Happenings: Canzine – Sunday, November 1st, 2009

For immediate release:

Broken Pencil Magazine presents…

Canada’s Largest Zine Fair and Festival of Alternative Culture

Sunday, November 1, 2009


The Gladstone Hotel – Downtown Toronto, 1214 Queen St. West (Queen just East of Dufferin)

$5 admission comes with a free copy of the Fall issue of
Broken Pencil Magazine – issue 45 “Olympics”

Poster Art by Ethan Rilly

Giant Zine Fair!Over 150 zines from across Canada on display and for sale! The heart of the event, indie publishers both in print and online come from across the country and the continent to show their wares! Be amazed at the creativity, ingenuity, and sheer weirdness!

The One-Two 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 you’ll never get published in a million billion years (or why they want to see your manuscript in their in-box asap!). Guest judges are Literary Agent Sam Hiyate and Coach House Books editor Alana Wilcox, along with writer Hal Niedzviecki. This is event is full. Come out and watch the pitches!

Readings From Can’tLit

That’s right, it’s finally here: the long awaited anthology featuring the best fiction from the last 12 years of Broken Pencil Magazine: Can’tLit: Fearless Fiction from Broken Pencil (ECW Press). This event will feature writers with stories in the anthology. Introductions by the editor of the anthology, BP associate fiction editor Richard Rosenbaum. Readings by Greg Kearney, Zoe Whittall, Joey Comeau and Jessica Faulds.

Hotel Room Installations

Canada’s brightest and weirdest will be creating one day unique environments to explore in 5 of the Gladstone Hotel’s rooms. Featuring: ArtCade 2009: The Best of Indie Video Gaming as Selected by Jim Munroe, The Toronto Comic Jam Room (all day long sequential art), the City of Craft General Store (cool indie crafts), The Lost Window: Toronto Mannequin Window Displays 1930-1950 (a provocative found-photo exhibit), and Spelunkin’ fer Culkin: Three dimensional zine installation by Wowee Zonk.

Workshop: Screen Printing With Style Learn how to screen print your own t-shirts, posters, zine and book covers and more! A hands-on workshop led by Michael Morton, mastermind behind the screen-printing business Crime League.

Hotel Canzine is made possible by grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. Hotel Canzine also is supported by the following most excellent sponsors: Open Book, Mint Records, Insomniac Books, Magazines Canada, Movieola, Book Ninja, CIUT 88.1, NOW Magazine and the Gladstone Hotel.

Canzine is an annual event organized by Broken Pencil, the Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts.
Broken Pencil, PO Box 203, Station P, Toronto, ON, M5S 2S7
email: editor@brokenpencil.com, phone 416 204 1700