Indie Events: Oct 15 – 21


Friday October 19, 6pm-8pm, Emma Healey Poetry Launch, Type Books, 883 Queen Street West

Emma Healey will be launching her new poetry collection, Begin With the End in Mind, at Type Books on Queen Street in Toronto.
Emma’s writing examines the animate qualities of seemingly inanimate things and explores personal relationships, collective and individual human experiences, as they are distilled through our encounters with such things as the CBC, chain bookstores, the contents of a kitchen, or the expanse of a whole city. Read our cover story on Emma from Issue 56 here.
Emma will be joined by Toronto writer Chandler Levack, whose work has been featured in the Village Voice, Toronto Life, and the National Post.

Saturday October 20, 10am – 3pm, Canzine Symposium, 918 Bathurst Centre for the Arts, 918 Bathurst, full day pass is $38, and individual sessions are $12. The Zine swap lunch is $15. Register here.

This is a one-day conference and skillshare event happening the day before Canzine presented by Broken Pencil! Join us for a day of creative discussion and learning. Meet your fellow zinesters and members of the indie arts community in Toronto and beyond. Share your work and find inspiration. AND there’s a tasty vegan lunch in it for you too. Featuring: A Primp Your Zine workshop featuring Lisa MacDonald, Ian Sullivan and Elija Montgomery, Fundraising Strategies for DIY Projects Large and Small, a Zine Swap and Speed Meeting Lunch and What is Indie? Eight-minute hyperspeed talks exploring practical and philosophical issues related to the making of Indie culture in the 21st century.

Canzine is Canada’s largest zine fair and festival of alternative culture.  $5 at the door gets you the Prison Issue of Broken Pencil and access to over 200 underground zines, comics and micro-press books on sale from across Canada.  Plus we’ve got a panel of activists, writers and artists discussing the relationship between controversy and art. And you won’t want to miss our punk radical reading series, featuring music scribes Liz Worth, Sam Sutherland, Laina Dawes and more. Plus we’re bringing back the 1-2 Punch Book Pitch, a queer archive, a DIY game zone, delicious vegan lunches, BEER and so much more. Join us for an afternoon of radical, thought-provoking entertainment and creativity! For the complete festival lineup and to buy advance tickets, visit


Wednesday October 17, 7pm-9pm, Local Legends Reading Series with Sophie Yanow and Julie Delporte, Concordia Community Co-op Bookstore, 2150 Bishop Street, free

Presenting two fine members of the Colosse Comics Collective! Sophie will be reading from her graphically daring, poetic journal strips In Situ and In Situ 2 (Colosse Comic Collective). Julie will be reading from a selection of her published work. This event will be a multimedia one, with projections of artwork and live drawing.


Saturday October 20, 12pm-5pm, Halifax Pop Explosion Zine Fair, St. David’s Church Halll, 1537 Brunswick Street, free

Brought to you by the Anchor Archive Zine Library and Strange Adventures. For thirteen years running, this event has been an awesome, annual showcase of all kinds of do-it-yourself projects- zines, small press books, comics, posters, records, cassettes, and more. Featuring Mike Holmes, Invisible Publishing, Conundrum Press, finders keepers printing co, Chris Foster, Yorodeo, PANSY TWIST distro, go it alone (together), Anchor Archive/Roberts Street and many many more!


Tuesday October 16 – Sunday October 21, Vancouver Writer’s Fest, Granville Island

The 25th annual celebration of the written word offers a range of events for readers with established and emerging writers in interviews, panel discussions, and readings. Highlights include a spoken-word event for adults, theatrical events with Electric Company Theatre and Ruby Slippers Theatre, and musical collaborations with Chor Leoni, Gregorian chanters from Christ Church Cathedral, and writer-musician Dave Bidini.

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