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canzine 2016

Saturday October 29, 2016
1 – 7 pm
Weston Family Learning Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario
Free Admission, some events ticketed

Canada’s largest festival of zines and underground culture returns to the Art Gallery of Ontario this fall. The Canzine Festival of Zines and Underground Culture was first held in Toronto in 1995. Since its inception, Canzine events in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax have displayed thousands of zines and small press works and hosted hundreds of writers and performers. Canzine is the place to check out zines and small press works from over 200 small presses, artists, writers and vendors.

Canzine is organized by Broken Pencil: The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts, and presented in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Canzine Toronto 2016 Program:

Jackman Hall:

2 – 3 pm: 1-2 Punch Live Book Pitch

Live on our mainstage in front of a crowing crowd, you get two minutes to pitch your book to our panel of judges. They get one minute each to tell you why you’ll never get published in a million, billion years, or why they want to see your manuscript in their inbox ASAP.

Featuring judges Hal Niedzviecki, founder and fiction editor, Broken Pencil Magazine and Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, AGO.

3:15 – 4:30 pm: Broken Pencil LIVE!


For the first time ever, Broken Pencil the Magazine will come to life onstage in a one-hour extravaganza of interviews, readings, a live comic jam and a two-minute rant. Featuring:

  • The Broken Pencil Zine Race: Three of Canada's best up and coming cartoonists will face the seemingly indomitable task of making a comic based on an audience suggestion in 30 minutes or less. The comic voted favorite by applause will win a prize pack! With Jenn Woodall, Trevor Henderson and Patrick Sparrow!
  • The Smell of Our Own: LIVE! - We will bring our popular new artist vs. artist interview column to live, with a 10-min chat with Wowee Zonk zine impressario Ginette LaPalme interviewed by artist, teacher and activist April Aliermo (Hooded Fang, Phedre)
  • Radical Readers: Short readings by poet Jacqueline Valencia and Soraya Roberts, who will be presenting from her new ECW book In My Humber Opinion about the 90s teen series My So Called Life. More TBA!
  • What is Indie Opera? With Lindsay Michael, founding artistic director of the Liederwölfe Opera Collective, which recently presented Opera Peep Show, on why indie opera is the future.
  • Creative Politics: The Rant - A two-minute opinion column comes to life. Presented by Erin Wunker, author of the upcoming BookThug essay collection Notes from a Feminist Killjoy

5 – 6 pm: Panel Discussion - POC Genre Fiction

Weston Family Community Gallery:

12 – 1:30 pm : Kid Collective – A drop-in zine-making workshop where kids contribute to a giant zine and make their own mini zines.

2 -2:30 pm : How to Draw Cute Things with Sidney Munroe

2:30 – 3 pm: How to Make A Yarn Meatball with Elly Niedzviecki

3 – 4pm: Comics with Walter Scott

Join AGO Artist-in-Residence Walter Scott for a hands-on comic making workshop.

Walter Scott is an interdisciplinary artist working in illustration, performance and sculpture. Scott is the creator of the comic book series, WENDY, which he began in 2011 while living in Montreal. WENDY follows the fictional narrative of a young woman living in an urban centre, whose dreams of contemporary art stardom are perpetually derailed by the temptations of punk music, drugs, alcohol, parties, and boys.

4 – 6pm: Zine Machine for teens, tweens, and beyond

Young Education Commons, Seminar Room 1, Dr. Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School:

Giant, fabulous zine and comics fair with hundreds of vendors!

12- 1pm : Early bird entrance for AGO members and Broken Pencil subscribers

1pm-7pm : Canzine 2016 open to the public!


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