Toronto, Ontario

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Harbourfront Centre | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Vibrant Voices of Ontario Tent

This venue celebrates the amazing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry being produced by writers and publishers from our province.


11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Not Your Mother’s Motherhood

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
In the Trillium Award-winning The Bad Mother, Marguerite Andersen offers a fictional retelling of how she left an abusive home – and her children in the process. Margaret Christakos looks at the life of contemporary mother and all that entails…

Starting Over

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
The path upon which one’s life begins may not always be the best route; sometimes, people have to dynamite their own path. A young Korean-Canadian girl, torn between her dreams and her parents’ demands, watches as her family falls into…

Violent Voices of Ontario

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Ontario may be Yours to Discover, but it can also be a place ever on the brink of violence. A couple crashes their car into an escaped lion as a crew of skinheads roam a city laid low by economic…

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Author Nathan Whitlock chronicles the failures and minor successes of a middle-aged bar owner and slightly younger server. Poet Stuart Ross moves from his typical surrealism into more intimate poems about the relationships and connections that keep loved ones together.…

Toronto Poetry Slam Team

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Introducing the 2016 Toronto Poetry Slam Team – Andre Prefontaine, Cody “Trick” Virag, Vulgar Words, & Justin Gordon. This talented group of firecrackers are always ready to blow your mind with their word wizardry & fierce passion for expression. Covering…

The Poetic and the Political

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
A poetic catalogue of the language used by military operations since 1945. An exploration of the Plains Cree uprising at Frog Lake in 1885. Odes to inspirational figures throughout Black history. Recent poetry collections by Moez Surani, Laurie D. Graham,…

Youth Spoken Word Showcase

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
This year we’re sharing the mic with Toronto youth! Join the award winning BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam Team, and selected teen poets ages, 12-19. BAM! Team members include: Regan Campbell, Casey Garcia, Maymuna Mohamed, Faith Paré, and Jaylen Stark.…