Thursday June 5, 8:00pm, Geek Poetry Slam, The Boat, 158 Augusta Avenue, $5
This annual event hosted by the Toronto Slam Team features the best in nerd/geeky/offbeat poetry. Doors are at 7pm and sign-up is at 7:30. There’s two rounds, a top prize for the winner and prizes for all participating poets. Featuring special guest Barbara Adler.
Friday July 6 – Sunday July 8, Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
This festival brings together both local and international animators, boasting a ton of great workshops and some interesting opportunities for students and beginning animators to pitch and receive feedback on their own work. Featuring a Master Class taught by John Kricfalusi (of Ren and Stimpy fame), a live script reading of Almost Naked Animals, an in-depth shorts program and much more. Buy tickets here.
Saturday July 7, 9:30pm-3:00am, Toronto Queer Summer Slowdance, Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Road, $10
What better way to celebrate these hot and sultry summer nights than with a slowdance? Put on your Saturday best and come to this fun event, which features “designated dancers” to draw the wallflowers onto the floor and dancecards to help you organize your night (and your dance partners.) It takes place in a school gym with a mirror ball. Amazing.
Saturday July 7, Directions in Play/Art/Design 2, Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, 9 Ossington Avenue, $5
A night celebrating the creative practices and technologies surrounding the design of video games. A bunch of games will be on display, including Minimal Mario (a version of Super Mario Brothers reduced to its most basic elements) a game adaptation of Wikileaks, and much more. The evening’s special guest artist is Anna Anthropy, who was recently featured in Issue # 55 of Broken Pencil.
Wednesday July 4, 5pm-7pm, Zine Cataloging, Anchor Archive Zine Library, Roberts Street Social Centre, 5684 Roberts Street
Help the busy folks at Anchor Archive catalog their zines online. New catalogers will receive training.
Saturday July 7, 12pm-5pm, Yard Sale & BBQ, Roberts Street Social Centre, 5684 Roberts Street
Come check out this yard sale and support the Roberts Street Social Centre. There will be free food and zine readings as part of National Zine Month.
Thursday July 5, 8:30-10:30pm, Good Morning Tonight!, The Khyber Centre for the Arts, 1588 Barrington Street, all-ages
The first weekly installment of Halifax’s newest “evening daytime” talk show. Featuring members of Picnicface and interviews with a variety of “experts.”
Sunday July 8, 12-2pm, Gottingen Street Market, 2193 Gottingen Street
This new north end market features vendors selling everything from artwork to zines to clothes and popsicles. With a live DJ.
Thursday July 5, 7:30pm, Spatial Poetics XI: Some Monster, SFU Woodward’s in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings
An interdisciplinary event that celebrates the work and collaborative projects of a variety of artists. Presented by the Powell Street Festival. For more information and tickets, go to the Powell Street Festival website.
Sunday July 8, 7:30pm, Bohemian Caress, Café Montmartre, 4362 Main, $10
Interdisciplinary series features performances by Sitakant Mahapatra, Earle Peach, Angelo Renai, Bill McNamara, Brandon Wint, Dex Arizona, Joshua Viau, Ken Nakamine, Neal Miskin, Norine Braun, and Liang Ding. More information at [email protected]