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Toronto Wordsmiths launches the new zine This Art Is Real on Friday at Blackbird! [image via facebook]

Monday, April 20


Gender Splendour, 8pm, The Central, 603 Markham St, #10

A storytelling show about gender in all of its forms.

Tuesday, April 21


Confidence Launch Party, 7pm, The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, free

Russell Smith launches his newest book with Biblioasis. Besides launching Confidence, the world premiere of BOYS UNDERWEAR GIRLS and big tunes from DJs Deadline and Shawn Benjamin make this a promising opportunity to get the Garrison going up on a Tuesday.

Hummingbird, 7pm, Paintbox Catering and Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, free

An east end open mic encouraging writers and performers of all ages and experiences to take to the stage! Hosted by Unbuttoned.

The Art Bar Poetry Series, 8pm, Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave, free

Rob Colman, Ian French & Tracy Hamon read.

National Poetry Month Book Launch, 6:30pm, Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Ave, free

Biblioasis and Ben McNally Books celebrate NPM with a triple whammy book launch, with texts from Robyn Sarah, Robert Melançon and Zachariah Wells.

Wednesday, April 22


Theatre of the Unimpressed Launch, 7pm, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W, free

Coach House Books launches a personal and pedagogical new book from Toronto’s indie theatre sensation, Jordan Tannahill.

Pivot Reading Series, 8pm, The Steady, 10501 Bloor St W, free

Pivot moves to the popular queer west bar The Steady with three visiting westerners: kevin mcpherson eckhoff, Jake Kennedy and Matt Rader.

Thursday, April 23


BookThug Spring 2015 Book Launch, 7pm, The Garrison, free

TEN NEW BOOKS this season from one of the coolest presses ever, eight of which launch tonight. Don’t miss out!


Anvil Press Spring Poetry Launch, 7pm, The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir St, free

Poets Jeff Streudel, Melissa Bull and Kevin Spenst launch books. Hosted by Jen Currin.

Friday, April 24

Toronto WordSmiths Zine Launch and Open Mic, 7pm, Blackbird Bistro, 993 Bloor St W, PWYC/free with $5 zine

Community writers group Toronto WordSmiths ins launching its new zine, This Art Is Real! Zeinab Aidid hosts a night complete with readings by Renée Ashanta Henry, Whitney French, Leaf Jerlefia and more.

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