Guide to Canzine TO and the Zine Awards

What is Canzine?

Canzine is a festival of zines and underground culture. This year, Broken Pencil Magazine is hosting the festival in four different cities: Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver.

Is there an entry fee?

No! Admission to all Canzines is free! You’ll also get a free copy of Broken Pencil‘s upcoming fall issue.

What happens at Canzine?

Hundreds of vendors and creators of comics, zines and underground art gather together to show off their stuff. In Toronto, we’ll also have a kids/teens zone, a panel on the role of artists in gentrification, and the Zine Awards!

How do I browse Canzine?

✿  Pick up a program to check out the vendor list and event times.
✿  Make sure you hit all four rooms.
✿  Don’t be shy about chatting with people, especially vendors!
✿  Make sure you bring $$$, preferably small bills and change, because most vendors won’t have credit card machines.
✿  If you’re a Broken Pencil subscriber or an AGO member, you can enter the festival an hour early at 12 p.m. Not a subscriber? Subscribe now.
✿  Tweet us a photo of your swag @brokenpencilmag using the hashtag: #Canzine.

How much money should I bring to Canzine?

Whatever amount you’re comfortable spending. Some people buy just a couple $3 zines, while some people save up all year so they can spend hundreds. Entry is free, which helps with budgeting. Just make sure you bring small bills and change!

How much time should I spend at Canzine?

There’s a panel, the Zine Awards Show, and about 250 vendors to see. The festival is from 1-7 p.m. (open an hour early for BP subscribers and AGO members), so you can budget your time based on how much you’d like to see.

What are the Zine Awards?

This year marks Broken Pencil’s first-ever International Zine Awards! Over 175 zinesters submit their work in the categories of perzine, comic/art zine, how-to zine, lit zine and political zine. It was tough, but our judges managed to narrow down the entries to a shortlist. The winners of the Zine Awards will be announced at Canzine Toronto.

Are any of the shortlisters going to be at Canzine TO and the Zine Awards?

Yes! Here’s a list of the zinesters on the Zine Awards shortlist who are coming to Canzine Toronto for the awards.

Who else is going to be at Canzine Toronto?

More than 200 vendors are going to be at the festival! Here’s a list of all the vendors who’ll be tabling at Canzine. For a taste of the type of gorgeous work that’ll be at Canzine, check out the art zinesters and creatives are tweeting out.

Links:

Canzine Toronto Info
Canzine Vendors List
Gorgeous Tweets by Vendors
Zine Awards Info
Zine Awards Shortlist
Shortlisters coming to the Zine Awards

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