Category: Events

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Pivot Points:

by Tracy Kyncl

You know we’re approaching the holidays when you can see your breath in the chilly air, the snow turns into slush, then into ice, and back to slush again, and there’s a huge poster of Hulk Hogan adorning The Press Club’s frosty front window. On Wednesday, November 27th I attended the final Pivot Reading for 2013 and was excited to see the bar as packed as ever,

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“A Certain Level of Quality”

by Jess Taylor

The Eleventh in a Series on Toronto Literary Readings.

“Poets Ned Hagerman and Ian Burgham had an idea in the beginning of presenting relatively high quality readers in a nice, intimate environment and that [the readers] would be paid,” Heather Wood told me about the origins of The Rower’s Pub Reading Series’ philosophy.

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Readings & Revelry Tonight!

by The Town Crier

We’re taking a day off today in honour of The Puritan’s annual BLACK FRIDAY bash. Join the editors, staff, and readers of The Puritan at The Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton) starting at 7:30 p.m ($5 or P.W.Y.C.). Help us celebrate the winners of our Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence: Aurora Brackett for her stellar short story, 

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Poetry: The Next Generation

by Tracy Kyncl

One of the greatest pleasures involved with being a Publicity Agent for The Puritan is constant exposure to the new generation of writers that is slowly marking its literary territory. On November 20th I attended the Odourless Press launch at No One Writes to the Colonel to see what the up-and-coming publishing house—established just two years ago—had to offer.

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Causing a Ruckus

by Tracy Kyncl

You can tell just by looking at Ruckus Readings’s website that the organizers pursue two fundamental qualities when creating an event: originality and fun. On Sunday, November 17th I attended “Ruckus Readings Volume V: There’s a Rucker Born Every Minute” at The Only Cafe. The venue is part bar, part cafe,

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“A Gesture That Warms”

by Jess Taylor

The Tenth in a Series on Toronto Literary Readings.

In this series of articles, the focus has been on formal events and series in the city, but more informal literary events also make up a good portion of the literary community. “There’s a different behavioural code in a rented public space,” Brenda Whiteway,

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It’s Always Good to Try New Things

by Tracy Kyncl

Despite the fact that the literary season is slowly winding down for the holidays, some reading series are experimenting with new locations and some are just being born. On November 4th I attended the Rower’s Pub Reading Series, which moved its monthly booking to Measure in the heart of the Annex.

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Pivot at the Press Club

by Tracy Kyncl

Pivot Readings are at the core of Toronto’s literary scene. Bi-monthly at the Press Club, writers and readers extricate themselves from their Wednesday slumps and find new and familiar faces tucked into the cozy bar on Dundas West. On Wednesday October 30th Pivot hosted a very diverse line-up that included poetry,

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“I Try to Be Conscious of the Various Differences”: Farzana Doctor on Brockton Writers

by Jess Taylor

“I’m quite connected to the [Brockton] neighbourhood. I’m one of the co-moderators of the listserv for the neighbourhood, and I’ve lived here for ten years,” Farzana Doctor told me in Bivy Café at Brock and Dundas, in the heart of Brockton Village. “We often get quite a lot of regulars who are local residents [outside the literary community] who come because they’re just like,

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ECW: A Little Out of the Ordinary

by Tracy Kyncl

With the International Festival of Authors on the horizon, it seems logical for presses to launch their wackiest and most unique books to grab readers’ attention. On October 21st, 2013 I attended the Wolsak and Wynn launch at The Steady where they were celebrating the release of some uncommon titles.