Canzine Toronto 2014

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Canzine: Festival of Zines and Underground Culture

Saturday November 1, 2014, 1-7pm

918 Bathurst Centre

 $5 admission, comes with the fall issue of Broken Pencil: Magazine of zine culture and the independent arts.

 

Canzine Schedule of EVENTS

1-7pm GIANT ZINE AND SMALL PRESS FAIR


The zine fair is the heart of Canzine. 200 zines, comics, small press books and more!

 1pm: Panel – From Print to Pixel: Zines as political tools in the digital age

How does the medium affect the message? We will ask a panel of indie culture producers, zinemakers, editors and experts how their medium – whether paper, online or other – affects their activism and the delivery/communication of their ideas. Sponsored by rabble.ca

Participants:

kimcrosbyKim Katrin Milan

A daughter of the diaspora, Arawak, West African, Indian and Dutch, hailing from Trinidad and living currently in Toronto. Kim is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, activist, consultant, facilitator and educator.

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For nearly five years, Sem-O Distro has been distributing anarchist literature across southern Ontario and the world. Sem-O has tabled at hiphop shows, set up libraries at land occupations, and mailed envelopes bursting with zines into prisons, always with the hopes of sharing the ideas that have nourished and inspired us. More information about the project can be found at semodistro.com

Bad Date Coalition

bdcThe Bad Date Coalition (BDC) is a social action group committed to improving safety for people involved in sex work by creating and coordinating the Bad Date Book, connecting and educating sex workers who are in need of support or who are working in social isolation, and increasing public awareness to the myriad of issues that people involved in sex work face.

steff_picModerated by rabble.ca’s Steff Pinch.

Steff Pinch is an activist and alternative media journalist based in Toronto. They are the Outreach and Activist Toolkit coordinator at rabble.ca, a harm reduction outreach worker at the Trip! Project and always drinking too much coffee.

 

2pm:  1-2 Punch Book Pitch!

Live on our mainstage 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 editor@brokenpencil.com 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! The winner of the pitch gets bragging rights and a Broken Pencil prize pack worth $200.

Your judges:

hal (1)Hal Niedzviecki

Hal Niedzviecki is the founder and fiction editor of Broken Pencil. He is a writer, speaker, culture commentator and editor whose work challenges preconceptions and confronts readers with the offenses of everyday life. He is the author of eight books including the collection of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened (City Lights, April 2011) and the nonfiction book The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors (City Lights, 2009).

patrik12Jess Taylor

Jess Taylor is the host and founder of The Emerging Writers Reading Series. Her work has been published in Little Brother, Little Fiction, Great Lakes Review, Emerge Literary Journal, and more. Her pamphlet chapbook, And Then Everyone, was released by Picture Window Press in Spring 2014, and her full-length chapbook, Never Stop, is forthcoming from Anstruther Press this fall. Recently, she received the Gold 2013 National Magazine Award in Fiction for her short story, “Paul,” and was named “one of the best alt-lit reads coming out of Canada” by Dazed and Confused Magazine. Her debut short story collection, Pauls, will be released October 2015 by BookThug.

Jay MillAr

jay (2)Jay MillAr is author of the Timely Irreverence (2013) small blue (2007), False Maps for Other Creatures (2005),Mycological Studies (2002), The Ghosts of Jay MillAr (2000). His previous collections include esp: accumulation sonnets (2009) and Other Poems (2010). He is also the author of many chapbooks and privately published editions such as Woods|Pages and Lack Lyrics, which tied to win the 2008 bpNichol Chapbook Award. In 2006 he published Double Helix, a collaborative “novel” written with Stephen Cain. MillAr is also an editor, publisher, teacher and virtual bookseller. In his work, he has been a major catalyst for innovation in literature. MillAr is also the shadowy figure behind BookThug, an independent publishing house dedicated to exploratory work by well-known and emerging North American writers, as well as Apollinaire’s Bookshoppe, a virtual bookstore. He teaches creative writing and poetics at George Brown College and Toronto New School of writing. MillAr lives in Toronto with his wife and their two sons.

4pm: Great Hollywood Zine Rip-off!

Three challengers face off in a race to complete the zine-version of a famous film. Will our competitors make a chapbook version of The Wizard of Oz, a comic of Citizen Kane or a perzine based on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? They won’t even know until mere moments before they start. Come watch and you’ll see. Challengers include:


Jess Bartram (1)Jess Bartram

Jess is an illustrator and designer based in Toronto, currently working on a Bachelor in Graphic Design with a minor in Illustration.

 

 

 

Elija MontgomeryElija Montgomery

Elija is a designer and maker.  Since graduating from OCADU last spring, he has spent time working on his bow tie business, and freelance work. Elija is currently co-managing a summer pop-up shop in Parkdale.

 

 

6pm: Radical Reading Series!

Every year we present the best and brightest of the independent press at Canzine’s radical reading series.

Readers:

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Aisha Sasha John is a dance improviser and author of THOU (BookThug 2014) and The Shining Material (BookThug 2011). She lives in Toronto.

 

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Amanda Leduc

Amanda Leduc’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Rumpus, Found Press, ELLE Canada, Tampa Review Online, Big Truths, Tincture Journal, and many others. Her novel, THE MIRACLES OF ORDINARY MEN, was published in 2013 by Toronto’s ECW Press. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, where she is at work on her next book. 

 

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Ian Rogers is the award-winning author of the dark fiction collection Every House Is Haunted. His novelette, “The House on Ashley Avenue,” was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and has been optioned for television by Universal Cable Productions. He is also the author of SuperNOIRtural Tales, a collection of stories featuring supernatural detective Felix Renn. Ian lives with his wife in Peterborough, Ontario. For more information, visit ianrogers.ca.

 

patrik12Jess Taylor

Jess Taylor is the host and founder of The Emerging Writers Reading Series. Her work has been published in Little Brother, Little Fiction, Great Lakes Review, Emerge Literary Journal, and more. Her pamphlet chapbook, And Then Everyone, was released by Picture Window Press in Spring 2014, and her full-length chapbook, Never Stop, is forthcoming from Anstruther Press this fall. Recently, she received the Gold 2013 National Magazine Award in Fiction for her short story, “Paul,” and was named “one of the best alt-lit reads coming out of Canada” by Dazed and Confused Magazine. Her debut short story collection, Pauls, will be released October 2015 by BookThug.

Colinbrush-copyHosted by Broken Pencil associate fiction editor Colin Brush. 

Colin is in and out of the art world as much as he’s in and out of school and in and out of the workforce. But always an aspiring writer, he is a Fiction Editor at Broken Pencil.

 

 

 

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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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 canzine@brokenpencil.com

 

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**Our Safer Space Policy exists to, as best as we can, eliminate any oppressive actions, behaviors, and language in our space.  These include, but are not limited to, racism, sexism, ageism, sizeism, classism, ableism, transphobia and heterosexism.  We strive to provide a community space that is safe and welcoming. Please feel free to approach a Canzine staff member (we will be identified by a sticker on our shirts) if you feel unsafe at any time during our event.
Whenever possible, we may ask people to change or address unsafe behavior or language. This includes physical, verbal and mental abuse, sexual harassment, disruptive/disrespectful behaviour and inappropriate comments or behaviour.  As a last resort, we reserve the right to ask people to leave.  If you have  any questions or need clarification about our Safer Space Policy, please email us at CANZINE@BROKENPENCIL.COM
**About Accessibility: We have continued our search for an accessible venue. After visiting a number of potential locations, we were unable to find a venue that is accessible, affordable and large enough for Canzine 2015. If you have suggestions of alternative spaces in Toronto please send them to canzine@brokenpencil.com. We will be surveying attendees for suggestions during and post event, and we will continue to look for spaces for 2015.