Canzine Central (Winnipeg): Junto Library


Canzine Central (Winnipeg) is just a few days away! We’ll be posting a full list of vendors shortly. In the meantime, we’ll be profiling some of the fest’s vendors right here.

Firstly we are pleased to welcome Junto Local 411. Junto is a a collectively-run lending library which provides rare, radical, and relevant political materials to all. From the collective’s website: “We feel it is vital to see ourselves reflected in print, to provide a forum for alternative information and lifestyles, to challenge what we have been spoon-fed, to share the skills and knowledge we need to live our chosen lives to the fullest and to inspire ourselves and others to action.”

The library carries zines and books ranging on a whole swath of subjects, including Gender, Health, Sexuality, Alternative Education, Queer, Indigenous Struggles, to New Afrikan Struggles, Food Issues, Animal Liberation, Foreign Policy, Cuba, Socialism, Poetry, Radical Fiction, Labour, Kid’s Books, Art and Revolution and event Cooperative Board Games!

This wonderful collective will be at Canzine Central to fill you in on their resources and tell you how to get involved! We are so happy to have them at Canzine Central and to be partnering with the Winnipeg Anarchist Bookfair and DIY Fest. Visit the link for more info!

Canzine Central: 3 Questions for Tim Runtz

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Canzine Central is this Saturday, and we couldn’t be more excited to head out to the prairies and bring together a whole host of indie creators, zinesters, activists, writers, artists, and others at this first ever edition of a Canzine in Winnipeg. We’re especially excited for our panel, From Print to Pize: Zines as political tools in the digital age. One of our guests will be Tim Runtz from Geez Magazine. We asked him a few quick questions to get to know him before the event.


1. What is Geez Magazine, and what do you do there?

Geez is a quarterly ad-free magazine printed on 100% post-consumer-waste-paper for activist types who are mostly disenchanted with Christianity. Many of our readers would situate themselves on the “fringes of faith,” or call themselves post-Christian; that is, they’ve abandoned much of religion, but it still informs their worldview.
Each issue covers a different topic, and over the years we’ve looked at concerns like feminism, police brutality, disabilities, body image, education, peace activism, Christian anarchy, work, leisure, privilege, art, and more. (See a complete list of our back issues at
About ten years ago Geez’s co-founder Aiden Enns was working as the managing editor at Adbusters, and saw that in many ways Christian culture was worse than the North American culture at large targeted by Adbusters. He started Geez with a few others to call out the consumerism, homophobia, unchecked privilege, and political entrenchment among people of faith.
My official titles are Associate Editor and Circulation Manager. Given that we’re a small operation (three of us, working half time), each of us does a little bit of everything – writing, working with writers, copyediting, acquiring images, fundraising, promo, social media, etc. I also guest edited our Winter issue on Apocalypse.
2. The role of print magazines is changing in a digital age— how do you see Geez fitting into that?
This summer we positioned ourselves explicitly as a print-only magazine with an issue called Life Offline. (We see our modest social media presence and blog as essentially necessary evils for attracting new subscribers.) We also changed our tagline from “holy mischief in an age of fast faith” to “contemplative cultural resistance.” This was part of a larger move to situate our magazine as a place you can go to escape news feeds, advertising, and hyper-information, and maybe recharge from some activist burnout. Our older issues were more playful, but recently we’ve gone a little more literary.
I think we’re trying to provide resources for our particular niche (in the sense of cultural critiques, as well as “how to” type pieces) but we’re also trying to provide these resources in a way that enables readers to get away from their devices and be “unproductive” for a while. I don’t think digital networks are completely evil, but I think the impulse to passively flit through news feeds is the same as the impulse that tells us to shop for things we don’t need, and not unlike our tendency to stick to surface level conversations instead of maintaining eye contact for extended periods of time. In a way, I hope, publishing a finite physical object with longish articles can encourage ways of living contrary to the dis- attachment assumptions that seem to be dominant today. We, culturally, need to relearn how to just sit with a book for a while, and I think this can teach us how to be more satisfied with what we’ve got.
3. Have you ever been to Canzine? How do you think Winnipeg is going to take to Canzine Central?
I’ve never been to Canzine, but I’m looking forward to it. I think Winnipeg has strong activist and literary impulses, and this is a great opportunity for those communities to gel. I’m hoping to meet a lot of writers and artists, and discover some new and clever reading material.
Winnipeg seems to have a fairly mediocre reputation among outsiders, especially when compared to some of the bigger Canadian cities like Toronto and Vancouver. But in that sense, it’s a perfect venue for a zine fest. I like to think that Winnipegers have no ambition for glossy large-scale corporate periodicals. We’d rather spend our perpetual winters working on little projects and sharing them with our friends. I think if enough people hear about the event it’ll go really well!

Indie Events October 20-26




The (FU) Drag Musical, one night only! [image via facebook]

Tuesday, October 21


Ghost Stories Zine Making Day, 1pm, Learning Zone, 113 McCaul, main floor, free

The OCAD Ghost Stories Zine is coming! And the deadline to submit is October 27. The learning zone is hosting an event for people to get ready— drop by and contribute to the zine!

Tightrope Books October Launch, 7pm, Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave, free

Tightope Books launches its fall lineup with readings, door prizes, and other surprises. New books include releases from Roxanna Bennett and Rosario Lloret, with guest readers including Tara-Michelle Ziniuk and Charlene Challenger

Wednesday, October 22


Curationism Launch, The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W, free

David Balzer launches his new Coach House Books release, Curationism: How Curating Took over the Art World and Everything Else. The fun starts at 5:30pm.

Eat Pray Love the (FU) Drag Musical, doors 7pm, show 7:30pm, The Sanctuary, Bloor St United Church, 300 Bloor St W, PWYC

Awesome partners the 519 and Asian Arts Freedom School’s present the fruits of their drag mentorship program for first time LGBTQ youth of colour performers. It looks downright awesome.

Suffer-gette City! A Municipal Politics Cabaret, 8:30pm, Videofag, 187 Augusta, $15

Laughs, sex, and debate in cabaret form! 2-Man No-Show, Stevie Thunder Rubie Magnitude and more celebrate and critique this silly city of ours.

Thursday, October 23


Chilly Tales Launch, 7pm, The Central, 603 Markham St, free

The Beguiling and 11th Dimension Press presentthe anthology Chilly Tales: Comics from the Canadian Undertundra, featuring work by Cory McCallum, Matt Daley, Mark Connery, Wm Brian MacLean, Marta Chudolinska, Fiona Smyth, Keith Mclean, Noam Sussman, Dakota McFadzean, Robb Mirsky, Shira Haberman, and Marc Bell!

Sunday, October 26

Draft Reading series, 2:30pm, Paint Box Bistro, 555 Dundas St E, PWYC
The first reading of Draft Season Ten! With readings by Judy Fong Bates, Caitlin Galway, Michael Fraser, Ellen S. Jaffe, and Grace O’Connell.

Canzine Toronto: Art Rooms!

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Each year at Canzine Toronto, in addition to our vendors and programming, we host three art rooms. These are empty rooms that anyone can book and use to present their work – art installations, zine exhibits, interactive games, hauntings, mazes, dioramas – you name it. This year we’re happy to welcome three organizations we truly admire for their commitment to education, inclusivity and activism. More info about them below. Please come check them out!


ART ROOMS (All art rooms located in basement of 918 Bathurst)

oasisOasis Skateboard Factory: OSF is a Toronto District School Board alternative school design program, where students earn high school credits by creating their own brand and running a skateboard business / professional design studio. Youth in the program who have struggled in traditional school settings for a variety of reasons (poverty, learning disabilities, mental health, racism etc..) find success in project based learning- that is, everything in produced in class has a life/purpose outside of the classroom. At Canzine, Broken Pencil will give the students an opportunity to showcase their work – including skateboard designs, zines, comics and other creations – in a professional setting where they receive feedback from adults working in creative fields.



Shameless/Letters Lived: Shameless is a Toronto-based independent magazine for strong, smart young women and trans youth. It’s a fresh alternative to typical teen magazines, packed with articles about arts, culture and current events, reflecting the neglected diversity of young readers’ interests and experiences. The magazine is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and as part of that celebration, they will be taking over a Canzine art room with the Letters Lived Project, wherein people can write letters to their past and future selves and hang them for display. There will be multiple letter writing stations set up in the room and letters will be hung so they can be easily read and shared.


HE-logo-head-lrgHand Eye Society Artsy Games Incubators: The Hand Eye Society is a Toronto not-for-profit dedicated to supporting and showcasing videogames made primarily as a form of creative expression. This past summer and early fall, the Society hosted two AGIs (Artsy Game Incubators) designed to teach animators and writers previously unfamiliar (or new to) gamemaking how to make video and interactive fiction games. At Canzine, students from both incubators will be present to publicly demo the games they created in their incubators and talk a bit about their processes.

Canzine Toronto: Jess Taylor

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Photo by Francesca Ludikar, from

We are pleased to bring the fiercely talented Jess Taylor on board for this year’s Radical Reading Series at Canzine Toronto.

Jess is the founder of the Emerging Writers Reading Series, providing a monthly venue for up-and-coming writers to share their work in Toronto. Jess is also a gifted author in her own right – her short story Paul won the Gold Magazine Fiction Award at the 2013 National Magazine Awards after appearing in Little Brother Magazine. She is also a poet – her latest chapbook Never Stop is available on Anstruther Press.

Jess is proof that even when you’re a self-described “super emerging” writer, it is possible to do great things and accomplish a ton. Just keep writing! Come and be inspired by Jess and our other readers on Sat Nov 1.

Calls for Submissions!


Call for Entries: Writing in the Margins

Briarpatch Magazine’s 4th annual creative writing contest is here. Briarpatch is seeking fresh, creative writing that brings to life issues of political, social, and environmental justice. They’re looking for writing from the edges – from new writers who have something important to say, or from longtime writers who can show us a new way of seeing things. They’re looking for bold and courageous writing that pushes the boundaries between fact and fiction, journalism and prose, deconstructing tough issues in inventive ways. Non-fiction submissions should not exceed 2000 words and poems should not exceed two pages. More info here.

Call For Submissions: text

text magazine is looking for submissions of poetry/flash fiction/art/photography/tweets/facebook statuses, etc. Short, sharp, observant poetry and artwork, as well as unconventional forms of poetry (social media, found poetry, etc)are welcome. Full guidelines here.

Call for Participants: Speaking Life! 100 Men, 100 Words

As a part of their Sunset SErvice series, New Thought Ministers Rev. Chiedza Pasipanodya and Pastor David Lewis-Peart are inviting men and boys to speak 100 words of intention or prayer. People who are interested in being a part of the project are invited to attend a meeting in Toronto at Glad Day Books, 598a Yonge St, at 3pm this Saturday, October 18. More info here.

Call For Submissions: Verge Zine Library

Donate your zines to a soon-to-be-launched zine library in Australia! More info here.