We Make Zines

a place for zinesters - writers and readers

Sunday, October 23

918 Bathurst Centre
918 Bathurst St (just north of Bloor)

1 – 7pm

$5 entry includes the fall issue of Broken Pencil.

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1 – 7pm – Giant Zine Fair & Mini-Toronto Underground Food Market
The zine fair is the heart of Canzine. 200 zines, comics, small press books and more!

Food Fair! New this year. We will be featuring a mini-Toronto Underground Market. Five hand picked home cooks selling amazing street food


2pm – 1-2 Punch Book Pitch
Live on our mainstage in front of a crowing crowd, you get two minutes to pitch your book to our panel of judges. They get one minute each to tell you why you’ll never get published in a million, billion years, or why they want to see your manuscript in their inbox ASAP.

Sign up in advance to participate in the 1-2 Punch Book Pitch at Canzine. To sign up email canzine@brokenpencil.com with your: 1. name 2. email address 3. phone number 4. two or three line description of the project you are going to pitch. Sign up now, we only have room for 8 participants and this will be first come first served.

The winner of the pitch gets bragging rights and a Broken Pencil prize pack worth $200.

This year’s judges are…

Evan Munday

Evan Munday is the  publicist for Toronto-based publisher Coach House Books and an illustrator whose work has appeared in books and magazines, including the novel Stripmalling, by Jon Paul Fiorentino. Evan has written and illustrated a young adult book The Dead Kid Detective Agency, which will be published this fall by ECW Press.

Fiona Smyth

Fiona Smyth is a Toronto based painter, illustrator, and cartoonist.  She is currently producing two art projects funded by the TAC and the OAC, and teaches illustration and comics at OCADU. Fiona’s first graphic novel “The Never Weres” was published by Annick Press in 2011.  A collection of her Exclaim comics “Cheez 100” was published by Pedlar Press in 2001. Fiona edits the drawing and comics zine The Wilding.

Amy Logan Holmes

Amy Logan Holmes is the Executive Director of Open Book: Toronto & Open Book: Ontario, an organization that works to connect readers with Ontario authors, books and literary events. Read all about it at www.openbooktoronto.com and www.openbookontario.com.


3pm – Workshop – Learn to VJ with mrghosty
mrghosty (skot deeming) will give an overview of the practice of VJing. From analog to digital techniques, including foundation elements of the practice including clip building, visual rhythm, layering and live mixing to a variety of musical genres. In addition, he’ll also talk about how to get started, working with bands, DJs, promoters, getting your work seen and more.

4pm – The Great Hollywood Rip-Off Piracy Zine Challenge

Three challengers face off in a race to complete the zine-version of a famous film. Will our competitors make a chapbook version of Gone With the Wind or a comic of The Empire Strikes Back or a perzine based on The Goonies? Come watch and you’ll see…

5pm – Mental Health Zine Panel
Mental Health zine creators gather to discuss the benefits and challenges of sharing their mental health issues through writing. The panelists will talk about the stigma around mental health and how to challenge it through zine making.

6pm – Radical Reading Series
Every year we present the best and brightest of the independent press at Canzine’s readical reading series. This year’s series features:

Danila Botha
Danila Botha originally hails from Johannesburg, South Africa, and currently lives in Halifax. Her first book, a collection of short stories entitled Got No Secrets was released by Tightrope Books last spring. She’s completed her second work, Too Much on the Inside (Tightrope Books), set for release this September and has just rounded up a third, a collection of short stories with some poetry.

Rob Benvie
Rob Benvie is a  Haligonian currently living in Toronto. He was a part of the indie band, Thrush Hermit in the 90′s and currently plays guitar for Montreal-based band, The Dears. He’s also known to record and perform under his solo act, Tigre Benvie. His newest novel, Maintenance will be released by Coach House Books in October 2011.

Ethan Rilly
Ethan Rilly is the award-winning cartoonist behind the comic book series Pope Hats, which is published by AdHouse Books. He alternates between residing in Toronto and Montreal, as a result of very complicated quantum mechanics.


An important notice about accessibility:

We regret to inform you that due to circumstances beyond our control, the venue for this year’s Canzine will not be wheelchair-accessible. It was our understanding that the venue would be made accessible by the time of Canzine, but funding issues within the venue caused this not to happen. We were unable to find an alternative venue in the short timeframe after this was revealed. We care about accessibility issues here at Broken Pencil, and we are dedicated to creating a safe, all-inclusive space for Canzine. We apologize wholeheartedly and assure you all that, though it is too late for us to change venues for Canzine 2011, we are entirely committed to creating a fully accessible Canzine 2012, whether it be through assisting 918 Bathurst in raising funds to update their space or finding a new space.

 Volunteers Needed

Attention friendly indie loving folks everywhere! We need volunteers to help out at Canzine (setting up the night before and doing all kinds of stuff the day of). Volunteers get a whole bundle of free magazine subscriptions from cool Canadian magazines including Broken Pencil. But don’t do it for the free stuff, do it for the love. If you would like to volunteer at Canzine please email canzine@brokenpencil.com

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