Events 2017

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 OSHAWA: Congratulations to Poet John Di Leonardo who had two of his nude studies accepted for The Oshawa Art Association 50th Juried Art Exhibition to be held at The Robert MacLaughlin Art Gallery. The selected work from his series focusing on “the transience of beauty and body” theme included “Above the Garden” and “After the Garden” (both 18″ X 24″/ graphite).  The opening reception and awards will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the gallery.

April 6, 2017 in Oshawa

Poet John Di Leonardo with two of his graphite images selected for The Oshawa Art Association 50th Juried Art Exhibition. Photo by DRUWORX Photography.

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

Norma West Linder & James Deahl Photo 1 by Okun Hill

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.

April 2, 2017 event in Toronto

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.