Events – 2018

APRIL 30, 2018 in LONDON: Women Trailblazers: Writers and voices for change presents “Trailblazers of the Past: authors Susan Butlin, Clarissa Harwood and Jean Hewitt will discuss 19th and 20th century women who paved the way for change and the advancement of women. 7 p.m. London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street.

APRIL 30, 2018 in SARNIA: “The Play’s the Thing” presents an informal reading of the play Night Sky by Susan Yankowitz.  This informal gathering hosted by Anne Stoesser of Theatre Sarnia welcomes people to come to listen or participate in the reading of the play. Admission is free. 6:30 p.m. in the Turret Room, The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, 127 Christina Street South.

APRIL 30, 2018 in TORONTO: Award-winning poet and debut novelist Catherine Graham shares her personal journey into poetry, 6 to 7 p.m. Program Room (2nd floor) Deer Park branch of the Toronto Public Library.

APRIL 30, 2018  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

APRIL 29, 2018 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents Michael Barclay, author of The Never Ending Present. He will talk about Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip, 1 to 3 p.m. 500 Exmouth Street. Free Admission.

APRIL 28, 2018 in WINDSOR: Biblioasis celebrates Canadian Independent Bookstore Day with special guest authors Daniel Lockhart, Dorothy Mahoney, Mary Ann Mulhern and Amilcar Noguiera, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street, East.

APRIL 28, 2018 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper invites you to attend Canadian Independent Bookstore Day. They will be celebrating with discounts, draws, and cake. 500 Exmouth Street.

April 28, 2018 in Sarnia

APRIL 28, 2018 in HAMILTON: Hamilton poet Kelsey Knight launches her book H(our)glass Eyes, a fusion of poetry, prose and philosophy, 3 p.m., 1st Floor Wentworth Room, Central Library, 55 York Boulevard.

APRIL 28, 2018 in SARNIA: The Bluewater Reading Series presents National Poetry Month with out-of-town Marty Gervais (publisher Black Moss Press), Kateri Lanthier (of Montreal), and Laurie Smith (of Windsor) and local poets Lois Nantais, Grace Vermeer, and Ryan Gibbs.  Pre-reading dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Readings start at 6:30 p.m. Famous Room, John’s Restaurant. Made possible with financial assistance from The League of Canadian Poets. Please note: guest reader Stuart Ross (originally scheduled for this event) can no longer attend.

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APRIL 28, 2018 in WELLAND: The third annual National Poetry Month Reading and Coffeehouse presents poets Eva Tihanyi, Keith Inman, Taylor Peebles, and Mori McCrae followed by an open mic.

APRIL 28, 2018 in LONDON: The book launch of Shake Off the Ghosts by Jay Zendrowski from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Indigo/Chapters Store, 86 Fanshawe Road East, in London, Ontario. This is a free event.

APRIL 28, 2018 in LONDON: London Fuse and Brown & Dickson presents Bad Art Festival II.  From 12 to 4 p.m.  see the best of the worst art in London; from 7 p.m. to midnight features bad poetry at 8 p.m. followed by an even worse film screening at 9 p.m. at Bathurst Street.

APRIL 26, 2018 in WATERLOO: Guernica Editions presents the local launch of Immortal Water by Brian Van Norman, 7 to 9 p.m. Words Worth Books, 96 King St. South.

APRIL 26, 2018 in TORONTO: Jenn Currin launches Hider/Seeker (Anvil Press) her first collection of short stories. Guest readers also include Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Sachiko Murakami, and Dani Couture. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Queen Books, 914 Queen Street East.

APRIL 26, 2018 in TORONTO: The Urban Folk Art Salon presents an evening of music, poetry and art. Hosted by Tom Gannon Hamilton, 6 to 8 p.m. Upstairs, Mount Pleasant Library, 599 Mount Pleasant Road.

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April 26, 2018 in Toronto

APRIL 26, 2018 in LONDON: COUPLETS: a collaborative poetry reading series presents episode #17 with special guests Jim Johnstone and Megan Arnold, 6 to 7 p.m. at The Arts Project, Main Gallery, 203 Dundas Street. NOTE: This is a special Couplets/Tingfest (Ting Comic & Graphic Arts Festival) crossover event. LAST MINUTE CHANGE: Angie Quick and Andy Verboom will now be the featured guests for this episode.

APRIL 26, 2018 in CHATHAM: Clair Culliford of The Veranda Presents will share the poems, paintings, and background of William Blake, 2 to 3 p.m. Chatham-Kent Public Library, 120 Queen Street.

APRIL 25, 2018 in TORONTO: The Toronto Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month with readings by Rosemary Aubert, Pat Connors, James Deahl, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Eryn Hiscock, Donna Langevin, Norma West Linder, and special guest LUMMOX prize-winner Bruce Meyer, 6 to 8 p.m. Main Street Branch, 137 Main Street. Admission is free.

APRIL 24. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Sasia Hafiz Ramji and Aaron Kreuter. Guest host: Rudy Fearon.  Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

APRIL 24, 2018 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXII, Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series features poets Sozan Jamil and Spencer Gordon with host Banoo Zan, 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. Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College Street

APRIL 24, 2018 in PETROLIA: Weather Bomb 1913 Lecture and book signing with author Bruce Kemp, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Petrolia Library, 4200 Petrolia Line . Pre-registration by contacting the library.

APRIL 23, 2018 in TORONTO: The Common Reading Series  7 to 9:30 p.m. Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street W.

APRIL 23, 2018  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

APRIL 22, 2018 in OAKVILLE: The Oakville Literary Café hosts the launch of Nobody Looks that Young Here by Daniel Perry, 4 p.m. Joshua Creek Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East.

APRIL 22, 2018 in TORONTO: The Studio Artists of the Women’s Art Association of Canada and the Poets of the Long Dash Group presents “Confluence: Poetry & Art”, 2 to 4 p.m. 23 Prince Arthur Avenue (Bloor and Bedford)

APRIL 22, 2018 in GUELPH: The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival presents an afternoon of poetry with Kate Cayley, Degan Davis, and Candace De Taeye. There will also be live music. 2 to 4 p.m. Boarding House Gallery, 6 Dublin Street South.

APRIL 22, 2018: Earth Day

APRIL 21, 2018 in ST CATHARINES: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association and the St. Catharines Central Library presents “Painting, Poetry, and Prose”. 1 to 4 p.m. St. Catharines Central Library, 54 Church Street.

APRIL 21, 2018 in WYOMING: The Lambton Country Library presents their spring Used Book Fair, 9 a.m. to noon at Library Headquarters.

APRIL 20, 2018 in WINDSOR: The Biblioasis Spring 401 Tour features authors Paige Cooper, Amanda Jernigan, Rachel Lebowitz, and Richard Sanger. 7:30 p.m. Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street E.

APRIL 20, 2018 in LONDON: London Poetry Slam FINALS 2017-2018. 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas Street. Note: Admission charged at the door.

APRIL 19, 2018 in OAKVILLE: Mosaic Press author Joyce Wayne will launch her novel Last Night of the World, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oakville Public Library. Ticket required.

APRIL 19, 2018 in LONDON: London poet and playwright Penn Kemp launches her book Local Heroes (Insomniac Press, 2018). 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. – Curator Tour: Women’s Lives in Canada: A History, 1875 – 2000; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kemp’s reading; 8:30 to 9 p.m. Book Signing. Lecture Theatre. Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North.

APRIL 19, 2018 IN HAILEYBURY: Canadian poet David C. Brydges launches his poetry book Vagabond Post Office, Noon to 12:45 p.m., Haileybury Public Library, 545 Lakeshore Road South. Admission is free.

April 19, 2018 in Haileybury

APRIL 18, 2018 in TORONTO: Palimpsest Press presents its Spring Book Launch featuring new work by Michelle Brown and Klara du Plessis  with special guest reader Pino Coluccio, 7 p.m. Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Avenue. Free Admission.

April 18, 2018 in Toronto

APRIL 18, 2018 in WINDSOR: The Urban Farmhouse Press presents “By the River” reading series featuring Marty Gervais, Karl Jirgens, and Andre Narbonne. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Central Public Library branch of the Windsor Public Library, 850 Ouellette Ave.

April 18, 2018 in Windsor

APRIL 18, 2018 in LONDON: Poetry London Reading Series spotlights Phoebe Wang and Michael Fraser. Workshop 6:30 p.m. Reading 7:30 p.m. Landon Branch Library, 167 Wortley Road.

APRIL 18, 2018 in THOROLD: Black Press Moss author Keith Inman will present a seminar on “Getting Published”. This hour and a half open discussion will focus on local publishers like Grey Borders to Canadian Small Presses, plus the floor will be open to a wide range of topics/questions on: grants, journals/magazines, contest/anthologies, and/or tax implications for the professional writers. Hosted by the Thorold Public Library. 6 p.m. 14 Ormond Street North

APRIL 18, 2018 in SARNIA: National Canadian Film Day at Sarnia Library Theatre, 2 p.m. features I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing by Lambton County’s Patricia Rozema, 7 p.m. The Breadwinner – animated movie PG – not recommended for children, Sarnia Library Theatre, 124 Christina Street. South.

APRIL 17. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Blaine Marchand, Brenda Clews, and Bassam the poet. Guest host: John Oughton. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

APRIL 17, 2018 in TORONTO: Exile Editions launches the book City Poems by Joe Fiorito with special guest readers Maria Augimen, Cliff Martin, Pat Capponi, Vistor Willis, Roxanne Smith, and Enza Anderson. 7 p.m., The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue at Howard Park. Free admission.

APRIL 16, 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. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m. 127 Christina Street South.

APRIL 16, 2018 in LONDON: An evening with Brother author David Chariandy, winner of this year’s Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction prize. The evening includes live music, an author reading and conversation with the author. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library branch of the London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street. Free admission.

APRIL 16, 2018  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

APRIL 15, 2018 in WHITBY: The Brooklin Branch of the Whitby Public Library invites you to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Brooklin Poetry Society. Includes the launch of their new anthology Written Tenfold, compiled and edited by Renee M Sgroi. 2 to 3 p.m. Library Program Room, Brooklin Branch, Whitby Public Library, 8 Vipond Road. Admission is free.

APRIL 14, 2018 in WINDSOR: The Windsor book launch of Little Fish by Casey Plett with guest readers Gwen Bailey, Sybil Lamb, and Amilcar John Nogueira, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East. Admission is free.

APRIL 14, 2018 in SARNIA: Celebrate National Poetry Month by dropping in to create a College Poem. 2 to 4 p.m. Sarnia Library, 124 Christina Street. Open to all ages.

APRIL 12, 2018 in PORT DOVER: PEACE Poetry Event with George Elliott Clarke, Richard Grove, Michael Schatte, Ian Bell, and John B. Lee, 7 p.m. Port Dover Branch of the Norfolk Public Library, 713 St. George Street. There is an admission charge.

April 12, 2018 in Port Dover

APRIL 12, 2018 in TORONTO: The Toronto launch of Nobody Looks that Young Here by Daniel Perry, 7 to 9 p.m. Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Avenue. (PLEASE NOTE: THE DATE FOR THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JUNE. WATCH FOR A FUTURE UPDATE.)

APRIL 10. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Joanna Sworn, Ned Baeck, and Carol Barbour. Guest host: Rosa Arlotto. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

APRIL 10, 2018 in TORONTO: Wild Writers hosted by Georgia Wilder presents featured readers Sheila Stewart and Brian Dedora plus 12 open mic spots. 7 to 10 p.m. Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Avenue. There is an admission charge for this event.

APRIL 10, 2018 in TORONTO: Boneshaker Reading Series presents E. Martin Nolan and Emmy Anglin. Hosted by Lillian Necakov. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bloor/Gladstone Library, 1101 Bloor Street West

APRIL 10, 2018 in OTTAWA: The Tree Reading Series presents Ronna Bloom and Chapbook Winner Adele Graf, 6:45 to 9:45 p.m. Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar, 1073 Bank Street.

APRIL 9, 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. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9 p.m.

APRIL 9, 2018  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

APRIL 8, 2018 in HAMILTON: GritLit and LitLive presents Lesley Bellwau, Kasis Jaronczyk, Melissa Kuipers, David James Brock, Arif Anwar, and Ruth Marshall, 7:30 p.m. The Staircase, 27 Dundurn St. North.

April 8, 2018 in Hamilton

APRIL 8, 2018 in TORONTO: Poet-to-Poet and Tranzac Club presents “More Songs & Poems” with special guest Lee Whalen, musical wizardry of Bob Cohen, Mary Hanson and David Hines. Co-hosted by Robert Priest and Max Layton. 5 to 7 p.m. Tanzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue. Free admission.

APRIL 8, 2018 in OAKVILLE: Poet Brandon Pitts will read from his new poetry collection In the company of Crows, hosted by Sheila Tucker as part of the Poetry & Prose monthly event, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Taste of Colombia – Fair Trade Café & El Salon “Events Room”.

APRIL 7, 2018 in LONDON: The opening of Text to Textiles, a show of fibre art illustrations based on the novel The Bones by London author Laura Wythe. The afternoon event includes readings from the novel. 1 to 4 p.m. Sifton Room, Masonville Branch Library. Note the show will be on display until April 28, 2018.

April 7, 2018 in London

APRIL 5, 2018 in TORONTO: The Privot Readings presents Virginia Konchan, Shannon Bramer, and Dani Couture. Hosted by Michelle Brown Colistro and Canisia Lubrin and held every second Thursday, 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Tiki Room in the Tranzac Club , 292 Brunswick Avenue. Pay what you can!

APRIL 4, 2018 in WINDSOR: The University of Windsor’s Editing and Publishing Practicum presents the launch of the poetry books All the Words Between by Mary Ann Mulhern and Ask the River by Denis Robillard, 7 to 10 p.m. at Fogolar Furtan Club of Windsor, 1800 North Service Road. Admission is free.

APRIL 4, 2018 in ST CATHARINES: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association (CAA) kicks off National Poetry Month with a poetry reading night. Readers include CAA poets, Brock University students from Adam Dickinson’s creative writing program, and winners of the Library’s Teen Poetry Contest. 7 p.m. Mill Room, St. Catharines Public Library, 54 Church Street. Free admission.

APRIL 4, 2018 in LONDON: London Open Mic Poetry Night presents featured guest Blair Trewartha  followed by an open mic 7 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street.

APRIL 3. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Lucy Brennan, James Dewar, and Sue Reynolds. Guest host: TBA. Note: open mic competition has been moved to a monthly (last Tuesday of the month) versus a weekly event. 8 p.m. The Free Times Café, 320 College Street (Spadina/College). Cover charge.

APRIL 2, 2018 in TORONTO: The Al Purdy A-Frame Association presents “Purdy Drinks”, their annual Toronto fundraiser. Highlights include readings by Laura Clarke, Jeff Latosik, Damian Rogers, and Karen Solie plus music and Purdy items for sale. Doors open at 6 p.m. The historic Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street. There is an admission charge.

APRIL 2, 2018  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: CANCELLED – LIBRARY CLOSED FOR EASTER MONDAY.

APRIL 1 to 30, 2018 in ONTARIO and across CANADA: The League of Canadian Poets celebrates National Poetry Month 2018 with numerous events taking place in various locations and dates.  Check the League’s website for additional information.

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