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Upcoming Events

Updated: 5 days ago

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 when noted


Date: March 27, 2023



Paola Ferrante is a writer living with depression. Her chapbook, The Dark Unwind, was published Fall 2022 by knifeforkbook and her debut poetry collection, What to Wear When Surviving a Lion Attack (Mansfield Press, 2019), was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Prize. She has won Grain’s Short Grain Poetry Award, Room’s Fiction Prize and The New Quarterly’s Peter Hinchcliffe Award for Fiction. She was longlisted for the 2020 Journey Prize, and has been anthologized in After Realism: 24 Stories for the 21st Century (Véhicule Press, 2022), The Journey Prize Stories 32, (McClelland & Stewart, 2020), Best Canadian Poetry 2021 (Biblioasis, 2021) and The Master’s Review Anthology IX (2021). Her first collection of short fiction, Her Body Among Animals, is forthcoming from Book*hug Press in Fall 2023.

The author of a clutch of novels, plays, film scripts and short story and poetry collections, MICHAEL MIROLLA’s publications include a novella, The Last News Vendor, winner of the 2020 Hamilton Literary Award for fiction, as well as three Bressani Prize winners: the novel Berlin (2010); the poetry collection The House on 14th Avenue (2014); and the short story collection Lessons in Relationship Dyads (2016). Two short stories – “The Sand Flea” and “Casebook: In The Matter of Father Dante Lazaro” – are Pushcart Prize nominees while a poetry collection, At the End of the World, was short-listed for the 2022 Hamilton Literary Award for poetry. In the fall of 2019, Michael served a three-month writer’s residency at the Historic Joy Kogawa House, during which time he finished the first draft of a novel, The Second Law of Thermodynamics. A symposium on his writing is scheduled to take place in Toronto in May of 2023. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael now lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Tom Gannon Hamilton (Urban Folk Art Salon — Founder/Curator/Host) has been published extensively in literary periodicals and anthologies: Dalhousie Review, Vallum (Canada) Lummox (USA), Verse&Voice (Hong Kong), Voices of Israel and numerous others. His poem Non-Consultant won First Prize in The Ontario Poetry Society (2021) “As Love Lies Bleeding” competition, judged by George Elliot Clarke. El Marillo was awarded First Prize in the 2018 Big Pond Rumours Chapbook Contest. Tom’s full length collections are the critically acclaimed Panoptic (2018) and The Mezzo Soprano Dines Alone (2021), both from Aeolus House. Dr. Hamilton’s scholarly works include an MA Thesis (Inside the Words: The Rise of Dub Poetry 1984) and PhD dissertation (A Poetics of Possibility, 2001). Career Musician since age 14, multi-instrumentalist, virtuoso violinist, Dr. Tom appeared in the TV series Murdoch Mysteries, Netflix production American Gods and feature film Shape of Water which swept the Oscars in 2018.


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Date: April 24, 2023

Features: Rocco de Giacomo, Ayesha Chatterjee, Ashley-Elizabeth Best


Date: May 1, 2023

Features: Hollay Ghadrey, Jade Wallace, Stedmond Pardy


Date: May 8, 2023

Features: Elisha Alladina, Mike Madrill


Date: May 15, 2023

Features: Shelly Grace, Al Mortiz, Ayaz Pirani


Date: May 29, 2023

Features: Joshua Watkis, John Oughton, Carellin Brooks

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