Events – 2020

JULY 31, 2020 ONLINE: Book Launch of The Unending Journey by Jose Del Pozo; Translated from Spanish by Ian Thomas Shaw, at 7 p.m. via Zoom ad live on Facebook. See poster below:

July 31, 2020 online

JULY 28, 2020 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents Debbie Okun Hill and Fran Figge. Guest host: John Oughton. 8 to 10 p.m.  Viewing from Facebook Groups – Art Bar Poetry Series. See it here.

may 26, 2020 on-line

JULY 28, 2020 ONLINE: An Evening with Desmond Cole, an award-winning journalist, radio host, and activist in Toronto, 7 tp 8:30 p.m. Presented by the Kitchener Public Library and the African Caribbean Black (ACB) Network, Waterloo Region. This is a live presentation.

July 28, 2020 online

JULY 21, 2020 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents Ian Ferrier and Ella Zeltserman. Guest host: Mike Lipsius. 8 to 10 p.m.  Viewing from Facebook Groups – Art Bar Poetry Series.

JULY 21, 2020 ONLINE: Sharon Berg will be a 20-minute featured reader during an online Zoom meeting organized by Sheila Tucker, host of Poetry&Prose. The event, including an open mic, will be held on July 21, 2020 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Berg will be reading from Naming the Shadows/Stories and her soon-to-be-released poetry collection Stars in the Junkyard (Cyberwit 2020). She will also briefly introduce her nonfiction book The Name Unspoken: Wandering Spirit Survival School (Big Pond Rumours Press, 2019), which won a 2020 IPPY Award. Contact Sheila at OakvillePandP (at) protonmail (dot) com to be added to the Zoom presentation.

July 21, 2020 online2

JULY 21, 2020 ONLINE: Guernica Editions presents a virtual author reading and audiobook launch of Mad Hatter by Hornby Island author Amanda Hale, 7 to 7:30 p.m. on the AmandaHaleAuthor Facebook page. This is a free event.

July 21, 2020 online

JULY 16, 2020 ONLINE:  Poet Gavin Barrett launches his poetry collection Understan (Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.). This ZOOM event includes live music, reading and a Q&A with Meenakshi Alimchandani, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Register on eventbrite.

JULY 16, 2020 ONLINE: #ArtsCanConnects presents “Writing Lesson Workshop” with Joseph Boyden, 7 p.m. EDT.

July 16, 2020 online

JULY 16, 2020 ONLINE: LOVE IN THE TIME of COVID POETRY OPEN MIC, a monthly online poetry open mic series hosted by Owen Sound Poet Laureate Richard-Yves Sitoski. Held on the third Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. via ZOOM. To obtain an event link, contact Richard at r_sitoski (at) yahoo (dot) ca or find him on Facebook.

May 21, June 18, July 16 2020 on-lineJULY 15, 2020 ONLINE: Come Play With Me presents a self-isolation digital play reading of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov and curated by Sheena Albanese and Jelena Psenicnik, 7:30 p.m. See poster below:

July 15, 2020 onlineJULY 14, 2020 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents Margaret Christakos and Sue Chenette. Guest host: Maida Sosa-Valazques. 8 to 10 p.m.  Viewing from Facebook Groups – Art Bar Poetry Series.

JULY 11, 2020 ONLINE: The Association of Italian Canadian Writers presents “The Art of the Pitch: Get Your Manuscript into the Right Hands” featuring longtime editor and publisher Michael Mirolla of Guernica Editions, one of Canada’s thriving independent presses, 2 p.m. Online Zoom Event: write info@aicw to reserve your spot.

JULY 10, 11, 12, 2020 in WINDSOR: The 4th Windsor International Writers Conference welcomes all levels of writers from beginners to professional. Agents, Editors, Publishers, Keynote Speakers, and more. This is a ticketed event with early bird specials until December 31, 2019. ASSUMED CANCELLED.

JULY 9, 2020 ONLINE:  Eden Mills Writers’ Festival “In Your Own Backyard” Online Series presents Looking Backward, Looking Forward; Fiction authors Shani Mootoo, John Elizabeth Sintzi and Souvankham Thammavongsa will discuss their new novels with host Farzana Doctor, 8 to 9 p.m.  EST. Check the festival website for ticket and additional information.

JULY 9, 2020 ONLINE: Word Up Online presents novelist Barbara Kyle at 7 p.m. and followed by an open mic. Hosted by Aaron Reynolds, Linda Laforge and Word Up. Online event at

July 9, 2020 online

JULY 8, 2020 ONLINE: The Brockton Writers Series July 2020 presents literary readings by Kamila Rina, Ryan Kap, Waubgeshig Rice, and Marlo K. Shaw. Hosted by Nancy Kay Clark and the Brockton Writers Series, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at

JULY 8, 2020 in LONDON: LOMP: reading series & open mic (held on the first Wednesday of each month). This month’s feature is Lisa Young. 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.  Doors open at 6 p.m. Readings 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street. NOTE: CANCELLED

JULY 8, 2020 ONLINE: The Anstruther Press Launch presents The Phobic’s Handbook by Sile Englert; What Do You Want To Be Called? by Kirby; Borderlands by Marc Perez; Bachelor of Art by Ayaz Pirani; Claw Machine by Mahalia Smith; and In Flocks of Three to Five by Samuel Strathman. Zoom details TBA.

JULY 7, 2020 ONLINE: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents John Terpstra and Josh Smith. Guest host: Gavin Barrett. 8 to 10 p.m.  Viewing from Facebook Groups – Art Bar Poetry Series.

JULY 7, 2020 ONLINE: Canadian poet/publisher Michael Mirolla and The League of Canadian Poets presents “Experiencing a Different Kind of Solitude and Confinement. This is the Life of a Poet”. Facebook lifestream at 12 p.m. EST.

July 7, 2020 online

JULY 4, 2020 ONLINE: The Alice Munro Festival presents Souvankham Thammavongsa, short story author of How to Pronounce Knife, 10 a.m. EST. To be aired on the Alice Munro Festival Facebook page.

June 13 to July 4, 2020 online

JULY 1 to 4, 2020 ONLINE: The 2020 Poets @ Artfest VI presents the Artfest Kingston Virtual Event organized by Bruce Kauffman. The event will feature readings from Canadian poets and an interactive poem project for virtual visitors. Thirty-four poems (by poets from Kingston, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal) have been recorded into a 1 hour, 07-minute, 39-second track.

JULY 1, 2020 ONLINE: LOMP: reading series & open mic (held on the first Wednesday of each month). This month’s feature is Misha Bower and Will Kidman. To be aired at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The video will be available for viewing on TAP’s website.