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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!

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16th Annual Art Bar Discovery Night hosted by Nancy Bullis
On Discovery Night, up to 20 poets present their own work and are judged by audience ballots. Open to anyone who has never featured at the Art Bar Poetry Series. There are 3 rounds.

1) You must sign up yourself
2) Poets are free to work in any style
3) No props, costumes, musical instruments allowed
4) Each poet gets 3 minutes to present one poem
5) Audience members decide by ballot who continues to the next round

****Sign-up begins at 7:30pm. *****
Competitors should bring 3 poems, no longer than 3 minutes each. Prize is a feature reading at the Art Bar in April 2010. Audience - please bring a pen or pencil... your vote counts!

Congratulations our Discovery Night winner Teresa Ott!


Valentine's Poetry Night
Hosted by Cynthia Gould

Clara Blackwood is a poet and visual artist living in Toronto. She is the author of two poetry books, Subway Medusa (2007) and Forecast (2014), with Guernica Editions. She is currently working on a third collection focusing on the themes of trauma, healing and the shadow side of relationships.

Dave Silverberg is the founder and artistic director of Toronto Poetry Slam. He has been performing spoken word across Canada for more than a decade, and he's the editor of the only spoken word anthology in Canada, Mic Check from Quattro Books. He's also the editor-in-chief of the online news outlet DigitalJournal.com. He loves Red Hot Chili Peppers (the band not the food), egg nog ice cream, Monty Python jokes and that thing you do when you laugh at your own jokes.

After being too black, too skinny, too nerdy, and too non-Jewish, Josh Smith learned that, successful, is everyone's type. He's worked with Grammy-nominated artists, studied in the Ivy League, mastered a martial art and traveled the world. So maybe once he wins the Giller Prize, he'll think about taking a wife. Maybe he'll take your wife.

Nicole Brewer is a writer, editor, and micropress publisher in Toronto. She is co-founder of the micropress words(on)pages, and is passionate about emerging writers, small press culture, short fat dogs, and tea. Her work can be found in Hypertrophic Literary, text litmag, and untethered.

Rahul Gupta is a failed slam poet who spends his days yelling at the TTC. When he isn't harassing streetcar conductors, he can be found backstage at the Toronto Poetry Slam. He was once part of a troupe of howler monkeys called the StrapOns but that was a long time ago. He was voted most likely to finish your scotch.

We request that all open mic readers tonight do their best to read a poem about LOVE - pro-love, anti-love, how much you love your new socks, how terribly love went right or wrong.


Black Excellence Night
Hosted by Josh Smith

Clifton Joseph
Hailing from the isle of Antigua, Clifton Joseph is one of the pioneers of Dub Poetry in Canada. A wildman, Clifton's frenetic delivery makes his performances must-see, and can't-miss. Having performed extensively around the globe, it's safe to say that those who have seen him can count themselves lucky to have caught a glimpse of the cowboy as he rolled through town.

Brandon Williamson
Since 2009, Brandon Williamson has left an indelible mark on Buffalo's arts community. Founder of the Pure Ink series, his skills as an impresario have given a new class of artist reason to come to the Queen City. His performances across New York State and Southern Ontario have made his skills highly sought after; it's only time that stands between him and the pinnacle of this business.

Robert Lyn
Originally from England, Robert Lyn has authored three books of poetry in the last fifteen years. Currently residing in Toronto, he makes his return to the Art Bar stage with all the vim and vigor he has attained as a forty-two year-old man.


Toronto Slam Team Night
Featuring the Toronto Poetry Slam Team

Matt Miller
Matt Miller is Lip Balm. 2014 CFSW Champion, 3-time Canadian representative at the National Poetry Slam, and Artistic Director of WE FLIP TABLES!

Andre Prefontaine
Andre Prefontaine is a three time national slam champion and haiku virtuoso. Nicknamed "Hurricane Sassy" for his rollercoaster delivery and sharp wit.

Estefania is a bisexual Cuban falcon. In her spare time, she wins Canadian poetry championships.


Liz Howard
Liz Howard was born in northern Ontario and now lives in Toronto. She is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her first full-length book of poetry Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent will be published by McClelland & Stewart in April 2015.

Ralph Kolowe
R. Kolewe was born in Montreal. Educated in physics and engineering at the University of Toronto, he pursued a successful career in the software industry for many years, while living in a picturesque village in southwestern Ontario. Always a reader, he began to devote his time to writing not long after returning to Toronto in 2007. His work has appeared online at ditch, e-ratio, and The Puritan, and he has been associated with the online magazine of Canadian poetics, influencysalon.ca. He also takes photographs.

Melanie Lefebvre
Melanie Lefebvre was born and raised in Montreal. She studied French Literature and Drama at College Jean-de-Brebeuf and pursued her acting education at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute of New York. Back in Canada, she completed a certificate in Creative Writing at University of Toronto with the help of poet Catherine Graham

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.