Broken Pencil LIVE! At Canzine Toronto


Broken Pencil LIVE! in Jackman Hall
3:15pm on October 29, 2016
Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. West

At this year’s Canzine Festival of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts, Broken Pencil Magazine will come to life onstage for the first time ever in a one-hour extravaganza of interviews, readings, a live comic jam, indie opera, and more!.

Note: This is a ticketed event! Tickets are free but must be reserved here.

We also have a reserved block of tickets for Broken Pencil subscribers and AGO Members on a first-come first-served basis – email [email protected] or show up to the AGO at noon on the 29th to claim your ticket. There will be some tickets available at the door for the public but you should subscribe to BP and get an advanced ticket so you can confirm your spot!

That’s right, we’re bringing our magazine to life on stage! Here’s just a taste…


 Three of Canada’s best up and coming cartoonists will face the seemingly indomitable task of making a comic based on an audience suggestion in 30 minutes or less. The comic voted favorite by applause will win a prize pack! With Jenn Woodall, Trevor Henderson and Patrick Sparrow!

Patrick Sparrow grosspatdraws gross-out ghouls and monsters and goons, because that’s what he identifies with. He is the creator of wildly unpopular comic “Dirtbaby and Bonecat” as well as author of the book “100 Monsters” and the curator of Simpzine, Squatch Watch and he makes all manner of other weird drug addled, psycho sexual, darkly humorous art stuffs.

(photo by Mike Sheppard)


Trevor Henderson is an illustrator working in Toronto, Canada. He grew up on a steady diet of horror films,
weird comics, video games, cartoons and monsters.


Jenn Woodall is an illustrator, designer and cartoonist who dwells in Toronto, Ontario. Jenn creates her own comics and curates zines. Her current ongoing series is titled Magical Beatdown. She is the creator and editor of FIGHT! zine, a project which invites illustrators to create their own original female fighting game characters.


This section brings our popular new artist on artist interview column to life, with a 10-minute chat between Wowee Zonk zine impressario Ginette LaPalme and artist, teacher and activist April Aliermo (Hooded Fang, Phedre).


 April Aliermo is a Filipino-Canadian musician, songwriter, entrepreneur and educator based out of Toronto. She plays bass and has co-written music and lyrics for Hooded Fang and Phèdre. She strives to build conscious communities while having the time of her life.

ginette-headshotGinette Lapalme is an illustrator and artist currently living in Toronto with Washington. Her client list includes The Walrus Magazine, Threadless, Vice Magazine, Kraft, Circo De Bakuza and Fuzzy Logic Recordings.


Short readings by poet Jacqueline Valencia, Kyp Harness,  and Soraya Roberts, who will be presenting from her new ECW book In My Humber Opinion about the 90s teen series My So Called Life.


Jacqueline Valencia is a Toronto-based writer. She is a senior literary editor at The Rusty Toque. She’ll be reading from her debut collection There Is No Escape Out Of Time is out with Insomniac Press.
Kimg_9819-3-1yp Harness 
has put out 13 album of original songs, had his compositions covered by Mary Margaret O’Hara and Ron Sexsmith, has opened for Elvis Costello and been called “the most vital, essential Canadian singer-songwriter out there” (Calgary Straight), “the creator of a songbook that should rightly be hailed as a national treasure” (Exclaim!), and identified as “my favourite songwriter” by Sexsmith. Originally from Sarnia, Ontario, Harness is the author of ‘The Art of Laurel and Hardy’ (2006) and ‘The Art of Charlie Chaplin’ (2007), published by McFarland in the US. He is also the creator of the daily ‘Mortimer the Slug’ webcomic. As well, his novel ‘Wigford Rememberies’ was published by Nightwood Editions in May 2016. “A unique voice and a poet’s flow,” said the Globe and Mail; “Wigford Rememberies is an excellent novel” said Broken Pencil.


Soraya Roberts worked as an entertainment editor from 2005 to 2011 and is now a full- time writer. She has contributed long-form culture articles to Hazlitt, Harper’s, and the Los Angeles Review ofBooks, among other publications. She also appears in the anthology Secret Loves of Geek Girls (Bedside Press, 2015) and is currently working on a memoir about journalism.


In which the performers and producers of the Liederwölfe Opera Collective, which recently presented Opera Peep Show, try to convince us — and demonstrate! — why indie opera is the future.

lindsay-liederwolfe-6197Lindsay Michael is a producer in opera and radio. She holds a master’s degree in music from McGill University and is the founding artistic director of the Liederwölfe Opera Collective and Opera Peep Show. During the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, she helped organize a major choral project presented in over 200 towns across Canada. Lindsay was the artistic director and co-founder of Cobblestone Productions and the founder of Opera PEI. Lindsay currently works at CBC Radio.

francescaliederwolfe-6200A lifelong contributor to the arts, Francesca Perez is the General Manager of the Liederwölfe Productions and a member of the Liederwolfe Opera Collective, founded in her hometown of Montreal. Francesca currently also works at the Toronto Arts Foundation as their Community Investment Manager. Previous workplaces include Luminato Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and PS122. Francesca holds a Master’s degree in Performing Arts Administration from NYU and a Bachelor of Music from McGill University.