Events 2017

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