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Sunday afternoon readings, spoken word & music 
03:14pm 14/10/2009
  The long-running
is happening again this weekend!

This semi-monthly series is dedicated to showcasing the best in literary talent and fostering the artistic community.
The show includes a featured reader or performer and a musical guest, followed by an open-mic session -- so if you've got any poetry, fiction or spoken word that you'd like to share with the world, bring it along.

And this Sunday's feature will be:
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Plus special musical guest:
spoken-word powerhouse and musician; former CBC Poetry Face-Off Ottawa champ, and past opener for the likes of Shane Koyczan and Raffi

And if you get the munchies, no worries -- there will be reasonably priced yummies for sale, courtesy of B Goods!

Sunday, October 18, 2009, 2:00 p.m.
Swizzles Bar & Grill, 246B Queen Street (between Bank and Kent)
No cover!
Click here for Facebook event page

(coming up in November: Catherine Owen, Gary Dimmock, Bywords fall launch)
12:17pm 05/05/2009
  1) Background

The Ravenswing DIY Fair is an annual craft and zine fair which focuses on supporting local urban art and culture while building a stronger local arts community through networking. Ravenswing proudly shares Minto Park with The Clothesline Project, a public art display made by women to end violence against women. This year, Ravenswing 2009 will be held Sunday, May 24th from 11am-4pm at Minto Park (by Elgin and Gilmour, across from the Jack Purcell Community Center). There will be local bands, vendors, and workshops.

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Know any queer rural zines? x-post (if this doesn't belong/breaks rules, sorry; tell me&I'll delete) 
02:34am 20/12/2008
mood: hopeful
Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but my friend Jenna (a.k.a. trashcan_chica) needs some help:

"does anyone know of any queer zines about living in rural areas or going to rural areas?

any help/pointing in the right direction would be amazing. i went through the whole Queer Zine Archive and couldn't really find anything.

jenna b

p.s. i just got a wordpress site, sassyfrasscircus.com!"

Her (AIM) away message also says: "is looking for zines about/by members of radical queer ANTI-URBAN communities, so if you know of any..."

So please comment if you can help at all; thanks. :]

Great Opportunity for Ottawa Artists & Writers 
01:26pm 17/11/2008
  Ottawafocus.com is one of Ottawa’s hottest portals for events, news and information. We are currently in the process of expanding our site to include a section about the capital’s thriving music and arts community, and we want to collaborate with local bloggers and artists who have a unique edge.

Our website is being redesigned with a brand new look in 2009, and we look forward to introducing more original local content, blog posts, articles, entertainment/music news and photography.

If you love Ottawa and your work fits into this mix, we want to hear from you! We are currently looking for regular contributors of Ottawa-related blog posts, opinion pieces, reviews, articles, photos and more. If you are an Ottawa-based visual artist, we may also be interested in writing a feature piece about you and your work.

We will publish your content on Ottawafocus.com along with a link pointing our visitors back to your own blog or site. Help us grow and promote local talent at the same time! If you know another local writer or artist whose work should be featured, please pass this info on to them.

Send all ideas, submissions, suggestions and links to: editor@ottawafocus.com

If possible, please include a link to your blog, website, art or photography with your reply.

You can check out our current portal here:

punk knitting circle 
04:13pm 15/09/2008
  hey all,

after some discussion on a local messageboard, we decided to start a "punk" weekend knitting group! all are welcome to join us for vegan baked goods, tea and an old-fashioned knitting circle chat. beginners, experienced knitters, quilters or crochet-lovers are all encouraged to come out and make some new friends while learing a great skill.

the house is in the glebe on bronson and the meeting will be 1 pm sunday afternoon. please email me at modernistblues @hotmail.com for directions and the address!

Comics and Zines, Graphic Novel book club? 
10:36am 27/08/2008
  Hello!  My name's Kim and I'm a recent art school graduate and I just moved to Ottawa from Vancouver. 

I've been around to a couple of the comics shops in Ottawa (Silver Snail and the Comic Book Shoppe, both on Bank) and it seemed primarily like Marvel/DC and anime/manga, but  I am more interested in indies stuff put out by smaller companies and literary imprints (First Second, Drawn and Quarterly, Fantagraphics, Oni Press etc).  I can find these books at Chapters and the aforementioned stores, but are there any other stores in Ottawa that carry this kind of stuff more exclusively?  Also, zines, local comix, and art?

I'm also looking to make some new friends and I was hoping someone here would be able to point me to where the local comics and zine scene resides.  Are there any meetings or events, like comic jams, or zine fairs, that sort of thing?  Any tips for where it is cheapest to print my own stuff?  Are there enough people interested in starting a graphic novel book club (or does one exist)? 

And one last question:  I was wondering if there are any other Ottawa people traveling to Toronto for Broken Pencil's Canzine (https://id408.van.ca.siteprotect.com/brokenpencil/canzine/index2.php)?

Any tips at all would be helpful!  Thanks!

(cross-posted in art_ottawa)
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This Saturday: 
12:49pm 31/03/2008
  Come out to hear the best performance poetry Ottawa has to offer at the next

It's the last slam competition in the Capital Slam regular season -- the last chance for poets to try to qualify for May's semi-finals. The show will be hosted by Marcus Jameel.
Plus there's also a limited, non-competitive open mic, so if you've got something to read or perform, why not bring it?

The featured performer of the evening will be Toronto spoken-word satirist Jeff Cottrill.
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Saturday, April 5, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
The Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward (in the Market)
$7 cover (or free for performers)
More info at www.capitalslam.com

Hope to see you there!
Ravenswing 2007 Wants You! 
08:53pm 14/04/2007
  Ottawa Zinesters,

We are holding Ravenswing 2007 at Minto Park on Elgin and Gilmour on Sat, May 26th from 10am - 6pm. We will have workshops, spoken word, and musical performances. We are still seeking vendors. If you want to rent a table, the cost is $10 for a full table and $5 for a half table if you pre-pay and $12 for a full table and $6 for a half table if you pay on the day. Either way, contact us at ravenswing@sympatico.ca to reserve a space and we can tell you the easiest way to pre-pay.

I feel like this year's Ravenswing will rock Ottawa. It will be even better with your participation. Take care, Sean Zio.
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52% zine - call for submissions 
10:19am 05/03/2007
  The Carleton University Womyn's Centre is going to be putting out another issue of our zine, called 52%. This will be the first issue of the zine to come out for a few years, which is very exciting.

If you have any feminist or leftist activist-related writing, rants, poetry, art, photography, etc., please send it to the Womyn's Centre, at womynscentre@gmail.com, or bring it to the centre in room 308 of the Carleton University Unicentre ASAP.

11:53am 21/01/2007
  In our JAN/FEB issue we're going to try this anonymous secret thing where you can go to our LJ and leave a comment TOTALLY anonymously. It's kind of like Frank's project [postsecret.com], but instead of mailing them in you can just leave a comment on LJ which is a lot faster & also instead of making a book out of all the secrets we're going to publish them on our zine. We think this is a good idea because we feel people will be able to relate with a lot of the secrets, realize they're not alone and maybe even feel better after leaving it.

Post secret here!

Keep in mind that this is totally anonymous & we have no interest whatsoever in finding out who you are.

Paper, Luck, Scissors!

***We're trying to wrap this up, so you will have til midnight to post a secret. Thank you to everyone who contributed and opened up for us. We greatly appreciate it!
If you have yet shared with us, please feel free to do so. =]
11:41pm 17/01/2007
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

This issue is my life story. It begins in a town so small that it only has one real intersection. Follow me through every house I've ever lived in... I will tell you the story of my father, swing sets, Nirvana, my first period, discovering feminism, getting drunk, falling in love, the cat, life in the capital city and finding my way home.

Also, reviews of the books and zines that have been inspiring me lately.

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I love the smell of toner in the morning.... 
01:54am 23/12/2006
  Okay, so Underwater Cigarettes v. 2 is coming out sometime soon-like (ie: as soon as I get to a copyshop / ie: tomorrow afternoon). Yaaayyyyyy!

The setup is more streamlined, having had more experience with the whole gluestick thing; this particular trip is a window-way of serpent words and moremore sketches than ever before! (also yay!)
[if you wanna get technical, it's a perzine with the soul of an interpretive dance, kind of]

NOW. Is there anyone who may have a copy of Broken Pencil with a review of UC#1 in it? I got a random fantangular fanletter (of all things), sent to my neighbour's, saying he'd read a review in the Pencil, but the site doesn't display it!! Ultra-poop! Anyone got a hardcopy? Cause I'm dyingly curious to know....

Anyway, new zine tomorrow. Any takers, send yo words/requests to
or send $2 / your zine to
22 First ave
Ottawa, ON

Peace and skittles and all that hyperactive jazz,
Ravenswing Indie Night 
10:39pm 30/11/2006
  Friday, December 1, 2006
Avant-Garde Bar
135 ½ Besserer Street
Doors open at 7:30pm
Admission is $5, sliding scale.

The Ravenswing Indie Night will feature Ottawa zinesters and performers. At the event you will find a zine launch of Sound Mind, the acoustic stylings of Katie Regan, and a workshop on freelance writing by Adam Thomlison, author of We Were Writers of Disastrous Love Affairs Magazine. The evening will also include a public showing of the movie A Hundred Dollars and a T-Shirt, a documentary about independent publishing by the American zine publisher Microcosm Publishing.

In addition to an evening of entertainment, come out for the chance to win prizes from local independent book stores and small presses like Octopus Books, After Stonewall, Mother Tongue Books, ByWords Quarterly, Dusty Owl Press, and Above/Ground Press.

The Ravenswing Indie Night is a fundraiser for the Ravenswing D-I-Y Fair. The Ravenswing D-I-Y Fair showcases local artisans and writers and provides an afternoon hub of conversation and independent thinking in urban Ottawa.

apologies for x-posting
10:43pm 28/11/2006
Culture Slut is a quarter-sized perzine written by a 21-year-old feminist. At the beginning of the year, Amber resolved to make 2006 her best year yet. Full of break-ups and get-back-togethers, tattoos, telemarketing, hallucinogenic drugs, swing sets, a trip to Toledo, Ohio and a move to Ottawa, Ontario for the sake of adventures, Issue #7 is a document of that year.

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06:43pm 27/11/2006
  The long-running
is happening again this weekend!

This semi-monthly series is dedicated to showcasing the best in literary talent and fostering the artistic community. For several years, it has featured poets, novelists, journalists, folk and blues bands, fundraisers, open mics, and book launches.

The show includes a featured reader or performer, followed by an open-mic session -- so if you've got any poetry, fiction or spoken word that you'd like to share with the world, bring it along. Or, you can just come to watch and listen.
And this Sunday's feature will be:

Click here for bioCollapse )

Sunday, December 3, 2006, 5:00 p.m.
VENUE CHANGE: Mother Tongue Books (1067 Bank Street)
No cover
More info here!
Nekusis Distro: Call For Submissions 
09:49am 06/11/2006
  We [Nekusis Distro] are revamping our website and putting together a whole new catalogue for the year 2007! So we're making a call for submissions. If you have a comic, perzine, artzine, litzine, fanzine or crafts that are either gender/queer-related, bizarre, or dark/goth, we'd love to distro it for you! We prefer wholesale prices, or we can trade you one or two $5 zine grab bags from our old stock for five copies of your zine! Preferred method of payment locally is direct cash, and long-distance is Paypal, but we also can do cheques.

Email nekusis@gmail.com if you're interested. Please provide a description (and pic if possible) of your zine/craft.
SPAN-O this Saturday 
10:54pm 19/10/2006
  This Saturday, October 12th, at the Jack Purcell CC from 12-5 is the Small Press Action Network of Ottawa (SPAN-O) book fair. Go!  
A Show You Must Not Miss 
11:15am 18/10/2006
  Hey Zinesters!

This Friday night Luna Allison will be performing at Venus Envy (details below). I strongly encourage you to go. I performed with her last year in Montreal (with the Streeteaters) and she completely amazed me with her talent and vision. You will not be disappointed. See you there! Sean Zio.

"Urban Lullabies at Venus Envy"

@ 320 Lisgar (1 block east of Bank)

Fri Oct 20th, 8:30pm

A night speaking, sighing, singing and spying with Luna Allison (www.lunaallison.com) and the Perpetual Motion Roadshow.

It will be smart. It will be sweet. It will be sassy.
This is going to be a rad show - don't miss it!!

For more info or directions, go to: www.venusenvy.ca/ottawa or call 613.789.4646.

Nekusis Distro Clearance Sale 
04:00pm 16/09/2006

We've got 16 grab bags/boxes with an assortment of zines, stuffed toys, jewellery, and patches. Each grab bag/box is on sale for $5. If you get 2 or more, it's free shipping.

For a list of what each grab bag/box contains, go here:

For descriptions and pictures of most of the items in the grab bag/box, visit the old website:

To place an order, simply reply to the post or email nekusis@gmail.com specifying which item you would like. For example: "Zine Grab Bag #7, Swag Box #5, and Swag MiniBag #3". Or specify that you'd like one grab bag of 6-7 zines, or a grab bag of jewellery and a patch, or a grab bag of zines and a patch, or a stuffed toy and a zine, but you'd rather not know what's in the bag. We discourage getting more than one grab bag of pure zines, because there's at least one zine that appears in all of them, then you'd have two copies of the same zine.

REMINDER: Saturnalia this Monday, Sept. 4 
12:21pm 02/09/2006

saturnalia: a Nekusis shindig
Monday September 4
Avant Garde Bar
135 1/2 Besserer St

Music by local DJs Leslie, IronPhoenix, and Joel. All Nekusis items (zines, jewellery, candleholders/lanterns, t-shirts, dolls, stickers, and more) must go, either on sale or auctioned off. There will be a Bad Goth Poetry 666 Slam, where the contestant who recites the worst goth poetry wins the prize. Showcasing the local Troma-like film "Bonesetter", where the people with the snarkiest during-the-movie-Mystery-Science-Theater-like comments wins a prize. Comic artists Laura Lake and Festrell will be doing free convention-like-badges and portraits for attendees (one per person) and selling their art. Event hosted by Queenie Tirone.