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The Art Bar is held at the fabulous
Free Times Cafe,
320 College Street,
(College/Spadina)

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Our New Schedule - - - - and Win cash on the Open Mic



20-Nov-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Terry Trowbridge

Our Feature Readers:

Banoo Zan
Bänoo Zan is a poet, librettist, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, with more than 170 published poems and poetry-related pieces as well as three books. 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).

Elee Kraljii Gardiner
Elee Kraljii Gardiner is the author of serpentine loop (Anvil Press, 2016) and the co-editor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012). Her second book Trauma Head (forthcoming 2018) has already been shortlisted for the Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and contains some poems from the chapbook of the same name (Trauma Head, Otter Press, 2017). Elee founded Thursdays Writing Collective, a beloved non-profit organization for Downtown Eastside writers and through its ten years she edited and published nine of its anthologies. She is originally from Boston. www.eleekg.com

Kath MacLean
Kath is an award winning multi-media artist. Recently she moved back to Toronto from Edmonton where she was a professor of creative writing. Tonight she will launch her third book of poetry, Translating Air (McGill-Queen's) based on the H.D.'s sessions with Freud during the 1930s.

27-Nov-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Puneet Dutt

Our Feature Readers:

Antony Di Nardo
Antony Di Nardo is the author of four books of poetry. His most recently released, SKYLIGHT, includes the long poem, May June July, winner of the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Prize for 2017 and is published by Rosndale Press. His other books are Roaming Charges and Alien, Correspondent both with Brick Books and Soul on Standby from Exile Editions). His work has been translated into French and Italian and can be found in journals across Canada and internationally. He divides his time between Cobourg, Ontario and Sutton, Quebec.

Sheri-D
Sheri-D Wilson has 9 collections of poetry; her most recent, Open Letter: Woman Against Violence Against Women. Her collection, Re:Zoom (2005, Frontenac House), won the 2006 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the CanLit Award. She has 3 Spoken Word CDs, and 4 award-winning VideoPoems including: Airplane Paula (2001), Spinsters Hanging in Trees (2002), both produced for BravoFACT.

Lucas Crawford
Lucas Crawford is a poet and scholar who writes about transgender, queer theory, fat bodies, disability, architecture, literature, and pop culture. Lucas’s poetry books include Sideshow Concessions (Invisible Publishing), which won the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and The High Line Scavenger Hunt, which came out in September from the University of Calgary Press. Lucas’s work on gender and architecture earned him the 2019 Arcus Foundation / Places prize from UC-Berkeley. By day, Lucas is an Associate Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick. Lucas is from rural Nova Scotia.

04-Dec-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Ricardo Sternerg

Our Feature Readers:

Donna Langevin
Donna Langevin’s latest poetry collection is The Laundress of Time, Aeolus House 2014. Her next book is forthcoming from Piquant Press. Short-listed for the Descant 2010 Winston Collins prize in 2012, she won second prize in the GritLIT contest in Hamilton 2014, and in the Banister Anthology Competition 2017. In 2014 and 2015, her plays, the Dinner and Bargains in the New World won first prizes for script at the Eden Mills Festival. If Socrates Were in My Shoes was produced at the Alumnae Theatre NIF Festival in 2018.

Catriona Wright


Sandra Kasturi


11-Dec-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

Al Purdy Special Event with:


John Oughton, Kath MacLean, Laurence Hutchman, Julie McNeill and James Arthur


The Art Bar Poetry Series is recognized as the longest running
poetry-only reading series in Canada - 25 Years!


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