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Upcoming Events

Updated: Apr 5

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: April 17, 2023


Paul Edward Costa is an award-winning poet, spoken word artist, and teacher. He is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets, a Poet Laureate Emeritus for the City of Mississauga, and a former Director of Toronto's Art Bar Poetry Series. He has published many poems and stories in journals such as Train: A Poetry Journal, Subterranean Blue Poetry, and Blank Spaces Magazine. His full-length poetry collection, The Long Train of Chaos, was released by Kung Fu Treachery Press and his book of flash fiction, God Damned Avalon, was published by Mosaic Press. As a spoken word artist, Paul has featured at many poetry readings online and in-person across Canada such as The Victoria Poetry Project and Shab-e She'r.

Edward Anki's poetry has appeared in Rejection Letters, The Feathertale Review, (parenthetical), Qwerty, The Chaffin Journal, and others. A chapbook of his poetry, Remote Life, was published by BareBackPress. His first full-length poetry collection, Screw Factory, was released in 2022 by Anxiety Press. A former stand-up comic, bartender, and agonized telemarketer, Edward is currently engaged in part-time studies to become a psychotherapist.

Ariane Blackman is a writer and poet who loves the unexpected. Her previously published works include two books of poetry—No One Sleeps (LyricalMyrical Press, 2013) and The River Doesn’t Stop (Aeolus House, 2018)—and a quirky novel, The Unexpected Journeys of Lawrence Tyrone (LE Press, 2018).

She has planned innovative poetry workshops on ‘Poetry and the Art of Seeing’, and, as a former co-editor of an on-line poetry publication, she’s read thousands of excellent poetry submissions from many fine poets.

Her latest poetry book, Learning to Leave, was published by Aeolus House in 2022.

Forthcoming works include a new collection of poetry and a memoir about her mother, a Jewish survivor of the soul destructive Holocaust of World War II, and also a clandestine member of the Polish underground (otherwise known as the A K, or the Polish Home Army).


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, Emilio Puerta


Date: May 15, 2023

Features: Shelly Grace, Al Mortiz, Khashayar Mohammadi


Date: May 29, 2023

Features: Joshua Watkis, John Oughton, Carellin Brooks


Date: June 5, 2023

Features: Wes Rickert, Jacqueline D'Amboise, David C Brydges


Date: June 12, 2023

Features: David Stones, Lisa Shen, Simon Constam


Date: June 19, 2023

Features: Kevin Spenst, Catherine Graham, Kate Cayley


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