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 Saturday, September 14, 2019, 1-7pm
Art Gallery of Ontario
(lower level Education Commons)

 All Day Zine and Comic Fair — Over 500 Zines on Display & For Sale Check out the Canzine Toronto Vendor List!

 Canzine Toronto 2019 Programming

These Are Not the Beasts of My Youth: Drop-in Workshop with Matthew Walsh and J.R. McConvey• 2pm – 3pm • Seminar Room 1

Using visual and written prompts, poet Matthew Walsh (These Are Not the Potatoes of My Youth) and short story writer J.R. McConvey (Different Beasts) invite participants to write a postcard to their favourite “beast” (real or imagined). Take the card home or add it to the “Wall of Beasts”). For all ages! Signed books by both authors available at the event. Presented with Goose Lane Editions, Canada’s oldest independent publisher.

J.R. McConvey‘s stories have been shortlisted for the Journey Prize, the Bristol Short Story Prize, and the Matrix Lit Pop award. His work has appeared in the Malahat Review, Joyland, EVENT, the Puritan, the New Quarterly, carte blanche, filling Station, and the Feathertale Review. He is the winner of the 2016 Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction. Different Beasts is his first book.

Matthew Walsh released their debut poetry collection under the whimsical title These are not the potatoes of my youth in 2019. The book offers a confessional chronicle of Walsh’s upbringing in rural Nova Scotia and then meanders across the country as the poet explores their queer identity with humour, surprise and frankness. Walsh has previously contributed poetry to publications like The Malahat Review and Arc. They are now based in Toronto.

Michael Bidner Out of the Archives • Exhibition 1pm – 5pm, AGO Library • Talk 3pm – 4pm, Seminar Room 1 

In conjunction with Canzine, join Jason Dickson for a talk on Canadian indie xerox, artistamp, and serigraphy pioneer Michael Bidner. Bidner worked on the bleeding edge of emergent media from the 1970s until his death from AIDS in 1989. Dickson will draw on material from Michael Bidner’s personal archives, held in the AGO Library’s special collections, to discuss the work and legacy of the artist.

Materials from the Michael Bidner archives will be on display in the library reading room throughout the afternoon. Drop by anytime between 1-4 pm to view selections from the archive, presented by Rosamond Ivey Special Archivist & Head, Library & Archives Amy Furness.

Jason Dickson is the curator of Michael Bidner: Raw (McIntosh Gallery, 2018; Saint Mary’s Gallery, 2020) and the co-author (with Vanessa Brown) of London: 150 Cultural Moments (Biblioasis, 2017). Along with Vanessa he runs the antiquarian bookstore Brown and Dickson in London, Ontario.

Home? Diasporic Zine Library • Exhibition 1pm-7pm, Artist Talk at 3:30pm • South Entrance Lounge •

Over the course of the last year, zinester and Broken Pencil columnist Rabeea Syed invited Black, Indigenous, and other POC artists to make zines around the theme of Home. The result is a library unpacking diaspora and place-making, movement and ambiguity. This year, Canzine visitors are invited to take a moment away from the busy zine fair and spend some time with these zines in the South Entrance lounge, and consider their own relationship to home.

Freedom-Hi: Panel Discussion on Hong Kong Zine Activism • 4pm-5:15pm • Seminar Room 1

Despite increasing violence and hostility from the Chinese state, the organized and elusive Hong Kong democracy movement is growing ever stronger, and the world is watching!

In this critical time, Zine Coop is pleased to present FREEDOM-HI!, an exhibition of zines and documentation born out of the current political climate in Hong Kong. As part of the show’s Toronto visit, currently on at the OCADU Learning Zone, Canzine is pleased to invite Hong Kong – Canadian zinesters, artists, and activists to respond to the show. Our panelists will discuss the role of zine and print activism in the movement in Hong Kong and around the world.
Panelists for the discussion are Anto Chan, Tiffany Lam, Yang Zeng and it will be moderated by Felix Chu. 

Broken Pencil Zine Awards Ceremony • 5:30pm – 6:30pm • Seminar Room 1

This year marks Broken Pencil’s third annual International Zine Awards! With over 200 entries in eight categories, we are proud to reward zine excellence of all kinds. Join us for the Broken Pencil Zine Awards Show, which will include readings, videos, excerpts and, of course, announcements for the winners in all categories including Best Zine Overall!

presented by Langara College

Kids Programming • All Ages Zine Zone with Comic Artist Tory Woollcott 1:30-4:30pm • Community Gallery (Walk towards the café)

Join comic artist Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind) an afternoon of hands-on zine making and comic arts for all ages!

presented by The Beguiling and Little Island Comics

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