Free Times Cafe Toronto

March Madness!

Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir

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Event Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/479104245532844/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Amsterdam Bicycle Club Presents: Lizzie Violet’s Open Mic!

March 17 is featuring Brenda Clews.

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Event Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/472852562840707/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

The Beautiful & The Damned featuring, Alec Butler, Lynn Rafter and Brent MacDonald!

(poster and invite coming soon)

OTHER AWESOME EVENTS!

March 6 – MWQ Returns

https://www.facebook.com/events/1391175384481711/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

March 8th – ABabe Saturdays!

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Circle of Jerks @ The Free Times Cafe

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I HATE TODD CD Launch Party @ The Horseshoe!

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Event Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1437643549802334/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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Kicking off the New Year, Lizzie Style!

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After an exciting and fulfilling 2013, I am looking forward to an even bigger and crazier 2014!  I ended the year and am starting the year Lizzie style.  I spent all day yesterday and will be spending today working on the second draft of a play I wrote. I’m looking forward to many more projects like this in 2014, including finishing scripts!

So… let’s get this party started and with some amazing events!

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January 6 – The Amsterdam Bicycle Club presents: Lizzie Violet’s Poetry Open Mic featuring Andrea Thompson
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/512585858854340/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 20 – The Amsterdam Bicycle Club presents: Lizzie Violet‘s Poetry Open Mic featuring Greg ‘Ritallin’ Frankson.
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/257656151064135/

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January 8 – WordSpell Spoken Word featuring Cathy Petch and Sabrina
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/699046796795293/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 12 – Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir featuring Brock Hessel, David Bateman and Cap & Kev
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1433756150176415/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 22nd – Winter Snow Ball @ Urban Gallery – I will be featuring along with Duncan Armstrong, Vanessa McGowan, Brock Hessel and many other amazing Queer poets!
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/792356567447501/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 30th – The Beautiful and the Damned featuring Jill Battson, Brenda Clews and Neil Traynor. At The Central. (more details to come)

Other Amazing Events to check out!

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Every Monday at The Amsterdam Bicycle Club is Lynne Rafter’s Music Open mic.

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January 4 – Silver Hearts at Tranzac Club
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/231901116987749/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 4  – Facebook Event – Red Falcon/White Lightning at Global Village Backpackers
https://www.facebook.com/events/1403283439914408/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

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January 8th – Open Mic at Not My Dog, hosted by Mike Tharin
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/195982480606677/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 9 – Songwriters Circle of Jerks featuring Kat Leonard and the MP3’s
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/619553521415775/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 11, 2014 – Nelson Sobral and Hugh Wilson acousticmania at Relish!  9:30 pm

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January 16 – Big Name Actors at Lee’s Palace
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/236258666533653/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 18 – I HATE TODD at Global Village Backpackers
Facebook Event- https://www.facebook.com/events/1449120628643130/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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January 23, 2014 – BeatleJerks and I HATE TODD at Amsterdam Bicycle Club

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January 26 – I HATE TODD at The Amsterdam Bicycle Club
Facebook Event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1441868266026876/

November, November, NOVEMBER!

Now that we have gotten through the awesomeness of ROCKtober… are you ready for the rustlings of November?  I hope so, cause it’s crammed with just as much awesome!!!

Here is some of the amazing stuff going on!

November 6Wordspell | Featuring Tanya Neuymeyer and Lamoi.

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Doors open at 7pm | Open Mic sign up at 7:30| Show at 8|Free Times Cafe (320 College Street)

Tickets at door: $6 and up

ALL ages & genders welcome in the audience!

Open mic is open to those who identify as women, is held after the feature performances and is limited to 4 minutes per poet.

Find out more about the series at:
Group page: www.facebook.com/groups/WordSpellTO
Website: http://cytopoeticsevents.com/wordspell
Follow on Twitter: WordSpellTO
Email: WordSpellTO@gmail.com

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November 10 – LizzieViolet’s Cabaret Noir | Featuring Dom Pare, Imogene Quest and Giraffe

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Doors open at 7 pm

The Central is at 603 Markham Street.

We will have limited open mic spots (for poets, performers and musicians). Sign up starts at 7.

This is a PWYC event. (the door suggested price $5 and up)

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November 14 – Songwriters Circle of Jerks 13 …and the ladies who love them.

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Doors open at 8:30pm |Free Times Cafe (320 College Street)

Featured act is Lizzie Violet, Cathy Petch & Vanessa McGowan

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November 18th – Poetry Open Mic | Details TBA

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November 28 – The Beautiful and the Damned | hosted by DM Moore | featuring | Shawn Symms | Lillian Allen | Mark Martyre

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Doors open at 7 pm

The Central is at 603 Markham Street.We will have limited open mic spots (for poets, performers and musicians). Sign up starts at 7.

This is a PWYC event. (the door suggested price $5 and up)

RockTober!

October is just a few days away!  Everyone who knows me, knows it’s my favourite month AND the month of Halloween.  A month that is chock-full of AWESOME and a whole lotta spooktacular events!

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I’m especially looking forward to October 15 and I HATE TODD‘s release of Zombie Love AND the premiere of the music video.
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My poem “Freedom and Choice” was accepted in The Quilliad magazine! They are having their launch on October 16th at Tequila Bookworm. I hope to see many of your beautiful faces there! Come out to support the arts, buy a magazine and see me read!  https://www.facebook.com/events/165885766948879/

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October 20th is Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir, featuring Monica S. Kuebler, Pandora La Glamme and Supertash!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1417045665182340/

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October 21st, I am featuring at Loose Leaf Poets and Writers.
https://www.facebook.com/events/624464360927258/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

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October 31st, I am hosting The Beautiful & The Damned for our Scream Queen’s Halloween Spooktacular!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1419484514930255/

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Other rockable events that my favourite people are putting on.

Big Name Actors at Horseshoe – Oct 3 – https://www.facebook.com/events/212312635601645/

Circle of Jerks – Oct 10 – https://www.facebook.com/events/172738849582922/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

I Hate Todd at Amsterdam Bicycle Club – Oct 14

Big Name Actors annivesary – Oct 25 @ Measure  https://www.facebook.com/events/658753184137502/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

I Hate Todd at Amsterdam Bicycle Club – Oct 31

Upcoming for July!

Hello all you sexy people!  July is gearing up to be another hot and sizzling month of Awesome!  Check out these events I am involved in!

July 3

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The WordSpell Collective, in conjunction with Cytopoetics, presents the July edition of WordSpell showcase and open mic. The series brings together talented established and emerging female spoken word artists.

We are back with our bi-monthly showcase that features some of the hottest female voices in spoken word. This edition is extra special as it comes right after PRIDE month, so we give a loving shout out to our LGBTTQII2S friends.

We select our features from within Toronto because this city has deep pockets of talent! Come hang out with your poetry fam at the 5th and FINAL show of the FIRST season featuring the wonderfully talented voices of Krystle Mullin and Barbara Erochina.

There will also be an OPEN MIC, open to women, after the feature sets.

Free Times Cafe | 320 College Street
Doors open at 7:30pm | Open Mic sign up at 8| Show at 8:30
Tickets at door: $6 and up
ALL ages & genders welcome in the audience!

Find out more about the series at:
Group page: www.facebook.com/groups/WordSpellTO
Website: http://cytopoeticsevents.com/wordspell
Follow on Twitter: WordSpellTO
Email: WordSpellTO@gmail.com

About the poets:

KRYSTLE MULLIN is a veteran of the Toronto spoken word scene and has been performing her energetic and enigmatic poetry for almost a decade. In 2009 she had the distinct honour of representing Ontario in the CBC ‘s National Poetry Face-Off. She is a 3-time member of the Toronto Slam Team and has been a feature performer at esteemed festivals such as Hillside, The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival and The Words Aloud Festival of Authors.

BARBARA EROCHINA is a queer artist, pastor and community organizer. Grounded in formal training both in creative writing and theatre, she is interested in using Spoken Word as a platform for the weaving together of the broken and the beautiful. Her poetry explores themes of meaning, love, personal and community empowerment, sex, faith(lessness), and family, all through the lens of personal narrative. Though she has been up on stage with the Toronto Poetry Slam, Bill Brown and the Women of the World Slam Qualifier, this is Barbara’s first feature in her journey with Spoken Word. She lives in Toronto with her partner Tanya, and their street-cat George.

** Everyone is encouraged to patronize Free Times before, during and after the show! www.freetimescafe.com **

July 12/13

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July 12 – Prelims
Open Minds Respect Events and Cytopoetics present two preliminary bouts on the road to crowning the 2013 Ontario Poetry Slam Champions.

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DOORS 6PM | BOUT 1 @ 7PM | BOUT 2 @ 9PM
AFTERPARTY WITH DJ SOUL CHILD
$10 SLAM & PARTY | $5 AFTER 11PM ONLY

July 13 – Finals
Open Minds Respect Events and Cytopoetics present the slam that will crown the 2013 Ontario Poetry Slam Champions.

Measure | 290 Brunswick
DOORS AT 7PM | SHOW AT 8PM
FEATURE PERFORMANCE BY WHITNEY “WITNESS” GREENAWAY
FINAL SLAM AT 9PM | $500 PRIZE FOR THE WINNER
AFTERPARTY WITH DJ MANIFEST
$20 FEATURE, SLAM & PARTY | $10 AFTER 11PM ONLY

July 14

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We will have limited open mic spots (for poets, performers and musicians). Sign up starts at 7.

This is a PWYC event. (suggested price $5)
Location: Q Space on College (382 College Street)

~Trasharella is a Toronto-based actor/writer/visual artist. He has had work published in Resistance Poetry 2, Labour of Love, Excalibur Monthly, Xtra! & The Body Politic. She has featured at Plasticine Poetry, A Space, The Beautiful and the Damned, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto Pride, Lula Lounge, The Gladstone Hotel & the Theatre Centre. She won the Best Actor award at the London One Act Festival for “The Judy Monologues”.

www.philipcairns.com

~Toronto-based writer Greg “Ritallin” Frankson is a respected poet, arts educator and media personality. In 2012, Ritallin won the national team poetry slam championship with Toronto Up From The Roots and placed second at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam. Greg’s debut collection Cerebral Stimulation was published in 2006, and his words have appeared in numerous anthologies, compilation CDs, chapbooks and musical collaborations. Greg is the resident poet for CBC Toronto’s afternoon radio show Here and Now, and appeared on CBC TV’s Canada’s Smartest Person in 2012. Through his creative services consultancy Cytopoetics, Greg works with youth in schools and community as a presenter and performer, and with businesses and social services agencies as a facilitator, speaker and creative services consultant.

http://www.cytopoetics.ca/

~Toronto based musician Marcus Walker is an exceptional singer-songwriter and a captivating artist. He has earned a reputation for engaging and energetic performances that range from sensitive ballads to all out rock and/or roll. His infectious style reflects a dynamicism unlike any other, making it difficult to define his overall sound but the music is grounded in his compelling lyrics and spirited performances.

http://www.myspace.com/marcusdeluxe

http://www.youtube.com/stringerland

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For more information, email lizzieviolet13@gmail.com

https://lizzieviolet.wordpress.com/lizzie-violets-noir-cabaret/

Upcoming in MAY and June!

Lots of awesomeness coming up for the months of May and June!!!  Here are just a couple to wet your literary whistle!   These are three shows I’m part of and two publications my poems will be in.  I will be announcing features soon!

SHOWS!

May 1

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The WordSpell Collective, in conjunction with Cytopoetics, presents the May edition of WordSpell showcase and open mic. The series brings together talented established and emerging female spoken word artists.

We are back with our bi-monthly showcase that features some of the hottest female voices in spoken word.

We select our features from within Toronto because this city has deep pockets of talent! Come hang out with your poetry fam at the fourth show of the season featuring the wonderfully talented voices of Sheniz Janmohamed and beluga!

About the poets:

SHENIZ JANMOHAMED has performed at over a hundred events, including the TedXYouth Conference in Toronto (2010) and the Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver (2012). Her book, Bleeding Light (TSAR, 2010), a collection of ghazals in English, has been taught in courses at several Canadian universities, including York University and the University of Toronto. She has more than eight years’ experience in the art of spoken word and teaches it in schools across Toronto. Her initiative, Ignite Poets, has traveled as far as Kenya to develop the international spoken word scene and to give a voice to new young talent. In January 2013, she traveled to India to read at the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival.
http://shenizjanmohamed.com/

BELUGA is a queer, gender non-conforming person of color, who celebrates their roots in Africa and the Cherokee Nation as the journey continues in learning the complexities of those inter-sectionalities. Melisse has been writing for 9 years, and began performing spoken word 3 years ago at the Buddies and Bad Times Queer Cab Open mic. As a multidisciplinary artist he continues her passion for writing and storytelling by introducing the art of movement through dance and the visual of illustration and art installation. Melisse is a strong advocate for restorative and transformative justice and is working to ever grow mindful and further develop their art as a tool to connect art making with sustaining the health of community relationships, increase understanding and re-connect the fallen-through.

There will also be an OPEN MIC, open to women, after the feature sets.

Doors open at 7:30pm | Open Mic sign up at 8| Show at 8:30
Tickets at door: $6 and up
All Ages

Find out more about the series at:
Group page: www.facebook.com/groups/WordSpellTO
Website: http://cytopoeticsevents.com/wordspell
Follow on Twitter @WordSpellTO
Email: WordSpellTO@gmail.com

** Everyone is encouraged to patronize Free Times before, during and after the show! www.freetimescafe.com **

May 9

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The May edition will be hosted by the incredibly sassy Philip Cairns!

Philip Cairns is a Toronto-based actor/writer/visual artist. He began going to auditions at age 11. Philip started acting classes in Toronto with Jack Medhurst at age 13 then began acting in children’s theatre. After studying Theatre Arts in high school and doing school shows, Philip became a professional actor at age 21. He’s been doing small theatre (in Toronto, Peterborough and Hamilton), independent films, TV commercials and TV shows, ever since.

Philip writes poetry, performance-pieces, plays and short stories. His work has been published in Excalibur Monthly, Xtra! and The Body Politic. In Toronto, Philip has performed his own writing at “Plasticine Poetry” at The Central, “Oral Stage” at Paddy’s Playhouse, A Space, the Gladstone Hotel & the Theatre Centre. He was MC for “Sexy Words” at Lula Lounge and “Bent Expressions” at Press Club. He recently performed in “Hard and Able #2” at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, on the TV series “William Shatner’s Weird or What” and in “The Judy Monologues” (winning the Best Actor award at the London One-Act Festival) in an Ontario tour. Philip has exhibited his acrylic paintings, watercolours and coloured pencil drawings in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Toronto and Edmonton, most recently at The Secret Handshake Art Gallery in Toronto.

Our features are!

Edward Nixon has been in and about Toronto for far too long. So long that has a pack of matches from the place the Rivoli used to be. He curates and hosts livewords, a Toronto reading series. He’s published four chapbooks in the past 8 years. His first full length collection will be forthcoming from Guernica Editions in 2014.

Peter Lynch is a writer/performer/actor who has worked extensively with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, DNA Theatre, Platform Nine and other companies. He has performed his solo/ensemble plays at Rhubarb! and QueerCulture Festivals, the Theatre Centre and Paddy’s Playhouse. Most notable plays are The Magic Key to Colourful Conversation, Night Terrors of the Longshoreman and Ten Thousand Hells. His video The Narcoleptic Sex-Slave is available on YouTube.

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Ori Dagan is the recent winner of the CBC Radio competition “Canada’s Next Top Crooner” and his budding jazz career continues to build exciting momentum. Dagan spent nearly a decade studying jazz formally before launching his debut album ‘S’Cat Got My Tongue’ which garnered critical acclaim. He’s played at music & jazz festivals across Ontario and his latest album, ‘Less Than Three’ includes sexy originals and re-imagined familiar pop songs and jazz standards. Peter Goddard of The Toronto Star says Dagan’s new album is “serving notice that a major talent is on the scene.”

Sign up for open Mic is at 7:00 pm. Spots are limited, sign up early.

https://www.facebook.com/events/476909905726292/?fref=ts

May 12

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Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir is a monthly event that brings you an evening of indie artistry and cabaret. The mistress of ceremonies, Lizzie Violet will introduce cabaret stylings such as poetry, Spoken Word, music, Burlesque, comedy and a variety of other vaudeville style acts. Inspired by Vaudeville of the early 1900’s, it will be an evening of pure entertainment.

Each monthly event will have three features that consist of one part poetry (spoken word and slam as well), one part music and one part vaudeville (burlesque/magic/comedy). A night of frivolity and entertainment for all. Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir will be the second Sunday of every month at the intimate Q Space on College (382 College Street) from 7 pm to 10 pm. Keeping with the theme of cabaret’s roots, music will be unplugged, poetry will be edgy and the vaudeville will be sassy!

We will have limited open mic spots (for poets, performers and musicians). Sign up starts at 7.

This is a PWYC event. (suggested price $5)

Location: Q Space on College (382 College Street)

This months cabaret performers!

L’Rock’s music is a pedal to the metal, roll down your windows; don’t get a speeding ticket musical ride!

Singer song-writer Laura L’Rock’s CD “Law of Attraction” has been drawing just that! Her music is raw, honest, & real with her ability to marry a hard rocking sound that rises like a phoenix from the embers of the likes of Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Cure….Her low slung vocals resonate as if she has a right ear on Joan Osborne and the left on Nancy Wilson of Heart, and sings in a voice that evokes Lita Ford. This native Newfoundlander, who now lives in Ontario, is destined to move the next generation of rockers to a new level.
Laura will remind you what is meant by the term “front person.” Her innate Newfy hospitality and genuine love for what she does translate well to the stage. She recently opened for Canada’s sensation, artist Andrew Cole and has been nominated again this year, for the HMMA’s (Hollywood Music Media Awards, Los Angeles). Her music can be heard coast to coast in Canada, as well as on internet stations in both the United States & the UK.

Kirsten Sandwich (bio to come)

Cathy Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, performer, musician and lighting designer. She hosts the Plasticine Poetry Series. Petch’s work can be found online and in print. Her book “Late Night Knife Fights” by Lyricalmyrical press. She is a member of both the 2011 and 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam Teams and finished 5th in Canada at this year’s individual poetry slam competition. The next day she won the Haiku Deathmatch. Petch is happiest onstage.

For more information, email lizzieviolet13@gmail.com

https://lizzieviolet.wordpress.com/lizzie-violets-noir-cabaret/
Invite – https://www.facebook.com/events/584334861584354/?fref=ts

Poems published!

May 16th launch of Big Art Book Launch Party

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May 16, 2013
6 pm to 10 pm
AccessPoint, 3079 Danforth Ave, Toronto
Come celebrate the launch of the 2013 Big Art Book. Over 130 artists featured in this online digital anthology of written and visual art.
https://www.facebook.com/events/426604867433886/?fref=ts

NorthWord June edition (literary magazine)

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https://www.facebook.com/NorthWord

Free Times Cafe ~ Lizzie Violet featuring at The Best of Open Stage

Free Times Cafe ~ Lizzie Violet featuring at The Best of Open Stage


Hey all,

I will be featuring at the Free Times Cafe as part of The Best of the Open Stage Night. I know it’s a school night, but hopefully you can come out! I will be featuring some new material!

The room fills up fast, doors open at 8, so come early to snag a seat. The Free Times also has amazing food!

http://www.freetimescafe.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Times-Cafe/174145575975894

Where:  Free Times Cafe, 320 College St, Toronto, Ontario M5T1S3
When: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 8 pm – 1 am

Cover $6