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Events This Week: July 16 – 22

July 16, 2018

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 16, 7-9pm
Event Name: Lang Maria Liu Book Launch
Location: Gladstone Hotel
What Is It: Bimba’s Rhythm is One, Two, Three is Lang Maria Liu’s first book. Part ethnography, part travelogue and part personal odyssey, it bridges genres in its search for truth and hope. The reader is taken deep into the Afro-Bahian world of capoeira on the northeast coast of Brazil, where slave ships once plied the shores. During three trips to Brazil undertaken for her Ph.D., the boundaries between research and personal experience blur.
Accessibility: Gladstone is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair accessible bathroom.
Cost: Admission @ the door: $10 per person /$25 per family
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July 19, 7-9pm
Event Name: Poetry & Music Night
Location: Queen Gallery
What Is It: An open mic night of music and poetry! Bring your poetry, songs, illustrations, music, and friends, and enjoy a fun night out at Queen Gallery. Any style of poetry and music in any language is welcome. (As long as it is acoustic music!)
Accessibility: Contact organizer for any accessibility concerns.
Cost: $5 cash donation
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July 19, 7-9pm
Event Name: O M Poetry in the Park
Location: Trinity Bellwoods Park
What Is It: This reading series is meant to act as a deadline to write new poetry. There are no feature readers—this is strictly an open mic reading. The one rule for this reading series is this: you have to read new writing. Anything read at this event must be new or recent. Repeats of poems are not allowed!
Accessibility: Contact organizer for accessibility concerns.
Cost: Free
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July 21, 12-3pm
Event Name: A Writers Jam
Location: Comedy Bar
What Is It: We know that writing can make you feel vulnerable. So come jam it out with other writers, get inspired, riff on ideas, and have a laugh. The jam is always facilitated by a head writer who has experience in stage, TV, Film, and editorial writing. They can offer personalized feedback on your work, and give you tips and tricks on how to get started or push through your writer’s block.
Accessibility: Comedy Bar does not have a wheelchair accessible entrance. However, once inside, both theatres, bar area and washrooms are located on a single level.
Cost: $15
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July 21, 3-6pm
Event Name: Dual Book Launch for J.M. Frey
Location: Bakka-Phoenix Books
What Is It: First, come celebrate the re-release of Triptych, winner of the 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year awarded and nominated for the Lambda Literary! Second, celebrate the release of the fourth and final book in “The Accidental Turn Series”, The Accidental Collection.
Accessibility: Contact organizer for accessibility concerns.
Cost: Free
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July 22, 2-6pm
Event Name: Summer Ghost Story: Nagata Shachu with Rui Umezawa
Location: Ontario Place
What Is It: In this all ages and FREE concert, Nagata Shachu will play selected works, setting the mood as author Rui Umezawa tells and performs a tale from his book “Strange Light Afar: Tales of the Supernatural from Old Japan”.
Accessibility: Ontario Place is accessible in various areas however there are some outdoor paths and pedestrian bridges with a steep grade.
Cost: Free
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