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Upcoming Events

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


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

Date:  March 25, 2024


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.


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.


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.


Date:  April 8, 2024

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


Date:  April , 15 2024

Features: Stedmond Pardy, Julie Paul, Khashayar Mohammad


Date:  April 22, 2024

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


Date:  April 29, 2024

Features: Roger Greenwald, and Merle Nudelman


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, Allan Sutterfield, Peace Akintade


Date:  August 12, 2024

Features: Marvyne Jenoff, Kim Fahner, and Guy Elston


Date:  August 19, 2024

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


Date:  August 26, 2024

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

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