A visit from the Milk Truck, book launches, readings and more in this week’s indie events.

VANCOUVER

Thursday, March 22. World Water night, Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston Street, 7pm.

The Downstream Research Project hosts a special water-themed reading night with Aboriginal author Lee Maracle and the independent author, scholar and poet Michael Babstock.

TORONTO

Friday, March 23, Commerce by Artists Book Launch and After-party, Hart House, second floor, South dining room, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, 5-7pm

Long-running Toronto artist centre Art Metropole releases a new anthology Commerce by Artists. Contributors include Toronto’s Jon McCurley (Life of a Craphead) Carole Conde and Ben Kinmont, who will also be participating in a discussion moderated by the publication’s editor at the book launch. After-party to follow.

Friday, March 23-Sunday, March 25, New Maternalisms, Mercer Union Gallery, 1286 Bloor Street West, various times, Free – $12

The Milk Truck is in town this week – a performance art installation that advocates the right for women to breastfeed in public – as part of the New Maternalisms festival that hosts talks, performances and video showings around around motherhood.

Sunday, March 25, FEAST ((Funding Engaging Actions with Sustainable Tactics), XPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Avenue, 6-10pm, $20-$30 ($10 with student card)

Come nosh at this community dinner/”micro-funding event” where artists, designers and groups present proposal for art or design-based projects. Ticket price gets you a maple-themed dinner as a well as a vote on which project to fund. Ticket sales from the event go directly to creating the project.

MONTREAL

Sunday, March 25. Pilot Reading Series, 5322 Boulevard Saint Laurent, 9pm.

The Pilot Reading Series celebrates spring with a series of readings from top-notch Montreal writers Jacob Wren, Heather Birrell and more. (If you bring a drawing of a Giant Squid Brain Lion – take this direction as you will – you receive a free copy of Montreal lit mag Matrix.