SUPPORT THE LITERARY ARTS BY ATTENDING ONE OR MORE OF THESE ONTARIO EVENTS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC!
(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. – January 5, 2019)
DECEMBER 20, 2018 in CHATHAM: The Veranda Presents “A Christmas Reading – Holiday Poems and Stories”, 2 to 3 p.m. at the Chatham Public Library.
DECEMBER 19, 2018 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents “Dead Poet’s Night with 12 readers reading the works of deceased writers. Guest host: David Clink. 8 p.m. NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: Supermarket, 268 Augustine Ave. Cover charge.
DECEMBER 18, 2018 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series features poets Meena Chopra and Casey Garcia with hosts Banoo Zan and Terese Pierre, doors open at 6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up at 6:30 p.m. and Show starts at 7 p.m. There is an admission charge. Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue.
DECEMBER 17, 2018 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 except July and August. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.
DECEMBER 16, 2018 in KENSINGTON: The Secret Handshake presents the Poetry Reading Series featuring burning iceberg, Patrick Connors, Matthew Grimm, and Clifton Joseph. Master of Ceremonies will be Chad Juriansz. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. at 170A Baldwin Street.
DECEMBER 15, 2018 in SARNIA: An evening of Words & Music featuring short story writer and poet John Gardiner and award-winning magnum photojournalist, singer/songwriter and poet Larry Towell, 7 p.m. at Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, 127 Christina Street. South.
DECEMBER 14, 2018 in TORONTO: A poetry reading with Dominique Bernier-Cormier, Sonia di Placido, and Carol Barbour, 7 to 9 p.m. at Knife Fork Book, 244 Augusta Avenue. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
DECEMBER 12, 2018 in WINDSOR: Bestselling author Mitch Albom will be signing copies of his latest book The Next Person You Meet in Heaven: The Sequel to The Five People You Meet in Heaven, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Indigo Windsor, 3100 Howard Road (in Devonshire Mall).
DECEMBER 12, 2018 in WINDSOR: D.A. Lockhart presents By the River Reading Series with guest readers Peter Harstovec, Denis Robillard, and Maeve Keating, 7 p.m., 628 Monmouth Road. Free and open to the public.
DECEMBER 11, 2018 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents an Al Purdy Special Event with readings by John Oughton, Kath McLean, Laurence Hutchman, Doug Paisley, K. V. Skene, James Arthur, Julie McNeill, and Bruce Meyer. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto. 8 p.m. Free Times Café, 320 College Street. Cover charge.
DECEMBER 11, 2018 in LONDON: Synaeresis: art + poetry presents Mykonos Open Mic Poetry Series with featured guest reader Jennifer Wenn followed by an open mic, Door open at 6:30 p.m. 7 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street North (at Alias Street) Admission is free.
DECEMBER 10, 2018 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 except July and August. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.
DECEMBER 10, 2018 in HAMILTON: The 25th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards will honour four categories: poetry, non-fiction, fiction, and the Kerry Schooley Book Award, 7 to 9 p.m. at Theatre Aquarius, 190 King William Street. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
DECEMBER 10, 2018 in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays and the summer months of July and August) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: email@example.com Note: this is the last workshop for 2018. The next gathering will be January 7, 2019.
DECEMBER 9, 2018 in BROOKLIN: The Brooklin Poetry Society presents its monthly poetry meeting, 12 to 2 p.m. at The Goodberry on Baldwin Street.
DECEMBER 8, 2018 in ST CATHARINES: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association presents a poetry reading with readers Keith Inman, Mori McCrae, D. C. Haskins, Gary Wilhelm, Saralou Stuart, Tom Woods, Deborah Cox, Alia Wall, Carla Hartsfield, and Andrew Lafleche, 2 to 4 p.m. at Mahtay Café, 241 St. Paul Street.
DECEMBER 7, 2018 in SARNIA: The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts First Friday event will spotlight former board member and Lambton Country writer/columnist Phyllis Humby as well as classical guitarist Colin Graf. Open reception 6 to 9 p.m. Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, 127 Christina Street. South. See poster below:
DECEMBER 6, 2018 in CHATHAM: The launch of A Chatham-Kent Tapestry: A Visual History to 1950 by Jim and Lisa Gilbert, 7 to 9 p.m. at Studio One, Chatham Cultural Centre, 75 William St. N. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.
DECEMBER 5, 2018 in LONDON: LOMP: reading series & open mic (held on the first Wednesday of each month). This month’s featured reader is Faith Patrick (with Maxwell Lucas). Open mic to follow: bring a poem, an excerpt of fiction, a chunk of your memoir, or a paragraph of creative non-fiction, and partake. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street.
DECEMBER 5, 2018 in LONDON: “Compelling Storytelling: Lessons from Poetry”, a workshop with nationally recognized spoken word poet Holly Painter, 8 to 11 a.m. at Pillar Nonprofit Network, 201 King Street (2nd floor).
DECEMBER 4. 2018 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Donna Langevin, Catriona Wright, and Sandra Kasturi. Guest host: Ricardo Sternerg. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.
DECEMBER 4, 2018 in TORONTO: The Rowers December 4 Reading features Aaron Giovannone, Amanda Leduc, Michael Redhill, Aparna Kaji Shah, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at the Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street.
DECEMBER 3, 2018 in TORONTO: The launch of the 102nd issue of Brick: A Literary Journal with readings by Catherine Bush, Chris Bailey, and Phoebe Wang, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West.
DECEMBER 3, 2018 in SARNIA: The Play’s The Thing presents the reading of “Waitinf for Godot”, Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy in two acts. Hosted by Anne Stoesser. Readers and listeners are welcome. 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, 127 Christina Street South.
DECEMBER 3, 2018 in POINT EDWARD: Writers Helping Writers (WHW) workshop: Lambton County writers are invited to a weekly workshop for writers, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Monday (except holiday Mondays and the summer months of July and August) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: firstname.lastname@example.org
DECEMBER 2, 2018 in HAMILTON: The LitLive Literary Reading Series presents Claire Humphrey (Spells of Blood and Kin); Nicola Winstanley (How to Give Your Cat a Bath); Nairne Holtz (Femme Confidential); Jessica Webb (Shadowboxer); Aaron Giovannone (The Nonnets) and Mark Truscott (Branches); 7:30 p.m. at The Staircase, 27 Dundurn St. North.
DECEMBER 2, 2018 in SARNIA: The launch of Everly Street, the first novel by 14-year-old Grace McCormack, 2 to 4 p.m. at The Book Keeper, 500 Exmouth Street. Admission is free.
DECEMBER 1, 2018 in WYOMING: Second day of two days: The Lambton Country Library Used Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the County of Lambton Administration Building, Council Chambers, 789 Broadway Street.
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