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Upcoming Events

Updated: Jul 13

Art Bar takes place every Monday*

at 7 PM at Free Times Cafe (320 College St., Toronto).

Enjoy multiple features, and perform on the open mic.

Cover $10.00 (Cash)

*Closed for holidays


Date: July 17, 2023


Chris Pannell’s A Nervous City (2013) won the Kerry Schooley Book Award from the Hamilton Arts Council. In 2010, his book Drive (2009) won the Acorn-Plantos Award for Peoples Poetry and the Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry. From 1993 to 2005 he ran the new writing workshop and published two anthologies of work by that group. He is a former board member of the gritLIT Literary Festival and a former DARTS bus driver. He hosts and helps organize the monthly Hamilton reading series Lit Live. His latest book of poetry – Love, Despite the Ache (2016) – won the 2017 Literary Award for Poetry from the Hamilton Arts Council.


Ayomide Bayowa is an award-winning Nigerian Canadian poet, actor and filmmaker. He holds a BA in Theatre and Creative Writing from the University of Toronto and is the (2021–24) poet laureate of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. He has appeared in a long list of literary magazines, including Windsor Review, Kalahari Review, IceFloe Press, Barren Magazine, Agbowó, Guesthouse, Stone of Madness Press, Ampersand Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, The Offing and Beyond Words Literary Magazine. He is the editor-in-chief of Echelon Poetry and currently reads poetry for Adroit Journal.


J.B. Stone (he/they) is a Neurodivergent/Autistic slam poet, writer, critic, and editor from Brooklyn, NY now residing in Buffalo, NY. They serve as EIC/Reviews Editor at Variety Pack. He is also the author of three chapbooks including, Fireflies And Hand Grenades (Bottlecap Press 2022). Their work has appeared in Hamilton Arts & Letters Magazine, Peach Mag, The Buffalo News, Noctua Review, Atticus Review, Chicago Review of Books, among other spaces. J.B. has performed and competed everywhere from Aukland, NZ to venues all-across Western NY. He recently represented Buffalo, NY as part of Pure Ink Poetry at the 2022 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Louisville, KY, and will once again be representing Buffalo at the 2023 Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Knoxville, TN. They are currently the reigning Pure Ink Poetry Slam Champion in Buffalo, and has won multiple tag-team slam poetry bouts alongside TPS winner, Brandon Williamson.


Date: July 24, 2023

Features: Fira Astrali, Aneglic Goldsky and Kevin Lee


Date: July 31, 2023

Features: Devon Gallant, Willow Loveday Little and Fannon Holland


Date: August 14, 2023

Features: Guy Elston, Silvia Felsaperia and Emma Rhodes


Date: August 21, 2023

Features: Khaleefa Hamadan, David Bateman and Robyn Kaur Sidhu


Date: August 28, 2023

Features: Lindsay Soberan, Robin Harvey and Layla Roche


Date: September 11, 2023

Features: Poets from Anstruther


Date: September 18, 2023

Features: George Elliot Clarke, Jovan Shadd and Ashley C


Date: September 25, 2023

Features: Susie Whelehan, Susan McMaster and Marty Gervais


Date: September 30, 2023

Features: Frances Boyle, Tanis MacDonald, and Tyler Pennock


Date: October 16, 2023

Features: Megan Hutton, Kate Marshall Flaherty, and Donna Langevin


Date: October 23, 2023

Features: Qurat Dar, Anna Yin, and Josie Di Scasio


Date: October 30, 2023

Features: Anuja Varghese, Keith Garebian, and Andrew Brobyn


Date: November 6, 2023

Features: Bruce Meyer, Bruce Hunter, and Lynn Tait


Date: November 13, 2023

Features: Lee Parpart, David Epstein, and Dane Swan


Date: November 20, 2023

Features: Diana Manole, Stuart Ross, and Sonja Ruth Greckol


Date: November 27, 2023

Features: Clara Blackwood, Elana Wolff, and Chris Song


Date: December 4, 2023

Features: Sadiqa Demeijer, Banoo Zan, Maureen Hynes


Date: December 11, 2023

Features: Armand Garnet Ruffo, Rob McLennan, and Jim Nason


Date: December 18, 2023

Features: Zhomkonto, Pujita Verma, and Nancy Coombs

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