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Weekend Of Words

Weekend of Words
September 15 – 17, 2017
East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue, Toronto
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Weekend of Words is a free, three-day celebration of language and literary arts in east Toronto from September 15-17. Explore an exhibition, enjoy readings and a panel discussion, participate in workshops, and more!

Click on the individual events below for full details about each one.

September 15

7-9pm: My City My Six Exhibition + Opening Reception
The My City My Six Exhibition transforms the East York Civic Centre into a unique, public gallery space featuring over 200 six-word stories submitted by east Toronto residents, showcasing the diverse stories of east Toronto, six words at a time. The exhibition will be on display until September 30. My City My Six is a Cultural Hotspot project, in celebration of Canada 150, in partnership with the City of Toronto. Part of the Weekend of Words.

September 16

12-2pm: Balancing Words and Movement with charles c. smith
Balancing Words and Movement is a free workshop led by charles c. smith on September 16, 12-2pm at the East York Civic Centre. The workshop will engage participants and focus on creative writing and movement, allowing participants to create their own written and performance-based works.

12-2pm: Getting Your Ideas Into Print with Tatum Dooley
Getting Your Ideas Into Print with Tatum Dooley is a free interactive workshop for writers on September 16, 12-2pm that will explore how to brainstorm ideas, pitch editors, and prepare for publication.


2-4pm: still dancing: a celebration of Canadian poetry and song
Enjoy an intimate afternoon of stories, songs, and poetry recalling Canada’s rich literary legacy from East Toronto and beyond on Saturday, September 16 from 2-4pm at East York Civic Centre. Featuring Toronto Poet Laureate Anne Michaels with Karen Mulhallen and Paul Dutton, along with music by David Sereda, Dave Gray, and Tyler Wagler, and student reciters from Poetry in Voice.

4-5:30pm: D.I.Y. Self-Publishing Panel Discussion
The D.I.Y. Self-Publishing Panel Discussion on Saturday, September 16 from 4-5:30pm at the East York Civic Centre presents local authors who will share and discuss their self-publishing experiences. Join us for an engaging panel discussion featuring self-published authors Lia D. Munro (Emmy Nation: Undercover Suffragette), Sharon Smith (A Silent Bugle), and Nathalie Prézeau (Toronto Street Art Strolls). Moderated by Nina Munteanu (Water Is…).

7-9pm: Writers’ Mix & Mingle with Firefly Creative Writing
Join us for an evening of performances, food, and conversation on Saturday, September 16 from 7-9pm. The Writers’ Mix & Mingle takes place at Firefly Creative Writing, located at 1898 Danforth Avenue.

September 17

12-1:30pm – Talk + Q&A: #JacksLibraryTour
Meet the dynamic father-son duo behind #JacksLibraryTour! After having visited all 100 of the Toronto Public Library branches, six-year old Jackson Bennett and his father Lanrick Bennett Jr. will be discussing the importance of Toronto Public Libraries, and their evolution into community and cultural institutions. Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask Jackson and Lanrick questions following the talk.

1-2:30pm – PlayConnect: Playwright Readings by Briana Brown and Emil Sher
Join east Toronto playwrights Briana Brown and Emil Sher for an afternoon of fun and engaging readings, followed by a brief Q & A period. PlayConnect is a playwright reading program presented by the Playwrights Guild of Canada, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

12-5pm: What’s Your Story, East Toronto?
What’s Your Story, East Toronto? presents writing contest winners reading their original works inspired by the East Toronto area on September 17 from 12-5pm. Hosted by Charlie Petch, the event features established, award-winning author Terri Favro, and emerging East Toronto writers Jason Freure, Susana Molinolo, and Sadi Muktadir. Participate in free writing workshops by Karen Krossing and Charlie Petch, enjoy a performance piece by artist Annie Wong, and an open mic session invites you to share your creative expression. Join us as we gather to honour the stories and voices of East Toronto.


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