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The Art Bar is held at the fabulous
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320 College Street,

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Our New Schedule - - - - and Win cash on the Open Mic

12-Dec-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: James Dewar

The Art Bar presents: Hot Sauce Words returns for the, Anti Pageant Show - Be there or be square!

With Your fab Host: James Dewar

Cover: $5,

Our Tribute poets:

Allan Briesmaster
David Clink
Jeff Cottrill
Luciano Iacobelli
Sue Reynolds
Myna Wallen
Ayesha Chatterjee
Marsha Barber and ???

19-Dec-17 , 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: David Clink

Our Feature Readers:

Dead Poets Night with Rowers Reading Series

** In conjunction with Rowers Pub Reading Series
** Change of Venue for this night only - Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue.

26-Dec-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm


02-Jan-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm


09-Jan-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Fraser Sutherland
Fraser Sutherland is a poet, critic, and lexicographer who lives in Toronto. A Nova Scotia, and is widely travelled and lived between 2012 and 2015 in China. He's published 17 books, 10 of them poetry, most recently The Philosophy of As If.

Karen Shenfeld
Karen Shenfeld has published three books with Guernica Editions: The Law of Return, which won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry in 2001, The Fertile Crescent (2005), and My Father's Hands Spoke in Yiddish (2010). Her poetry has also appeared in prominent journals and anthologies in Canada, the United States, the U.K., South Africa, and Bangladesh. Besides being a poet, Shenfeld is a journalist, editor, and filmmaker. She is currently completing a screenplay that has been optioned by Director Bruce McDonald.

Pino Coluccio
Pino Coluccio has published two poetry collections so far, First Comes Love in 2005, and Class Clown in 2017 with Biblioasis. His work has also appeared in three anthologies and The Walrus. He lives in Toronto.

16-Jan-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: John Oughton

Our Feature Readers:

David Clink
David Clink is the former board president and artistic director of the Rowers Pub Reading Series, and former artistic director of the Art Bar Poetry Series. David co-organizes, along with Sandra Kasturi, a one-day poetry workshop entitled “A Fistful of Poems.” He hosts and organizes the Dead Poets Society Night at the Art Bar. He has two collections of poetry published by Tightrope Books: Eating Fruit Out of Season (2008) and Monster (2010). He edited an anthology of environmental poetry called A Verdant Green (The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, 2010). The same publisher released, in fall 2012, David’s third collection, Crouching Yak, Hidden Emu, a book of humorous poems.

Heather Wood
Heather J. Wood was born and raised in Montreal. She now makes her home in Toronto with her poet/psychotherapist partner and two feline pets. She is the author of two books, Fortune Cookie and Roll With It, and is also the 2016 World Fantasy Award nominated editor of the international Gods, Memes and Monsters anthology. Heather wears many literary hats, including being the artistic director of Toronto’s Rowers Reading Series.

Georgia Wilder
I've never not been a writer. I work in all formats and have performed professionally as a spoken word artist in Australia, California and Northern Ireland. I've created limited edition art books of poetry and prose and I've written short stories for many years. I have a novel in process and I'm breaking into screenwriting. I'm passionate about narrative, the intricate subtleties of narrative structure and the theories around the archetypal narrative.

23-Jan-2018 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Kate Marshall Flaherty

Our Feature Readers:

Cynthia Gould
Cynthia Gould is a performance poet, singer, short novelist, freelance writer, painter, graphic designer, VJ, and funkless party instigator. cynthiagould.com / ihaveasecret.com / highheelslofi.com

Tom Barwell
Tom Barwell began writing to try to put onto a page the poems he first heard in his mind when half-asleep. If you feel yourself falling into a deep slumber when he reads, this might explain why. His self-depreciation originates in rural England, but has been finely honed in his new Canadian home. He studied Geography and Psychology, and is inspired by nature and human nature alike. He has recently completed his first poetry collection, "event horizon", about which you should enquire if you are a publisher.

Lara Bozabalian
Lara Bozabalian is the author of bestselling The Cartographer’s Skin (2010) and Tourist (2016). Her poems have appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, Prism, and were long-listed in the Montreal International Poetry Prize Anthology and Best Canadian Poetry 2015. Crowd The Schoolhouse, set to her poetry, was awarded Best Writing at the Hot Docs International Documentary Challenge. She recently joined the Best Canadian Poetry team as Coordinator of the Online Teaching Program. Lara founded and curates Be Heard, one of Canada’s longest running youth poetry festivals, and is a founding member of Toronto Poetry Project.

30-Jan-18 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Rosa Arlotto

Our Feature Readers:

Daniel Tysdals group
Bios - t.b.a.

Pino Coluccio
Pino Coluccio has published two poetry collections so far, First Comes Love in 2005, and Class Clown in 2017 with Biblioasis. His work has also appeared in three anthologies and The Walrus. He lives in Toronto.


The Art Bar Poetry Series is recognized as the longest running
poetry-only reading series in Canada - 25 Years!

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