Events – 2019

 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. – August 12, 2018)

TARNISHED TROPHIES BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE: 2014 AND 2015.

MY CURRENT READINGS AND WORKSHOPS: 2016-2017 AND 2018.

EVENTS:

APRIL 27, 2019 in WELLAND: The Welland Public Library hosts local and out-of-town poetry readers from the Canadian anthology Tamaracks. Featured readers TBA. 2 to 4 p.m. Welland Public Library, 50 The Boardwalk. This is a National Poetry Month event.

Tamaracks - Lummox Press, 2018

SECOND AND THIRD MONDAY, 2019 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.

EVERY MONDAY, 2019  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

2018 EVENTS

NOTE BELOW IS JUST A PARTIAL LIST OF EVENTS FOR 2018. THE MOST UP-TO-DATE LISTING APPEARS HERE.

DECEMBER 18, 2018 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series features poets TBA 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

DECEMBER 4. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Donna Langevin, and TBA. 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.

NOVEMBER 27. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Antony Di Nardo, and TBA. 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.

NOVEMBER 27, 2018 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series features poets TBA 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

NOVEMBER 20. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Andrew McEwan, and TBA. 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.

NOVEMBER 13. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Sue Chenette, Sheri-D, and Paul Vermeersch. 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.

NOVEMBER 6. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers John Terpstra, Margaret Christakos, and TBA. 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.

OCTOBER 30. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Lea Harper, Dilys Leman, and Dominique Bernier-Cormier . 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.

OCTOBER 30, 2018 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series features poets TBA 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

OCTOBER 29, 2018 in SARNIA: Showcase Literacy 2018 presents bestselling author Mitch Albom with his latest book The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, 7 p.m. Sarnia Library Auditorium. Please note: this is a ticketed event that includes a copy of the author’s latest book.

OCTOBER 23. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers REmilia Nielsen, Lenea Grace, and Brian Dedora. 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.

OCTOBER 20, 2018 in ST CATHARINES: The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association will launch the 33rd volume of The Banister with readings of award-winning poems selected by judge Ellen Jaffe. Several local and out-of-town contributors will be in attendance, 2 to 4 p.m. in the Rotary/Bankers Rom of the St. Catharines Public Library, 54 Church Street. Admission is free.

OCTOBER 16. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Al Moritz, Linda Frank, and Marvyne Jenoff. 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.

OCTOBER 16, 2018 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents Canadian War Historian Tim Cook with his new book, 7 p.m. at the Sarnia Royal Canadian Legion. Note: this is a ticketed event.

OCTOBER 14, 2018 in OAKVILLE: The Ontario Poetry Society presents the Autumn Ingathering for Poetry, Members’ Readings and Open Mic., 1 to 4 p.m. Units 2 & 3, Fair Trade Coffee & Gift Shop, 67 Bronte Road. Admission is free

OCTOBER 9. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Lois Lorimer, Rocco de Giacomo, and Maureen Harris. 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.

OCTOBER 5, 2018 in TORONTO: k/f/b Readings presents the Baseline Press Chapbook Launch, Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Poetry – 7-ish, The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, 2nd floor, Kensington Market

OCTOBER 4, 2018 in SARNIA: The Book Keeper presents Dr. Brian Goldman who will discuss his book The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sarnia Public Library, 124 Christina Street South. NOTE: This is a ticketed event.

OCTOBER 2. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Rosa Arlotto, Jim Nason, and Caroline Szpak. 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.

OCTOBER 2, 2018 in WINDSOR: Poetry at the Manor presents Sheri-D Wilson, Poet Laureate of Calgary 2018-2020, 7 p.m. Willistead Manor.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 in LONDON: As part of Culture Days, Unscripted, the speaker series, presents Jordi Mand, 2 to 4 p.m. TAP Centre for Creativity, 203 Dundas Street. RSVP requested.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 in SARNIA: 100 Thousand Performing Artists for Change. People from all over the globe gather to perform free to an audience with works that promote Peace, human rights, and sustainable living, all at the same time, on the same day, all across the globe. Sharon Berg of Big Pond Rumours is seeking people from Sarnia who may be interested in performing and/or helping to organize the event with her. Contact her via Big Pond Rumours.

SEPTEMBER 25. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Sonja Greckol, Ben Gallagher, and Jason Freure. 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.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 in TORONTO: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series features poets TBA 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

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 in TORONTO: “A” 100,000 Poets for Change Toronto event featuring a full roster of readers. (Please note: there is NOT an open mic for this event.) Doors open at 6 p.m. Event begins shortly before 7 p.m. with a traditional First National greeting by O Puck. Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Avenue.

SEPTEMBER 18. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Richard Sanger, Richardo Sternberg and TOPoet.ca. 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.

Quattro Books Presents

Fox Haunts (Aeolus House, 2018) by Penn Kemp

Penn Kemp will read from her latest book Fox Haunts (Aeolus House, 2018) September 7 in Parry Sound, September 9 in Ottawa, September 11 in Kingston, and September 12 in Toronto.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 in TORONTO: Aeolus House poets: Ariane Blackman, Tom Hamilton, Penn Kemp, and Sydney White will read from their recent books, 7 to 9  p.m. (Note: doors open at 6:30 p.m.)Supermarket Restaurant, 268 Augusta Avenue.

SEPTEMBER 11. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Shannon Quinn, David Brock, and Bruce Hunter. 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.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 in TORONTO: Boneshaker Reading Series presents Nobody Looks that Young Here by Daniel Perry, 7 p.m. Bloor/Gladstone Branch, Toronto Public Library, 1101 Bloor Street West.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 in KINGSTON: Penn Kemp launches Local Heroes and Fox Haunts, 7 p.m. at Novel Idea, 156 Princess Street. She will also be taped on Bruce Kaffman’s radio show “finding a voice” – a showcase of spoken word events broadcast weekly, Friday, 4 to 6 p.m. EST on CFRC 101.9FM.

Panoptic - Aeolus House 2018 - by Tom Gannon Hamilton

SEPTEMBER 10, 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 and the summer months of July and August) at Point Edward Library on Michigan Avenue. More details: bobandjane62@gmail.com

SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 in OTTAWA: Aeolus House poets: Ariane Blackman, Brian Cameron, Stanley Fefferman, Tom Hamilton, and Penn Kemp will read from their recent books, 4 to 6 p.m. Pressed (waffle  house), 750 Gladstone Avenue.

Quattro Books Presents

SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 in PARRY SOUND: Canadian poets Katerina Fretwell and Penn Kemp will read from their work. More info: TBA

SEPTEMBER 4. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader kevin P. Gilday, Chris Pannell, and Ian Burgham. 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.

SEPTEMBER 4. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Kevin P. Gilday, Chris Pannell, and Ian Burgham. 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.

AUGUST 30, 2018 in LONDON: Couplets Series presents episode #19 with special guests Sile Englert, Victoria Hetherington, Debbie Okun Hill, and Jessica O’Neil, 6 to 8 p.m. at The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street. Please note the extended time and change in format from two Couplets readers to four performers.

August 30, 2018 in London

AUGUST 28. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured readers Liz Howard, Greer Roberts, and Sue Bracken. Guest host: Rob Welch. 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.

AUGUST 28, 2018 in PETROLIA: A literary event hosted by Big Pond Rumours Press. Guest reader Tom Gannon Hamilton, first place winner of the 2018 Big Pond Rumours Chapbook Contest will share the spotlight with Big Pond Rumours Press publisher Sharon Berg and Lambton County poet/blogger Debbie Okun Hill, 6 to 8 p.m. at The Cottage, Petrolia Line.

August 28, 2018 in Petrolia

AUGUST 26, 2018 in WINDSOR: A literary event hosted by Big Pond Rumours Press. Guest reader Tom Gannon Hamilton, first place winner of the 2018 Big Pond Rumours Chapbook Contest  will share the spotlight with Big Pond Rumours Press publisher Sharon Berg and Windsor poet Laurie Smith, 1  to 3 p.m. at Storyteller Bookstore, 1472 Ottawa Street. Admission is free.

August 26, 2018 in Windsor

AUGUST 25, 2018 in LONDON: Synaeresis arts + poetry presents six recent contributors to the London-based magazine: Penn Kemp, Brittany Renaud, Steve Murphy, Alan Leangvan, Carrie Connel-Gripp and Andreas Connel-Gripp. Hosted by Harmonia Press.  5 to 6 p.m. Black Walnut Bakery Café (new back room), 134 Wortley Road near Askin Street. Admission is free.

August 25, 2018 in London

AUGUST 25, 2018 in SARNIA: A literary event hosted by Big Pond Rumours Press. Guest reader Tom Gannon Hamilton, first place winner of the 2018 Big Pond Rumours Chapbook Contest  will share the spotlight with Toronto poet Heather Roberts Cadsby and Lambton County fiction writer/blogger/columnist Phyllis Humby, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sarnia Library, 124 Christina Street South. Admission is free.

August 25, 2918 in SarniaAUGUST 24, 2018 in WINDSOR: Biblioasis hosts poet/scholar Tanis MacDonald with her new book Out of Line: Daring to be an Artist Outside the Big City. She will discuss the different ways artists create and how real artists fit into the everyday world. The event will feature panellists Aimee Parent Dunn (Publisher of Palimpsest Press), Ron Leary (Canadian folk singer), Kim Fahner (author of Some Other Sky), Sybil Lamb (Author of I’ve Got a Time Bomb) and Casey Plett (Author of Little Fish). Refreshments and book signings.

AUGUST 24, 2018 in TORONTO: k/f/b Readings presents Special guest curator Klara Du Plessis/Aaron Boothby/Canisia Lubrin, Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Poetry – 7-ish, The Dark Side Studio, 244 Augusta Avenue, 2nd floor, Kensington Market

AUGUST 23, 2018 in LONDON: Tom Gannon Hamilton (1st place winner of Big Pond Rumours 2018 Chapbook Contest), Sile Englert (London poet/fiction writer/visual artist) and Sharon Berg (publisher of Big Pond Rumours) will read, 7 to 9 p.m. Brown and Dickson Bookstore, 609 Richmond Street.

August 23, 2018 in London

AUGUST 22, 2018 in SAULT STE MARIE: Poet Denis Robillard will read from his book Ask the River, 3 to 4 p.m. Sault Ste Marie Public Library, 50 East Street. Refreshments and snacks provided.

AUGUST 21. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Allen Sutterfield, Pascal Dennis, and Suparna Ghosh. 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.

AUGUST 19, 2018 in LONDON: The Ontario Poetry Society presents the Sultry Summer Poetry Gathering, Members’ Readings and Open Mic., 12:30 to 4 p.m. Mykonos Restaurant, 572 Adelaide Street North. Admission is free. NOTE: DATE CHANGE

AUGUST 14. 2018  in TORONTO: The Art Bar Poetry Series presents featured reader Maureen Hynes, Ronna Bloom, and TBA. 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.

COMPLETED EVENTS

AUGUST 12, 2018 in TORONTO: Poet/author Sheniz Janmohamed and Aga Khan Museum Educator Laboni Islam will guide a Literary Walking Tour through the Age Khan Museum, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive. Hosted by Diaspora Dialogues. Please note there is an admission charge and the tours are capped at 25 people per tour. More info on the Museum website.

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