The Art Bar Poetry Series
When: Tuesdays May 31st & June 7th/14th/21st/28th – 8pm
Not restricted to the summer, this weekly poetry series allows you to watch professional poets whilst also offering an open-mic section, and is Canada’s longest running poetry only reading series. However, The Art Bar Poetry Series is actually closing down this summer with the final night taking place on June 28th, proving that all good things come to an end.
Toronto Poetry Slam
When: Wednesday 1st June/ Sunday 12th June – 8pm
Sticking with poetry, this is another weekly series taking place this summer. This event merges critically respected poets against novices in a poetry battle competing for the grand prize, which includes prize money. With three upcoming events this summer it allows you to see the lighter side of poetry, particularly the comedy slam on June 1st.
Rowers Reading Series: Dietrich Kalteis, Shane Rhodes, Jess Taylor and Daniel Perry
When: Monday June 6th – 6:30pm
The Rowers Reading Series brings the works of four of Canada’s most respected current writers to the Central. Reading both poetry and prose, these four writers are making a real impact on the literary landscape of Canada, which makes this a must-see event for literature lovers.
603 Markham St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416-913-4586
The eh List Author Series: Joan Crate
When: Tuesday 7th June – 7pm
Author of the heartbreakingly brilliant novel Black Apple, Joan Crate will be giving a presentation and signing books at an The eh List Author Series at the Northern District Branch of the Toronto Public Library. Her works are famous for giving a voice to the Indigenous population and a talk from her promises to further your understanding of Canada’s identity.
40 Orchard View Boulevard, Toronto, Canada, +1 416-393-7610
The eh List Author Series: Joseph Kertes
When: Thursday 9th June – 7pm
Continuing The eh List Author Series is the Hungarian born author Joseph Kertes, who will be discussing his latest book, The Afterlife of Stars. The novel is set in Hungary at the time of the Hungarian revolution that Kertes’ family fled in the 1950s. This event, and the others in this series, highlight the different identities that make Canada such a cultural mosaic.
20 Covington Road, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416-395-5440
Kyp Harness’ Debut Novel Launch
When: Friday 10th June – 7pm
Not a name that is widely known, Kyp Harness is a well respected Toronto born folk singer, who has put pen to page on his first novel Wigford Remberies. His songs are well known for their beautifully written and poetic lyrics, a formula that has led to strong critical reception for his step into literature. If the novel is as well received across the board, this small event at the Belljar Cafe could be the first of many launches for Harness.
Indigenous Writers’ Gathering: Honouring the Elders
When: Friday 10th June – 7pm
Harness’ novel isn’t the only event on the 10th of June. Across town at the Toronto Reference Library is the Indigenous Writers’ Gathering. With Indigenous Writers from all over Canada attending (including Joan Crate), this gathering gives a voice to a too often overshadowed and underappreciated part of Canada’s history.
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416-395-5577
Bootleggers, Bookmakers and Brothels
When: Tuesday 14th June – 6pm
Kensington Market may now be a trendy spot for brunch but it hasn’t always been. Three authors Bob Bossin, Ellen Scheinberg and Harold Trooper will be illuminating the past with stories (and music) from Toronto’s lesser known Jewish communities that were once based almost exclusively in the area. Bootleggers, Bookmakers and Brothels is an exploration of the ‘underbelly of early Jewish Toronto.’
Arsham Parsi Talk
Thursday 23rd June – 7pm
Having been exiled from Iran for being openly homosexual and attempting to assist others in a similar situation, Arsham Parsi’s non-fiction book Exiled for Love is an eye opening account about the treatment of the LGBT community in a country where same-sex relationships are illegal. Bound to be a fascinating night, listen to Parsi describe his own experiences and how he plans to help others.
495 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416-393-7744
Making Your Short Stories Sparkle and Sell
When: Wednesday 29th June – 7pm
After a full month of events across the city you are bound to feel inspired by the phenomenal array of literature that Toronto and Canada are producing. Making Your Short Stories Sparkle and Sell is an opportunity for you to etch your own name in the great Canadian literary tradition by sitting down with successfully published writers and discussing how you can get your own work published.