The Diamond Cherry Reading Series – run by local poets and small-press publishers Devon Gallant and Julie Cameron Gray – kicks-off the week with performances by audio poet Hilary Peach (Poems Only Dogs Can Hear) and singer/songwriter/poet Nik Beat. The series takes place each month at the Zemra Lounge – 778 St. Clair West – and starts at 8pm. It’s free, too, so you have no excuse not to go.
On Monday, head down to Harbourfront for some post-Caribana readings as part of the Island Soul festival. A reading by Jamaican poet Reverent Easton Lee will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Easton Lee, Jamaican photographer Ray Chen, Byron Lee the Dragon, video-artist Richard Fung, and Jeanette Kong. It takes place in the Brigantine Room at Harbourfront – 235 Queens Quay West – starting at 2pm and is free.
That evening, you can either check out the Freedom Readings series or Strong Words. Freedom Readings features poetry, prose, performance and art. It takes place at Smiling Buddha Bar – 961 College St. – and starts at 6pm. This month’s Strong Words features Toronto freelance writer and columnist Cameron Gordon (Chart, This Magazine, Broken Pencil), Kate Belcher, and Paul Hong (whose short story collection Your Love is Murder or the Case of the Mangled Pie has just been published by Tightrope Books.) Strong Words takes place at the Gladstone – 1214 Queen West – and starts at 7:30. It’s pay-what-you-can.
The Art Bar Poetry Series takes place on Tuesday (a Tuesday evening without the Art Bar is surely one of the signs of the apocalypse.) This week Keith Garebian (Frida: Paint Me As A Volcano), Sheila Hyland and Richard Teleky (The Paris Years of Rosie Kamin) take the stage. It starts at 8pm and takes place at the Victory Café – 581 Markham.
That same night, head on over to the Pilot Tavern – 22 Cumberland – for Wildsound, a monthly screenplay reading series. This week there will be readings of Michelle Brightman’s Water and Euguene Tang’s Letting Go. Starts at 7pm and will only cost you four dollars.
If you don’t get your fill of screenplays on Tuesday, you’re in luck. Wednesday night is the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto Lift Out Loud reading of a feature script. This month there’ll be a reading of Sunshine by Ryan Ward and Matt Heiti. It starts at 7pm, and there’s a suggested donation of $5, but did I mention there will be FREE PIZZA. Hells yeah. It takes place at Xspace in Kensington Market, 303 Augusta.
On Thursday check out Toronto Wordstage, featuring Paul Dutton, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Louis Calabro and playwright/journalist Sky Gilbert (pictured). It takes place at Cervejaria – 842 College. Doors open at 7pm and it’s free.