Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Cultural Roundup

The Fourth Estate (U.S., 2018)
Running from Crazy (U.S., 2018)
Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie (U.S., 2018)
My Mother's Letters (U.S., 2018)
The Return (U.S., 2018)
Black Panther (U.S., 2018)
The Rachel Divide (U.S., 2018)
Joan Didion: The centre will not hold (U.S., 2018)

Wild Writers at Poetry Jazz Cafe, May 1st
Pride Comes Before the Parade Reading - Celebration of Pride, Queen Books, May 27th

OCAD University for GradEx 103 Exhibit, May 5th

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
Voodoo Hypothesis by Canisia Lubrin

Monday, April 30, 2018

April Cultural Roundup

A Quiet Place (U.S., 2018)
Ugetsu (Japan, 1953)
Alt-Right: Days Of Rage (U.S., 2018)
Two Worlds Colliding (Canada, 2004)
The American Meme (U.S., 2018)

Mixie and the Half Breeds, Pia Bouman School, April 15th

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
The Marrow Thieves by Cheri Dimaline

Saturday, March 31, 2018

March Cultural Roundup

Serpico (US, 1973)
The Florida Project (U.S., 2017)

International Women's Day Reading at Queen Books with Danila Botha, Canisia Lubrin, Sofi Papamarko, Gianna Patriarca, Ayelet Tsabari, Jessica Westhead and Michelle Alfano, March 11th

Launch of Arif Anwar's The Storm (HarperCollins, 2018), Bar Mercurio, March 27th

2018 Canada Reads at CBC, March 28th & March 29th

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February Cultural Roundup

Hitchcock and Truffaut
The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (U.S., 2017)
Hitchcock Truffaut (U.S./France, 2015)
The Final Year (U.S., 2018)

Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill

Christian Dior at Royal Ontario Museum, February 23rd 
Martin and Ropelle, Art Gallery of Ontario, February 25th

Metropolitan Opera HD Live - La Bohème with Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano, February 24th 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January Cultural Roundup

Interview with Steve Paikin on The Agenda, January 2, 2018
Interview on TVO with River Fujimoto, January 5, 2018

Launch of Captive Love by Karen Mulhallen, January 14, 2018

The Shape of Water (U.S., 2017)
The Post (U.S., 2017)

Call me by your name by Andre Aciman
The Spider and the Fly: A Writer, a Murderer, and a Story of Obsession by Claudia Rowe

Sunday, December 31, 2017

December Cultural Roundup

Call me by your name 
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder

White Christmas (U.S., 1954)
Call Me by Your Name (US/Italy/Brazil/France, 2017)
Bright Lights (U.S., 2017)
The Darkest Hour (U.S., 2017)
I, Tonya (U.S., 2017)
Three Billboards outside Ebbings, Missouri (U.S., 2017)
All the money in the world (U.S., 2017)

Interview with Gill Deacon on Here and Now, CBC Radio, December 5th

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

November Cultural Roundup

Lady Bird 
Interview about The Unfinished Dollhouse with John Moore on CFRB, Newstalk 1010 featured on November 11th and 12th

Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Anthology 7 Awards at the Hot House Restaurant, November 17th featuring Darlene Madott and others

The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

Lady Bird (U.S., 2017)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October Cultural Roundup

Chinatown (U.S., 1974)
Valley of the Dolls (U.S., 1967)

Book Launch for The Unfinished Dollhouse at Ben McNally Books, October 5, 2017
Heather O'Neill at International Festival of Authors, October 24, 2017
Tartan Turban Secret Readings #5, October 26, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

September Cultural Roundup

Brian Regan at Massey Hall, September 8

Kodachrome (Canada/U.S., 2017)
Chappaquiddick (U.S., 2017)
What will people say (Norway, 2017)
Alanis (Argentina, 2017)
A Worthy Companion (Canada, 2017)
Film stars don't die in Liverpool (U.K., 2017)
The Butterfly Tree (Australia, 2017)
In a Lonely Place (US, 1950)
Custody (France, 2017)
Tigre (Argentina, 2017)
Battle of the Sexes (U.S., 2017)

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
I love Dick by Chris Kraus

Featured at the International Festival of Authors at Harborfront with Anne Hines, September 27th

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

August Cultural Roundup

Get me Roger Stone (U.S., 2017)
The Trip to Spain (U.S., 2017)

Sesqicentennial Authors' Symposium in High Park, August 27, 2017

The Partially Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell

Monday, July 31, 2017

July Cultural Roundup

George O'Keefe
Georgia O'Keeffe Retrospective, AGO, July 3rd

The Beguiled (U.S., 2017)
The Big Sick (U.S., 2017)

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, July 16th
Ryerson Image Centre, July 30th

Ties by Domenico Starnone
Nutshell by Ian MacEwen

Jazz on Jarvis featuring the Wintergarten Orchestra, July 17th

The Love Poetry Festival honouring Milton Acorn & Gwen MacEwen at Queen Books, featuring George Elliott Clarke, Patrick Connors, James Deahl & Norma Linder West, Karen Mulhallen, Charlie Petch, Robert Priest, Banoo Zan, with emcee Michelle Alfano, July 29th

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Love Poetry Festival


Until 2015, Michelle Alfano served as an Associate Editor with the literary quarterly Descant. She is the co-organizer of the Love Poetry Festival honouring Milton Acorn and Gwen MacEwen. Her novella, Made Up Of Arias, was the 2010 winner of the Bressani Award for Short Fiction. Her short story “Opera”, on which the novella was based, was a finalist for a Journey Prize anthology. She is currently at work on two projects: a personal memoir entitled The Unfinished Dollhouse (Cormorant Books, 2017) and the novel Destiny, think of me while you sleep.

The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered wordsmith. He is a noted artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry.  Now teaching African-Canadian literature at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry, Premiul Poesis (Romania), Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. Mr. Clarke’s work is the subject of Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke (2012), edited by Joseph Pivato.

Pat Connors first chapbook, Scarborough Songs, was published by Lyricalmyrical Press in 2013, and charted on the Toronto Poetry Map. Part-Time Contemplative , released last year, was his second chapbook with Lyricalmyrical.  He is a manager for the Toronto Chapter of 100,000 Poets for Change.

James Deahl is the author of twenty-seven literary titles, the four most recent being: To Be With A Woman, Landscapes (with Katherine L. Gordon), Unbroken Lines, and Two Paths Through The Seasons (with Norma West Linder). A cycle of his poems is the focus of a one-hour television special, Under the Watchful Eye. His Red Haws To Light The Field will be published in September by Guernica Editions. He lives in Sarnia.

Norma West Linder is the author of six novels, a volume of selected short fiction, fifteen collections of poetry including Adder’s-tongues: A Choice of Norma West Linder’s Poems, 1969 – 2011, a memoir of growing up on Manitoulin Island, two children’s/young adult novels, and a biography of Pauline McGibbon. Her sixth novel, Tall Stuff, was recently published. She also lives in Sarnia.

Karen Mulhallen has published a pile of books, lots of poetry, interviews, essays, and even some criticism. Her newest poetry book, Seasons In An Unknown Key, came out this year from Tightrope Books. She edited Descant magazine for 45 years and also was the Arts Features Editor of the Canadian Forum magazine and a columnist for the Literary Review (London). She was lucky enough to teach English and miscellaneous stuff at Ryerson University where her students changed her life and her thinking about nearly everything. Editing Descant and working with many marvelous writers and editors and designers was another stroke of luck and she is grateful for what life has given her.

Charlie Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster and musical saw player. Their full poetry collection, Late Night Knife Fights was published with LyricalMyrical Press and they are currently touring their full length spoken word vaudeville show "Mel Malarkey Gets The Bum's Rush". They have been published by Descant, The Toronto Quarterly and Matrix journals. Petch is a member of The League of Canadian Poets and is the creative director of "Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam". Find out more at

Bänoo Zan is an immigrant poet, translator, teacher, editor and poetry curator, with more than 120 published poems and poetry-related pieces as well as three books. Songs of Exile (Guernica Editions), was shortlisted for Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Letters to My Father was published in 2017 by Piquant Press. She is the founder of Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night), Toronto’s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series (inception: 2012). Facebook and LinkedIn: Bänoo Zan
Twitter: @BanooZan & @ShabeSherTO