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Events This Week: July 9 – 15

July 9, 2018

Image Description: Banner that reads "Events This Week! Literary events around Toronto" To the right is a picture of a microphone.

Here’s what Toronto has on tap in the literary sphere this week! Have an event coming up? Click here to email us your listing!

Now go, celebrate books, enjoy reading, and have fun!


July 9, 6pm

Event Name: Tributes and Tributaries Book Launch
Location: Gladstone Hotel
What Is It: Tributes and Tributaries is a catalogue of the artworks, films, videos and performances that were presented at the Gallery’s exhibition from September 29, 2016 to May 22, 2017. This unveiling party celebrates the artists, writers and community who made the creation of this publication possible. Light snacks, a cash bar, entertainment will be available and copies of the catalogue will be available for purchase.
Accessibility: The Gladstone has a wheelchair accessible ramp leading into the Queen Street-level Melody Bar and gender neutral washrooms. Service animals are also welcome.
Cost: Free


July 10, 6-8pm

Event Name: Indigo Presents: Will Travel For Beer
Location: Bar Hop Bar Toronto (137 Peter St)
What Is It: Join internationally renowned beer author, Stephen Beaumont, as he guides you through his latest book, Will Travel for Beer: 101 Remarkable Journeys Every Beer Lover Should Experience. This definitive guide to the best beer destinations to visit across the world will be paired with a flight of beer—hand-selected by the author!
Accessibility: Contact the organizer for accessibility information.
Cost: $50 +taxes and fees (includes experience, signed copy of book, flight of beer, and Beautiful Beer Mug)


July 10, 6-9pm

Event Name: Writing While Black: Playwriting 101
Location: Cahoots Theatre
What Is It: Playwright, actor, and facilitator Alicia Richardson guides us through a beginner’s playwriting workshop. With a focus on writing compelling dialogue, this event encourages Black writers who want to create stories for the stage. Attendees will be generating new material on the day, no advance writing or previous playwriting experience necessary. Be prepared to read your work and the work of your peers aloud!
Accessibility: Cahoots Theatre is a fully wheelchair accessible venue.
Cost: Advance $10; Door: $15


July 11, 7-9pm

Event Name: Release Any Words Stuck Inside of You Anthology Launch
Location: Supermarket Restaurant & Bar
What Is It: Celebrate the Toronto launch of our first title: “Release Any Words Stuck Inside of You: An untethered Collection of Shorts”! We’ll have several short readings by some of our wonderful contributors living in and around Toronto, including André Babyn, Sara Flemington, Kate Gies, and many, many more!
Accessibility: Contact organizer for accessibility information.
Cost: Free


July 12, 6-7:30pm

Event Name: Stories Make Us Whole
Location: Toronto Reference Library
What Is It: A creative story centering workshop series rooted in Onkwehonwe’neha. Explore oral storytelling and creative writing through an Indigenous lens with spoken word artist Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml’ga’t Saqama’sgw. Drop in. No registration required.
Accessibility: Toronto Reference Library is wheelchair accessible.
Cost: Free


July 13, 7-11pm

Event Name: Toronto Poetry Slam with Vanessa Smythe
Location: The Drake Hotel
What Is It: The Toronto Poetry Slam is back and they’ve got a special treat for their fans! While they often feature spoken word poets, this event will feature spoken word AND theatre artist Vanessa Smythe!
Accessibility: Contact organizer for accessibility information.
Cost: $7 cover