Events Listing

Look below for a listing of National Poetry Month events in your Province! If you would like to have listed, please send details to lcpnationalpoetrymonth@gmail.com

ALBERTA

Friday, April 18, 2013
Poet(s): Janet Vickers, Marion Quednau and Heidi Greco,
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Swish
309-287 Gower Point Road,
Gibsons, BC
Event Details: Admission is free
Celebrating National Poetry Month, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Poet(s): bill bissett, Alessandra Naccarato, Billeh Nickerson, Sheri-D Wilson
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Festival Hall
1215 10 Ave SE
Calgary, AB
403-233-0904
http://www.calgaryspokenwordfestival.ca
Event Details: Celebrate National Poetry Month at Flicker & Spark, the Queer Anthology Launch.

Monday, April 22, 2013
Poet(s): Paul Zits, Juleta Severson-Baker, David Martin, Lesley Battler
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Calgary Public Library – Central Branch
616 Macleod Trail SE
Calgary, AB
T2G 2M2
403-260-2600
Event Details: In association with the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival, celebrate National Poetry Month at the Calgary Public Library.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Sunday, April 7, 2013
Poet(s): Heidi Greco. Susan McCaslin, Franci Louann
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Heritage Grill
447 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC
604-759-0819
http://www.poeticjustice.ca
Event Details: This event will celebrate National Poetry Month by launching Quattro Books’ new Jack Layton: Art in Action.

Monday, April 8, 2013
Poet(s): Candice James, Penn Kemp, Manolis Aligazakis
Time: 6:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Venue: New Westminster Public Library
716 – 6th Avenue
New Westminster, BC
V3M 2B3
604-527-4660
Event Details: Join Candice James, Penn Kemp, Manolis Aligazakis at this third annual event at the New Westminster Public Library to celebrate poetry.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Poet(s): Bernice Lever, Russell Thornton, Diane Tucker, Pamela Galloway
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: La Fontana Caffe
101-3701 East Hastings Street
Burnaby, BC
604-298-4004
http://www.burnabywritersnews.blogspot.ca
Event Details: Spoken Ink is a reading series presented by the Burnaby Writers’ Society. In celebration of National Poetry Month, the writers group invited four poets as guest authors. The reading will be followed by a Q&A, an open mic component and a poem exchange.

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Poet(s): Kim Clark, Kim Goldberg, David Fraser, Pat Smekal
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Nanaimo Harbourfront
100 Port Drive
Nanaimo, BC
250-753-4146
http://www.davidpfraser.ca
Event Details: Roaming Poets will be reading and performing their work and selecting poems that relate with themes inherent in Earth Day celebrations and National Poetry Month.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Poet(s): Janet Vickers, Marion Quednau, Heidi Greco
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Swish
309-287 Gower Point Road
Gibsons, BC
604-740-5365
Event Details: To celebrate fifteen years of National Poetry Month three BC poets are going to pop up in springtime on the Sunshine Coast. They’ll be reading at a newly transformed space overlooking the harbour, a “swish” locale, in the sense of “causing to move, rustling with movement”, honouring poetry’s ability to change what we see, to honestly move us.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Poet(s): Catherine Owen
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Pelican Rouge Coffee Co
15142 North Bluff Road
White Rock, BC
604-541-8778
http://www.semiahmooarts.com
Event Details: For April this reading series focuses on poetry.

NEW BRUNSWICK

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Poet(s): Joe Blades, Vanessa Moeller, Robert Moore, M. Travis Lane
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Fredericton Public Library
12 Carleton Street
Fredericton, NB
506-460-2800
http://www.gnb.ca/0003/index-e.asp
Event Details: Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Fredericton Public Library.

ONTARIO

April 1 to April 30, 2013
Poet(s): Open to everyone
Venue: All branches of the Waterloo Public Library (www.wpl.ca)
Event Details: Celebrate National Poetry Month in April with the Waterloo Public Library by creating “Book Spine Poetry”!  The challenge to WPL customers of all ages is to create their own Book Spine Poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. They are to create a poem, take a photo and email it to shall@wpl.ca. Submitted works will be posted on the Book Spine Poetry Blog at http://poetry.wpl.ca/, as well as Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Poet(s): Honey Novick
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Venue: Long Branch Library – Toronto Public Library
3500 Lakeshore Blvd W
Toronto, ON
416-354-5322
Event Details: Celebrating National Poetry Month.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Poet(s): George Elliot Clarke, Rosemary Aubert, Giles Benaway. Josephine Dion Casey, Warren Clements, Glen Downie, Baila Ellenbogen. Kim Fahner, Mathew Henderson, Al Hunter, Amanda Jernigan, Beatriz Hausner, Shannon Maguire, Christine McNair, Jim Nason, Lillian Necakov, Peter Norman, John Oughton. Jim Smith, Natalie Zina Walschots, Lisa Young
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Authors at Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Brigantine Room
Event Details: The Battle of the Bards returns in 2013 for its 5th year to feature some of Canada’s upcoming and established poets. Each poet will read for 5 minutes and a jury including Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor, Artistic Associate Jen Tindall will select one author to win an invitation to read at the 34th annual International Festival of Authors (October 24 to November 3, 2013) and have their book advertised in NOW Magazine

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Poet(s): Colin Morton and Susan McMaster
Time: 7p.m.
Venue: Ottawa Public Library – Sunnyside Branch
1049 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Event Details: Colin and Susan will be reading as part of the AB Series for National Poetry Month

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Poet(s): Brian Henderson, Roo Borson
Time: 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Venue: Hamilton Sheraton Hotel
116 King Street West, Hamilton
Event Details: Brian Henderson reads from his poetry collection Sharawadji at GritLit in Hamilton. gritLIT partners with the Hamilton Poetry Centre to welcome celebrated poets Roo Borson (Rain; road; an open boat) and Brian Henderson (Sharawadji). Opening Night.

Friday, April 5, 2013
Poet(s): Mark Peltenon, Rhett Andrew, Mark D. Dunn, Jena Schmitt
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Venue: DISH Café
740 Queen Street East,
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Saturday, April 5, 2013

Poet(s): Nik Beat, Ellen Jaffe
Time: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Venue: Portobello Restaurant and Bar
995 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
416-926-1800
Event Details: Celebrate National Poetry Month at the monthly Saturdays at the Portobello reading series.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Poet(s): Dina E Cox
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Venue: The Markham Village Library
Located on the Southeast corner of Markham Road and Highway #7, Markham
Event Details: Dina E Cox is participating in a music/poetry event at the Markham Village Library in Markham. The Markham Concert Band Brass Quintet, of which Dina is a member, will play, and Dina will read poetry from her debut collection, small flames (Signature Editions 2012)

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Poet(s): Chris Banks, Barry Dempster, Susan Gillis, Susan Glickman, Maureen Scott Harris, John Steffler
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Richmond Hill Library (Southeast corner of Yonge Street and Major Mackenzie)
Event Details: The 8th annual Poetry Gala

Sunday, April 7, 2013
Poet(s): John Reibetanz
Time: 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Venue: Q Space
382 College Street, Toronto
Event Details: John Reibetanz reads from his new poetry collection Afloat at New Takes on Nature Reading organized by Stella Body. Other readers are Roo Borson and David Day.

Thursday, April 9, 2013
Poet(s): Jessica Moore
Time: 8:00 pm until 10:00 pm
Venue: Q Space
382 College Street, Toronto
Event Details: Jessica Moore reads from Everything, now.

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Poet(s): Susan McMaster, Colin Morton, Christine McNair, Stephen Brockwell
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Ottawa Public Library – Main Branch
120 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON
613-580-2945
http://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/branch/main
Event Details: A B Series celebrates National Poetry Month with events on April 11 and
April 25.

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Poet(s): Lynn Tait, James Deahl, Norma West Linder
Time: 1 p.m.
Venue: Sarnia Library Auditorium (2nd floor)
124 Christina Street South; SARNIA
Event Details: Celebrating National Poetry Month at GenreCon 2013. Presentation on the relationship between poetry and other creative forms such as photography, fiction and criticism. Followed by spotlight readings. Info: 519-337-3291.

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Poet(s): Michael Schatte, Ian Bell, John B. Lee, C.H. Gervais
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Mary Webb Cultural & Community Centre
87 Main Street
Highgate, ON
http://www.marywebbcentre.ca
Event Details: Culture in the Country celebrates National Poetry Month event.

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Poet(s): Douglas Glover, John B. Lee, Marty Gervais, Sydney Lea
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Venue: The Mary Webb Centre
87 Main Street,
Highgate, ON
N0P 1T0
Event Details: The Mary Webb Centre celebrates National Poetry Month with a night of Poetry and Music

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Poet(s): Dina E. Cox will be one of fifteen poets reading
Time: 10:30 to 12:30
Venue: Vaughan Poets’ Circle
Bathurst Clark Resource Library
900 Clark Avenue West, Meeting Room 1
Thornhill, ON
Event Details: Dina E Cox will be one of 15 poets reading when the Vaughan Poets’ Circle celebrates National Poetry Month

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Poet(s): Carolyn Smart
Time: 1:30 pm until 3:30 pm
Venue: The Academy of the Impossible
231 Wallace Avenue (at Lansdowne), Toronto
Event Details: Carolyn Smart reads at The Academy of the Impossible in Toronto on Saturday, April 13 as part of Impossible Words.

Sunday, April 14, 2013
Poet(s): Michael Mirolla, Sonia Di Placido, Lynn Tait, Debbie Okun Hill, Len Gasparini
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Venue: Dante Club (hall, rear entrance)
1330 London Road; SARNIA
Event Details: Celebrating National Poetry Month at “Books and Biscotti” with the Association of Italian Canadian Writers. Mirolla -The Giulio Metaphysics III and Light and Time; Di Placido – Exaltation in Cadmium Red; Gasparini- Mirror Image. Tait and Okun Hill to launch EnCompass 1 (Beret Days Press). Info: 519-869-6852.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Poet(s): Eva Tihanyi
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Welland Public Library
50 The Boardwalk
Welland, ON
905-734-6210
Event Details: Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Welland Public Library.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Poet(s): Heather Cadsby, Eric Folsom, Elizabeth Greene
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Kingston Public Library – Central Branch
130 Johnson Street, Kingston
Event Details: Reading in honour of National Poetry Month

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Venue:The Eglinton Grand
400 Eglinton Ave West,
Toronto, ON  M5N 1A2
Event Details: Join the LCP at the Inaugural Read and Believe Ball, partners in promoting our work.
$100/ticket (http://www.literatureforlife.org/)

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Poet(s): Honey Novick, bill bissett, Joan Sutcliffe
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Parliament Street Branch – Toronto Public Library
269 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON
416-393-7592
Event Details: Toronto Reading Poetry celebrates National Poetry Month.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Poet(s):  Heather Cadsby and Robert Colman
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: Hot-Sauced Words
The Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave
Event Details: Reading in honour of National Poetry Month

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Poet(s): Susan Gillis, Marita Dachsel, Rob Taylor and Brad Cran
Time: 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm
Venue: People’s Co-op Bookstore
1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Event Details: Susan Gillis reads from her new collection The Rapids in Vancouver with Jane Munro, Rob Taylor, Marita Dachsel and Brad Cran. Marita Dachsel will read from Glossolalia (Anvil Press). Rob Taylor will read from The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books).Brad Cran will read from his brand new book Ink on Paper (Nightwood Editions). John Donlan, poet and editor with Brick Books, will host this event. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, April 19, 2013 – Sunday April 21, 2013
Poet(s): Multiple
Time: Friday’s Gala and Poetry readings: 6PM to 10PM
Sat: 2PM to 5PM and 7PM to 10PM
Sun: 1PM to 4PM
Venue: The Art Gallery of Northumberland
Victoria Hall, 55 King ST E, Cobourg, ON
Event Details: The Cobourg Festival of Poetry begins on Friday, April 19.
Weekend Pass includes all 4 events $45
Available from the Victoria Hall Box office 905-372-2210  & Toll Free: 1-855-372-2210
Single events: $10 at the door

Friday, April 19, 2013
Poet(s): Susan Gillis
Time: 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm
Venue: Moka House
#103-1633 Hillside Avenue • Victoria
Event Details: Susan Gillis reads from The Rapids. Poems that navigate the turbulent passages of our lives, returning to them transient joys, persistent sorrows, openings to tenderness.

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Poet(s): Heather Cadsby, Deanna Young, Mary Ellen Csamer
Time: 2 p.m.
Venue:  Ottawa Public Library – Sunnyside Branch
Event Details: Reading in honour of National Poetry Month

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Poet(s): Julie Bruck, Jan Conn, Susan Gillis and Stephanie Bolster
Time: 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm
Venue: Hôtel Opus
10 Sherbrooke St. W. • Montreal
Event Details: Julie Bruck presents Monkey Ranch; Jan Conn presents Edge Effects; Susan Gillis presents The Rapids and Stephanie Bolster presents A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth.

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Poet(s): Marianne Micros, Gloria Alvarez-Mulcahy, Charles Mountford
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Venue: Stratford Public Library
19 St.Andrew Street
Stratford, ON
519-271-0220
http://www.stratford.library.on.ca
Event Details: Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Stratford Public Library.

Sunday, April 21, 2013
Poet(s): Dina E. Cox
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Venue: Varley Art Gallery Community Room
216 Main Street
Unionville, ON (At Main and Carlton Road)
Event Details: Dina E Cox will be reading in honour of National Poetry Month in the Community Room of the Varley Art Gallery

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Poet(s): Susan McMaster, Colin Morton, Christine McNair, Stephen Brockwell
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Ottawa Public Library – Main Branch
120 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON
613-580-2945
http://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/branch/main
Event Details: A B Series celebrates National Poetry Month with events on April 11 and April 25.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Poet(s): Tanya Neumeyer
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Venue: ICA Canada Office
655 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON
416-691-2316
http://www.icacan.org
Event Details: This event will showcase the creative talents of those who participated in our Community Facilitators Initiative and will be an opportunity for ICA to introduce this new program to the public. Through poetry and other artistic means CFI participants will share their experiences and promote artistic expression in honour of National Poetry Month.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Poet(s): Honey Novick
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Venue: Guelph Public Library – Main Branch
100 Worfolk Street
Guelph, ON
519-824-6220
Event Details: Celebrate National Poetry Month at the main branch of the Guelph Public Library.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Poet(s): Tanya Neumeyer
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Kingston Frontenac Public Library
130 Johnson Street
Kingston, ON
613-549-8888
http://www.kfpl.ca
Event Details: Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

Sunday, April 28, 2013
Poet(s): Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes, Sheila Stewart, Elana Wolff, John Oughton
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Woman’s Art Association of Canada
23 Prince Arthur Ave
Toronto, ON
416-922-2060
http://www.womansartofcanada.ca
Event Details: Celebrate National Poetry Month with the sixth annual Painters & Poets Salon.

Sunday, April 28, 2013
Poet(s): Stephanie Bolster, Rona Shaffran and David Seymour
Time: 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm
Venue: The Manx Pub
370 Elgin Street, Toronto
Event Details: Stephanie Bolster reads with Rona Shaffran and David Seymour at the Ottawa Writers Festival on Sunday, April 28 at the Manx Pub.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Poet(s): Daniel David Moses
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Deer Park Branch – Toronto Public Library
40 St.Clair Ave E
Toronto, ON
416-393-7657
Event Details: Poetry reading with poet/playwright Daniel David Moses in honour of National Poetry Month.

QUEBEC

Sunday, April 14, 2013
Poet(s): Heather Grace Stewart
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Chapter Pointe-Claire
6321 Autoroute Transcanada
Pointe-Claire, QC
514-428-5500
http://www.facebook.com/chapterspointeclaire
Event Details: Poetry reading and book signing with poet Heather Grace Stewart in honour of National Poetry Month.

SASKATCHEWAN

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Poet(s): Jeff Park, Shayna Stock, Jeanette Lynes, Leslie Cochrane
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Moose Jaw Public Library
461 Langdon Crescent
Moose jaw, SK
306-692-2787
http://www.moosejawlibrary.ca
Event Details: This event will take place in the historical Moose jaw Public Library with poets Jeff Park and Jeanette Lynes as well as Regina spoken word poets Shayna Stock and Leslie Cochrane. Spoken word poetry has taken the youth of the community by storm. This event will attract people of all ages. Book sales and refreshments will be available.

Monday, April 22, 2013
Poet(s): Duckens Charitable, Jenna Butler, Jacob Scheier
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Crave Kitchen and Wine Bar
1925 Victoria Ave
Regina, SK
306-525-8777
http://www.cravekwb.com
Event Details: For National Poetry Month, the Vertigo Series are bringing in writers from around the country who are on tour for an exciting event on April 22nd. Exposure to the national reading scene is something that prairie audiences do not often get to experience in Saskatchewan. Local musician will also play.

NATIONAL AND ONLINE EVENTS

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Poet(s): This is a conversation open to everyone
Time: 2 p.m.
Venue: Online with CBC books
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cbcbookclub
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/cbcbooks
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/40089.CBC_Books
Event Details: In honour of National Poetry Month, the next #CanLit chat from CBC books is going to be discussing Canadian Poetry. Find out more: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2013/03/the-canlit-twitter-chat-thursday-april-4-at-2-pm-et.html

Remember to send information about your events to lcpnationalpoetrymonth@gmail.com and we will help you spread the word!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Poet(s): Lynn Tait, James Deahl, Norma West Linder

Time: 1 p.m.

Venue: Sarnia Library Auditorium (2nd floor)

124 Christina Street South; SARNIA

Event Details: Celebrating National Poetry Month at GenreCon 2013. Presentation on the relationship between poetry and other creative forms such as photography, fiction and criticism. Followed by spotlight readings. Info: 519-337-3291.

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