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Got art about the future of food and farming? Country Heritage Park wants to know! 

Call for Submissions: Naked Heart – The LGBTQ Festival of Words

Glad Day is putting on a queer lit festival! It’s gonna be awesome, and you can be a part of it. It runs October 16-18. Sign up here!

Call for Submissions: Future of Food and Farming 2041: Changes and Choices

Country Heritage Park invites artists to submit works for an exhibition in October in Milton, ON. Works should explore the theme of the future of food and farming. Deadline is September 20th. Submit to s.powell065@sympatico.ca. $20 entry fee.

Call for Submissions: OCZ

OCZ will be a zine by and for people who have obsessive compulsive disorder, including folks who are self-diagnosed. Writing and artwork will be accepted through the deadline of January 2, 2016. Submit to feralismyheart@gmail.com.

Call for Entries: The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing

Restless Books has a new prize created to foster emerging writers of sharp, culture-straddling writing that addresses American identity in a clobal age. The prize? $10,000 and a book deal. The fee? none. What are you waiting for? Submissions run September through December. More information on their website.

Call for Submissions: Dreams of Orisha Zine

Dreams of Orisha is a zine series that celebrates the brilliance, magick and creative richness that is Black queer and trans women and Black non-binary people of Canada. Currently they are accepting submissions to Volume 1, Oya, a warrior orisha of the Niger River who is loyal, unapologetic, and fiercelet protective. Submit to dreamsoforisha@queerofgender.com with the subject Oya Submission by November 1.

Call for Entries: 3 Day Novel Contest

Can you produce a masterwork of fiction in 72 hours? The annual International 3-Day Novel Contest is your chance to find out. The contest takes place every Labour Day long weekend, and attracts writers from around the world. This year’s 3-Day Novel Contest runs from September 5–Sept. 7, 2015! Register now. 

Worst Case Ontario: An Unapologetic Poetry Tour

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by John Nyman

It’s Friday night, and a buzzing audience has gathered at the White House Studio Project (read: a concrete-floored upstairs ex-dojo in Toronto’s Kensington Market) to hear from five of the most resonant young voices in Canadian literature. This is day one of a groundbreaking nine-day tour bringing Jessica Bebenek, JC Bouchard, dalton derkson, JM Francheteau, and Julie Mannell to poetry readings in nine North American cities. They’ve dubbed it: Worst Case Ontario.

derkson opens the night by spitting half a beer in the air and telling us “This mic is your mic.” The audience takes him up, hooting, heckling, and chiming in between pieces, but somehow the ruckus is interspersed with long moments of rapture while each of the poets reads. The merch table at the back of the room is crammed full of hand-bound chapbooks…and custom Worst Case Ontario underwear.

After our interview at Ronnie’s Local 069 in Kensington, Ottawa-based poet JM Francheteau explains one thing all of the group’s poems have in common: they’re unapologetic. Bebenek, for example, admits she’s never thought about her audience while writing, and derkson unabashedly tells us “I’m going to be doing it anyway”—it’s up to you to like it or not.

Indie Events Roundup August 24 – 30

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#BlackLivesMatterTO hosts a community teach-in at A Different Booklist on Wednesday

Monday, August 24

TORONTO

Videofag Season Launch, 7pm, Videofag, 187 Augusta Ave, PWYC

Discover and party with the artists Videofag is programming this Fall and Winter!

Tuesday, August 25

TORONTO

Toronto Comic Jam, 7:30pm, The Cameron House, 408 Queen St W, PWYC

Come draw at the Cameron House for the last comic jam of the summer. Bring your pens and pencils.

Wednesday, August 26

TORONTO

#BlackLivesMatter Teach-In, 7pm, A Different Booklist, 746 Bathurst St, free

Jay Kay and LeRoi Newbold lead a teach-in on the current actions and prospects for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Thursday, August 27

Pump up the FAC, 7pm, Younger Than Beyonce Gallery, 563 Dundas St E, Suite 201, $15

A networking and inspiration party to support the 2015 Feminist Art Conference, with special musical guest LAL.

Friday, August 28

TORONTO

Community Closet All Gender Clothing Swap, 12pm – 8pm, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould St, free, runs through Saturday August 29

An epic all-gender clothing swap including workshops on sewing, design, and more — plus dance breaks! Friday is for black folks and Saturday is for everybody.

Saturday, August 29

CALGARY

Calgary Zine Co Mingle #1 Let’s Do Picnic Lunch Edition, 12pm-4pm, CommunityWise Resource Centre, 223 12th Avenue SW, free

Meet fellow zinesters and share your works! Or work on your own, donate to the Zine Tree, and trade zines. Stay for games, vegan food, readings and show ’n’ tell, crafts, and more!

TORONTO

Myseum on the Move: LGBTQ+ Protests, The Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, 34 Isabella St,, free with registration

Focusing on how Toronto has led the way for LGBTQ+ rights, people of all ages are asked to share their objects and stories to help build the Myseum’s digital collection.

Canzine Toronto & Toronto Queer Zine Fair

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TQZF poster by Jenny Chan
[via torontoqueerzinefair.tumblr.com]

Yes, you noticed it too! Canzine Toronto this year is on October 17th at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which is the same day as the Toronto Queer Zine Fair at Trinity St. Paul’s Church.

We are really excited to be partnering with Art Gallery of Ontario to make Canzine its most accessible yet, and to bring ziney goodness to more people than we thought possible. Part of this venue change also necessitated a date change, and now you’ve got two zine fairs on the same day in Toronto — which, if you think about it, is kind of amazing!

The Toronto Queer Zine Fair was created in 2013 to fill the need for a zine fair specifically for the LGBTQ2ISA* zine community. As an event and a community, it has grown in amazing ways since then. It’s a different vibe and experience than Canzine, and both are worth visiting.

We at Canzine have grown a lot in the last three years. When TQZF began in 2013, Canzine organizers began to do some real thinking about the ways we have not been a safe or accessible space for queer, trans, and differently abled people. Many of us are queer ourselves, and seeing the amazing and very intentional work that TQZF has done around accessibility, anti-oppression, safe space and inclusivity has totally inspired us, and this is part of why we’ve moved venues and changed approaches.

Because we think both Canzine and TQZF are important and amazing — each with their own identities and showing different slices of the zine community — we encourage you to visit both on October 17th!

In the next few months, we’ll be sharing information about travelling between the two venues, a join scavenger hunt with special prizes, and so much more! Although we are two separate events, we’re happy to be working together on making sure visitors can get the most out of the biggest zine weekend ever in Toronto.

Any questions can be directed to canzine@brokenpencil.com and torontoqueerzinefair@gmail.com

Call for Submissions

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Call for Submissions: Not Trans Enough

Not Trans Enough is a compilation zine about the erasure of non passing and non conforming trans identified people. Lots of important details on the submissions event. Deadline September 30th. Email eddiewoah@gmail.com with Not Trans Enough in the subject line.

Call for Submissions: CANVAS

LGBTQI youth (ages 10-25) writers and poets are invited to submit monologues and poems reflecting their lived experiences. There will also be a reading to go along with it. Deadline August 21. Submit here.

Call for Submissions: Parking Lot Playground

Gay 4 Pay Press is putting together a compilation zine about cruising and public sex in Toronto. Submit your favorite cruising spots, one star cruising reviews, critical approaches to cruising, funny art, or whatever to jvalelly@gmail.com or eric.levitt123@gmail.com. More in the call out here. Deadline September 16.

Indie Events Roundup: August 17 – 23

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Mammalian Diving Reflex’s Bureau of Life Complaints – Something like this, but probably better? Saturday and Sunday on Bloor and St Clarens! 

Tuesday, August 18

VANCOUVER

Still Not Over It: 70 Years of Queer Canadian Film @ Vancouver Queer Film Festival, 6pm, Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, $8-$12

As a part of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, check out this program of 16 queer Canadian documentaries, experimental work, performance, animation, and fiction spanning 70 years of moving image art.

Wednesday, August 19

TORONTO

Fermenting Workshop, 7pm, D-Beatstro, 1292 Bloor St, PWYC

Learn to ferment some sauerkraut! Yum!

Safe Country, 8pm, Videofag, 187 Augusta Ave, free

The premiere of the film Safe Country, following three queer refugees beginning new lives in Vancouver and discovering Canada isn’t the paradise they had hoped for.

Thursday, August 20

TORONTO

Drunk Feminist Films presents: Clueless and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, 8:30 and 11:15, The Revue, 400 Roncesvalles Ave, $11-$14

A feminist flavoured drinking game for a high school classic double feature!

Friday, August 21

TORONTO

Worst Case Ontario Kickoff, 8pm, The White House, 277.5 Augusta Ave, PWYC

Come see some of Ontario’s best and weirdest poets kick off their tour, including BP reviewer JM Francheteau!

Deep Impact of Reluctant Asteroids, 8pm, Glad Day Bookshop, 598a Yonge St, PWYC

Poets Elly Rasile, Nick Kostas Kratsas, Oliver Cusimano, Jordaan Mason, Emily Izsak, Sara June Woods and host Brock Hessel.

Double Dot Magazine Issue 7 Launch, Unit 320, 263 Adelaide St W, PWYC

Come get your NYC & Tokyo issue and get down to music we’ve never heard of and weird art. That sound shady but actually this party looks really fun!

Saturday August 22

TORONTO

The Bureau of Life Complaints, 12pm – 6pm, Bloor St W & St Clarens Ave, free

The Bureau of Life Complaints is led by a team of teen administrators interested in learning about your problems as a resident in the second saddest city in Canada, and how, if at all, these individual ailments are linked to larger issues that shape the world. After gathering your complaints, the administrators will sort, generalize, and connect them together to illustrate a system of complaints that the Bureau will present to the City of Toronto that may or may not help them understand the social core of our collective unhappiness. Part of the BIG on Bloor Festival. Runs through Sunday.

Sunday August 23

OTTAWA

#NotMyPride Picnic and Park Show, 5pm – 1ppm, Dundonald Park, free

Anti-Capitalist Pride is holding a picnic in the park for the unrepresented and underrepresented members of the queer community. Free vegan-friendly supper and free acoustic set!