Upcoming Shows


Open Stage


Other Readings





Click to subscribe
to the email list

The Art Bar Poetry Series is now held in the second floor lounge of The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue, just east of Broadview Subway Station. With a great stage and sound system, air conditioning, comfy leather armchairs and a full bar at the back of the room, we are very comfortable in our new home!

Effective immediately Greg Frankson is no longer a member of the Art Bar Poetry Series' board of directors. He will no longer host Art Bar evenings, and will not be permitted to attend Art Bar events.

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required

No Art Bar on December 23 & 30

Happy Holidays!

TUESDAY JANUARY 6 - Facebook Event

Art Bar Team Reading & Brand New Readers night!
The Art Bar Team will be doing short readings, followed by an open mic reserved for those poets reading publically for the first time ever. New Year, New Readers!

TUESDAY JANUARY 13 - Facebook Event

James Arthur*
James Arthur's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Brick, Poetry, The New Republic, and The American Poetry Review. He has received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Stegner Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, and a residency at the Amy Clampitt House. His first book, Charms Against Lightning, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012 as a Lannan Literary Selection. James grew up in Toronto and now lives in Baltimore, where he teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Johnny MacRae
The 2013 Victoria Spoken Word Festival Poet of Honour, Johnny MacRae is a mouthy poet and sometimes barefoot beard. In 2011, he won the inaugural Canadian Underground Individual Poetry Slam. He has represented Vancouver (2009/2010) and Victoria (2013) at the national level as a slam poet, and has been a two-time finalist at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. For the past four years, he has toured North America relentlessly, both solo and as a member of 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac.

Molly Peacock
Molly Peacock is a widely anthologized poet and best-selling biographer who has just ventured into fiction. Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions is her newest work, with 26 sumptuous illustrations by Kara Kosaka, published by McClelland and Stewart. Her latest work of nonfiction is the best-selling The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72, and her latest book of poetry is The Second Blush. She is the Series Editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English, and the subject of Jason Guriels' recent monograph Molly Peacock: A Critical Introduction.


Johnny Trinh
Johnny Trinh is thrilled to be a part of Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam! He is a word speaking interdisciplinary artist who incorporates theatre, music, movement, and various technologies to share stories. Born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, he studied Drama at the University of Waterloo, and then relocated to Toronto where he studied at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. He produced the first queer theatre festival in South-Western Ontario, 'Briefs from the Closet' in 2007, and wrote his first queer spoken word play 'Sometimes Y' in 2009. He is currently finishing his Master of Fine Arts: Interdisciplinary Studies-Theatre & Creative Technology Degree at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan.

Susan Glickman
Susan Glickman works as a freelance editor, primarily of academic books, and teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. She is the author of six collections of poetry from Signal Editions of Véhicule Press, most recently The Smooth Yarrow (2012), two novels, The Violin Lover (2006) and The Tale-Teller (2012), the "Lunch Bunch" trilogy of children's books, and The Picturesque & the Sublime: A Poetics of the Canadian Landscape (1998). A new novel, Safe as Houses, is due out in the spring of 2015.

Esther Griffin
Esther Griffin teaches creative writing and English literature at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. She is pursuing her MFA Degree in Creative Writing at UBC and works on the Poetry Editorial Board for PRISM International. Her work has appeared in Geist Magazine's Memories of Vancouver festival, The League of Canadian Poets' celebration of National Poetry Month, and various anthologies. Esther is the editor of twenty20: A Canadian Poetry Anthology, a chapbook series devoted to publishing and celebrating her students' work. Please visit her website: www.esthergriffin.ca


Georgia Wilder
Georgia Wilder teaches literature and composition at the University of Toronto. She writes poetry, stories, academic essays, liner notes and lyrics, and language learning games. "Cocoa Divine and the Lightning Police" is the first piece in a series of fin-de-siècle short fiction set in Toronto's nascent gay club scene. It will be included in the Winter 2014 issue of Descant, a quarterly literary journal that showcases poetry, prose, essay, memoir and art.

Jane Munro
Jane Munro's sixth poetry collection is Blue Sonoma (Brick Books, 2014). Her previous books include Active Pass (Pedlar Press, 2010), Point No Point (McClelland & Stewart, 2006) and Grief Notes & Animal Dreams (Brick Books, 1995). Her work has received the Bliss Carman Poetry Award, the Macmillan Prize for Poetry, been nominated for the Pat Lowther Award, and is included in The Best Canadian Poetry 2013. She is a member of the collaborative group Yoko's Dogs (http://yokosdogs.com/) whose first book, Whisk, was published by Pedlar Press in 2013. She lives in Vancouver.

Kath Jonathan
Born in South Africa, Kath Jonathan has lived in Toronto most of her life. She's taught literacy, literature and horticulture! to adults and teens in an apartment rec room, a prison, a school inside a fabric shop and a collegiate. She currently teaches at a college. Her quartet of poems, "Requiems", was short listed for the Janice Colbert Poetry Award at SCS, U of T. Last November, an excerpt from her novel, The Grave Sculptor was published by Penguin Random House in a chapbook of three finalists for the Penguin Random House Student Fiction Award, SCS, U of T.


Art Bar Discovery Night
Presented by Nancy Bullis


Valentine's Poetry Night
Hosted by Cynthia Gould


Black History Night
Hosted by Josh Smith


Toronto Slam Team Night
Featuring the Toronto Poetry Slam Team

The Art Bar Poetry Series is recognized as the longest running
poetry-only reading series in Canada.

* These readers are sponsored by the Canada Council.