Events 2017

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(DISCLAIMER: Information is updated on a regular basis but please double check with the organization of each respective event to ensure the details haven’t changed before you head out. – May 26, 2017)

TARNISHED TROPHIES BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE: 2014 AND 2015.

MY CURRENT READINGS AND WORKSHOPS: 2016-2017

EVENTS:

NOVEMBER 2 to 5, 2017 in SARNIA: The South Western International Film Festival. Save the dates. More info: TBA.

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OCTOBER 17, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Wendy Donawa and TBA. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Jim Johnstone. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 in TORONTO: 100,000 Poets for Change Toronto 2017 hosted by Pat Connors Featured readers. No Open Mic. 6 to 10 p.m. May, 876 Dundas Street West

AUGUST 27, 2017 in LONDON: The Ontario Poetry Society presents The Sultry Summer Poetry Gathering featuring members’ readings, book launches, and an open mic for non-members. 12:30 to 4 p.m. Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street North. Free admission. Sign-up for readers at the door.

AUGUST 22, 2017 in SARNIA: Poetry Reading. Hold the date. Additional information coming soon.

AUGUST 21, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE: NO OPEN STAGE FOR JULY AND AUGUST.)

AUGUST 14, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE: NO OPEN STAGE FOR JULY AND AUGUST.)

JULY 25, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Jonathan Moody. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JULY 20, 2017 in WINDSOR: “Getting Published in Canada” hosted by Open Book and Biblioasis and featuring reps from Biblioasis, Palimsest Press, and Buckwider Books (an imprint of Wolsak and Wynn). Presented by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization, and the Festival of Literary Diversity. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte St. East.

JULY 17, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE: NO OPEN STAGE FOR JULY AND AUGUST.)

JULY 11, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Sonia Di Placido and TBA. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JULY 10, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE: NO OPEN STAGE FOR JULY AND AUGUST.)

JULY 1 TO 3, 2017: Poets at Artfest III. More details to come.

JUNE 27, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Brandon Pitts. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JUNE 27, 2017 in SARNIA: Terry Fallis, author of One Brother Shy 7 to 9 p.m. at Sarnia Library Theatre, 124 Christina Street South. Hosted by The Book Keeper who states Fallis is “award-winning, best-selling and  highly witty”. There will be an admission charge. Tickets required.

JUNE 27, 2017 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LII presents featured poets I. B. (Bunny) Iskov and Takatsu, followed by an open mic. Sign up for open mic at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street. Hosted by Banoo Zan. Cover charge.

June 27, 2017 event featuring Bunny

JUNE 26, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com (Please note the group will be taking a break during July and August.)

JUNE 25, 2017 in OAKVILLE: Oakville Literary Café featured reader Sharon Berg followed by first come first serve sign-up for open mic. 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E. PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO READING IN JULY AND AUGUST. The event resumes in September.

JUNE 25, 2017 in KITCHENER: The Ontario Poetry Society presents The Funshine Poetry Festival featuring members’ readings, book launches, and an open mic for non-members. 12:30 to 4 p.m. The Williamsburg Arms, 1187 Fisher Hallman Road Sign-up for readers at the door. Free admission.

JUNE 22 TO 25, 2017 in TORONTO: The Canadian Authors Association presents the CanWrite! conference, Humber College Lakeshore Campus.

JUNE 19, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

JUNE 19, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JUNE 18, 2017 in DUNDAS: Big Pond Rumours Press and the Printed Word present the launch of Nelson Ball’s newest chapbook You Can’t Make the Sky a Different Blue, 2 to 4 p.m. at Printed Word, 69 King Street W.

June 18, 2017 in Dundas

JUNE 12, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

JUNE 12, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JUNE 11, 2017 in TORONTO: Guernica Editions presents “No Borders, No Limits” and their June launch featuring six new books, 3:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta.

June 11, 2017 in Toronto

JUNE 9 TO 11, 2017 in TORONTO: The League of Canadian Poets hosts its 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference with several events that are open to the public. More details TBA.

JUNE 7, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest Stan Burfield followed by an open mic 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant. This closes Burfield’s last season as the event organizer.

JUNE 7, 2017 in GODERICH: The Reading Room Poetry Series features Rhonda Wicks Eller, Huron/Perth poet and author of five books of poetry followed by an open mic for local poets. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., 2nd floor, Huron County Library, Goderich Branch, 52 Montreal Street.

Goderich Reading Series

JUNE 5, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JUNE 4, 2017 in HAMILTON: LITLIVE literary readings presents authors of both fiction and poetry, 7:30 p.m. at The Staircase, 27 Dundurn Street North in Hamilton.

June 4, 2017 with Sharon Berg in Hamilton

JUNE 3 AND 4, 2O17 in SARNIA: Watch for details re: literary offerings at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts during ArtWalk Sarnia-Lambton. This annual street event will feature food and art vendors, music, performances, and other activities. More details available on the event website. The main event is held both days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christina Street.

JUNE 3, 2017 in TORONTO: Hidden Brook Press Book Launch and Party 2:30 to 6 p.m. at the Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue.

June 3, 2017 in Toronto - Hidden Brook Press

JUNE 3, 2017 in SARNIA: Author Karin Allaby hosts a book signing of her new historical novel Jasmin (Tellwell Press, 2017) from 2 to 4 p.m. at Coles, Lambton Mall

JUNE 1 TO 4, 2017 in VANCOUVER: 2017 OnWords Conference and AGM for The Writers’ Union of Canada will be held at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver. Advance registration for many of the events. More information TBA.

MAY 30, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Sarah de Leeuw, Kevin Spenst, and TBA. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 30, 2017 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LI presents featured poets Catherine Hernandez and Allan Briesmaster, followed by an open mic. Sign up for open mic at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street. Hosted by Banoo Zan. Cover charge.

May 30, 2017 in Toronto

MAY 29, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MAY 27, 2017 in CHATHAM: Corunna children’s author Joy Kita celebrates her book Fable Nation 2: The Wilds of Africa, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chatham’s Cole store

COMPLETED EVENTS:

MAY 25, 2017 in HAMILTON: Poem of the Moment special with Klyde Broox and hosted by Kelsey Knight 8 p.m. to midnight, L’etranger on James, 109 James Street North.

MAY 25, 2017 in COBOURG: Cobourg Poetry Workshop presents an evening of poetry with Doug Langille, Marion Fuessel and guest Catherine Owen, 7:30 p.m. at Meet at 66 King East. Admission is free.

MAY 25, 2017 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode 9 with Andy McQuire and Angie Quick, 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street.

MAY 23, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Mary Corkery, Marilyn Potter, and Saran Varnam. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 22, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com (CANCELLED: LIBRARY CLOSED DUE TO VICTORIA DAY)

MAY 21, 2017 in OAKVILLE: Oakville Literary Café featured reader Patrick Connors followed by first come first serve sign-up for open mic. 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E.

MAY 20, 21, and 22, 2017 in LONDON: Viewing of the film Call of the Forest at the Hyland Cinema. Check the theatre website for more details.

MAY 20, 2017 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents Lee Bice-Matheson and J. R. Matheson, authors of the Page Maddison Series. They will be launching Shine Your Light, the third book in the series 1 to 2 p.m.

MAY 20, 2017 in BRIGHT’S GROVE: The Bright’s Grove Library presents a used book fair. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at 2618 Hamilton Road.

MAY 18, 2017 in HAMILTON: Poem of the Moment with Kelsey Knight, 8 p.m. to midnight, L’etranger on James, 109 James St. North.

MAY 17, 2017 in LONDON: Tree Poetics: Open Mic and Lecture by Professor Joshua Shuster Hosted by Poetry London. Bring a lawnchair, your best tree inspired poem and help celebrate the retirement of Karen Schindler and Christine Thorpe. 7 to 9 p.m. More details on the Poetry London Facebook page.

MAY 17, 2017 in WINDSOR: Urban Farmhouse Press presents “By the River Poetry & Prose” featuring Mirror world Publishing authors Justine Dowsett, Elizabeth Walker and Sharon Ledwith, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Riverside Public Library Lions Room.

MAY 16, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Johnny MacRae, Margaret Code and TBA. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 16, 2017 in LONDON: Biblioasis Book launch at Attic Books for award-winning authors Terry Griggs and Molly Peacock, 7 to 9 p.m. at Attic Books, 240 Dundas Street.

MAY 15, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

MAY 15, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MAY 13, 2017 in TORONTO: Poetry Salon with Ian Burgham. A reading of Ian’s latest work plus a discussion about poetry, 4 to 6 p.m. 77 Borden Street.

MA7 13, 2017 in LONDON: Basic Poetics Study Group. Each month one of the participants will study a topic of interest and lead the group in a discussion about poetry. This month Sheila Deane from Cambridge will focus on metaphor, 2 to 4 p.m. Small cover charge.

MAY 11, 2017 in HAMILTON: Poem of the Moment hosted by Kelsey Knight 8 p.m. to midnight, L’etranger on James, 109 James Street North.

MAY 9, 2017 in OTTAWA: Borealis Press will launch Lizard Love: Artists scan poems by Susan McMaster, 8 p.m. at Black Squirrel Books and Café, 1073 Bank Street. The event will be held in conjunction with the Tree Reading Series featuring readers Dane Swan and Susan McMaster.

MAY 9, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Lindsay Cahill, Emilio Puerta, and TBA. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 9, 2017 in TORONTO: Rowers Reading Series presents Adrienne Gruber, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Jacob Scheier, and Elana Wolff. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 288 Augusta Avenue.

MAY 8, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

MAY 8, 2017 in LONDON: London’s poet laureate Tom Cull hosts this evening of live poetry readings and music. Presenters include authors from London’s local publishers (Brick Books, Occasus, The Word Hoard, Synaeresis, Insomniac Press, and Baseline Press). Stevenson & Hunt Room, London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street.

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MAY 8, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MAY 7, 2017 in AJAX: The Ontario Poetry Society presents The Spring Into Poetry Festival featuring members’ readings, book launches, and an open mic for non-members. 1 to 4 p.m. Debbie’s Café, 94 Harwood Ave. South. Free admission.

MAY 6, 2017 in SARNIA: Words and Music Salon presents two featured musicians, a guest storyteller (James Plelan), a guest musician, and two guest poets (Diana Manole and Kate Marshall Flaherty). Hosted by Peter Solmes and Linds Stitt. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Smiling Buddha, 961 College Street (at Dovercourt)

MAY 6, 2017 in SARNIA: The launch of From This Day Forward, a special anthology celebrating CANADA’s 150th birthday. The book features 27 authors living in Southwestern Ontario. Includes a poem and story for each province and territory in Canada. 1 to 4 p.m. Aamjiwnaang Community Centre, 1972 Virgil Avenue.

MAY 6, 2017 in SARNIA: Author Karin Allaby hosts a book signing of her new historical novel Jasmin (Tellwell Press, 2017) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Coles, Lambton Mall

MAY 3, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest Jason Dickson followed by an open mic 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant

MAY 2, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Bruce Hunter, Vincent Calistro, and Susanna Derewicz. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MAY 1, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

APRIL 30, 2017 in OAKVILLE: Oakville Literary Café featured reader Windsor Poet Vanessa Shields plus poet Ivy Reiss followed by first come first serve sign-up for open mic. 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E.

APRIL 29, 2017 in TORONTO: Poetry and Music featuring poets Adebe DeRango-Adem, Samantha Bernstein, and Vanessa Shields plus musician Carmel Liburdi, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Steady Café, 1051 Bloor Street West Free Admission.

April 29, 2017

APRIL 29, 2017 in SARNIA: Corunna children’s author Joy Kita celebrates her book Fable Nation 2: The Wilds of Africa, 11 a.m. at Sarnia’s Cole store

APRIL 29, 2017 in SARNIA: Signposts & Traces: Ash Tree Memorial Trail Performance. Join local artist Mary Abma, and community performers (poet Debbie Okun Hill, Kelly Kiyoski, Missy Burgess, storyteller David D Plain, Wavesong Vocal Ensemble, and dancers/drummer from Aamjiwnaang First Nation), as they come together to eulogize the Ash trees that have been devastated by the emerald ash borer in Lambton County. Attend the performance at the Canatara Park pavilion at 10 a.m., then Walk the trail at 11 a.m., contemplate the loss of the trees, leave offerings at each site, and use the QR codes at each stop to view each tree’s memorial page. Then stop by the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, where the artifacts made by Abma in commemoration of each tree with be on display. See poster below:

April 28 to May 2017

APRIL 29, 2017: Authors for Indies Day!

April 29, 2017 Authors for Indie Day

APRIL 28, 2017 IN ST CATHARINES: The Border Blur Reading Series presents poetry and prose readings by Christopher Dewdney, Phoebe Wang, Sarah Pinder, and Moez Surani. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul Street. There is an admission charge.

APRIL 28, 2017 in TORONTO: The launch of Vallum Issue 12:1 (Evolution) with contributors Andy Lee, Chris Riddell, Sue Reynolds, Anthony Labriola, Alan Reed, and Jessica Bebenek 7:30 p.m. at the Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue.

APRIL 27, 2017 in VARIOUS CANADIAN AND UNITED STATES LOCATIONS: The Academy of American Poets and the League of Canadian Poets presents Poem In Your Pocket Day. Watch for details in your area.

APRIL 26, 2017 in TORONTO: The Toronto Public Library, Main Street Branch presents the National Poetry Month event featuring Kent Bowman, Ronnie R. Brown, Pat Connors, James Deahl, Ellen S. Jaffe, Norma West Linder, and Elana Wolff, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Main Street Branch, 137 Main Street.

APRIL 25, 2017 in OTTAWA: The Tree Reading Series presents poets Marty Gervais, Roger Nash, and the announcement of the Tree Chapbook winner. The evening begins with a workshop with Claudia Radmore at 6 p.m. Reading beings at 8:45 p.m. , 1073 Bank Street.

APRIL 25, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Kelly Norah Drukker, Lisa Richter, and Ron Charach. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

APRIL 24, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

APRIL 23, 2017 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode 8 with Tom Cull and Erik Madawe, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the old Novack Building, 211 King Street.

APRIL 23, 2017 in TORONTO: Framing Time in Poetry & Art is the 10th annual Poetry Reading and Art Exhibition with featured poets and artists, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Avenue.

APRIL 22, 2017 in SARNIA: Corunna children’s author Joy Kita celebrates her book Fable Nation 2: The Wilds of Africa from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street.

APRIL 22, 2017 in WYOMING: Used Book Fair, 9 a.m. to noon, Library Headquarters, 787 Broadway Street.

APRIL 22, 2017: Earth Day

APRIL 20, 2017 in HAMILTON: Poem of the Moment special with Dub Poet Klyde Broox. 12 a.m. at L’etranger on James, 109 James Street North.

APRIL 20 TO 22, 2017 in COBALT: Spring Pulse Poetry Festival

APRIL 19, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Ulrikka Gernes and John Nyman. Workshop 6:30 p.m. Reading 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library

APRIL 18, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents “Tea and Oranges…” A Leonard Cohen Tribute with Adebe DeRango-Adem, Carolyn Smart, Clara Blackwood, Jacqueline Valencia, George Elliot Clarke, Moez Surani, Richard Glen Lett,  Robin Richardson, Stanley Fefeerman…”…All the way from China” Guest host: TBA.  8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

APRIL 18, 2017 in SARNIA: Lambton Poets’ Group presents A 2017 National Poetry Month event featuring Erieau writer Kara Ghobhainn Smith and new Sarnia resident Sharon Berg plus Lambton County poets James Deahl, Debbie Okun Hill, Norma West Linder and Carmen Ziolkowski. All poets are current and/or former members of The Writers’ Union of Canada.  Stop by for supper around 5:30 p.m. Readings run 7 to 9 p.m. John’s Restaurant, 1643 London Line. Admission is free and open to the public.

National Poetry Month April 18, 2017 in Sarnia for distribution

APRIL 17, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. (CANCELLED: EASTER MONDAY – See May 8 for next Open Stage.)

APRIL 17, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com (CANCELLED: EASTER MONDAY)

APRIL 13, 2017 in TORONTO: The Inconvenients featuring Thursday Night Poets: Kelley Aitken, Nancy Viva Davis Halifax, Maureen Hynes, Dilys Leman, Sue MacLeod, and Sheila Stewart. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings begin at 7 p.m. knife/fork/book @ Rick’s Café, 281 Augusta Avenue, Kensington Market.

APRIL 13, 2017 in HAMILTON: The Staircase presents a National Poetry Month event featuring poets James Deahl, David Haskins, Ellen S. Jaffe, Norma West Linder, Chris Pannell, and Lynn Tait, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Staircase, 27 Dundurn Street North.

APRIL 12, 2017 in WINDSOR: Urban Farmhouse Press presents “By the River Poetry & Prose” featuring Palimpsest Press author Dorothy Mahoney, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Riverside Public Library Lions Room.

APRIL 12, 2017 in HARROW: Wine & Words for National Poetry Month. Windsor poet Vanessa Shields leads a short interactive workshop following by a poetry reading and an open mic. 6 to 8 p.m. Oxley Estate Winery, 533 County Road, 50 East, RR #1 Free admission

APRIL 11, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers John Terpstra, Sharon Berg, and Betsy Struthers. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

APRIL 10, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

APRIL 10, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

APRIL 9, 2017 in HAMILTON: Mindfulness Living Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Spice Factory, 121 Hughson Street North

APRIL 8, 2017 in CHATHAM: Sing-songwriter Gregger Botting performs live from his debut album Never Saw A Thing Coming. Botting was a regular performer at Sarnia’s Spoken Word event., 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sam’s Percolator, 85 Thames Street.

APRIL 8, 2017 in THORNHILL: Vaughan Poets’ Circle National Poetry Month Celebration featuring local poets. Read your work at the open mic. 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. Bathurst Clark Resource Library, 900 Clark Avenue West. Meeting Room 1.

APRIL 7, 2017 in PETROLIA: The CD Release Party for Gregger Botting’s new album Never Saw A Thing Coming. Hosted by Shakers Lounge, the event will begin a musical ‘open mic’ followed by a performance by singer-songwriter Gregger Botting, a regular of Sarnia’s Spoken Word event. 8 to 11 p.m. Shakers Lounge, 413c Albany St.

April 2017 Gregger Botting event in Petrolia

Singer-songwriter Gregger Botting will perform April 7 in Petrolia and April 8 in Chatham.

APRIL 7, 2017 in WINDSOR: Poets of Canada, an evening of poetry featuring members of the League of Canadian Poets (Marty Gervais, John B. Lee, D. A. Lockhart, Mary Ann Mulhern, and Vanessa Shields). Music by Ian Bell. A reception will follow in the Long Bar Lobby, 7 p.m. lighthouse theatre. Tickets required.

APRIL 6 to 9, 2017 in HAMILTON: A gritLIT presentation featuring workshops and panels with acclaimed writers. Art Gallery of Hamilton.

APRIL 6, 2017 in WINDSOR: Experience 150, a book launch featuring the books Tom Thomson: On the Threshold of Magic by Barry T. Brodie and 1967 Centennial Year by Bruce Meyer. 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Caboto Club.

APRIL 6, 2017 in TORONTO: Toronto Lit Up launches National Poetry Month with readers R. Kolewe, Katerini Lanthier, Jennifer LoveGrove, Phoebe Wang, and Catriona Wright. Supported by the Toronto Arts Council and hosted by the International Festival of Authors (IFOA)., 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street.

APRIL 5, 2017 in ST. CATHARINES: The Canadian Authors Association – Niagara Branch and the St. Catharines Public Library presents an evening of literary entertainment featuring poets from the Niagara Branch, finalists from the Library’s 2016 Fresh Ink Writing Competition for Teens, and students from Brock University. 7 p.m. Central Library, Mills Room. Admission is free.

APRIL 5, 2017 in TORONTO: Quattro Books and Aeolus House presents a National Poetry Month Reading: Reflections on Time in Four New Books (Islands North and South by Rosemary Clewes; Home Was Elsewhere by Stanley Fefferman; Odysseus by Carl Hare; and Perfect Day for Leif E. Vaage), 7:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue. Free admission.

April 5, 2017 in Toronto

APRIL 5, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents poets James Deahl and Norma West Linder followed by an open mic 6:30 to 9 p.m at Mykonos Restaurant

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Norma West Linder and James Deahl travelling together on their literary journey.

APRIL 4, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Phlip Arima, Ian Burgham and Debbie Okun Hill. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

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APRIL 4, 2017 in TORONTO: The Rowers Reading Series presents Jeff Cottrill, Jasmine D’Costa, Pamela Mordecai, and Molly Peacock, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 262 Augusta Avenue.

APRIL 3, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

APRIL 2, 2017 in TORONTO: Elana Wolff launches her poetry book Everything Reminds You Of Something Else (Guernica Editions, 2017) See additional readers with their new books below. 3:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, Kensington Market, 268 Augusta Avenue.

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APRIL 2, 2017 in DUNDAS: The launch of Certain Details: The Power of Nelson Ball (selected with an introduction by Stuart Ross) (WLU Press), 2 to 4 p.m. The Printed Word, 69 King Street West.

APRIL 1 to 30, 2017 in ONTARIO and across CANADA: The League of Canadian Poets celebrates National Poetry Month 2017 with numerous events taking place in various locations and dates.  Check the League’s website for additional information.

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APRIL 1, 2017 in WINDSOR: Workshop leader Brian Henry presents Writing for Children and for Young Adults, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Venue to be announced. There is a fee and advance registration required.

MARCH 29, 2017 in TORONTO: Poetry NOW hosted by Toronto’s International Festival of Authors (IFOA) and featuring a poetry competition/reading with 20 Canadian emerging and established poets. 7:30 to 8:20 p.m. 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets available from the Harbourfront.

MARCH 28, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Susie Berg, Carmelo Militano, and Laurence Hutchman. Guest host: Margaret Code. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MARCH 27, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MARCH 26, 2017 in SARNIA: Award-winning Polish-Canadian author Eva Stachniak will discuss her latest book, The Chosen Maiden plus her four other books. 3 to 5 p.m. Sarnia Public Library,124 Christina Street South.

MARCH 25, 2017 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents authors Emily Schultz, Roberta Rich, and Eva Stachniak 1:30 p.m. Sarnia Riding Club. Advance tickets required.

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MARCH 22-25, 2017 in LONDON: The Triumph of Teresa Harris, a play by Penn Kemp, directed by Diane Haggerty, presented by Palace Theatre and Eldon House. 8 to 11 p.m. Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St. NOTE: OPENING NIGHT (March 22) SOLD OUT. March 23 and 24 performances (very limited seating) Tickets Required.

MARCH 22, 2017 in LONDON: PREVIEW: The Triumph of Teresa Harris, a play by Penn Kemp, directed by Diane Haggerty, presented by Palace Theatre and Eldon House. 8 to 11 p.m. Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St. Tickets Required.

MARCH 22, 2017 in WINDSOR: Author Emily Schultz will read from her new novel Men Walking on Water. Door open at 6 p.m. Reading at 7 p.m. at Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte St. East.

MARCH 21, 2017: International Forest Day

MARCH 21, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Nicole Saltz, Mark Sampson, and Jane Byers. Guest host: Kate Marshall Flaherty. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MARCH 20, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

MARCH 20, 2017 in TORONTO: The Al Purdy A-frame team presents An Evening with Al and Leonard, dedicated to Al Purdy and Leonard Cohen. Guest readers include poet/musician Max Layton, poet/critic Damian Rogers, and poet Phoebe Wang. Performance by internationally acclaimed singer songwriter Doug Paisley. 6 p.m. The Monarch Tavern. Students are free but tickets must be purchased for other guests.

MARCH 20, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MARCH 19, 2017 in OAKVILLE: Oakville Literary Café featured reader Marsha Barber followed by first come first serve sign-up for open mic. 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E. Admission donation.

MARCH 18, 2017 in ST. CATHARINES: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association launches Ten Stores High: Short Story Anthology Volume 17, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mills Room, St. Catharines Central Library, 54 Church Street. Admssion Free.

MARCH 18, 2017 in TORONTO: Echolocation will launch its 16th issue, a new online only format. Celebrate with Stuart Ross, Taija Isen, Michael Harman, Jaewuk Kim and others, 7 to 10 p.m. Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place.

MARCH 16, 2017 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents the release of the cookbook FEAST: A Cross-Canada Culinary Adventure by Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller. 7 to 9 p.m.

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MARCH 16, 2017 in WINDSOR: University of Windsor Creative Writing 498 will launch Radish, a chapbook collection of poems, notes, dialogues, and other writing styles. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings being at 7 p.m. at Biblioasis Bookstore, 1520 Wyandotte St. E.

MARCH 15, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights David Huebert and Ruth Roach Pierson. Workshop 6:30 p.m. Reading 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library

MARCH 15, 2017 in WINDSOR: Urban Farmhouse Press presents “By the River Poetry & Prose” featuring Biblioasis and Woodbridge Farm Writers’ Retreat guests Grant Munroe and TBA, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Riverside Public Library Lions Room.

MARCH 14, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Rocco de Giacomo, Viral Gor, and Diana Manole. Guest host: Adebe D. A. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MARCH 13, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

MARCH 13, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MARCH 11, 2017 in TORONTO: Book launch and readings from The Nancy Drew Anthology (Silver Birch Press), 3 to 5:30 p.m. The Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta.

MARCH 10, 2017 in WINDSOR: Woman Words Unite: A Conversation about this Power of Words with author Shawna Diane Partridge; author Kate Hargreaves; director and founding member of Paper-Knife Theatre; author Vanessa Shields, and writer/musician/radio personality Brittni Brinn. Hosted by Peter Brinn. 6 to 10 p.m. Green Bean Café, 2320 Wyandotte St. W. Free Admission

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MARCH 9, 2017 in HAMILTON: Poem of the Moment with poet Kelsey Knight creating personal poems on her 1930’s typewriter. 8 p.m. L’etranger on James, 109 James St. N.

MARCH 7, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Brenda Clews, Myna Wallin, and Chris Pannell. Guest host: Mike Lummis. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

MARCH 7, 2017 in TORONTO: The Rowers Reading Series with novelist Carole Giangrande and others. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue.

MARCH 6, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

MARCH 4, 2017 in LONDON: Penn Kemp launches her script of The Dream Life of Teresa Harris plus the CD, The Dream Life of Teresa Harris, a Sound Opera. 2 p.m. Masonville Branch Library, Free admission

MARCH 4, 2017 in LONDON: Workshop leader Brian Henry presents Writing and Revising. This is aimed at storytellers interested in refining their skills and cutting editing time. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. London Central Library, Tonda Room, 251 Dundas St. Must reserve a spot. There is a charge.

MARCH 3, 2017 in WINDSOR: Canadian Poet Bruce Meyer will talk about his new book Portraits of Canadian Writers published by The Porcupine’s Quill. 6 to 8 p.m. Storyteller’s Book Store, 1473 Ottawa Street.

MARCH 1, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents poet Andy Verboom followed by an open mic 6:30 to 9 p.m at Mykonos Restaurant

FEBRUARY 28, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Jovan Vuksanovich, Erin Brubacher, and Sophie Laliberte Else. Guest host: Margaret Code. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

FEBRUARY 28, 2017 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLVIII presents featured poets Phoebe Wang and Brent Peers. Hosted by Banoo Zan. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Avenue/

FEBRUARY 28, 2017 in PETROLIA: Author David D Plain will present a workshop on Anishnaabeg (Ojibwa) waterways (canoe routes) used for trade, war and in their cyclical lifestyle. Q & A to follow. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Petrolia Library, 4200 Petrolia Line Pre-registration required.

FEBRUARY 27, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

FEBRUARY 25, 2017 in TORONTO: Old Words: Stories in music, poetry and prose with a theme of ‘death’ 6 to 8 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street

FEBRUARY 25, 2017 in TORONTO: Poetry & Music Salon honouring the twin fathers of the Art Bar, the longest-running poetry series in Toronto. Readings by Allan Briesmaster and Allen Sutterfield. Holly Briesmaster will also showcase her ‘fan series’. There will be also be a dance party afterwards. 2 to 4 p.m. Palmerston Library Theatre.

FEBRUARY 22, 2017 in LONDON: The launch of Lark Ascending (Pedlar Press) by David White. 7 p.m. at the Landon Branch of the London Public Library.

FEBRUARY 21, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents “Black History Month” Guest readers Canisla Lubrin, Cara-Lyn Morgan, and Clifton Joseph. Guest host: Rudy Fearon. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

FEBRUARY 21, 2017 in TORONTO: Hot-Sauced Words Presents the launch of Susie Berg’s second full-length poetry book All This Blood (Piquant Press). Other readers include: Elana Wolff, Lisa Richter, Valentino Assenza, Lisa Young, Nicki Ward, and Kate Marshall Flaherty. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue.

FEBRUARY 20, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

FEBRUARY 20, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com (CANCELLED – LIBRARY CLOSED DUE TO FAMILY DAY)

FEBRUARY 15, 2017 in WINDSOR: Urban Farmhouse Press presents “By the River Poetry & Prose” featuring Black Moss Press writers Vanessa Shields, Peter Hrastovec and D. A. Lockhart, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Riverside Public Library Lions Room.

FEBRUARY 15, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Maureen Hynes and Stuart Ross. Workshop 6:30 p.m. Reading 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library

FEBRUARY 14, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents a Valentine’s Day special “Cupids Wins & Wounds”. This will be an all open mic night. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required as space is limited. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

FEBRUARY 13, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

FEBRUARY 13, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

FEBRUARY 12, 2017 in OAKVILLE: Oakville Literary Café featured reader David Brydges, founder of the Henry Drummond Contest and Cobalt’s Spring Pulse Poetry Festival followed by an open mic. NOTE TIME CHANGE: 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E.

FEBRUARY 12, 2017 in TORONTO: The Ontario Poetry Society presents The Love of Poetry Gathering with members’ reading and an open mic for non-members, 12 noon to 4 p.m., Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor Street W. (I block east of Bathurst). Sign-up for readers is at the door.

FEBRUARY 11, 2017 in CHATHAM: All Four Love: Four Poets Read Love Poetry with Cornelia Hoogland, Vanessa Shields, Kara Smith and Debbie Okun Hill with special musical guest Crissi Cochrane, 7 to 10 p.m. Thames Art Gallery. Ticket required. (SOLD OUT)

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FEBRUARY 9, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry and Roses – featuring five London poets: Allan Leangvan, Camille Intson, Brittany Renaud, Carrie Lee Connel, and Andreas Gripp. Open Mic to follow. 7 to 8:15 p.m. Bread and Roses Books, 870 Dundas Street.

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FEBRUARY 9, 2017 in HAMILTON: gritLIT presents An Evening of Winter Tales at Winterfest featuring guest author Heather O’Neill. The event will also include the Winter’s Tales falsh fiction contest, fames, prizes, and a peek at the 2017 gritLIT Festival to be held in April 2017. 7 p.m. Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. N. Advanced tickets are required.

FEBRUARY 9, 2017 in TORONTO: book launch of apparatus, a 80 page collection of poetry, prose, photography by acclaimed authors and emerging writers from York University, local and international communities. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Knife Fork Book at Rick’s Café in Kensington, 281 Augusta Avenue.

FEBRUARY 8, 2017 in LONDON: Interlude, an evening of poetry readings by Cornelia Hoogland, Blair Trewartha, Kara Smith, and Kevin Shaw. A Q & A will follow. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library.

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FEBRUARY 7, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Elizabeth Greene, Kath MacLean, and Matt Robinson. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

FEBRUARY 7, 2017 in TORONTO: The Rowers Reading Series presents poetry and prose featuring David Clink, Melanie Mah, Lana Pesch, and Vanessa Shields. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Readings 7 to 8:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar.

FEBRUARY 6, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

FEBRUARY 5, 2017 in HAMILTON: LitLive literary readings presents Nathan Whitlock, Liz Howard, Allan Briesmaster, Stuart Ross, Stephen Henighan, and Eric Beck Rubin 7:30 p.m. The Staircase, 27 Dundurn St. N.

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FEBRUARY 5, 2017 in LONDON: The on-line launch of the first issue of Synaeresis, an arts and poetry digital journal.

FEBRUARY 2, 2017 in OTTAWA: Memory and Loss: An Evening of Poetry and Song with Ronnie Brown, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Blaine Marchand, etc. 7 p.m. St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa, Riverside Drive. Advanced tickets required and sold until January 30. Limited seating.

FEBRUARY 1, 2017 in TORONTO: Poet John Oughton launches the second edition of his long-out-of-print poetic biography Mata Hari’s Lost Words, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Free Time Café, 320 College Street. The launch will also include a performance by belly dancer Anjelica Scannura, and guest readings by writers Heather Babcock, Brenda Clews, and Kath MacLean. Admission free.

FEBRUARY 1, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents poet Ron Stewart followed by an open mic 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant

JANUARY 31, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Luciano Iacobelli, Barry Olshen, and Karen Mulhallen. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JANUARY 30, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JANUARY 28, 2017 in HAMILTON: Hamilton author Joanne Levy will launch her latest tween-themed book Crushing It, 2 p.m. at the Hamilton Public Library. Sponsored by Bryan Prince Bookseller.

JANUARY 28, 2017 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents Lee Bice-Matheson and J. R. Matheson, authors of the Page Maddison Series. They will be launching Shine Your Light, the third book in the series 1 to 4 p.m. (POSTPONED: See May 20, 2017)

JANUARY 26, 2017 in TORONTO: The Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Literature presents Literature Matters. Guests Karen Solie and Esi Edugyan, 7:30 p.m. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. West. Free but advanced registration required.

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JANUARY 24, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Steve Venright, John Oughton, and Stephen Humphreys. Guest host: TBA. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JANUARY 23, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JANUARY 22, 2017 in HAMILTON: Tower Poetry Society presents the launch of its forthcoming issue of Tower Poetry

JANUARY 20, 2017 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents an evening with Clare Macintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You, 7 to 10 p.m. Sarnia Riding Club, 980 Riding Club Lane. Seating limited. Advanced tickets required and includes reading, a glass of wine and some munchies.

JANUARY 18, 2017 in TORONTO: Guernica Editions launches three books with Brenda Clews, Rocco de Giacomo, and Luciano Iacobelli, 7:30 p.m. Bar Italia, 582 College Street (near Clinton).

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JANUARY 18, 2017 in OTTAWA: The Sawdust Reading Series presents Michael Mirolla and Grant Savage. 7 to 9 p.m. Poor Boy, 495 Somerset St. W.

JANUARY 18, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Michael Prior and Nyla Matuk. Workshop 6:30 p.m. Reading 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library

JANUARY 17, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Claudio Duran, Vanessa Shields, and Rosa Arlotto. Guest host: Margaret Code. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JANUARY 17, 2017 in TORONTO: Hot Sauced Words moves to a NEW location and NEW third Tuesday of the month time slot. Featured guest Banoo Zan launches her new book Letters to My Father (Piquant Press) with tribute readings from Michael Fraser, Ian French, Georgia Vilder, Ali Ibrahimi, Jacqueline Valencia, and Charles C. Smith. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue.

JANUARY 16, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

JANUARY 16, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JANUARY 12, 2017 in TORONTO: Techqua Ikachi: Blending with the land and celebrating life. Performers: Pat Connors, Roberto Martin, Jeannine M. Pitas, Dane Swan, and Jesus Maya. Doors open at 7 p.m. Event 8 to 10 p.m. May, 876 Dundas Street West.

JANUARY 12, 2017 in LONDON: Four contributing poets (Carrie Lee Connel, Tom Cull, Jan Figurski and Andreas Gripp) from the book Another London will be featured. 10:30 a.m. The Spriet Learning Commons, Kind Student Life Centre. Open to everyone.

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JANUARY 10, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Lucy Brennan, Barry Callaghan, and Marc di Saverio To participate in the open mic competition registration before Friday midnight is required. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

JANUARY 10, 2017 in SARNIA: The Sarnia Historical Society presents guest speaker Bob McCarthy, a local author, historian and retired teacher. McCarthy will talk about his current project which includes compiling 150 stores from across Lambton County to highlight the county’s history. 7 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Front Street.

JANUARY 9, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess and John Pilat. To be held the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

JANUARY 9, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 2 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JANUARY 8, 2017 in HAMILTON: LitLive Literary Readings presents Marie Woodrow, Joan Crate, John Goldbach, Pasha Malla, Chris Pannell, and Ashley-Elizabeth Best   7:30 p.m. The Staircase, 27 Dundurn St.

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