Upcoming Feature Readers (Online)!

Updated: Aug 2

Virtual Poetry on our Facebook Page every Tuesday night at 8pm; CLICK HERE

Aug 4

Jamie Urquhart

Jamie Urquhart is a developing poet living in Toronto. Originally from Cork, Ireland, Jamie came to Canada in 2017 after earning a master’s degree in biochemistry and certification in music; he has been honing his writing skills using his background in science and his love of the arts as inspiration for his reflective verse. His work has been featured in The Penny Dreadful, an Irish literary journal, and he is currently shaping a collection of both classic and experimental poems focusing on the metaphysical aspects of the quotidian.

Maida Sosa-Velazquez

Maida Sosa-Velazquez was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and raised in Toronto, Canada. She majored in Professional Writing at York University and was accepted into the school’s competitive Creative Writing program. In 2018, she published her first chapbook, Mind the Tracks, with Grey Borders Books, and in 2019, she published a short story in Mentors – Collective Lessons for Success. Her first collection of short horror stories, The Beast Looks Back, will be published by Grey Borders Books in the near future.

Host: Rosa Arlotto


Aug 11

Heather Cadsby

Heather Cadsby was born in Belleville Ontario and came to Toronto at a young age. She is the author of 5 books of poetry. The most recent book is Standing in the Flock of Connections ( Brick Books, 2018). Her poetry placed 2nd in Grain Magazine (Postcard Story) and 3rd in The Antigonish Review (Blue Heron Poetry Contest) and was shortlisted for The Pat Lowther Award. With Maria Jacobs, she founded Poetry Toronto and Wolsak and Wynn Publishers. She will read new work and selected poems at The Art Bar Poetry Series on August 11.

Blaine Marchand

Blaine Marchand's award-winning poetry and prose has appeared in magazines

across Canada, the US, New Zealand, and Pakistan. He has six books of poetry,

a young adult novel, and a work of non-fiction published. He has an essay on his

mother, A Long and Lucky Life, which will be published in a New Zealand

anthology, Love and Loss, in April 2020. He has just completed a full-length

manuscript of poems, Becoming History. Active in the literary scene in Ottawa for

over 50 years, he was also the President of the League of Canadian Poets from

1991-93 and a monthly columnist for Capital XTRA, the GLTBQ2 community

paper, for nine years. He is currently working on three different series of


Host: Suparna Ghosh


Aug 18

Lois Lorimer

Lois Lorimer is a Toronto poet, actor, and teacher who was born in Brockville, Ontario. She

trained as an actor at The National Theatre School of Canada and holds degrees from Queen’s University and University of Toronto. Her poems appear in journals including: Arc, Literary Review of Canada, Juniper, and Hart House Review, as well as many anthologies including: The Bright Well (Leaf Press: 2012), Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology (Mansfield Press: 2018) and Heartwood (2018). Her first collection, Stripmall Subversive, was published by Variety Crossing Press in 2012. Her chapbooks are Between the Houses and Last Fall Showing. A member of the League of Canadian Poets, she is very happy to be reading at The Art Bar and hopes you enjoy the readings.

Ellen Jaffe

Host: Margaret Code


Aug 25

Gianna Patriarca



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