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What is Canzine?

Canzine is a festival of zines and underground culture. This year, Broken Pencil Magazine is hosting the festival in four different cities: Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver.

Is there an entry fee?

No! Admission to all Canzines is free! If you’re interested in getting the fall issue of BP, just provide a small donation at the door! Or support Canzine and Broken Pencil all year round with a Canzine-only $10 1 year subscription available at the door!

What happens at Canzine?

Hundreds of vendors and creators of comics, zines and underground art gather together to show off their stuff. In Toronto, we’ll also have a kids/teens zone, a panel  and the Zine Awards! Learn more at our events page!

How do I browse Canzine?

✿  Pick up a program to check out the vendor list and event times.
✿  Make sure you hit all five rooms.
✿  Don’t be shy about chatting with people, especially vendors!
✿  Make sure you bring $$$, preferably small bills and change, because most vendors won’t have credit card machines.
✿  If you’re a Broken Pencil subscriber or an AGO member, you can enter the festival an hour early at 12 p.m. Not a subscriber? Subscribe now.
✿  Tweet us a photo of your swag @brokenpencilmag using the hashtag: #CanzineTO.

How much money should I bring to Canzine?

Whatever amount you’re comfortable spending. Some people buy just a couple $3 zines, while some people save up all year so they can spend hundreds. Entry is free, which helps with budgeting. Just make sure you bring small bills and change!

How much time should I spend at Canzine?

There’s a panel, lots of drop in events, the Zine Awards Show, and about 250 vendors to see. The festival is from 1-7 p.m. (open an hour early for BP subscribers and AGO members), so you can budget your time based on how much you’d like to see.

What are the Zine Awards?

This year marks Broken Pencil’s second-ever International Zine Awards! Over 275 zinesters submitted their work in all eight categories.  It was tough, but our judges managed to narrow down the entries to a shortlist. The winners of the Zine Awards will be announced at Canzine Toronto.

Are any of the shortlisters going to be at Canzine TO and the Zine Awards?

Yes! A bunch of the zinesters on the Zine Awards shortlist who are coming to Canzine Toronto for the awards.

Who else is going to be at Canzine Toronto?

More than 250 vendors are going to be at the festival! Here’s a list of all the vendors who’ll be tabling at Canzine. For a taste of the type of gorgeous work that’ll be at Canzine, check out the art zinesters and creatives are sharing on social media!


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