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The League of Lady Wrestlers presents their ISLAND RUMBLE II this Friday. Poster by Michael Comeau


Tuesday, September 15


Hummingbird Open Mic, 7pm, Paintbox, 555 Dundas St E, 7pm, free

An open mic with the live band Unbottoned on the third Tuesday of every month.

Debriefing Elsipogtog and Upping The Anti 17 Double Launch, 7pm, D-Beatstro, 1292 Bloor St W, PWYC

Miles Howe’s new book detailing the anti-shale gas actions in New Brunswick in 2013 launches alongside the newest issue of radical journal Upping the Anti.

Heyday Launch, 7pm, Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W, free

Thightrope Books presents the publication of Marnie Woodrow’s second novel including guest reader Ron Schafrick and Tarot readings. 

Wednesday, September 16


Anstruther and Frog Hollow Chapbook Launch, 7pm, The Steady, 10501 Bloor St W, free

Anstruther Press and Frog Hollow Press launch four new chapbooks.

ChiSeries Toronto presents: Gary Barwin, Simon McNeil and Rebecca M. Senese, 8pm, ROUND, 152a Augusta Ave

Bring your inner and tuck in for September’s edition of ChiSeries.

Thursday, September 17th


Launch Party: Leading Lines & Loyalist to a Fault, 6:30pm, The Get Well, 1181 Dundas St W, free

New books from Evan Munday and Chantel Guertin from ECW Press.

Scenes from the Maul, 7:30pm, Weird Things, 998 Bathurst St, free

New works from Fiona Smyth at one of our favorite venues, Weird Things!

Friday, September 18


Psychiatry and the Business of Madness Launch, 5:30pm, OISE 12th Floor, 252 Bloor St W, free

Author Bonnie Burstow, MPP Cheri DiNovo and several others speak at the launch for a book on the psychiatry industry.

Ananseem: Telling Stories and Storytelling African Maternal Pedagogies Launch, 7pm, A Different Booklist, 746 Bathurst St, free

A groundbreaking book about African Canadian working class women who teach and learn through mothering.

Island Rumble II, 6:30pm, Artscape Gibraltar Point, 443 Lakeshore Ave, $17 plus ferry fare

League of Lady Wrestlers is back with their famed throwdown on Toronto Island! Buy your tickets in advance and plan to get there early — you’ll want to see this!

Saturday, September 19th


Book Blocko and Doubles Festival, 11am-6pm, A Different Booklist, 746 Bathurst St, free

Celebrate Caribbean, African, and Black Diasporic literature with delicious doubles by Caribbean Roti Palace, drumming, and book programming all day.

Break Down the Walls, 7pm, Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St, PWYC

No One Is Illegal presents a night of spoken word poetry to mourn the deaths and usfferings at border crossings and in detention camps, to organize for justice. Shadiya Aidid, David Delisca, Ian Keteku, (YES)tefania will read along with other speakers.

Girl Gang Feminist Film Night, 8:30pm, Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery, 563 Dundas St E, Suite 201, suggested $5

Join the crew for a screening of the queer feminist anti-racist classic Born In Flames!

Sunday, September 20


HIJ House #15, 2pm-5pm, 260 Ryding Ave, free

Hazel and Jay Millar welcome oyu into their home for a special season opener of HIJ House featuring Miriam Toews and Phil Hall. Come eat pie and hear poems!

Trans Histories at the CLGA, 4pm, CLGA, 34 Isabella St, suggested $5

The launch of the Rupert Raj collection and the Trans Pathfinder Project.

Choices and Identity in Fiction: Readings and Q&A, 7pm, Type Books, 883 Queen St W, free

Readings and Q&A with Danila Botha, Lisa de Nikolits, Dayle Furlong, and Janette Platana.


Mouthquake Launch, 6:30pm, Venus Envy, 226 Bank St, free

Chaudiere authors Amanda Earl and Marcus McCann help launch Daniel Allen Cox’s new novel, Mouthquake (Arsenal Pulp).

Monday, September 21


Good and Cheap Launch, 7pm, Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave

Leanne Brown’s book on how to eat well for $4 a day launches at Another Story.

The Common Reading Series, 8pm, 2072 Dundas St W, free

Heidi Reimer, Kevin Hardcastle, Ann Shin read.


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