Starting on November 3rd, Luciano Iacobelli is offering a ten week course for those who’ve forgotten how fun and enjoyable writing can be. Centered around exercises designed to help the writer bypass their “inner censor”, this course is aimed not only at poets, but at writers of all ages and levels of experience.
At the end of the course, each writer will assemble and edit a 20 to 30 page chapbook containing their best pieces of work. Ten hardcover copies of each chapbook will be bound (compliments of LyricalMyrical press) and then launched at Q Space.
When: Saturdays, 2-4 pm
Where: Q Space
Cost: $200 (includes chapbook publication)
Registration: To register, please fill out this form and return it, or simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment: We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard, cheque (made payable to the Association for Art and Social Change), or by PayPal
Please note: This course must reach a minimum of five participants. Participants will be notified as to the status of the course by Oct.27th. Should it be cancelled, full refunds will be issued.
Week 1: November 3rd
Week 2: November 10th
Week 3: November 17th
Week 4: December 1st
Week 5: December 8th
Week 6: December 15th
Week 7: January 5th
Week 8: January 12th
Week 9: January 19th
Week 10: January 26th
“[...] in 2012 there are simply less music videos televised than there were throughout the 80s, 90s, and early ought’s. This doesn’t, however, mean that there are less Canadian videos being produced just as worthy of praise for their ingenuity, artistry, and dedication to crafting a symbiotic relationship between music and film as in the pre-Internet era.”
-Adam Kamin, blogTO
Check out the whole article here.
Thanks to everyone who dropped by to celebrate the grand opening of Q Space. We were thrilled at the turn out, and we’re excited that you’re excited about us! We’ve had a steady stream of visitors since Friday night, check out some of the fun in our slideshow below.
Don’t forget, if you want to host your event at Q Space, you can contact us at email@example.com
The publication of Rewriting Cities will represent a landmark in the history of Italian-Canadian culture. It will mark the first time our community’s best literary and artistic figures will have collaborated on a single project. Such an undertaking verifies the growing interest and emerging pride Italian-Canadians are exhibiting in regards to their local heritage. Rewriting Cities is a book that will showcase the creative accomplishments and abilities of our community.
As the title suggests the book concerns itself with the experience of urban living; many of the works deal with life in our very own city, and some artist specifically depict life in the Italian community. Despite the diversity of subject matter and approach, the verve and dynamism of the Italian-Canadian spirit is sure to be present in each piece.
Published by Quattro Books, Rewriting Cities will feature the work of 30 of the best Italian-Canadian poets writing today; their poems will be matched with the work of 30 prominent Italian-Canadian artists. This beautiful hardcover volume will be designed by one of Canada’s top book designers, and it will contain over 60 full colour images on high quality photographic paper. In a truly collaborative fashion the text will be edited by the poet Corrado Paina and Professor Bruno Magliochetti, and the art will be selected by curator Flavio Belli.
This is not just a book; it is a memento to future generations, a beautiful record of who we were. We ask you to support us in realizing this project and in producing an artifact we can be proud of for a long time to come. We are asking the community to help by adopting Rewriting Cities as their project. The community can do this by pre-ordering the book from Quattro Books or by making a donation.
You can pre-order this beautiful book here.
Penn Kemp is writing a book of anecdotes about Jack Layton and his involvement with arts and culture. The working title is Jack Layton: Art in Action. She is looking for stories, from a paragraph to a page or two, on encounters with Jack in the many arts and cultures that intrigued him. She is also seeking pieces on how Jack has continued to influence our lives and our activism; how his spirit has stayed with people since his death last August. Each contributor will receive a copy.
Jack inspired her personally to move from performance poet to poet activist. Throughout his long municipal and federal political life, Jack welcomed and encouraged everyone to become an activist to effect change. Now the time has certainly come!
Email Penn Kemp for more information.
Olivia Chow endorses this work, as does his family. She writes:
“I heartily encourage folks to send Penn your stories of Jack’s relationship with, and his support of the arts. This project is a great opportunity to share our stories about how Jack and the NDP celebrated our Canadian cultures and what we must do together to continue this great relationship. You know he loved to make music and we loved to dance!”
We are looking at a publishing date of May 2, 2013, the anniversary of the New Democratic Party becoming the official opposition.
You can pre-order this book or donate to the project here.
Inspired by Boccaccio’s opus, the Toronto Decameron is a ten-day literary festival that will showcase 100 new short stories by 100 local authors, each uniquely tied back to Toronto.
Short stories are integral to keeping literature alive, particularly in this age of short attention spans and limited time for leisure. This is an opportunity for the community to come together and experience new works about their city. The Decameron is a mosaic of stories, an apt format for a festival in a multicultural and multi-perspective city like ours.
Would you like to get involved? Submit your short story for a chance to be in the inaugural Toronto Decameron. Participation includes reading at the festival alongside some of Toronto’s finest writers and publication in the print edition of the Toronto Decameron (published by Quattro Books).
Click here for submission details.