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Broken Pencil’s Word on Street Zine Race is back this Sunday at 2:30pm in the Vibrant Voices Tent!

Tuesday, September 22


Kate Beaton Launches Step Aside, Pops!, 6pm, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, free

Page & Panel hosts the bestselling creator Kate Beaton.

Wednesday, September 23


Hair and Kittens Double Launch, 7pm, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard Ouest, free

Matt Goldberg hosts the launch for the debuts of Long Red Hair by Meags Fitzgerald and the Pick-A-Plot series’ third instalment, You Are a Kitten! by Sherwin Tjia.


Pivot Reading Series, 8pm, The Steady Café & Bar, 1051 Bloor St W, free

Raoul Fernandes, James Grainger and Sabrina Ramnanan read.

Thursday, September 24


Family Ties with Vivek Shraya and Casey Mecija, 4pm, University of Toronto Art Centre, 15 King’s College Circle, free

Casey and Vivek share their two short films as a part of Queer Orientation.

Performances by Jessica Karuhanga, Mou Modhubontee and Robin Pacific, 6pm, The Artists Newsstand, 22 Chester Ave, free

Two performances at the newsstand kiosk, quickly becoming Toronto’s coolest art space. Runs through September 25.

Graphic! Sex! Education!, 7pm, DG Ivey Library, 20 Willcocks Street, free

A discussion of Sex is a Funny Word, the sequel to What Makes a Baby from Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth.

Coming Out As Deliciously Disabled, 7:30pm, Come As You Are, 493 Queen St W, $10

Exploring the realities of queer people with disabilities and how to navigate sex and disability.

Sick Sad World Skit Night/Daria Marathon, 7:30pm, D-Beatstro, 1292 Bloor St W, free

Share your best sick sad world improv with Daria episodes playing all night. I mean… this is amazing.

Desert Pets Launch, 8pm, Reunion Island Coffee, 285 Roncesvalles Ave, free

An evening of viral videos, bold readings and new fun chapbooks. Readings by E Martin Nolan, Daniel Scott Tysdal, Michelle Brown, Spencer Gordon and more.


Lorcation Launch, 7pm, Bombast, 27 East Pender St, free

BookThug invites you to join Brian Dedora for the launch of his newest book exploring the tragendies of Lorca’s life and his own.

Friday, September 25


Unpacking Queer Liberation, Screening of Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P Johnson, 7pm, Glad Day Bookshop, 598a Yonge St, free

OurSpace responds to whitewashing of queer liberation history by screening Pay It No Mind, telling the story of early trans revolutionary Marsha P Johnson.


Advance Reading: Sam Alden Premiers New Construction, 7pm, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard Ouest, free

Sam Alden reads from his latest book, which is released in November and contains two stories, one about a brother and a sister remembering their father and another about an anarchist household.


The Factory Reading Series: Pratt, Prevost, Anstee, Reid, 7pm, Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong St, free

Fabulous Ottawa poets here! Get your fix.

Saturday, September 26

MADE by Feminists, 9:30am – 4pm, OCADU, 100 McCaul St, PWYC

The Feminist Art conference’s big debut makers’ market! Runs on Sunday September 27 as well.

Sex Is A Funny Word Launch, 3pm, Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave, free

Celebrate the Canadian release of Sex Is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth. Coloring! Buttons! Signings!

Norma Beecroft: Pioneers of Electronic Music Book Launch, 4pm, Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph St, free with RSVP

The Canadian Electronic Ensemble and the legendary Norma Beecroft in conversation with Kristel Aubrey Jax.

New Construction Launch, 7pm, The Central, 603 Markham St, free

Sam Alden’s newest graphic story collection launches along with Michael Deforge’s new release Lose #7.

Sunday, September 27

The Word on the Street Festival, 11am-6pm, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, free

The giant one day literary festival moves to its new location at Harbourfront and includes our famous Broken Pencil Zine Race at 2:30pm in the Vibrant Voices tent. t

Junction Reads, 4pm-7pm, 3030, 3030 Dundas St W, free

The Fall Kickoff of this west end reading series includes Loren Edizel, Marissa Stapley, Marianne Miller and J.R. McConvey.



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