and street parking in the area. The room fits about 60 people and there are lots of tables. You are welcome and encouraged to bring snacks, take-out food - Metro Grocery is by Spadina Station with lots of options, and the new Annex Food Hall is on the north side of Bloor with a selections kiosks. After the show, we go over to the Victory Café for food, drinks and conversation and you are welcome to join the posse.


Bianca Lakoseljac is an award-winning author of two novels, Stone Woman (2016) and Summer of the Dancing Bear (2012); a collection of stories, Bridge in the Rain (2010); and a collection of poetry, Memoirs of a Praying Mantis (2009). Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies including in 50 + Poems for Gordon Lightfoot. She is a retired teacher--she taught at Humber College and Ryerson University. Her awards include the Book Excellence Award in Fiction, and the Matthew Ahern Memorial Award in Literature at York University. Bianca is past president of the Canadian Authors Association, Toronto. She was the Open Book Toronto Writer in Residence, and has judged various national literary contests.

Toronto singer-songwriter Glen Hornblast is a popular performer in many of Toronto's folk and jazz clubs. In 2014, he released his first CD entitled, "Once In A Blue Moon." The twelve-track CD received a lot of airplay on folk internet radio stations from Canada to Australia, and garnered rave reviews. No Depression said at the time, “Eventually, Glen will deserve to take his place among the best tunesmiths and lyricists of Canada. This album is a fine example of why.” Currently, Glen is working on a new CD of his latest tunes to be titled after one of his songs, “8th Avenue”. He also runs a popular poetry-music event called "Poetry & Music Salon" on the 2nd Sunday of the Month at the Tranzac Club in Toronto.

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Transitory Space series by Leah Oates
Later Event: July 29
R.I.S.E. Poetry Mondays