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Updated: 7 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


(List is updated monthly; please email for any corrections or inquiries)

Date:  February 19, 2024


charles c. smith has written and edited sixteen books. he studied poetry with William

Packard at New York University, edited three collections of poetry and his poetry has

appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Poetry Canada Review, the

Quille and Quire, Descant, Dandelion, Fiddlehead.   His recent books

include: travelogue of the bereaved (2014), whispers (2014) destination out (2018)

and searching for eastman (2021).


Andrea Thompson is a writer, editor, educator and spoken word artist. Her recent

collection, A Selected History of Soul Speak, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther,

Raymond Souster and Robert Kroetsch awards, and she is the recipient of the 2021

Pavlick Poetry Prize. Andrea currently teaches the first spoken word course at the

University of Toronto through their English and Drama Department. Her recent

album, The Good Word, is a critically acclaimed exploration in Black history and

faith. To find out more or watch one of her videopoems, visit her on YouTube at

AndreaThompsonPoet, or check out her website:


Jennifer Walcott, mother, grandmother, retired teacher, writer, was born and raised in

Jamaica and England before she adopted Canada where she has lived most of her

adult life. She has worked in community development and secondary education

inspiring an appreciation for language and ideas in young people. Her poems have

been published in Calling Cards: New Poetry from Caribbean/Canadian Women, Your

Daily, Calabash, The Antigonish Review, as well as in two

chapbooks, Poems from Ocean Wilderness.  She has published a memoir, How Many

Miles to Yesterday? and her work appears in Mother Load published by Demeter



Dubzz/poet/at-Large Clifton Joseph is a Toronto-based poet and journalist. A founding member of the dub poetry movement in Canada, he has performed widely across Canada, the USA, UK, Caribbean and Europe. He’s published “Metropolitan Blues” and released “Oral Trans/Missions” and “Shots On Eglinton”, two albums of poetry&music. His sonic approach to poetry attempts to bring out the power and musicality of words. He toured his last album in Egypt, Paris, London, Southampton, Wales and Berlin. His latest release is a 7-inch vinyl “Subtarrenean Dub” on the BSMT Local 254 label.


Date:  February 26, 2024

Features: Sue Chenette, Jamie Quinn Madder, and Martin Smith


Date:  March 4, 2024

Features: Michael Fraser, John Oughton, and Bruce Kauffman


Date:  March 11, 2024

Features:  Atom Cheung, Carolyne Van Der Meer, Sam Cheuk


Date:  March 18, 2024

Features: Catriona Wright, Gordon Taylor, and Daniel Lockhart


Date:  March 25, 2024

Features: Hana Shafi, Lalia Malik, and Adebe DeRango-Adem


Date:  April 8, 2024

Features: Simon Constam, Ayla Lefkowitz


Date:  April , 15 2024

Features: Beatriz Hausner, Julie Paul, Khashayar Mohammad


Date:  April 22, 2024

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


Date:  April 29, 2024

Features: Penn Kemp, Roger Greenwald, and Barbara Pelman


Date:  May 6, 2024

Features: Laboni Islam, Susan Glickman, and Jim Johnstone


Date:  May 13, 2024

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


Date:  May 27, 2024

Features: Brandon Wint, Spencer Gordon, and Catherine Owen


Date:  June 3, 2024

Features: Katie Hoogendam, Gwynn Scheltema, and Felicity Sidnell


Date:  June 10, 2024

Features: Elisha Alladina, Lisa Reynolds, and Archana Sahni


Date:  June 17, 2024

Features: Susan Gillis, Jay Ritchie, Lillian Allen


Date:  June 24, 2024

Features: Sarah Tsiang, Peter Taylor, Derek Webster


Date:  July 8, 2024

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


Date:  July 15, 2024

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


Date:  July 22, 2024

Features: Patrick Connors, Babar Khan, and Christie Maragos


Date:  July 29, 2024

Features: Georgia Wilder, TBD

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