Our Shows


Future Readers

Poets Travel Guide: Listings from Canada and around the world

Contact us

Monthly Open Mic contest - Win $50!



Click to subscribe
to the email list


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

$5 at the door

Click here to visit their website -

Free Times

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

19-Jun-18 , 8:15 pm - 10:30 pm

Please Note - Change of Start time - 8:15 p.m.

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

D.S. Martin
D.S. Martin is the author of four poetry collections, including Ampersand (2018), & Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis (2013) — both from Cascade Books. He is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College, the Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series, and has recently edited two anthologies — The Turning Aside: The Kingdom Poets Book of Contemporary Christian Poetry (2016), and Adam, Eve, & the Riders of the Apocalypse (2017). He and his wife live in Brampton, Ontario; they have two adult sons.

Archna Sahni
Archna Sahni is a poet and educator who was born in India and made Toronto her home in 1992. First Fire (India) is her debut collection, and her second book of poems Another Nirvana will be released on 30 May 2018 by Mawenzi (Toronto). She received the Agha Shahid Ali Prize for Poetry, and Honourable Mention for E.J. Pratt Medal and Poetry Prize. Her poems have been published in literary magazines, anthologies, and e-zines, including Voices Across the Ocean (Australia/India), Westerly (Australia), Muse India (India), dialog (India), Tuck Magazine (UK), South Asian Ensemble (Canada), and forthcoming in Poetry Pacific (Canada).

Ilyana Keohane
Ilyana Kuhling is an Irish-Canadian poet based in Limerick. In 2017, Ilyana was featured on the Poetry Day Ireland Mix-Tape and won the British Psychological Society’s annual poetry competition. In January of this year, Ilyana had two poems published in the Hennessy New Irish Writing segment of The Irish Times.

26-Jun-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: John Oughton

Our Feature Readers:

Anne Forsythe Moore
Many poems have transformed to songs. Anne applied her poems, songs and short stories to her doctoral thesis and throughout her teaching career. Upon retirement she once again took ip the pen. This is her first book since Whalebines become harps ( 1998/99).

Niki Koulouris
Niki Koulouris was born in Melbourne, Australia. Her poetry and prose has appeared in The Cortland Review, Space, Metro Magazine, Subtext Magazine and The Age. A beer enthusiast, she has been known to start spontaneous lists on napkins of her top India Pale Ales. Niki lives in Toronto. Shortlisted for the 2014 Wesley Michel Wright Prize and the ReLit Award, The sea with no one in it is her first book.

Gianna Patriarca
Author of 9 books of poetry and one short story collection. My work is extensively anthologized, appears on the course list of universities in USA, Canada and Italy and adapted for stage, CBC radio drama and documentaries.

03-Jul-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rob Welch

Our Feature Readers:

Heather Cadsby
Heather Cadsby is the author of four books of poetry. Her fifth book, Standing in the Flock of Connections will be published by Brick Books in 2018

Aidan Chafe
Aidan Chafe is a public school teacher, author and poet. His debut collection of poems Short History of Light is published by McGill-Queen’s University Press (2018). He has also published two chapbooks Right Hand Hymns (Frog Hollow Press, 2017) and Sharpest Tooth (Anstruther Press, 2016). His poetry has appeared in a number of print and online journals including CV2, EVENT and The Capilano Review. He lives in Burnaby, BC.

Jovan Vuksanovich
Jovan Vuksanovich is a Canadian Poet, just recently back from living in San Francisco, presently residing in Toronto, published in literary journals, periodicals, poetry magazines, in Canada, U.S.A., Europe, and India. For the past 12 years, he has been presenting his poetry to audiences in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Victoria, Warsaw, New York, Maui, Seattle, and San Francisco. In 2008, he recorded a CD of 9 poems entitled 'Deviant Melody'. October 2009, Jovan was invited to Warsaw, Poland as 'Feature Poet' (in English) to perform at 5 European literary events over a two week period. 'Jovan's poetry has been ascribed to the lineage of symbolists and surrealists, with cascading, provocative images oscillating between vivid imagined landscapes and bitter doses of reality. His poetry brings paradoxes to light through a noble rebellion cross-hatched with irreverent humour.' Jovita Berlin October 2015, Jovan published a book of his poems entitled NARCOTICA with Ithycon publishing in San Francisco.

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

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Lisa Young
Lisa Young is the author of When the Earth (Quattro Books) and This Cabin (LyricalMyrical Press). Her work has been published in a number of journals, including Verse-Virtual, The Quilliad, and the Maple Tree Literary Supplement. She is the founding editor of Juniper – A Poetry Journal and works as a freelance writer and editor in Toronto. She has a new poem forthcoming in Minola Review.

charles c. smith
charles c. smith is a poet, playwright and essayist who has written and edited twelve books. He studied poetry and drama with William Packard at New York University and Herbert Berghof Studios, drama at the Frank Silvera’s Writers’ Workshop in Harlem. He won second prize for his play Last Days for the Desperate from Black Theatre Canada, edited three collections of poetry (including the works of Dionne Brand, Marlene Nourbese Phillips, Claire Harris, Cyril Dabydeen, Lillian Allen, George Elliot Clarke), published four books of poetry and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Poetry Canada Review, the Quille and Quire, Descant, Dandelion, Fiddlehead and others. charles was the founder of the Black Perspectives Cultural Program in Regent Park and has received writing grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. charles is the Executive Director of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario and Artistic Director of the wind in the leaves collective, an interdisciplinary performance group combining his poetry with music, dance and visual arts which he founded in 2009. He lectures at the Humber College post-graduate program in arts administration. His new book of poetry travelogue of the bereaved was released in October 2014 along with his book of non-fiction The Dirty War: The Making of the Myth of Black Dangerousness. His chap book whispers was released in August 2014. he has published articles with Stanford Law and Policy, University of Toronto Press, Alberta Law Review, Captus Press and his writings on racial profiling and Black lives in Canada have been published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. His research has been commissioned by several institutions including the Canada Council for the Arts. His next book of poems, destination out, will be released in May 2018 by Tightrope Press.

Sheila Stewart
Sheila Stewart has two poetry collections, The Shape of a Throat (Signature Editions) and A Hat to Stop a Train (Wolsak and Wynn), as well as a co-edited anthology of poetry and essays, The Art of Poetic Inquiry (Backalong Books). Recognition for her poetry includes the gritLIT Contest, the Pottersfield Portfolio Short Poem Contest, and the Scarborough Arts Council Windows on Words Award. Recent work has appeared in CV2 and Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal. She teaches at the New College Writing Centre and in Women and Gender Studies at U of T.

17-Jul-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

Jacob Scheier

Bill Bissett

Lisa Richter.

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

Subscribe to our mailing list