Indie Events Roundup May 11 – 17

 

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Broken Pencil helps bring the massive
TH&B United Exhibition in Hamilton to a close this Saturday!

Monday, May 11

TORONTO

LGBT Rights & The War in Ukraine, 7pm, Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, free

A sneak preview of the documentary “This is Gay Propaganda” and a forum with Anna Dovgopol, Ukraine human rights activist, and Toronto filmmaker Marusya Bociurkiw.

BOO Launch, 7pm, Type Books, 883 Queen St W, free

Neil Smith’s coming of age novel launches in Toronto.

Abject Youtube and Xtube Screening, 7:30pm, Videofag, 187 Augusta Ave, PWYC

Social Abjects Unite hosts an evening of demented online videos. Feel free to submit “anything that will make us all cringe, cathartically vomit, and make out.” Brock Hessel hosts.

Tuesday, May 12

TORONTO

Glad Day Book Club: Parable of the Sower, 7pm, Glad Day Bookshop, 598a Yonge St, free

A reading and discussion of Octavia Butler’s visionary queer sci fi novel.

Emerging Writers Reading Series, 8pm, Duffy’s Tavern, 1238 Bloor St W, PWYC

Readings form Sarah Bachinski, Oliver Cusimano, Naben Ruthnum, Sara Jane Strickland.

Wednesday, May 13

TORONTO

Artists Newsstand Grand Opening, 5pm-8pm, Chester Station, 22 Chester Avenue, free

Toronto’s getting its own artists newsstand thanks to a small but mighty collective of artists revitalizing dead commercial space as an alternative newsstand and exhibition space.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better Launch and Comedy Party, 7pm, The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W

Monica Heisey launches her new funny big with a bunch of funny people, including The Sufferettes, Evany Rosen, and Catherine McCormick.

Bright Eyed Launch Party, 7pm, Videofag, 187 Augusta Avenue, free

RM Vaughan’s new book about insomnia launches, complete with a performance by Keith Cole.

MONTREAL

Letters from Montreal: A Lecture Series Presented by Maisonneuve , 8pm, Café L’Artère, 7000 avenue du Parc, $5

Fariha Roisin, Rollie Pemberton, Meags Fitzgerald and Jacob Wren talk about the theme of doing it right.

Thursday, May 14

TORONTO

Sara Benincasa at Glad Day, 7:30pm, Glad Day Bookshop, 598a Yonge St, free

Author and comedian Sara Benincasa reads from her book Great, a queer take on The Great Gatsby.

Friday, May 15

TORONTO

Otter Launch Party, 7:30pm, Glad Day Bookshop, 598a Yonge St, free

Ben Ladouceur’s new book launches with special guest Bardia Sinaee.

The Thought House of Philippa Launch, 7:30pm, Videofag, 187 Augusta Avenue, PWYC

Join BookThug for the Toronto launch of The Thought House of Philippa by Suzanne Leblanc, Translated by Oana Avasilichioaei and Ingrid Pam Dick.

Saturday May 16

HAMILTON

TH&B United Closing Party, 8pm, The Cotton Factory at 270 Sherman Avenue North, free

The spectacular warehouse show at The Cotton Factory in Hamilton comes to a close, and you’ve been invited because we’ve been invited! Broken Pencil is putting on a slew of readings and performances from Aisha Sasha John, Neil LaPierre, Niedzviecki, Aaron Manczyk, and Brock Hessel, on top of a bunch of other awesome artists, performances, and happenings that night.

Sunday, May 17

Static Zine Issue 11 Release – Picnic in Christie Pits, 2pm-6pm, Christie Pits, free

Sunshine, parks, picnics, and of course zines! Static Zine launches its issue about bodies. There will be songs and treats.

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