Events 2017

OCTOBER 31, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Clementine Morrigan, Renee Roman Nose, and Rafi Aaron. 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.

OCTOBER 31, 2017 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LVI presents featured poets Ayesha Chatterjee and Johnny D Trinh followed by an open mic. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. Church of St. STephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street. There is an admission charge.

OCTOBER 31, 2017 in CHATHAM: The Veranda Presents “Edgar Allan Poe, Live in Chatham”. This 45 minute event will consist of a reading of Poe’s poem “The Raven”, his short story “The Facts in The Case of M. Valdemar) and a brief biography of the writer. The presenter will be Clair Culliford. Note there will be four presentations: 2 p.m. at Chatham-Kent Public Library, 120 Queens Street; 5:30 p.m. at Cup of Joes, 131 King Street; 7:30 p.m. William Street Café, 28 William Street; and 9 p.m. at Friendz Restaurant and Lounge, 216 King Street. Admission is free.

OCTOBER 30, 2017 in WINDSOR: Urban Farmhouse Press presents the launch of Said the Cannibal: Poems with Bite by Laurie Smith. 7 to 10 p.m. Walkerville Artists’ Co-op, 1974 Wyandotte Street East.

OCTOBER 30, 2017 in THUNDER BAY: IFOA Ontario Lit On Tour and the Thunder Bay Public Library welcomes authors Gary Barwin, Terry Fallis, Grace O’Connell, and Jean E. Pendziwol. 7 to 8 p.m. Thunder Bay Art Gallery, 1080 Keewatin Street. There is an admission fee and advance tickets required.

OCTOBER 30, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 1:30 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com NOTE START TIME CHANGE FROM 2 P.M. TO 1:30 P.M.

OCTOBER 28, 2017 in TORONTO: The League of Canadian Poets presents a fundraiser and exclusive screening of Window Horses, a feature-length animated film that “showcases the power of language and poetry across generations and the world”. 6 to 10 p.m. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West. Advanced tickets required.

OCTOBER 28, 2017 in SARNIA: Coles Author Fest featuring 17 of the 27 contributing authors from the book From This Day Forward 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coles Lambton Mall.

October 28, 2017 in Sarnia

OCTOBER 26, 2017 in TORONTO: The Quilliad’s Issue 9 Launch and Costume Party, Doors open at 7 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Paupers Pub, 539 Bloor Street West. Cover charge includes a copy of the issue.

OCTOBER 26, 2017 in TORONTO: The Toronto Urban Folk Art Salon presents the launch of Pod and Berry, a new chapbook by Canadian poet Allan Briesmaster plus a reading by poet Carla Hartsfield. Local singer-songwriters will also perform 6 to 8 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 599 Mount Pleasant Road, south of Eglington.

Pod and Berry by Allan Briesmaster Front Cover October 26, 2017 launch in Toronto

Canadian poet Allan Briesmaster will launch his new chapbook Pod and Berry, October 26 at the Mount Pleasant Library in Toronto.

OCTOBER 26, 2017 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode #14 with Blair Trewartha and Leah Kuiack, 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street.

OCTOBER 25, 2017 in LONDON: Poet Andy Verboom performs an original piece of work in response to the current art installation, The Wide Skirt, 7 p.m. The ARTS project, 203 Dundas Street.

OCTOBER 25, 2017 in WINDSOR: The Harvest Poetry Gathering featuring Phillip Crymble, Debbie Okun Hill, Peter Hrastovec, and Vanessa Shields. Made possible with assistance from The League of Canadian Poets and it’s Canada Poetry Tours program.  Doors Open at 6 p.m. Poetry begins at 6:45 p.m.  Pease note the change in location from Kingsville to Windsor: Riverside Pie Café, 5560 Wyandotte, St. East. Free Admission.

October 25, 2017 in Windsor

OCTOBER 24, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers ruth pierson, David Bateman, and Margo LaPierre. 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.

OCTOBER 24, 2017 in SARNIA: Hockey Hall of Famer, Canadian politician, and best-selling author Ken Dryden will read from and discuss his latest book Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey Hosted by The Book Keeper. 7 to 9 p.m. Sarnia Public Library Auditorium, 124 Christina Street South. Advanced tickets will be required.

OCTOBER 24, 2017 in SARNIA: Introducing “A: The Artists Stage” an open mic of stories, rants, poems or songs 6 to 8 p.m. The Lions Den, Lambton College. NOTE: CANCELLED DUE TO THE CURRENT STRIKE AT THE COLLEGE. THE NEXT OPEN MIC IS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 28, 2017

OCTOBER 23, 2017  in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 1:30 to 4 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com NOTE:  START TIME CHANGE FROM 2 P.M. TO 1:30 P.M.

OCTOBER 21, 2017 in WINDSOR: BookFest Windsor and IFOA Ontario Lit On Tour presents Kia Corthron and Christopher Paul Curtis, a discussion about Corthron’s debut novel The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter.  Also presented in partnership with Biblioasis, and Capital Theatre Windsor. 7 to 10 p.m. 121 University Avenue. West. Advance tickets.

OCTOBER 21, 2017 IN ST. CATHARINES: The launch of The Banister Poetry Anthology featuring winners of this contest organized by the Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association. 2 to 4 p.m. Mills Room of the St. Catharines Central Library, 54 Church Street

OCTOBER 21, 2017 in ST. CATHARINES: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association presents its next workshop in the Author Series with Caroline Whitfield speaking about ‘settings’. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rotary/Bankers Room, St. Catharine’s Library. Register before October 16, 2017.

OCTOBER 20 to 22, 2017 in WINDSOR: BookFest Windsor. More details TBA.

OCTOBER 20, 2017 in LONDON: The London launch of Smaller Hours (Goose Lane Editions, 2017), the debut poetry collection of London born and raised Kevin Shaw. Special guests: Madeline Bassnett, Tom Cull, and Andy Verboom, 7 to 9 p.m. 211 King Street

OCTOBER 18, 2017 in LONDON: Poetry London presents Tonja Gunvaldsen Klaassen and Ben Ladouceur. Pre-reading workshop with a discussion about Bowering’s poems begins at 6:30 p.m. Reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library, 167 Wortley Road. Admission free.

October 18, 2017 in London

OCTOBER 18, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents Ben Ladouceur, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

OCTOBER 17, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Wendy Donawa, Tonja Gunvaldsen-Klaassen, and Wendy McGrath. Guest host: Rob Welch. 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.

OCTOBER 17, 2017 in TORONTO: An H of an Evening for bpNichol, a tribute to this performer plus the announcement of the shortlist for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. 7 to 10 p.m. Supermarket, 265 Augusta Avenue

OCTOBER 17, 2017 in LONDON: Western University presents The Walrus Talks Belonging featuring seven speakers discussing citizenship, community, and what it means to come together and belong. Doors Open: 6:30 p.m. Walrus Talks begin at 7 p.m. Reception to follow.  London Music Hall, 185 Queens Street. Advance tickets required.

OCTOBER 17, 2017 in WINDSOR: The City of Windsor and Windsor’s Poet Laureate Marty Gervais present Poetry at the Manor – volume 5 with Marty Gervais, Laurence Hutchman, Kim Fahner, John B. Lee, Deirdre Kessler, and Tom Cull. 7 to 9 p.m. Willistead Manor, 1899 Niagara Street, Free admission.

October 17, 2017

OCTOBER 17, 2017 in TORONTO: The Boneshaker Reading Series presents Christopher Doda and Elana Wolff 7 to 8:30 p.m. 1748 St. Clair Avenue.

OCTOBER 17, 2017 in OTTAWA: ARC Poetry Magazine presents a reading by the finalists for the Archibald Lampman Award plus featured readings by the winners of the Diana Brebner Prize competition  8 to 10 p.m. Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank Street

OCTOBER 17, 2017 in SARNIA: Sarnia Lambton Business Week, Libro Credit Union, and The Book Keeper presents Charles Bronfman in Conversation with Howard Green.  11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Best Western Plus Guildwood Inn, 1400 Venetian Boulevard. Advance tickets required.

OCTOBER 16, 2017 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess. 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. 127 Christina Street S.

OCTOBER 16, 2017 in SARNIA: Memoir Class @ Your Library This 6 week course is open to ALL ages and will help you get started on telling your story. During the course the process of writing and the options for publication will be discusses. Pre-registration required. Classes held 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mall Road Library, 1362 Lambton Mall Road.

OCTOBER 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

OCTOBER 15, 2017 in OAKVILLE: The Oakville Literary Café presents featured readers: Domenico Capilongo and Paul Edward Costa. Open mic with sign-up at the door. 4 to 6 p.m. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road E.

OCTOBER 15, 2017 in LESLIEVILLE TORONTO: The Draft Reading Series presents poet Elana Wolff who will read from her newest poetry collection Everything Reminds You of Something Else. Additional readings by authors Rebecca Fisseha, Susan Helwig, and Carianne Leung 3 to 6 p.m. The Dock on Queen, 932 Queen Street East

OCTOBER 15, 2017 in STRATFORD: SpringWorks: indie theatre & arts festival! Three Quattro Books authors (Allan Briesmaster, Stanley Fefferman, and Penn Kemp) read from their new books. 2 p.m. Gallery Stafford, 54 Romeo Street South. Reserved seats. Admission free.

October 15, 2017 in Stratford

OCTOBER 14, 2017 in SARNIA:  Lee Bice-Matheson, author of the Paige Maddison Series will host a book-signing 12 noon – 4 p.m. Coles, Lambton Mall, 1380 Lambton Mall Road

OCTOBER 14, 2017 in LONDON: Indie Author Day hosted by Coles Masonville Place. Join local indie authors in-store as they talk about their journey and offer advice to help others. All ages. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 1680 Richmond Street N.

OCTOBER 12, 2017 in WINDSOR: Poets Micheline Maylor and D. A. Lockhard will read from their upcoming books, 7 to 10 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East

OCTOBER 11, 2017 in WINDSOR: Think Globally, Write Locally: An Introduction to Freelance Writing is a workshop facilitated by Grant Munroe and co-presented with BookFest Windsor. There is a fee to participate. Advanced registration required. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Arts Council Windsor and Region, 1942 Wyandotte Street East (at Devonshire).

OCTOBER 10, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Spencer Gordon, Anne Campbell, and Benjamin Hertwig. Guest host: Myna Wallin. To participate in the open mic competition, registration before Friday midnight is required. NOTE TIME AND VENUE CHANGE: 7 p.m. Cloak and Dagger Irish Pub. 394 College Street. Cover charge.

OCTOBER 9, 2017  in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriters Missy Burgess. 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. 127 Christina Street S. (CANCELLED DUE TO CANADIAN THANKSGIVING WEEKEND.)

OCTOBER 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 NOTE: CANCELLED. LIBRARY CLOSED DUE TO CANADIAN THANKSGIVING DAY

OCTOBER 6, 2017 in LONDON: Baseline Press London Launch 2017: Poetry collections by Sam Cheuk (Toronto), Joseph Mulholland (Toronto), Matt Robinson (Halifax), Andy Verboom (London), and Chuqiao Yang (Toronto) plus guest reader Kevin Shaw who will read from his forthcoming collection Small Hours (Goose Lane Editions). 6 to 8 p.m. DNA Artspace Gallery, 123 Dundas Street

OCTOBER 4, 2017 in WINDSOR: Launch of The Dusty Bookcase by Brian Busby 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East.

OCTOBER 4, 2017 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest Kevin Shaw followed by an open mic 7 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street.

OCTOBER 4, 2017 in GODERICH: The Reading Room Poetry Series with featured poet Andy McGuire, author of Country Club (Coach House Books) and Sputniks (Baseline Press) Also includes an open mic. Goderich Branch Library, 52 Montreal Street.

OCTOBER 4, 2017 in LONDON: WRITE NOW! Speaker Series presents George Ellioet Clarke, 4 to 5:15 p.m. HSB-236 Western University Presented by Writing 2504A, the Department of English and Writing Studies & the Creative Writers Speakers Series. Open to the public.

OCTOBER 3, 2017 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Hiram Larew Susan McCaslin, and David Day. 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.

OCTOBER 3, 2017 in GUELPH: Off The Page: A Writer’s Open Mic – October Edition 7 p.m. Red Brick Café, 8 Douglas Street. Hosted by Guelph Spoken Word

OCTOBER 3, 2017 in WINDSOR: The Literary Arts Windsor (LAW) 2017 Fall Event series: “Marty Gervais presents FIVE TOWNS: Reading, book sales, and signing” 10 a.m. First Floor Lobby Lens (Met) Campus and 2 p.m. Goyeau Lobby, Mezzanine Level, Ouellette Campus, Windsor Regional Hospital.

Autumn 2017 in Windsor

OCTOBER 2, 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

OCTOBER 1, 2017 in TORONTO: LITER-ART- 1 2017 A Neighbourhood Arts Events with featured performers: Honey Novick, Peggy Lampotang, Andy Heintzman, Aiesha, Tony Hanik, bill bissett, Glen Hornblaste, Ghadeer Malek, and Kristyn Dunnion. 5 to 7 p.m. Stella’s Lunch Box, 145 Lauder Ave. (Toronto south of St. Clair and east of Dufferin) Special thanks to St. Clair Arts Network, The Ontario Poetry Society, and The Creative Vocalization Studio. Free Admission.

October 1, 2017 in Toronto

OCTOBER 1, 2017 in TORONTO: Guernica’s Fall Launch celebrates their newest releases! Featured books: Polish(ed) edited by Kasia Jaronszyk and Malgorzata Nowaczyk; Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment by Claude Lalumiere; Red Haws to Light the Field by James Deahl; The Mezogiomo Social Club by Ercole Gaudioso; Rooms by Louise Dupre translated by Karen Ocana; Absurdity, Woe is Me, Glory Be by J. J. Steinfeld; J. J. Steinfeld: Essays on His Work by Sandra Singer; The Heart is Improvisational edited by Carol Lipszyc; and Cambodia and the Year of UNTAC by Tom Riddle. 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue. Free admission.

Oct 1 2017 Book Launch in Toronto