Events – 2019

JUNE 30, 2019 in SARNIA: Writer’s Block, a songwriter’s workshop (for all ages new and old) held on the last Sunday of every month. Hosted by musician Missy Burgess, the event encourages the group to select three new topics at random and to prepare a song for the following month. This is a free event for anyone interested in writing a song. 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, 127 Christina Street South. (CANCELLED FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS. BACK IN SEPTEMBER.)

JUNE 30, 2019 in KINGSTON: Poet Bruce Kauffman will launch his 4th collection of poetry an evening absence still waiting for moon on the 2nd morning of the 3-day poetry festival “Poets @ Artfest V, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Poetry Tent, City Park, King Street East.

JUNE 27, 2019 in WINDSOR: “Let’s Talk With Casey Plett” an intimate chat (with the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction) about the writing life, the Canadian literary industry and more. Hosted by Vanessa Shields, 7 to 9 p.m. at Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East.

June 27, 2019 in Windsor

JUNE 27, 2019 in TORONTO: Urban Folk Art Salon presents Bridget Alei, Elana Wolff, Howard Gladstone, Josie Di Sciascio, and Pierre L’Abbe. Hosted by Tom Gannon Hamilton, 6 to 8 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Library, 599 Mount Pleasant Road.

June 27, 2019 in Toronto

JUNE 26, 2019 in LONDON: Tangerine Poetry Night, a live poetry reading by a group of diverse graduate students from Western University. The public is also welcome to attend and share their work during the open mic, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Brown & Dickson, 567 Richmond Street.

JUNE 26, 2019 in HAMILTON: Author Talk and Reading with Ann Hui, The Globe and Mail’s national food reporter and author of Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Café and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants, 7 to 8 p.m. at The Westdale,  1014 King Street West. This will be followed by the movie Eat Drink Man Woman at 8:15 p.m. The event is brought to you in partnership with The Westdale and The Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society with support from our friends at King West Books. PLEASE NOTE: This is a ticketed event.

JUNE 25, 2019 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Revulva Rasiqra, Kate Marshall Flaherty, and Shane Neilson followed by an open mic.  Guest host: Terry Trowbridge, 8 p.m. at Free Times Café, 320 College Street. There is a cover charge for this event.

JUNE 25, 2019 in LONDON: The co-launch of Under the Gamma Camera (Gaspereau, 2019), the debut full-length collection of poetry by Madeline Bassinett and Incubation Chamber (Anstruther, 2019), the debut chapbook of David Barrick, 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown & Dickson, 567 Richmond Street

June 25, 2019 in London

Poetry London co-director David Barrick and Poetry London board member Madeline Bassnett will be launching new work, June 25 in London.

JUNE 25, 2019 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LXXV presents featured poets Merle Nudelman and Reza Eslami with hosts Banoo Zan and Terese Pierre. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up at 6:30 p.m. Show at 7 p.m. at Main Hall of the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue. There is a cover charge.

June 25, 2019 in Toronto

JUNE 24, 2019  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: bobandjane62@gmail.com NOTE: THIS IS LAST WORKSHOP FOR THE SEASON. tHE WORKSHOP GROUP MEETS AGAIN IN SEPTEMBER.

JUNE 22, 2019 IN BURLINGTON: Crime Writers of Canada Discussion Panel featuring local crime writers: Lynn McPherson, Melodie Campbell, Jen J. Danna, and Ross Pennie, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at The Great Hall, Central Branch of the Burlington Public Library, 2331 New Street.

JUNE 22, 2019 in OAKVILLE: Oakville Poetry & Prose presents Ottawa author Ian Prattis and his new book Painting with Words: Poetry for a New Era, followed by an open mic (3 minutes per person), 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at A Taste of Columbia cafe’s studio, 67 Bronte Road

JUNE 21, 2019 in LONDON: The London launch of Lindsay Bird’s debut poetry collection BOOM TIME (Gaspereau Press), 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown & Dickson, 567 Richmond Street

JUNE 18, 2019 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Khashaydar Mohammadi, David Silverberg, and Jaclyn Piudik followed by an open mic.  Guest host: Rosa Arlotto, 8 p.m. at Free Times Café, 320 College Street. There is a cover charge for this event.

JUNE 17, 2019 in TORONTO: The launch of BRICK 103, A Literary Journal with readings by Martha Baillie and Sadiqa de Meijer and a special presentation from writer, illustrator, and ink-maker Jason Logan, 7:30 to 11 p.m. at Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West.

JUNE 17, 2019 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriter Gregger Botting. Held on the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9:30 p.m. at 127 Christina Street South. Admission is free. (NOTE: THIS IS THE LAST OPEN STAGE FOR THE SEASON. OPEN STAGE WILL RETURN IN SEPTEMBER.)

JUNE 17, 2019 in WINDSOR: BIBLIOASIS celebrates James Joyce’s scandalous novel with talks by Kirk E. Jirgens and Tom Dilworth as well as a reading from Ulysses by the audience, 7 to 9 p.m. at Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East.

JUNE 17, 2019  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: bobandjane62@gmail.com NOTE: THIS IS THE SECOND LAST WORKSHOP BEFORE THE GROUP TAKES A SUMMER BREAK.

JUNE 15, 2019 in HAMILTON area: Launch of the Winter 2018-2019 AND Summer 2019 editions of TOWER POETRY, 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Redchurch Café & Gallery, 68 King Street East. Admission is free.

JUNE 14, 2019 in BARRIE: Dinner and Conversation with Victoria Butler, poet laureate, City of Barrie and Editor of The Northern Appeal, hosted by Grace United Church (Barrie), 6 to 9 p.m., 350 Grove Street East, FREE admission.

JUNE 13, 2019 in BARRIE: Word Up presents featured readers poet Michael Fraser and writer David Rankine followed by an open mic, 7 to 9 p.m. at Unity Market Cafe & Studios, 25 Toronto Street.

JUNE 13, 2019 in TORONTO: Inanna Publications Book Launch No. 4,  6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Supermarket Restaurant & Bar, 268 Augusta Avenue (Kensington Market) Admission FREE.

June 13, 2019 in Toronto

JUNE 12, 2019 in SARNIA: The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre Sarnia-Lambton and the Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Sarnia Lambton presents the launch of Out Of The Shadows with Human Trafficking Survivor, Authors, Speaker, and Social Advocate Timea Nagy, 7 to 9 p.n. at the Sarnia Public Library, 124 Christina Street. This is a ticketed event. NOTE: EFFECTIVE JUNE 5, 2019, THE EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. PLEASE CONTACT THE BOOK KEEPER IF YOU PURCHASED A TICKET.

June 12, 2019 in Sarnia - cancelled

JUNE 12, 2019 in TORONTO: Reading in the Park at “Gordon Tree” with poet Susan McMaster, 6 to 7 p.m. at Fred Hamilton Park, just souoth of College, on Shaw, two short blocks east of Ossington.  Sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, Readings in Public Places program with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

JUNE 11, 2019 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Doyali Islam, Eric Schmaltz, and Matthew Tierney followed by an open mic.  Guest host: Maida sosa-Valesquez, 8 p.m. at Free Times Café, 320 College Street. There is a cover charge for this event.

JUNE 11, 2019 in TORONTO: Voices from South Africa Salon with Bianca Marais and hosted by the Heliconian Club, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Avenue NOTE: THIS IS A TICKETED EVENT.

June 11, 2019 in Yorkville

JUNE 11, 2019 in HAMILTON: Lit Chat with Jennifer Mook-Sang. Topic: How to Write a Children’s Book and Get Published while Procrastinating, 7:30 to 9 p.m., LINC classroom, 4th floor, Central Branch of the Hamilton Public Library

JUNE 11, 2019 in LONDON: Synaeresis: arts + poetry presents Mykonos Open Mic Poetry Series. Featured guest reader Joan Clayton plus open mic to follow. Sign-up for open mic readers at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Event: 7 to 9 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street North (at Elias Street). Admission is free.

June 11, 2019 in London

JUNE 11, 2019 in OTTAWA: The Ottawa Book Launch of The Allspice Bath by Sonia Saikaley (Inanna Publications) with special guests Anita Kushwaha and Ian Thomas Shaw, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Octopus Books, 116 Third Avenue.

June 11, 2019 in Ottawa

JUNE 10, 2019 in SARNIA: “Open Stage” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Hosted by singer-songwriter Gregger Botting. Held on the second and third Monday of each month. Welcomes music, poetry, storytelling, prose and those who wish to just listen. 7 to 9:30 p.m. at 127 Christina Street South. Admission is free.

JUNE 10, 2019 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: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JUNE 9, 2019 in OAKVILLE: The Oakville Literary Café presents featured reader Anubha Mehta, author of A Peacock in the Snow plus an open mic for poetry and prose. 4 to 6 p.m. at the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East. NOTE: There is a cover charge. Also this is the final event for the season.

JUNE 9, 2019 in TORONTO: A Song and Poetry Salon presents Sharon Berg, Donna Langevin, Max Layton, The Curries, Sahara Spracklin, and Ruth Jenkins with host Glen Hornblast, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Tiki Room, Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue.

June 9, 2019 in Toronto

JUNE 8, 2019 in SARNIA: Book signing and meet & greet with Jeremy Woodley, author of Jeremy, Jesus, And The Beatles, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coles Lambton Mall.

JUNE 7, 2019 in SARNIA: The Clarence Street Little Free Library celebrates it’s 5th anniversary with a party, 4 to 6 p.m. at Clarence and Dent.

JUNE 6, 2019 in MISSISSAUGA: Verses Out Loud, a spoken word and poetry open mic features Qurat Dar, 7 to 10 p.m. at West Edge, Common Grounds Cafe, 157 Lakeshore Road West. Presented by the Mississauga Arts Council.

JUNE 6, 2019 in TORONTO: Palimpsest Press presents its “Spring Launch” featuring readings by John Barton, Elizabeth Ross, John Wall Banger, and Nadja Hazard, 7 p.m. at Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Avenue. Free Admission.

JUNE 5, 2019 in LONDON: Best-selling author Guy Gabriel Kay will discuss his new novel A Brightness Long Ago, followed by a book-signing, 7 to 8 p.m. at Indigo North London, 86 Fanshawe Park Road East.

JUNE 5, 2019 in SARNIA: The Play’s The Thing will feature the play reading of Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by the Governor General’s Award winning play by Ann-Marie MacDonald, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, 127 Christina Street South. Both readers and an audience are welcome.

JUNE 5, 2019 in LONDON: LOMP: reading series & open mic (held on the first Wednesday of each month). This month’s featured reader is poet John Wall Barger, author of his fourth book The Mean Game (Palimpsest Press, spring 2019). 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. Brown & Dickson, 567 Richmond Street. PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE FOR THIS MONTH ONLY

JUNE 4, 2019 in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Wubit Zewdu, Mori McCrae, and Cassidy McFadzean followed by an open mic.  Guest host: Rosa Arlotto, 8 p.m. at Free Times Café, 320 College Street. There is a cover charge for this event.

JUNE 4, 2019 in TORONTO: The Wild Writers Poetry Salon presents featured readers Fira Astrali and Peter Jickling, 7 to 9 p.m. at Poetry Jazz Café, 224 Augusta Avenue.

JUNE 4, 2019 in TORONTO: The Rowers Reading Series presents featured readers Cassandra Blanchard, Derek Mascarenhas, Anubha Mehta, and Judy Rebick, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street.

June 4, 2019 in Toronto

JUNE 4, 2019 in TORONTO: Heather Cadsby presents her latest poetry collection Standing in the Flock of Connections, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Arts & Letters Club, 14 Elm Street.

JUNE 3, 2019  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: bobandjane62@gmail.com

JUNE 2, 2019 in HAMILTON: LITLIVE literary readings featuring Allison Lasorda, Rod Carley, Mark Frutkin, John Wall Barger, Gabriella Goliger, and Richard Sanger, 7:30 p.m. at The Staircase, 27 Dundurn St. N NOTE: There is an admission charge.

June 2, 2019 in Hamilton

JUNE 2, 2019 in OTTAWA: The Ottawa launch of TAMARACKS: Canadian poetry for the 21st century anthology. Featured readers: Sylvia Adams, Frances Boyle, Mary Lee Bragg, James Deahl, Doris Fiszer, Maureen Korp, Ruth Latta, Norma West Linder, Blaine Marchand, and Colin Morton,  3 to 5:30 p.m. at Pressed, 750 Gladstone Avenue. Admission is free.

TAMARACKS Ottawa launch June 2, 2019 at Pressed Revised

JUNE 2,  2019 in LONDON: Writers Open Mic, All Genres at Mykonos organized by Joan Clayton. All genres are welcome: short stories, novels, scripts, journals. Readers will have 8 to 10 minutes to present their work in a warm, inviting atmosphere, 2 to 5 p.m. at Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street North.

JUNE 2, 2019 in WINDSOR: NeWest Press presents the launch of Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear, a debut novel by Heidi L. M. Jacobs, the English and History Librarian at the University of Windsor, 1 p.m. at Anchor Coffee House, 543 Lincoln Road

JUNE 1, 2019 in KINGSTON: Crime Writers of Canada presents “Crime in Limestone” an evening of mystery trivia, book signing and more, 7 p.m. at Kingston Brewing Company, 34 Clarence Street.

June 1, 2019 in Kingston - poster

JUNE 1, 2019 in KINGSTON: Limestone Genre Expo celebrates the best in Canadian genre fiction: panel discussions, workshops, readings, and book signings, at Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnston Street.

June 1, 2019 in Kingston

June 1, 2019 in Kingston - schedule

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