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Toronto’s Dragnet Mag launches issue four, Koyama Press launches new urban exploring book Rivers Forgotten along with poetry readings galore in this week’s indie events round-up.


Jan. 16, “BoardGame Designers Night,” Snakes & Lattes, 600 Bloor Street West, 7pm

Hang with other local boardgame designers and get feedback on your game’s rules and design.

Jan. 17, Toronto Poetry Slam Qualifiers, Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue, 8 pm, $5

The Vancouver International Poetry Festival is right around the corner and Toronto Poetry Slam is having its “qualifying slam” this week to decide on who will represent Toronto at the highly-anticipated event.

Jan. 17, “12th Annual Art Bar Discovery Night hosted by Nancy Bullis,” Paupers Pub (Second Floor), 539 Bloor Street West, 7:30 pm

Poets get three minutes (or less) to tell a poem at the Art Bar Poetry Series. Winners advance through the competition by audience vote.

Jan 18, Rivers Forgotten Book Launch, Holy Oak Tavern, 1241 Bloor St. West, 7:30 pm, Free.

Toronto photographer Jeremy Kai launches his new book (Rivers Forgotten, Koyama Press) of urban exploring shots of underground Toronto.

Jan. 18, “A World of Shorts: Past Perfect,” NFB Mediatheque ONF, 150 John Street, 6 pm and 8 pm, $6, $4 (for Students, Seniors and Passholders)

A night of short films that focus on documenting the world around us.

Jan 21, Dragnet Mag: Issue Four Launch party, Academy of the Impossible, 231 Wallace Ave, 9pm.
Lovely new online mag launches issue number four at the new Academy of the Impossible space in the Junction. Contributors to the latest issue will read, followed by some DJ stylings by the boys at indie electronic music blog Silent Shout.

London, Ontario

Jan. 19, “Truth vs. Fiction – Round 3,” apk live, 340 Wellington Street, 7 pm

Bring an original true or fictional stories to this event; the audience will determine what’s true and what’s false.


Jan. 18, Edmonton Story Slam, The Haven Social Club, 15120 Stony Plain Road, 7:30, $5 (Suggested Donation)

Listen to some great stories or tell your own and make it into the upcoming Story Slam competition on March 21.


Jan. 16, Vancouver Poetry Slam Welcomes Amy Everhart, Cafe Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive, 7 pm, $6-$10

Portlander Amy Everhart, the Individual World Poetry Slam’s first ever female winner, visits Vancouver Poetry Slam.

Jan. 18, “Feature Wall,” Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 1895 Venables Street, 6 PM

Gillian McConnell’s series which questions if interior design could be considered art takes centre stage. The exhibition runs through February 12.

Picture by Jeremy Kai from the new Koyama Press release Rivers Forgotten, launching this Wednesday.