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Submit Zines + Artbooks to the Chester Newsstand!

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Ever been stuck waiting for the subway and wished you had a place to browse your favorite zines, artbooks and indie mags, eat locally-sourced snacks and ogle cute crafts? Look no further – the Chester Newsstand (at the TTC Chester Station in Toronto) is open to serve all your needs!

The brainchild of Toronto artist Jess Dobkin, the newsstand – once vacant  - has been repurposed into a cute little pop-up and art venue. When we went to visit the newsstand last Friday, Dobkin and co-worker Mo were happily chatting up friends and passers-by, answering questions and selling snacks, mags and other goodies. You can buy everything from copies of Elisha Lim’s “Life and Times of Butch Dykes” series to delicious cookies with TTC icing patterns to little buttons that read “Print is Dead/Long Live Print.” In the corner, a woman was stretching out a drop sheet and paints for an evening art opening at the newsstand.

This is a gamechanging thing for Toronto and other cities in Canada! But the proprietors need your help to keep going. Consider swinging by the kiosk and buying something to support its existence, and consider submitting your zines and artbooks to be sold! Email artists.newsstand@gmail.com for more info!

Calls for Submissions

 

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Call for Submissions: Body Positive Zine Issue 3 and the No Means Yes, Right? Street Harassment Issue 2 zine.

Currently accepting submissions for both of these awesome feminist zines! Deadline is August 1 but earlier is better. Check out this neat picture above for more details, and send submissions to gracieology@gmail.com

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Call for Submissions: Crooked Fagazine Issue 5
t’s time to start putting together the fifth instalment of the sleaziest scumdump fag-rag to ever splatter bad taste across the globe, which means you’ve got to roll up those sleeves, work up that elbow grease and pull out some intimate writing from deep inside of you. Deadline May 31.

Call for Submissions: Ms. Pac-Man Noir

Ms. Pac-Man as a femme fatale? Obviously. Ms. Pac-Man Noir is a chapbook co-edited by Terri Favro and one of our own fiction editors, A.G. Pasquella. Have you got a noir-style Ms. Pac-man short story or poem handy? Probably, but if not, put one together and send it in to agpasquella@yahoo.com by THIS SUNDAY May 31, 2015. Estimated launch date: Fall 2015. Check out the posting.
Call for Submissions: New Toronto Works

Pleasure Dome is seeking short experimental film/video works, expanded cinema performances and media art installations by Toronto-based artists for the annual New Toronto Works Show.

Works must be produced after January 2014 and be no longer than 15 minutes. To submit please send a weblink of the work, single page synopsis, and artist bio to newtorontoworks@gmail.com or send/ drop-off submission preview to:

Zine Review: Static Zine #10

ZINES_Static-Zine-10Jessica Lewis, Aviva Cohen and Melody Lau, staticzine.com, $2

A 10-issue run is something worth cele­brating, and the Static Zine crew does just that in this milestone-themed instal­ment. Three editors and 20 contributors is quite a crowd to wrangle, but Jess Lewis and company manage it, appar­ently having lots of fun along the way, according to the introduction.

Like previous issues of Static, the zine is comprised of single pages by each con­tributor. Featured milestones include tat­toos, memorable vacations, supernatural experiences, overcoming childhood fears and more. Standout pieces include Robb Mirsky’s impeccably-drawn comic “Be­coming A Man” about nervously surviving his bar mitzvah and Lily Pepper’s level-headed mini-essay “Fuck A Milestone; Be A Tender Baby.” Pepper invokes a hard-won and healthy ambivalence toward con­ventional life milestones and the stubborn tenacity supposedly required to achieve them. It is refreshing wisdom to re-con­vince me that the kids are in fact all right.

One milestone bonus: the Static Zine mixtape also returns, with a link in the zine, to songs representing milestones in the authors’ lives. (Joshua Barton)

Zine Review: Skyscrapers All On Fire

ZINES_Skyscrapers-All-On-FireShane Large, skyscrapersallonfire@gmail.com, $3

Skyscrapers All on Fire is a cut-and-paste zine that is a bit like a hard copy approx­imation of a sullen teenager with a literate streak screaming against a wall. I know this sounds blunt and catty, but it’s not meant to be pejorative.

More so it’s a suggestion to readers to brace themselves: this zine seems both personal and massively abstract. Isola­tion (both urban and rural) appears to be a central theme in the visuals and text. The prose has a bit of a found poetry thing going on, lifted from periodicals in a style not unlike a ransom note. Some of the words you’ll see here: “dead,” “suf­fering,” “it’s all over.” You get the gist. Perhaps this zine would serve best as a Choose Your Own Adventure book for those whose idea of adventure is hanging out in jettisoned graveyards and tene­ments. Scary stuff if you’re easily spooked. (Cam Gordon)

Indie Events Roundup: May 25 – 31

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Lady Sin Trayda performs at the Yellow Noise launch in Montreal this Friday!
[image via facebook]

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TORONTO

Popcorn Party Fundraiser: Send Fat Girl Food Squad to AMC, 6:30pm, Toronto Popcorn Company, 147 Baldwin St, $20 for entry and goodie bag

Help FGFS go to the Allied Media Conference! Come eat yummy popcorn!

Wednesday, May 27

WINNIPEG

Book Launch for The Book of New Canadian Noir, 7:30pm, McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Ave, free

Winnipeg authors Keith Cadieux and Chadwick Ginther, along with former winnipeger Corey Redekop, read at the launch for this new anthology.

TORONTO

Torontaru May, 8pm, Get Well, 1181 Dundas St W, free

Join other indie gamers and fans for a low-key, low stakes hang!

Thursday, May 28

TORONTO

A Night of Readings at 8-11, 6pm, 8-Eleven, 2-33 Spadina Ave, free

Readings from Stephen Thomas, Emma Healey, Arielle Gavin, Sebastian Frye, Aisha Sasha John, Nadia Belerique, Lili Huston-Herterich, Laurie Kang, Zeesy Powers.

The Spectatorial Journal Launch, 6:30pm, No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College St, free

The Spectatorial is launching it’s third journal of speculative fiction, poetry, visual art, graphic fiction and not fiction from the U of T community. You’re invited!

HALIFAX

make all good things fall apart: zine launch and community discussion on addiction, intoxication culture and sober spaces, 8:30pm, Plan B Merchants Coop, 2180 Gottigen St, free

The newest collaborative zine from two of our 10 artists to watch in 2015, geoff and Clementine Morrigan launches complete with readings and a discussion out in Halifax, where the two are doing a residency at the Anchor Archive Zine Library.

Friday, May 29

MONTREAL

Yellow Noise Magazine Launch, 5pm-10pm, Les Verriers St-Denis Espace multidisciplinaire, 4326 rue St-Denis, Montreal, PWYC

The launch of the newest Canadian rad mag for Asian-identified people includes performances by Lady Sin Trayda, Huei Lin and Tina-Hanae. Support support support!

REGINA

Sit Up Regina, 7:30pm, Knox Metropolitan United Church, 2340 Victoria Ave, suggested donation $20

Join Buddhist teacher and social activist Michael Stone for a lecture on transforming stress, anxiety and turbulent emotions into positive forms of social change, titled “Embodying our Values: Mindfulness & Social Change”.

Saturday, May 30

GUTS Launch Party, 9pm, Bike Pirates, 1416 queen St W, PWYC

Come celebrate the fourth issue of GUTS by hangin out at the Queen St Bike Pirates. Lots of swag and fun stuff.

Zine Review: Instagerm,: A zine about sickness and technology

ZINES_InstagermHailey, blitzandpieces.tumblr.com, $2

18 year-old Hailey offers up a guide for comforting yourself during winter’s sick­nesses with tips on things to have around you, special snacks, and a list of sickness commandments, including “thou shalt not cough into your hands” (ew, just don’t). She reminds readers, in a kindly but not patronizing voice, that with the same hands you’re using to hold the zine you also type, swipe, pinch, scratch, itch, and pick — so wash them, regularly! Although the zine gives advice on how to take it easy, the author has not done that with this comic. The pages are intri­cately drawn and every spare bit of space is filled with panels, borders, and designs. You won’t find many open spaces but, then again, when you’re moving between loneliness and heartbreak there isn’t much space for quiet either. On some pages the lettering is huge and sprawling and on others the story panels are small and the writing is minute. At times it feels frenetic with unrelated stories, very much at odds with the low-key lazy pace of sick days. Yet the zine’s pacing works because the author’s excited and optimis­tic voice comes through despite her con­tinued dealings with snot and slime. I also very much appreciate a good pun, of which there are several. The last few pages of the zine switch gears entirely with an ode to Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer pro­grammer. Hailey is taking a computer science course that has exposed her to coding for the first time. The whole zine feels like an ode to the author herself, for knowing how best to take care of herself, for being self-aware, and for mostly rep­resenting her experiences with optimism and joy. (CJ Blennerhassett)