Canzine Calgary 2017


Canzine 2017 Poster by Adam Waito

Canzine: Festival of Zines
and Underground Culture

in partnership with filling Station Magazine and WordFest

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 12-7pm

Memorial Park Library and Arts Space
1221 2 St SW 

FREE Admission! Comes with the Fall issue of Broken Pencil: Magazine of zine culture and the independent arts.


Registration is open! Register here!

• C A N Z I N E • E V E N T S •


Hundreds of zines, books, comic, and small press vendors! Trade, buy, sell, browse, chill, enjoy! View a list of our vendors here!


filling Station’s booth at Calgary’s inaugural Canzine small press and zine fair will include, in addition to copies of our magazine, a variety of printed material published by small press and independent publishers from across Canada. filling Station will be using this opportunity to showcase excellent work on behalf of Canada-based publishers working in the medium of artist books, chapbooks, leaflets, and other literary print ephemera. Publishers can apply with a selection of their work to be sold through filling Station’s booth at Calgary Canzine by email at


Rich Theroux and Jess Szabo will be running a super-rad interactive workshop for kids and teens! Zine making, readings, activities and more!

Jess Szabo is a local artist, educator and co founder and coordinator at Rumble House Live Art.  She believes we have to use our skills to make this world as beautiful as we can. She can work in any medium but chooses mainly embroidery, watercolour and occasionally oil.  The divine feminine and the myths surrounding this are often a focus of my work.

Besides being a caveman, Rich Theroux is a genius at painting and drawing. His art hangs here and there in prominent homes and galleries but he prefers not to boast about it. Rich is founder of Gorilla House and Rumble House and is most generous at sharing. He also teaches school.


The alternative press has always been a home for radical ideas, organizing efforts and crucial knowledge production. But in the 21st century, self-publishing and print take on new qualities and political tools for artists, writers, and activists. In this panel, zinesters, writers and illustrators will discuss the radical potentialities — and necessary pitfalls — of zines as political tools in the digital age.

Elyse Bouvier is a Western-Canadian photographer and artist based in Calgary who recently completed an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University. She recently launched Independent Study, a pop-up art bookstore in Calgary that seeks to foster a culture of art books in the city and beyond. She can often be found, camera in hand, exploring the dirt roads and Chinese restaurants of rural Alberta.

Bronson Smillie
is a queer comic artist + illustrator from Calgary, currently living and working in Montreal. Through his on paper alter-ego – an elastic, party hat donning entity – Bronson has been exploring what it looks and feels like to be lonely in the age of online interconnectivity. He is the co-founder of Calgary‘s We Are Not an Island Queer Zine Fair, which had its inaugural year in the summer of 2017. He looks forward to making Calgary a more rewarding place for queer creators to build foundations.

Jillian Fleck
is an interdisciplinary artist from Calgary whose work focuses on comics, drawing, and writing.  They graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2012 with a BFA, and received a Masters of Letters from the University of Dundee in 2016.  Their first graphic novel, Lake Jehovah was published in 2016.

Raymond Yakeleya 
is an award winning Dene film producer-director from the wilds of the Sahtu region of central NWT.  He is also a Residential School survivor.  He did his photography and film training at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the University of Southern California in the 1970s, which set him off on my life’s passion and path.  “I find it most important that Canada’s native People have a voice in mainstream media as we try to find our place in today’s society and right the many wrongs in our Canadian experience — now and for the future — so that our children will not have to go through the racism and discrimination that we did,” says Ramond. “We not also not forget what has happened, as this part of our and our country’s history.  Our People have much to share…in many things.”

4:30-5:30pm • Chapbook creation and binding workshop

Poet and award-winning teacher derek beaulieu, publisher of Calgary’s No Press, leads an hour-long workshop on do-it-yourself chapbook creation and binding. All materials will be provided by Calgary Canzine.

Derek Beaulieu is the author of the collections of poetry with waxfractal economieschainssilenceascender / descenderkernfrogments from the frag pool (co-written with Gary Barwin) and Please no more poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu (Ed. Kit Dobson). He has also written 4 collections of conceptual fiction: a a novelflatlandLocal Colour and How To Write (Nominated for the W.O. Mitchell Award). He is the author of two collections of essays: Seen of the Crime and The Unbearable Contact with Poets. Beaulieu co-edited bill bissett’s RUSH: what fuckan theory (with Gregory Betts) and Writing Surfaces: fiction of John Riddell (with Lori Emerson). He is the publisher of the acclaimed no press and is the visual poetry editor at UBUWeb. Beaulieu has exhibited his work across Canada, the United States and Europe and is an award-winning instructor. Derek Beaulieu was the 2014–2016 Poet Laureate of Calgary, Canada.


Memorial Park is a wheelchair accessible venue. Please email with any other accessibility questions.

Volunteers needed! For questions and ideas, or to volunteer email: CANZINE@BROKENPENCIL.COM.

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About Canzine: The Canzine Festival of Zines and Underground Culture was first held in Toronto in 1995. Since its inception, Canzine events in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg,  Calgary and Halifax have displayed thousands of zines and small press works and hosted hundreds of writers and performers.

Canzine is organized by Broken Pencil: The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts.





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