Canzine: Festival of Zines
and Underground Culture
Saturday October 29, 2016, 1-7pm
Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. West)
FREE Admission! Comes with the fall issue of Broken Pencil: Magazine of zine culture and the independent arts.
HUNDREDS OF ZINES BOOKS AND COMICS VENDORS!
12pm – Early bird entrance for AGO members and Broken Pencil subscribers!
1pm – Canzine opens to the public! Giant, fabulous zine and comics fair with hundreds of vendors!
1pm – 7pm: Kid Collective in the Community Gallery
Kid collective is a drop-in zine-making workshop where kids contribute to a giant zine or make their own mini zines.
Kid Collective: 12:00 – 1:30
Kid collective is a drop-in zine-making workshop where kids contribute to a giant zine and make their own mini zines.
How to Draw Cute Things with Sidney Munroe: 2:00 – 2:30
Learn how to make all your favourite inanimate objects the cutest things ever in this drawing workshop with 9-year-old zinester, Sidney Munroe. So Kawaii! Children (8 and up), teens, and adults are welcome. No drawing experience required.
BIO: Sidney Amelia Bustos Munroe made her first zines last year – illustrated stories based on scary dreams she had, including The Ghost who Sang a Song. Both her parents have made zines in the past, making her a second generation zinester. She likes dogs, candy, Shopkins, noodles, and standing on her head on the couch.
How to Make A Yarn Meatball with Elly Niedzviecki 2:30 – 3:00
Make a deliciously adorable yarn-meatball in this craft workshop with eleven-year-old artist, Elly Niedzviecki. The meatballs have eyes, noses, and are made of yarn so please don’t eat them. Or go ahead and eat them; we won’t tell you what to do. Children (8 and up), teens, and adults are welcome.
Elly Niedzviecki is a grade 6 student in Toronto. She likes to play guitar, cook, read and torment her little sister.
Zine Machine hangout zone: 5:00 – 7:00
Come chill and get collage-creative with our glorious heap of magazines scraps, ripped pages from books, National Geographic’s circa 1950’s, and our trusty-rusty industrial long arm stapler.
1pm – 7pm: Seneca College Art Room Featuring the Comics Jamathon! (Seminar Room 3)
Stop by the Seneca College Art Room to join an all day Comics Jam. Experience the exciting thrill of collaborative graphic storytelling. Spark your imagination. Riff off other folks’ characters and scenarios. Get your hands dirty and set pens to paper. Read the comics in-progress. Continue the story by adding your own panel to a comic. Who knows how these stories will end! Stop by later to view the finished comics. Or settle into the quiet zone to make your own one-pager comic to take home.
1:30 – 2:30pm – 1-2 Punch Live Book Pitch in Jackman Hall
Live on our main stage in front of a crowing crowd, you get two minutes to pitch your book to our panel of judges. They get one minute each to tell you why you’ll never get published in a million, billion years, or why they want to see your manuscript in their inbox ASAP.
Sign up in advance to participate in the 1-2 Punch Book Pitch at Canzine. To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org with your: 1. name 2. email address 3. phone number 4. two or three line description of the project you are going to pitch. Sign up now, we only have room for 8 participants and this will be first come first served. Make sure you say which city you’re pitching in!
The winner of the pitch gets bragging rights and a Broken Pencil prize pack worth $200.
Featuring judges Hal Niedzviecki (founder, Broken Pencil Magazine), Hazel Millar (BookThug) and Andrew Hunter (Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, at the Art Gallery of Ontario).
Presented by our national 1-2 Punch Book Pitch Sponsor, Blurb.com
3pm – 4pm: Walter Scott in the Community Gallery: AGO Artist-in-Residence Walter Scott (Wendy) will lead a drawing workshop and a Q & A session.
3:15pm – The main event! Broken Pencil LIVE! In Jackman Hall
illustration by Paterson Hodgson
For the first time ever, Broken Pencil the Magazine will come to life onstage in a one-hour extravaganza of interviews, readings, a live comic jam, indie opera, and more!.
Note: This is a ticketed event! Tickets are free but must be reserved here.
We also have a reserved block of tickets for Broken Pencil subscribers and AGO Members on a first-come first-served basis – email email@example.com or show up to the AGO at noon on the 29th to claim your ticket. There will be some tickets available at the door for the public but you should subscribe to BP and get an advanced ticket so you can confirm your spot!
That’s right, we’re bringing our magazine to life on stage! Here’s just a taste…
THE BROKEN PENCIL ZINE RACE
Three of Canada’s best up and coming cartoonists will face the seemingly indomitable task of making a comic based on an audience suggestion in 30 minutes or less. The comic voted favorite by applause will win a prize pack! With Jenn Woodall, Trevor Henderson and Patrick Sparrow!
Patrick Sparrow draws gross-out ghouls and monsters and goons, because that’s what he identifies with. He is the creator of wildly unpopular comic “Dirtbaby and Bonecat” as well as author of the book “100 Monsters” and the curator of Simpzine, Squatch Watch and he makes all manner of other weird drug addled, psycho sexual, darkly humorous art stuffs.
(photo by Mike Sheppard)
Trevor Henderson is an illustrator working in Toronto, Canada. He grew up on a steady diet of horror films,
weird comics, video games, cartoons and monsters.
Jenn Woodall is an illustrator, designer and cartoonist who dwells in Toronto, Ontario. Jenn creates her own comics and curates zines. Her current ongoing series is titled Magical Beatdown. She is the creator and editor of FIGHT! zine, a project which invites illustrators to create their own original female fighting game characters.
THE SMELL OF OUR OWN
This section brings our popular new artist on artist interview column to life, with a 10-minute chat between Wowee Zonk zine impressario Ginette LaPalme and artist, teacher and activist April Aliermo (Hooded Fang, Phedre).
April Aliermo is a Filipino-Canadian musician, songwriter, entrepreneur and educator based out of Toronto. She plays bass and has co-written music and lyrics for Hooded Fang and Phèdre. She strives to build conscious communities while having the time of her life.
Ginette Lapalme is an illustrator and artist currently living in Toronto with Washington. Her client list includes The Walrus Magazine, Threadless, Vice Magazine, Kraft, Circo De Bakuza and Fuzzy Logic Recordings.
RADICAL READING SERIES
Short readings by poet Jacqueline Valencia, Kyp Harness, and Soraya Roberts, who will be presenting from her new ECW book In My Humble Opinion about the 90s teen series My So Called Life.
Jacqueline Valencia is a Toronto-based writer. She is a senior literary editor at The Rusty Toque. She’ll be reading from her debut collection There Is No Escape Out Of Time is out with Insomniac Press.
Kyp Harness has put out 13 album or original songs, had his compositions covered by Mary Margaret O’Hara and Ron Sexsmith, has opened for Elvis Costello and been called “the most vital, essential Canadian singer-songwriter out there” (Calgary Straight), “the creator of a songbook that should rightly be hailed as a national treasure” (Exclaim!), and identified as “my favourite songwriter” by Sexsmith. Originally from Sarnia, Ontario, Harness is the author of ‘The Art of Laurel and Hardy’ (2006) and ‘The Art of Charlie Chaplin’ (2007), published by McFarland in the US. He is also the creator of the daily ‘Mortimer the Slug’ webcomic. As well, his novel ‘Wigford Rememberies’ was published by Nightwood Editions in May 2016. “A unique voice and a poet’s flow,” said the Globe and Mail; “Wigford Rememberies is an excellent novel” said Broken Pencil.
Soraya Roberts worked as an entertainment editor from 2005 to 2011 and is now a full- time writer. She has contributed long-form culture articles to Hazlitt, Harper’s, and the Los Angeles Review ofBooks, among other publications. She also appears in the anthology Secret Loves of Geek Girls (Bedside Press, 2015) and is currently working on a memoir about journalism.
CREATIVE POLITICS: WHAT IS INDIE OPERA?
In which the performers and producers of the Liederwölfe Opera Collective, which recently presented Opera Peep Show, try to convince us — and demonstrate! — why indie opera is the future.
Lindsay Michael is a producer in opera and radio. She holds a master’s degree in music from McGill University and is the founding artistic director of the Liederwölfe Opera Collective and Opera Peep Show. During the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, she helped organize a major choral project presented in over 200 towns across Canada. Lindsay was the artistic director and co-founder of Cobblestone Productions and the founder of Opera PEI. Lindsay currently works at CBC Radio.
A lifelong contributor to the arts, Francesca Perez is the General Manager of the Liederwölfe Productions and a member of the Liederwolfe Opera Collective, founded in her hometown of Montreal. Francesca currently also works at the Toronto Arts Foundation as their Community Investment Manager. Previous workplaces include Luminato Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and PS122. Francesca holds a Master’s degree in Performing Arts Administration from NYU and a Bachelor of Music from McGill University.
4pm – 6pm: Zine Machine for teens, tweens, and beyond in the Community Gallery
Hey tween, teens, and beyond! Broken Pencil’s Zine Machine returns to Cazine with our glorious heap of magazines scraps, ripped pages from books, National Geographic’s circa 1950’s, scissors and sharpies, beautifully topped off with an industrial long arm stapler as old as your mom. Is that a raised eyebrow on your face? Don’t be mistaken! This mountain of madness is full of perfect material to craft your own zine! Come by this workshop and hang out as we experiment with transforming a miscellany of cultural crap to golden works of art. Coordinated by Broken Pencil’s Annie Wong.
4:30pm – Panel: POC Genre Fiction in Jackman Hall
A deeper look at Broken Pencil’s Canzine cover story on the growing movement of BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of colour) writers making waves in sci-fi, horror and fantasy writing. With Whitney French and Cherie Dimaline, hosted by Al Donato!
Al Donato is a mild-mannered reporter, ex-carny, and bad anime enthusiast who is probably hungry right now. You can yell at Al via @Gollydrat.
Whitney French is a storyteller and a multi-disciplinary artist. She is the founder and co-editor and of the nation-wide publication From the Root Zine and the founder of the transformative community initiative Writing While Black. Her writing has been published in Descant Magazine, Canthius Journal and Selfish Magazine and anthologized in The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry, with forthcoming work edited by Dr. Althea Prince.
Cherie Dimaline is a member of the Georgian Bay Metis Community in Ontario. Her first award winning book, Red Rooms, was published by Theytus Books in 2007. Her 2013 novel ‘The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy’ was shortlisted for the Burt Award for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Literature. Cherie’s latest collection of short fiction A Gentle Habit was released by Kegedonce Books, December 2015. Named as the Ontario Emerging Artist of the Year for the 2014 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Cherie was appointed as the first Aboriginal Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library, Spring 2015. Her upcoming YA novel, The Marrow Thieves is forthcoming from Cormorant Books, spring 2017.
Komi Olaf is a visual artist, poet and intern architect. He combines elements of art and design with the power of word and music to fan the flames of creativity and to aid healing, learning and growth. He enjoys chess and theatre and believes in the existence of Aliens and extraterrestrial life.
More 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 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.
For more information about Canzine, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To make sure you get all up to date information about everything Canzine and Broken Pencil, please sign up for the Broken Pencil e-newsletter here. The Canzine Festival of Zines and Underground Culture was first held in Toronto in 1995. Since its inception, Canzine events in Toronto, Vancouver 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. For more information about Canzine, email email@example.com
We are proud to announce that Canzine Toronto is being held in a wheelchair accessible venue this year! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any accessibility concerns or requests.
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Canzine Poster by Jayesh Bhaghat