Category: Events

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The Writing Moment

by Kris Bone

This past Sunday afternoon, an unusual cross-section of Toronto’s writing community gathered at Little Italy’s Bar Italia for an unusual book launch. Up on the bar’s second floor, what was being launched wasn’t a new chapbook or novel, but in fact a new poetry textbook, The Writing Moment,

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The Aesthetic Tickle

by Nicole R. Grimaldi

If I had known a reading at Pivot could feature a not-so-serious love ballad about Heath Ledger, a surreal and splendid brawl between a bear and a 14-year-old Vietnamese boy, a borderline performance poem about the unreliability of the TTC (written years ago but still very relevant today), and a version of the Rob Ford fiasco spun out into an apt detective drama,

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Preview: Lahey, Guriel, and Wells Speak

by E Martin Nolan

“What We Talk About When We Talk About Poetry” is a series of panel discussions between Anita Lahey, Jason Guriel and Zach Wells. It visits Toronto at 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 20 at Ben McNally Books. 

In The Puritan’s Issue XXIV, Stewart Cole calls on poets to form a true community.

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Masculindians

by Tracy Kyncl

Sam McKegney’s grandmother taught him at an early age that “justice is his responsibility.” While reading some popular texts written by Native authors, such as Eden Robinson’s Blood Sports and Thomas King’s Truth and Bright Water, for example,  McKegney wanted to find a theoretical background for representations of masculinity within those texts.

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Why We’re All Here

by Kris Bone

It’s funny, the things that stick with you.

This past February 23rd, Guernica Editions held a Black History Month celebration at Ben McNally Books, and it would be hard to have found a more prolific line-up of writers for the occasion: George Elliott Clarke, Toronto’s Poet Laureate; Austin Clarke,

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Refusing Silence

by Tracy Kyncl

Few readings have had the power to make my voice warble when recounting them. On the way home I breathlessly told my partner everything I had seen and heard that night. I was shocked, humbled, and moved. After the Honouring Indigenous Women Booklaunch and Fundraiser on February 12th, 2014, I’ve been going over in my mind all the times I’ve encountered literature by Indigenous people,

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A Momentary Dislocation

by Ryan Pratt

You know that quiet individual who grabs a seat in the back row and engages in temporary tunnel vision with his phone until someone approaches the mic? Nice to meet you, I’m sorry. It was in the Niagara Artists Center that I first grew complicit as an outcast, attending only three of the Grey Borders Reading Series events,

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Descant 163

by Tracy Kyncl

While the early winter season can be slow for readings and launches there are still a few publishers and publications confident enough in their readership to invite patrons to celebrate with them during even the most freezing conditions. On January 23rd, 2014 I attended the launch of Descant’s 163rd issue : The Brink and the Break.

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The Artist as Criminal

by Jason Freure

Each scene of Susanna Fournier’s play Stencilboy and Other Portraits ended with a soap opera-esque dramatic drum roll. Everything else worked just fine, though, which means I can focus on playwright Fournier’s writing rather than the production.

Theatre tends to get left out of the literary circle. It has its own listings in the free weeklies and radically different social scenes,

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Out with the Old

by Tracy Kyncl

As 2014 begins, there is a reinvigorated sense of excitement that permeates those looking forward to a new year and those eager to leave the last one behind. On January 8th I attended the Brockton Writers Series, a monthly reading series that emphasizes diversity and offers a variety of writers the chance to share their work in a safe space (for more information about their mandate,