• Feb 02 – Apr 28


    Art and Poetry: the poets have always preceded at Griffin Art Projects

    Griffin Art Projects is holding an exhibition about art and poetry in Vancouver, 1960 to present.

    January 26, 2019 – April 27, 2019
    Opening Reception, Friday, January 25, 7–9 pm
    1174 Welch Street
    North Vancouver, BC V7P 2R5

    This exhibition explores common methods and musings of poets and artists in Vancouver since 1960 and gestures to the deep influence of the San Francisco Renaissance Poets on local writers. This project presents key moments from this entwined history of visual and textual poets through examples of publications alongside focused presentations of artist’s work. A conversation emerges through similar modes of cut-up reference and shared formal experimentation.

    The exhibition features Marian Penner Bancroft, bill bissett, Robin Blaser, Judy Chartrand, Judith Copithorne, Pierre Coupey, Peter Culley, Christos Dikeakos, Stan Douglas, Beau Dick, Geoffrey Farmer, Fran Herndon, Carole Itter, Roy Kiyooka, Tiziana La Melia, Al Neil, Judy Radul, Rhoda Rosenfeld, Trudy Rubenfeld, Nancy Shaw with many more.

    More info here.

    Calendar of events

    Friday, January 25
    Opening reception, 7-9pm

    Saturday, January 26
    Curators tour – 1pm

    Saturday, February 9
    Tiziana La Melia, Judith Penner and Renee Rodin – 3pm

    Saturday, February 16
    Andrea Actis, Danielle La France and Dorothy Trujillio Lusk – 3pm

    Saturday, February 23
    Mackenzie Ground, Rhoda Rosenfeld and Fenn Stewart, organized by Catriona Strang – 3pm

    Saturday and Sunday, March, 9-10
    Poets’ Theatre Workshop
    with Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian
    in co-production with The Capilano Review

    Saturday, March 23
    Clint Burnham, Mark Laba/ Cop Puppett – 3pm

    Saturday, March 30
    Travis O’Brian ‘Raven with Robin’s Egg’

    Saturday, April 6
    George Bowering, Daphne Marlett, Maria Hindsmith, Fred Wah reading from TISH – 3pm

  • Mar 07 – Apr 01


    Play: "Redpatch" in Vancouver

    Between 1914 and 1918, over four thousand Indigenous men volunteered to fight and die for Canada in WWI. Redpatch tells a part of this story through the eyes of a soldier from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island. From his childhood home to the battlefields of France, follow him as he endures the horrors of the Great War in a new play that uses dance, myth, and mask to tell both a universal and a personal tale. More info here.

    March 7 to 31, 2019
    Arts Club
    Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
    203 – 162 West 1st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Y 0H6

  • Mar 08 – Apr 01


    Play: “King Richard and His Women” in Vancouver

    Catch a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Richard III. Camyar Chai ’s new adaptation for Seven Tyrants Theatre explores Richard III’s relationship with the powerful women surrounding this famous king. More info here.

    March 8–30, 2019
    at Seven Tyrants Theatre
    1019 Seymour Street
    Vancouver, BC

  • Mar 14 – Mar 24


    Play: "7 Stories" In Victoria, BC

    In Morris Panych’s fast-paced, sophisticated and hilarious play 7 Stories, a man contemplating suicide on a seventh-storey building ledge confronts the stories of the people who live inside the building. These “seven stories” lead to a charming and surprising ending. More information here.

    March 14–23, 2019
    Directed by Fran Gebhard
    Phoenix Theatre
    University of Victoria
    3800 Finnerty Road
    Victoria, BC
    V8P 5C2

  • Mar 26 – Mar 27


    Adeena Karasick Exhibition in Ottawa

    “Otiot” and “This Poem” exhibited at Concrete Is Porous; Act I: Visual at VERSefest: Ottawa International Poetry Festival.

    March 26, 2019
    Ottawa, Ontario

  • Mar 27 – Apr 11


    Play: “Empire of the Son” in Saskatoon

    EMPIRE OF THE SON at the Persephone theatre.

    A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre Production
    Written and Performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu, Produced by Donna Yamamoto

    March 27 to April 10, 2019

    As father and son, Akira and Tetsuro Shigematsu shared the same profession as public radio broadcasters. Each of them reveled in communicating with millions of their listeners, but they never spoke with each other. When Akira’s health begins to falter in his old age, Tetsuro bridges the gap between them with the only object they both understand: a microphone. Through visually striking live, cinematic vignettes, Shigematsu re-enacts moments from his father’s incredible personal history, from the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960s London, and paints an intimate portrait of their evolving connection and the deep-seated love for each other that they both struggle to express.

  • Mar 27 – Mar 27


    Adeena Karasick at VERSEfest in Ottawa

    Adeena Karasick performs at VERSEfest in Ottawa.

    March 27, 2019
    9 p.m.
    Versefest in Ottawa
    Knox Presbyterian Church
    120 Lisgar Street
    Ottawa, Ontario

  • Mar 28 – Mar 29


    Catriona Strang in North Vancouver

    Catriona Strang reads at the Aspen Room at Capilano University at 11:30 am as part of the Colour + Voice reading series.

    Thursday, March 28
    11:30 am
    Aspen Room at Capilano University
    North Vancouver, BC

  • Mar 28 – Mar 29


    Clint Burnham at UBC in Vancouver

    On Thursday, March 28, Clint Burnham will be giving a talk, “All My Non-Relations”; this talk brings together Indigenous concepts of kinship – the appeal to “all my relations” recently theorized by UBC scholar Daniel Heath Justice in Why Indigenous Literatures Matter – with Jacques Lacan’s dialectics of the “non-relation,” as worked out with reference to decolonizing adaptations of Sophocles’ Antigone. The talk is at UBC’s Green College at 5 pm, and is part of the Critical Nationalisms and Counterpublics series organized by dina al-kassim and Maddie Reddon. More info here.

    Thursday, March 28
    Coach House, Green College, UBC
    6201 Cecil Green Park Road
    Vancouver, BC
    V6T 1Z1

  • Mar 31 – Mar 31


    Adeena Karasick in Toronto, ON

    March 31, 2019
    2 p.m.
    Secret Handshake Poetry Series
    2nd Floor, 170 Baldwin Street
    Toronto, ON

  • Apr 03 – Apr 04


    Talonbooks Spring Launch!

    Spring Launch Poster: pink background with floral skull.

    Join us on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Pyatt Hall in Vancouver, where Talon authors bill bissett (breth), Dina Del Bucchia (It’s a Big Deal!), M.A.C. Farrant (The Great Happiness), Nicole Raziya Fong (PEЯFACT), and Nikki Reimer (My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan) will read from their hot-off-the-presses books. Admission is free (bring money for books!), and the venue is fully accessible.

    Wednesday, April 3
    Doors at 7 p.m., readings at 7:30 p.m.
    Pyatt Hall
    843 Seymour Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4

  • Apr 04 – Apr 21


    Play: “Girl in the Goldfish Bowl” in Windsor

    Morris Panych’s Girl in the Goldfish Bowl opens with Iris, a precocious girl of ten, proclaiming, “These are the last few days of my childhood.” The death of her goldfish, Amal, she is sure, has been announced by the air-raid sirens during the day’s school drill. For Iris, there remain a few more days of life in a universe that is inherently ordered, where the spirit of her departed and ritually interred goldfish can, of course, be reincarnated in a lost and amnesiac drifter given to rhetorical questions of seemingly deep philosophical import. More info here.

    April 4 to April 20, 2019
    at the KordaZone Theatre
    2520 Seminole Street
    Windsor, ON

    “An uncommon, quirky blend of humour and compassion.”
    —National Post

  • Apr 06 – Apr 06


    Adeena Karasick in Vermont

    Friday, April 6
    4 p.m.
    Poetry Vermont (with Maria Damon)
    The White River Craft Center
    50 Randolph Avenue
    Randolph, Vermont

  • Apr 06 – Apr 07


    Nikki Reimer in Kelowna, BC

    Nikki Reimer will be reading from My Heart Is a Rose Manhattan at the Pony Cabaret in Kelowna, BC. The cabaret will be a fundraiser, and other acts include the Juno-nominated musician Tariq, local impresario Erin Scott, comedian Peter Navratil, Evan the juggler, at least one drag queen, and more! Tickets will be available at the door. The event is 19+, tickets are $5 for students and $10-20 for non-students. More info here.

    Saturday, April 6, 2019
    8 pm to 10 pm
    Black Box Theatre
    1375 Water Street
    Kelowna, British Columbia
    V1Y 9P4

  • Apr 07 – Apr 08


    bill bissett at the Hive Emporium on Gabriola Island

    bill bissett reads with Geoff Inverarity and Stephen Roxborough at the Hive Emporium on Gabriola Island for the Orbits 2019 Mini Poetry Festival. Tickets $15 for non-members, $10 for members. More information here.

    Sunday, April 7, 2019
    7 pm
    HIVE Emporium
    9–575 North Road
    Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X1

  • Apr 08 – Apr 09


    bill bissett in Nanaimo, BC for 5 poets many galaxies

    April is National Poetry Month! Come celebrate as WordStorm presents an exciting poetry reading event, featuring bill bissett, Geoff Invararity, Stephen Roxborough, Carla Stein, and Hilary Peach. More information here.

    Monday, April 8, 2019
    12 pm to 2 pm
    Nanaimo Harbourfront Library Branch
    90 Commercial Street
    Nanaimo, BC V9R 5G4

  • Apr 10 – Apr 11


    bill bissett in Victoria, BC

    bill bissett reads with Geoff Inverarity, Linda Rogers Van Krugel, Stephen Roxborough, and Rick Van Krugel at the Victoria Arts Council Gallery.

    Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    7 pm
    Victoria Arts Council Gallery
    747 Fort Street
    Victoria, BC

  • Apr 20 – Apr 21


    Jordan Abel at Poets House in New York

    Jordan Abel will give a craft talk and performance of his Griffin Prize–winning long poem Injun, which investigates racist depictions of Indigenous peoples by using western novels published between 1840 and 1950 as source material for erasure, collage, and other poetic techniques that undermine the colonized notion of the “Indian.” More info here.

    April 20, 2019
    3 pm
    Elizabeth Kray Hall, Poets House
    10 River Terrace
    New York, NY 10282

  • Apr 25 – May 05


    Play: “Empire of the Son” in Kamloops

    Written and Performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu
    A Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre Production

    April 25 – May 4, 2019
    Pavilion Theatre
    Kamloops, British Columbia

    A funny and poignant one-man show by former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu about his rocky relationship with his emotionally reserved father, Akira. From the ashes of Hiroshima to swinging 1960s London, this acclaimed play shows how Akira’s incredible personal history has influenced two generations. Through visually striking live, cinematic vignettes, Tetsuro paints an intimate portrait of the evolving connection between father and son, and the deep-seated love for one another that they both struggle to express.

    “A celebration of the extraordinary in the ordinary”—Ottawa Citizen

    More information available from Western Canada Theatre.

  • Apr 26 – Apr 27


    Adeena Karasick in Dublin

    Friday, April 26
    Scenes Screams Screens and Semes: The Salomaic Elasticity of the Page and the Stage for TEXT/SOUND/PERFORMANCE: Making in Canadian Space University College Dublin
    Dublin, Ireland

    Saturday, April 27
    From Checking In
    for TEXT/SOUND/PERFORMANCE: Making in Canadian Space
    University College Dublin
    Dublin, Ireland

  • Jun 27 – Jun 29



    Thursday, June 27
    Mapping the Terrortory of Media Ecology: A FEMPOETICS
    The 20th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association: MEDIAETHICS HUMAN ECOLOGY IN A CONNECTED WORLD
    University of Toronto
    St. Michael’s College
    Toronto, Ontario

    Friday, June 28
    The Poetry of Media Ecology
    The 20th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association: MEDIAETHICS HUMAN ECOLOGY IN A CONNECTED WORLD
    University of Toronto
    St. Michael’s College
    Toronto, Ontario

    Saturday, June 29
    Speaking Jewish: The Talmudy Blues of Semantic and Semitic Environments
    The 20th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association: MEDIAETHICS HUMAN ECOLOGY IN A CONNECTED WORLD
    University of Toronto
    St. Michael’s College
    Toronto, Ontario

  • Jul 10 – Jul 16


    Adeena Karasick in Romania

    July 10 to 16
    23rd Annual International Festival
    “Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights”
    The Foundation and Cultural Organization International Academy Orient-Occident
    Bucharest, Curtea de Arges, Romania

  • Jul 11 – Aug 19


    Play: “The Shoplifters” In Nova Scotia

    Morris Panych’s The Shoplifters stars Alma, a seasoned career shoplifter who prefers the five-finger discount over some lousy seniors’ day deal. But it’s not just an empty wallet that leads Alma to a life of petty crime – it’s also her strong convictions about social justice and economic equality. More information here.

    July 11 to August 18, 2019
    at Theatre Baddeck
    24 Queen Street
    Baddeck NS

  • Nov 26 – Dec 16


    Play: "Cottagers and Indians" in Ottawa, ON

    Cottagers and Indians takes a sincere and pragmatic look at the current conflicts between First Nations traditional water usage and property owners in cottage country who are looking to enjoy an undisturbed summer getaway. Written by Drew Hayden Taylor, an award-winning playwright, journalist, novelist and filmmaker, Cottagers and Indians had a successful debut at Tarragon Theatre in 2017. More info here.

    November 26 to December 15, 2019
    at the Great Canadian Theatre Company
    300–1227 Wellington Street West
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    K1Y 0G7

    “A deft touch for mixing comedy and commentary in an entertaining all-Canadian form of social satire.“—Vancouver Sun