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April 2017

Toronto: Words and Music Salon

April 1 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Smiling Buddha, 961 College Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Nova Scotia: National Poetry Month – Double Book Launch

April 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1E9 Canada
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Celebrate National Poetry Month with a double book launch from poets Chad Norman & Matt Robinson. In Selected & New Poems, Chad invites readers to find an entrance into his poems, no more than a room to be entered, a room both comfortable and easily exited, in brief glimpses of time.…

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Saskatoon: How to Invite Poetry Into Your Life: a conversation with Katherine Lawrence

April 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saskatoon Public Library Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada + Google Map
Free

Saskatoon Public Library, Frances Morrison Branch, April 1st, 2:00 p.m.   Invite Poetry Into Your Life Poetry is everywhere—we hear verse read at weddings, graduations and funerals. We read lines inside greeting cards, listen to phrases that sell vacations, snow tires and diamond rings. Yet most readers don't reach for…

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ON: sound one two

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, 305-370 King St. W.
Kingston, Ontario K7L 2X4 Canada
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Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre is pleased to present sound one two, a night of poetry exploring the unfolding time of the reading itself, where each action--from the initial "sound one two" of the mic check to the readings and the mingling following the event--contributes to the temporal experience of the evening.…

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Newfoundland: Timeless Poetry

April 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Deer Lake Manor, 119-121 Nicholsville Road
Deer Lake, NL A8A 1W9 Canada
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In this interactive event, presenters and members of the Deer Lake Manor's Writing Group will take turns reading and sharing poetry. Together, they will create a new poem and perhaps have it set to music by the musician. Different forms of poetry can be explored and put together as a…

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Toronto: Rowers Reading Series

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Free

Tuesday, April 4: Rowers Reading Series Time: Start time is 6:30 pm, readings begin at 7 pm, evening ends at 8:30 pm. Location: Supermarket Restaurant, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto. Readers: “mini feature” Jeff Cottrill and authors Jasmine D’Costa, Pamela Mordecai and Molly Peacock. Description: Join the Rowers Reading Series for an…

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BC: Poetry Parlour at the Bob Harkins Branch

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Prince George Public Library Bob Harkins Branch, 888 Canada Games Way
Prince George, BC Canada
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Join Prince George poets at the Prince George Public Library's Bob Harkins Branch (888 Canada Games Way) for this series of evenings that are equal parts shop talk and showcase, poetry conversation and poetic revelations. Expect to hear poems and stories that inspire. Moderated by Gillian Wigmore

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Calgary: Little Wildheart Launch

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Memorial Park, 1221 2 St SW
Calgary, Ontario T2R 0W5 Canada
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Central Memorial Park, 1221 2 St SW, Calgary, Canada Famous poets said this about Little Wildheart: The sequence of making love and not giving a damn, the consequence of falling for and breaking o , these are Maylor’s interests, and she canvasses them in indelible and fragile images, and in…

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Alberta: Open Mic Night

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
SnowDome Coffee Bar, 607 Patricia Street
Jasper, Alberta Canada
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Free

OPEN MIC NIGHT Jasper Alberta April 5 7PM SnowDome Coffee Bar https://www.facebook.com/events/392075981176482/   Espresso and a Microphone! Speak or Listen...

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Ontario: London Open Mic Poetry

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PWYC

Mykonos Rest., featuring James Deahl & Norma West Linder. Has open mic. 7 pm. Pay What You Can Event.  http://www.londonpoetryopenmic.com/news/do-you-have-an-april-poetry-event

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Toronto: Reflections of Time in New Books

April 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Rosemary Clews, Stanley Fefferman, Carl Hare, and Leif E. Vaage present readings for the Reflections of Time in New Books event for National Poetry Month.

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Toronto Lit Up celebrates NPM17

April 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M2N 6R8 Canada
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Free

Please join the League of Canadian Poets and the IFOA in launching National Poetry Month, and the new works of five wonderful Toronto Poets. R. Kolewe, Inspecting Nostalgia (Talonbooks) Kateri Lanthier, Siren (Véhicule Press) Jennifer LoveGrove, Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes (BookThug) Phoebe Wang, Admission Requirements (McClelland & Stewart) Catriona…

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Quebec: Louise Carson reads for NPM

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kaffeccino, 101 boul. Cardinal-Leger
Pincourt, Quebec Canada
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Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 7 p.m., at Kaffeccino, Le Faubourg de L'Ile, 101, boul. Cardinal-Léger, Pincourt, QC, and as part of National Poetry Month, Louise Carson will make a presentation based on the theme 'time.' 514-453-6096

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Quebec: Kafe Poe

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kaffecino, 101 boulevard Cardinal-Leger
Pincourt, Quebec Canada
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ON: Andika! Freewriting Workshop & Open Mic

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Brampton Public Library Brampton, Ontario Canada + Google Map
Free

Celebrate National Poetry Month. Created to be a safe space for poets to create new works, by stirring up creativity and building an atmosphere of inspiration, participants will free-write new poems, and work on previously written work through new perspectives using prompts, feedback and ideas. After the workshop, participants wil…

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BC: Poetry Walk

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Prince George Public Library Bob Harkins Branch, 888 Canada Games Way
Prince George, BC Canada
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The Poetry Walk kicks of at the Bob Harkins Branch of the Prince George Public Library at 2:00pm. Let words become landscape on this guided, one hour poetry walk through downtown Prince George. Local poetry with connections to our city will be shared along the way in this engaging and…

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Ontario: Basic Poetics Study Group

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Landon Branch Library Community Room London, Ontario Canada + Google Map
$2

This is the launch of this series of get-togethers and learning sessions for London, Ont. poets who would like to learn more poetics, brush up on what they've forgotten, or just get to know some fellow poets. Group founder, Stan Burfield, will be the 1st episode teacher, discussing something he has…

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Ontario: Lois Marie Harrod Poetry Writing Workshop

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Forest City Gallery London, Ontario Canada + Google Map
$50

Lois Marie Harrod Poetry Writing Workshop, ALL DAY, in 3 parts, from 10 am into the evening, at Forest City Gallery and Mykonos Restaurant. Included in workshop: writing small poems, creating origami poetry books, Ekphrasis poetry, followed by reading and open mic.  Fee for the day is $50. (meals not included). Contact Frank Beltrano frankbeltrano@hotmail.com…

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Toronto: Writing at the Aga Khan Museum

April 9 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive
Toronto, Ontario M3C 1K1 Canada
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$40 - $50

Writing at the Aga Khan Museum  April 9 @ 11am-4 pm   $50, $45 Friends, $40 students and seniors   With Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians and Canadian writing as your points of departure, explore concepts of culture, conflict, and change through your own poetry and prose. Instructor Kelley…

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Toronto: Toronto Poetry Slam ft. Justin Lamb

April 9 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$7

April 9   Toronto Poetry Slam presents its spoken word competition, with special guest feature Justin Lamb from New Orleans. The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. 8 p.m. $7. For info, info@torontopoetryslam.com   Note: Photos and interviews available upon request.

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BC: New Westminster Public Library NPM event

April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Westminster Public Library, 716 6th Ave
New Westminster, BC Canada
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BC: “Time” A National Poetry Month Celebration

April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
New Westminster Public Library, 716 6th Ave
New Westminster, BC Canada
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Candice James, Calvin Wharton, and Trevor Carolan present readings at the "Time" National Poetry Month celebration event.

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Toronto: Tech workshop for performers

April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$25

Leaning the Language of Tech - For Performers Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Tues Apr 11th- 6:30- 8:30 Cost 25.00 (includes price of handbook) Facilitator - Charlie Petch RSVP to charliepetch@gmail.com   As you move forward as a performer, it gets complicated. Suddenly it’s no longer coffee houses with no…

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Toronto: Poetry walking tour and reading

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Famous Last Words Bar, 392 Pacific Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Self guided reading tour along Dundas West from Keele to High Park Ave. through April Poetry Reading, Famous Last Words Bar, 392 Pacific Ave. Tuesday April 11 from 7 pm. Free Celebrating National Poetry Month Poetry in Store Front Windows: April is National Poetry Month. The P Word Project asks…

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ON: A Time for Poetry

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Oshawa Legends Centre, 1661 Harmony
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 7K5 Canada
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This time, regional poets come together to share poems, ideas, philosophy, fears of this historical time, of what time means (besides a magazine), and how time becomes a tool to forge the future into now.

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Ontario: By the River Poetry and Prose

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Riverside Library, 6305 Wyandotte St E
Windsor, Ontario Canada
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Dorothy Mahoney and Dawn Kresan will be reading their poetry as part of the Urban Farmhouse Press reading series, By the River Poetry and Prose Wed. April 12 at Riverside Library (6305 Wyandotte St. E) Windsor, Ontario 6:30- 8:30 pm. Free admission

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ON: Write On Time!

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North
Hamilton, Ontario Canada
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Norma West Linder, Chris Pannell, Baila (Beverly) Ellenbogen, Dave Haskins, Lynn Tait, Ellen S. Jaffe, and James Deahl will be reading at the Write on Time! event for National Poetry Month.

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Halifax: OBEY Convention Presents Vicky Chow & Tonja-Gunvaldsen-Klaassen

April 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Maritime Conservatory, 6199 Chebucto Rd
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3L 1K7 Canada
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The Maritime Conservatory (6199 Chebucto Rd.) Saturday, April 15th, 8pm $25 | All Ages | Under 19 get in free We are so happy to be hosting pianist Vicky Chow and composer Tristan Perich at the Maritime Conservatory. Opening the show we have Halifax's own Tonja Gunvaldsen-Klaassen, a poet pushing…

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Toronto: Hot Damn It’s a Queer Slam Finals

April 15 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$15 - $20

Hot Damn It’s A Queer Slam Finals, Season 3 starring Queen Sheba from Atlanta! Poetry slam finals with 7 poets from 5 cities competing to win an incredible first prize. Join us for the kind of night that can change a life. Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, Sat Apr 15th,…

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Ontario: Poetry Workshop with Vanessa Shields

April 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:35 pm
Budimir Library Windsor, Ontario Canada + Google Map
Free

Celebrating Canadian Poetry Workshop! In Windsor, ON at the Budimir Library 6:30pm-8:30pm Free! Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1845700138979038/ I'll be giving away poetry books by Canadian authors!

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Ontario: Sarnia-Lambton National Poetry Month Celebration

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
John’s Restaurant’s “Famous Room”, 1643 London Line
Sarnia, Ontario N7W 1A9 Canada
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Former and current members of The League of Canadian Poets and/or The Writers’ Union of Canada (Kara Ghobhainn Smith, Sharon Berg, James Deahl, Norma West Linder, Carmen Ziolkowski, and Debbie Okun Hill) will read new work at this FREE to the public National Poetry Month celebration. We acknowledge the financial…

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ON: Spring Pulse Poetry Festival

April 20 - April 22
Cobalt, Ontario Canada + Google Map

Spring Pulse Poetry Festival Thursday April 20 to Saturday April 22 2017 Cobalt Ontario Spring Pulse Poetry Festival is Northern Ontario’s largest and only poetry/arts event. Situated in the historic mining town of Cobalt our famous northern hospitality awaits. Come experience Canada’s best valued poetry/arts festival”. For program info check…

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Vancouver: Three Score and Ten – Time to Celebrate!

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 64th Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia V6P 2N4 Canada
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Take time to savour the work of four West Coast poets as they celebrate milestone birthdays. Kate Braid, John Pass, Heidi Greco, and Susan McCaslin present readings at this event for National Poetry Month.

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Montreal: Two Shores of One River: story, moment, presence

April 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Resonance Cafe, 5175 A Park
Montreal, Quebec H3N 2H3 Canada
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A bilingual event in tandem in two neighbour cities: Montreal and Laval. One evening in Laval. One evening in Montreal. Celebrating this mark in time: the 375th anniversary of Montreal and the river that links Laval and Montreal. The events will feature readings by Brian Campbell, ELize Robert, Ian Ferrier, and…

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Halifax: The Poetry of Robert O’Neil

April 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dilly Dally Eats Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada + Google Map
$10

We are super excited to welcome musical poet, Robert O'Neil, to the cafe on Friday, April 21st! Robert is putting on an eclectic show, including his own poetry set to music. Tickets are $10 each, and all proceeds go to Shelter Nova Scotia Your ticket also gets you a poster…

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Calgary Spoken Word Festival

April 22 @ 8:00 am - April 25 @ 5:00 pm
Calgary, Alberta Canada + Google Map

The 2017 Calgary Spoken Word Festival   April is National Poetry Month! The 2017 Calgary Spoken Word Festival will be April 22 – 25 with three days of workshops, performance and celebration of poetry and music. The stellar lineup includes: Spoken Word Super Stars: Sheri-D Wilson, Mighty Mike McGee, Mary…

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Quebec: Louise Carson book signing

April 22 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Chapters Pointe-Claire, 6321 autoroute Transcanadienne
Pointe-Claire, Quebec Canada
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Free

Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chapters Pointe-Claire, 6321 autoroute Transcanadienne, bureau 141, Pointe-Claire, QC, Louise Carson will be signing copies of her books A Clearing, poetry, and Executor, a mystery. 514-428-5500

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Winnipeg: Manitoba Book Awards

April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Fort Garry Hotel Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada + Google Map
$75
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Toronto: Framing Time in Poetry and Art

April 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1B2 Canada
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This event will be the 10th annual poetry reading and exhibition highlighting the collaboration between the studio artists of the Women's Art Association of Canada (WAAC) and the Long Dash writing group. This is just one milestone in a year of anniversaries: Canada's 150th birthday, the WAAC's 130th. However we…

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Montreal: In Search of Lost Time

April 23 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Casa del Popolo, 4873 boul. St-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec H2T 1R6 Canada
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Emily Carson-Apstein and Jenny Smart will share works on the subject of time, memory, whether memory can be as vivid as lived experience, and what happens to our experience once it has been lived.

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Toronto: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) L

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
St Stephen-in-the-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$5

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) L Poetry Month Celebration                                                                                  Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen: we actively invite it. Please spread the word through social media and any other way you know. Let our…

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Toronto: Poetry Month Celebration

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Toronto Public Library Main St. Branch, 137 Main St
Toronto, Ontario M4E 2V9 Canada
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Ronni R. Brown, Ellen S. Jaffe, and Elana Wolff perform readings at the Poetry Month Celebration event for National Poetry Month.

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Toronto: Slovenian Bards and Friends

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
St Stephen-in-the-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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BC: The Stories that Find Us literary festival

April 27 @ 8:00 am - April 30 @ 5:00 pm
Nanimo, BC Canada + Google Map

The Federation of British Columbia Writers is hosting a four-day spring festival in Nanaimo April 27-30 that will bring Giller Prize nominees and top BC writing talent to the city. The theme of the festival is “The Stories That Find Us” -- a diverse exploration of what compels writers to…

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ON: It’s About Time: poetry across the generations

April 27 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Barrie Manor, 340 Blake St
Barrie, Ontario L4M 1L3 Canada
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Bruce Meyer and Tanya Neumeyer represent two different generations but both are enthusiastic and talented poets guaranteed to inspire and stimulate our audience. Local poets will be invited to perform a few short poems as well.

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Montreal: Vallum Magazine Launch – Issue 14.1 “Evolution”

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rocket Science Room, 170 Jean Talon Ouest, Suite 204
Montreal, Quebec H2R 2X4 Canada
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Our theme for this issue is "Evolution" - throughout time, evolution has been instrumental to developments in science, industry, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, post-human and technological advances, spirituality, relationships, and even the historical progression of "mind." How does the idea of evolving, in its many possible forms, translate into poetry?

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BC: Double Exposure Grand Finale

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Turnbull Gallery, S Surrey Rec. & Arts Centre, 14601 - 20th Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia V4A 9P5 Canada
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Poet Cecily Nicholson explores the interconnection of time, place and change as she reads from her prize-winning documentary poem, From the Poplars. Q&A, book sales and signing to follow.

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BC: Passages of Time – Poetry from Jane Byers & Emily Nilsen

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kootenay Gallery of Art History & Science, 120 Heritage Way
Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 4M5 Canada
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Passages in Time brings two poetic voices from the Kootenay region together with the backdrop of "Visions," artwork by local Castlegar youth, for a night of active listening to the histories that have passed us, as well as some literary seed planting for the kind of future we want to…

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Ontario: Poem in Your Pocket Day open mic

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Merrickville Public Library Merrickville, Ontario Canada + Google Map
Free

Folks from in and near Merrickville, Ontario are invited to bring a favourite poem, or one of their own, to share at an open-mic reading. Merrickville Public Library, Thursday, April 27th, at 7:00pm

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BC: Passages of Time

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kootenay Gallery of Art, 120 Heritage Way
Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 4M5 Canada
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Free

“Passages of Time” April 27, 2017 — 7 to 9 PM Free Admission. Books for sale & signing. Hosted by the Kootenay Gallery of Art 120 Heritage Way, Castlegar BC, V1N 4M5 Jane Byers’ "Acquired Community" is both a collection of narrative poems about seminal moments in North American lesbian…

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Manitoba: The Boreal Writers Group – Poetry in Time

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Pas Regional Library, 53 Edwards Ave
The Pas, Manitoba R9A 1R2 Canada
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The Boreal Writers Group presents four poets, David WIlliamson, Ariel Gordon, Lauren Carter, and Duncan Mercredi, with ties to the north. Each will explore the concept of time as it relates to identity  an connection to the north. The evening will focus on new and previously published poetry about how…

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Toronto: Coach House Books spring launch

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Toronto: Coach House spring launch

April 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Free

Dive into the seasonal literary event rabbit hole with us at our spring launch. Hop on over to The Garrison on April 27th from 7:30–11 pm for an evening of readings and special MC guests (hint: one is Norm, everyone's favourite boypoet and our Digital + Production Manager). It is, as always,…

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ON: Klyde Broox-Ode to My Postal Code: A Spoken Word Tribute to the Neighbourhoods We Live In

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Central Library Hamilton Public Library, 55 York Blvd.
Hamilton, Ontario Canada
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Central Library Hamilton Public Library 55 York Blvd. Klyde Broox celebrates poetry month at Hamilton Public Library. Join him with the final contestants of the Ode to My Postal Code project, who will perform a community poetry slam and share some neighbourhood pride.

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BC: Poetry Parlour – Time for New Work at Nechako

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Nechako Branch Multipurpose Room, 6547 Hart Highway
Prince George, British Columbia V2K 3A4 Canada
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This event is the culmination of three poetry parlours for Prince George, hosted by the PGPL. It is an opportunity for poets to share new work out loud and on the page. Visiting poets read and share their work and enjoy the work of local poets.

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Toronto: Poetry Slam featuring Andre Prefontaine

April 28 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$7

Toronto Poetry Slam features its usual spoken word competition with special guest poet Andre Prefontaine. The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. 8 p.m. $7. For info, email info@torontopoetryslam.com

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Quebec: Louise Carson book signing

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Librairie Clio, 245 Boulevard Saint-Jean
Pointe-Claire, Quebec Canada
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Free

Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at Librairie Clio, Plaza Pointe-Claire, 245 St. Jean Blvd, Pointe-Claire, QC, Louise Carson will be participating in the annual Authors for Indies day, signing copies of her books A Clearing, a collection of her poetry, and Executor, a mystery.  514-695-5557

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ON: . . .for a moment of Time: Celebrating National Poetry Month and Canada’s 150th

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Welland Public Library, 50 The Boradwalk
Welland, Ontario L3B 6J9 Canada
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To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Welland Public Library is planning a coffeehouse-type event that will bring both published and new poets together to share their work and passion with the public.

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Ottawa: LCP Associate Member meetup

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
TBD
Free

A group of League Associate Members are getting together to share poetry and the stories of their poetry paths. It's a celebration of being poets together. We did it last year in April, too. April 29, at 2:00pm, place still to be confirmed.

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Toronto: Spring Into Poetry

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Steady, 1051 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Free

Vanessa Shields reads with Samantha Bernstein and Adebe DeRango-Adem at The Steady Cafe from 7-8:30pm on Sat. April 29. Featuring musical guest Carmel Liburdi (from Detroit, MI). Free! Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/415846505452526/

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Toronto: Discovering Zen in American Poetry

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Toronto: Secret Handshake Gala of Poetry

April 30 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
170a Baldwin St 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Nova Scotia: National Poetry Month Reading

April 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Old School Community Gathering Place, 7962 Hwy #7
Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia B0J 2L0 Canada
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Deidre Dwyer, Patrick Woodcock and Karen Schlick present readings for National Poetry Month 2017 at the The Old School Community Gathering Place in Musquodoboit Harbour.

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May 2017

Toronto: Queer Returns book launch

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Free

Another Story Bookshop & Pages UnBound present the Toronto launch for Queer Returns: Essays on Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies by Rinaldo Walcott Featuring a conversation with Rinaldo Walcott and Andrea Fatona Wednesday, May 3rd @ 7pm Gladstone Hotel - Ballroom 1214 Queen St West Free- all welcome The venue…

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Toronto: Ottawa and Empire book launch

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Free

Another Story Bookshop and Between the Lines Press present the Toronto book launch for: Ottawa and Empire by Tyler Shipley Thursday May 4th @ 7pm Another Story Bookshop 315 Roncevalles Ave Free - all welcome 416-462-1104 In June 2009, the democratically elected president of Honduras was kidnapped and whisked out…

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Toronto: Words and Music Salon

May 6 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Smiling Buddha, 961 College Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Toronto: Rowers Reading Series

May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Free

Tuesday, May 9: Rowers Reading Series Time: Start time is 6:30 pm, readings begin at 7 pm, evening ends at 8:30 pm. Location: Supermarket Restaurant, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto. Readers: Armand Garnet Ruffo, Adrienne Gruber, Gregory Scofield and Elana Wolff. Description: Join the Rowers Reading Series for a magnificent May evening…

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Ottawa: Lizard Love book launch

May 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Black Squirrel, 1073 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
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Free

Borealis Press is pleased to invite you to the launch of Lizard Love: Artists scan poems by Susan McMaster 45 artworks by 18 artists interpreting 32 poems -- including Ottawa artists Ellen Drennan, Claude Dupuis, Pat Durr, Gwen Frankton, Alrick Huebener, Roberta Huebener, Juliana McDonald, Morel McMaster, Betty Page, John…

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Toronto: Toronto Poetry Slam

May 19 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$7

Toronto Poetry Slam returns with its high-energy spoken word battle featuring guest poet Mona Mousa. The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. 8pm. $7. 416-312-3865

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Toronto: Chapbook workshop with Kevin Spenst

May 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
knife | fork | book, 281 Augusta Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$45

Toronto New School presents Poetry Fit to Print and Fold: A Chapbook Workshop with Kevin Spenst Thursday, May 25, 2017 Knife Fork Book/Rick's Cafe, 281 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON 3-5 pm In this action-packed two hours, we’ll go through the writing process from start to finish: writing from fresh prompts…

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Ontario: Creative Age Festival Showcase

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas Street
London, Ontario N6A 6H9 Canada
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May 25, 7:00-8:30pm. Free. Penn Kemp is opening the Creative Age Festival Showcase. Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 6H9.

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Doors Open Toronto: Poetry Walking Tour

May 27 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Toronto, Ontario Canada + Google Map
Free

Photo by Photo by Stefan Powell, Poem by bpNichol  Doors Open Toronto Saturday, May 27th, 2017 1st Walk: 11am 2nd Walk: 2pm The League of Canadian Poets is proud to host this walking tour in partnership with Doors Open Toronto.  This walk will introduce participants to the historic University of…

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Toronto: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LI

May 30 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
St Stephen-in-the-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$5

The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen: we actively invite it. Please spread the word through social media and any other way you know. Let our event become as diverse as we are. Featured…

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June 2017

Montreal: Kelly Norah Drukker, Talya Rubin, and Robin Durnford

June 2 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5445 Rue de Gaspe, #408
Montreal, Quebec Canada
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$5

“The Smallness of this Island Earth” - Poetry Reading Friday, June 2, 7:30-10:00 PM 5445 Rue de Gaspé, # 408, Mile End, Montreal Stone huts and fulmar bones; flotsam and tuckamore; salt-tossed rock and Gaelic Bibles; grykes, karst, crags, and limestone—words and images gleaned from the islands of St. Kilda,…

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Toronto: Words and Music Salon

June 3 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Smiling Buddha, 961 College Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Toronto: Rowers Reading Series

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Tuesday, June 6: Rowers Reading Series. Time: Start time is 6:30 pm, readings begin at 7 pm, evening ends at 8:30 pm. Location: Supermarket Restaurant, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto. Readers: Trevor Cole, Elise Levine, Steven Mayoff and Kevin Spenst. Description: Join the Rowers Reading Series for a stellar June evening…

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Toronto: Revisit, revise, revolutionize (panel)

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
CSI Building — Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C2 Canada
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$25

This Feminist Cacus panel is a part of the League's annual conference, and is open to the public. Visit poets.ca/conference for a complete outline of conference programming and scheduling. With this panel, the Feminist Caucus wants to take a look at what feminism looks like today. The Caucus was formed…

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Toronto: Self-promotion for poets (panel)

June 9 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
CSI Building — Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C2 Canada
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$25

This panel is a part of the League’s annual conference, and is open to the public. Visit poets.ca/conference for a complete outline of conference programming and scheduling. Join us at this panel on the opening day of our conference for a conversation about self-promotion for poets! Moderated by Christen Thomas,…

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Toronto: Language, form, thought, and poetry (panel)

June 9 @ 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
CSI Building — Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C2 Canada
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$25

This panel is a part of the League’s annual conference, and is open to the public. Visit poets.ca/conference for a complete outline of conference programming and scheduling. Join poets Kate Sutherland, Sheri-D Wilson, Julie Cameron Gray, and Canisia Lubrin as they discuss the intersection of language, form, thought, and poetry…

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Quebec: Festival International des ecrivains et artistes

June 10 @ 2:30 pm - June 11 @ 8:00 pm
Residence 1045, 1045 rue du Renard et du Corbeau
Val-David, Quebec J0T 2N0 Canada
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Newfoundland: Gallery opening and reading

June 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Joe Keefe Gallery, 48 Little Harbour Road
Barr'd Island / Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
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Free

  Opening show and reading Saturday June 10th 4-6 p.m. running until July 9th   “an other being”   a collaboration of the poetry of Tony Brathwaite together with the Artwork of David McConkey   at the Joe Keefe Gallery 48 Little Harbour Road Barr’d Island Fogo Island Newfoundland and…

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Toronto: League of Canadian Poets annual awards ceremony

June 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
CSI Building — Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C2 Canada
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$25 - $40

Join us in Toronto on Saturday, June 10 for an evening celebrating the great minds on our 2017 awards shortlists! At this catered event, we will be announcing the winners of the following awards: The Pat Lowther Memorial Award, for a book of poetry by a female author The Raymond…

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Ottawa: BookThug book launch

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Montgomery Centretown Legion, Lower Hall, 330 Kent Ave
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
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Joseph Sherman Memorial Reading

June 11 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
CSI Building — Spadina, 192 Spadina Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C2 Canada
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Free

On the final day of our annual conference, we are excited to be hosting the Joseph Sherman Memorial Reading for new members, which feautres many of the wonderful poets who have joined the League in the past year. This is a free public event being held at the CSI Building…

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BC: Flightpaths book launch

June 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Vancouver Island Regional Library Gabriola Island, BC Canada + Google Map
Free

On the 120th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s birth, and the 80th anniversary of her disappearance, award-winning poet Heidi Greco revitalizes what we know about the iconic aviator through her new book of poetry, Flightpaths: The Lost Journals of Amelia Earhart. In the small town of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, Earhart took…

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Toronto: Indigenous Voices Rising

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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June 22, 2017 – 7:00 – 8:00 pm Toronto Reference Library – Atrium (map) Free Admission Has mainstream success changed the role of Indigenous writers within their communities? This event celebrates the rise of Indigenous storytelling and considers the opportunities and challenges faced by artists and writers as they bring…

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Ottawa: small press book fair

June 24 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell Lane
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
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span-o (the small press action network - ottawa) presents: the ottawa small press book fair spring 2017 edition will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 in room 203 of the Jack Purcell Community Centre (on Elgin, at 320 Jack Purcell Lane). “once upon a time, way way back in…

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Montreal: chapbook launch

June 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monastiraki Montreal, Quebec Canada + Google Map
Free

JONATHAN GARFINKEL BOCIANY (STORKS) KIRBY SHE'S HAVING A DORIS DAY (SECOND PRINTING) DAVID BRADFORD  NELL ZINK IS DAMN FREE, A STAR IS BORING, CALL OUT (OCT 17) WEDS 21 JUNE TORONTO KNIFE FORK BOOK 7PM SUN 25 JUNE MONTREAL MONASTIRAKI 3PM JONATHAN GARFINKEL’s multi-genre writing has been translated into twelve…

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Toronto: Author Talks and Lecture Series

June 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Toronto Public Library St Lawrence Branch, 171 Front Street E
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Author and Lecture Series -Presents Local Wordsmiths at the Toronto Public Library(St. Lawrence Branch) 171 Front Street East @ 7pm (60minutes) two local writers who follow different paths to get their work out there. Anne-Marie Woods aka Amani is a playwright, a spoken word artist and has produced and directed…

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Sudbury: Getting Published in Canada

June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Greater Sudbury Public Library, Main Branch, 74 Mackenzie Street
Sudbury, Ontario Canada
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What does it take to have your book published in Canada? Meet three Canadian publishers: Heather Campbell of Sudbury publisher Latitude 46, Christie Harkin of Clockwise Press, and Jennifer Knoch of ECW Press, and learn what publishers are looking for, how to submit a manuscript, and what the publishing process…

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Edmonton: JustWrite camp

June 30 @ 8:00 am - July 2 @ 5:00 pm
The Bennett Centre, 9703 94 Street
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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$450 - $555

JustWrite: June 30 - July 2, 2017 The Bennett Centre (9703 94 Street), Edmonton, AB Standard program: $450 / Overnight program: $555 Calling all aspiring authors and closet journalists! When was the last time you spent an entire weekend stretching your creative muscles? At JustWrite, you'll get to practice your writing and network…

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August 2017

Toronto: Words and Music Salon

August 5 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Smiling Buddha, 961 College Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Calgary: Sheri-D Wilson & C.R. Avery

August 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books, 1302 4 St SW
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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One Night Only Sheri-D Wilson & C.R. Avery   August 08 Shelf Life Books 7:00 PM   Calgary, AB (July 31, 2017) Two Canadian Icons for One Night Only! A celebration of two new books by two of the hottest spoken word artists in the country. She will launch her…

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Toronto: Toronto Poetry Slam f.t. Mugabi Byenyka

August 12 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$7

Aug 12   Toronto Poetry Slam returns to the Drake Hotel with its biweekly spoken word competition, featuring guest post Mugabi Byenyka from Nigeria. The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W. 8pm $7. 416-312-3865.   www.torontopoetryslam.com

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Toronto: Canada Cuba Art and Lit Fest

August 13 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017 Name: Canada Cuba Art and Lit Fest Time: 2:30 p.m. Venue name and address: Supermarket Restaurant, 268 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Description: Book launch of "Bottom of the Wine Jar", poetry by two Canadian and two Cuban poets, Patrick Connors and Lisa Makarchuk (Canadian) Daniel…

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Toronto Lit Up

August 17 @ 7:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation, 192 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON Canada
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Toronto: Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LIV

August 29 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
St Stephen-in-the-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$5

Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) LIV                                                                                                                              Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series Featured poets: Puneet Dutt & Justin Lauzon Host: Bänoo Zan Time: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Place: Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, 365 College St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 2N8 Doors open               6:15 p.m. Open-mic sign-up     6:30…

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September 2017

Toronto: Word on the Street

September 24 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W
Toronto, ON Canada
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We are so excited to be at Word on the Street again this year! On Sunday, September 24, we'll be back at Harbourfront with a table in the Writers' Block section (table 12) with a display of members' books and special guests throughout the day! Stop by and grab a…

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October 2017

Ontario: Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

October 23 @ 8:00 am - October 28 @ 5:00 pm
Peterborough, Ontario Canada + Google Map

The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word is coming to Peterborough, on October 23rd to the 28th . This is a national event that is full of story-telling, poetry, workshops, panel discussions and performance opportunities.

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December 2017

Ontario: Devotions by Barbara E. Hunt launch

December 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
728 Tulip Court, 728 Tulip Court
Oshawa, Ontario Canada
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Barbara E. Hunt is celebrating the launch of an unusual poetry book, DEVOTIONS (including colouring!) on Sunday, December 3rd at 728 Tulip Court, Oshawa, ON with wine, chocolate & colouring...

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