Indie Events Roundup April 13 – 19

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This weekend, zinesters, bookmakers, authors, and everyone cool flock to Buffalo for two days of BSPBF! Don’t sleep!

Monday, April 13


Rowers April Reading, 6:30pm, The Central, 603 Markham St, free

Readings from Elizabeth Bachinsky, M.A.C. Farrant, Bruce Meyer and Marc di Saverio.

This is What a Feminist Slut Looks Like Launch, 6:30pm, Supermarket,268 Augusta Ave, free

A compilation book of perspectives on the Slutwalk movement launches through Demeter Press.

Tuesday, April 14


The Art Bar Poetry Series, 8pm, Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave, free

Readings from Elizabeth Bachinsky, Gill Cott and Anna Veprinska.

The Emerging Writers Reading Series: Aching April, 8pm, Duffy’s, 1238 Bloor St W, PWYC

Featuring Ashley-Elizabeth Best, Vincent Colistro, Domenica Martinello and Vincent Page

Wednesday, April 15


Best Sex Writing of the Year Signing, 5:30pm, Good For Her, 175 Harbord St, free

Join contributors Jiz Lee, Jason Armstrong and editor Jon Pressick at a special book signing for Best Sex Writing of the Year!

Erika Lust & Xconfessions: A Night of Indie Erotica, 7pm, The Royal Cinema, 608 College St, $12

Real films with real sex and a discussion with Feminist Porn Awards guest director Erika Lust.

Anansi Poetry Bash Toronto, 7pm, The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick, free

Launching a bunch of sexy new Anansi poetry books, including readings by Shane Book, A.F. Moritz, Karen Solie, Erin Moure and David O’Meara on behalf of Elise Partridge.


ChiSeries Winnipeg, 7pm, McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Avenue, free

Readings by Ariel Gordon, Jonathan Ball and Adam Petrash plus GMB Chomichuk ’s live paint and poetry reading.

Thursday, April 16


Anansi Poetry Bash Ottawa, 8pm, Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Drive, Wakefield, QC, free
Launching a bunch of sexy new Anansi poetry books, including readings by Shane Book, A.F. Moritz, Karen Solie and David O’Meara on behalf of Elise Partridge, with Musical guest Mike Dobue.


words(on)pages Spring Chapbook Launch, 6:45pm, The Central, 603 Markham St, free

Four new chapbooks from an array of Canadian poets launch. New works by Simina Banu, philip gordon, Domenica Martinello and Daniel Scott Tysdal.

Confetti, 7:30pm, Weird Things, 998 Bathurst St, free

New and older works by Ginette Lapalme including paintings and drawings featured in her new book Confetti. Bring a buck for trinkets and stickers from the mystery capsule machine.


Single Onion #122, 7pm, Shelf Life Books, 100 – 1302 4th Street SW, free

Readings from Ian Williams, Madelaine Caritas Longman and Rachel Shabalin.

Saturday, April 18


Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, 12pm-6pm, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums, 220 North St and 453 Porter Ave

An amazing two-day event featuring the best of booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and other cultural workers (and enthusiasts) from the region. Free and open to the public, this is a highlight of the year for many of us around these parts and is not to be missed!


Hello Toronto! Issue 05 Launch Party, 12pm, The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W, free

Beautiful gay magazine Hello Mr. is having their first launch party in Toronto, and it’s an afternoon jam! Advance copies of the new issues and cuties galore guaranteed.

Dames Making Games April Speakers Social, 6:30pm, Bento Miso, 862 Richmond St W, free with registration

Arielle Grimes, Kara Stone, and Suzanne Sutherland share projects, thoughts, and notes on process.


Small, Gutsy & Gorgeous: Pedlar Press Reading, 7pm, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard Ouest, free

Authors Kate Caley, Sonja Greckol, Emily McGiffin and Robert Mellin read from new works.

Sunday, April 19


HIJ House Reading Series, 2pm, 260 Ryding Avenue, free

Pie, readings from smart authors, and a cozy home. What more do you want on a Sunday afternoon? Readings by Brecken Hancock, Grace O’Connell and Jacob Wren, including the launch of three tiny new chapbooks.

General Eclectic Launch, 2pm, Lillian H. Smith Public Library, free

Oral Histories from Kensington Market launch in this online exhibition. The Human Library, Toronto Public Library and the Kensington Market Historical Society team up for this awesome launch!

Learnt Wisdom #5, 2pm, York Street Off Ramp Park, York and Queens Quay, free

Explore the theme of getting off int he strangest of downtown green spaces, encircled by the York Street Off Ramp. Meet inside the East Entrance of the Union Station great hall for a guided walk over and under the city to the lecture space.

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