Canzine: Festival of Zines and Underground Culture

Canzine: Festival of Zines and Underground Culture

Saturday November 1, 2014, 1-7pm

918 Bathurst Centre

Registration for Canzine Toronto is now closed. Please email to get on the waiting list.

Submit to the Canzine Toronto DIY-Rama Contest here: Finalists will be displayed and voted on at Canzine!


The zine fair is the heart of Canzine. 200 tables of zines, comics, small press books and more!


1pm: Panel From Print to Pixel: Zines as political tools in the digital age

How does the medium affect the message? We will ask a panel of indie culture producers, zinemakers, editors and experts how their medium whether paper, online or other affects their activism and the delivery/communication of their ideas. Panelists are Kim Katrin Milan, Sem-O Distro, and the Bad Date Coalition.

2pm: 1-2 Punch 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 youll never get published in a million, billion years, or why they want to see your manuscript in their inbox ASAP. Sign up in advance to participate in the 1-2 Punch Book Pitch at Canzine. To sign up email with your: 1. name 2. email address 3. phone number 4. two or three line description of the project you are going to pitch. Sign up now, we only have room for 8 participants and this will be first come first served!

The winner of the pitch gets bragging rights and a Broken Pencil prize pack worth $200. The judges this year are Broken Pencil founder Hal Niedzviecki, BookThugs Jay MillAr, and Jess Taylor.

4pm: Great Hollywood Zine Rip-off!

Three challengers face off in a race to complete the zine-version of a famous film. Will our competitors make a chapbook version of The Wizard of Oz, a comic of Citizen Kane or a perzine based on Ferris Buellers Day Off? They wont even know until mere moments before they start. Come watch and youll see. Challengers include Michael Lyons, Elija Montgomery and Jess Bartram.

And of course, the ever popular

6pm: Radical Reading Series

Every year we present the best and brightest of the independent press at Canzines radical reading series. This year were super excited to present Aisha Sasha John THOU, The Shining Material, Amanda Leduc The Miracles of Ordinary Men, Ian Rogers Every House is Haunted and Jess Taylor Emerging Writers Series.

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[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. This year we are excited to add Winnipeg to that roster. Canzine is organized by Broken Pencil: The Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts.]

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