TZT : TNT / Fri 1 Feb 2019

E X P E R I M E N T A L  /  P O E T R Y  /  M U S I C

TZT are Gregory Betts, Arnold “Frothing” McBay, Benjamin Mikuska, Devon Fornelli, and Gary Barwin
with special guest Lillian Allen.

Friday 1 February 2019
Doors 7:30 / Show 8:00


Bar by Mahtay Cafe


TEAMS of FIVE – $25 per PERSON for the SEASON


Season Begins Friday 9 November 8pm
Call or email NAC to register your team 905-641-0331


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LIT ON TOUR! Dylan Horrocks and Seth > FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2015 7PM

International Festival of Authors Ontario presents
Dylan Horrocks and Seth

Niagara Artists Centre

Join New Zealand’s Dylan Horrocks and Canada’s Seth for a discussion on their latest graphic novels, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen and Palookaville 22 at Niagara Artists Centre on October 30 at 7pm.

>> pay-what-you-can // suggested $10 <<

DYLAN HORROCKS is the author of the award-winning graphic novel Hicksville and the comic book series Pickle and Atlas. Horrocks has also written for DC Comics and Vertigo, including Hunter: The Age of Magic and Batgirl. He presents his latest critically acclaimed graphic novel, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen, which explores the pleasures, dangers and moral consequences of fantasy.

SETH is the cartoonist behind the comic book series Palookaville, which started as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeneys Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker, the Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, which showcased the first public display of his model city Dominion. He is now a part of the Gallery’s permanent collection. Seth presents Palookaville 22, the latest in the series and a continuation of Part Four of the ongoing Clyde Fans serial.

Harriet’s Legacies: Race, Historical Memory and Futures in Canada | Thurs 22 + Fri 23 Oct

Harriet’s Legacies:
Race, Historical Memory and Futures in Canada

Organized by Ronald Cummings, Natalee Caple, Gregory Betts, Kevin Gosine, and Tamari Kitossa
Day events at Pond Inlet, Brock University
Evening events at the Niagara Artists Centre

This important conference will highlight the historical presence of Black Canadians in Canada. The title refers to the crucial role that St. Catharines played in the Underground Railroad and the abolition of slavery. Harriet Tubman, who is recognized by UNESCO, as a freedom seeker, abolitionist and ‘conductor’ was the city’s most renowned participant in the Underground Railroad. Tubman and the Black citizens who helped to build St. Catharines are soon to be recognized by the opening of a new elementary school in downtown St. Catharines. The timing of the conference will help to connect the university and the broader community around shared goals of unity in diversity, the recovery and memorialization of Black history in Ontario and the promotion of general knowledge around the multiple accomplishments of Black Canadians.

dann j. Broyld, Carole Lynn Stewart, Jennifer Harris, Jessica Ratcliffe, Kate Siklosi, Victoria Partyka, Anique J. Jordan, Carla Chambers, Kaie Kellough, Jacqueline Valencia, Klyde Broox, Clifton Joseph, Lillian Allen, Paul Barrett, Cecil Foster, Carolyn Thompson, Leslie Sanders, Wilma Morrison, Natasha Henry, David Hemmings, Kit Dobson, Deanna Henderson, Ronald Cummings, Nalini Mohabir, Zainab AMadahy, Bonita Lawrence, Paula Madden, Ciann Wilson, Jane Andres, DJ Marinko Marinkov, Bill Ralph

THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER  2015 > beginning @ 8:30AM
A day of conference presentations, musical performances, and a catered lunch followed by keynote presentations by two-time Juno Award winning Dub poet Lillian Allen and Dr. Paul Barrett, author of Blackening Canada. An evening of music, dub poetry, and a special living tribute to Austin Clarke.

FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2015 > beginning @ 9:00AM
A morning of conference presentations and roundtable discussions, followed by a guided tour of the Black history of Niagara Peninsula by Niagara Bound Tours. Evening events feature a discussion and demonstration of the vinyl history of Dub, Techno, and Hip Hop followed by a screening of NFB classic King of the Hill, featuring St. Catharines’ own Ferguson Jenkins, the greatest Canadian baseball player of all time.

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Sculpture by Frank Rekrut
Photograph by Gregory Betts
Poster by Natasha Pedros, Niagara Artists Centre

BORDER BLUR RS: OCTOBER EDITION > Thursday 15 October 2015 7PM

Featuring David Goldstein, Liz Worth, Adam Sol, and Karen Solie
Thursday 15 October 2015 7PM at NAC

We’ve got a goodie this time! We’re going to be hosting none other than David Goldstein, Liz Worth, Adam Sol, and Karen Solie. I know, right? Amazing.

David B. Goldstein is the author of a poetry collection, Laws of Rest (BookThug, 2013), a book of criticism, Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare’s England (Cambridge, 2013), and two chapbooks, the most recent of which is Object Permanence(Ugly Duckling, 2015). His next full-length collection is forthcoming in 2016. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award, Goldstein lives with his family in Toronto, where he is Associate Professor of English at York University.

Liz Worth is a Toronto-based author and tarot reader. Her first book, Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond, was the first to give an in-depth account of Toronto’s early punk scene. She has also released a poetry collection called Amphetamine Heart and a novel called PostApoc. Her latest book is called No Work Finished Here: Rewriting Andy Warhol. You can reach her at

Adam Sol’s fourth book of poetry, Complicity, was published in 2014 by McClelland & Stewart. His previous collections include Jeremiah, Ohio, which was shortlisted for Ontario’s Trillium Award for Poetry; and Crowd of Sounds, which won the award in 2004. He teaches at Laurentian University’s campus in Barrie, Ontario, and lives in Toronto.

Karen Solie was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She is the author of three collections of poems including Pigeon, which won the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. She was International Writer-in-Residence at the University of St. Andrews in 2011, and is an Associate Director for the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio program. Her poems have been published in the U.S., the U.K., and Europe, and have been translated into French, German, Korean, and Dutch. Her first U.K. edition, The Living Option: Selected Poems, was published in 2013. She lives in Toronto.

Get pumped.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Border Blur Reading Series > Thursday 17 September 2015

Natalee Caple / Kaie Kellough / Andrew McEwan / Jacqueline Valencia

Thursday 17 September 2015 at 7PM
Niagara Artists Centre

Natalee Caple
Natalee Caple is the author of seven books of poetry and fiction and the co-author of several incarnations of a full-length play titled irobot (based on jason Christie’s work of poetry) with theSwallow-a-Bicycle Theatre Collective. Her most recent novel, In Calamity’s Wake was publihed to international acclaim in Canada and the US in 2013. Her collection of poetry, A More Tender Ocean, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Natalee teaches literature and creative writing at Brock University.

Andrew McEwan
Andrew McEwan is from Bright’s Grove, Ontario, and studies at the University of Toronto. His work has appeared in Dandelion, Misunderstandings Magazine, Fact-Simile, Monkey Puzzle, and Gulch, an anthology published by Tightrope Books. His first chapbook is due in February 2010 from Cactus Press.

Kaie Kellough
kaie kellough is a word-sound systemizer. his systems originate in the inchoate swirl of vowels, consonants, misspellings, shapes, stammerings, and emerge as audio recordings, books, visual entities, volumes of letters, and performances that verse and reverse utterance.
kaie’s work fuses formal experiment and social engagement. kaie is the author of 2 books of poetry and 2 sound recordings. he has performed and published internationally. kaie lives in montréal, where he works on new and old ideas.

Jacqueline Valencia
Toronto-based poet, writer, and film/music/literary critic Jacqueline Valencia earned her Honours BA in English at the University of Toronto. Jacqueline is currently a freelancer, senior literary editor at The Rusty Toque, critic at Broken Pencil Magazine, founding editor of These Girls On Film, and a film journalist and senior staff film critic at Next Projection.

David O’Meara and Damian Rogers: Authors’ Reading

David O’Meara and Damian Rogers
Authors’ Reading
Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC
Friday 10 July 2015 – Doors at 8:30PM / Reading at 9PM
$10 at the door

David O’Meara is the author of four collections of poetry and a play, Disaster, nominated for four Rideau Awards. He has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award, the ReLit Prize, the K. M. Hunter Award, the Trillium Book Award, a National Magazine Award and is a three-time winner of the Archibald Lampman Prize. His most recent book, A Pretty Sight (Coach House Books, 2013), won the 2014 Ottawa Book Award.
>> Read a Q&A with David O’Meara here

Originally from the Detroit area, Damian Rogers now lives in Toronto where she works as the poetry editor of both House of Anansi Press and The Walrus, and as the creative director of Poetry in Voice, a national recitation contest for Canadian high-school students. Her first book of poems, Paper Radio, was nominated for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.
>> Check out Damian Rogers’ website here



the sound of roy’s typewriter
the image of your face
this sense of place which is canada
everything strung out in a line
narrative runs thru
all life a sphere we move within
poets friends lovers saints
caught up in
caught out on
the current of a we which is history
language our currency
banked in time
laying down the base for what’s to come

— bpNichol, The Martyology Book 3

Avant Canada: Artists, Prophets, and Revolutionaries is a three-day conference to be held at Brock University in November 2014. The event will include two days devoted to the historical, current, and emerging avant-garde in Canada interrogating the interfusion of experimental poetics and radical, disruptive politics, followed by one day devoted to the English Canadian avant-garde poet, publisher, and cultural innovator bpNichol (1944-1988). This Editing Modernism in Canada event, hosted at Rodman Hall and the Niagara Artists Centre in downtown St. Catharines, will serve as a marquee event of Brock University’s 50th anniversary. It will include plenary speakers, roundtable discussions, special topics panels, practical-skills workshops, an exhibition of First Nations digital art by Skawennati, a keynote address by Stó:lō author and philosopher Lee Maracle that is free and open to the public, and a creative evening of poetry readings, musical performances, and wearable-arts.



WEDNESDAY at Rodman Hall
Wednesday evening keynote address by Lee Maracle.

THURSDAY at Rodman Hall
Thursday evening conference banquette at the Niagara Artists Centre, followed by a screening and artist talk of the Indigenous Futurist mini-series TimeTraveller™ by Skawennati

Friday evening launch of the new Telephone Books edition of bpNichol’s Translating Translating Apollinaire, followed by a poetry reading,  and a ‘Dance Your Cares Away’ party with DJ Marinko Marinkov. Readers include: Christian Bök, a rawlings, Natalie Simpson, derek beaulieu, Stephen Cain, Margaret Christakos, Adeena Karasick, and more to be announced.



Tuesday 7 October 2014 at 7PM
Niagara Artists Centre

An Evening of Adaptations, Appropriations, and other extra-literary Interventions featuring Jaap Blonk, Rachel Zolf and sound artist Radiodress.

Rachel Zolf and sound artist Radiodress perform a live sound-text adaptation of Zolf’s new book Janey’s Arcadia (Coach House 2014) – an aversive, conversive reckoning with the ongoing errors of North American settler-colonialism. Zolf will also screen her 11-minute video adaptation of Janey’s Arcadia, edited by Aleesa Cohene and with soundscape by Radiodress.

Jaap Blonk is a vocal improvisor, self-taught composer and poet. Inspired by Kurt Schwitter’s sound poem, Ursonate and American free jazz, Blonk has been performing since the early 70s and has worked with The Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Joan La Barbara, Michael Zerang, John Tchicai, Tristan Honsinger and many others.

The Grey Border Reading Series: Season Premiere

The Grey Borders Reading Series
Friday 26 September at 8PM
Poetry reading featuring Jimmy McInnes, Jess Taylor, Dave Haskins, and Natalee Caple

The Grey Borders Reading Series is back for another incredible schedule of readings! We are very excited to be featuring the emerging and established talent of: Jimmy McInnes, Jess Taylor, Dave Haskins, and Natalee Caple.

Come join us for this event! The night will be filled with excitement, and to bump up the fun we will be making an open and collaborative renga!

Jimmy McInnes was born and raised on Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula. His first chapbook, Begin Speech With, was released by Ferno House in the Fall of 2013. His poetry has appeared in various journals, including This Magazine, ditch, The Puritan, Descant, and the Capilano Review Web Folio. His work has been short-listed for the Great Canadian Literary Hunt, and the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. He lives in Toronto, where he completed his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph, and is currently employed as a political hack. His first book-length work of poetry, A More Perfect, is forthcoming from BookThug in Spring 2015.

Jess Taylor is the host and founder of The Emerging Writers Reading Series. She writes poems, stories, novels, and songs. Sometimes she draws and paints. She co-edited Echolocation Magazine and blogs for The Puritan’s Town Crier. Most recently, her work was published in Little Brother, Little Fiction, Great Lakes Review, and Emerge Literary Journal. Jess just graduated from The University of Toronto’s English in the Field of Creative Writing Master’s Program.

David Haskins is published in over thirty literary journals, anthologies, and books, and has collected his earlier poems in the book Reclamation. He has won first prizes from the CBC Literary Competition, the Canadian Authors Association, and the Ontario Poetry Society. He lives in Grimsby, Ontario.

Natalee Caple is the author of seven books of poetry and fiction and the co-author of several incarnations of a full-length play titled irobot (based on jason Christie’s work of poetry) with theSwallow-a-Bicycle Theatre Collective. Her most recent novel, In Calamity’s Wake was publihed to international acclaim in Canada and the US in 2013. Her collection of poetry, A More Tender Ocean, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Natalee teaches literature and creative writing at Brock University.

Don’t miss out St. Kitts – this is going to be a great beginning to a huuuuuge year!