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Updated: Mar 19

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


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(List is updated monthly; please email artbarpoetry@gmail.com for any corrections or inquiries)




Date:  March 25, 2024


Features: 


Laila Malik is a desisporic settler and writer living in Adobigok, traditional land of

Indigenous communities that include the Anishinaabe, Seneca, Mohawk

Haudenosaunee, and Wendat. Her work has been widely published in literary

magazines and journals, including Contemporary Verse 2, Canthius, The New Quarterly, Ricepaper, Qwerty, Room, Sukoon, The Bangalore Review, and Archetype. Malik’s essays have been longlisted for four different creative nonfiction contests and she was a fellow at the Banff Centre for Creative Arts in 2021 for her novel in progress. archipelago is her debut poetry collection.


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Hana Shafi is a writer and artist who illustrates under the name Frizz Kid. Both her visual art and writing frequently explore themes such as feminism, body politics, racism, and pop culture. She’s published articles in publications such as The Walrus, Hazlitt and This Magazine, and has been featured on Buzzfeed, CBC, Flare Magazine, and Shameless. She received the Women Who Inspire Award from the Canadian Council for Muslim Women in 2017. Her first book, It Begins With The Body was selected by CBC books as one of the best poetry books of 2018. Her second book, a compilation of essays and illustrations from her notable affirmation art series, titled Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty: Affirmations for the Real World came out in 2020. Hana and her family immigrated to Mississauga from Dubai in 1996, and she now lives in Toronto with her two cute, but sometimes annoying, cats.


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Beatriz Hausner was born in Chile and immigrated to Canada with her family when she was a teenager. She has published many poetry books, including The Wardrobe Mistress (2004), Sew Him Up (2010), Enter the Raccoon (2012), and Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart (2020). Her prose and poetry have been published in many chapbooks and included in several anthologies, and her books have been published internationally and translated into several languages, including her native Spanish, French, Dutch, and Greek. She is an active participant in the international surrealist movement, and a respected historian and translator of Latin American surrealism. Hausner, who is trilingual, served three terms as President of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada and was Chair of the Public Lending Right Commission. She was also a founding publisher of Quattro Books. Hausner lives in Toronto where she publishes The Philosophical Egg.



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Date:  April 8, 2024


Features: Simon Constam, Ayla Lefkowitz, David Brydges, Spencer Butt


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Date:  April , 15 2024


Features: Stedmond Pardy, Julie Paul, Khashayar Mohammad


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Date:  April 22, 2024


Features: Paul Edward Costa, Jane Munro, and Jan Conn


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Date:  April 29, 2024


Features: Roger Greenwald, and Merle Nudelman


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Date:  May 6, 2024


Features: Laboni Islam, Susan Glickman, and Jim Johnstone


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Date:  May 13, 2024


Features: Marsha Barber, Allan Briesmaster, and Jacqueline D'Amboise


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Date:  May 27, 2024


Features: Brandon Wint, Spencer Gordon, and Catherine Owen


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Date:  June 3, 2024


Features: Katie Hoogendam, Gwynn Scheltema, and Felicity Sidnell



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Date:  June 10, 2024


Features: Elisha Alladina, Lisa Reynolds, and Archana Sahni



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Date:  June 17, 2024


Features: Susan Gillis, Jay Ritchie, Lillian Allen



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Date:  June 24, 2024


Features: Sarah Tsiang, Peter Taylor, Derek Webster


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Date:  July 8, 2024


Features: Jennifer Hossein, Daniel Maluka, and Josie Di Sciascio Andrews


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Date:  July 15, 2024


Features: Paulina O'Kieffe-Anthony, Marta Ziemelis, and Karyn Inder


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Date:  July 22, 2024


Features: Patrick Connors, Babar Khan, and Christie Maragos


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Date:  July 29, 2024


Features: Georgia Wilder, Allan Sutterfield, Peace Akintade


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Date:  August 12, 2024


Features: Marvyne Jenoff, Kim Fahner, and Guy Elston


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Date:  August 19, 2024


Features: Diana Manole, Renee M. Sgroi, and Brenda Clews


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Date:  August 26, 2024


Features: Dharmpal Mahendra Jain, Courtney Bates-Hardy, and Anto Chan

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