A surreal tapestry show in Montreal; readings and fundraisers in Toronto and more in this week’s indie events.


Thursday, April 12, Mary Lou Freel Tapestries Opening, Monastiraki Boutique, 5478 St. Laurent, 7pm.

Concordia  grad and long-time Westmount artist Mary Lou Freel launches a new show of her surreal tapestries at the lovely zine store Monatstiraki. The show continues until May 13.


Tuesday, April 10, Art Bar with Ritallin, Electric Jon and Kuya Patrick de Belen, Pauper’s Pub, 539 Bloor St. West, 8pm-11pm.

The Art Bar Poetry Series is back with spoken word artist Greg Frankson, a.k.a. Ritallin, the former National Director of Spoken Word Canada, as well as the musician,writer, spoken word poet and all around lover of words Kyle Patrick de Belen  and performance poet Electric Jon. Come one, come all!

Monday, April 9.  An Evening in Conversation with Lisa Robertson, The Arts and Letters Club, The Studio, 14 Elm Street (3rd Floor), 7pm.

BookThug partners with the English Department at Ryerson and the Toronto New School of Writing’s Visiting Writer Series to present an evening of conversation between poet and essayist Lisa Robertson and poet Aisha Sasha John.  Robertson is launching a new collection of essays Nilling, while John will be launching a new chapbook Gimme yr little quiet – both published by the awesome BooktThug.

Tuesday, April 10, Cormarama: A Fundraiser for Derek McCormack, The Garrison, 1197 Dundas Street West, 7:30, PWYC/$10 suggestion donation

A fundraising night of entertainment in support of Toronto writer Derek McCormack, who fell seriously ill from appendix cancer and will be recovering from surgery for quite some time. The night features entertainment from such writers as  Tony Burgess,  Joey Comeau, Claudia Dey and  Sheila Heti, among other musicians and writers.


Friday, April 13, Grey Borders Reading Series, Mahtay Cafe, 241 St. Paul Street, 7:30pm

The Grey Borders Reading Series hosts another special night of poetry with creators Tim Conley (also launching his first book of poetry One False Move) Beatriz Hausner, Luciano Iacobello and Domenico Capilongo.


Saturday, April 14, Kazoo Zine & Comic Expo, Norfolk Street United Church, 75 Norfolk St., 11am-4pm

In conjunction with Kazoo Fest (featuring music, art, film and other media), the Kazoo Zine & Comic Expo runs all day Saturday culminating in a zine and comic award show (at eBar – 41 Quebec St.) complete with drinks and treats!