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

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

28-Nov-17 , 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Your Host: Jeff Cottrill

Our Feature Readers:

Shane Neilson is a poet, physician, and critic who is currently completing his PhD in the English and Cultural Studies Department of McMaster University. He published Dysphoria, his final installment in his affect trilogy, with the Porcupine's Quill in Spring 2017. He edits for Frog Hollow Press, Anstruther Press, and Hamilton Arts & Letters magazine.

Glen Downie
Glen Downie worked in cancer care in Vancouver for many years, and now lives in Toronto (and at www.glendownie.com). He served as Writer-in-Residence at Dalhousie University's Medical Humanities Program, and won the Toronto Book Award for his 2007 Loyalty Management. He has letterpress-printed two series of signed broadsides by Canadian and American poets (available through www.talltreepress.com). His most recent collection is Democratic Beauties, published by Tightrope Books.

Nichola Nicki Ward
Nichola (Nicki) Ward has been described as "one of the most gifted and transformative poets in Canada. Her work is witty, accessible, personal. She deftly combines contemporary themes with classical grounding in a way that is compelling. Unashamed of sentimentality, humour or tragedy, her rare performances give us permission to engage deeply and unselfconsciously.

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

Your Host: Margaret Code

Our Feature Readers:

Carolyne Van Der Meer.
Carolyne Van Der Meer is a Montreal-based PR professional, journalist and university lecturer. In addition to myriad publications in journals and anthologies internationally, she is the author of Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) and Journeywoman (Inanna) a collection of poetry. She holds degrees in English Literature and a graduate certificate in creative writing.

Cornelia Hoogland
Cornelia Hoogland’s seventh book, “Trailer Park Elegy,” (Harbour, 2017) is her third book-length long poem. She sits on panels, gives workshops and writes articles on the long poem. Most recently, “Killing Myself Laughing in the Elegiac Long Poem” and “The Long Poem and the Shape of the Working Mind” in “The Long Poem Symposium.” “Woods Wolf Girl” (Wolsak and Wynn), was a finalist for the Relit 2011 National Poetry Award. “Sea Level” was short-listed for the CBC Awards. Cornelia was the founder and artistic director of Poetry London, and most recently, of Poetry Hornby Island, the B.C. Gulf island where she lives. www.corneliahoogland.com

Dayle Furlong
Dayle Furlong is the author of the novel Saltwater Cowboys, a 2015 Toronto Public Library Dewey Diva Pick, and a collection of poetry entitled Open Slowly. Her short-fiction has appeared in journals in Canada and the US and has been awarded an Award of Merit from the Summer Literary Seminars international literary competition. She is a graduate of the Humber College School for Writers and is currently completing an online Masters of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She has worked in numerous arts organizations and publishing houses as a publicist, communications manager and grant-writer.

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

Your Host: James Dewar

Hot Sauce Words returns for the Anti Pageant Show
Be there or be square!

19-Dec-17 , 8:00 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.

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

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