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This arts and entertainment gig is one helluva eight-second ride.
One second, Josh Smith is a punk kid from Buffalo -- the next second, he's studying at Harvard. One second he's playing on the same show as the Goo Goo Dolls -- the next second, he's been published by Rampike. One second he's contributed to a Guinness World Record -- the next second, he's coming back to the Art Bar, a series he hosted for over two years.
Six seconds down, and eight seconds make a world champion.
Brandon Pitts is the author of Tender in the Age of Fury (Mosaic Press, 2016) and the popular poetry collection Pressure to Sing (IOWI, 2012). Known for subverting gospel and scripture to create political allegories, Brandon first came onto the Toronto lit scene in 2010 with the short story the BC Crib, published in the anthology Canadian Voices Volume II. In 2011, he was inducted into the prestigious Diaspora Dialogues as an "Emerging Voice" for fiction, followed by the novel Puzzle of Murders (Bookland Press, 2011) and the production of three plays in the 2012 and 13 seasons.
Jacob Scheier is a Toronto born poet and nonfiction writer. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Letter From Brooklyn (ECW Press, 2013) and the Governor General's Award winning More to Keep us Warm (ECW Press, 2007). He is also the author of non-fiction ebook, My Never Ending Acid Trip, published in 2013 by the Toronto Star, which he completed as resident at the Banff Centre's literary journalism program. Jacob has also co-won a New York Community Media Alliance award for best feature article and last year was nominated for National Magazine Award for poetry. His poems, articles and essays have been published widely in North America, including in Rattle and Brick Magazine, His poems have been aired on CBC radio and have inspired a contemporary dance performance at the En Wave theatre in Toronto. This fall, Jacob will be MFA candidate in creative writing at Ohio State University. Jacob was the 2002 winner of the annual Art Bar Discovery Night and a former board member of the Art Bar (2003-2005)
Join us in poetry and memories at
The Art Bar Poetry Series Retirement Party!
Canada's longest running weekly poetry-only reading series has come to the end of it's run. It has been a wonderful journey, and we thank every single poet who has ever set foot on our stage for making this series so diverse, so passionate, and such a strong fixture in the Toronto arts scene. All great things must end, and it is with joy, not sorrow, that we move onward.
Featuring amazing poets who are running other readings in Toronto!
Sandra Kasturi is the author of two poetry collections: The Animal Bridegroom (with an introduction by Neil Gaiman) and Come Late to the Love of Birds. She is also co-publisher of ChiZine Publications. Sandra's work has appeared in various venues, including Prairie Fire, Evolve, Chilling Tales, ARC Magazine, Taddle Creek, and Abyss & Apex.
Writer, Spoken Word artist, and playwright, Lizzie Violet is known for her dark themes of poetry, prose and storytelling. In 2015 she won the top poet award at The Best Originals for her original work. She is currently working on a multi-media Spoken Word performance, a poetry manuscript and a radio play. Winner of the runner-up prize for Best Spoken Word artist 2015, Now Magazine Readers Poll. Lizzie Violet is also a former producer of Cabaret style shows including the past The Beautiful & Damned (May 2011 to January 2014), Lizzie Violet's Cabaret Noir (March 2013 to October 2015) and her ongoing RedHead Revue. For more information about Lizzie Violet, ironic anecdotes and upcoming listings please check out her website, lizzieviolet.com.
Poet, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, Bänoo Zan, landed in Canada in 2010. She has been writing poetry since the age of ten and has published more than 120 poems, translations, biographies, and articles in print and online publications around the globe. Her book, The Song of Phoenix: Life and Works of Sylvia Plath, was reprinted in Iran in 2010. Songs of Exile, a collection of her poems has been recently released by Guernica Editions. She is the founder of Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night), the most diverse poetry reading and open mic series in Toronto.
Dave Silverberg is a spoken word poet, arts educator and journalist. He founded Toronto Poetry Slam, a biweekly spoken word concert happening at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. He is the editor of Canada's only spoken word anthology Mic Check (Quattro Books). His book of poetry Bags of Wires (LyricalMyical) was published in 2007. He has performed his poetry across the world, including Saskatoon, Victoria, Vancouver, New York, Paris and London, England. His non-fiction work has been published in the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Vice, NOW Magazine, BuzzFeed, BBC News, Broken Pencil and many more. Find him at davidsilverberg.ca and don't be shy, come out to Toronto Poetry Slam at the Drake Hotel - torontopoetryslam.com
James Dewar is a poet, micro press publisher, creative writing teacher, and the producer/host of Hot-sauced Words Poetry Performances, celebrating its 10th anniversary in Toronto this year. He fondly remembers his first Art Bar Feature back in May, 2005, and has been a supporter of the series ever since. He has performed his poetry in scores of readings, on CBC Radio and Rogers TV, and is a frequent guest on the Howl Radio show. He is thrilled to have been invited to read this evening. Tonight will be his seventh, and last, feature on the Art Bar stage.
Heather J. Wood was born and raised in Montreal and now makes her home in Toronto, where she lives with her poet/psychotherapist partner and two cats. She is the author of two books, Fortune Cookie and Roll With It, and is also the editor of the international anthology Gods, Memes and Monsters. Heather wears many hats, including that of Artistic Director of the Rowers Reading Series and Managing Editor of the Best Canada Poetry series.
Norman Cristofoli has published seven chapbooks of poetry and prose and produced two CD's of poetry/musical collaborations. He is also the publisher of the Labour of Love literary magazine. However, Norman would prefer to stay in the back row of the balcony seats and as far away from the spotlight as he can be. He believes that people should concentrate on the art, not the artist, and that bio's should be buried with the artist.
Edward Nixon was born and grew up in British Columbia, primarily in Victoria. Edward's first full length collection The Fissures of our Throats was published by Guernica Editions in 2014. He founded the Toronto reading series livewords in 2008, curating and hosting the series through the spring of 2015. Livewords will return in October with new format and a new venue. From 2006 through 2007 he hosted and programmed the Diamond Cherry Reading Series. Edward has also written four chapbooks: Nights in the City of the Dead (Aeolus House 2006); Arguments for Breath (lyricalmyrical 2007); Free Translation (Cactus Press 2009), and Instructions for Pen and Ink (Cactus Press 2010).
Jacob McArthur Mooney
Jacob McArthur Mooney is the director and host of Pivot Reading Series. His books are The New Layman's Almanac, Folk, and this spring's Don't Be Interesting, all from McClelland & Stewart. His work has won the Arc Poem of the Year and the Prairie Fire Bliss Carman Awards and been shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Trillium Book Award in Poetry.
Lara Bozabalian is an award winning writer, and author of the bestselling collection of poetry, The Cartographer's Skin (Piquant Press). In both 2014 and 2015, Lara was named Toronto's Best Poet in the Now Magazine Readers Poll. She has featured at several universities, literary festivals across Ontario, in Ireland and Singapore. Lara just published 'Tourist' with Tightrope Books, and she is the curator and founder of Be Heard, Canada's longest running and largest youth poetry series.
Farzana Doctor is a Toronto-based author of three novels: Stealing Nasreen, Six Metres of Pavement (which won a Lambda Literary Award in and was short-listed for the Toronto Book Award) and the recently released All Inclusive. Farzana was named as one of CBC Books' "Ten Canadian Women Writers You Need to Read Now" (2012), was Voted Best Author in NOW Magazine's 2015 Best of Toronto Readers' Choice Poll and was the recipient of the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Award (2011). She curates the Brockton Writers Series and is working on a poetry collection.
Sarah Beaudin is a part-time metalsmith, full-time joysmith, and founding Book Bike pedaller. Her life is literarily and literally a circus, she currently splits her time between Toronto and wherever the big top roams.
NOTE - no open mic tonight
Toronto Poetry Slam
Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W.
Dates vary, 8pm, $5
TPS is Toronto's hottest poetry slam series, featuring guest poets from across the world www.torontopoetryslam.com firstname.lastname@example.org
603 Markham Street
First Monday of the month, October-June, 6:15 pm, pass-the-hat PWYC
Monthly reading series with four features, mix of poetry & prose
Only when you get a personal invite to attend
On a Saturday closest to the full moon
A mix of poetry and music in an intimate, ambient setting.
Hot-Sauced Words Poetry Performances
The Central, 603 Markham Street (near Bathurst & Bloor)
The last Monday every month
No admission charge but we pass the hat
With two featured readers, one female, one male, and the short open mic that opens the show, James Dewar encourages the audience to call out their favourite lines and metaphors after each performance. Another unique aspect, The Poetry Themed Challenge, also encourages the creation of poetry in a fun atmosphere.
192 Spadina Avenue
PWYC, October 4, 2016
Special Autumn Salon Show. 8 pm.
Pivot Reading Series
The Steady Café, 1051 Bloor St West (Bloor & Dufferin)
Biweekly on Wednesdays at 8:00 from September to May. Pay What you Can.
Pivot is for everybody. We host emerging and established writers three or four at a time in a casual, fun atmosphere with plenty of time in between readings for drinks and conversation. We partner with The Scope Radio to produce PIVOTcast for anyone who can't be there in person.
Round, 152 Augusta Ave., Toronto (see site for other cities)
Third Wednesday of the month, 8 pm, pay what you can
A reading series bringing you the best voices in horror, fantasy and science fiction each month... in Toronto, Peterborough, Ottawa, Winnipeg & Vancouver.
Be Heard: Festival of Student Voices
Aurora Cultural Center, 22 Church Street, Aurora
Annual Festival (March)
FREE Student Festival, exclusive to York Region
Be Heard brings internationally recognized poets into workshops with writers of all ages and experience levels, culminating in an afternoon of student performances.
The RedHead Revue
Various Venues (this is an ongoing show that is at a different venue every time.
The next show will be in the fall. We haven't booked any specifics yet. $5-$10 sliding scale. A night of sexy poetry, prose, skits & song. The Redhead Revue stars Lizzie Violet, Heather Babcock and a redheaded musical guest!
The Underdog Poets Academy
The Central, 603 Markham St., upstairs lounge
Last Sunday of every month (excluding the July, August, and December) at 7:30pm. Absolutely free to attend (no pass-the-hat)
A place where all writers, of all genres, and of all experiences, are welcome.
www.meatlockereditions.ca / email@example.com
Brockton Writers Series
full of beans Coffee House & Roastery, 1348 Dundas St. W.
Every other month, usually on the 1st or 2nd Wednesday, 6:30pm PWYC.
A mix of poetry, short fiction and long fiction. Format is 6:30pm guest speaker on craft or some aspect of the pub industry/lit world followed by 4 features at 7pm. Q&A and book sales after.