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The Art Bar is held at the fabulous
Free Times Cafe,
320 College Street,

$5 at the door

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Free Times

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

23-Jan-2018 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Kate Marshall Flaherty

Our Feature Readers:

Cynthia Gould
Cynthia Gould is a performance poet, singer, short novelist, freelance writer, painter, graphic designer, VJ, and funkless party instigator. cynthiagould.com / ihaveasecret.com / highheelslofi.com

Tom Barwell
Tom Barwell began writing to try to put onto a page the poems he first heard in his mind when half-asleep. If you feel yourself falling into a deep slumber when he reads, this might explain why. His self-depreciation originates in rural England, but has been finely honed in his new Canadian home. He studied Geography and Psychology, and is inspired by nature and human nature alike. He has recently completed his first poetry collection, "semi-detached", about which you should enquire if you are a publisher.

Lara Bozabalian
Lara Bozabalian is the author of bestselling The Cartographer’s Skin (2010) and Tourist (2016). Her poems have appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, Prism, and were long-listed in the Montreal International Poetry Prize Anthology and Best Canadian Poetry 2015. Crowd The Schoolhouse, set to her poetry, was awarded Best Writing at the Hot Docs International Documentary Challenge. She recently joined the Best Canadian Poetry team as Coordinator of the Online Teaching Program. Lara founded and curates Be Heard, one of Canada’s longest running youth poetry festivals, and is a founding member of Toronto Poetry Project.

30-Jan-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

UTSC Poets:

Katie Fewster-Yan
Noha Kandeel
Jill Kennedy
Deborah Ocholi
Oubah Osman
Emma Shields
Zahra Tootonsab
Téa Mutonji

Pino Coluccio
Pino Coluccio has published two poetry collections so far, First Comes Love in 2005, and Class Clown in 2017 with Biblioasis. His work has also appeared in three anthologies and The Walrus. He lives in Toronto.

Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson: I graduated from Ryerson’s Radio & Television Arts with a focus on film production. Following school, I worked as a film assistant and assistant film editor at CBC, before running a film and video production company for a number of years. Also, I spent several years working for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture as a Communications Coordinator. Subsequent to OFA, I developed and operated a meeting planning business. Currently, I am working for Ontario Farm Fresh and growing garlic and cut flowers along with my wife Cathy for the Newmarket Farmers’ Market where you will find me every Saturday morning. I have been working as an artist off and on all my life, but more seriously in later years. First with photo art style photography and secondly with publishing a book of poetry “enter light – exit light and everything in between” – A Boomer’s Life in Poems.

6-Feb-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Mike Lipsius

Our Feature Readers:

Kim Fahner
Kim Fahner lives and writes in Sudbury, ON. She was the city's fourth poet laureate, and the first woman to be appointed to that role (from 2016-18). She writes plays and fiction, as well as poetry. Her play, Sparrows Over Slag, received its first full staged reading at Wordstock, Sudbury's Literary Festival, in Nov 2017. She has also completed a novel, The Donoghue Girl, a historical piece that is set in a Northern Ontario mining town. She blogs at kimfahner.wordpress.com and has a website at www.kimfahner.com She is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, the Writers' Union of Canada, and PEN Canada.

Carla Hartsfield
Carla Hartsfield is a classically trained pianist, singer-songwriter, poet and recording artist. 2016 saw the release of Carla's album of original songs titled JUST ONCE FOREVER. (http://www.carlahartsfield.band) A new album is in the works called LAST CHANCE DANCE with single release dates to be announced. During the past year, Carla has been hard at work on a new poetry manuscript made up entirely of glosas. HEART BRAKE, Carla's fourth major poetry collection, is currently looking for a publisher. On October 1st, Rob McClennan posted her essay on his blog (linked to Facebook) "From piano to chair to studio and back again: my (small) press writing day." And on October 26th Carla was a double feature in music and poetry at the Toronto Urban Folk Salon.

Segun Akinlolu
Segun Akinlolu was born in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1968. He graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1992 with a DVM degree and has since worked, at various times, as a veterinary doctor, itinerant salesman, historical researcher, performance poet, musician and bandleader. He is the author of 3 poetry collections, a novel and 3 poetry CDs. He is the leader of Beautiful Nubia and the Roots Renaissance Band, Nigeria's foremost contemporary folk and roots music group.

13-Feb-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Valentino Azzenza

Our Feature Readers:

Valentines night all open mic competition

Love lines, love lost, love found, love all round!

$100 prize

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

Your Host: Rudy Fearon

Our Feature Readers:

Black History Month



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