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  • Punfest 2019

    Punfest 2019

    Come through and experience London’s first ever PUNFEST!

    What is PunFest?

    PunFest is a pun competition (and direct descendent of events like Punderdome) where competitors sign up to pun their heads off in front of a live audience filled with fans of witty wordplay and cringeworthy puns!

    As acclaimed author Victor Hugo--genius behind such titles as Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame--once said, “Puns are the droppings of soaring wits.” And we plan on honouring his brilliance with the best (or worst) puns imaginable.

    When/Where/Additional Details?

    PunFest will take place on Saturday, October 26th at Brown & Dickson Booksellers; located at 567 Richmond Street, Pundon, ON!

    PunFest is a fundraiser for 94.9 CHRW Radio Western and Brown & Dickson, so admission is by donation with a suggested donation of $10. There's no ATM on site so make sure to bring cash.

    IMPORTANT: This is also a costume/fancy dress up party, so wear your halloween costume or dress up nice! This is a very classy event.

    Looking to Compete?

    If you want to sign up to pun, sign up online here before the date, or you can sign up the day of. If you are signing up the day of the event, make sure you show up to Brown & Dickson by 7:30PM!

    Anyone who signs up can compete - it doesn’t cost anything to compete but we suggest you make a donation at the door the same as anyone else.

    We have 3 rounds of puns:
    Depending on how many competitors we have, we will divide the groups into even numbers.
    Each competitor gets 1 minute to pun on the topic we have previously shared with them (we’ll be emailing the contestants approximately a week beforehand with the topics).
    At the end of the round, the winner is chosen by audience applause.
    From there, the top 2 competitors from the first round will go on to the semi-finals.
    The Top 2 competitors will then go on to the final round.
    Final round is head to head style and the competitor with the best audience response wins the grand prize of……TBD!

    The event will have some time in-between rounds for people to mingle if they’d like, while we play some of the best tunes London has to offer.


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  • Kevin's chapbook launch w/ Jenny, Derek & Síle

    Kevin's chapbook launch w/ Jenny, Derek & Síle

    Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM

    Join us to celebrate the publication of Kevin Heslop's (self-described) laboriously titled poetry chapbook with performances by Síle Englert, Jenny Berkel, Derek Boswell and the author.

    Derek Boswell is a social documentary photographer from London, Ontario whose work explores themes of the Anthropocene; documenting the threshold between natural and built spaces, and the latent residue of human action. Derek is currently an undergraduate-thesis student in psychology.

    Síle Englert is a poet, fiction writer and multidisciplinary artist who dabbles in everything from knitting to tattoo design. She is the author of Threadbare, a chapbook from Baseline Press. Her short fiction has been recognized in contest shortlists and longlists through Room Magazine and Prism International, and most recently won Second place in Freefall Magazine’s 2018 Fiction Contest. Her poetry has placed Second in Contemporary Verse 2’s 2-Day Poem Contest and has been featured in journals including: The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine, Canthius, The /tƐmz/ Review and The Minola Review.

    Jenny Berkel is a singer-songwriter and poet from rural Ontario. In between playing concerts across the globe, she writes and teaches English. She is currently working on a new album. Her writing has been featured in The Literary Review of Canada, Occasus, and The Puritan’s Town Crier.

    Kevin Heslop is a poet, actor and journalist from London, Ontario. He's currently resident interviewer for The /temz/ Review and Poetry London, a contributing writer for the London Arts Council, and organizes lomp: reading series. The Blasted Tree published his first chapbook; this, with Frog Hollow Press, is his second.

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  • Bad Art Festival III

    Bad Art Festival III
    A most terrifying event returns to the Forest City at a spooky time of year! It's THE BAD ART FESTIVAL!

    Join us October 19th for a celebration of awful artmaking in support of LondonFuse, the publication defining the culture of London, Ontario by telling its stories.

    From 1:00pm to 5:00pm, pop by to check out and bid on gloriously bad art pieces, and make some art of your own at our artmaking station. Further surprises to be announced! Admission for the afternoon portion is free!

    From 7:00pm to 9:00pm, partake in a performance of awful poetry and other live creative imaginings. Admission for the evening portion is $10 at the door!

    If you fancy yourself an artist of sorts (or if in fact, you don't), you can submit to the festival at the link below until October 10th:

    See all you atrocious aficionados there!
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  • In Conversation: Billy Jensen and Vanessa Brown

    Hey Toronto,

    If you're free the night of October 10th come to Indigo at Bay and Bloor for what should be an excellent conversation.

    Step inside the world of true crime with author of Chase Darkness, Billy Jensen and author of The Forest City Killer, Vanessa Brown as they dig deep into their work of solving cold case murders. Book signing to follow.

    Event Guidelines:
    • This event is free and open to the public; individuals must have purchased one (1) copy of either Chase Darkness or The Forest City Killer to be in the book signing lineup; proof of purchase required from Indigo.
    • Signing line-up will be available on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Candid & posed photos are allowed

    The event starts at 7pm.

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  • Brown and Dickson at Canzine 2019!

    Brown and Dickson at Canzine 2019!
    We had an incredible time at this year's Canzine. We would like to thank the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives for inviting Jason to speak on xerox pioneer Michael Bidner. We would also like to thank Broken Pencil Magazine for organizing such an incredible event. It has come such a long way since we dragged our punky butts to the Gladstone and sold our stapled masterpieces. We would also like to thank London's Zine Fiends for letting us take their amazing books along with us.
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  • Friday the 13th: The Attack on Toxic Masculinity!

    Friday the 13th: The Attack on Toxic Masculinity!
    Join us for a day of femme voices in art, poetry, spoken word, and music. Proceeds go to Girls Rock Camp, and a discount will be applied to your ticket if you bring a donation to Atlohsa.

    Zine Fiends will host a printed matter art fair (zines, etc.) from 2 -6 pm. Doors open at 6 pm. Pay $25 at the door or $20 w Atlohsa donation!


    Saffron A (Headline Performer)
    Claire Hunter
    Misha Bower
    Angie Quick
    Sile Englert
    Gabrielle Drolet
    Amelia Does
    Monika Lee
    Jenny Berkel
    Colleen Murphy
    Carla White
    ...and more?

    Contact us if you want to take part!
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