Canzine 2017

Canzine Celebrates Zine Culture

Canzine: Festival of Zines and Underground Culture takes place Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Toronto from 12–7 pm at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. West).

The Canzine Festival started in Toronto in 1995 and since then, Canzine events in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax have displayed thousands of zines and small press works and hosted hundreds of writers and performers. Canzine is organized by Magazines Canada member Broken Pencil, the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts.

Magazines Canada is a proud sponsor of this year’s event, which includes panel discussion “Zines, Artists, and Gentrification” and Broken Pencil‘s first International Zine Awards.

Panellists include:

Syrus Marcus Ware, a facilitator/designer at The Banff Centre, and former coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Program. Syrus is the inaugural Daniel’s Spectrum Artist-in-Residence and is also a core-team member of Black Lives Matter Toronto.

Louis Esmé, a co-founder and co-coordinator of Titiesg Wîcinimintôwak // Bluejays Dancing Together.

Mercedes Sharpe Zayas, the co-director of communications for MUJER.

Maanii Oakes, an Anishnabek, Swampy Cree and Kanienehaka artist and cultural tattoo practitioner from Sagamok First Nation.

Michael Burtt from Making Room Community Arts.

Rhiannon Thomas from Total HYPE zine and the COUNTERfit Harm Reduction Program at South Riverdale Community Health Centre.

Canzine Toronto is free to attend. For more information, visit

Following the Toronto event, Canzine is happening October 28 in Winnipeg, November 4 in Calgary, and November 5 in Vancouver.


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